Qatargas Delivers Inaugural Cargo to Yuedong LNG Terminal

first_imgImage Courtesy: QatargasQatar-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Qatargas recently delivered the inaugural cargo of LNG to China National Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) Yuedong LNG terminal.The cargo, delivered on board the Qatargas-chartered Q-Flex LNG vessel Al Kharaitiyat, was used to commission CNOOC’s newest LNG terminal.“Qatargas is delighted to supply the commissioning cargo to CNOOC’s Yuedong Terminal. We are also pleased to see Qatari LNG playing an increasingly important role in meeting the growing demand for LNG in the People’s Republic of China,” Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas, said.The Yuedong LNG receiving terminal, which has an initial receiving capacity of 2 MTPA, is owned and operated by CNOOC. The new terminal joins the company’s existing terminals in Shanghai, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang and Hainan.This is the fourth commissioning cargo from Qatargas to CNOOC’s LNG terminals, bringing Qatargas’ total number of inaugural cargoes to LNG terminals in China to seven.last_img read more

Parliament Updates Triple talaq bill clears Lok Sabha hurdle to face Rajya

first_imgNew Delhi: After a prolonged debate, Lok Sabha Thursday passed the contentious Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill with a majority of 303 votes. After members of Parliament raised questions primarily on the criminalisation of the bill, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “If we provide a provision of bail under the law, the husband can go scot-free when he says he hasn’t given triple talaq.” He further said the law is not about religion or garnering votes, it is for women empowerment. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details This is the first time that the bill was tabled in the 17th Lok Sabha by the BJP government after coming back to power. The triple talaq bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha by Prasad today. A heated debate took place between the Centre and the Opposition over the contentious bill. Calling the bill as “anti-Islam”, AIMIM Asaduddin Owaisi said introducing a law will not eradicate a social evil. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, which aims to criminalise instant triple talaq, was introduced by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, last month. Prasad had introduced a fresh bill in this regard to ban instant triple talaq in the Lok Sabha, saying it would help protect the rights of Muslim women. The bill seeks to replace the ordinance passed by the previous government in February after a similar bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

NAFTA energy clause draws criticism from Canadian voices on the right and

first_imgCALGARY – As NAFTA 2.0 negotiations begin, an old trade issue with a strange name has emerged to create unlikely allies across the political spectrum and staunch defenders in the oilpatch.The “proportionality clause” originally appeared in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1988 and became a major issue in that year’s federal election that returned Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to office. It was replicated six years later in the North American Free Trade Agreement (although Mexico won an exemption).The clause can be invoked if a government in Canada reduces U.S. access to Canadian oil, natural gas, coal, electricity and refined petroleum products without a corresponding reduction in domestic access to those products — in other words, the ratio of energy exports versus supply must remain consistent, or proportional.The left-leaning Council of Canadians says the clause erodes sovereignty and gives the U.S. too much control over Canadian energy production.The business-friendly Conference Board of Canada says the clause is an outdated restriction that isn’t needed in today’s energy-rich world and should be cast aside.“What happened with NAFTA is that Canadian oil and gas became North American oil and gas and we have very little control of it,” said Maude Barlow, honorary chair of the Council of Canadians, in an interview.“We feel very strongly this is a chance to reopen what should never have been signed in the first place.”She said the proportionality clause could allow the U.S. to prevent Canada from choking back oilsands production to meet its international environmental commitments, for instance, or to interfere if Canada tries to keep more oil and gas for domestic use during an energy shortage.Michael Burt, a director with the Conference Board, said the clause isn’t fair because it doesn’t cover Mexico, whose energy industry is being opened to private investment after decades of government ownership.“Evidence would suggest that it hasn’t really been a binding constraint at any point in the 25 years of NAFTA,” he added.“It’s not really adding any value and it’s taking away potential future flexibility in terms of policy responses, whether it’s to a crisis or to climate change mediation.”While the Canadian think-tanks oppose the clause in submissions to the federal government, the energy industry itself prefers it to an alternative that could include government meddling in energy markets.“It was put in there basically as a ‘good neighbour’ clause,” said Nick Schultz, vice-president and general counsel at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, who was involved in free trade negotiations in the 1980s as an Ottawa trade lawyer.“It’s not the evil thing that people have long tried to characterize it as. It’s simply saying … treat your customers fairly.”He said the clause was created following global oil supply crises in the 1970s and the imposition of the National Energy Program in Canada in 1980. The NEP aimed to promote Canadian energy security by favouring domestic over export markets but was blamed for throwing Canada’s energy industry into a deep downturn.Schultz pointed out that proportionality protects energy consumers on both sides of the border — as more U.S. oil products and natural gas replace western Canadian and offshore supplies in Eastern Canada, it will protect Canadian importers from arbitrary U.S. export cuts.In U.S. President Donald Trump’s list of objectives for the NAFTA talks released in July, there’s no mention of proportionality. The one paragraph on energy policy lists general goals, including North American energy security and strong markets.The clause is receiving very little attention in the U.S., said Robert Holleyman, the CEO of trade consulting firm C&M International and a former U.S. trade negotiator in the Obama administration.But that doesn’t mean it’s not important, he said.“It ensures a certain level of North American market security because it ensures that U.S. dependence and reliance on Canada to supply some of our energy needs is largely predictable,” he said.“I suspect the U.S. will not want to give this up.”He said if Canada wants to drop the clause, it would likely have to offer substantial trade-offs in negotiations. The clause seems to be working and, therefore, should probably not be removed, he added.Canada’s position on proportionality is unclear. It wasn’t one of the priorities mentioned by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a statement Monday.Her office did not immediately respond to a request Tuesday to clarify Canada’s stance.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

