MPC Container Ships Fetches USD 40 Mn Credit

first_imgzoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships has entered into a USD 40 million three-year revolving credit facility agreement.The deal was signed with New York-based CIT Group at “attractive terms”, MPC Container Ships said.The company added that drawdowns under the facility may be used toward investments, vessel upgrades or general corporate purposes.“With the new credit facility, we add a highly flexible instrument to our capital structure whilst adhering to the company’s strategy of moderate leverage,” Constantin Baack, CEO of MPC Container Ships, said.“Moreover, the facility ensures additional financial strength for MPC Container Ships in anticipation of improved market conditions,” Baack concluded.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Invests in Future with Energy Scholarship Program

first_imgNineteen Nova Scotia students will get help pursuing careers and research in energy with scholarships from an industry-government partnership. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program gives out up to a dozen $10,000 university scholarships each year to high school graduates pursuing energy-related studies. It also provides up to 10 scholarships of $2,500 each to graduates pursuing trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College. “Nova Scotia’s growing energy sector is a rich source of career opportunities,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “We are pleased to partner with Pengrowth to help educate the energy leaders of tomorrow.” Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities, and must have demonstrated an interest in the Nova Scotia energy sector. “The success of our students remains our priority and Pengrowth is pleased to provide financial assistance to such a talented group of students interested in the energy industry,” said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth’s East Coast Operations. “The scholarship program is a great example of what can be accomplished when government and industry work together.” Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited and the province has invested $3 million in the scholarship program to date. Since the program’s inception in 2005, 130 students have received scholarships and grants. Pengrowth Management Limited was founded by Jim Kinnear in 1982.last_img read more

Athletes up their game by going vegan

first_imgThis National Nutrition Week (September 1-7), there’s no denying that a growing number of professional athletes are choosing to fuel their bodies with healthy vegan foods. From tennis legend Novak Djokovic to Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton, elite sports stars are opting for vegetables, fruits, pulses, grains, and other plant-based foods instead of animal-derived ones. Former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie stays in top shape by eating vegan, and our very own national football captain Sunil Chhetri has also stopped consuming animals’ flesh, eggs, and milk. He says that eating vegan food helps with recovery and that he’s experiencing other health benefits. “It’s been a few months since I’ve turned vegan now and I feel as healthy as I will ever be.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFrom Ironman tri-athletes and record-breaking runners to “America’s strongest weightlifter”, athletes excel when they eat vegan. Vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian broke the world record for the most weight ever carried by a human and holds multiple weightlifting world records. Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is an Olympic bronze, silver and gold medallist who also holds two world championship titles – and she’s vegan. US women’s national soccer team star Alex Morgan went vegan because of her dog and says it makes her “stronger and helps with fatigue and recovery”. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMany professional basketball and American football players including DeAndre Jordan, JaVale McGee, and Malcolm Jenkins are vegan. Venus Williams, a decorated tennis player in Olympic history, is meat-free while professional surfer Tia Blanco went vegan at age 16. Athlete Dana Glowacka powers up with vegan food and holds the women’s world record for the longest abdominal plank which she held for over four hours. Some of the toughest athletes on the planet are vegan because they know that humans don’t need to eat animals to be strong. In fact, a study revealing that Roman gladiators were predominantly vegetarian inspired the upcoming documentary ‘The Game Changers’, which features professional athletes – including executive producer Hamilton – sharing how turning vegan optimises their health and builds strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who’s been dairy-free for over 40 years – and Djokovic are also executive producers. When the tennis player stopped eating animal flesh, he said, “(It) hasn’t just changed my game, it’s changed my life, my wellbeing.” Eating vegan foods that are low in fat and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants benefits athletes’ performance, endurance, recovery, and more. These foods keep their hearts strong, body weight and inflammation down, and saturated fat and cholesterol levels low, which prevents pain, increases aerobic capacity and improves blood viscosity so that more oxygen reaches the muscles, thereby improving athletic performance. The US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics confirms that vegan foods are appropriate for athletes and reduce their risk of suffering from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and obesity. Many professional athletes choose to build and maintain body tissue with vegan protein sources because unlike animal-derived sources of protein, they also contain fibre and complex carbohydrates which are the primary fuel used during high-intensity exercise. For example, Trujillo loves eating sweet potatoes because they provide the complex carbohydrates and energy he needs. Athletes are also choosing to fuel up on vegan foods to protect animals from the intense suffering caused by imprisonment in cramped, waste-covered cages, sheds, or warehouses; genetic modification and drug regimens that result in chronic pain and crippling deformities; abject abuse; and slaughter by the billions. Sports stars who eat vegan foods also score big for the environment and prevent the waste of precious resources. Raising animals for meat, eggs and dairy is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than the world’s transportation sector and more water pollution than all other industrial sources combined and it sucks up one-third of the world’s freshwater resources and global cropland for animal feed. Let’s all be winners for our health, animals, and planet by going vegan.last_img read more

