MPA: 53 More Ships Go Green in Singapore

first_imgzoom The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Program (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon dioxide and sulphur oxides emissions. Qualifying Singapore-flagged ships can enjoy a reduction of Initial Registration Fees and a rebate on Annual Tonnage Tax. Since the GSP’s inception in 2011, 247 Green Ships under the Singapore Flag have joined the program.10 maritime companies signed the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge today.These include: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore), Executive Offshore Pte Ltd, Maersk Drilling Holdings Singapore Pte Ltd, Odfjell Asia II Pte Ltd, Pan-United Shipping Pte Ltd, Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Shenlong Maritime Pte Ltd, Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., TATA NYK Shipping Pte. Ltd. and Vale.“ From 40 companies signing on to the Pledge in 2011, this has grown to 100 today. There are also now more than 200 ships under the Green Ship Program. We will continue with our efforts to promote cleaner, safer and more efficient shipping,” comments MPA’s Chief Executive, Andrew Tan.Five companies were also recognised for contributing up to the 85th million GT in the SRS tonnage.Participants of the forum also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MPA and Du Pont Company (Singapore) to collaborate on services and solutions for the maritime industry.The MOU outlines areas for collaboration on working relationships focused on developing value propositions for services and solutions for the maritime industry. The projects will aim to promote the adoption of safety, operational risk and sustainability management practices.last_img read more

Federal Fisheries minister will not review federal permits that authorize flooding for

first_img(An aerial view of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador. Photo courtesy of Nalcor)Trina RoacheJorge Barrera  APTN National NewsFisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc says he will not review federal permits granted to Newfoundland and Labrador to flood an area for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.The request to hold a review came from Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the minister of Indigenous Affairs Yvonne Jones after nine demonstrators were arrested by RCMP for ignoring a court injunction ordering them to stay away from the site.“I have asked the minister to do a review of the environmental conditions that were supposed to be met when a permit was issued by the federal government,” said Jones, in a scrum following question period on Parliament Hill Monday. “If the conditions were not being met when the permit was issued, obviously then there will be a federal responsibility for that.”But in a statement, a spokesperson for LeBlanc wrote that the minister is putting the onus on the province.“We understand that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is working with the proponent, Indigenous peoples, and stakeholders with respect to this project,” the statement said. “We expect the province will meet its responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of Canadians.”Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlancThere was no mention of reviewing the permits.Yvonne Jones could not be reached for comment as of the posting of this story.On Monday, Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe asked the Prime Minister to step in, saying a Harvard Study on methylmercury at Muskrat Falls was a game changer.“Independent scientific evidence, which was not available when the authorization was granted, overwhelmingly demonstrates that flooding of the reservoir, under current clearing conditions, will violate the terms of that authorization,” said Lampe.No one from the Nunatsiavut Government has heard from the federal government at this point.Todd Russell, president of the  NunatuKavut Community Council. said he didn’t want to comment until he heard it directly from the Minister’s office.“But I will say this,” said Russell. “There comes a time when they got to start communicating with us directly. And I have to say, it’s all news to me. Isn’t it? I said yesterday (Tuesday) I haven’t been informed. We haven’t been asked. And if they confirm what you’re saying, probably for good reason because there was no intention of ever doing it.”Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council tours the Churchill River by the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. For more than a year, Inuit leaders have been pushing for changes to the Muskrat Falls project to address concerns over methylmercury.The Harvard University study predicts that the trees and topsoil left in the flood zone will create methylmercury. The toxin will flow downstream, and work its way up the food chain.The Inuit fear their traditional food sources will be poisoned.“There were options, things they could do,” said Russell. “This is what is so maddening about this entire situation.”Inuit leaders say there’s still time and want the project halted immediately so the reservoir can be fully cleared.“We still believe, standing here right now, by this monstrosity wreaking havoc upon the landscape, that there is still time,” said Russell. “Let the water flow clean from that reservoir. Start respecting Indigenous rights.”Russell toured the Lower Churchill River by boat, before heading to the construction site where land protectors are camped out.On Monday, nine people were arrested at the blockade for violating a court injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy, a provincially owned energy corporation.“We warned the premier that if there were no changes, you are precipitating the action you’re seeing,” said Russell. “And it’s spreading. Support is very widespread, people see the injustice.”Russell said this isn’t an abstract issue for people who live around Lake Melville, where the water from the dam will flow.“When you disrupt the food on people tables, you disrupt their well being, their sense of security, their connectedness to each other and land. You threaten a way of life. That’s what this project does,” he said.Protectors of the Land huddle around a fire barrel near the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric site. Photo courtesy Tom Fennario/APTNIn a statement, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Environment Minister Perry Trimper called the federal government a “key stakeholder” in the project.“Their scientists have worked closely with officials in the department of Environment and Climate Change throughout the project and they participated in two scientific workshops held by the department on Muskrat Falls and methylmercury.”Trimper added that the federal government has also been involved in “the Aquatic Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan – an important plan that will monitor methylmercury in fish and seal which will be vitally important to informing actions needed to ensure protection of human health.”But that monitoring plan falls short according to the Nunatsiavut Government.“The Province has indicated that the work carried out by Harvard University is not being used to inform the monitoring program,” said Lampe. “That is extremely disappointing, and has added to the level of frustration we have had with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on this whole issue.”In the meantime, work continues at Muskrat Falls. The land protectors continue to watch over the project from a distance outlined in the court injunction sought by Nalcor.Nalcor said flooding has not yet begun but is imminent.Yvonne Jones, Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs requested a review of federal permits for the Muskrat Falls project. Photo: APTNThe initial flooding will fill the reservoir to the 25 metre mark; rising up to a metre per day. Later flooding will fill the reservoir up to 39 metres and isn’t expected to be completed until 2019.The blockade, arrests and rallies are just the latest in a long fight against a project that many have called a boondoggle; Muksrat Falls is behind schedule and over budget.“The civil unrest we are currently witnessing is because of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s poor handling of the Muskrat Falls fiasco and it appears to be escalating,” said Lampe. “It is time the premier showed some leadership and direct Nalcor Energy to delay flooding of the reservoir until all concerns are meaningfully addressed.”troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Canadians receive emails from Marriott about recent personal data breach