White Bear First Nation hosts youth survival camp

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe White Bear First Nation in southern Saskatchewan has wrapped up a successful nine week summer survival program for youth on reserve.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf travelled to the community and found out first-hand what it takes to live off the land.last_img

Adoption of 2005 World Summit Outcome hailed as historic step towards UN

“This decision reminds us that the threats and challenges encountered by our world require collective responses,” said President Omar Bongo of Gabon after the applause accompanying the text’s adoption died down. “The UN is the bedrock and the indispensable tool for building a system which is multilateral and effective.”President Bongo urged follow-up on reform to ensure a more “modern management” of the UN and to revitalize the General Assembly and the Security Council. This, he said, should usher in “an era of prosperity, peace and justice for all peoples of the world.”Goran Persson, the Prime Minister of Sweden, said the Outcome document takes decisive steps in strengthening the UN and the collective security system. At the same time, he called for continued actions to combat poverty, climate change and terrorism. The Summit’s failure to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction “leaves us with a crucial task ahead.” he said.”The momentum created in this hall must be maintained in the months and years ahead,” he declared, urging the leaders present to ensure that their decisions will be translated into reality. “This Summit should be seen as a starting point for the reform process,” he said. “Let us join forces in making the 60th anniversary of the UN a year of change.”UN officials estimated that 149 heads of State or government addressed the Summit, while 154 attended the meeting. The disparity in the two numbers reflects the fact that some countries sent both a head of State and a head of government, but only one delivered a speech. Overall, nearly 900 passes were issued to dignitaries at the level of minister and above, and more than 5,200 to other delegates. The gathering also attracted over 2,200 journalists.Prior to the adoption of the Outcome, Ali Rodriguez Araque, Venezuela’s representative, said the document was “conceived in darkness” and voiced regret that there had not been adequate time for discussion. “The analysis of the documents was confined to a small group – 32 persons – and then to an even smaller group of 15 persons,” he said, adding that the views of many were then eliminated by a yet smaller group.”The procedure followed was so grotesque that it did not even allow us to express an opinion in favour of those aspects of the document with which we agreed,” he said. “Nor was there the possibility for the majority of delegations here to express opinions.” The UN, he said, can have “no good awaiting it” if it continued in this vein. He decried the document’s omissions, including its lack of a reference to the threat posed by nuclear weapons.Following the adoption of the text, his views were echoed by the representative of Cuba, Ovidio Roque Pedrera, who said there had been “gross irregularities in the negotiation process” that were compounded by the flaws in the document, which did not address nuclear disarmament. The representative of Belarus, Sergei Martynov, said the document had not really brought all nations together, and questioned its value.Ambassador John Bolton of the United States said the document represents an important step in UN reform and pledged to work in the months ahead and beyond to advance this process. read more

Its cool to love cats at CatConLA Event allows fans to mingle

FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, actor Jack McBrayer poses at the world premiere of the film “Cooties” during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. The pets that are made into Internet memes and star in clickable videos will draw crowds and celebrities to the first-ever CatConLA On June 6-7, 2015, in Los Angeles. At the event, famous feline Lil Bub will rub up to Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory” and McBrayer of “30 Rock” as panelists and vendors entertain or offer free swag. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) by Sue Manning, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2015 2:18 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It’s cool to love cats at CatConLA: Event allows fans to mingle with famous felines, TV stars LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The online cat craze is stepping into the real world.The pets that are made into Internet memes and star in clickable videos will draw crowds and celebrities to the first-ever CatConLA this weekend. As many as 10,000 visitors are expected at the cat lovers’ version of ComicCon, the comic book fest that attracts flocks of costumed fans.At the event, famous feline Lil Bub will rub up to Mayim Bialik of “The Big Bang Theory” and Jack McBrayer of “30 Rock” as panelists and vendors entertain or offer free swag.Seminars feature Simon Tofield, who created “Simon’s Cat,” an animated YouTube series about a mischievous fat cat and his owner Simon, and Lil Bub, whose big eyes and perpetually wagging tongue power a popular YouTube channel. They, along with cat lovers Bialik and McBrayer, will also do meet-and-greets.There are more than 100 vendors, including PetSmart Charities, which will have artists drawing visitors the way they would look if they were cats. Sponsors also will provide participants with nail art of cats.Dozens of adoptable cats and kittens from six Los Angeles shelters will also be on hand.Organizer Susan Michals says 65,000 square feet is devoted to felines and their followers and she hopes attendees will embrace the ComicCon trend of dressing up.But, you cannot bring your cat — the crowds and strange noises would likely be a catastrophe.“They just wouldn’t dig it here,” Michals said.___If you go:— CatConLA, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets required, . read more

