ClassNK Registers More Than 20 Million Gross Tons in 2013

first_imgzoom ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2013, revealing that new registrations of existing and newly built vessels totaled more than 20 million gross tons. The announcement was made on 20 January 2014 following a meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee, which reviews and certifies all changes made to the ClassNK register.Figures released by the Committee show that a total of 859 vessels totaling more than 20.5 million gross tons were added to the ClassNK register in 2013, marking the third straight year that ClassNK has registered an annual total of more than 20 million gross tons. This caps more than a decade of incredible growth by the society, which has seen the ClassNK register grow by more than 100 million gross tons since 2003.While newbuildings made up the majority of new registrations in 2013, accounting for 588 ships totaling more than 15.3 million gross tons, transfers of vessels from other classification societies continued to represent a major source of growth for ClassNK.Driven by ClassNK’s growth in Europe in particular, transfers from other class societies grew to account for nearly 33% of vessels and more than 25% of all tonnage registered by ClassNK in 2013, both new records for the society.Commenting on the announcement, ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda stated: “Our continued success in 2013 reflects the growing recognition of our service and quality not only by partners and stakeholders in Japan or Asia; but increasingly by owners and operators around the world. With the newbuilding boom behind us, we will continue to rededicate ourselves to providing the highest level of service and support to all of our clients and partners throughout the industry to secure our place as the most trusted, respected, and relied upon classification society around the world.”ClassNK, January 20, 2014last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Saturday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 by Exit 25 is no longer reduced to one lane for installation of a culvert but work does continue until Friday, Dec. 16. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Underpass Brooklyn Road underpass at Exit 18 will be reduced to onelane for repaving and repairs until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000center_img PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Dec. 9 to replace culverts. Traffic control consists of traffic control lights. Traffic lights will be in operation 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2, Route 209 The intersection at Trunk 2 and Route 209 in Brookfield will have a one-lane closure — to construct a right turning lane on Route 209 — until Friday, Dec. 23. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Mountain Road Cambridge Mountain Road will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, from the Antigonish-Guysborough County line easterly to Doyle Branch Road, will have intermittent lane closures for upgrading and gravelling until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mt. Hanley Road Overpass Mt. Hanley Road overpass will be reduced to one lane for repairs and repaving until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Main Street, Bible Hill The intersection of Main Street, Pictou Road and College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane for installation of lights and repairs of curbs and sidewalk until Thursday, Dec. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424last_img read more

Province Removes Fortifications From Home to Ensure Safety

first_imgThe province has moved to ensure the safety of a Nine Mile River neighbourhood this week under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act. Police searched a home on Renfrew Road in Nine Mile River, in relation to an attempted murder on New Year’s Eve. During the search, they noticed fortifications in the home, specifically thick, heavy metal bars across the doors built into the door frames, and asked the province to have them removed. “The focus here is on people who install barricades on their windows and doors when they are involved in criminal activity. They do this to make it harder for police to get into a building,” said acting Justice Minister Maurice Smith. “That also makes access difficult for other emergency responders. This puts everyone in danger including firefighters, paramedics, occupants of the building and entire neighbourhoods.” Under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, the province has the power to order that fortifications on a property, such as bars or metal plating on windows and doors, bulletproof glass and razor wire, be removed. This provision is used to remove excessive fortifications installed at properties being used for crime. This is the first time the province has used this section of the legislation since it was enacted in 2007. Under the legislation, owners of the property have two weeks to appeal the order to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. In this case, the owners of the property co-operated with the order. Workers removed three metal barricades from doors in the home Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Department of Justice encourages people to report problem properties by calling, toll free, 1-877-357-2337. Authorities can investigate and, if necessary, shut down residences or businesses that are regularly used for illegal activities. There have been more than 900 complaints since the Safer Communities and Neighbourhood Act began in 2007. There have been 11 formal evictions using community safety orders and 120 voluntary notices to vacate.last_img read more