first_imgTORONTO — Canadians have started receiving emails from Marriott International, informing them of a recent breach of customers’ personal data held by their Starwood hotel properties.The U.S.-based hotel giant, which is also behind brands including W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton and Westin, says in the email that the breach may have impacted up to 500 million guests.The company says the contact information, passport numbers, arrival and departure information, reservation dates, and credit card information of up to 327 million guests may also be entangled in the incident.Marriott says unauthorized access to such data has been occurring since 2014, but was only recently discovered.Marriott says it has been sending emails with these details to guests since Nov. 30, when the breach was revealed.The company did not respond to a request for comment regarding how many Canadians have, or are expected to, receive the emails. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

first_imgMILWAUKEE — The nation’s craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown.The partial shutdown has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines.The federal agency that regulates alcohol production and distribution is closed. That means government employees can’t issue the permits needed for the beer to flow.Brewers are nervous that they will lose money if brewery openings and seasonal beers are delayed much longer in the dispute over President Donald Trump’s demand for taxpayer funding of a wall along the border with Mexico.Russ Klisch is founder and president of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. He has a suggestion to improve the negotiations between Trump and congressional Democrats: They should get together for a few beers.Ivan Moreno, The Associated Presslast_img read more

After Morocco Spain Wants to Launch Its Own Observation Satellite

Rabat – Following Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November, Spain is racing against time to launch its  own observation satellite in late 2019 or early 2020.Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November hs accelerated  Spain’s work on its SeoSat/Ingenio optical Earth-observation satellite, reported SpaceNews.Morocco and Spain have been working on their special observation capacities since “Perejil Island crisis in 2002, when Spain could not acquire satellite images of the island following reports of its occupation by the Moroccan Navy,” according to the same source. The launch of the Moroccan satellite did not only prompt Spain to speed up its observation measures, but also Algeria, another regional competitor, who launched its first communication satellite from China on Dec. 11. read more

