Port of Salalah Sees Surge in Container Volume

first_imgzoom Container throughput at the Omani Port of Salalah, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, reached 1.584 million TEU in the first half of 2016, representing a 29% increase over volume handled during the same period a year earlier.The surge was mainly attributed to an increase in capacity with the completion of a new deep-water General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal in December 2015 as the facility handled around one million metric tons monthly.Some of the container volume growth is the result of Salalah’s proximity to the open sea, and its ability to accommodate the largest of the Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) entering into the Asia/Europe trade lanes, according to APM Terminals. Around 90% of Salalah’s container traffic is transshipment cargo movement.“The largest vessels regularly calling Salalah are about 16,000 TEU capacity vessels which are normally deployed in the Asia/Europe trade lane, for which port calls are decided based upon the sustained ability to handle ULCS performance levels,” Port of Salalah CEO, David Gledhill, said.At present, the largest vessel calling Salalah is the MSC Zoe, which is also the biggest container ship currently in service worldwide, with a stated capacity of 19,224 TEUs.“We are seeing a trend of deployment of these large vessels on major trade lanes and we expect to see more of these calls in the near future,” Gledhill added.Around 30 container liner services call Salalah on a monthly basis, linking the Arabian Sea facility to all major ports in Europe, the Mediterranean, the US East Coast, East Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.The general cargo facility is currently handling 200,000 metric tons (MT) of limestone and some 550,000 MT of Gypsum monthly, among other cargoes. The new berths are used for discharging grain, loading bagged cement, berthing of the multi-national navies engaged in anti-piracy operation, and for cruise vessels.In 2015, Salalah’s volume reached 2.56 million TEUs. The facility also handled 7.9 million tons of bulk cargo in 2015.last_img read more

Change in Monitoring of H1N1 Human Swine Influenza

first_imgThe Department of Health Promotion and Protection is changing the way public health officials monitor and report cases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) beginning today, May 22. “H1N1 is behaving like seasonal influenza, so we are making our clinical approach to this virus consistent with the way we normally manage flu,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for the province. “However, the outbreak of H1N1 in Nova Scotia is not over. That’s why we are enhancing our surveillance efforts. It is important to track community spread and quickly detect any change in severity.” The move is consistent with the approach taken by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and other provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada. The province will continue close communication with district health authorities, public health professionals and work closely with federal, provincial, and territorial partners. Many experts believe that the H1N1 virus could return in the fall. It is also possible the next outbreak could be more severe. “We have a strong health-care system with highly skilled and caring professionals. We are well-positioned to manage any issues that might arise,” said Dr. Ken Buchholz, senior physician advisor with the Department of Health. “We will continue to work closely with the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, district health authorities and health-care professionals to ensure we are prepared.” Businesses large and small are also being asked to prepare for the fall flu season. All organizations are encouraged to ensure their business continuity plans are up-to-date with the most accurate information possible. Nova Scotians are reminded that everyone can help slow the spread of viruses through prevention. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces such as doorknobs and kitchen counters, and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include fever, cough, severe fatigue, and head or muscle aches. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is 70. All cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

New Season of Public Events Celebrate Nova Scotia Heritage and Excellence

first_img jazz concert by the Vesuvius Big Band of the Halifax Music Co-op, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. presentation by Colonel (Ret’d) John Boileau on the history of the 25th and 85th Battalions, Canadian Expeditionary Force that deployed to the Great War in 1916, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. musical performance by Alana Yorke in association with the Halifax Pop Explosion, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mi’kmaq storytelling presentation by Ursula Johnson, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. presentation on the 78th Highland Regiment by Rod MacLean, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. piano recital by 16-year-old, award-winning pianist Jade Ley, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Musical performances, historical lectures and Mi’kmaq storytelling are among the events featured in this fall’s Evenings at Government House, a public event series hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. “It is my pleasure to once again invite the public to the fall 2016 Evenings at Government House series, where they will learn about Nova Scotia’s rich history and sample the wonderful talent that exists in our province,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “Mrs. Grant and I always look forward to welcoming guests to Government House, the ceremonial home of all Nova Scotians.” The events are free and will be held at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax. People can register online at http://lt.gov.ns.ca or by calling 902-424-7001. Registration for each event will open two weeks before, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca/news-events/evenings-government-house for more details. Scheduled events are:last_img read more

What Does the Arab World Need to Free Itself from Economic

Rabat – In the midst of regional conflicts, the Arab world’s only chance to tower over its economic deficiencies is to “strengthen a joint Arab economic action,” Morocco’s State Secretary for Foreign Trade, Rkia Derham, said on Sunday.At the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), trade officials are discussing a range of issues, including agriculture, development, fisheries subsidies, domestic regulation of services, and electronic commerce in Buenos Aires from December 10 to 13.Future-Proof Trading ProspectsWTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said that the multilateral trading system has positive effects, helping to build prosperity around the world. “It has helped to lift a billion people out of poverty in a generation. It has been tested – and it has held firm,” he affirmed.In a joint declaration, President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay, and President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay reaffirmed the importance of the multilateral trading system as the “best way to take advantage of the opportunities and to face the challenges of international trade.”They also underlined the importance of preserving and strengthening the multilateral trading system, including its dispute settlement system, in order to promote rules “based on open, transparent, inclusive, non discriminatory and equitable trade embodied in the WTO, providing it with the tools it needs to face the challenges of the 21st century.”“Trade has been a key source of growth and development,” Argentina’s President Macri declared. “However, we know that the benefits haven’t been shared by everybody, and that has given rise to challenges and a questioning of economic globalization.”In an Attempt to RiseTo push for stronger participation of the Arab Group in the multilateral trading system, Derham insisted that the Arabs must coordinate efforts “to achieve the objectives of the Arab joint action in various areas, including economy and trade.”For the effective participation of Arab delegations at the WTO’s MC11, which is seeing participation of 4,000 government delegates from the WTO’s 164 nations, “Morocco will continue to coordinate with the members of the Arab Group to take a joint stance on the issues discussed at the conference,” she underlined.The Arab group also requested to give the Arab League an observer status within WTO councils, bodies, and committees, as is the case  for other international bodies and organizations.The group is also pushing for Arabic to be an official language of the WTO in order to enable the Arab States to participate effectively in the development of the trading system. read more