Netflix chief says 2016 will bring emphasis on family shows

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2016 11:27 am MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netflix chief says 2016 will bring emphasis on family shows PASADENA, Calif. – Netflix says it will make a special effort to produce programming for children and families, with the streaming service offering 20 new programs in the category this year led by the Feb. 26 premiere of the “Fuller House” remake.Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, said Sunday that there’s not enough of this programming on traditional TV right now. The emphasis also coincides with Netflix’s broadening subscriber base — it’s more than 19-year-old boys clicking onto the service now.The streaming service is in only its fourth season of making original content with deep pockets that have made traditional TV networks envious. Sarandos, who said Netflix will spend $5 billion on content this year, aggressively fought back against recent criticism from rivals.The remake of the popular “Full House” is highly anticipated. The network on Friday also made available new episodes of the teen-focused series “Degrassi.” Jim Henson’s company is making “Word Party,” a show for preschoolers, and “Lost & Found Music Studios,” premiering in April, is about striving teenage musicians. Also in April, the animated “Kong: King of the Apes” will update the King Kong series.“The Get Down,” a series starting this summer about the formative days of rap music, could appeal to both youngsters and their parents.Netflix said it has 43 million subscribers in the United States, or more than a third of households with television, and 70 million worldwide. It has steadfastly refused to detail how many people watch their original programs, leading a rival to try and pull back the curtain this week.NBC researchers said they used audio measurements from Symphony Advanced Media to estimate viewership for some Netflix programs. For instance, NBC said the comedy “Master of None” was seen 3.9 million times by viewers ages 18-to-49 over a 35-day period, while “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” had 4.8 million youthful viewers during the same stretch of time. NBC argued this meant Netflix wasn’t a serious threat to its business.Sarandos said NBC released “remarkably inaccurate data that does not reflect any reality that we track,” and said Netflix doesn’t measure viewership in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. He said NBC probably took the time to talk about Netflix “because it’s more fun than talking about NBC’s ratings.”He did not, however, release any specific data to dispute what NBC said.One thing not in Netflix’s immediate future: live programming, including news or sports. While Netflix has the technical ability to deliver live programming, it would muddle the company’s chief marketing message that viewers can watch whatever they want whenever they want.Sarandos also needled John Landgraf, CEO of the FX Networks, who complained Saturday of Netflix’s big programming budget and has suggested that there are too many television shows being made for consumers to get a grip on.“Is there too much TV?” Sarandos asked. “We don’t think there’s too much TV, and if there is too much TV, somebody else has to slow down.” read more