No justice after Crown wont appeal acquittal in farm shooting father

first_imgREGINA – The father of a young Indigenous man who was killed on a Saskatchewan farm says he is heartbroken the Crown will not appeal the acquittal of the man accused in the fatal shooting.Last month, a jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, who was 22 and from the Red Pheasant First Nation. The Crown said Wednesday there is no legal basis to appeal the verdict.“There’s no justice there,” Pete Boushie told The Canadian Press from his home on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. “What else can I say?“It just goes to show there is no justice in this world.”Saskatchewan senior prosecutor Anthony Gerein said a verdict can’t be appealed because people don’t agree with it or because there may be questions about the investigation.“The Crown can only appeal legal errors in the course of the trial,” he told a news conference.“Public prosecutions lawyers, me, lawyers who do the appeal work here in Saskatchewan, experienced trial lawyers outside the appeal section … found no basis to appeal.”Chris Murphy, a Toronto-based lawyer representing the victim’s family, said he spoke with Colten Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, after the announcement and she responded that her fight is not over.“The criminal proceedings against Gerald Stanley for the death of Colten Boushie are over but that’s not going to be the end of this family’s fight to ensure that the justice system in Canada and in Saskatchewan gets better,” Murphy said.Murphy had sent a letter to Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan outlining what he believed were grounds for appeal in the trial. He said he was disappointed but not surprised by the Crown’s decision.The trial heard that Boushie was one of five young people who drove an SUV into Stanley’s farmyard near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016. They testified they were looking for help with a flat tire.Stanley told the trial he thought they were trying to steal an all-terrain vehicle. He testified he fired warning shots to scare them away and the gun accidentally went off again when he reached for the keys in the SUV’s ignition.The case was filled with racial tension from the beginning and the verdict was met with outrage from Boushie’s relatives and their supporters.After the verdict, family members met with federal ministers along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ask for changes to the justice system and to how juries are selected to better reflect Indigenous people.Rallies were also held around Canada to voice displeasure with the outcome of the case.“I know there is much sadness about the decision not to appeal, but there can be no appeal because the law does not allow it,” Gerein said.He said the Crown did not consult with the Boushie family about the legal decision, but Gerein spoke to lawyers on both sides and they informed their clients.Stanley’s lawyer, Scott Spencer, could not be reached for comment.Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said the decision “is another devastating blow to the family of Colten Boushie, and yet another indication to First Nations that Canada’s justice system is failing them.”He said seeing justice denied affects everyone.“This specific case exposed with glaring clarity some ugly aspects of racism and ignorance,” he said in a statement. “We are deluding ourselves if we think that’s not the case.”The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said it wants a “forensic accounting” of the jury verdict.Federation Chief Bobby Cameron said there should be a Royal Commission into Saskatchewan’s justice system to fix systemic racism.Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, has said that the family felt excluded and ignored by the justice system following the shooting.“I urge no one to be discouraged or distrust the system. We are all in this together and must be united against crime and in the search for justice,” Gerein said.Tracey Lindberg, of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation and a law professor at the University of Ottawa, said Indigenous people are still stereotyped as villains even when they are the victims.“We have to give up this false narrative of justice and replace it with a truth: Canadian justice harms Indigenous peoples,” she said in an email. “And justice which harms some is not just for anyone.”Nickita Longman, an activist and Boushie family supporter who attended the trial, said justice can’t be found in Canada’s legal system.“And without justice in colonial law, there can be no reconciliation,” she said.On Tuesday, the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission launched a review into the RCMP’s investigation into the shooting.— By Kelly Geraldine Malone in Winnipeglast_img read more