At Rome summit Ban sees clear sense of resolve in addressing food

“I believe the Rome Conference has been the success that it needed to be – for us, for the Governments gathered here, and most importantly for the hundreds of millions of hungry people in the world,” Mr. Ban told a press conference on the second day of the High-level Conference on World Food Security.“There is a clear sense of resolve, shared responsibility, and political commitment among Member States to making the right policy choices, and to investing in agricultural productivity for years to come, especially for smallholder farmers,” he added. “There is an acceptance of the need to provide special support for the most affected countries, and the most vulnerable populations.”The three-day forum, hosted by the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has brought together leaders from around the globe, international organizations and financial institutions to tackle the current crisis arising from the recent dramatic escalation of food prices worldwide. Mr. Ban noted that, just before the press conference, he had received a petition signed by well over 300,000 individuals all over the world, asking leaders for rapid action and fundamental reform to end the food crisis.He urged world leaders to move ahead, collectively, with a sense of urgency and purpose to fight hunger and promote world food security, and to create a global partnership around a clear plan of action. “We simply cannot afford to fail,” the Secretary-General said.He added that substantial new resources will be needed – perhaps as much as $15 to $20 billion a year to deal with the impact of the crisis. “We are duty bound to act, to act now, and to act as one,” he emphasized. As for the causes of the crisis, the Secretary-General said that “one of the reasons may be some mismanagement of the national governments,” but also cited changes in consumption patterns, increasing demand for food, fuel price hikes and climate change-related issues.He added that there has been much discussion on the impact of bio-fuel production on the rise in food prices, but said more research and analysis was needed on the issue. “I think we do not have any clear evidence, any definitive trade off between agricultural productivity and these bio-fuels.”Last night Mr. Ban and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi co-hosted a high-level working dinner to discuss some of the most pressing policy issues related to the crisis – agricultural productivity, bio-fuels and trade restrictions.A communiqué issued following the meeting noted that all the participants had agreed on the most important issues, namely “the need to focus on the poorest and the insufficiency of food production.” 4 June 2008Warning that the world cannot afford to fail in addressing the current food crisis, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was pleased by the strong commitment expressed by countries gathered in Rome to help alleviate the plight of the hundreds of millions of hungry people around the globe. read more

Annan applauds Ukraines efforts to stop spread of HIVAIDS

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today applauded Ukraine’s efforts to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and pledged the UN’s full support in the country’s fight against the epidemic.“The fact that President [Leonid] Kuchma has declared 2002 the year of the fight against AIDS should send a powerful message – both inside your country, and in other countries of the region,” the Secretary-General said in an address to a partnership meeting of Ukraine’s Inter-Ministerial AIDS Commission in Kiev. Mr. Annan said the gathering was an example of the kind of wide-ranging response needed to succeed in combating the epidemic, which has reached “alarming” proportions in Ukraine. Every individual, especially every young person, must play his or her part in the struggle against AIDS, he stressed, adding that partnerships would be central to this effort, involving every part of Government as well as a broad range of civil society groups, including local organizations, church groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS themselves.”The United Nations family in the Ukraine is committed to helping you promote such a broad approach,” he said.With resources needed for this fight, the Secretary-General pointed out that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria – which he championed over a year ago – had already granted Ukraine funds to fight the disease.”The more you show yourselves committed to an effective response, the better your chances of persuading outsiders that your efforts are worth supporting,” he said, noting that investing in young people was vital to this effort. In the country’s current environment of transition, he noted, “it is young people who are more likely to be infected, and to pass on the virus to others – whether through unsafe sex or through injecting drug use.”At the same time, he stressed that young people were also best placed to halt the spread of the epidemic, and to start reducing it. “That is why it is so important that your efforts to educate young people – in and out of school – should be developed further, across the whole country.” read more

Iraq UN panel approves 315 million more in compensation for Kuwait invasion

Of this total some $17.8 billion has been made available to governments and international organizations for distribution to successful claimants of all categories.More than 2.6 millions claims with a total asserted value of $350 billion have been filed with the panel, the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC). Ninety-six governments have filed claims on behalf of their nationals, corporations and themselves as well as 13 offices of three international organizations.The UNCC Governing Council, which met under the presidency of Ambassador Michael Steiner of Germany, decided to hold its next session from 16 to18 December.Money for the awards comes from the UN Compensation Fund, which received up to 30 per cent of the revenue generated by Iraqi oil exports under the UN’s Oil-for-Food programme, which allowed the former sanctions-bound regime to sell oil for humanitarian supplies. That programme will be phased out by 21 November. read more