Ohio State baseball rallies to undefeated start in 4game Florida series

Then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson awaits a pitch.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team opened the 2016 season with a bang.Over the course of the four-game weekend, OSU hammered six home runs, pounded out 38 hits and maintained an unbeaten 3-0-1 record in Vero Beach, Florida’s, Dodgertown Classic. Several Buckeyes had outstanding weekends, but none more than redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right fielder finished the weekend with a .412 batting average after going 7-for-17, including three home runs and eight RBIs. Senior captain Nick Sergakis also finished with a .412 average, and senior second baseman L Grant Davis batted a clean .400. Game 1 versus Toledo In the opening game, the Buckeyes were led by their workhorse pitcher, Tanner Tully, who retired 24 of the 25 batters he faced over six scoreless innings as they defeated Toledo 7-1. “It was just what the doctor ordered to have a first start like that,” OSU coach Greg Beals said in a press release. “Give the Toledo hitters credit. I thought they took some good swings and hit him at times. He wasn’t his sharpest, but six scoreless innings is pretty darn good.”OSU’s offense was powered by the long ball against the Rockets, as it crushed three home runs during the game. Bosiokovic went 3-for-5, with a solo home run in his first at-bat of the year which gave the Buckeyes the early lead. Junior catcher and team captain Jalen Washington also crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to push OSU’s lead to 5-0. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery hit a two-run homer to right, pushing OSU’s lead to an insurmountable 7-0. Toledo would tack on a late homer in the top of the eighth to mark the final score of 7-1. Beals said it was great for his team to step up and play clean baseball in the first game of the season, as it has been a long road coming for some of his guys. “Both Jacob and Jalen took advantage of their opportunity today,” Beals said. “Jalen has been working his tail off for three years and got the nod. It was great to see him get off to a good start. For Bosiokovic, he struggled and dealt with some injury in the past, and hopefully today will allow him to relax a little bit and have a great season for us.”Game 2 versus NiagaraTo start Saturday’s doubleheader of the Dodgertown Classic trip, the Buckeye bats continued to carry the momentum, especially Bosiokovic. The Delaware, Ohio, native went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer and a walk-off three-run shot to seal a 10-8 comeback victory for the Buckeyes.Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer started off hot for OSU, allowing only one run over the first four innings. But then the wheels started to fall off for the Minster, Ohio, native, as he allowed four runs in the fifth. He was pulled that inning, giving way to sophomore reliever Seth Kinker, who stopped the bleeding for OSU. That bandage didn’t stay on for long though, as Kinker allowed two more runs in the top sixth inning, pinning OSU to a 7-4 deficit. The Scarlet and Gray showed resiliency, however, as Washington scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Jordan McDonough. Kinker would settle down, pitching a scoreless seventh, and Bosiokovic correspondingly hit a two-run home run off the left-center scoreboard tying the game. Kinker pitched a scoreless eighth, then redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos made his season debut in the ninth, blanking the Purple Eagles and setting the stage for Bosiokovic.OSU quickly got runners on base in the ninth after senior shortstop Craig Nennig walked and advanced to second on a throwing error. Montgomery was then intentionally walked, bringing up No. 17. Bosiokovic crushed a 2-2 pitch off the foul pole in left field to give the Buckeyes their second victory in as many games. Game 3 versus PittsburghIn the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Buckeyes faced the Pittsburgh Panthers. The game would turn out to be a marathon, as the two teams battled 13 innings before OSU won the game 11-8 after a three-run 13th. Montgomery continued his hot start, as the Fortville, Indiana, native went 3-for-6 on the evening, including his second home run and three RBIs. Senior John Havird pitched 5.2 innings for the Buckeyes as the Game 3 starter for OSU, allowing five runs while striking out six Panthers batters. With Pittsburgh up 6-5 heading into the top of the ninth, OSU rallied for the second time that day, scoring three runs to take the 8-6 lead. The lead wouldn’t last, however, as it evaporated after giving up two more runs to send the game into extra innings. No runs were scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings as both teams held their ground. The Buckeyes broke through in the 13th with three runs to push their lead to 11-8. Nennig, Davis and Montgomery all scored to provide the insurance runs for the Scarlet and Gray. Freshman relief pitcher Connor Curlis came in to start the 12th inning and remained in for the 13th to finish off the Panthers and pick up the two-inning win in his collegiate debut. Game 4 versus ToledoAs the final game in Vero Beach got underway, the Buckeyes’ red-hot bats continued to bring home the runs. Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson hit a double to bring home Montgomery and Bosiokovic in the top of the first inning. Dawson would later score on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Brady Cherry to give OSU the early 3-0 lead. The lead quickly dissolved, however, as freshman starting pitcher Ryan Feltner gave up four runs over the first three innings, leaving the Buckeyes down 4-3. Feltner was pulled in the fifth for senior lefty Daulton Mosbarger. Over the next three innings of scoreless ball, Mosbarger struck out six, allowing just one walk and three hits. OSU tied the game in the eighth when Dawson scored on another sac fly, this time off the bat of junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff. But in the bottom of the same inning, Toledo would tack-on a go-ahead run on a fielding error, putting them in position for the win.The Buckeyes once again turned to the bat of Bosiokovic, who provided the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to score Davis. The game ended in a 5-5 draw, marking the first time since 2002 that the Buckeyes tied a game. The Buckeyes will next look ahead to the Coastal Carolina Tournament from Feb. 26 to 29. OSU is scheduled to play Duke, Coastal Carolina (twice, Games 2 and 4) and Liberty in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. read more

Airbus patents new mopedstyle aeroplane seats

first_imgFRENCH AVIATION GIANT Airbus has filed a patent that would see no-frills become even more uncomfortable.Not content with non-reclining chairs and limited leg-room, the French manufacturer has proposed a new system that would see short-haul planes fitted with more seats. The extra seats would be added by adding a seating system that has “reduced bulk”, appearing to look something like a moped seat.That means taking the cushions out and mounting the seats on a pole. The patent filing says that the plan would allow Airbus increase the number of people on short-haul flights. Thankfully, they say that it can only last a couple of hours.“In effect, to increase the number of cabin seats, the space allotted to each passenger must be reduced.“However, this reduced comfort remains tolerable for the passengers in as much as the flight lasts only one or a few hours.”However, a spokesperson for the company told The Telegraph that it is “unlikely” that you’ll ever have to sit on one.“We file hundreds of patents each year and it’s all about protecting ideas,” he said. “We are actually pushing airlines for an 18-inch seat width to come as standard on long haul flights – some aircraft have only 16.7 inches.”Read: It may look like a near-miss, but this pilot did exactly what he was supposed to doRead: N America-Europe flights through Irish airspace beat 2008 peaklast_img read more

