Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Names Mitsuis New LNG Carrier

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has held a christening ceremony for the next-generation LNG carrier currently under construction for Japan-based Mitsui & Co.The new ship, which was named Marvel Crane on February 21, is designed with improvements both to LNG carrying capacity and fuel performance due to the adoption of a more efficient hull structure and hybrid propulsion system.Completion is scheduled for March 2019, after which the 79,000 dwt vessel will be put into service, transporting LNG for the Cameron LNG Project in the U.S., in which Mitsui & Co. is participating.Featuring a length of 293 meters and a width of 48.9 meters, Marvel Crane is the first of two LNG carriers of the same design being constructed for Mitsui & Co. The ship has a total tank holding capacity of 177,000 m3.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding received the order for the new vessel through MI LNG Company, a joint venture for the design and sale of LNG carriers established by MHI and Imabari Shipbuilding.last_img read more

Financement daméliorations et de réparations aux immobilisations dans certaines écoles

first_imgQuarante-trois écoles de la province pourront faire des mises à niveau, des réparations et des améliorations cette année grâce à du financement consacré à des réparations aux immobilisations. Les projets représentent un investissement de plus de 15 millions de dollars. « Nos écoles ont connu cette année des conditions météorologiques difficiles qui rendent ces réparations très importantes, souligne la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey. Ces réparations aideront à maintenir un milieu d’apprentissage de grande qualité dans nos écoles, ce qui est dans l’intérêt des élèves, des enseignants et du personnel. » Les conseils scolaires ont été avisés des écoles dont le financement des réparations a été approuvé et ils se préparent à entamer les travaux dès que possible. Cette année, les réparations aux toitures sont chose courante à cause de l’accumulation de neige. L’école secondaire J.L. Ilsley et l’école élémentaire de deuxième cycle Beechville Lakeside Timberlea à Halifax et l’école secondaire Riverview à Coxheath dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton sont des exemples d’écoles qui sauront profiter de ces réparations. Les projets de réparations aux immobilisations comprennent également le remplacement de fenêtres, l’amélioration d’un centre de santé jeunesse et d’une cafétéria, l’asphaltage, le remplacement de chaudières et bien d’autres travaux. Tous les projets de réparations aux immobilisations doivent être des améliorations à l’infrastructure scolaire et doivent avoir un budget de 150 000 dollars à un million de dollars pour être admissibles au programme.last_img read more

Toronto woman reunited with her stolen chihuahua service dog

first_imgTORONTO – A service dog named Princess has been reunited with her owner after being taken and missing for almost 20 hours in Toronto.Police say the dog was found three kilometres from where she was last seen around 2 a.m. on Sunday.Ashley-Victoria Martineau, 28, left her teacup chihuahua tied to a railing in front of a McDonald’s when she stopped in to the fast-food chain.Martineau said she thought she would be in and out quickly, and that she’s had trouble trying to bring her dog into restaurants in the past.When she came back outside after about ten minutes, her dog was gone.Police say residents found Princess after the dog wandered onto their patio and then called an animal shelter, which then realized it was the missing chihuahua and arranged with police to have Martineau pick it up.Princess is a registered service animal, Martineau said, which she adopted five years ago when she found it on the street in the city’s east end.“One day I was in tears and she came up to me, cuddled, sat on my lap, and gave me kisses,” says Martineau, who relies on Princess to cope with her post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. “There’s so many ways (she helps) that it’s not easy to explain.”last_img read more

How the Expos can finally return to Montreal

first_imgFor a long time, it was a pipe dream. Then it was a faint hope. And now, fifteen years after their final game, the Expos returning to Montreal increasingly feels inevitable. How did this happen? What had to change in the city, the sport and the business world to make it a possibility?Jeff Blair covered the Expos for more than a decade and knows the story of the team’s departure, and the saga of their pending return, better than anyone else. He explains how the stars are aligning, why baseball matters so much in the city and tells us the story of the Expos diaspora—the fans of the “ghost team” who never gave up hope for a comeback.GUEST: Jeff Blair, Sportsnet 590 the Fan, co-host of The Lede podcastAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at read more

Gemma Atkinson And Lucy Pinder Lend Their Support To Fading Giants

first_imgThe plight of Africa’s elephants has attracted the support of actresses Gemma Atkinson and Lucy Pinder to a new campaign being run by UK charity the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.Gemma Atkinson lends her support for Fading GiantsEstablished by wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd CBE, art is a cornerstone of the charity’s fundraising to protect endangered wildlife and the ‘Fading Giant’ campaign is no exception.Beautiful artwork from Italian artist Stefano Zagaglia adorns a capsule clothing collection of t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts that give all profit from sales to support the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and park protection programmes in Uganda and Zambia.Lucy Pinder lends her support for Fading GiantsRecognising the plight of Africa’s elephants with an estimated 35,000 killed each year for their ivory, Gemma and Lucy, who also support the charity’s TigerTime campaign, were delighted to help.The campaign runs until December 3 with all items dispatched in time for Christmas. To buy your ‘Fading Giant’ clothing, click here.For more information about the elephant projects the campaign supports, click here.last_img read more

