zoom A team in the R&D department of international classification society Bureau Veritas, working with Brazil’s Petrobras, has been awarded the prestigious OMAE 2013 Best Paper of Offshore Technology Symposium for its paper detailing ground breaking research into second-order rolling of FLNGs.The basic research in the paper has led to a Joint Industry Project involving nineteen companies including most of the energy majors and managed by Bureau Veritas which is developing harmonised guidelines for the estimation of roll motions of FPSOs.The award was made on June 15 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at the ASME 2014 International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering held in San Francisco.The award was given to Flavia C. Rezende, Manager, Bureau Veritas Technology Center, Rio de Janeiro, Allan C. de Oliveira, Petrobras R&D Center, Xiao-bo Chen, Director, Bureau Veritas Deepwater Research and Technology Center, Singapore and Fabio Menezes, Petrobras R&D Center, Rio de Janeiro.The paper, entitled “A Comparison of Different Approximations for Computation of Second Order Roll Motions for a FLNG”, details extensive research into the roll motions of FPSOs or FLNGs with long natural periods, above the periods of the waves, which is a non-linear response not yet fully understood. That research led to the start of the JIP Non Linear Roll which will deliver its results next year.Press Release, June 18, 2014
zoom US Senators John McCain and Mike Lee have introduced legislation that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act to aid recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth.While the Trump administration granted a 10-day Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico on September 28, the senators’ legislation, introduced the same day, would provide Puerto Rico with “the permanent, sustainable relief it needs to rebuild.”“While I welcome the Trump administration’s Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico, this short-term, 10-day exemption is insufficient to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild from Hurricane Maria,” Senator McCain said.“Our legislation would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act, an antiquated, protectionist law that has driven up costs and crippled Puerto Rico’s economy. For years, I have fought to fully repeal the Jones Act, which has long outlived its purpose to the benefit of special interests. It’s time for Congress to take action, end this injustice, and help our fellow citizens in this time of need.”The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between waterborne ports of the United States be carried by vessels built in the US and owned and operated by Americans. Shipping costs from the US mainland to Puerto Rico have been estimated to be twice as much as from neighboring foreign islands.
APTN National NewsThere were cheers outside a Saskatchewan court room over the weekend after foster parents Tammy and Kevin Goforth were convicted of neglect and abuse of two children in their case.One girl died, the other was severely injured.As APTN’s Cara McKenna reports, the story has reopened the debate about the supervision and vetting of foster firstname.lastname@example.org
Marrakesh – King Mohammed VI affirmed, on Wednesday, that Morocco, a committed actor in the task of consolidating regional security and stability, is determined to defending the vital interests of Africa.The Kingdom of Morocco is determined to enhance its contribution to defending the vital interests of the continent, alongside sister nations and, soon, within the African Union, said the sovereign in a speech at the opening of the “Africa Action Summit”, held in Marrakesh on the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22).As it implements its ambitious program in the field of renewable energy, “Morocco is making its expertise available to its partners,” said the King, adding that the Kingdom will also lead an African climate expertise network, through the Climate Change Competence Center based in Morocco. Morocco “is actively preparing” for the implementation of the “Adaptation of African Agriculture” (Triple A) initiative. The Moroccan monarch went to say that this innovative system “promotes the adoption and financing of solutions to increase productivity and ensure food security.”Underlining that Morocco has made financing a priority issue of the COP22, the King said that Morocco encourages the involvement of Sovereign Funds in order to develop green infrastructure in Africa.“Doing things ourselves and for ourselves is imperative. And involving our strategic partners has now become a necessity,” he said.
Popular actor and comedian Vijaya Nandasiri passed away today at the Colombo South Teaching hospital.Nandasiri has acted in several movies and stage dramas.