Salamander macrophages may hold key to perfect tissue regeneration

first_imgAs with most things in life, Spider-Man predicted it first: scientists may soon be looking to reptiles for inspiration about how to regenerate human organs and even whole limbs. Salamanders are often referred to as having “perfect” regeneration, in that there seems to be almost no structure or cell type they cannot regenerate entirely. Thankfully, our efforts to replicate this are unlikely to involve injections of Doc Connor’s reptile DNA cocktail, as new research conducted into salamander regeneration suggests that we may already have the crucial cell types ourselves.Macrophages are a sort of all-purpose immune cell, huge actors that circulate through the blood both as passive guardians and targeted hunters. Their classical method of action is to wholly engulf unwelcome visitors, eat them whole, and digest them internally. Though the cells were once thought to be purely destructive, research has revealed that they can do much more than that. Now, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) says they’ve found evidence that macrophages are a crucial component in salamanders’ famous ability to regenerate limbs.The study itself is fairly simple, just a yes-no experiment seeing what happened to the regenerative ability when macrophages were totally removed from the equation. When macrophages were removed, the result was a stump of scar tissue. When macrophages were allowed to participate, the salamanders could regenerate everything from a tail to a section of spinal cord. That’s what makes reptilian regeneration so important — we’re already on the path to growing organs via pathways of our own invention, but salamanders can regrow cell types that have long been thought of as impossible.This finding is not entirely unexpected. Macrophages have long been known for their involvement in regeneration of muscle tissue, among other types. When you work out hard enough to induce the “good” hurt of micro-torn muscle tissue, two waves of macrophages rush in to mediate regeneration and growth. The first wave gobbles up the products of the damage, clearing the area, while the second wave produces growth factors near regenerative fibers.Realistically, we probably won’t be regrowing a person’s arm or leg, if for no other reason than sheer size; regenerating a quarter-ounce salamander leg is a discreetly different sort of thing than regenerating a five-kilogram human leg. Though the Star Wars bacta tank might one day come to be, for now this research has profound implications for more specific tissue regrowth. Modern biochemistry won’t take long to track these new findings back to a gene or group of genes most responsible for this effect, and it’s at that point that we could start to ask how we might force our macrophages to function like a salamander’s.last_img read more

Pest company called to St Jamess Hospital more than 100 times in

first_img Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 6:56 PM Apr 16th 2017, 6:56 PM Share Tweet Email8 Short URL Pest company called to St James’s Hospital more than 100 times in last two years Among the many different pests encountered on the hospital’s campus in recent times were ants, cockroaches, mice, pigeons, and woodlice. 22,835 Views The entrance to St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8 Source: Sasko LazarovA PEST CONTROL company attended St James’s Hospital in Dublin 108 separate times to deal with recurrent infestations of rodents, insects and other pests in the past two years.Pest activity was reported in areas including a dialysis room, an endoscopy theatre, and on bedside tables in hospital wards, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.Among the creepy-crawlies reported at the hospital during 2015 and 2016 were mice, ants, cockroaches and woodlice.Black clock beetles – large, carnivorous insects with sharp jaws – were also discovered by pest-control technicians in a specialised unit for patients undergoing bone-marrow transplants last August. A Black Clock beetle Source: AJC1In 2015, the company attended St James’s Hospital Sterile Services Unit (HSSU) four times in response to reports of rodents. On one occasion, a mouse was caught in the HSSU kitchen, while another was suspected to have scuttled into an autoclave.The pest-control firm was also called to the hospital’s Breast Care Clinic four times during the two-year period in response to complaints that included a rodent in a staff tearoom, an infestation of flies in the reception area, and a “bad smell” in the clinic which staff said was “a common occurrence”.Last October, the company responded to an emergency callout and attended a kitchenette located on a private ward, where they found a mouse “actively feeding off bait”. The little culprit was “caught and bagged and removed”, according to the inspection report.Rodent sightingThough the hospital declined to comment on the pest control issues seen, the increase may be related to ongoing works surrounding the construction of the new children’s hospital, which is expected to open on the St James’s campus by 2020.Towards the end of last year, a sighting of a rodent was reported in an endoscopy theatre at the hospital. Traps were set and, three days’ later, a mouse was caught in the theatre’s observatory room.The company was also called to inspect droppings found in a cupboard beside an operating theatre. “Old very dried up dead woodlice” were found in the same location upon inspection.On two occasions last August, stubborn pigeons who had entered Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at the hospital refused to leave in spite of the pest control company’s best efforts.“Could not remove pigeon,” the technician noted in his inspection report. “May leave eventually.” Source: Shutterstock/nc clicksTwo days’ later, the pigeon appears to have been joined by a friend. “Two pigeons flying around atrium in MISA,” it was reported. “Technician couldn’t remove them due to height and area involved… Door left open to assist pigeons out.”In April 2015, two dead birds in a ceiling cavity were discovered to be the source of an infestation of bluebottles in a meeting room in the CEO building of the hospital.Insecticide treatment was carried out.Ants were a recurring problem at the hospital during the two-year period. Up to 150 of the insects were found behind a locker in the Department of Clinical Nutrition, while others were found in locations including a dialysis room and on a bedside table.More than €35,000 was spent on pest-control services by the hospital in the past two years. This included an outlay of €275 in February 2016 for a plastic hawk to scare away pigeons and gulls.A public relations company contracted by St James’s Hospital was contacted for comment in relation to pest control at the facility. It acknowledged the correspondence but did not provide a response.Read: Two gardaí were attacked on the streets of a Mayo town last nightRead: An incredible sculpture made entirely out of rubbish has popped up on Dublin’s quays By Darragh McDonagh 20 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google Voice disponible sur liPhone