Chinas Huawei soft power push raises hard questions

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s national game — brought to you by China’s Huawei.As a nasty diplomatic feud deepens between the two countries over the tech company, involving arrests and execution orders, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that Huawei’s bright red fan-shaped logo is plastered prominently on the set of “Hockey Night in Canada.” TV hosts regularly remind the 1.8 million weekly viewers that program segments are “presented by Huawei smartphones.”The cheery corporate message contrasts with the standoff over the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant. In what looks like retaliation, China detained two Canadians and plans to execute a third — heavy-handed tactics that, because they leave some Canadians with the impression the privately owned company is an arm of the Chinese government, give its sponsorship a surreal quality.The TV deal is one of many examples of how Huawei, the world’s biggest telecom gear producer and one of the top smartphone makers, has embarked on a global push to win consumers and burnish its brand. It sponsors Australian rugby, funds research at universities around the world, and brings foreign students to China for technical training. It has promoted classical music concerts in Europe and donated pianos to New Zealand schools.Its efforts are now threatened by the dispute with Canada and U.S. accusations that it could help China’s authoritarian government spy on people around the world.“Huawei’s marketing plan up until Dec. 1 (when Meng was arrested) was working very well,” said Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China. Now, “public opinion is changing toward China and Huawei.”At stake for Huawei are lucrative contracts to provide new superfast mobile networks called 5G. The U.S. says Meng helped break sanctions and accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets. It also says the company could let the Chinese government tap its networks, which in the case of 5G would cover massive amounts of consumer data worldwide. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed that point to European allies on a tour this week.Huawei, which did not respond to requests for comment for this story, has previously rejected the allegations. The Chinese government says Huawei’s critics were fabricating threats.Still, the headlines have been relentlessly negative.“At some point there could be a majority of Canadians that will say ‘We don’t think the government should do business with Huawei,’” said Saint-Jacques.There’s no evidence of sinister intentions behind Huawei’s marketing, which isn’t unlike that of Western multinationals, although its efforts have been unusually strong for a company from China, where brands have struggled to capture global attention.Rogers Communications, which broadcasts “Hockey in Night in Canada” and has exclusive Canadian distribution rights for Huawei smartphones, said it has no plans to change its sponsorship deal, which started in 2017 and runs to the end of 2020.In Australia, the Canberra Raiders rugby team indicated it would renew a Huawei sponsorship deal this year despite a government ban on using its equipment in 5G networks.Huawei has also ventured into high culture by using its smartphone artificial intelligence to complete the remaining movements in German composer Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8,” known as the “Unfinished Symphony.” It held a symphony orchestra concert in London this month to perform the completed score.And Huawei has a vast network of relationships with universities around the world through research partnerships and scholarships. It has helped fund a 25 million pound ($32 million) joint research project at Britain’s Cambridge University.Some universities have begun to rethink their collaborations, although there’s no allegation of wrongdoing by Huawei. Universities point out that companies that fund research don’t automatically own any resulting patents.Britain’s Oxford University stopped accepting Huawei’s money last month. Stanford University followed suit after U.S. prosecutors unsealed nearly two dozen charges against the company, as did the University of California at Berkeley, which also removed an off-campus videoconferencing set-up donated by Huawei based on guidance from the Department of Defence.Faced with these setbacks, Huawei has responded by stepping up its public relations efforts.Its normally reclusive chairman, Ren Zhengfei, last month held three media briefings, fielding questions from Western, Japanese and Chinese journalists.The company will be out in force this month at the Mobile World Congress, a major telecom industry gathering in Barcelona, Spain. It’s expected to unveil its latest smartphone, a 5G device with a folding screen. Company executives are scheduled to brief analysts and give presentations on 5G technology.Huawei is a corporate sponsor of the show and Ren is expected to attend to help win business deals, though U.S. officials are reportedly expected to turn out in force to lobby against Huawei.The company last week hosted a Lunar New Year reception in Brussels for the European Union diplomatic community, in a ballroom commissioned by Belgium’s King Leopold II. There was a piano concert, a jazz performance, a bubble tea bar, and a speech by Huawei’s chief EU representative, Abraham Liu.“We are shocked or sometimes feel amused by those ungrounded and senseless allegations,” Liu told the reception guests, adding that the company is “willing to accept the supervision” from governments in Europe, Huawei’s biggest market after China. Huawei plans to open a cybersecurity centre in Brussels next month, he said.To attract top talent, Huawei runs a program called “Seeds for the Future,” under which it sends students from more than 100 countries to China to study Mandarin and get technical training at its headquarters.Shanthi Kalathil, director of the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, sees Huawei’s charm offensive dovetailing with broader efforts by China to influence the global debate on the government’s surveillance and censorship it uses.“It’s not like an afterthought. That is the foundation of the entire system,” she said.Whether or not Huawei is linked to the Chinese government or merely defended as a corporate champion, the fight over the company shows how world powers see technology as the front line in the fight for economic supremacy.“Today’s innovation economy is based on IP (intellectual property) and data,” said Jim Balsillie, the former chairman and co-CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion. “So soft power is the best tool for advancing national interests because the battle is not about armies and tanks.”____Chan reported from London.Kelvin Chan And Rob Gillies, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Old central library location to be turned into research hub

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — It’s sat empty ever since the Calgary Public Library moved its central location to the East Village in November, but it won’t stay that way for much longer.First opened in 1963, the Castell Building will remain a place of knowledge and learning, thanks to a partnership between the University of Calgary and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.“We’re very excited for this partnership with CMLC, between the University of Calgary and specifically the Faculty of Environmental Design,” said U of C President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon. “This space in the old library will be activated through teaching, through research and really a community hub.”It will provide a satellite location for that faculty, as they explore what cities should be like in the future.“Really provides an opportunity to look at city buildings. And really, in that context, seeing how you can design cities to be more resilient, to be more innovative and to be more connected.”READ MORE: New Calgary Public Library opensIt’s a five-year partnership that begins in January, with $200,000 being spent renovating the main floor and basement of the old building, which sits along the CTrain line next to city hall.Michael Brown is President and CEO of the CMLC and is happy to see this project fit with their revitalization plans in the downtown.“The old central library is really a space that if we let it sit vacant for too long, it’s going to turn into something that we’re not really happy with. Over the last year, we’ve started having discussions with a number of city groups, and one of the groups that came forward was an environmental design group at the University of Calgary. They saw the vision of what this building could be and what it could turn into.”But that money does not mean it will transform the building into a luxurious space — because that is not required.“It’s not going to be necessarily a neat and tidy space, this is going to be a working space, this is going to be a studio space,” said Dr. Cannon. “And that’s what you want. A lot of creativity, a lot of innovation around the futures of cities.”“They’re used to working in spaces that aren’t quite perfect yet, they can keep designing as they work their way through it,” added Brown. “So $200,000 in this kind of space I think is peanuts to attract that great a tenant.”Breaking news announcement this morning – our faculty is activating the former central library…thank you @CalgaryMLC for making this possible! #urbanrevitalization #downtown #heritagereuse #yyc #architecture— Environmental Design (@UCalgaryEVDS) December 10, 2018Dr. Cannon added this fits with the university’s ‘Eyes High’ strategy, which is also related to the recent opening of a research park in the northwest.It’s expected to draw in lots more traffic into the downtown, from students and faculty, to professionals and just general members of the public, as there will be numerous events inside the building as well.“Young people, old people, it’s definitely going to bring the uber-engaged in terms of their community. We’ve used the term for many, many years, urban explorers. They want to see things like this in their core,” said Brown.last_img read more