US worker productivity rebounds in 2nd quarter after steep fall at beginning

US worker productivity rebounds in 2nd quarter after steep fall at beginning of year by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2014 6:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labour costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.The Labor Department said Friday that that productivity increased 2.5 per cent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, after plummeting 4.5 per cent in the first quarter. That was the steepest drop in 31 years, and reflected a sharp 2.1 per cent contraction in the economy. Economists blamed most of that shrinkage on temporary factors, such as harsh weather and a cutback in stockpiling by businesses.Productivity measures output per hour of work. Greater productivity increases living standards because it enables companies to pay their workers more without having to increase prices, which can boost inflation.Labour costs rose just 0.6 per cent, after surging 11.8 per cent in the first quarter. But labour costs shrank in the second half of last year and in the past 12 months have increased just 1.9 per cent. That is below the long-run average of 2.8 per cent and suggests that wages and salaries aren’t rising fast enough to spur inflation.The Federal Reserve keeps close watch on productivity and labour costs for any signs that inflation may be accelerating.Despite the first quarter increase, labour cost gains have been tame throughout most of the recovery. Wages for most workers have barely kept up with inflation since the recession ended.In the past 12 months, productivity has increased 1.2 per cent, below the long-run average of 2.2 per cent.Productivity growth has been weak in the five years since the recession ended. That has raised concerns among some analysts that the U.S. economy may not be able to grow as quickly as it has in the past.Productivity grew just 0.9 per cent in 2013, 1 per cent in 2012 and just 0.1 per cent in 2011, according to revised figures released Friday.In the short run, slow productivity can boost hiring. That’s because companies need to hire more workers to lift output. Employers have added an average of 244,000 jobs a month in the last six months, the best six-month pace in eight years. read more

SYRIZA and the end of modernisation in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two months after its electoral victory in January, it is obvious that the ‘first left-wing government’ seems to have become an expert in playing politics without putting forward any policies. Yet we have to be fair; not that the Greek government is not justified in wanting to put an end to austerity – or to demand World War II reparations from Germany. Austerity as a way of restructuring the economy has evidently failed and has to be abandoned. The problem is that the New Greek government hasn’t so far suggested any credible alternative model of growth and development and wasted precious time in symbolic gestures. It started re-appointing six hundred cleaners, then gave an unwarranted pay-rise to one of its main allies, the Electricity Union, and then reinstated electricity to poor families who hadn’t paid the bill. The symbolism of such gestures is obvious. But they haven’t done anything for the real economy to regain liquidity, job creation and investments. Nothing has been done for 1.2 million unemployed citizens of the private sector, which is the only productive industry in the country.The private sector doesn’t really exist for SYRIZA and its main problem remains the retirement age at 55 and the pay-rise of 100 euros per month to low income earners. This is also symbolic – because even for these increases they must borrow money, while tax evasion is still rampant and no other sources of income are visible.Until recently prominent members of the current government were the leaders of a ‘popular movement’ aptly called ‘I don’t pay, I don’t pay’, which convinced many people not to pay any taxes because, as they declared, after its election to power SYRIZA would have them abolished. This led to an enormous deficit again in the state revenues and led the same people who are now ministers for finance to utter despair. Meanwhile, no credible economic policy is nowhere in the horizon. The wunderkind of European finances, Mr Yanis Varoufakis, having succeeded in conducting 120 interviews within forty-five days, seems to have disappointed everybody except some desperate housewives in the streets of provincial towns. He gave some droll performances on the European stage, made the most sibylline pronouncements (creative uncertainty/vagueness for example which will be his legacy to economic thought forever) and was photographed in his modest abode of multi-million euros under the shadow of the Acropolis for a suburban French magazine, alienating everybody. Nobody wants to meet with him any more, with the exception of his fellow travellers from the fossilised American academia or Slavoj Zizek – but the last one does not really count.Of course, such colourful accidental ‘politicians’ add exoticism to the messy and somehow the non-existent political culture of Greece. The real problem was revealed by Mr Varoufakis himself when he stated in one of his long and self-indulgent interviews (about, of course, himself) that he was influenced by Paul Keating’s policies when he lived in Australia but not “by all of them”.Herein the crux of the matter can be found: the Greek economy is still in the state that the Australian economy was before the Hawke-Keating reforms of the ’80s and ’90s. The new Greek government refuses to accept the effects of interconnectedness between economies and deal with the impact of globalisation in a way that is both accommodating and innovative. As a small economy and market, Greece cannot sustain its financial system with its domestic income alone, which on the other hand is not enough to fund its enormous public sector; it needs investments from the outside world. Without a plan, SYRIZA isolates the country and imposes a barrier between them and its traditional allies and fellow investors.The situation is rapidly deteriorating and Mr Tsipras’ brother, who has been appointed to work as a special advisor to the foreign minister, was sent to Iran of all places to convince the mullahs to buy Greek bonds in the international stock exchange – to no avail. Russia is also explored: but the co-Orthodox country of Vladimir Putin simply stated that they don’t have much money and if they will lend any, it will be in roubles but had to be re-paid in euros or dollars. And asked, during the recent visit of the Greek PM, that Russian companies participate in the tendering process for privatisations. One could easily claim that Mr Tsipras didn’t visit Moscow as the Greek prime minister but as a member of the Greek Communist Youth, looking to Moscow for solutions to all problems of communism which does not exist anymore.Historically the Left was the main political structure that struggled to modernise the country, socially and economically. It was the first to accept the vision of a European Union and pressured for decades towards that direction. We must remember that Greece was not accepted to the EU for its thriving economy but for geo-political reasons, which had to do with the Cold War in the late 1970s, the consolidation of democracy and the symbolic construction of European identity. It had also to do with the threats against its national territory which can be dealt with only through strong and mutually beneficial alliances. However the political establishment of the country, although given ample mandate by the citizens, has frustrated all expectations for modernisation through participation to the union.Instead they chose to accommodate the traditional structure of power within the new institutional framework and totally neutralise its modernising potential. Unfortunately, six years of austerity were sacrificed for nothing; and SYRIZA in power showed immediately that it didn’t want any changes in the existing arrangement of power relations. Its collaboration with the ultra-nationalistic and racist party of Independent Greeks and the elevation to the presidency of the republic of the minister from the conservative party which is responsible for the financial collapse show that its only concern is how to rule and benefit from power and not to serve the citizens that elected them – or to make the famous ‘break with the past’, as the slogan goes.In order to cover its political and ideological confusion, it goes back to the weaponry that all governments have perfected in the past: it invents an external enemy. In the past it used to be the Americans; but now the Americans are supporting them, so they are useless.Mr Tsipras insists that the country is under attack and declares that it is not to be blackmailed. Meanwhile his government ‘warns’ that they are going to stop any repayments against their existing debts, which (they don’t seem to realise) would indicate that the country is bankrupt.If nothing changes, it seems that SYRIZA is gradually becoming another conservative party, with isolationist policies, nationalistic rhetoric, a ‘Mussolini-like’ populist ideology and an increasingly anti-European agenda. The vision of a United Europe has been squandered because of the opportunistic policies about money without ever considering the future of the country. Where do we want Greece to be in 50 years? Isolated and without allies, or part of a strong federation of independent nations? SYRIZA tried to play international diplomacy as if it was domestic politics – and it failed.Unfortunately the SYRIZA of 37 per cent, unlike the SYRIZA of the five per cent, becomes the most conservative reactionary political force, which under the melodramatic rubric of a humanitarian crisis hides the fact that it continues the same polices of the conservatives: we need subsidies to pay all those who voted for us.A new form of clientelism and nepotism has dawned. In two months the new power elite restores the shaken system of corruption and favouritism without even accepting criticism. The Left is above criticism because they do it for the benefit of the people …The political elite of the country remains a class of historical irresponsibility, despite its renewal with new faces. They imagine clandestine conspiracies, secret services, foreign powers, demonic possessions but never blame themselves for any problems, as if they never had any agency or the will to act. There is a very good but disregarded film by Ingmar Bergman; it is called The Serpent’s Egg (1975). It is about the Weimar Republic and what comes out of an autocratic and authoritarian regime – nothing more of course than another serpent. Not a pigeon or a nightingale but another poisonous snake. SYRIZA’s collaboration with a racist party, the Independent Greeks, simply confirms that its role is to safeguard under new management the centralised, clientelist and conservative system of governance introduced and consolidated by the Right.Far away from the visions of so many left-wing fighters and idealists in the recent past, the new coalition government distorts the ideals of two generations into a claustrophobic and isolationist dystopia, marking the end of a process that had started after World War II, equating modernisation to Europeanisation.* Vrasidas Karalis is Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor and chair of the Modern Greek Department at the University of Sydney.last_img read more