Indian Ocean tsunami to be reenacted for test of UNbacked warning system

6 October 2011More than 20 nations will participate next week in a full-scale exercise to test a United Nations-backed early warning system which will re-enact the events of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The exercise on 12 October, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aims to test the warning system’s operational capacity as well as the efficiency of communication systems and national emergency services.The “Exercise IOWAVE 11” as it is known, will recreate the conditions that led to the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004, which affected many Indian Ocean countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India, resulting in more than 220,000 deaths and causing extensive damages to countries’ infrastructures, economies and environment.According to a news release issued by UNESCO today, the test scenario will be based on a fictional 9.2-magnitude earthquake that leads to a massive wave that crosses the Indian Ocean in 12 hours and strikes the coast of South Africa.As part of the exercise, coastal communities in India, Malaysia and other countries will be evacuated, and warning bulletins will be issued by the Regional Tsunami Service Providers in Australia, India, Indonesia and other warning systems in East Asia. After the 2004 catastrophe, Indian Ocean nations decided to establish an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) and requested that UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission establish an Intergovernmental Coordination Group to provide a governance mechanism for the new system. Since then, bulletins have been issued to 28 Indian Ocean nations by the Japan Meteorological Agency and Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. For the duration of the test however, full responsibility will be transferred to the new warning system and the transition will be marked by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with a video address to the authorities of Australia, India and Indonesia.The participating countries to date include: Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France (on behalf of Réunion), India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Yemen. read more

TSX closes lower early enthusiasm for Cypriot bailout deal evaporates

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as earlier relief over a bailout deal for Cyprus faded.The S&P/TSX composite index finished the session down 76.64 points to 12,680.71 with smartphone maker BlackBerry also a major weight ahead of its earnings release later in the week.Indexes had been higher earlier in the session after Cyprus clinched a €10-billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the ECB aimed at preventing the country from sliding into bankruptcy and ditching the euro currency.But in order to get the money, Cyprus had to come up with €5.8 billion on its own. The bulk of that money is now being raised by forcing losses on holders of large bank deposits, with the remainder coming from tax increases and privatizations.Losses picked up after a top European official said that inflicting losses on banks’ shareholders, bondholders and even large depositors should become the 17-country eurozone’s default approach for dealing with ailing lenders.Banks’ owners and investors must be held responsible “before looking at public money or any other instrument coming from the public side,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs the Eurogroup gatherings of the 17 eurozone finance ministers.He later pointed out that “Cyprus is a specific case with exceptional challenges” but traders worry that forcing losses on large deposits could encourage investors to pull money out of weaker southern European economies to more stable nations in the north, like Germany.The Canadian dollar was also down from the highs of the session and closed up 0.2 of a cent to 97.92 cents US.U.S. indexes also lost early traction as the Dow Jones industrials declined 64.28 points to 14,447.75, the Nasdaq was down 9.7 points at 3,235.3 and the S&P 500 index dipped 5.2 points to 1,551.69.The focus will likely remain on developments surrounding Cyprus for awhile yet. In particular, investors will be interested to see the level of withdrawals from the country’s banks when they reopen. That had been scheduled for Tuesday.A longer-lasting concern though is how the Cyprus deal plays out in other countries, notably those at the forefront of Europe’s debt crisis. Analysts warned there is still a risk of contagion spreading to other weak eurozone countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece.Anthony Conroy, head trader at ConvergEx Group, which provides technology to support big traders like investment advisers and hedge funds, said that traders expect more turbulence from Europe before the crisis has been resolved.“I think there’s more to come,” he said.“When you have concern, you have volatility, and you’re seeing volatility in here,” he said.Shares in smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) fell for a second session in a row ahead of the release of its quarterly earnings on Thursday. Its stock was off session lows but still down 68 cents, or 4.48 per cent, to $14.51 on top of an eight per cent slide Friday as the smartphone maker’s new Z10 product officially went on sale in the U.S.The stock also backed off after analyst Simona Jankowski at Goldman Sachs downgraded BlackBerry to neutral. In a note to clients, Jankowski said her firm’s research indicated a “disappointing” U.S. launch for the Z10 “with limited marketing and tepid sell-through at AT&T and Best Buy stores alike.”The company’s fourth-quarter earnings give a glimpse into how well the smartphones are selling in Canada, the U.K. and India, though details on its U.S. launch and other markets won’t be part of the financial report until the next earnings period.“On balance, I think the numbers will be pretty decent — it’s going to be a loss, which is not unexpected but the sales numbers are going to be the story here,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“We have had mixed sentiment with respect to very very early responses. I don’t think you’re going to see anything conclusive there until the keyboard equipped device comes out a little later on.”Elsewhere on the TSX, the base metals sector led decliners, down 1.76 per cent with May copper off two cents at US$3.44 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) dropped 71 cents to C$19.41.The gold sector dropped about 1.7 per cent as April bullion closed well off the worst levels of the day, slipping $1.60 to US$1,604.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) lost 66 cents to C$33.67.The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $1.10 to US$94.81 a barrel. The energy sector was down 0.76 per cent as Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell 53 cents to C$31.40.The industrials sector lost 0.89 per cent as Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) shed 11 cents to $3.95. The transportation giant said Monday that it has fully powered up the main electrical systems for the first time on its CSeries test aircraft. The company also says it has completed two crucial wing tests ahead of the commercial plane’s first flight by the end of June.The TSX Venture Exchange slipped three points to 1,103.35. TSX closes lower, early enthusiasm for Cypriot bailout deal evaporates AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 8:37 am MDT read more