UN helping Philippines tackle firstever Ebola outbreak in pigs

23 December 2008The Philippine Government has asked the United Nations for help in tackling what appears to be the first publicly reported outbreak of the deadly Ebola-Reston virus in pigs, which has attacked hog farms in the South-East Asian nation. Philippine officials have asked two UN agencies – the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – as well as the World Organization for Human Health (OIE) to send an expert mission to investigate the outbreak, FAO announced today. “Since being informed of this event in late November, FAO, OIE and WHO have been making every effort to gain a better understanding of the situation and are working closely with the Philippine Government and local animal and human health experts,” FAO said in a news release. The experts are conducting field and laboratory tests to find the source of the virus, its transmission, natural habitat and virulence in order to appropriately guide animal and human health protection, according to FAO.Lab reports in late October confirmed that pigs on hog farms in the Nueva Ecija and Bulacan provinces of the Central Luzon region were infected with the Ebola-Reston virus, as well as a highly virulent strain of Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). The tests began in early 2007 when pigs on those farms began dying at a faster rate than usual.PRSS can not be transmitted to humans. The Reston strain of the Ebola virus can infect humans, but no deaths or serious illnesses have been reported to date. Still, officials are taking precautions. Animal handlers and slaughterhouse workers who were possibly exposed to the infected pigs have tested negative for the Ebola-Reston virus and additional tests are underway. The Philippine Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry notified the OIE that all infected animals were destroyed, their remains buried or burned. Healthy pigs in Bucalan are being vaccinated against PRRS. And infected premises have been disinfected and placed under strict quarantine and movement control.Outbreaks of the Ebola-Reston virus in the Philippines first occurred in monkeys during 1989 and 1990, followed by outbreaks in 1992 and 1996.FAO and WHO have advised people to follow good hygiene practices and food-handling measures until experts better understand the disease and how it was transmitted to pigs. Pork from healthy swine is safe to eat as long as it is cooked properly or has met national safety standards during production, processing and distribution. The Philippine Department of Agriculture has advised the Philippine public to buy meat only from sources certified by the National Meat Inspection Service. read more

Cyprus Annans envoy heads to region for consultations

The envoy, Alvaro de Soto, will be meeting separately with His Excellency Glafcos Clerides and His Excellency Rauf Denktash in Nicosia on 2 November.He will also hold consultations with Turkish Government officials in Ankara on 5 November, and with Greek Government officials in Athens on 6 November, before returning to New York the following day.

Kosovo Serb familys murder is heinous crime against multiethnic society – UN

“This is a heinous crime directed against our joint efforts to create a multi-ethnic Kosovo,” Michael Steiner, chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said after rushing to Obilic, a few kilometres outside Kosovo’s capital of Pristina as soon as he heard of the murder of the three Serbians. “We need to find those who are responsible.” Announcing that there would be an international autopsy, observed by a Serbian doctor, Mr. Steiner said security would be strengthened in the town. “We will reinforce police and KFOR (Kosovo international force) as requested by the community,” he said. “I am particularly angry because in Obilic we had great progress in the past,” Mr. Steiner, who was accompanied by Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi, told reporters. “We had returns and the communities living together. It is clear that this act is aimed directly against the communities living together – and totally against our own intentions.” Mr. Steiner, who met with municipality leaders, both Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serbian, and with members of the Serbian community, urged all Kosovans to help police investigators find the perpetrators. “Justice must be done. Those committing such unspeakable crimes are acting against the future of Kosovo,” he declared. read more

U of A research shows fracking fluids cause significant harm to fish

A hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, operation in the greater Fort St. John area in northeastern British Columbia is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Wilderness Committee, Jeremy Sean Williams by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2017 10:28 am MDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 10:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Research has found that liquids used to frack oil and gas wells can harm fish.A newly published paper by University of Alberta scientists concludes the water that flows from such wells causes significant damage.The study says chemicals damage the gills and liver of fish and disrupt the endocrine system, which controls the flow of hormones.The study concludes more work is needed to figure out just how the fluids cause the damage — as well as what might be the best way to lessen the impact.The research is published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. U of A research shows fracking fluids cause ‘significant’ harm to fish read more