BlackBerry to stay in Pakistan after government drops server-access request A Canadian flag flies at BlackBerry’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ont., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. BlackBerry says it will remain operating in Pakistan after that country’s government backed off from its request to gain access to the company’s BES servers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Robins BlackBerry (TSX:BB) says it will remain operating in Pakistan after that country’s government backed off from its request to gain access to the company’s servers.Marty Beard, chief operating officer of BlackBerry, wrote on the company’s blog Thursday that the Waterloo, Ont.-based technology firm decided to stay there once the government’s decision was made.BlackBerry previously said it would rather close its operations in Pakistan than provide the government “unfettered” access to its BlackBerry Enterprise Servers.Pakistani officials had wanted to monitor all traffic in the country, including every email and BlackBerry Messenger correspondence. BES communications are routed through the company’s servers in Canada, BlackBerry had said before the resolution announced Thursday.The company had been considering its options ahead of a Dec. 30 deadline.“We are grateful to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Pakistani government for accepting BlackBerry’s position that we cannot provide the content of our customers’ BES traffic, nor will we provide any so-called back doors to our BES servers,” Beard said in the blog entry.Exiting Pakistan would’ve put BlackBerry in a difficult position as it tries to recover a share of the international market.The company has built its reputation on security, buying up specialized software firms and marketing its phones, including the new Priv, on their privacy features.BlackBerry is rolling out its latest Priv smartphone across the world. The phone’s distribution will spike to 31 countries by the end of February when the company’s fourth quarter ends.Deflecting requests for its phone user’s data isn’t a new situation for BlackBerry. In 2010, several countries including India and Saudi Arabia threatened to ban BlackBerry over its refusal to hand over correspondence between its customers.Similar to Pakistan, India said it had public safety as its primary concern as it tried to combat militants in the wake of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people. BlackBerry was able to convince each country to comply with its existing lawful access policies.However, there are some exceptions to BlackBerry’s policies on privacy.Earlier this month, chief executive John Chen said he’d be willing to hand private customer information over to law enforcement under certain circumstances.He cited BlackBerry’s “long-standing policy” that outlines when the company would be willing to give access to police under a court order. Those instances would not provide actual correspondence between users, but would be able to provide a phone’s location, which users contacted each other and certain metadata, Chen said.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 31, 2015 8:03 am MDT Last Updated Dec 31, 2015 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
THE INTERNATIONAL ENVOY to the Syrian conflict called on President Bashar Assad’s regime to take the lead in implementing a cease-fire during a major Muslim holiday later this month.Lakhdar Brahimi said rebel representatives have assured him they will also observe the truce if the government takes the first step.The Syrian people are burying hundreds of people each day, so if they bury fewer people during the days of the holiday, this could be the start of Syria’s return from the dangerous situation that it … is continuing to slip toward.Brahimi’s push to get Assad and rebels seeking to topple him to stop fighting for the four-day Eid al-Adha feast set to begin October 26 reflects how little progress international diplomacy has made in halting 19 months of deadly violence in Syria. Activists say more than 33,000 people have been killed.‘Microscopic’ stepUnlike his predecessor as joint UN-Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan, Brahimi has said he has no grand plan to end Syria’s civil war. Instead, he presented the truce as a “microscopic” step that would alleviate Syrian sorrow temporarily and provide the basis for a longer truce.Brahimi spoke following meetings with top Lebanese officials as part of a regional tour. He said all countries must work to stop the bloodshed by halting arms shipments so the conflict doesn’t spread.Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sympathetic to the rebels and are believed to be facilitating their acquisition of weapons or arming them directly. Iran and Russia are Assad’s biggest supporters and provide the Syrian military with most of its advanced weaponry.