Actors lie when they say theyre secure Emraan

first_imgMumbai: Emraan Hashmi says an actor always tends to be insecure as it is tough to survive in entertainment industry, which requires one to stay relevant. The actor, who has established himself as a versatile performer in his close to two-decade-long career in Hindi film industry, believes the struggle to survive in showbiz is never ending. “An actor is probably the most insecure person. Anyone who tells you he’s not insecure is lying. From being relevant, to staying alive in a really competitive terrain, it’s not easy,” said Emraan. “Everyone’s struggling to stay afloat. That’s the nature of the business and that’s what’s fun about it. It’s not easy, but it’s a high. Everything has to lead to the next thing. I don’t have a road map. It’s just holding on to the next opportunity and moving on. It’s been 18 years for me in the industry. There are so many new people coming on the block, it’s insane. You’ve got to be on your toes,” he further added.last_img read more

Lupita Nyongo Becomes Global Ambassador For Elephants

first_imgAcademy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has returned to her native Kenya and announced that she will advocate globally for elephants with international conservation organization WildAid, as well as promote women’s issues, acting and the arts in Kenya.Lupita Nyong’o visits The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Nairobi Elephant OrphanageCredit/Copyright: Kristian Schmidt/David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust via WildAid“I am proud of my Kenyan heritage, and part of that heritage is the incredible wildlife haven that is in our care,” she said. “I have come to realize that when you know more, you do more. I want to encourage people all over the world to learn more about these incredible animals. From reading a conservation website like WildAid.org to visiting one of the many, unforgettable, world-class national parks. I ask the world to end the current elephant poaching crisis by being ‘Ivory Free.’ It is time to ban sales of ivory worldwide and to consign the tragedy of the ivory trade to history.”Ms. Nyong’o spent time in Amboseli National Park with the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Nairobi elephant orphanage, meeting with local conservationists and filming messages for international distribution in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the United States. These messages are designed to raise awareness of the elephant-poaching crisis and to reduce the demand for ivory in consuming markets. Ms. Nyongo also met with Kenya-based African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants who partner on these projects, as well as representatives of Wildlife Direct, and Ol Pejeta and Lewa Conservancies — all groups active in combatting poaching in Kenya.“Brave and dedicated people are giving their lives to protect our elephants,” Ms. Nyong’o said. “They need all of our support, from people in the United States and Asia by not buying ivory, and from Kenyans in supporting anti-poaching by reporting wildlife crime. Poaching undermines national security and endangers jobs and community support derived from tourism.”At a Tuesday press conference in Nairobi, film was shown of Ms. Nyong’o as a young girl singing for the elephants, as well as some highlights of her trip, which will later be used for television, radio, social media, newspapers, magazines and billboards with the message in Africa that “Poaching steals from us all,” and in Asia and the US that “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”Ms. Nyong’o joins a host of international icons including Jackie Chan, Yao Ming, Edward Norton, Prince William and David Beckham who are featured in the campaigns. WildAid and the African Wildlife Foundation plan to recruit more prominent Kenyans to join the campaign locally when it launches next year.Though Kenya banned the ivory trade 25 years ago, growing affluence in Asia has produced a new class of ivory consumers who have reignited demand and stimulated the illegal ivory trade, resulting in an escalating poaching crisis. Across Africa, up to 33,000 elephants are killed annually for their ivory, with militant groups and international criminal syndicates profiting from the trade.WildAid CEO Peter Knights said: “There has been a 50% increase in awareness of elephant poaching in China in the last two years, 95% of Chinese surveyed support a ban on ivory sales, and the government recently announced a phase-out of legal ivory sales. Kenya has passed new stricter laws and is cracking down through the courts. So there is some light at the end of the tunnel for elephants, and we hope Lupita can help us all secure their future.”Ms. Nyong’o’s homecoming tour is supported by a number of prominent local companies including Safaricom, Kenya Airways, Simba Colt Motors, African Heritage, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Seventh Sense Communications and luxury bag manufacturer Lulea.Click here to learn more about The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Nairobi Elephant Orphanage.Source:WildAidlast_img read more