US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a major disappointment –

“The Paris Agreement was adopted by all the world’s nations in 2015 because they recognize the immense harm that climate change is already causing and the enormous opportunity that climate action presents,” Stéphane Dujarric told the media at the UN Headquarters in New York, shortly after US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the Agreement. “It offers a meaningful yet flexible framework for action by all countries.” He further added that Secretary-General António Guterres remains confident that cities, States and businesses within the US – along with other countries – will continue to demonstrate vision and leadership by working for the low-carbon, resilient economic growth that will create quality jobs and markets for 21st century prosperity. “It is crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues,” he noted. Mr. Dujarric also said that the Secretary-General looked forward to engaging with the US Government and all actors in the country and around the world to build the sustainable future on which the future generations depend.The landmark agreement, which entered into force last November, calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. It also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change and calls for scaled up financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity-building framework to support action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries in line with their own national objectives. Climate action is not a burden, but an unprecedented opportunityErik Solheim, head of UNEPIn a separate statement, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said the US decision to leave the Paris Agreement in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort. China, India, the European Union and others are already showing strong leadership. Indeed, 190 nations are showing strong determination to work with them to protect this and future generations.“The science on climate change is perfectly clear: we need more action, not less. This a global challenge. Every nation has a responsibility to act and to act now,” said UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, underscoring that there is incredible momentum on climate action and a single political decision will not derail this unparalleled effort.Urging all parties to redouble their efforts, he said that UNEP would work with everyone willing to make a difference. “Climate action is not a burden, but an unprecedented opportunity. Decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels will build more inclusive and robust economies. It will save millions of lives and slash the huge healthcare cost of pollution.” “Committing to climate action means helping countries like Iraq and Somalia on the front line of extremism and terrorism. It means helping coastal communities from Louisiana to the Solomon Islands,” explained Mr. Solheim, adding that it also means protecting food security and building stability to avoid adding yet more refugees to what is already an unprecedented global humanitarian crisis. read more

Sports ticket prices could go up

The Ohio State Board of Trustees will vote Friday on a ticket price increase affecting football, men’s basketball and golf course fees for 2010-2011.Students would expect to pay $32 per football ticket in 2010, which is up 3.2 percent from last year.The proposal would require students to pay $15 for single basketball tickets, which is up 3.4 percent from this season. The upper level end zone seats sold on the day of the game will remain $10.The golf course annual dues for students would jump 2.7 percent to $575. Daily greens fees are not affected by the price increase. Athletic Director Gene Smith said officials need to increase the prices to offset operating costs, utility increases, financial aid, travel and the debt service.“The university has $200 million of debt service,” said Ben Jay, senior athletic director of Finance and Operations.The debt service has accrued due to the depletion of the reserve funds, renovations to existing facilities, new scoreboards and the $2.75 million lawsuit settlement to ex-OSU basketball coach Jim O’Brien.The athletic department pays $17 million each year to lower the debt service.The ticket price increases will generate an estimated $8 million in the next two years. Four million dollars will go directly to the reserve fund and the rest will cover operating costs, Jay said.The increase was calculated based on the assumption that in-state tuition will rise between 5 to 6 percent next year. Therefore, financial aid will have to increase 5 to 6 percent.“Financial aid will be just south of $1 million more to our budget,” Smith said.Smith says they are using conservative estimates because tuition is historically raised 5 to 6 percent.The athletic department has looked for other outlets to raise money, but revenue from concessions, merchandising and donations to the Buckeye Club are all affected by the economy.“We have put restrictions on budgets for each sport, such as limiting who travels with the team, setting maximum per diems at $45 per day, and not allowing surplus in budgets be spent elsewhere,” Jay said.The athletic department has both long- and short-term expenses to account for outside of the debt service.The department pays more than $2 million annually in rent to the Schottenstein Center and more than $2 million to Student Athlete Academic Services. The department also makes an annual donation of $1 million to University Libraries.In total, 25 percent of the Athletic Department’s budget goes directly back to the university, $29 million annually. read more

Ohio State mens tennis to open up NCAA tournament at home

As the Ohio State men’s tennis team came together in a room at the indoor Varsity Tennis Center eagerly waiting to see where and who they play in the first round of the NCAA tournament, one person was missing. That person was coach Ty Tucker. He was nervously pacing back and forth in his office. “I’m not a fan of the whole selection thing,” Tucker said. But as soon as the NCAA was ready to announce the brackets for the tournament, Tucker gave in and stood outside the door to await his team’s fate.Once he heard the announcement that OSU would host Western Michigan, Tucker walked to his computer and began studying the Buckeyes’ first opponent in the NCAA tournament.No. 4 OSU will face Western Michigan (21-10) at 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Stickney Tennis Center. As a reward for the their 32-1 season, the Buckeyes will host the first- and second-round matches.“We’ve won a lot of matches at home so obviously we want to be at home,” Tucker said. “We’re looking forward to playing Western Michigan.”The Buckeyes, whose only defeat this year came to top-seeded Virginia, have a few notable schools in their bracket, including Michigan, Illinois and defending champion Southern California, who defeated OSU in the finals last year. “It’d be nice to get them back,” sophomore Chase Buchanan said. When asked if that was a match he wanted, Buchanan said, “definitely.”Like most coaches, Tucker is not looking ahead. His main focus is Western Michigan.“I know that they’ve won the MAC (Mid-American Conference) five years in a row,” Tucker said. “I know that teams that have won five championships in a row are used to winning.”The Buckeyes go into the tournament as one of the favorites. Tucker said his team’s experience and realizing the importance of the doubles’ point are major factors.“I’m sure Justin (Kronauge) will have these guys as a captain ready to play,” Tucker said. “They’ve got to come out understanding four, five, six minutes of great play can set up a win early on in the doubles’ point.”The Buckeyes have done that all year, including having another undefeated season at home. Now, they have a shot to make another run. “We have a lot of potential as well as many other teams in this tournament,” said Kronauge, OSU’s all-time wins leader. “Hopefully we fight harder and we prepare the next two weeks to get ready.” read more

