Ports of LA Long Beach Looking for Cleaner Technologies

first_imgzoom The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, has released a request for proposals seeking demonstrations of technologies to upgrade tugboats, crew boats, barges and other harbor craft to cleaner engines.Harbor craft are the second-largest source of diesel particulate matter air pollution in San Pedro Bay, comprising 18 percent of the emissions. The vessels also contribute 10 percent of nitrogen oxide and 6 percent of greenhouse gas pollution. Under state regulations, most of the boats have engines meeting Tier 2 emission level standards.“We are looking at ways to reduce emissions from harbor craft beyond existing regulatory requirements,” Heather Tomley, Port of Long Beach Director of Environmental Planning, said.“We need more viable cost effective technologies, and as the Green Port, we’re going to leverage all of our tools to lead the goods movement industry to a more sustainable future,” Tomley added.The request by the ports under the Technology Advancement Program offers USD 500,000 for one or two demonstrations of technologies that will upgrade engines to Tier 3 or Tier 4 standards — making engines up to 70 percent cleaner.Reducing emissions from harbor craft is a key strategy in the recently released draft Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) update, developed with input during more than 50 public meetings. The Harbor Commissions of both ports are expected to meet in November to consider the final draft.last_img read more

SLNG Modifies Terminal to Receive Small LNG Ships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Singapore LNG Corporation Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has completed modifications to the Secondary Jetty at its Terminal on Jurong Island, and it is now able to receive and reload small liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships.The new Small-Scale LNG (SSLNG) Facility, completed on February 13, 2019, would be able to received ships of between 2,000 m3 and 10,000 m3 in capacity.The company said that SSLNG would help spur the development of the small-scale LNG market in various forms, including the delivery of LNG as bunker fuel to ships in the Port of Singapore.The SLNG Terminal’s Secondary Jetty was originally designed to accommodate LNG ships of 60,000 m3 to 265,000 m3 in size.In June 2017, SLNG performed a gas-up/cool-down and reload operation for the 6,500 m3 LNG bunker vessel, Cardissa. Following this event, and to better support small-scale LNG and LNG bunkering, SLNG took the initiative to commence modification works to the jetty so that even smaller LNG ships could reload at the terminal.The modifications included the installation of a new marine loading arm and gangway, and new facilities for securing small LNG ships at the jetty.“We believe that there is good potential for the small-scale LNG market to flourish in this part of the world, and the timely completion of the SSLNG Facility is an important step forward in SLNG’s efforts to support this growth,” Sandeep Mahawar, Interim CEO and Vice President (Commercial) of SLNG, said.“It also serves to promote the development of LNG bunkering in Singapore, which is another potential growth area given Singapore’s already well-established reputation as the top bunkering port in the world. As demand builds and there is a viable business case, SLNG may consider installing topsides at its Tertiary Jetty to accommodate more SSLNG reloads.”last_img read more

Remaniement ministériel annoncé

first_imgLe premier ministre Darrell Dexter a annoncé, aujourd’hui 30 mai, un remaniement ministériel qui aidera le gouvernement à continuer de remplir son engagement visant à améliorer la vie des familles de la Nouvelle-Écosse tout en rétablissant l’équilibre. Maureen MacDonald devient la première femme à être ministre des Finances de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle est également responsable de la loi sur les valeurs mobilières (Securities Act), de la loi sur les caisses populaires (Credit Union Act), de la loi sur la Commission des services publics et d’examen (Utility and Review Board Act), de la loi sur la réglementation des alcools (Liquor Control Act) et de la Commission des alcools de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle est présidente du Comité d’investissement économique, elle devient membre du Conseil du Trésor et demeure membre du Comité des politiques et des priorités. Dave Wilson est le nouveau ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être et des Affaires acadiennes. « Le plan du gouvernement pour rétablir l’équilibre est entre bonnes mains avec la ministre MacDonald, qui a toujours travaillé fort et visé l’excellence à titre de ministre, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Les antécédents du ministre Wilson et sa capacité de travailler avec divers intervenants l’aideront avec ses nouveaux portefeuilles. » Graham Steele et Bill Estabrooks ont avisé le premier ministre qu’ils ne se représenteront pas aux prochaines élections provinciales. Ils quittent leurs fonctions ministérielles immédiatement afin d’assurer une transition harmonieuse. « M. Estabrooks et M. Steele ont tous les deux apporté des contributions considérables à la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Je les remercie de ces contributions, et j’ai hâte de travailler avec eux à titre de membres du caucus, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Nous avons maintenant de nouvelles possibilités au sein du Conseil exécutif, et je crois que nous avons les bonnes personnes en place pour diriger la province vers le rétablissement de l’équilibre au cours de la prochaine année. » Le premier ministre Dexter a également annoncé que Leonard Preyra et Maurice Smith se joignent au cabinet. M. Preyra devient ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, qui met l’accent sur la préservation et la promotion de la culture et du patrimoine riches et diversifiés de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il est également responsable de la partie I de la loi sur la régie des jeux (Gaming Control Act), et conservera son poste au Conseil du Trésor. M. Smith devient ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Il est également le nouveau ministre des Affaires gaéliques, et ministre responsable de la Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, de la loi sur la Sydney Steel Corporation (Sydney Steel Corporation Act), de la loi sur l’assurance (Insurance Act) et de la Commission d’examen de la police de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il devient membre du Comité des politiques et des priorités. « Je souhaite la bienvenue à Leonard et à Moe au cabinet. Ils sont bien placés pour représenter leurs ministères respectifs, et ils apportent des connaissances et une éthique du travail à leurs nouveaux portefeuilles, a dit le premier ministre Dexter. Le gouvernement réalise des progrès considérables et est en bonne voie de remplir ses engagements envers les Néo-Écossais. Je continue de travailler avec mes collègues du cabinet et du caucus pour continuer d’améliorer la vie des gens partout dans la province. » Les changements au Conseil exécutif entrent en vigueur immédiatement.last_img read more