March UK vehicle production figures

“The figures show that urgent action is necessary to kick-start demand in the motor industry and the introduction of a UK scrappage incentive scheme is an important first step,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “Efforts to restore confidence and improve access to finance, particularly for companies in the supply chain, are key to sustaining our industrial capability. The motor industry has an essential role in the UK‘s economic future, but it will be some months before we see any significant increase in output.” -51.3%-56.6%-57.1%-63.0%-52.1%-57.4% Total61,829183,0108,07422,29569,903205,305 Home15,37138,6631,6755,04217,04643,705 DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  % of total24.9%21.1%20.7%22.6%24.4%21.3% -52.6%-55.0%-46.4%-52.0%-51.9%-54.7% Export46,458144,3476,39917,25352,857161,600 ·      Car production more than halved in March to bring quarter one volumes down 56.6%·      Commercial vehicle production fell by 63% in the first quarter, after a further steep fall in March·         It is hoped that the introduction of the scrappage incentive scheme will help stimulate the market % of total75.1%78.9%79.3%77.4%75.6%78.7% SMMT LtdMar-09YTD 2009Mar-09YTD 2009Mar-09YTD 2009 For more, please see the attached press release. -47.2%-61.6%-75.6%-79.3%-52.6%-65.0% read more

Ohio State baseball upsets No 4 Louisville 20

Sophomore infielder L Grant Davis (50) shakes hands with assistant coach Chris Holik (6) during a game against Louisville on April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 2-0. Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern PhotographerAfter suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in more than a month, the Ohio State baseball team bounced back to shut out No .4 Louisville, 2-0, Tuesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.“It’s only one game in a season, is it a signature victory? It’s hard to say that,” coach Greg Beals said. “But when you look at the RPI, when you look at the end of the year, I think the committee may look at that and say, ‘Hey, they beat a top-five team.’”The Buckeyes, now 24-9 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten, had a special appearance from the 2015 national champion Ohio State wrestling team, including coach Tom Ryan, redshirt-senior Logan Stieber and redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello, who threw out the first pitch before redshirt-freshman Adam Niemeyer took the mound to make his first career start.Niemeyer tossed five innings for the Buckeyes and gave up just two hits and no runs after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.“I was excited, it was a good opportunity to make my first start against a national caliber team like Louisville,” Niemeyer said. “I was just lucky enough to go out there and throw strikes. The defense made a lot of big plays behind me.”The Buckeyes had made several double-plays while on defense, but struggled to put any runs on the board until the bottom of the third. A single from sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery scored freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt home for the game’s first run.“We put up a bunch of zero’s against a really good team. The zero I want to comment on is the defensive zero,” Beals said. “I give a lot of credit to our guys.”Senior catcher Connor Sabanosh took the plate next reached base on an error while sophomore second baseman L Grant Davis completed the scoring for the night..OSU had a chance to put more runs up on the board in the bottom of the sixth after a bunt single by Montgomery kept the bases loaded. Senior outfielder Pat Porter was up next, but couldn’t seal the deal.“There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done. We have 19-20 games left,” Beals said.  “We still have to finish strong.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road on Friday at 7:35 p.m. to start a three-game Big Ten series against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Ohio State’s next series is set to be played at Bill Davis Stadium, when in fact it is scheduled to be played in Lincoln, Neb. at Haymarket Park. read more