PlanetSolar le plus grand catamaran solaire se prépare à faire le tour

first_imgPlanetSolar : le plus grand catamaran solaire se prépare à faire le tour du monde, découvrez les imagesKiel, Allemagne – Alors que l’avion solaire Solar Impulse vient de réussir son premier vol test (voir article), un catamaran solaire baptisé Tûranor PlanetSolar a été inauguré le mois dernier à Kiel, en Allemagne. Ce bateau solaire, le plus grand de la planète, se prépare à entreprendre un tour du monde.Projet initié par l’entrepreneur Immo Ströhler, le Tûranor PlanetSolar, lourd de quelque 85 tonnes, fonctionne entièrement à l’énergie solaire. Long de 30 mètres pour 16 mètres de large, il est recouvert de 500 m² de panneaux solaires, soit 825 panneaux pour un total de 38.000 cellules solaires photovoltaïques.L’électricité produite à partir de l’énergie solaire est stockée dans six blocs comprenant chacun 12 batteries constituées de 648 cellules utilisant la technologie lithium-ion. Le système est idéal pour permettre au Tûranor PlanetSolar de poursuivre sa route les jours de pluie comme la nuit.Mis à l’eau dans la mer Baltique à Kiel, dans le nord de l’Allemagne, le catamaran s’apprête à entreprendre un périple de 50.000 kilomètres, avec pour seul et unique carburant le rayonnement solaire. Son voyage devrait durer 160 jours, plusieurs étapes étant prévues pour présenter le bateau au public, dans le but de le sensibiliser au potentiel des énergies renouvelables. À lire aussiQuand d’impressionnantes vagues géantes s’abattent sur un navireLe Tûranor PlanetSolar lèvera l’ancre courant 2011. Il partira de la mer Méditerranée pour rejoindre l’Atlantique, le canal de Panama, le Pacifique et l’océan Indien. Avec à son bord deux skippers, Raphael Domjan, fondateur du projet, et Gérard d’Aboville, le premier navigateur français ayant traversé à la rame l’Atlantique et le Pacifique, il s’arrêtera à Hambourg, Londres, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Singapour ou encore Abu Dhabi.Pour voir, ou revoir les images du PlanetSolar : https://www.maxisciences.com/planetsolar/planetsolar-le-plus-grand-bateau-solaire-du-monde_art6054.html.Le 13 avril 2010 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un immense navire de pêche industrielle arraisonné dans la Manche