US media start noticing Khadr payout as opposition MP helps spread word

first_imgWASHINGTON – The federal payout to Omar Khadr was a big story in some conservative U.S. media outlets Monday, after nearly two weeks in which it had garnered barely a whisper south of the border.It was the subject of a condemnatory national newspaper column, the top story on the Fox News website, fodder for cable-news chatter on Fox and a huge surge in interest by Americans online.“This story is repulsive,” said a Fox News host. To which former pizza entrepreneur and presidential candidate Herman Cain replied: “It is a pathetic interpretation of the law. Canada basically rewarded a murderer.”The burst of attention started with a Wall Street Journal piece by a Canadian opposition MP.Conservative Peter Kent published a scorching op-ed titled, “A Terrorist’s Big Payday, Courtesy of Trudeau,” that helped the story gain traction elsewhere.The item began with a description of Khadr killing an American army medic, Christopher Speer, when he was 15 years old and fighting alongside al-Qaida in Afghanistan. It explained how Khadr won a court fight in Canada over how he was treated by Canadian intelligence officials while detained at Guantanamo Bay, was repatriated to Canada, released on bail and sued the Canadian government for $20 million for violating his rights.The Ontario MP criticized the Trudeau government for settling with Khadr, while the victim’s family got nothing.By Monday afternoon, the issue was the No. 1 story on the Fox News website.The Fox News item quotes Kent’s op-ed under the headline: “Gitmo Lottery: Canada makes millionaire out of terrorist who killed U.S. soldier.”Google searches for Khadr’s name were up more than 700 per cent Monday in the United States from the previous day, according to Google Trends.The Fox News panel featuring Herman Cain didn’t delve too deeply into the fine points of the legal case. But one panellist raised the possibility that there was more to the story: “This is obviously a disgusting story,” she said. “But what do you do? Is there any other option under the law?”Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Khadr issue had not come up in any meetings with U.S. state governors during a conference in Rhode Island.But this issue appears to have penetrated the recent bipartisan detente in Canada when it comes to relations with the U.S. The parties have been less critical of each other, even maintaining a united front entering Canada-U.S.-Mexico trade talks. Lawmakers from different parties, for example, joined Trudeau in Rhode Island.But after Kent’s newspaper critique, Trudeau aide Gerald Butts tweeted: “A long (Conservative Party of Canada) tradition of airing Canadian disputes in the Wall Street Journal. It’s where Stephen Harper advocated for joining the Iraq War.”last_img read more

Nutrien says no plans to close mines as it looks to boost

first_imgCALGARY – Fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd. says it plans to keep its six potash mines running for now even as it looks to shift production to its most efficient operations.The company, which formed at the start of the year out of the merger of Potash Corp. and Agrium Inc., says it will however look at the end of the year whether it makes sense to close any of its smaller, more costly mines.Nutrien CEO Chuck Magro says the global market for potash looks strong with robust demand, but that with more supply from competitors coming on-line this year the company will have to reassess the market as the year progresses.The combined company is in a major efficiency push to make good on a promised $500 million in annual savings from the merger, with the company already shedding some 200 rail cars and extensive warehouse space.Before the merger, Potash Corp. had shut its New Brunswick mine and cut back production at some Saskatchewan facilities as it looked to boost production at its recently expanded and low-cost Rocanville mine.Edward Jones analyst Dan Sherman says the company is well-placed to optimize production because it has a strong asset base, but that the whole potash market is in a wait-and-see mode as supply is set to ramp up.Companies in this story: (TSX:NTR)last_img read more

Canadian home building rebounds on condos

[np_storybar title=”China’s housing crackdown may drive cash to Canada’s condo market” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/05/chinas-housing-crackdown-may-drive-cash-to-canadas-condo-market/?__lsa=0dff-7601″%5DA crackdown on real estate ownership in the world’s most populous county this week might translate into more money in Canada’s real estate market. Read more [/np_storybar]OTTAWA — A big month-to-month jump in multi-unit housing construction is being credited with a higher rate of Canadian housing starts in February.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says its seasonally adjusted rate of housing starts rose to 180,719 units in February, up from 158,998 in January.The main reason for the increase in housing construction was an 18.4% rise in urban starts, led by a 27.7% increase in multiple-unit dwellings such as condos and apartments.The actual number of housing starts last month, without seasonal adjustments, was down year-to-year.There were 10,965 starts last month, down from 12,247 in February 2012. read more