“These countries need to realize, as we heard today in Lebanon, that it is not possible that this crisis will stay inside Syrian border forever,” Brahimi said. “Either it has to be taken care of or it will spread and spill over and consume everything.”Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdessi said the government was waiting for Brahimi to come to Damascus to brief officials there on the results of his tour.Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolgu said his country supports a holiday cease-fire but was skeptical that it would lead to a longer truce without an international force to make it “sustainable.”TurkeyOnce a close ally of Damascus, Turkey has become one of Assad’s staunchest opponents. The two neighbors have traded artillery fire over their border since October 3 when a Syrian shell struck a Turkish border town, killing five civilians and sharply escalating tensions.Turkey’s military again returned fire on Wednesday at Syria after a mortar round landed three metres inside its Turkish territory. There were no casualties in the exchange, according to the governor’s office for the border province of Hatay.Inside Syria, activists reported clashes in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo as well as outside of the capital, Damascus.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the helicopter downing, saying the debris fell in the village of Baseeda. The activists’ claims and videos could not be independently verified.On Wednesday, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said more than half of Syria’s health facilities have been destroyed or damaged in the war and many children are not getting vaccinated or going to school.The BBC reports today that human rights groups say there are 28,000 disappeared in Syria, who were abducted by soldiers or militia.Read: Turkey, Syria ban flights to each other as tensions soar>
SURVIVORS OF SYMPHYSIOTOMY have rejected the Government’s plan for redress.The package would award basic compensation of €50,000 to women who underwent the procedure but would be ‘ex-gratia’ – in other words, no blame admitted.The Department said the decision to make the scheme ex-gratia was to ‘relieve’ the survivors of the burden of pursuing their case through the courts.Survivors of Symphysiotomy represents 99% of the women who had their pelvis broken either before or during childbirth.Speaking about the proposed payment, SoS Chairperson Marie O’Connor, said: “Women will be required to sign away their legal rights as a condition of entry to this skewed process.“There is to be no independent adjudication of awards and no independent individualised assessment of injuries.Women are to be stripped of their legal and constitutional rights on entry into this Kafka-esque maze, before they know what the outcome will be. So, with no right of appeal to the courts, there will be no way out of this bureaucratic labyrinth.ReportsCabinet published two reports into the practices which happened in Irish hospitals up until 1984.O’Connor said both reports whitewashed the truth:The Walsh report draws a burka over the truth about these deeply abusive operations. This whitewash has been effectively adopted by the Murphy report.“There has never been an official admission that symphysiotomy was wrong: this determination not to acknowledge the truth, which has underpinned the State’s approach to this issue since 1999, will be scrutinised by the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on 14 July.”Up to 300 survivors and family members attended EGMs in Cork and Dublin over the weekend.Read: Symphysiotomy couple want to find their child’s burial place>Read: I was just 27 and I was butchered’: Symphysiotomy survivors in their own words>
29 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Hamburg Airport Image: PA Archive/PA Images Hamburg Airport Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 1:34 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3236027 Feb 12th 2017, 1:34 PM Share78 Tweet Email2 GERMAN EMERGENCY SERVICES services evacuated Hamburg airport this afternoon after people reported an unusual smell, respiratory problems and watering eyes.Firefighters rushed to the airport with multiple vehicles while incoming flights were diverted and hundreds of passengers had to wait outside the terminals in freezing temperatures.All flights were halted for several hours due to the evacuation, but air traffic started running again around 1pm, airport spokeswoman Karen Stein said.More than 50 people, both passengers and staff, had complained about breathing problems, burning eyes and nausea. Firefighters were examining them to find out whether they had to be taken to the hospital, the German news agency dpa reported.Those who left from the airport but not injured had to wait outside the terminals in freezing temperatures.Firefighters designated special areas outside the airport building where physicians were examining those injured by the unknown substance.The cause for the incident was not known, Stein said, “but we’re working closely together with the authorities to find out more.”