Labour MP calls for HMRC probe after Telegraph exposes cash for places

first_imgEkaterina Ametistova, a partner at Bruton Lloyd William Petty, co-director at Bonas Macfarlane Stowe School in Buckinghamshire Ekaterina Ametistova, a partner at the Mayfair-based educational consultants Bruton Lloyd, told undercover reporters that in the case of at least one public school: “It would help if the parents are prepared to sort of sponsor [the school] a little. We’re talking potentially about a quite substantial amount.”But the boy has to be good. It has to be both.” However, this week she said she had never facilitated a payment to a school. Alexander Nikitich, founder of UK-based Carfax Education Group said: “Parents are making enormous sacrifices to pay independent school fees: they deserve total transparency about how the admissions system works.” William Petty, co-director at Bonas Macfarlane “They should simply charge foreign parents more than British ones – but do it openly and transparently. It is as simple as that. “Brilliant foreign pupils would still be able to access scholarships at leading schools, as they do today.”Mr Petty said Bonas MacFarlane’s work was “conducted in accordance with all relevant legal obligations”, adding: “We have never facilitated acceptances in return for donations.”Anthony Wallersteiner, the headmaster at Stowe, said Mr Fletcher had resigned after admitting making “inaccurate and inappropriate statements”. amd that he school has “no reason to believe” that a donation has ever influenced a decision to award a place. Almost one in 10 public school pupils is from overseas, with the number from China trebling in the past decade amid rising fees.Ms Powell has been highly critical of independent schools recently.  She accused them of failing to improve Academies they sponsor last week, following the publication of fresh Ofsted data.The Manchester MP was also unimpressed by a proposal, put forward by the Independent Schools Council, to increase the number of free place made available each year by 10,000, in return for tens of millions in public funds.She said: “It’s time for ministers to drop their gimmicks and focus on what really matters: enough excellent teachers in the classroom and proper resources for schools, things they are singularly failing to deliver.” Ekaterina Ametistova, a partner at Bruton Lloyd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central and former Shadow Education SecretaryCredit:Martin Rickett/PAcenter_img A leading Labour MP has called for a formal investigation into allegations top public schools including Stowe were willing to accept large cash donations in return for offering places.David Fletcher, the school’s registrar until last week, was filmed saying a six-figure payment would be helpful when there was a “marginal decision” over whether a pupil should be admitted.Mr Fletcher, 60, claimed one overseas family had recently given £100,000 towards a project at the school, which is a registered charity, to help secure a place for their child  – something the school has denied. Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s former Shadow Education Secretary said the Telegraph investigation had “lifted the lid on some potentially dodgy practices”, and should be looked into by HMRC and the Charity Commission.The Telegraph’s undercover reporters also met education consultants who spoke of donations being provided to help secure places at a series of public schools.William Petty, a director of the south-west London firm Bonas Macfarlane, explained how making a donation to secure a place at one top public school would be “eye-wateringly expensive”. David Fletcher resigned as registrar at Stowe following the Telegraph investigation He told undercover reporters: “No one is going to move a muscle at [the school] for less than a million and a half. I know those guys, they’re ruthless and they will push for five [million pounds].”Mr Petty, whose consultancy charges £10,000 for each child who is found a place at a school, said that although there were rules governing admissions criteria, it might be possible for them to be “seriously bent”. Ms Powell said: “With the reputations of these institutions on the line, it’s clear that a full investigation by the Charity Commission and HMRC now needs to take place urgently to ensure these schools are behaving legally and appropriately.”Ministers must now act to satisfy themselves, and the public, that these organisations continue to warrant the charitable status they have.”Telegraph reporters posed as representatives of a Russian businessman who wanted his son to study in England, after receiving information that specific schools and agencies were taking money from wealthy foreign parents to secure places for their children. Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central He added: ‘It’s the British reputation for fair play that attracts so many overseas parents to British independent schools. So if there are schools abusing the system, they are destroying the ethos that underpins the British education system.”“If you are a good consultant you do not need to offer a school money to take your pupil.”Mr Nikitich said he believed the solution was for independent schools to have a two-tier fees system, one for British parents and one for families from overseas: “Just as British universities have a two-tier fee system for home and overseas students, so should our independent schools. David Fletcher Stowe School in Buckinghamshirelast_img read more