Failing to agree on climate action would not only be immoral but

“In my opening statement to this conference one week ago…I warned that climate change is running faster than we are and that Katowice must — in no uncertain terms — be a success, as a necessary platform to reverse this trend,” said Secretary-General Guterres.Since 2 December, the conference has brought together thousands of climate action decision-makers, advocates and activists, with one key objective: adopting global guidelines for the 197 parties of the 2015 Paris Agreement, when countries committed to limiting global warming to less than 2°C – and as close as possible to 1.5° – above pre-industrial levels.To waste this opportunity in Katowice would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change. It would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal – UN chief GuterresWith only three days left at the conference for the negotiations, the UN chief regretted that “despite progress in the negotiating texts, much remains to be done”. On Wednesday, given the complex state of discussions, the Polish Presidency of COP24 proposed a text to act as a “new basis for negotiations”.“Key political issues remain unresolved,” said Mr. Guterres. “This is not surprising—we recognize the complexity of this work. But we are running out of time,” he warned, referring to the alarming special report on global warming issued in October by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).“Over the last 10 days”, he said, addressing the country delegations which are locked in negotiations, “many of you have worked long, hard hours and I want to acknowledge your efforts. But we need to accelerate those efforts to reach consensus if we want to follow-up on the commitments made in Paris.”He called on negotiators to boost their ambition, with regards to “predictable and accessible financial flows for the economic transition towards a low-emission and climate-resilient world.”The Secretary-General reminded the audience that developed countries had a financial obligation to support the efforts of developing countries, as established by the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), under which the Paris Agreement falls, and which was signed in 1992, more than 25 years ago.“It’s very difficult to explain to those suffering from the effects of climate change that we have not managed to find predictable support for the actions that must be taken,” he remarked.Mr. Guterres hailed various financial announcements made since the beginning of COP24, including by the World Bank, multilateral development banks, and the private sector. However, he urged developed nations to “scale up their contributions to jointly mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020”, as laid out three years ago in Paris.Balance the responsibilities ‘of all countries’ to beat climate changeIn addition to increased resources, the UN Secretary-General also called for the development of a “flexible but robust set of rules” to implement the Paris Agreement – as 2018 was set by the UNFCCC parties themselves, as the deadline for these guidelines, so countries can move forward with climate action in a transparent way.“Countries have different realities, different capacities and different circumstances,” noted the UN chief, as he explained that “we must find a formula that balances the responsibilities of all countries” and that is “fair and effective for all”.To achieve this, Mr. Guterres stressed the importance of building trust through a “strong transparency framework to monitor and assess progress on all fronts: mitigation, adaptation and provision of support, including finance, technology and capacity building”.The UN chief said we have the know-how, as well as “incredible momentum from all segments of society” adding that “what we need, is the political will to move forward”.“I understand that none of this is easy. I understand some of you will need to make some tough political decisions,” he acknowledged, “But this is the time for consensus. This is the time for political compromises to be reached. This means sacrifices, but it will benefit us all collectively.”Challenging the delegates and ministers to overcome their national preferences and work “together” and “finish the job” with raised ambition “on all fronts”, Mr. Guterres concluded: “To waste this opportunity in Katowice would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change. It would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal.” read more