Closing Bell Miners push Toronto stock market lower ahead of busy corporate

TORONTO — Falling mining stocks pushed the Toronto stock market slightly lower Monday as traders looked to a heavy slate of earnings news coming out this week.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,493.68 -6.71 -0.05%S&P 500 —  1,871.89 +7.04 +0.38%Dow — 16,449.25 +40.71 +0.25%Nasdaq — 4,121.55 +26.03 +0.64%The S&P/TSX composite index declined 6.71 points to 14,493.68. The Canadian dollar was down 0.01 of a cent to 90.79 cents US.New York’s Dow industrials closed up 40.71 points to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq composite index was 26.03 points higher at 4,121.55 and the S&P 500 index climbed 7.04 points to 1,871.89.After the close, Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) posted adjusted earnings for the first quarter of 66 cents a share, four cents lower than analyst estimates.Rogers acquired additional wireless spec%trum during the January auction for $3.3 billion, which will be needed to allow consumers to stream NHL games on their mobile devices. Rogers scored a $5.2-billion multi-year deal last fall for the Canadian rights to all NHL games and its shares inched up a penny to $44.28.“There’s a bit of a transition going on in that industry,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“We’re seeing the telecom providers understand that the real future of profitability and pricing power relates to the delivery of content, particularly as it relates to the mobile platform.”Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) reports Tuesday and its results will be impacted by falling commodity prices. Copper prices have tumbled 11% this year and coal prices have fared even worse, falling from US$300 a tonne in 2011 to about $120 a tonne. Teck shares slipped 30 cents to $24.01.Meanwhile, Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) also reports Tuesday and investors will look to see how severe winter weather affected the railway in the quarter and how increased petroleum shipments have lifted the bottom line. CP shares climbed 78 cents to $163.99.The tech sector in particular will be in focus as traders take in earnings during the week from tech heavyweights including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. The results are being released following a sharp correction in the tech sector that has seen the Nasdaq index drop about 5% this month.“We saw a big sell-off in the markets and it was driven by this concern that stocks in general have become overvalued — but there were certainly pockets of the market that were frothy and technology was really at the centre of that,” added Fehr.“So we saw some of that froth come out of the market but the good news is that it didn’t seep into the broader market.”After the close, Netflix reported quarterly earnings per share of 86 cents, three cents ahead of estimates.Elsewhere on the corporate front, TransCanada shares fell $1.92 to $49.38 after the U.S. government said Friday that it needs more time to prepare its recommendation to President Barack Obama on the company’s Keystone XL pipeline.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) shares were down 78 cents to $19.03 as the Wall Street Journal said that merger talks between the Toronto-based mining company and Newmont Mining had broken off last week. However, sources told Bloomberg and others that the issues separating the two parties are minor, leaving open the possibility that the deal could still happen.The gold sector was the biggest weight, down about 0.4% as June bullion fell $5.40 to US$1,288.50 an ounce.The metals and mining sector was down 0.34% with May copper unchanged at US$3.04 a pound.The TSX energy sector was off 0.05% as May crude in New York added seven cents to US$104.37 barrel.TOP STORIESTransCanada shares hit as Obama again delays final decision on Keystone pipelineGoldcorp backs off hostile bid for Osisko, leaving field to white knightsTiming finally right for the merger of the world’s two biggest gold producersFord to name COO Mark Fields as new chief executive: sourcesWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYCANADA8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (Feb): Economists expect 0.6% rise UNITED STATES9 a.m.FHFA House price index (Feb): Economists expect 0.5% rise 10 a.m.Existing home sales (March): Economists expect 1% decline CORPORATE NEWSCANADACanadian National Railway Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 61¢ a share Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.40 a share Teck Resources Ltd     Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 25¢ a share UNITED STATESAmgen  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.93 a share BNY Mellon Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 53¢ a share Comcast Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ a share Gilead Sciences  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 88¢ a share Harley-Davidson Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.08 a share Lockheed Martin  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.53 a share McDonald’s Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.24 a share  United Technologies Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.27 a share  Xerox Corp.  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 24¢ a share Yum! Brands, Inc. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 85¢ a share read more

Kosovo UN officials on hand as reconstruction starts on building destroyed by

Francesco Bastagli of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Bajram Rexhepi, were on hand as work commenced on cleaning up the YU-building in Ulpiana. Prime Minister Rexhepi said that he hoped the renovation would be completed in 10 days. “This is a good beginning, but much more needs to be done,” Mr. Bastagli said, stressing that the affected communities should be involved in the building’s reconstruction.Besides repairing material damages, confidence and trust between the Serb and Albanian communities have to be rebuilt, he added.In another development, UNMIK today reported that the dead body of a male child had been found washed on the side of a riverbank in the Lipjan area of Pristina.The Mission said no foul play is suspected, but the Pristina Regional Serious Crimes Squad is investigating the case.Police linked the body with that of a Kosovo Albanian child reported missing since 27 February, according to UNMIK. read more