Jackson Kelly advises on new mine safety requirements for SEC filing

first_imgOn December 22, Jackson Kelly PLLC reported “Section 1503 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law on July 21, 2010, and requires mining companies to include certain information about mine safety and health in the quarterly and annual reports filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Last December, the SEC issued proposed rules to implement the mine safety reporting requirements.  Yesterday, the SEC released its final rules implementing § 1503 of the Act.  The rules become effective 30 days following their publication, which is expected sometime next week in the Federal Register. “In general, the final rules follow the structure of § 1503 of the Act, which operators have already been complying with since passage of the Act.  The preamble accompanying the rules notes, ‘… we have decided not to adopt the proposals that would have expanded the required disclosure beyond that required by Section 1503 since we are persuaded by comments asserting that the added burden of these proposed requirements likely would have outweighed the potential incremental benefits of the additional disclosure.’  Some exceptions do exist where the SEC believes additional disclosures will advance the intent of the legislation; however, even in those instances the reporting periods have been reduced to limit the information required.“Generally, the final rules apply only to mines in the United States; do not require issuers to report citations and orders issued to independent contractors working at the issuer’s mine site; define “subsidiary” as defined in Exchange Act Rule 12b-2; and do not provide special treatment to smaller reporting companies or foreign private issuers.“The SEC rules require mining companies to provide mine-by-mine totals for the following:Significant and substantial violations of mandatory health or safety standards under § 104 of the Mine Act for which the operator received a citation from MSHAOrders under § 104(b) of the Mine ActCitations and orders for unwarrantable failure of the mine operator to comply with § 104(d) of the Mine ActFlagrant violations under § 110(b)(2) of the Mine ActImminent danger orders issued under § 107(a) of the Mine ActThe dollar value of proposed assessments from MSHANotices from MSHA of a pattern of violations or potential to have a pattern of violations under § 104(e) of the Mine ActPending legal actions before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review CommissionMining-related fatalities.“Reporting instructions specify that a mining company must report the total penalties assessed in the reporting period, even if the company is contesting an assessment. For legal actions, mining companies are instructed to report the number of actions instituted and resolved during the reporting period, report the number of actions pending on the last day of the reporting period, and categorize the actions based on the type of proceeding.“In addition, the Dodd-Frank Act added a requirement that mining companies file a Form 8-K when they receive notice from MSHA of an imminent danger order under §107(a) of the Mine Act, a notice of a pattern of violations under §104(e) of the Mine Act, or a notice of the potential to have a pattern of such violations.  The new SEC rules specify that the Form 8-K must be filed within four business days and include the type of notice received, the date it was received, and the name and location of the mine involved.  However, the late filing of the Form 8-K will not affect a company’s eligibility to use Form S-3 short-form registration.”last_img read more

Googles Chromecast team rapidly expanding after explosive launch

first_imgAfter the incredibly successful launch of the Chromecast, Google is looking to quickly expand staffing for the fledgling project.You’d be hard pressed to find a Chromecast on the shelves of any electronics store right now, and unless you’re willing to pay more than double for one sold by a third party on Amazon, you won’t find them available online either. Google’s latest hardware launch was met with significantly more success than they were prepared for, as many retail outlets reported they were sold out within hours of the HDMI dongle hitting the shelves. While production ramps up to restock as quickly as possible, and developers scramble to work with the beta APIs to integrate Chromecast support into their apps, Google’s jobs page has lit up with a list of new positions available on the Chromecast team.It’s beyond clear that the Mountain View company wasn’t prepared for this HDMI stick to be such a huge hit, and given their previous struggles with getting their hardware into the living room it’s not hard to understand why. Google seems quick to respond, however, and their hiring board shows that they are staffing for long term success with this project.The Chromecast team is currently hiring for Developer Advocates, Developer Relations, Technical Writers, and Developer Programs Engineers. Most of these are positions that handle third party developers working to either add Chromecast support to their app or to build entirely new apps around the Chromecast service. This is the kind of staffing you do when there’s been a significant response from developers, and since Chromecast works across so many platforms there’s a need for multiple people in these positions with skills that apply directly to those platforms.It looks like there’s plenty of positive signs all around for Chromecast, except perhaps the most important one. It’s been a couple of weeks now since anyone has seen the hardware on shelves. Employees in retail locations either turn people away or turn them to Apple TV every day, often several times a day depending on where you are. The next week or two will be critical for Chromecast, but as long as Google can get them on and keep them on the shelves it looks like they have everything else under control.last_img read more

Two men die in separate farm accidents

first_img Mar 15th 2017, 12:48 PM Image: Shutterstock/oticki Two men die in separate farm accidents One man was struck by a tractor and the other was killed when his quad overturned. Image: Shutterstock/oticki 27,776 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 12:48 PM TWO MEN HAVE died in separate farming incidents today.Gardaí said that a man in his 70s was discovered at Fivevalley, Birr, Co Offaly at approximately 8am this morning.It is understood he was struck by a tractor.Gardaí also confirmed the sudden death of man in his 20s discovered at Moenyribbon Coolgreaney, Co Wexford. He was killed when a quad bike overturned.He was discovered at approximately 6.30am this morning.Health and Safety Authority inspectors are at both scenes.Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Martin Kenny TD has expressed sympathy to the families of the two men killed in farm accidents today, and another at the weekend.“These men were part of the farming community and we are all affected by such tragedies,” he said.I am aware that the Health and Safety Authority has announced 2,000 farm inspections this year and I urge all those engaged in farming to comply with guidelines and regulations. The HSA must be fully resourced to do its job to prevent workplace accidents.Read: Search continues for three members of Coast Guard helicopter crew> 7 Comments By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mooving on up