“The airport was completely closed” at around 11.30am , said Maik Lewerenz of the federal police office at the airport, before it was reopened at 12.45pm .“There was an odour problem in the central air traffic control area, where passengers and hand luggage are checked. Some people complained of stinging eyes and coughing,” he said, adding that “the cause is unknown so far”.With reporting by AFPRead: Sleet, snow and rain expected today but the mercury is set to rise >Read: ‘Thanks for calling Katherine’ – Frances Fitzgerald has torrid time of it explaining her role in Tusla saga > Over 50 injured as strange smell shuts Hamburg airport Early reports suggest a gas leak in the terminal. Short URL 30,362 Views Image: PA Archive/PA Images
Fri 4:48 PM U2 and Denis O’Brien back new network to support Irish entrepreneurs on both sides of the border Endeavor will offer mentoring, support, and financing to four to six Irish entrepreneurs each year. 17 Comments U2 HAS BACKED a new all Ireland business network aimed at supporting entrepreneurs, on both sides of the border, in growing their businesses. Endeavor, a not-for-profit organisation, will offer mentoring, support, and financing to between four and six Irish start-ups each year with the support of U2 and other board members, such as businessman Denis O’Brien. The company’s Dublin office will aim to work with Irish companies who have passed the initial start-up phase and who demonstrate that their business has the “potential to scale at least 10 times beyond their current size”. Successful businesses will then be provided with access to mentoring, educational programmes, and capital. Endeavor’s Irish arm of operations will be funded by its board of directors, with a long-term funding plan in place.Along with U2 and O’Brien, the board is made up of Elaine Coughlan founder of Atlantic Bridge, Ann Heraty of CPL Recruitment, Mark Roden founder of Ding, and StarBlue’s CEO Alan Foy. The inaugural meeting today was chaired by The Edge who said the aim of Endeavor is to enable homegrown entrepreneurs, “and to ultimately provide a societal benefit for the island of Ireland”. The Edge, David Howell Evans, told reporters that U2 had been exploring how it can use its influence to do something positive in this particular area, adding that he came across Endeavor during his own research. After discussing it as a band, he said they all felt that Endeavor’s model was “the best fit to deliver for Ireland”. By Adam Daly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4808713 Friday 13 Sep 2019, 4:48 PM The Edge, board chair, and fellow board members Mark Roden, Ding; Elaine Coughlan, Atlantic Bridge and Anne Heraty, CPL Recruitment. 17,989 Views The Edge with Elaine Coughlan (Atlantic Bridge) Anne Heraty (CPL Recruitment) and Mark Roden (Ding) speaking in the Docklands today. Source: TheJournal.ieIn the face of Brexit, the U2 guitarist said that there is no reason why it can’t be an all-island programme. “People are very resilient and I’ve no doubt that they’ll work it out. One of the great dividends of the peace process, the Good Friday Agreement, is trade between North and South. I don’t think that will stop. We’ll figure out a way around it. Short URL Ireland is a country steeped in entrepreneurial and creative energy and talent. In these increasingly uncertain times, it’s all the more important that homegrown enterprise is supported to advance to the next level in terms of scale, impact, and sustainability The entrepreneurs of this country will find a way around whatever challenges come their way. “We’re interested in supporting entrepreneurs, North and South of the border. But also the opportunities that Endeavor offers are beneficial for the people outside of Dublin, so we are urban and rural, north and south,” he said. The office, Endeavor’s fifth in Europe, is set to be opened in November, headed up investment director Rory Guinan. Founded in 1997 by Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner, Endeavor says it had helped 1,930 entrepreneurs to build more than 1,200 companies in 35 markets throughout North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, generating combined revenues of $20 billion in 2018.“As part of Endeavor’s global support network, Endeavor Ireland will help the country’s highest-growth companies scale up and expand internationally, while providing a platform for entrepreneurs to pay their success forward locally, furthering the entrepreneurial ecosystem and enabling future generations of Irish founders,” Rottenberg said. Entrepreneurs who are interested in finding out more can visit Endeavor’s website here. Calls for applications will be open in December. Share41 Tweet Email3 The Edge, board chair, and fellow board members Mark Roden, Ding; Elaine Coughlan, Atlantic Bridge and Anne Heraty, CPL Recruitment.