Commentary Adam Scott Australias first Masters champion

In a country rich with golfing greats and close major championship calls, Australia had never produced a Masters champion. But on a soggy Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., that all changed with one clutch putt. Adam Scott, the 32-year old who finished T-2 in the 2011 Masters, made a pressure-packed birdie putt on the second playoff hole against Angel Cabrera to become the first Australian to take home the green jacket. Scott, who had eight PGA Tour wins coming into the week, used his broomstick putter (it’s about four feet tall), to birdie the 18th hole in regulation which led him to a playoff after Cabrera birdied the 18th as well. The major championship victory is long overdue for Scott, who had the lead in the 2012 British Open but bogeyed the final four holes and lost. He’s been a prominent player throughout his career, and finally getting his first major could open the floodgates for more majors down the road. Other history was made at the Masters as well. Fourteen-year old Tianlang Guan from China, who was the youngest player to compete in any major championship in 148 years, also became the youngest player to make the cut and play the weekend in a major championship. However, his dreams of playing the weekend were almost gone after he received a one-stroke penalty for slow play during Friday’s second round. It was the first time a player was assessed a penalty for slow play on the PGA Tour since 2010. After finishing with a second-round 75, and 4-over for the tournament, the eighth-grader made the cut right on the number. By adding rounds of 77 and 75 the next two days, he finished as the low amateur for the week in 58th place and earned respect around the world. That Guan competed in the Masters is significant enough, but making the cut against the best players in the world on an extremely challenging course speaks volumes to how special of a week it was for the youngster. Sunday afternoon at the Masters wouldn’t be complete without a back-nine charge from No. 1 player Tiger Woods. He entered the final round four shots back but couldn’t overcome bogeys on 5 and 7, despite having four birdies from 9-15, and finished T-4. Woods, along with Guan, was part of another controversial penalty. In Friday’s second round, he hit his third shot in the water on the par-5 15th after an unlucky break in which his ball hit the flagstick and came spinning back violently into the water. After weighing out his options, he decided to take a drop at the same spot, where he eventually got up-and-down to save bogey. The problem, though, was that he dropped his next shot about two yards further back than his previous shot, which wasn’t as close as possible to his previous shot. That drop eventually led to a two-stroke penalty, so instead of starting Saturday’s third round three shots back, he was five back and never recovered. All in all, the decision to give him a two-stroke penalty instead of disqualifying him, which many felt should have happened, was probably the correct move, but the drop and resulting penalty will be discussed for years to come. Every year, the Masters provides heart-pounding excitement throughout the entire week, especially late Sunday afternoon. This year was no different, and the remarkable finish showed why this tournament is one of the most exciting in all of sports. Only 360 more days until next year’s edition. read more

Teenagers who murdered vulnerable woman apply to extend anonymity

The issue will go before the High Court next month, where their legal teams will argue the media’s ban on reporting their identities should be extended.The current interim injunction applies to media reports, and all other internet postings.During the original trial it emerged that the older of the two girls had attempted suicide on four occasions once in the court lavatory where she had tried to strangle herself with her own hair. Angela Wrightson died following a sustained attack in her home Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Angela Wrightson died following a sustained attack in her home The judge praised a female member of the court staff saying her quick actions had literally saved the girl’s life.The judge revealed that the younger girl had also been self-harming during the trial.During the murder, which is believed to have taken place over a five hour period, the girls posted images of themselves laughing on social media.They later called the police to ask for a lift home and posted an image of themselves laughing in the back of the police van.The court heard the Miss Wrightson would have suffered considerable mental and physical pain during what was described as an attack of “gratuitous degradation.”She was hit with a shovel, a TV, a coffee table and a stick studded with screws after she let the girls into her home. Two teenage girls who beat a frail and vulnerable woman to death during an attack of “gratuitous degradation” are taking legal action to prevent their identities being made public.The teenagers were aged 13 and 14 when they were jailed for life with a minimum of 15-years in 2016 for the murder of 39-year-old Angela Wrightson, in her Hartlepool home.Sentencing them Mr Justice Globe condemned their actions as “cowardly” as he revealed that Miss Wrightson had suffered 70 separate slash injuries and more than 50 blows to the head as she had desperately tried to defend herself.But the judge banned the media from naming the pair on the grounds that being identified could lead to their suicide.Now legal teams for the killers have obtained an interim injunction extending their anonymity, although one of them has turned 18. read more