Annan pledges continued UN aid to Madagascar for wide range of concerns

“I know that sustainable development is one of this country’s central concerns,” Mr. Annan told the Academie Malgache, which made him made a member. “One can see that in your efforts to develop eco-tourism, to set aside more of this country’s fabled landscape for conservation, and to protect endangered species and ecosystems, in particular Madagascar’s unique biodiversity.“Such efforts are a key part of what it will take for Madagascar and other countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals,” he added of the targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 for slashing a host of socio-economic ills ranging from extreme poverty and hunger to lack of education and health care by 2015.Accompanied by President Marc Ravalomanana and the First Lady, Mr. Annan and his wife, Nane, toured the ruins of the Queen’s Palace, a revered hilltop complex overlooking the capital, Antananarivo, which burned down a decade ago and which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is now helping to restore.Also on Mr. Annan’s schedule today were meetings with the UN country team, first with agency representatives and then with the staff at large, and a visit to a rain forest in the eastern part of the island.On a four-country visit that has already taken him to South Africa, he is scheduled to leave Madagascar on Sunday for the Republic of Congo as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN is fielding over 16,800 uniformed personnel to back up a peace agreement while helping to organize national elections to be held in June. read more

Ontario using reserve fund to help balance the books

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government is dipping into its reserve fund to help balance the budget for the next two years, ahead of the next provincial election.An accounting dispute with the auditor general over how pension assets should appear on the books is adding $2.2 billion to the deficit this fiscal year, but the government insists it will reach balance by its self-imposed deadline of 2017-18.In his fall economic update, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said that to help mitigate that unanticipated change, he is reducing the reserve for 2017-18 from $1.1 billion to $700 million, and in 2018-19, $400 million is being used.“We build prudence into our budget year over year and in this case the reserve is meant to offset any unforeseen circumstances and we had that” in the pension adjustment, Sousa said.“We had to accommodate for it and as a result we used the reserve, as is common practice to do in any business, in any government, and it’s done often.”It ensures the books will be balanced next year and when the government presents its 2018-19 budget just before the June 2018 election, though Sousa insisted balance could be sustained beyond that.But Progressive Conservative finance critic Vic Fedeli said a balance achieved through the use of reserve funds is not true balance.“When you tap into one-time reserves and one-time sale of assets, you’re only artificially balancing the budget,” he said. “They’ve got…a structural deficit in Ontario.”NDP finance critic Catherine Fife said this is not a helpful or strategic use of the reserves.“The desperation that we see from this government to plug the holes from a financial perspective is astounding and so short-sighted,” she said.The government has also added about $3 billion in new expenses since the spring budget, including the pension adjustment, $300 million for the first few months of a new eight-per-cent electricity rebate and $140 million in new health spending for hospitals to improve access to elective surgeries and diagnostic imaging and to help reduce wait times.Finance documents show those additional expenses are partly paid for by more than $2 billion extra in higher-than-projected income tax, business tax and land-transfer tax revenues and lower-than-forecast interest on debt.The tax revenues are up because of economic growth, not any tax hikes, Sousa noted.“That has had a profound impact in enabling us to come to balance even with the commitments we’ve made in the throne speech (to take eight per cent off hydro bills and add 100,000 new child-care spaces) and even with the new (pension accounting) interpretation by the auditor general,” he said.Spending on interest on debt is forecast to be $11.4 billion, which is $400 million lower than the projection in the spring budget, but still among the government’s top spending areas, after health, education and children’s and social services.The economic update also shows the province’s net-debt-to-GDP ratio rising above 40 per cent this year, though the government said it will decline from 2017-18 onward.The “gradual decline” will come as a result of investments “to spur economic growth,” which will make the GDP rise more quickly than debt, the government said. by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2016 11:20 am MDT Last Updated Nov 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario using reserve fund to help balance the books read more