first_imgGoogle Voice disponible sur l’iPhoneApple a fini par donner son autorisation à Google Voice pour intégrer l’App Store. Les utilisateurs d’iPhone peuvent télécharger l’application gratuitement.Suite à un bras de fer avec la firme à la pomme, Google a attendu plus d’un an pour obtenir le droit d’implanter son application Voice sur l’App Store d’Apple. Depuis hier, l’outil est disponible pour les utilisateurs d’iPhone.Google Voice permet aux usagers de téléphoner au niveau international à tarif réduit, de transcrire des messages vocaux en SMS ou encore de rassembler plusieurs terminaux en un seul numéro. Néanmoins, la conversion de Google Voice sous iOS est moins convaincante que sous Android puisqu’il faut solliciter l’application avant de composer le numéro. L’outil est téléchargeable gratuitement sur l’App Store.Le 18 novembre 2010 à 11:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lane closures affect Southeast 164th Avenue tonight

first_imgTraffic at the intersection of Southeast 164th Avenue and Southeast 34th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 9 p.m. today to about 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, to allow for signal upgrades. Existing traffic signals will be turned off during that time, and flaggers will be used to control traffic.This work, part of the City of Vancouver’s Southeast 164th Intersection Project, is being done at night while traffic on the busy corridor is typically not as heavy. Drivers are urged to be aware of the lane closures and follow flaggers’ directions. Drivers and pedestrians should also watch for construction workers and equipment in the roadway. Where possible, please consider taking another route outside the construction zone.The overall Vancouver project will improve six intersections along Southeast 164th Avenue, from about Southeast 34th Street to Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard. The project includes accessibility upgrades for a number of curb ramps, stormwater improvements and fiber-optic improvements to enhance coordination of traffic signals. That work will be followed by an overlay of asphalt on Southeast 164th Avenue as part of the city’s 2012 Pavement Management Program. Other curb ramps in this 164th Avenue corridor and on Cascade Park Drive are also scheduled for accessibility improvements this summer, in advance of the overlay work.Questions about the work may be directed to Vancouver Public Works Construction Services at 360-487-7750.last_img read more

Special Preview – Folio BtoB CEO Survey Report 2009

first_imgWhile the “tipping point” is a phrase that typically refers to digital surpassing print, online remains the second largest revenue stream for both larger (15.3 percent) and smaller (15.1 percent) b-to-b publishers. However, digital has surpassed events as a revenue stream for both larger and smaller b-to-b publishers in 2009. While there are some obvious exceptions to that (notably larger event producers like Advanstar), it suggests events have been hit even harder over the last year than expected. And while data/market information sales may be the next big opportunity for b-to-b publishers, it remains the smallest revenue stream, accounting for an average of 3.4 percent of overall revenue for larger publishers and 2 percent of revenue for smaller publishers generating less than $5 million per year. However, as digital strategies, and subsequently lead generation strategies, become more sophisticated, look for data/market information sales to soar over the next few years.   Thirty percent of publishers generating more than $5 million per year in revenue say they expect overall revenue to increase this year, with 20 percent saying the growth will be between 5 percent and 19 percent. However, larger publishers seem more doubtful about growth than smaller publishers, with 35 percent saying revenue will be flat and 33 percent saying it will decrease Meanwhile, the mix of revenue for b-to-b publishers continues to expand although print remains the dominant product, accounting for an average of 54.9 percent for smaller publishers and 52.9 percent for larger publishers (Chart 3) in 2009. Technology InvestmentRamping up the digital business and maximizing cost efficiencies are priorities for most publishers. However, there seems to be a growing divide between smaller and larger b-to-b publishers making significant investment in technology, especially during the downturn. Five percent of larger publishers spent $1 million or more on new technology in 2008, while the majority of respondents in the $5 million+ category say they spent between $100,000 and $249,999 on new technology last year. Just 6 percent say they did not invest in new technology (Chart 4).On the smaller publisher side, the majority of publishers spent less than $10,000 on new technology in 2008, while 23 percent say they did not invest in technology at all. In August, FOLIO: will release a special report analyzing five year’s worth of its B-to-B CEO surveys conducted with Readex Research, tracking everything from revenue performance to profit trends to technology investments and CEO salaries.In advance of the five-year outlook, FOLIO: is offering a preview of some of the findings specific to b-to-b publishers in 2008 and 2009.While b-to-b publishing is obviously challenged (American Business Media’s Business  Information Network says trade ad pages have sunk 28.9 percent for the first two months of 2009, representing 31 straight months of decline), a significant number of respondents to Folio:’s 2009 B-to-B CEO Survey think overall revenue will grow this year. Thirty-nine percent of respondents (Chart 1) generating less than $5 million in revenue per year think they will be up (with 17 percent of that group saying they’ll be up by 10 percent to 19 percent). Meanwhile, 30 percent of smaller publishers say revenue will remain flat from 2008 and 25 percent say it will decrease. Meanwhile, 32 percent of smaller publishers and 37 percent of larger publishers say they will launch an online startup in 2009 (20 percent of larger publishers also say they will launch a print magazine).While M&A remains light, 20 percent of larger publishers expect to acquire another company before the year is out (compared to 8 percent of smaller publishers).last_img read more