GPS Protects the Baby Jesus From Theft

first_imgThere are a couple of ways to get my attention with a press release. First, you can quote The Big Lebowski in the subject line. You can also give your product a truly bizarre name. Congratulations, Brick House Security, the “Nobody F’s With the Jesus” e-mail you sent out for your GPS Jesus Program got my attention.GPS Jesus is the name of a program aimed at protecting nativity scenes. Brick House is donating GPS devices for communities to place in baby Jesuses to help curb stolen nativity scenes.The company worked with 30 communities in the program last year and will be expanding out to 100 for 2010. “There’s been no attempt of theft since we announced that we’re tracking our Jesus,” Alan Czyewski of St. Ambrose Church, Old Bridge, N.J. is quoted as saying in the aforementioned press release. “This is our third year, and we love this. People are now well aware of our GPS Jesus, so they leave it alone.” The Christian messiah abides.last_img read more

Apple gives Samsung the boot takes iPad 2 chip business elsewhere

first_imgSamsung‘s relationship with Apple is complicated, to say the least. On the one hand, Samsung has numerous products that directly compete with Apple’s, especially in the mobile space. Samsung’s Galaxy line-up — the Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy Player PMP, and the Galaxy Tab tablet — are some of the most popular Android alternatives to Apple’s iOS devices out there. That makes them an enemy to Apple. AdChoices广告On the other hand, though, Apple is Samsung’s biggest customer: Cupertino just inked a $7.8 billion deal with Samsung to supply components for the iPhone and iPad. That’s a huge chunk of change.It’s a strange, conflicted relationship… and it might be about to blow up like many dysfunctional marriages of convenience, as Samsung has reportedly been passed over to produce the iPad 2‘s A5 system-on-a-chip in favor of a Taiwan-based chipmarker.According to reports, Apple has just signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to produce their dual-core A5 SoC. Since Samsung built the last one, that’s a big change, and one that could freeze Samsung out of the iPhone 5, which is also anticipated to use the A5 CPU.Why Apple has decided to switch things up isn’t known. Apple could be trying to avoid market conflicts — as we said, Samsung’s a big competitor — or it simply be a move to the better supplier, as TSMC is the lead in producing 40 nanometer processors.Regardless, if the shift to TSMC is announced, it’s unclear what that means for Samsung. Apple supposedly just signed a nearly $8 billion deal with Samsung, but that was never officially announced. Did Apple change its mind at the last minute? I guess we’ll know if we see Samsung stock sliding down the abyss.Read more at EETimeslast_img read more

San Diegans outraged after 29 day streak of gas prices increasing

first_img Updated: 7:07 PM San Diegans outraged after 29 day streak of gas prices increasing KUSI Newsroom, April 18, 2019 Posted: April 18, 2019center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today to its highest amount since July 30, 2015, increasing a half-cent to $4.054, one day after a 29-day streak of increases ended with a decrease of one-tenth of a cent.The average price is 11.1 cents more than one week ago, 71.2 cents higher than one month ago and 47.1 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The rising prices are the result of a series of refinery issues that have reduced supply, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.The average price rose 70.7 cents during the streak, the longest since a 35-day streak from Jan. 30-March 5, 2015.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on the reactions and the possible reasons for the increase. last_img read more