HANDBALL PERSON 2014 – Nikola Karabatic

Handball personhandball person 2014Nikola Karabatic HANDBALL PERSON 2014 is NIKOLA KARABATIC. One of the best handball players of the last decade had an impressive year 2014 with a lot of success in the French national team, but also F.C Barcelona. The 31 years-old playmaker led his group of „Experts“ to the golden podium at the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, while the same dose of TOP quality has been seen in golden campaign in Qatar last January. Spanish FC Barcelona won all domestic trophy adding IHF Super Globe 2014 title in Doha with him as the leader.One of the „brand names“ of the handball, guy with the biggest number of followers on the social networks, idol of many handball youngstars across the Globe, symbol of the winner won Handball-Planet.com and IHF awards for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014.The 12 members of Handball-Planet.com Jury gave the biggest number of votes to Nikola (5) ahead of his coach in the national team – Claude Onesta (3) and Romanian handball princess Cristina Neagu (3), who won also a vote of the fans (496) ahead of Vive Tauron Kielce TV (490).SG Flensburg coach Ljubomir Vranješ and Norwegian coach Karl Erik Bohn, who passed away in February 2014, also got a point each.Nikola Karabatić – 5 (Andrea Lekic, Nicola Chardon, Andrej Golic, Domagoj Duvnjak, Isabelle Gullden) Claude Onesta – 3 (Dragan Adzic, Patrekur Johannesson, Manolo Cadenas) Cristina Neagu – 3 (Anett Sattler, Ljudmila Bodnieva, FANS) Karl Erik Bohn – 1 (Zsolt Sevinger) Ljubomir Vranjes – 1 (Bjorn Pazen)JURY MEMBERS:Anett Sattler – Sport 1 reporterDragan Adzic – ZRK Buducnost and Montenegro NT coach – HANDBALL PERSON 2012Domagoj Duvnjak – THW Kiel player – HANDBALL PERSON 2013Patrekur Johannesson – Austrian NT coachLudmila Bodnieva – legendary Russian handball player, two times World ChampionAndrej Golić – retired French NT player, world champion, TV commentator and player agentAndrea Lekić – ŽRK Vardar playmaker, IHF World Handball Player 2013Bjorn Pazen – one of the most important handball journalists, IHF and EHF contributorZsolt Sevinger – MKB MVM Veszprem general directorManolo Cadenas – Wisla Plock and Spanish NT coach, 3x Cup Winners Cup winnerIsabelle Gullden – Viborg HK and Swedish NT player, EHF EURO 2014 MVPNicolas Chardon – Handnews.fr editorPREVIOUS WINNERS: Dragan Adzic 2012 Domagoj Duvnjak 2013 ← Previous Story Tickets sale for Men’s EHF EURO 2016 begins! Next Story → Carlos Ruesga to miss EHF FINAL4 in Cologne! HANDBALL PERSON has to be an example which will be followed and recognized by the global handball community. Values of achievement could be measured in number of goals and trophies, but on the same level with positive examples to the future generations, charity, commitment, battle with injuries and illnesses or great handball visions which provide “revolution” in some handball countries, teams or organizations. read more

When is Enda going Coveney says leadership battle to kick off before

first_img Monday 3 Apr 2017, 9:47 AM When is Enda going? Coveney says leadership battle to kick off before the summer The latest opinion poll shows that Fine Gael would take more seats with Leo Varadkar as leader. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Development. Short URL Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Development. Image: Eamonn Farrell 46 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell Share63 Tweet Email1 center_img https://jrnl.ie/3320938 By Christina Finn Apr 3rd 2017, 9:47 AM 10,753 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article HOUSING MINISTER SIMON COVENEY has said he believes Taoiseach Enda Kenny will make his departure date known by the summer.When asked about the Fine Gael leadership battle, the minister told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that he trusts Enda Kenny’s judgement to choose the right time to step aside.“I suspect it will happen before the summer,” said the minister.“I am very comfortable with letting Enda Kenny use his judgment on that… the Taoiseach is the person in charge of Fine Gael and government. I’m trusting he will use his judgement to get the timing right on that.”Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar and Coveney – the two frontrunners in the leadership race (although other ministers such as Richard Bruton and Frances Fitzgerald are yet to formally make their intentions known) – are patiently waiting in the wings while Kenny bides his time.There has been much speculation about when Kenny will step aside as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach.St Patrick’s Day visit has come and gone Managing to stave off a motion of no confidence in his leadership among party members, the Taoiseach told his party he would make his intentions known following his return from his St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House.However, while in New York he hinted to the media that there were a lot of issues he wanted to see through before he left the helm of the party – such as the formation of a government in Northern Ireland. That was a firm message to his possible successors that his departure date was being pushed out.This was followed by Finance Minister Michael Noonan making comments that Kenny should stay on until the autumn. Noonan said he wants Kenny to stay on as Taoiseach past the initial Brexit negotiations until Ireland’s position is made clear.However, there is really little appetite within the party for the Taoiseach to stay on until that late date.Whatever date Kenny chooses, Coveney said he is “happy” to give the Taoiseach “the time and space” to make a decision.But who is leading the pack? According to the most recent poll published in the Irish Daily Mail today, support among Fine Gael voters is fairly tight.If Varadkar is leader, the survey finds the party would take 60 seats in the next election – a significant jump of ten seats. Meanwhile, if Coveney was leader, the party would take 57 seats – up seven seats.The survey finds that if there was an election today, with Kenny still in the driving seat, Fine Gael would take only 44 seats, a drop-off of six seats for the party.Speaking on the radio this morning, Coveney said it is important that there is an “orderly transition” of the party leadership. He stated it is also important that the government continues to function during that time. Leo Varadkar and Enda Kenny. Source: Sasko LazarovAlthough the leadership battle hasn’t officially launched, things have been going on in the background for some time now.Just last week, Varadkar made his pitch in a newspaper article, where he outlined what tax policy he would pursue in the future.So, how is Coveney’s campaign going? Laughing it off when asked this question today, Coveney said, “there is no campaign up and running. I am focusing on a lot of work I have to do on water, housing and homelessness and a whole range of other things”.“There will be a time when I am very focused on that,” he said, adding that he is getting on with the “serious business of being as good as I can be in government”.Referencing the latest poll, he said: “There will be polls that will come and go.”House prices Coveney also hit back against calls for him to suspend the Government’s help-to-buy scheme, following claims it is fuelling the latest surge in house prices.He said both the Central Bank and the Government spotted the same problem – that first-time buyers could not put a deposit together to buy a home.Defending his scheme, the minister said people were being “locked into the private rental market” and builders were not building homes for that cohort of people as they knew they were not obtaining mortgages.Coveney said the Government is not going to allow the same situation which happened during the boom to happen again, where first-time buyers were allowed borrow “ridiculous amounts of money”.Read: Michael O’Leary says Shane Ross is ‘playing a blinder’ in bus dispute>Read: Pest control company called to Leinster House to deal with rats and ants>last_img read more