first_imgUn immense navire de pêche industrielle arraisonné dans la MancheL’énorme chalutier allemand Maartje Theadora a été dérouté sur le port de Cherbourg suite à contrôle au large de la Seine-Maritime. La taille des mailles de leur filet et la nature des prises n’est pas conforme avec la réglementation européenne. Le bateau avait déjà fait l’objet d’interventions de la part de Greenpeace et a été interdit de pêche au large des côtes australiennes.Forcément, quand on est un des gros bateaux de pêche au monde et que l’on se livre à des pratiques louches, il est difficile de rester discret. Les affaires maritimes ont ainsi arraisonné dans les eaux françaises puis dérouté sur Cherbourg le Maartje Theadora, un chalutier industriel de 141 mètres de long, en raison de techniques de pêches illégales. Depuis vendredi, le navire sous pavillon allemand est resté à quai et ce en l’attente d’une décision de la justice prévue pour lundi.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de mer”Le navire a déclaré dans son journal de bord l’utilisation d’un chalut avec des mailles larges, qui implique, selon la règlementation, de pêcher un minimum de 90 % de maquereaux pour 10 % d’autres prises, a expliqué au Monde Ronan Le Saout de la direction départementale des territoires et de la mer. En réalité, il a aussi utilisé un deuxième filet aux mailles plus étroites, sans le déclarer, ce qui est interdit dans la zone concernée pour éviter de prendre des poissons qui ne sont pas arrivés à maturité.”Un bateau persona non grataPoissons trop petits et proportions d’espèces non respectées : la moitié des près de 4000 tonnes de poisson inspectées à bord étaient en infraction par rapport aux normes européennes. Malgré cette cargaison qui représente toute de même deux millions d’euros, l’armateur n’a pas encore décidé s’il allait ou non plaider coupable et coopérer avec la justice. Westbank Hochseefischerei GmbH, qui est une filiale de l’armateur Doggerbank Seefischerei GmbH, a pour l’instant déclaré à l’AFP que “l’enquête a lieu en raison d’une faute dans le journal de bord sur la taille des mailles du filet de pêche utilisé par le chalutier”.Le Maartje Theadora fait partie de ces immenses bateaux-usines qui transforment directement le poisson qu’ils pêchent en pleine mer. Il est capable d’amasser des centaines de tonnes de poisson par jour, ce qui en fait la bête noire des écologistes. Greenpeace avait déjà mené une opération contre lui en Mauritanie et il est interdit de pêche sur les côtes australiennes, où les autorités ont jugé qu’il représentait un trop gros risque pour les dauphins.Le 16 décembre 2012 à 19:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Car thieves unknowingly steal bottles of smelly stoat anal gland oil

first_imgSometimes the universe is just. Some thieves in Wellington, New Zealand broke into a car last week allegedly looking for chemicals for illicit drug production. What they got, however, was a rancid surprise.The conservation company Goodnature had been doing research on stoats, which are a type of weasel. And they’d left a box of the rodent’s anal glad oil in an unlabeled box in a car. When the thieves broke into the car thinking they might be making off with something valuable, they instead got 16 vials of one of the most putrid chemicals in the natural world.Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, the company’s director Robbie van Dam notes that it was, “extremely smelly stuff, and it lingers on any fabric or surface… for weeks.”To give a picture of just how potent this stuff is, van Dam noted that they had popped a gland (ewwwwww) in their lab a few years back. They had to run fans and leave the windows open in the dead of winter, and much of the staff had to work from home for a few days. It was so bad that the group was working on moving the oil off-site.Goodnature was hoping to use the vials in a series of tests to help capture and eliminate stoats in the country. “We know a range of lures will be part of removing stoats from the whole of New Zealand,” he said.New Zealand, and to a lesser extent Australia, have had rampant problems with invasive species for years. The use of scent glands as attractants for lures is just part of one of the country’s big projects to help combat that problem. Despite the loss, van Damn was in good spirits about the incident.“We’re normally just trying to attract stoats, rats or possums, but I guess there are other kinds of opportunist pests in Roseneath.”last_img read more