BritishBangladeshi jailed for plot to kill Theresa May

first_imgAn undated handout picture released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on 31 August 2018, shows Naa`imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, who planned to bomb the gates of no 10 Downing Street office, kill guards and then attack Britain`s prime minister Theresa May. Photo: AFPA Bangladesh origin UK man, who plotted to kill British prime minister Theresa May, received a prison sentence of at least 30 years Friday from a judge who called him “a very dangerous individual,” reports UNBNaa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, who gave his nationality as Bangladeshi-British, was convicted in London last month of planning to bomb the entry gates to the prime minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street.Prosecutors said he then intended to kill the guards and to attack May with a knife or gun.Rahman, 21, who has family in Birmingham and north London, was arrested in November after collecting a backpack he was led to think contained explosives supplied by fellow IS adherents with whom he communicated.He actually had been talking to undercover intelligence agents.Prior to his arrest, Rahman was referred to a government de-radicalisation programme, but nonetheless plotted his attack over the course of two years, according to prosecutors.They said two of Rahman’s uncles had been jailed in Britain for funding terrorism, while another was killed in a drone strike in Syria.Judge Charles Haddon-Cave sentenced Rahman to life in prison with no chance of parole for 30 years.Haddon-Cave said Rahman believed he had obtained a real bomb that was “capable of causing casualties on a scale comparable to those caused at the Manchester Arena,” where a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people in 2017.“Rahman is a very dangerous individual and it is difficult to predict when, if ever, he will become de-radicalised and no longer be a danger to society,” the judge said.last_img

Iraq launches operation to clear last IS holdouts

first_imgIraqi forces announced the launch of a major operation on Thursday to flush remaining Islamic State group fighters out of the western desert near the border with Syria.The arid, sparsely populated wastelands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are the last refuge of the jihadists in Iraq after troops and paramilitaries ousted them from both valleys and all urban areas.“The Iraqi army, the federal police and the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation paramilitary units) this morning began clearing the Al-Jazeera region straddling Salaheddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces,” the head of Joint Operations Command, General Abdelamir Yarallah, said in a statement.The region’s dry valleys, the oases and steppes make up around four percent of national territory, Hisham al-Hashemi, an Iraqi expert on IS, told AFP last week.Iraq’s close ally Iran has already declared victory of IS but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that he would not follow suit until the desert has been cleared.“After the operation has ended, we will announce the final defeat of Daesh in Iraq,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.Over the border in neighbouring Syria, pro-government forces and US-backed Kurdish-led forces are conducting similar operations to clear IS fighters from the countryside north of the Euphrates valley after ousting them from all urban areas.last_img read more

DC Program Matches Residents with Jobs

first_imgBy Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFROEarlier this summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to connect D.C. residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with work experience and training through the 1,000 Opportunities initiative. The goal was to connect 1,000 residents in 90 days.Bowser announced September 5 that the District has exceeded its goal and matched over 1,180 Washingtonians with job opportunities in just 11 weeks.The 1,000 Opportunities program is exceeding expectations.(Courtesy photo)“With the help of our community partners, the 1,000 Opportunities initiative has already surpassed the original goal, and we’re not slowing down,” Bowser said.1,000 Opportunities was launched as part of the Safer, Stronger DC initiative, a broader series led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and the Office of the City Administrator. It is aimed at creating new pathways to employment and violence prevention across the District and since its launch has hosted community events, enrolled over 350 at-risk youth in a free summer enrichment program and expanded residential clean teams.Training opportunities were provided by the Department of Employment Services through Project Empowerment, DC Quick Path to Transportation and Back to Work 50+.On September 15, a 1,000 Opportunities conference will be held at the DC Infrastructure Academy, located at 2330 Pomeroy Road, SE, providing residents with resume advice, helping to hone their interview skills and to talk about more opportunities.For more information go to read more