Solskjaer full of praise for Pogba and De Gea

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Paul Pogba and David de Gea for their impact during United’s 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day.United beat Huddersfield 3-1 at Old Trafford to hand Solskjaer a second successive victory in his first home game in charge as interim manager.Paul Pogba scored a brace and David de Gea pulled off an impressive save when the game was still 1-0 in United’s favor.“It wasn’t the best of games,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We were a bit slow for the first 20 minutes but they settled in and we scored some excellent goals.“That (De Gea save) was the defining moment of the game. It was one of the best saves I have ever seen. That was a big big moment for us.“He (Pogba) has got the attributes for scoring and got a few assists last game. I was very pleased for him today. Paul is the same, he loves football and loves to go forward he has a big, big smile, and I have enjoyed working with him.”last_img read more

Fire badly damages Rose Village home

first_imgA two-alarm fire heavily damaged a house in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood Wednesday.The fire, reported at about 11:40 a.m., tore through the two-bedroom ranch house at 3111 U St.Katie Raetz, 37, lives in a nearby house and saw the flames from her living room and kitchen windows. At first, she thought it was someone burning yard debris.“I saw the flames shooting up … It took me a minute until I realized, OK, that’s not right,” she said.She called 911 and ran to the duplex next door to tell her neighbors inside to get out of the house.“(The fire) was really close to the house, so I wanted to make sure they were awake,” Raetz said.She said that when she was calling 911, a city worker passed by and stopped to help by kicking in the door to the residence to check if anyone was inside.No one was home at the time of the blaze, fire officials said.Arriving firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department found fire throughout the structure, said Capt. John Bulder.Crews attempted to enter the house, Bulder said, but firefighters determined it would not be safe and pulled back into a defensive strategy, using a water cannon and handheld hoses to apply water from the outside.A few minutes later, they called for a second alarm, bringing more crews to the scene to help with the fire suppression.Smoke billowed hundreds of feet into the air, and one Vancouver Police Department officer reported seeing a smoke plume from state Highway 500.Crews stayed on scene to put out hot spots and mop up the scene for at least an hour after the fire was first reported.Suspected causeInvestigators weren’t able to conduct a full investigation because the structure was compromised and unsafe to enter, according to Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. The home was built in 1934, according to county property records, which listed Scott Weston as the owner.last_img read more

Belkin readies new USBC and Lightning headphones at CES 2019

first_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Headphones Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 85 Photos Enlarge ImageBelkin’s RockStar headphones with Lightning connector arrive this summer. Now word yet on pricing. Belkin Belkin makes an accessory called the Rockstar Lightning Audio + Charge Splitter that allows you to use your Lightning headphones while charging your Lightning-equipped Apple device. Now it’s announced a new RockStar in-ear Lightning headphone that’s due to ship this summer followed by a USB-C version of the same product.There’s no word on pricing yet but hopefully they’ll sound better and cost around the same as a pair of Apple Earpods, which can be found online for around $25. You can also (obviously) make calls with them. Here are the Belkin RockStar headphones’ key specs:Durable construction with MFi certification.Silicon ear tips provide enhanced fit and seal for noise isolation.Sweat and water resistant.On sale summer 2019 from Belkin.com.RockStar Headphones with USB-C Connector coming later this year.Available in black or white.rockstar-lightning-whtEnlarge ImageIn white. Belkin Tags 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Belkin readies new USB-C and Lightning headphones at CES 2019 See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Post a comment Apple • CES 2019 Belkin CES Products Applelast_img read more