Un télescope pour prévenir les impacts d’astéroïdesUne équipe de scientifiques et astronautes américains viennent de dévoiler leur nouveau projet consistant à mettre en place un télescope spatial privé dans l’objectif de repérer les astéroïdes menaçant la Terre. Préserver l’humanité d’un impact fulminant d’astéroïdes sera bientôt possible. Un collectif d’anciens astronautes et de scientifiques américains viennent en effet de présenter un projet englobant le financement, la construction et le lancement d’un nouveau télescope spatial privé. Baptisé Sentinel, celui-ci visera à détecter les éventuelles menaces venant de l’espace. Une initiative dont le coût total a été estimé à plusieurs centaines de millions de dollars.D’après les détails dévoilés, les chercheurs prévoient de mettre l’engin spatial en orbite autour du Soleil, à 273 millions de kilomètres de la Terre. De là, il pourra cartographier l’intérieur du système solaire et permettra l’entreprise de missions d’exploration. “Les orbites à l’intérieur du système solaire sur lesquelles évoluent la Terre sont habitées d’un demi-million d’astéroïdes plus gros que celui qui s’est abattu en Sibérie le 30 juin 1908” explique Ed Lu, un ancien astronaute dans des propos relayés par TF1 News. Celui-ci souligne également : “A ce jour nous n’avons identifié et cartographié qu’un pour cent environ de ces astéroïdes”.Si la NASA traque 24 heure sur 24 le ciel à la recherche d’objets célestes relativement gros (1,5 kilomètre de largeur et plus), Sentinel lui se concentrera sur sur des astéroïdes plus petits mais pouvant aussi faire d’importants dégâts. “Durant cette mission de reconnaissance de 5 ans et demi, Sentinel découvrira et traquera un demi-million de ces astéroïdes proches de la Terre, créant une carte qui fournira le plan de la future exploration de notre système solaire tout en protégeant le futur de l’humanité sur Terre”, précise ainsi Ed Lu.Un lancement prévu pour 2017 ou 2018 À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreMais prévenir une éventuelle menace pour la Terre, n’est pas le seul objectif de l’observation des astéroïdes, ces débris issus de la formation du système solaire, il y a 4,5 milliards d’années. Recelant des matériaux bien particuliers, ces corps peuvent aussi nous en apprendre beaucoup sur l’histoire de l’Univers. C’est d’ailleurs pour cette raison que la NASA envisage depuis plusieurs années d’envoyer un jour des astronautes sur des astéroïdes, ce qui pourrait arriver au cours de la prochaine décennie. D’après les créateurs du projet, cinq ans seront nécessaires pour terminer la conception de Sentinel dont le lancement est prévu pour 2017 ou 2018 et se fera à l’aide du lanceur Falcon 9 de SpaceX. Ce dernier a récemment lancé la capsule Dragon vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Le 6 juillet 2012 à 19:41 • Maxime Lambert
Dangers de la cigarette : Fumer nuit au cerveau et réduit les capacités intellectuellesSelon une nouvelle étude anglaise, le fait de fumer aurait un impact indirect sur le cerveau et nuirait à la mémoire, à la capacité d’apprentissage et au raisonnement intellectuel.On sait aujourd’hui que le tabac favorise le cancer des poumons, de la bouche et de nombreuses maladies cardio-vasculaires. Cette fois, une étude anglaise révèle que fumer rendrait aussi moins vif intellectuellement. L’article publié par les chercheurs du King’s College de Londres et paru dans la revue Age and Ageing indiquent que s’ils ont pu tirer de telles conclusions, c’est par pur hasard.À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?En effet, leurs recherches initiales portaient sur les conséquences des maladies cardio-vasculaires sur le cerveau. Pour cette étude, ils ont ainsi suivi le poids et la pression artérielle de 8.800 personnes de plus de 50 ans. En parallèle, les patients devaient faire des exercices de mémoire (retenir des mots, par exemple) ou de vivacité intellectuelle (donner un maximum de nom d’animaux en une minute). Ces tests ont été renouvelés quatre ans, puis huit ans après le début de l’étude. Au final, les scientifiques ont constaté qu’un risque de maladie cardio-vasculaire élevé était directement associé à un déclin accéléré du fonctionnement cognitif. Or, ce résultat était particulièrement vrai chez les personnes qui n’avaient pas une bonne hygiène de vie. De même, les fumeurs ont présenté de moins bons résultats aux tests de mémoire, ont relevé les chercheurs. En établissant un lien direct entre une mauvaise hygiène de vie et de mauvaises performances cérébrales, l’étude semble confirmer que fumer augmente le risque de maladies cardio-vasculaires. Ces dernières favorisent à leur tour le déclin cognitif d’où le résultat suivant : fumer endommage indirectement le cerveau.”La recherche a plusieurs fois reliée le tabagisme et l’hypertension artérielle à un plus grand risque de déclin cognitif et de démence. Cette étude ajoute encore plus de poids à cette preuve”, déclare ainsi le Dr Simon Ridley du Alzheimer’s Research cité par le Huffington Post. Le 27 novembre 2012 à 19:55 • Maxime Lambert