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adam Gerondis’ lineage puts him in good stead as the director of Moo Gourmet Burgers. His grandfather was Greek migrant Joachim Tavlaridis. In 1932, Tavlaridis opened the first ever milk bar in Martin Place, Sydney. The Black & White 4d Milk Bar changed the way Australians ate and drank and revolutionised Australian food culture. And Gerondis ensures that this strong history, this symbolic cultural icon lives on at Moo Gourmet Burgers. Gerondis was six-years-old when his grandfather passed away, and although they didn’t talk ‘shop’, he said his grandfather always made sure he knew his past. “It was always something we had spoken about; that he had come to Australia with nothing and opened several milk bars. It inspired me because I have always wanted to go into this business. I have been involved in food since high school and I am sure that’s come from some of the stories and influences of my grandfather,” Gerondis told Neos Kosmos. He pays homage to the Black and White 4d Milk Bar by sticking with traditional recipes and methods in creating burgers and milkshakes. But also by not steering away from the modern and contemporary ingredients that are on the market. The Black & White Burger, 100 per cent Australian Angus beef, tomato, mixed leaf lettuce, free range egg, mozzarella, mayo and tomato relish showcases the best of old-school style burgers but with fresh new ingredients. And this traditional burger sits comfortably next such new twists like the Piri Piri Chicken Burger, Red Kidney Bean Burger, Duck & Bacon Burger and Greek Lamb Burger. “We have about 20 burgers to choose from as we try and use a whole lot of different meat and ingredients. We use all ethically farmed sustainable produce, all free range meat and chicken. They are very different to your standard burgers, they are just really big juicy tasty burgers.” Moo Gourmet Burgers milkshakes are something else. “We do a traditional old fashioned milk shake with paper straws in the metal containers. We really go to a lot of trouble for this. One of the first things our staff learn is how to make a really good milkshake. We are very particular about how much ice cream to put in, how much syrup and what type of milk we use. I think people appreciate it.” You can choose from the traditional milkshake – chocolate, strawberry, caramel or vanilla – with or without malt, just like you used to get when you were a kid Or you can try some of the modern interpretations with the specialised Moo Shakes. “[The Moo Shakes are] our modern interpretation of the classic shake. The Moo Shakes have candy bars in them and tend to be much thicker than the traditional shakes,” explained Gerondis. Oreo biscuits are crushed to create Mod Cow Shake, Maltesers are squashed in the MooTeaser Shake and marshmallows are scattered through the RockyMoo Shake. There are also smoothies and a selection of classic desserts like an ice-cream sundae and banana split. The three Sydney Moo Gourmet Burgers stores are as relaxed as the suburbs they come in. With two at the seaside Bondi and Coogee Beach, and one in bohemian Newtown, Gerondis has created a laid back style and casual vibe that is felt when you walk in the door. The stores also feature Black & White 4d Milk Bar memorabilia with original photographs, news clippings and items, such as plates, cups and a milkshake maker, that were given to him by his mother Helen Gerondis, and auntie, Lilian Keldoulis. But even with the successful gourmet burger franchise he has created, Gerondis said it was his first business – as a wide-eyed teenager – that taught him the most. Fresh out of high school, he opened a cafe in Watsons Bay with a friend that didn’t last the year. Keen to get into business, he said he may not have been ready then, but is certainly ready now. The first Moo Gourmet Burgers opened in 2009 to a positive response. That same year, Gerondis opened the Coogee Beach store and last year, the third store opened. And with three successful business already, Gerondis is now looking at opening more. He isn’t ruling out the possibility of interstate, but this hands-on manager – who divides his time between the three stores and doing spot checks – will only open interstate if he can be certain that quality control is in place. Charity work is something else Gerondis got from his generous grandfather. Moo Gourmet Burgers donates 50 cents of every Little Cow meal sold and has just hit the $4000 mark in donations to the Starlight Foundation. “My grandfather was a big supporter of charity. On the anniversary of each opening he would donate funds to various causes so I decided to carry that out and we support the Starlight Foundation.” For more information and locations visit read more

Evzones to visit Oakleighs Eaton Mall to honour Greek National Day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This year’s Greek National Day will be made all the more special with the presence of the Evzones Presidential Guard visiting Australia from Greece.On Sunday 25 March, the pre-eminent ceremonial military unit will also pay a visit to Oakleigh Eaton Mall.Largely the epicentre of Melbourne’s Greek culture, a multicultural event will be hosted with a program of music and dancing featuring local performers, musicians and cultural groups to mark the significance of the visit.“As mayor, I am very proud to welcome the Evzones Presidential Guard to Monash,” said City of Monash Mayor Paul Klisaris. “Taking place in one of Melbourne’s most culturally vibrant communities, the event will be a celebration of diversity and ceremony. Oakleigh’s famous cafes and restaurants are world-class [and] will have their best on show to celebrate the Evzones event.”An enthusiastic crowd is anticipated, ensuring the Evzones will receive a warm welcome.last_img read more

Pedestrian killed near Ridgefield

first_imgA 51-year old Vancouver man was killed late Saturday when he stumbled into southbound traffic on Interstate 5.The Washington State Patrol said Valentin Reyes-Guitierrez died at the scene of the accident, which was reported at 10:27 p.m.Troopers said the investigation showed he had been walking along the southbound freeway when he stumbled into the path of a silver Mercedes SUV driven by Robert E. Burris, 53, of Hillsboro, Ore. Burris was driving in the right lane. Neither he nor a passenger were reported injured.Troopers believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in causing Reyes-Guitierrez to stumble.last_img