Anchorage Bike Blessing draws riders from around the state

first_img“You know, in Alaska, if you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride,” said Greg Porter, zipping across the park on a borrowed Kymco scooter. The daylong event included proclamations from politicians, vendor booths selling reindeer dogs and barbeque and leather, a bucking salmon ride, a fashion show and the Rolling Thunder Ceremony, when riders circled the block en masse. But perhaps the most important parts are the blessings: When you bless someone’s bike, Porter said, you’re actually blessing the person themself. President of the Arctic Apostles, a local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, Porter has helped run the annual Bike Blessing for more than a decade, he said. The event — which coincides with the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month — is organized by the nonprofit group Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education, otherwise known as ABATE. Motorcycles lined up along 10th Avenue in Anchorage during the annual Gathering at the Bike Blessing on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media) Morning rain didn’t stop nearly 1,000 Alaskans from motoring up to the Delaney Park Strip to take part in Anchorage’s annual Bike Blessing on Saturday. It’s a way to unite Alaska bikers from up and down the road system, Porter said. This year, attendees came from as far away as Valdez, Homer and Fairbanks. Rows of bikes lined the streets around the park, and the men and women gathered on the grass represented motorcycle clubs from communities across the state: the American Legion Riders, the Green Knights from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Combat Vets Association, Black Sheep Harley Davidsons for Christ, Wind & Fire MC and others. The Gathering at the Bike Blessing drew nearly 1,000 bikers from around the state to the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media) “And that’s just what I love so much about it,” he shouted, steering through the parkstrip crowd as rain clouds gave way to blue afternoon skies. “It’s about serving the very people that are our neighbors, that we live right next to.”last_img read more

The Hour of Power

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThere’s nothing quite like the sound of a gospel choir.  Sunday morning church service would not be the same without their presence; we love to hear and watch them sing.  Even the choir director plays an important role in making sure a joyful noise is made unto the Lord.  If you enjoy choir music, then mark your calendar for The Hour of Power, held every second Sunday of the month.Elder Eric WaddellHosted by Elder Eric Waddell, each month one of his choirs sings for an hour, and takes the congregation back in time by singing gospel classics from years past.Waddell, a gospel recording artist, is the minister of music at Mt. Pigsah CME Church in West Baltimore, and the founder and director of the Abundant Life Singers, the Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power.Sunday March 11th, the Hour of Power, was held at Brown’s Memorial Baptist Church.  The Abundant Life Singers, The Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power all sang to the glory of God.  This particular Hour of Power was special because the theme was family and friends.  I asked Mr. Waddell about the significance of this and he stated, “Every year the Baltimore gospel community celebrates the importance of worshipping together.  We celebrate family through Gospel Music,” Waddell said.  If you have ever been to an Hour of Power, then you know as soon as the music begins, it feels like one big family reunion.  Everyone begins to sing and reminisce about days ago.  The spirit of God is always felt, and you leave feeling like you have gotten the extra boost that you need to make it through the week.The Hour of Power is such a unique concept.  I was interested in what prompted Waddell to begin this movement in Baltimore.  He informed me that it’s more than just singing for an hour.  “I wanted a platform to educate and showcase the history of choir music,” he said. “The Hour of Power is a city-wide effort as we preserve songs from the past and celebrate where Gospel Music is headed.  The vision is to motivate our church choirs to stay alive, teach younger musicians the hymns of the church and unify our city in singing the good news.”Next month, April 8, The Hour of Power will celebrate five years.  Plans are still underway, but be sure this will be an event you don’t want to miss.  Check back next time to see all the details for the five year anniversary of The Hour of Power.last_img read more

Googles Project Zero reveals a High severity copyonwrite security flaw found in

first_imgA Security researcher from Google’s Project Zero team recently revealed a high severity flaw in the macOS kernel that allows a copy-on-write (COW) behavior, a resource-management technique, also referred to as shadowing. The researcher informed Apple about the flaw back in November 2018, but the company is yet to fix it even after exceeding the 90-day deadline. This is the reason why the bug is now being made public with a “high severity” label. According to a post on Monorail, the issue tracking tool is for chromium-related projects, “The copy-on-write behavior works not only with anonymous memory but also with file mappings. This means that, after the destination process has started reading from the transferred memory area, memory pressure can cause the pages holding the transferred memory to be evicted from the page cache. Later, when the evicted pages are needed again, they can be reloaded from the backing filesystem.” “This means that if an attacker can mutate an on-disk file without informing the virtual management subsystem, this is a security bug. MacOS permits normal users to mount filesystem images. When a mounted filesystem image is mutated directly (e.g. by calling pwrite() on the filesystem image), this information is not propagated into the mounted filesystem”, the post further reads. According to a Google project member, “We’ve been in contact with Apple regarding this issue, and at this point no fix is available. Apple is intending to resolve this issue in a future release, and we’re working together to assess the options for a patch. We’ll update this issue tracker entry once we have more details.” A user commented on HackerNews, “Given the requirements that a secondary process should even be able to modify a file that is already open, I guess the expected behavior is that the 1st process’s version should remain cached in memory while allowing the on-disk (CoW) version to be updated? While also informing the 1st process of the update and allowing the 1st process to reload/reopen the file if it chooses to do so. If this is the intended/expected behavior, then it follows that pwrite() and other syscalls should inform the kernel and cause prevent the origional cache from being flushed.” To know more about this news, head over to the bug issue post. Read Next Drupal releases security advisory for ‘serious’ Remote Code Execution vulnerability Google’s home security system, Nest Secure’s had a hidden microphone; Google says it was an “error” Firedome’s ‘Endpoint Protection’ solution for improved IoT securitylast_img read more