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on target For me, walking through the IKEA showroom is like walking a Hollywood red carpet: There’s glitz, glamour, and the promise of Swedish meatballs at the end.Every chair, sofa bed, end table, dish set, and laundry basket entices, calling out for me to just buy it now, and find somewhere to put it later.And while I’m sure the global retail giant would love for me to hand over my credit card without a second thought, IKEA’s new augmented reality app makes it easier to plan before purchasing.Fancy a new footstool? Test it out in augmented reality (via IKEA)IKEA Place takes advantage of Apple’s ARKit technology, allowing users to experiment with interior design in their home.“Get inspired and try many different products, styles, and colors in real-life settings with a swipe of your finger,” Michael Valdsgaard, leader of digital transformation at Inter IKEA Systems, said in a statement.Since the app automatically scales digital products based on room dimensions (with 98 percent accuracy!), even the most mathematically challenged customers can see what will—or, more importantly, won’t—fit into any given space.In line with Cupertino’s just-announced iPhones, enhanced for augmented reality, IKEA’s upcoming application promises technology “so precise” that folks can see even the finest details, like the texture of fabric and how light and shadows fall on the room’s furnishings.Look for IKEA Place, rolling out soon alongside Apple’s upgraded iOS 11 platform. The program initially focuses on large living room furniture: sofas, armchairs, footstools, coffee tables, storage solutions; additional items will be added in the future.I’ve always wondered what the Strandmon wing chair would look like in my living room (via IKEA)Using the interactive design tool, simply scan an empty space in your home or office, then browse, select, move, and place products as you like.Share prospective arrangements as an image or video: Ask Mom’s opinion on a few different footstools, or find out first that your roommate hates the rug you love. (Then ignore everyone’s opinion and just do what you want.)“Now, technology has caught up with our ambition,” Valdsgaard said. “AR lets us redefine the experience for furniture retail once more, in our restless quest to create a better everyday life for everyone, everywhere.”
Neil Gorsuch, named Tuesday as President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is known for his clear, colloquial writing, advocacy for court review of government regulations, defense of religious freedom and skepticism toward law enforcement.Gorsuch is a Colorado native who earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in three years, then earned a law degree from Harvard. He clerked for Supreme Court Justices Byron White, a fellow Coloradan, and Anthony Kennedy before earning a philosophy degree at Oxford University and working for a prominent Washington, D.C., law firm.He served for two years in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department before Bush appointed him to a seat on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006.He is the son of Anne Gorsuch, who served as EPA administrator during the Reagan administration.Gorsuch has contended that courts give too much deference to government agencies’ interpretations of statutes, a deference that stems from a Supreme Court ruling in a 1984 case. He sided with two groups that successfully challenged the Obama administration’s requirements that employers provide health insurance that includes contraception.David Lane, a prominent Denver plaintiff’s attorney who frequently clashes with law enforcement, praised Gorsuch as fair and open-minded. Lane won a $1.8 million jury verdict against the Denver Police Department in a brutality and wrongful arrest case. The city appealed and the case ended up before Gorsuch. Lane said the judge tore into the city’s lawyers and urged them to go to mediation rather than drag out appeals for years to deny the plaintiffs their reward. The mediation led the case to be settled for $1.6 million.