Spurs roll to 20 lead over Trail Blazers

first_imgSAN ANTONIO — Portland coach Terry Stotts is running out of adjectives and analogies to describe the San Antonio Spurs’ dominance in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.After being struck by a “tidal wave” during the second quarter of the opener, Portland took on even more water in Game 2.“The onslaught at the beginning of the second quarter was obviously the turning point in the game,” Stotts said. Boris Diaw scored six straight points to ignite a 23-8 run that gave San Antonio a 54-36 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half.The Spurs outscored the Trail Blazers 41-25 in the second quarter, raising their advantage to 77-48 in that period in winning the first two games of the best-of-seven series convincingly. Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Trail Blazers’ All-Star duo put up 43 shots.last_img read more

Amazon adding 800 more jobs in Austin after NYC HQ2 fails

first_img Tech Industry Share your voice Austin, Texas, is home to the Whole Foods headquarters. Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images Amazon faced a chilly reception in New York, but it appears Texas is more than happy to cozy up to the tech giant.The world’s biggest online store on Thursday said it’s expanding its tech hub in Austin, Texas, and hiring 800 new tech workers there. Along with an existing Amazon tech hub, Amazon-owned Whole Foods’ corporate headquarters is also located in Austin.The announcement comes a little more than a month after the company scraped its much-ballyhooed plans to build a 25,000-employee campus in New York City following blistering criticism. Local activists and politicians complained about the company’s lavish $3 billion incentives package, the potential strain on infrastructure and Amazon’s alleged mistreatment of its workers.In announcing the end of the New York project, Amazon said it planned to move forward with its other 25,000-employee campus in Virginia and a 5,000-employee site in Nashville, and also expand its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs around the US and Canada. An Amazon representative told the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday that the local project wasn’t related to the pullout from New York and was in process for several years.Amazon won’t receive any incentives from the state or local governments to open a new a 145,000-square-foot space in a mixed-use tower, the publication reported. The new office will open in 2020 and hiring will take place over several years, it said.Amazon said its created 22,000 full-time jobs across Texas since 2011. Austin was one of the 20 finalists in Amazon’s year-long search for a new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, that would become an equal to the original Seattle campus. The project was eventually split in two, with New York getting half and Virginia getting the other. Amazon Comments 2 Tagslast_img read more

Alaska Supreme Court upholds superior court ruling against Save Our Salmon Initiative

first_imgIn a ruling issued Friday, Alaska’s Supreme Court upheld the overturning of the ‘Save Our Salmon’ Initiative.Download AudioSave Our Salmon was adopted by a narrow vote in the Lake and Peninsula Borough in 2011. It established a borough-level permitting process to develop a mine like Pebble. Its sponsors believed it would not only add a layer of protection against Pebble, but perhaps preempt the mine developers investing further in the project since that permit would be all but impossible to obtain.Save our Salmon was challenged in court by Pebble and the State of Alaska in separate lawsuits which were later joined. In March 2014, Superior Court Judge John Suddock ruled in their favor, striking down the initiative, saying it superseded the state’s natural resources permitting authority under the constitution.The ballot sponsors, George Jacko and Jackie Hobson, who were backed financially by Bob Gilliam, appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court. On Friday, the court issued a 20 page opinion siding with Suddock that Save Our Salmon was not lawful and leaving it overturned.last_img read more

Hyderabad Fire engulfs at petrol pump in Nacharam

first_imgA fire engulfed at a petrol pump on Friday here at Nacharam police station limits. The petrol pump which is yet to opened caught the fire when the technicians arranging the pipes and machines at the area. Two people were injured in the incident. Fire tenders were alerted who rushed to the spot and doused the fire. The injured were shifted to a local hospital at ECIL. On August 18, 2019, three workers were injured in a fire accident that occurred at Nirmal Enterprises at Pashamailaram in city outskirts. It took over four hours to put out the fire. The injured were identified as Achulal and Anajaiah.last_img read more