Arm chip designs will speed up 2020 Android phones

first_img May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying Share your voice Tags May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 See All May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know Computex 2019 •center_img Rene Haas, head of Arm’s intellectual property group, speaking in 2018 Stephen Shankland/CNET For a preview of the top-shelf Android phones that’ll arrive in 2020, check out the Arm Cortex-A77 processor design — and the 20% speed boost it should bring to smartphone chips.UK-based Arm designs chips and licenses those designs to companies like Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek. Some companies, like Apple, license only the chip instruction set,  the interface that software uses to command a chip. Others license complete CPU designs, like the A77. Licensees combine those chip brains with other components, like Arm’s new Mali-G77 graphics processing unit, into a single package called a system on a chip.The A77’s performance boost over today’s chips, known as A76s, requires more power out of your phone’s battery, says Rene Haas, president of Arm’s intellectual property licensing group. Arm announced the new chip technology at the Computex show in Taiwan, along with plans by MediaTek to use it in chips coming early in 2020.Better performance is important for getting more out of our phones. We’re holding onto our phones longer, but when we do upgrade, speed lets us tap into new features, like useful speech-to-text transcription, video editing and gender-swapping Snapchat filters.What remains to be seen is whether Arm’s A77 will help Android phones close the performance gap with Apple’s iPhones. Apple’s iPhone XS scores 4,797 on the Geekbench speed test using Apple’s own processors, compared with 3,414 for the Samsung Galaxy S10 using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip — the phone version Samsung sells in the US.Different chipmakers can choose to boost performance with features such as better graphics, dedicated circuitry for AI and larger amounts of cache memory for high-speed data access. All that makes chips bigger and more expensive, though, so chipmakers make different decisions about the best choices for their products.Arm also says its G77 graphics processing unit design is 40 percent faster than the current G76. That’s chiefly useful for gaming, where players can get fancier imagery or smoother motion, but also for higher resolution displays that have to churn through more pixel data.”The game will never stutter,” Haas said. And the extra performance is also good for the larger displays of folding phones, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Though the A77 brain doesn’t come with dedicated circuitry for AI work the way higher-end processors from Apple and some others do, Arm offers an AI option through its Project Trillium designs. And even without that, lots of software uses the plain old CPU for AI. Arm’s optimization work gives a significant boost to AI software frameworks like Google TensorFlow, Haas said.Lots of mobile chipmakers employ other AI chip designs, but Haas thinks they’ll come into the Arm fold. “Unless it’s quite a bit higher performance, you have to ask yourself why you should build this when you can get it from Arm,” he said. 3 Comments Computex 2019 reading • Android phones due for 20% speed bump in 2020 with new Arm chip tech Mobile Qualcomm Processors ARM Samsung Applelast_img read more

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turners shocking comments about Arya Starks love

first_imgGame of ThronesHBO Official YoutubeMaisie Williams has set tongues wagging after her character Arya Stark made love to her friend Gendry. The intimate scene was Maisie’s first sex scene on the show.And her real-life BFF and on-screen sister Sansa aka Sophie Turner had some thoughts on the scene. The actress made an extremely racy comment about her friend’s on-screen encounter in a funny Instagram clip.She said: ‘In honour of Easter, I guess Game Of Thrones wanted the storyline to have a little Easter bunny hop, hop, hopping into that p****y. And that’s the tea.’ The actress may have been high on Easter wine as she made the comment. The actress was clad in a fluffy dressing robe and the X-Men: Dark Phoenix actress downed a glass of red wine after she made the announcement.The actress always uses the phrase ‘and that’s the tea’ in her Instagram stories, shared with her 10.3m followers on social media.Maisie, who is 22 years old, initially thought her nude sex scene in Sunday’s episode was a ‘prank’ as she reflected on the latest installment of Game Of Thrones.  Maisie Williams and Sophie TurnerGetty ImagesShe told Entertainment Weekly: ‘At first, I thought it was a prank. I was like “Yo, good one”, and [the showrunners] were like “No, we haven’t done that this year.” Oh f***!’The Doctor Who star explained showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have played similar jokes on the cast in the past – and she was shocked to learn this wasn’t the case.Maisie Williams added that when she got through the read through she realized that they were actually going to do this and that she needed to go to the gym. The third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones will air on April 28. You can check out the video here: Sophie Turner bringing the tea ☕️ pic.twitter.com/ragG7oKh7S— Daenerys Targaryen (@Daenerys) April 22, 2019last_img read more

Navy video shows Thai cave boys in good health

first_imgBoys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a 3 July 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Photo: ReutersA new video of a youth football team trapped in the bowels of a Thai cave emerged Wednesday showing the boys laughing and saying they are well after their astonishing discovery by divers nine days after going missing.In a heartening message to families waiting in anguish outside, the Thai Navy SEAL footage features 11 of the 12-strong team, each makes a traditional Thai greeting gesture to the camera before introducing themselves by nickname and saying “I’m in good health”.Several of the boys in the frame are wearing protective foil blankets and are accompanied by a smiling diver in a wetsuit, in video clips published on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page.They were accompanied by a 25-year-old coach, who went with the boys down the cave after football training on June 23.The one-minute video clip ends on a jovial note, with one of the 12 young footballers saying he was forgotten in the round of introductions, sparking laughter.The videos have delighted a Thai nation that has held its breath for a successful outcome to a complex rescue kilometres inside one of the country’s longest caves.But getting the boys out of the still submerged caves, with monsoon rains predicted to soon resume, is likely to be a protracted process and is fraught with risk.”We have to be 100 percent confident that there is no risk to the boys before we evacuate,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, Chiang Rai provincial governor, told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.”We will take care them like they are our own children,” he said, adding efforts to install a telephone line failed late Tuesday, but food, medicine and relief gear continues to be ferried into the caves.Authorities are also pumping out water round-the-clock aware of the bad weather forecast in the days ahead.- ‘He is thinner’ -In the video the boys, who have spent 11 nights underground, appear relaxed and much more alert than when they were when British divers found them late Monday huddling on a muddy ledge above surging underground waters.Outside the cave the mother of one of the boys teared-up as she watched the clip on a television screen, saying she was “glad” for a glimpse her son.”He is thinner” she said as she ran her finger over his image — a sign of the heartache the saga has brought to relatives of the trapped 13.Several Navy SEAL divers have deployed along with medics vowing to stay with the group while the challenging process of evacuating the “Wild Boar” team begins.Boys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a 3 July 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Photo: ReutersThai authorities say the focus is now building up the boys’ physical and mental strength after an ordeal that has left them emaciated.Next they have three main options: diving out of the cave system, exiting through another hole if one can be found — or drilled — or waiting out the rainy season underground.Experts say diving out is laden with risk — more so as the boys have never dived before and some may not be able to swim.Areas of the cave remain submerged and navigating claustrophobic passages in murky rushing waters risks panic, even if the boys have ample equipment, expert support and a crash-course in how to dive.”This requires them do be psychologically able to cope with being underwater… and the dives being not too long or difficult,” Alan Warild, an expert from the NSW Cave Rescue Squad in Australia, told AFP.The last option of waiting for the monsoon to abate, could be protracted as the monsoon begins to bite.However, officials say they have stored food, medicine and equipment to last for up to four months at an underground base.last_img read more