Armed motorcycle bandits rob woman of over 5M in Kitty

Police say they are investigating an alleged robbery under arms committed on a 34-year-old woman in Kitty, Georgetown on Thursday afternoon resulting in the loss of over $5M in cash and valuables.The victim has been identified as a resident of Perseverance, Providence, East Bank Demerara.Based on information received, the incident occurred at around 15:15hrs on the day in question.Enquires disclosed that the victim visited a location in Pere Street, Kitty, Georgetown when two identifiable males rode up on a motorcycle.The pillion rider reportedly dismounted and pointed a handgun towards the victim while ordering her to throw her brown leather bag, valued approximately $150,000 and which contained $4.9M in cash, one Samsung galaxy S6 phone, her Identification Card, passport, bank cards, one gold band valued at $55,000 and one gold anklet valued at $100,000, among other valuables, towards him.Out of fear, the woman reportedly complied.The perpetrator then picked up the bag, hopped back on to the waiting motorcycle and escaped.No shots were fired.Police have confirmed that CCTV cameras were seen on the building the victim visited and surrounding areas.Several persons were reportedly questioned and statements were taken as the investigations continue. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBank accountant, taxi driver robbed by motorcycle bandit at ProvidenceJanuary 10, 2018In “Crime”Businesswoman robbed of over $2.7M at Botanical GardensMay 29, 2018In “Crime”Woman robbed of valuables by armed bicycle banditsFebruary 13, 2018In “Crime” read more

Large crowds turn out in Derry Dublin and Belfast to remember Martin

first_img Vigil for Martin McGuinness at the GPO #Dublin— Mick Caul (@caulmick) March 21, 2017 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share350 Tweet Email3 By Cormac Fitzgerald LARGE CROWDS TURNED out in Derry, Dublin, Belfast and cities across Ireland and in Europe last night to hold vigils in memory of former Northern Ireland deputy first leader Martin McGuinness.The death of McGuinness was announced yesterday morning after he suffered from a short illness. He was 66.Friends, family and figures from across the political divide paid tribute to McGuinness yesterday, recognising the important role he played in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.He was also remembered internationally, with Bill Clinton among those paying their respects to the deceased former IRA fighter.Last night, huge crowds turned out in McGuinness’ hometown of Derry as his coffin was being carried to his house. Emmet McGuinness, a son of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness, follows his father’s coffin to his home in Derry. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireLarge crowds turned out in Belfast and Dublin also to remember and pay their respects to McGuinness. 18 Comments Source: Mick Caul #Apr8/Twitter Large crowds turn out in Derry, Dublin and Belfast to remember Martin McGuinness The death of the former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland was announced yesterday. Mourners attend a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast. There were also reports of smaller gatherings being held in cities across the country as well as further afield in Brussels and Scotland.McGuinness’ funeral is due to take place tomorrow afternoon at St Columba’s Church, followed by burial afterwards in the City Cemetery in Derry.Books of condolences will open today in Dublin, Cork and Derry. The flag above Leinster House will be flown at half-mast on the day of McGuinness’s funeral.Read: Coffin of Martin McGuinness carried to his home in DerryRead: ‘An IRA leader turned peacemaker’: How Martin McGuinness is being remembered internationally Paying tribute to Martin McGuinness tonight at the GPO with Dublin Mid West Sinn Féin activists & republican comrades from across Dublin.— Eoin Ó Broin (@EOBroin) March 21, 2017 Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 7:36 AM Mar 22nd 2017, 7:36 AM Source: Eoin O Broin/Twitter Mourners attend a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesIn Belfast, the crowd sang the popular song I Wish I was Back Home in Derry. Roise Morgan holds an image of Martin McGuinness during a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesLarge crowds were also present on O’Connell Street in Dublin in memory of the former deputy first minister. 13,023 Views Mourners attend a vigil at the former site of the Andersontown Police Station in Belfast.last_img read more

Death Note Anime Creators Love Netflixs LiveAction Take

first_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeJump Force is a Fighting Game With Favorite Shonen Action Heroes Movies like Dragonball Evolution, Tekken, and Ghost in the Shell have soured fans to live-action anime adaptations. Netflix is the latest to try their hand at bringing Japanese animation to life with Death Note.While we haven’t got to see a ton of it yet, there are some rays of sunshine on the horizon. Creators of the Death Note anime, Tsugumi Ohba, and Takeshi Obata have had a private screening of the film with Netflix version producer Masi Oka, and they love it.Masi Oka said it was a great moment for him going to Japan to show the movie to the original creators of Death Note. In an interview with LRM, Oka said, “it really just brought a tear to my eye, because I’m an otaku and a geek just like everyone.”For those readers who haven’t seen Death Note, the anime synopsis from Viz Media is:Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But will Light succeed in his noble goal, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against? As you can see in the trailer blow, Death Note is shaping up to be at the very least unique. However, we and fans of the anime will have to save our final judgment for when the film debuts on Netflix on August 25.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