ASAWISHH Hosts Aquaculture Conference First Tilapia Cooking Competition at Womens University in

first_imgWomen gather at the Lahore College for Women University to attend the International Aquaculture Conference, Exhibition and Tilapia Cooking Competition hosted by ASA/WISHH in Pakistan.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program recently hosted a one-day International aquaculture conference, scientific research poster exhibition and tilapia cooking competition at the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded FEEDing Pakistan project.The event, attended by 350 women, highlighted the students’ aquaculture research and the creation of local tilapia recipes. The winning recipes from the cooking competition will be published in a tilapia recipe book as part of an initiative to increase fish consumption in Pakistan.Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, of the University of Arizona, served as a technical consultant for ASA/WISHH and presented on the “Role of Women in the Development of the Global Aquaculture Industry” during the conference.“Although I was very impressed with the cooking and presentation skills of the young women, I was actually more impressed with the high level of science, attention to detail, analytical skill and verbal reasoning that the women had presented in the earlier poster session,” Fitzsimmons said. “It was quite clear to me that these women were working with their faculty to become top scientists, engineers and community leaders for their country. Their cooking skills were to be applauded, but the commitment that each and every student was making to becoming top scientists, engineers, physicists and professors was truly inspiring.”LCWU is the largest women’s university in Pakistan having over 14,000 registered students. Over 400 students are part of the Zoology Department; two years ago fisheries and aquaculture was added as a new degree program within the zoology department at the university in response to the growing aquaculture industry in Pakistan. This academic program, and others like it, are building local capacity which will lead to sustained growth in the industry.last_img read more

On reelection bid Gov Walker says hes made difficult decisions that he

first_imgGov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott greet supporters gathered for the campaign kickoff event Oct. 22, 2017, at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s re-election campaign kicked off Sunday afternoon in Juneau. About 100 community members showed up to Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall for music, face painting and food, including a new ice cream flavor from Coppa made specially for the campaign, called Unity.The independent governor took a few of questions from KTOO’s Adelyn Baxter about his outlook for the upcoming 2018 campaign.BAXTER: So I wanted to ask you specifically about, in your 2016 State of the State address, you said, “I did not run for governor to keep the job, I ran to do the job.”WALKER: Right.BAXTER: And so I was wondering if when you were first running in 2014 if you had ever intended to seek re-election, if it was even in your frame of mind then?WALKER: You know, it wasn’t on my mind, and it isn’t now in the decisions I make. Many times people will say, “Well we can’t do this because we have an election coming.” I don’t believe in that. I was hired for four years I’m going to work hard for a solid four years. And if I get an opportunity to continue on for another four years, I will be greatly honored. If I don’t, I’ll be greatly honored I served as the governor of Alaska for four years. I just don’t believe in running for three years and then just sort of gliding for a year. That’s not what I was hired for.BAXTER: And what are the biggest changes this time around, this campaign season or upcoming campaign?WALKER: Well, this time around I have made some difficult decisions and I need to own them. And I will own them. I mean, I don’t hide from anything I’ve done. And so what’s different for me now, you know when I began running, the first poll that was taken I had a name recognition of 2 percent. And I was pretty excited about 2 percent, “Hey that’s … you know!” So I had a long ways to go. Now that’s not the issue anymore. The issue is I need to talk about what I’m going to do and I also need to justify the decisions I’ve made.So, you know for me, I can, whatever happens on election or re-election, I need to live the rest of my life living with the decision I’ve made. And I can do that. It’s the decision I didn’t make that I don’t want to worry about. I don’t want to ever look back and go, “You know, I didn’t do this because I was worried about that. I didn’t do this …” No. I’m all in. And so that’s not a politically wise thing to do, I understand that. But I would much rather lose fighting for Alaska every day than be very careful and increase my chances by not doing this. I just don’t believe in that. I think that’s how we got into the situation we’re in right now, the fiscal situation. People so focused on their next election. It’s the next generation we need to focus on, not the next election.BAXTER: And so was the decision to run again as an independent in the next election an obvious one, given the success last time?WALKER: It is. That’s how we got here and it feels very comfortable because I can draw from all different sides of the aisle for input. I’ve never felt that any particular party had a monopoly on good ideas. I think everybody should have an equal say on that. So we, uh, foster that. We encourage that.BAXTER: And has there been any discussion given the recent ruling about open primaries and the Democratic primary to running in that primary?WALKER: You know, we haven’t had any discussion about that. Of course we’re not involved in it at all because of the obvious conflict (of interest). So we haven’t had any discussions about that and as I stand here today I’m not, uh — we’re doing it the way we did it last time and until that changes we’ll keep doing that.BAXTER: OK. And final thoughts on how this event went?WALKER: I thought it went very well. I was very, very pleased with it. Juneau had been a big part of our campaign last time and it certainly will be this time. So on a Sunday afternoon with a lot of things competing, with the Seahawks football game going on and the Juneau Symphony, you know, having events today, I was very, very pleased with the turnout. Very happy.last_img read more