Saudi launches green card systems for expats

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 27 November 2018 Saudi Arabia`s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian President at the presidential palace in Carthage on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia launched on Sunday their new special residency scheme similar to green card systems applicable in other countries, aimed at attracting wealthy and high-skilled expats.The residency scheme offers two types of residencies, a permanent one for 800,000 Saudi riyals ($213,321.96) and a one year but renewable residency for 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,665.24).The scheme was approved by the Saudi cabinet last month, but on Sunday the online portal to apply was opened to the public.The residencies would allow foreign expats free movement, ability to own properties and to do business in the kingdom.Currently over 10 million expats work and live in Saudi Arabia under a system that requires them to be sponsored by a Saudi employer and be issued an exit and re-entry visa whenever they want to leave the country. ($1 = 3.7502 riyals)last_img

Houston Ballet Academy Names New Director

first_imgAmitava SarkarStudents of Houston Ballet Academy’s Lower School Amitava SarkarStudents of Houston Ballet Academy’s Lower School Courtesy of Houston BalletMadeleine Onne will start as the new director of the Houston Ballet Academy next summer.More than a thousand students – ranging from four-year-olds to those in their upper teens – come through the doors of the Houston Ballet Academy every year. Not all go on to pursue ballet as a career, but for those who do, the odds are pretty good they’ll get a job with a professional company.  “I would say more than half of our company is from our school,” says Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch. When he was looking for someone to run their training academy, he says Madeleine Onne was the right fit. “She’s vastly experienced,” he says. “She’s worked with many choreographers, as both as a dancer and a director.”Onne was born and trained in Sweden and has most recently served as Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Ballet for the past seven years. Before that, she was the Artistic Director for the Royal Swedish Ballet, where she’d spent nearly 20 years as a Principal Dancer. “What’s interesting is she comes from mainland Europe, from the Scandinavian countries,” Welch explains. “We haven’t really had a great deal of influence into Houston Ballet through that area yet.”Onne will be in charge of choosing the children for the school, working with the parents, and picking the repertoire. She’ll come to Houston several times over the next few months to assist in performances, including Welch’s new production of The Nutcracker.  It’ll be a dress rehearsal for when she takes over full-time next summer. 00:00 /01:21 Listen X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

United Way Encourages DC to Do More

first_imgDo More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)While Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties have been identified as some of the most affluent areas in the nation, disproportionate access to resources still hinders many residents.“There is a delicate balance with the pride of who we are as a region,” Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area told the AFRO on June 5. “It comes with the responsibility of taking care of those who are a little less fortunate.”In the spirit of creating a continuum of giving back, in 2013, the United Way NCA created a 24-hour crowdfunding campaign to support the work of local non-profits. Utilizing an online platform, individuals could choose to donate to their favorite participating nonprofits or search for a nonprofit by cause or location.“Girls on the Run DC raised $4,297 from DO More 24,” said Kristen Komlosy, executive director of that organization, which promotes joyful, healthy, and confident fun to a diverse group of girls, more than half of whom are African American.Do More 24 campaign volunteers (Photo by Hyon Smith Photography)“Doing so, allowed us to provide program scholarships to 23 girls who would not have been otherwise able to participate in Girls on the Run,” Komlosy said of her participation in the 2014 giving marathon.On June 4, 612 nonprofits joined in the annual campaign, up from 564 in 2014. Throughout the day, social media pages blasted causes and reasons to contribute.“Give the gift of a soccer uniform & make a kid feel… like a CHAMP!!” tweeted DC Scores, an organization combining poetry, soccer, and service-learning to 1,500 low-income DC youth. Later, the organization’s Twitter page revealed a total $8,568 in donations, translating to 357 uniforms.“Give literature and a lifeline to young men in prison,” tweeted Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, a non-profit that works with District youth who are incarcerated as adults. Free Minds closed the daylong event with $9,222.The top earners included Year Up – National Capital Region, Little Lights Urban Ministries, So Others Might Eat and REBOOT Combat Recovery, all of whom received at least $30,000. In total, over $1.4 million in online donations, cash prizes, bonus funds, and sponsor support was collected among participating organizations.“This is our third year and I think this was probably our most transformative year in terms of the focus being not just on donations, but getting people connected with nonprofits to be able to potentially volunteer,” said Allen-Herring, who spent a portion of the day at Tyson’s Corner Mall filling shoeboxes with toiletries that were then delivered to nonprofits who serve the basic needs of individuals.“One of the things that really got me excited was to see a group of volunteers who had disabilities – or different abilities – come in and volunteer for someone else,” she said. “It really just brought home the message that we could all do something. Everybody doesn’t have to be an expert in something, everyone doesn’t have to be rich, everyone doesn’t have to have a specific set of skills but everyone has something that they can do.”To learn more about the campaign and get involved in next year’s festivities, visit www.domore24.org.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | January 16, 2015 MR Solutions Announces First Installations of Next-Gen Cryogen-Free Magnet Technology Features like variable field operation allow increased scientific capabilities in preclinical MRI Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more January 16, 2015 — MR Solutions has introduced its second-generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet technology to its range of 3T and 7T cryogen-free, preclinical scanners. Features of this new technology include variable field operation, higher intrinsic magnetic field homogeneity, larger fields of view (FOV), an elliptical shape to better fit the subject and automatic field ramping. Installations of the second-generation technology include the National Institute for Health, Bethesda, Washington, D.C.; the University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal.Murali Krishna Cherukuri, M.D., head of the biophysics section at the National Cancer Institute and chief of biophysics at the National Institute of Health said: “We are very pleased with this new 3T bench top system (MRS3T17) from MR Solutions. The variable field capability allows us to carry out hyperpolarized 13C MRI research at fields which are optimal for individual tracers. This was the choice for us.” MR Solutions has also launched its PreClinical Scan software for simplicity of use, smoothness of workflow and seamless integration of MR Solutions’ positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) technology. The company provides PET-MRI or SPECT-MRI imaging either for independent acquisition, sequential acquisition or simultaneous acquisition. Optical and CT imaging capabilities are also possible. Multi-modality imaging will become the norm for the study of anatomy, bio-distribution, efficacy, safety and kinetics within the same anatomical context.For more information: www.mrsolutions.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more last_img read more