DC Announces Streaming Service a Swamp Thing Series More DCEU News

first_img Have you ever looked at your bank account and thought, “there’s just too much money in here?” Well, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have a solution for you. We’ve reached the point in our cordcutting future where so many companies have their own streaming service, we might as well have stuck with cable. But then we wouldn’t have all this great content we totally plan to watch one day. Warner Bros. is throwing its hat in that particular ring with the official announcement of their DC streaming service. They announced they were developing one back in 2016, but now it has a name: DC Universe.The service was announced on DC Comics’ website with a list of the original series you can expect to see with your subscription. Two of them we already knew about. There’s the Titans live-action series, which is sounding promising. It’s being produced by Greg Berlanti, who’s behind the CW Arrowverse shows.  We probably shouldn’t expect any crossovers, because those are getting overcrowded as it is. But what better way to kick off your streaming service than with a show from the only person who’s managed to get an interconnected live-action DC universe off the ground? The other series we already knew about is the long-awaited third season of Young Justice. Those two alone make the service worth at least checking out, but the other two announced shows are really exciting.(Via DC Comics)DC is developing a Swamp Thing series. Details are pretty scarce right now, but The Hollywood Reporter says it’ll be co-written and showrun by Mark Verheiden, who wrote for Battlestar Galactica and Netflix’s Daredevil, and Gary Dauberman of the It movies. That’s some serious talent, and it only gets more promising when we learn that Aquaman-director James Wan is executive producing. The series sounds like it’ll follow the comics pretty closely.It will focus on Abby Arcane, a CDC researcher investigating a swamp-borne virus. She forms an attachment to scientist Alex Holland, who suffers a tragic accident. Those familiar with the character know where this is heading. He becomes the Swamp Thing, she still loves him and everyone else is a big ol’ dick about it. I’m speculating on that last bit, but that is kind of the story of Swamp Thing. We don’t know what stories the series will adapt, but we can hope for Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing. Or some version of Brian K. Vaughan’s 2000 take on the character. Swamp Thing is one of DC’s most complex, emotionally resonant characters, and I’m excited to see how it makes the transition to TV.Also coming to the service is an animated series starring Harley Quinn. Not a ton is known about it other than it’ll be aimed at adults, and is created by the executive producers behind Powerless. That show was fun while it lasted. They certainly have the humor needed to build a series around Harley Quinn. Also, that other Superman prequel series Metropolis has been pushed back and is being completely redeveloped. Why, into what, we don’t know. It was originally going to focus on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor before Superman arrived in the city.We don’t know much else about any of the announced shows or the DC Universe streaming service at this point. DC has yet to announce a launch date or a price point, nor have they said what else the service will include. Personally, I’m hoping for a Marvel Unlimited-style comics subscription.Melissa Benoist in Supergirl (Photo via CW)Over on the movie side of things, Zack Snyder has been answering fan questions on the VERO app. There, he dropped some hints at where he would have taken the DCEU. His most interesting reveal: He was planning to bring Supergirl to the big screen. A fan on Reddit posted  Zack’s answers. First, he mentioned that the escape pod seen in the Man of Steel prequel comic probably was not Kara. As for his plans for Supergirl in the DCEU, he said “It’s a long answer. I think for another time.” So it’s still possible she might show up.Snyder went just a little bit further when asked what his plans for Kara were. “There’s another way to get her that we put right in plain sight,” he wrote. So that implies there’s a Supergirl Easter egg somewhere in Batman v Superman that nobody’s found yet. Warner Bros. has been doing everything it can to distance itself from that movie, but if it got us a big screen Supergirl… well, at least one good thing would come if it.He didn’t get much more concrete than that, but a DCEU take on Kara Zor-El would definitely have been interesting. Hopefully, it would have taken at least some cues from Melissa Benoist’s version of the character from the CW show. It already gave us a more recognizable Superman than Man of Steel or BvS could. Hopefully, the movies wouldn’t repeat the mistake with Supergirl.HENRY CAVILL as Superman (via Warner Bros.)As for what’s next for Superman, it’s most likely a sequel to Justice League, but that might not be what Henry Cavill wants. He’s looking to make another solo flick, according to an interview with Collider. Cavill only has one more movie in his contract, and that most likely means Justice League 2, which despite the disappointing reviews and box office performance, is still happening. What isn’t on Warner Bros.’ planned slate of films is Man of Steel 2. And Cavill really wants to make that movie. He says he’s doing everything he can to make it happen.“I’m having a lot of conversations, behind-the-scenes, with certain people and we will hopefully be having conversations with other people who are also behind-the-scenes to make things start happening,” he said. “It is very much in my desire to do a Man of Steel 2, a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and there is a whole bunch of Superman story that I want to tell.”He’s right that there’s so much more of Superman’s story that would make great movies. And as many problems as I had with Man of Steel and BvS, Cavill wasn’t one of them. I genuinely like him as Superman. It’s what the stories chose to do with the character I disliked. And the fact that Cavill is this passionate about getting it made is a promising sign that, not only will it happen, it could turn out to be good. Especially when combined with Warner Bros.’ desire to make the DCEU version more in line with the inspiring, optimistic character from the comics. That’s all I really want from a Superman movie, really. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Birds of Prey Narrows Down Its Cast, Joaquin Phoenix Jokes & More DC NewsHenry Cavill to Stay Grounded, When the Flash Will Run & More DC Movie News last_img read more