Kumaraswamy never treated me as friend but like enemy

first_imgBengaluru: The war of words between the Congress and JD(S) continued unabated with Siddaramaiah on Sunday slamming H D Kumaraswamy for treating him as an “enemy” and indicated that it led to the fall of the coalition government headed by the latter. His comments were in response to Kumaraswamy’s recent interview to a news portal, in which he reportedly said Siddaramaiah treated JD(S) as its first enemy. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us However, Kumaraswamy on Sunday clarified that he had not made such remarks and his interview had been ‘distorted’. “There lies the problem. He (Kumaraswamy) started nurturing grudge against me by treating me as an enemy. Instead of the foe, had he considered me as a friend, a trusted man and an ally from the coalition party, nothing would have happened,” Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The Congress stalwart charged Kumaraswamy with “hiding” his failure by blaming others. “How can I be an enemy? Those who don’t know how to rule say such things,” Siddaramaiah said. The JD(S) leader had reportedly alleged that Siddaramaiah was never happy with the government formation under him. Kumaraswamy in a tweet said: “Some news channels have distorted my interview to a news portal a few days ago.” Advertise With Us “I had only said that more than BJP, Siddaramaiah had targeted our party during the elections but I never said Siddaramaiah is my first enemy. There is no need for unwanted confusion,” he said. Almost a month after the fall of the coalition government, a political slugfest has broken out between Congress leader Siddaramaiah and the JD(S) first family led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda with each blaming the other for it. Gowda in an interview to a newspaper on Thursday had held Siddaramaiah accountable for the fall of the government. The JD(S) patriarch had termed as “wrong” the decision of Congress high command to make Kumaraswamy the Chief Minister without taking Siddaramaiah into confidence before forming the coalition government, saying the Congress strong man in the state was unable to accept it. Siddaramaiah had rubbished the charge very next day, terming the allegations “baseless, politically motivated and false.” The Congress-JD(S) government collapsed on July 22 after the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was defeated in the Assembly, bringing to an end his 14-month long turbulent tenure marked by dissidence within the Congress. Siddaramaiah had come under criticism after the government collapsed as most of the rebel Congress MLAs, including ST Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj, MTB Nagaraj, Munirathna and K Sudhakar, were considered his loyalists. However, rubbishing claims that he instigated those MLAs to resign and destabilise the government, Siddaramaiah had alleged the unilateral style of functioning of the JD(S) leadership led to the collapse of the government.last_img read more

No election now in country says Ershad

first_imgHM ErshadMentioning that there is no election in the country these days, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Saturday demanded that the polling system be reformed, reports UNB.”Candidates are being elected uncontested or through false votes or election engineering,” Ershad said at a programme organised by Jatiya Party-led United National Alliance (Shammilito Jatiya Jote) at Laldighi Maidan in Chattogram.Turning to bank scandals, Ershad said looting banks, including the reserve heist of the Bangladesh Bank, are rare incidents in history.”The banking system in the country has collapsed as the government didn’t take any legal steps,” he said adding, “So, we’ve to save our country as people want a change.”Criticising the government’s activities, the former military ruler said the ruling party men are looting banks in the name of development.About the prime minister’s promise to provide rice at only Tk 10, the Jatiya Party chief said, “Now rice is sold at Tk 60-70. How will a rickshaw-puller who has 3-4 children feed his family?”Talking about the country’s development during his rule, Ershad said, “No government could make development like I did in my tenure. So, the people of the country want to see me in power again. We don’t want a one-party government. Jatiya Party wants to form government with the participation of all parties.”Ershad called upon people to get united and come forward to save the country.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Isabelle