Was quake the Big One experts predicted

first_imgSeptember 5 quake How do you rate Costa Rica’s response to the quake?  Excellent. Years of training and practice paid off.  Poor. Response was disorganized and we’re lucky it wasn’t worse.  No response. From the print editionBy Vanessa I. Garnica and Hannah J. Ryan | Tico Times Staff“This is the quake we were waiting for,” said Leopold Linkimer, seismologist at Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network, following a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake that rattled the country Wednesday morning. “Regardless, we have to be ready for any contingency because nature can surprise us.”The earthquake was registered 8 kilometers (5 miles) west of Sámara in the Nicoya Peninsula, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. After the quake, which damaged several buildings in the province, shaken residents wondered, was this the big one that experts had predicted would strike the peninsula?Scientists in Costa Rica have been contemplating the possibility of a big quake in the Nicoya region for more than two decades. Marino Protti of the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (Ovsicori), who has been warning of a Nicoya quake for years, disagreed with Linkimer, saying that this week’s quake may or may not have been the “big one”.The last time an earthquake of a similar magnitude was registered in the area was 1950. On average about 18 small tremors are registered daily in Costa Rica, Linkimer said. At press time, more than 530 aftershocks were registered, the biggest occurring Thursday morning, with a magnitude of 5.1.Following the quake, emergency officials gathered at National Emergency Commission (CNE) headquarters in the western San José district of Pavas to discuss initial damage reports.“We are not declaring a state of emergency,” said Vanessa Rosales, CNE president. “We have begun to receive damage reports taking place around the country. Overall, we encouraged at this point, even though it was a significant quake.”Wednesday’s temblor is considered the second biggest in the country’s history, behind a 1991 earthquake measuring magnitude-7.7. That quake, centered in Limón province along the Caribbean coast, killed 75 people and injured more than 600.Linkimer said the official magnitude of the quake could be adjusted in coming days, pending further studies, and several additional aftershocks are expected.The cause of Wednesday’s quake was a process called subduction, where tectonic plates located in the Earth’s outer layer constantly move on top and under each other, causing the ground to move in the form of a temblor. The Nicoya fault zone is caused by subduction of the Cocos plate under the Caribbean plate along the peninsula’s western side. Geologists, geophysicists, oceanographers and other experts have analyzed the degree of pressure buildup over the past 50 years – the seismic recurrence interval in Nicoya Peninsula is about 50 years – allowing them to predict that a “big one” would occur with a magnitude in the range of 7.7-7.9. With Wednesday’s quake registering magnitude-7.6, experts had accurately predicted the event within magnitude-0.1 – if it was the one they were waiting for. Seismologists said that this week’s quake released about 80 percent of the pressure buildup, meaning that another event is possible. “Part of the problem in that part of the subduction zone is that the Caribbean plate (on which the Nicoya Peninsula lies) seems to be stuck to the subducting oceanic crust of the Cocos plate,” geologist Jonathan Harris said in an email.That hampers subduction, and the release of pressure in the form of energy occurs only sporadically, he added.Another result of the phenomenon is that the Caribbean plate is dragged down with the oceanic crust of the Cocos plate, causing land to sink along the Pacific coastline.“Indeed, sea levels have appeared to rise – not the result of global warming, but rather of the sinking crust,” Harris said.Seismologists consider Costa Rica a very seismically active country and apt for an earthquake at any given time. Linkimer said a big earthquake had been expected in the Nicoya Peninsula since the early 1990s.“There are certain [scientific] models that describe that some earthquakes will occur with regular occurrence,” he said.Because there are signs of cracking in the crust as far away as the Arenal Volcano in north-central Costa Rica, some have speculated that “the Big One” could also lead to more volcanic activity in that area. Linkimer said earthquakes can cause landslides in areas near the epicenter, but not necessarily volcanic activity. However, volcanic activity was reported at the Irazú and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes in 1991.Tico Times Poll Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more