Body of US woman found in a water tank

first_imgA domestic employee discovered the body of U.S. citizen Molly Jam Salomon, 55, in a water tank inside her home in San Isidro de Heredia, northeast of San José, where she had been living for several years.A housekeeper told police that she arrived at the home Saturday morning and began looking for Salomon until she discovered the body inside the tank. She then called police.Police are treating the case as a home invasion, having discovered a broken window in the back of the house, although no missing items were reported.Judicial Investigation Police arrived to gather evidence at the scene. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img

Study says girls seek sisterhood not just marriage in IS

first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories “These anecdotes serve to disprove the idea of the well-integrated, utopian society that is so strongly emphasized by ISIS propaganda,” researchers said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Western societies must understand these varied motivations if they hope to prevent more women from joining the militants and potentially returning to their home nations to commit acts of terrorism, argue the report’s authors, Erin Saltman and Melanie Smith. Thinking of them as all being brainwashed, groomed, innocent girls hinders understanding of the threat they pose.“They’re not being taken seriously,” Smith said. “It’s inherently dangerous to label people with the same brush.”The report was presented Thursday at a Jihadist Insurgency Conference at King’s College. Saltman said women have always been involved in violent extremism, but that the number of women supporting Islamic State is “completely unprecedented.”“We see a real problem,” she said, citing several factors for the increased numbers, including the direct call Islamic State is making for female volunteers, the fact that women are directly recruiting other women online, and the “very fluent, catchy, pop culture” approach the extremists use in their propaganda.About 550 young women, some as young as 13, have already traveled to Islamic State-controlled territory, according to the report. Comments   Share   The authors combed the social media accounts of more than 100 female profiles across platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. To grow their sample, they used a “snowball” technique in which female Islamic state migrants were identified among networks of other Islamic State networks. Photos, online chats and other accounts helped place the women geographically in Syria or Iraq. Researchers say the women came from 15 countries and were largely operating in English.They consistently talked about the camaraderie they experienced after moving to Islamic State territory, and often used social media to post images of veiled “sisters” posing together.“This is often contrasted with discussions about the false feeling or surface-level relationships they iterate they previously held in the West,” the authors said. “This search for meaning, sisterhood, and identity is a primary driving factor for many women to travel.”They are also searching for romance in the form of marriage.“Online, images of a lion and lioness are shared frequently to symbolize this union,” the report said. “This is symbolic of finding a brave and strong husband, but also propagandizes the notion that supporting a jihadist husband and taking on the ISIS ideology is an empowering role for females.”center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies One woman identified only as Shams and who is a qualified doctor, found her husband through an arranged meeting. He proposed immediately. She posted an image of her wedding, which features the Islamic State flag in the background. Her bearded husband wears a tie. She wears a white burqa with only a slit for the eyes.She captioned the picture: “Marriage in the land of Jihad: Till Martyrdom Do Us Part.”While they are enticed by romantic stories about groups of women eating by candlelight and bathing in the Euphrates, most of the young migrants quickly find that the reality of their lives belies the rhetoric.While life in Syria is difficult, few women voice their grievances directly. Islamic State has relied on a decentralized network of “messengers” to proliferate its world vision, and the network snaps into action to quickly reprimand anyone who speaks out. The hashtag “#nobodycaresaboutthewidow,” didn’t last long.But the women do warn those who may follow them that they should be ready to “be tested” by intermittent electricity, water shortages, bitter winters and the travails of life in a war zone. Health care is a particular concern, with one Western woman describing her experience of having a miscarriage in an Islamic State hospital because she couldn’t communicate with the doctor. Patients with chronic pain give advice LONDON (AP) — The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become “jihadi brides” is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests.Young women are joining the Islamic State group for many reasons, including anger over the perceived persecution of Muslims and the wish to belong to a sisterhood with similar beliefs, according to a report presented Thursday by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. The researchers suggest that while the term jihadi bride may be catchy from a media point of view, the young women who are traveling to Syria see themselves as something more: pilgrims embarking on a mission to develop the region into an Islamic utopia. Many would like to fight alongside male recruits, but the group’s strict interpretation of Islam relegates them to domestic roles.The primary responsibility for a woman in Islamic State-controlled territory may be to be a good wife and a “mother to the next generation of jihadism,” but the study concluded that women are playing a crucial propaganda role for the organization by using social media to bring in more recruits.“The propaganda is dangerous,” Smith said. “It draws vulnerable or ‘at risk’ individuals into extremist ideologies … simplifying world conflicts into good versus evil which allows someone the opportunity of being the ‘hero’ – an empowering narrative for a disenfranchised, disengaged individual.”Young women are often vulnerable to this kind of rhetoric because they are questioning their identities as they grow into adults. Many of the young women observed said they felt socially and culturally isolated in secular Western society, and saw the region controlled by Islamic State as “a safe haven for those who wish to fully embrace and protect Islam,” according to the report.last_img read more