Sand Point man sentenced to 12 months in prison for meth and

first_imgA Sand Point man was sentenced Monday for distributing drugs and other crimes committed on bail.Christian Anderson-Nutt pleaded guilty to a class A felony charge for distributing methamphetamine and heroin, as well as separate charges for fourth-degree assault and driving under the influence.The 23-year-old was originally arrested Sept. 29, 2017 as part of a joint narcotics investigation by the Sand Point Police Department and Alaska Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU).Investigators said Anderson-Nutt was behaving suspiciously in the PenAir terminal at the Ted Stevens International Airport and suspected he was transporting drugs to Sand Point.They searched his bag and found more than 50 grams of meth and more than 18 grams of heroin concealed in a Red Bull energy drink can. At the time, the street value of the drugs in Sand Point was more than $70,000.Anderson-Nutt has been sentenced to serve 12 months in prison. Afterwards, he must serve probation, complete drug treatment, and abstain from drugs and alcohol for two years.last_img read more

Selfticking oscillator could be next for portable atomic clocks

first_img“Most conventional atomic clocks need a more conventional, non-atomic clock, like a quartz crystal, to keep them ticking,” William Happer tells “We’ve developed a system that would be self-ticking, using a specific laser.” Redefining the limits of measurement accuracy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “It’s really a souped-up mode-locked laser,” Happer says. “While our laser has much in common with a mode-locked laser, there are some differences. The atoms in the vapor cell notice if the frequency of the mode-locked laser drifts and they automatically correct the frequency with no need for any external feedback loops.”Happer continues: “An important benefit of push-pull pumping with alternating circular polarization is that none of the atoms are wasted.” “In most atomic clocks,” Jau adds, “many of the atoms are wasted. Only a very few are in the clock state. With this push-pull pumping, all of the atoms are put into a clock state.”Along the way, the two discovered something interesting. “The self-modulation occurs over a limited range of laser injection current. We weren’t surprised that too little current didn’t work. What surprised us was that too much current caused the laser to stop modulating,” Happer says. Jau continues: “This new oscillator, where the polarized atoms, the modulated photons, and the laser gain centers are all coupled together has very rich and interesting physics. ”Happer does point out that these oscillators could not replace the extremely precise, but large atomic clocks that occupy whole rooms. “It’s really to improve the workings of small, portable atomic clocks,” he emphasizes. “It eliminates the need for quartz crystals or photodetectors. Hopefully, with fewer parts, it will be less expensive to manufacture, and more stable.”Jau agrees: “This is a primitive idea, how to make an atomic clock by using pure optical methods without a quartz crystal. But it works better with reduced components and power consumption.”Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Self-ticking oscillator could be next for portable atomic clocks (2007, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Happer is a scientist at Princeton University. He, along with his young colleague Yuan-Yu Jau, invented a push-pull laser-atomic oscillator that can be useful in a variety of applications, including questions of fundamental physics, use in portable atomic clocks and coherent optical combs. “We didn’t start out thinking about applications, really,” Happer says. “We’re physicists. We just wanted to see if we could make this type of oscillator work.” The results of Happer and Jau’s work can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Push-Pull Laser-Atomic Oscillator.”Jau explains that even though they didn’t set out to build a better portable atomic clock, he thinks that they have succeeded. “We believe this is the first demonstration of making an oscillator that produces an atomic-clock signal in both electrical and optical forms by purely optical means,” he says. “This is simple. There are fewer components and lower power consumption.”“The new clock needs neither a quartz crystal with its electronics nor a photodetector,” Happer adds.Jau and Happer explain that in conventional atomic clocks, a quartz crystal is used “as a flywheel to keep the clock ticking strongly, with the atoms as a weak controlling element.” They point out that if the quartz crystal fails, the clock will cease working. “These are the types of clocks used in GPS satellites and in cell-phone towers,” Happer says.Jau points out that better precision is becoming increasingly necessary: “Mini atomic clocks can be helpful. There are many systems now working faster and faster, and transmitting large quantities of data, especially in high-speed communications. A laser atomic clock like this would be less complicated than the conventional kind, with comparable precision.”The push-pull laser-atomic oscillator built by the two consists of a semiconductor laser with alkali-metal vapor (in this case Potassium) in the external cavity. A time independent current is used to pump the semiconductor laser. “The laser will automatically modulate its light and its electrical impedance at the clock frequency of the atoms,” Happer says. This in turn eliminates the need for an external modulator, like the quartz crystal, or for a photodetector. Explore furtherlast_img read more