Test Tube Embryo Transfer Could Bring NearExtinct Rhinos Back to Life

first_img Scientists in Europe successfully transferred a test-tube rhinoceros embryo back into a female.The operation is part of a larger effort to repopulate the near-extinct northern white rhino by fertilizing eggs from the species’ only two remaining animals—both females who can’t bear children.The world’s last male northern white rhinoceros passed away in March 2018: Sudan, 45, was being treated for age-related health issues and a series of infections. He died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where he lived under 24-hour armed surveillance for almost a decade.The bull’s death left only his offspring—daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu—to maintain and advance the species.They can’t do it alone, though: An international team of experts, led by Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW), is pursuing two approaches to save the species.The first requires egg cells be harvested from Najin and Fatu and exposed to the late Sudan’s sperm (which has been stored in liquid nitrogen). The embryo, obtained by in-vitro fertilization, was transferred into the uterus of a southern white rhinoceros in late May.Despite successful growth in the surrogate mother, scientists believe the embryo was not able to implant itself in the uterine lining. Additional embryo transfers will be carried out in the near future. Hopefully one of those will stick.“The BioRescue research project can play an important role in the conservation of species diversity because it significantly advances existing approaches for species conservation,” Leibniz-IZW project leader Thomas Hildebrandt said in a statement.If that doesn’t work, there’s always plan B: convert skin cells into pluripotent stem cells (capable of producing any cell or tissue the body needs to repair itself), then mature them into primordial germ cells (PGC), which can generate reproductive gametes (sperm or oocytes).The final result, according to Leibniz-IZW, will be a “self-sustaining, genetically healthy population” of northern white rhinoceroses that can survive in the wild.“Due to the small number of eggs and sperm available, the stem cell approach is important in order to increase the genetic variability of the population,” the Institute said in a press release.Consumer demand in China and Vietnam has escalated illegal hunting over the past 10 years; since 2013, South Africa lost more than 1,000 rhinos each year to poachers, who sell the horns for use in purported health tonics and carvings.Sudan served as a global ambassador for his species, appearing in campaigns and public service announcements, and making appearances alongside public figures like pro basketball player Yao Ming.“Thanks to the impressive combination of different research approaches and the great dedication shown by those involved,” according to Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research, “there is now both the possibility and the hope that we will be able to preserve critically endangered species such as the northern white rhinoceros.”In April, a Greater One Horned Indian Rhinoceros was born at Florida’s Zoo Miami—the first successful birth of this species as a result of induced ovulation and artificial insemination.The Greater One Horned Indian Rhino is considered a highly vulnerable species: fewer than 3,000 are left in the wilds of India and Nepal.More on, Malaysia’s Last Male Sumatran Rhino, DiesRhino Poacher Reportedly Killed by Elephant, Eaten by LionsScientists Capture Rare Photos of the World’s Most Endangered Rhino Stay on target Zoo Officials Slam Visitors for Carving Names on Rhino’s Back’Historic’: Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Born at SD Zoo last_img read more

Police arrest 16yearold boy on suspicion of rape of jogger

first_imgYAKIMA — Authorities in Washington state arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of raping a jogger.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakima City Police Department says a 19-year-old woman told police she was jogging Wednesday when a man attacked and raped her. The suspect ran off after the attack, and the woman ran to a parking lot at a nearby park for help.Police say she was treated and released from a local hospital.Authorities say an officer spotted someone matching the suspect’s description near Kiwanis Park and detained him.The suspect was booked into the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of second-degree rape.last_img read more

Dr Ceesay Released

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAHDr. Ismaila Ceesay, political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia who was held in police custody since yesterday was freed this morning.Late last night when he was released he insisted that he would not leave until the police clearly explain to him what he had done. This morning after he left the premises of the police headquarters where he was held he explained that he was called by the IGP to his office and in the presence of the Deputy IGP he was told that he should leave the premises of the police and go home.PIU officers were also seen ordering activists and students who came to show solidarity to Dr. Ceesay to vacate the premises.Some of them were heard saying that Gambia has passed the stage where citizens cannot freely express.Read story on his arrest read more