Barbie Is a Hologram and Now Even Playtime Is Automated

first_img Toy Fair starts this weekend, and Barbie is shaking up the doll aisle once again — this time as a hologram.Barbie’s landscape has gotten increasingly techie and not just because Mattel’s new president, announced last month, hails from Google. Barbie’s line simply reflects the trends of the times. Last year’s show launched a smart home version of the Barbie Dreamhouse that let children play hands-free, with voice commands that turned on lights and appliances.Related: Introducing Entrepreneur BarbieIn 2015, Mattel launched a talking Barbie. Thanks to Wi-Fi and voice-recognition technology, kids could hold down the doll’s belt buckle, ask a question into a microphone in her necklace and have a conversation with the doll. If that process seems uncomfortable for Barbie and not the ideal way to have any kind of meaningful chat, you’re not wrong. But thankfully, a new iteration could eliminate that awkwardness.This year’s hologram acts as a much more stylish and kid-friendly version of Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Echo. As first reported in Wired, kids can use the phrase “Hello, Barbie” to chat with the doll and get her 2-D projection to do the usual things we ask our AI-powered assistants to do these days, such as tell us the weather or set an alarm.Related: This Disney Princess Will Teach Your Child How to CodeIt’s a massive step forward, and not just because kids won’t think they need to hold people in a vice-like grip just to ask them their favorite colors. In fact, this Barbie doesn’t need to be held up by anyone at all. For the first time, kids can ask the doll to fix her own hair, sing her own songs and change her own darn outfits. In other words, this Barbie takes on some of the burden of playtime, freeing children from doing a 58-year-old woman’s chores.It is a liberation. Mattel plans to release the toy this summer. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 17, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

WestJet wraps up crossCanada trade Expos launches gift cards for purchase

first_img Share WestJet wraps up cross-Canada trade Expos, launches gift cards for purchase CALGARY — WestJet’s travel trade Expos were a resounding success this year, reaching over 4,000 travel agents in over 30 cities across Canada.The first round of Expos took place in April in Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, with fall events starting in St. John’s in early September before travelling west to Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Kitchener, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and Langley. The last Expo took place on Oct. 4 in Parksville, B.C.“With our larger travel trade Expos in the spring of 2017, our fall Expos and local presentations hosted by WestJet’s Business Development Managers throughout the year, we have had the chance to have face-time with thousands of our agent partners,” said Lyell Farquharson, Vice President, Sales and Distribution. “Every year, we are adding more events and seeing more agents in more cities because we know how valuable these events are for the travel agent community and for all of us at WestJet.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?During the Expos, travel agents were able to visit with their regional WestJet representative and WestJet Vacations hotel and destination partners. The airline also gave presentations focused on its vision for the future and its plans for expanding into new markets in order to become a global airline.The airline’s next big event is its fifth annual Travel Partner Awards at the end of October.On the consumer side of things, WestJet has also announced that gift cards are now available for purchase on, just in time for the busy holiday season.Gift cards can be used to pay for travel on WestJet or WestJet Encore, seat selection and taxes and fees on travel. Denominations start at $25 and go up to $2,000 per card. Cards can be purchased through a secured transaction, combined with a credit card when redeeming for a flight purchase, and are redeemable on or through travel agents.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backCards come in two forms: plastic gift cards and eGift cards.“The gift of flight is the gift of experience, adventure and travel to any of WestJet’s more than 100 destinations across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe,” said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet Chief Loyalty Officer. “You can now give and receive the gift of travel, whether that is to cover the entire cost of someone’s ticket or make a contribution; it’s a very special gift to give.” Posted by Friday, October 6, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: WestJetlast_img read more

Third of Costa Ricas sextuplets dies from organ failure

first_imgTratamos de hacer todo lo posible por salvar la vida de Andrés, dicen autoridades de salud #NM935— Noticias Monumental (@MonumentalCR) May 25, 2015 Andrés, the fifth sextuplet, has died from multiple organ failure, Costa Rican media reported Monday morning.At 9 a.m. on Monday, the infant’s lungs, heart and brain stopped functioning, said Patricia Fallas, a neonatal specialist at Hospital México, according to the daily La Nación. Andrés, the smallest of the six at 942 grams, was intubated on May 20. Related posts:Second of Costa Rica’s sextuplets dies from respiratory complications Costa Rica’s first sextuplets born One of Costa Rica’s sextuplets dies Costa Rica’s sextuplets drive regulation of fertility treatmentscenter_img “We did everything we could to save Andrés’ life,” hospital authorities said, according to a tweet from Noticias Monumental.The child was the fifth of sextuplets born 13 weeks premature on May 17 in what was the largest recorded pregnancy in Costa Rica’s history.Gabriel, Tomás and Valentina, the three surviving infants, all remain in serious condition, according to the news site and Emma, two more of the six, died on May 20 and May 22, respectively, from complications related to their premature birth. Facebook Commentslast_img read more