The most recent chapter in the saga of the Susitna may end in litigation. Minutes into a special Mat Su Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday night, deputy mayor and Assemblyman Ron Arvin made the call to move into executive session.Listen now:A mere forty-four minutes later, the Assembly members emerged from conclave, only to have Arvin announce that the executive session would be continued on August 21.“I’ll just jump right in here to put a little wrap on the executive session. We got a demand letter for paymen from the FTA, and there are several potential solutions and responses to that. So we asked staff to put together some additional information, because we could not arrive at a conclusion without knowing some additional details, so that will be the basis of the meeting on the 21st. “ The action was not a surprise. The Borough received a letter last week from the Federal Transportation Administration demanding payment on millions in federal transportation grants with a thirty day deadline for payment The Assembly plans to continue it’s special meeting out of the public eye on August 21 during mid afternoon, although Assembly member Jim Sykes asked that the public be advised of the Borough’s potential liability be if the Borough has to pay the full 12 million dollar bill “The demand letter says that if we don’t pay in thirty days, we have to pay whatever some federal published rate is, and then if we don’t pay in ninety days they will hit us with a 6% penalty. So I think that we should understand what our total liability could be. I hope we can work our way out of this and never have to pay this, but I think we should know what that number is, and the second thing is, we should know, if we did have to pay, where that money would come from. And I think that should be all public information.” Deputy mayor Arvin said that information would be brought forward at the next meeting. The MV Susitna was built with federal funds in a Ketchikan shipyard. It was touted in 2008 as the first E-craft, or expeditionary craft, a 195 foot catamaran able to transition from high speed hull to barge and back again. Originally, the ship was intended to be the first ice breaking ferry to ply the waters of Cook Inlet. And the Borough spent 6 million in FTA money on remodeling it for passenger use, while another 6 million went to pay for a ferry terminal building at Port MacKenzie, and for design, engineering and environmental work. But the plan hit a snag some years ago, when the Borough and the city of Anchorage could not agree on a location of a ferry dock on the Anchorage side of Knik Arm. The ferry has been docked in Ketchikan since, at Borough expense.
The main purpose of the help desk is to keep a vigil at railway stations, coordinate with the departments concerned and provide immediate care and support to lonely children identified at stations. They also assist people who refer or want to share information about any lost and found child, apart from creating awareness in public Security wing of railways keep a vigilant eye to prevent trafficking in women and children and take appropriate action to rehabilitate destitute children found in railway areas and thus ensure the safety and security besides boosting the confidence of the travelling public Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Hyderabad: Indian Railways, as one of the largest networks in the world, carry 25 millions of passengers each day and railway stations are the places for mass mobility and one of the focal points to travel in all directions of the country. Because of its easy access and mobilisation, generally runaway children, child labour, orphans and child trafficking gangs reach major railway stations to escape further. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Keeping the same in view special emphasis has been given by Security Wing of South Central Railway to counter this aspect impacting the minors. Accordingly, child help desks have been set up at major stations of SCR like Secunderabad, Kacheguda, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Nanded. These desks are set up by Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel and also NGOs. Advertise With Us The main purpose of the help desk is to keep a vigil at railway stations, coordinate with the departments concerned and provide immediate care and support to lonely children identified at stations. They also assist people who refer or want to share information about any lost and found child, apart from creating awareness in public. During the last 3 financial years, around 2,940 children (2252 boys and 688 girls) were rescued at various stations that fall under South Central Railway jurisdiction. The children rescued include runaway children, child labourers and orphans etc. In addition, 84 children who were bought to the stations for trafficking were rescued, and cases registered against the offenders. CCTV cameras installed at the railway stations come as a big help to Railway Protection Force & GRP personnel to keep a close watch on lonely children and also other anti social elements. Security wing of railways keep a vigilant eye to prevent trafficking in women and children and take appropriate action to rehabilitate destitute children found in railway areas and thus ensure the safety and security besides boosting the confidence of the travelling public. Gajanan Mallya, GM, SCR, regularly monitors the security situation at station and in trains during coordination meeting with divisions and principal heads of various departments including the security wing. He has laid emphasis towards keeping a close watch on the anti-social elements at stations/trains and to strengthen security