first_imgStay on target Isabelle Turns Over a New Leaf!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Isabelle. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Who Are They?Although Animal Crossing is a game about playing as a generic version of yourself, the cast of animal characters you encounter in your new town have more than enough personality to spare. And ever since she debuted in the recent but beloved Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS, Isabelle quickly became a crossover fan favorite. She’s a dog secretary that aids you as the mayor for crying out loud!Smash HistoryIsabelle is the second Animal Crossing character in Smash Bros., after Villager. She appeared as an Assist Trophy in the Wii U version, but after becoming a playable character in Mario Kart 8, her Smash Promotion only made sense. Although she shares some moves with Villager, like pocketing projectiles and a slingshot forward aerial, Isabelle is considered unique enough to be one of Smash Ultimate’s handful of new characters.What Looks New in Ultimate?Not that we’re complaining, but why do they keep making Animal Crossing characters play like Snake? First Villager had the Lloid rocket and tree traps. And now Isabelle can plant Lloid rockets like proximity mines and launch people into the air with a stop sign/mortar. Add in a fishing pole command grab with tons of troll potential and Isabelle’s cheery demeanor may just be a cover for her ability to set devastating traps.Our Hopes?To be brutally honest, Isabelle wasn’t our first pick for a new Animal Crossing character. Tom Nook, Resetti, K.K. Slider, that pig lady that sells like vegetables like it’s the stock market. The series is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to lovable characters. But after our hands-on time, Isabelle’s tricky moveset does have us seriously intrigued. A lack of powerful finishers may, appropriately, be all that holds her back.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.last_img read more

Graphene ink created for inkjet printing of electronic components

first_img Korean researchers use graphene to create transparent loudspeakers Dark field optical micrograph of inkjet printed drops on a) plasma cleaned, b) pristine and c) HMDS treated substrate. Scale: 20µm. d) SEM micrograph of printed pattern. Image from arXiv:1111.4970v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A group of UK scientists has created a graphene ink that can be used to ink-jet print electronic devices such as thin film transistors. Citation: Graphene ink created for ink-jet printing of electronic components (2011, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-graphene-ink-ink-jet-electronic-components.html More information: Ink-Jet Printed Graphene Electronics, arXiv:1111.4970v1 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] arxiv.org/abs/1111.4970AbstractWe demonstrate ink-jet printing as a viable method for large area fabrication of graphene devices. We produce a graphene-based ink by liquid phase exfoliation of graphite in N-Methylpyrrolidone. We use it to print thin-film transistors, with mobilities up to~95cm^2V^(-1)s(-1), as well as transparent and conductive patterns, with~80 % transmittance and~30kOhm/sq sheet resistance. This paves the way to all-printed, flexible and transparent graphene devices on arbitrary substrates. Professor of Nanotechnology, Andrea Ferrari, and colleagues from the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge have developed a method of creating a graphene ink that can be used with a modified ink-jet printer. Graphene consists of a hexagonal lattice of carbon only one atom thick, and has great advantages over polymer inks because of its greater electron mobility and electrical conductivity. Electronic components such as thin film transistors (TFTs) can already be created using ink-jet printing with ferro-electric polymer inks, but the performance of such components is poor and they are too slow for many applications.Beginning with flakes of pure graphite, the team exfoliated layers of graphene using liquid phase exfoliation (LPE), which consists of sonication of the graphite in the presence of a solvent, N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). The graphene layers were ultracentrifuged and then filtered to remove any particles large enough (>1μm in diameter) to block the ink-jet printer heads. The graphene flakes were then used as the basis for a graphene-polymer ink, which was printed, using a modified ink-jet printer, onto Si/SiO2 substrates and the transparent substrate borosilicate glass. The final step in the process was annealing at high temperature to remove the solvent.They demonstrated the new transparent graphene ink by using it to ink-jet print thin-film transistors, which they made by printing the graphene ink on Si/SiO2 wafers. They used chromium-gold pads to define the source and drain contacts, and they then printed a layer of an organic polymer, PQT-12, on top.The team achieved promising results at least comparable to current inks. They achieved mobilities of up to around 95cm2V−1s−1, about 80% transmittance and 30kohm sheet resistance. Non-graphene polymer inks typically achieve mobilities of less than 0.5cm2V−1s−1, while adding carbon nanotubes can increase this to around 50cm2V−1s−1.The results should improve as the method is refined and enhanced. Their successful first demonstration paves the way for the development of flexible and cheap electronics that can be printed on a wide variety of substrates. Devices printed using graphene inks could include wearable computers, electrical paper, sensors, electronic tags, and flexible touch screens.The paper is available online from arXiv.org.last_img read more