In the latest addition to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, Disney and Lucasfilm are launching a new series of free animated shorts — designed to introduce youngsters on the storylines of the space-epic franchise and bring them into the Star Wars fandom.The new “Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures” series is set to premiere Friday (Nov. 30) on the newly launched StarWarsKids.com site and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel. It’s described as a sort of training-wheels intro to Star Wars lore: The first six shorts in the series launching this week will introduce “the classic themes, pivotal moments, and iconic characters,” , according to Lucasfilm, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Han Solo and Chewbacca — and, of course, droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.Lucasfilm plans to release additional shorts featuring other popular characters in December, with regular releases to follow in 2019. The launch of Star Wars Kids and the animated series comes more than a year before “Star Wars: Episode IX” is set to hit theaters in December 2019, bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.“With ‘Galaxy of Adventures,’ we wanted to craft something that allowed parents to help their kids take their first step into a much larger world whether they were ready to show their kids the films or wanted to find new ways to explore the content,” James Waugh, Lucasfilm’s VP for franchise content and strategy, said in a statement.Among other kid-targeted Star Wars projects, Disney Channel currently airs the animated half-hour “Star Wars Resistance” series on Sundays.The new “Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures” series comes from studio Titmouse Animation and is directed by Titmouse’s Barry Kelly. Watch the trailer: Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
(Credit: vasara/Shutterstock)Emotions might come from the brain, but they often hit us in the heart. That’s particularly true for grief, especially the shattering, life-altering kind; the tsunami of anguish that follows a loved ones’ death can feel like a physical force inhabiting our chests.In some cases, a broken heart can even transcend metaphor, as with the rarely-seen Takotsubo Syndrome, also known as Broken Heart Syndrome. Sudden onslaughts of intense emotion can in some cases rapidly weaken the heart’s muscle cells, allowing the left ventricle to balloon outwards. The distended organ looks uncannily similar to a Japanese takotsubo octopus trap, hence the name.The condition is rarely fatal, though it can lead to heart failure, and usually resolves itself within a few weeks. Stressful situations are most often the trigger, though not always. It’s most common in older women, something thought to be due to lowered estrogen levels after menopause. While the sudden rush of adrenaline following a shocking or stressful event has been proposed as a trigger, the causes are still little understood.This is a Takotsubo heart, showing the typical shape resembling a Japanese octopus trap. (Credit: Christian Templin, University Hospital Zurich)Researchers from Switzerland and the UK writing in the European Heart Journal have now proposed a new explanation for why our hearts can literally break under stress. Though it ends in the heart, they say, the condition seems to begin in the brain.From Brain to HeartUsing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the researchers measured brain activity in 15 people that had experienced Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS) and compared them to 39 healthy control subjects. They found noticeable differences in how the brains of TTS patients looked when they were at rest, that is, when the patients weren’t doing or thinking of anything in particular. The differences seemed localized to a few brain regions that control our autonomic nervous system, including the amygdala, hippocampus and cingulate gyrus.The autonomic nervous system includes both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and it might be best thought of as the unconscious brain. These two systems have control over our organs, and they keep crucial bodily functions like digestion and circulation running smoothly, in addition to regulating things like the fight or flight response. The researchers saw that patients who had experienced TTS at some point had lower neural connectivity in these systems, and that translated to altered brain activity.The autonomic connection makes sense, because our hearts are under its jurisdiction. But why do moments of overwhelming emotion lead to a heart that can no longer maintain its structure? The answer lies in the fact that no one region in our brain is really responsible for just one thing. The amygdala, hippocampus and other parts of the brain that regulate our inner machinery are also involved with emotional processing. The same regions that control things like our heartbeat have also been implicated in depression, for example.Psychosomatic MagicThose dual functions, say the researchers, are likely why emotional stresses in the brain can bleed over to the physical workings of our bodies. They pinpoint the amygdala in particular as a brain region that straddles the divide between emotional processing and biological function. Activity in that region has been linked to cardiovascular disease, they say, and other parts of the limbic system it’s part of have been linked to depression.The authors even take it a step farther, suggesting that degraded brain connectivity might cause some people to take a more pessimistic view of their situation than others might, ratcheting up stress levels during a painful event. Though why the physical swelling of heart tissue occurs is unknown, it’s an explanation for why the condition occurs so rarely — most people’s brain’s just don’t function in a way that would lead to TTS.They do caution that they weren’t able to look at any patients who currently had TTS, just those who had experienced it in the past, so anything they observed could have arisen in the intervening months or years, though it is unlikely. The researchers also only included women in their study, as the condition is far rarer in men. Broken Heart Syndrome could look different in males, they say.The findings don’t offer any new insights into treating broken hearts, unfortunately. The prescription for Takotsubo Syndrome is ultimately as simple and unsatisfying as the advice given to those left reeling by tragic events. Time is the only cure.
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