Are wardrobe rental services budget friendly It depends on work lifestyle

TORONTO — The combination of a new wave of minimalism sparked by tidying expert Marie Kondo and a growing sharing economy has spawned a fresh spin on fashion retail.As consumers purge their closets, entrepreneurs are moving to fill the gap with wardrobe subscription services, where clients pay a monthly fee to rent clothing for personal or professional use.  Toronto-based Rent Frock Repeat recently decided to switch up from leasing out only special-occasion dresses and accessories to offering everyday clothing on a subscription basis, said its co-owner Kristy Wieber.This new service, to be launched this fall, allows people to minimize their belongings but still have variety in a budget-conscious way, she added.“As consumers, all the Marie-Kondo-ing in the world will not replace us wanting to have new things,” she said.Consumers have long been able to rent tuxedoes, ball gowns and costumes for one-time events, but several businesses have launched in recent years offering wardrobe staples like sweaters, dresses and statement necklaces for rent on a subscription basis, which are delivered by mail.Most of these services involve customers paying a flat monthly fee for a set number of items, selected online ahead of time and delivered to homes. These items are then returned by mail after a certain period, usually a month, to be dry-cleaned by the rental company. Or, some plans allow for customers to buy the items they like if they want to permanently add them to their closet.In addition to Wieber’s business, there is Montreal-based Chic Marie, San Francisco-headquartered Le Tote and maternity-focused Sprout Collection in Toronto.The cost of a monthly membership can range from as low as $65 to as high as $139 per month, depending on the type of plan or wardrobe, with maternity wear tending to cost more. The number of items received varies widely by plan, but could be anywhere from six to 15 items.With the average household in the country spending roughly $3,430 a year on clothing and accessories, according to 2017 Statistics Canada numbers, paying a monthly fee to be able to regularly refresh your wardrobe is an attractive prospect.However, whether a wardrobe rental service offers the best bang for your buck depends on your personal or professional clothing needs, time constraints and how you feel about shopping, say finance experts.For example, for someone early in their career in a corporate setting who wants to look the part but does not have much disposable income, this would be a “perfect fit,” said personal finance expert Rubina Ahmed-Haq. Or, for pregnant women whose size and shape are constantly shifting or someone who needs to appear in public or at special events regularly, this would be a good option, she added.But the monthly fee — which could tally up to more than $1,000 on an annual basis — doesn’t account for the money that needs to be spent on basic clothing, Ahmed-Haq noted.“You still need clothes to work out in, there are other needs,” she said. “It’s not just work clothes.”The service isn’t necessarily aimed at replacing a person’s wardrobe but rather to “spice it up,” in a less-costly way, said Marie-Philip Simard, the founder of Chic Marie.After 18 uses, Chic Marie’s items are donated to charity, she added.“For people working in fashion, you are going to always be up to trend… You get compliments on them, you feel great about yourself,” Simard said. “It might be superficial, but a lot of confidence comes from the way you look.”Simard got the idea for the service while working as a lawyer at a Montreal-based law firm. She was spending as much as 30 per cent of her budget on attire to meet the office standard, she said.“The wardrobe was really costly, and I needed to have another option,” she said. Coleen Clark, a personal finance professor at Ryerson University, said for many people who don’t require a wide range of items in their wardrobe, investing in a quality piece rather than a monthly rental may be a better route.“You could buy yourself something really, rather fine, that you could wear for years,” she said.It’s also about convenience for those who don’t have the time or don’t enjoy shopping at the mall, said Wieber.Her service, which is still in pilot mode, also allows people to try things out for a while to see if it’s really the right fit and avoid buyers’ remorse, she added.“I don’t have to go out and buy stuff and take it back,” she said. “I just can wear it for the month, keep what I absolutely love… Or just try new stuff.” Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press read more

Human Rights Council takes up racism and defamation of religions

19 September 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council, currently meeting in its ninth session, discussed racism, racial discrimination and the defamations of religions today in Geneva. The United Nations Human Rights Council, currently meeting in its ninth session, discussed racism, racial discrimination and the defamations of religions today in Geneva.In his first address to the 47-member panel, Githu Muigai, the new Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, presented a report by his predecessor, Doudou Diène.That report deals with the defamation of religions, in particular the serious ramifications of Islamophobia.The study deals with the mainstreaming of racist and xenophobic ideas through their adoption by political parties in democratic countries and ongoing efforts to give credence to racist and xenophobic ideas through science, among other issues. It calls for a universal approach in tackling all forms of discrimination, urging Member States to shift the focus of the discussion, currently framed as solely the defamation of religions, to the legal implications, based on international treaties, of inciting national, racial and religious hatred.Mr. Muigai stated that the best response to hate speech is more speech, albeit of a different kind: dialogue touting tolerance that both educates people on cultural differences and promotes diversity. read more

President asserts Government will remain for 5 years

The President also dismissed street protests being staged by the opposition against the Government.“No matter what happens this Government cannot be shaken,” he said.He said the Constitution allows the Government to run its full term and political conspiracies will not be able to change that. (Colombo Gazette) The President expressed this view while speaking at a function in Polonnaruwa today. “Two weeks ago the UNP and SLFP met and decided we will reverse the earlier decision to work together in the Government till December 2017 and instead work together for five years,” he said. The President said the cohabitation Government will identify the economic and development issues of the country and work to address those issues.Sirisena said that the public have given the Government a mandate and the Government must ensure that mandate is met. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that the cohabitation Government will remain in power for five years.The President said that while the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had earlier decided to work together for only two years, it has now been decided they will remain in the Government for five years. read more

Thesis defences — Feb 14

MA in Leisure Studies — Jocelyn MurtellJocelyn Murtell will defend her thesis on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in WH147. Title: “A Foucauldian Analysis of Power and Representation in an Attempt to Run a Photovoice Project with Youth.” Supervisor: Erin Sharpe; advisory committee: Cathy Van Ingen and Hans Skott-Myhre; external examiner: Brett Lashua, Leeds Metropolitan University; chair: TBA.Master of Education — Kimberley HenrieKimberley Henrie will present her thesis defence on Monday, March 5 at 2:15 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The title of the thesis is “Reading Instruction and Instructors’ Perceptions of Learners’ Needs in LINC Level 1-3 Classes.” External examiner: Hedy McGarrell, Department of Applied Linguistics; supervisor: Vera Woloshyn; committee members: Nancy Taber and Hilary Brown; chair of the examining committee: Nicola Simmons.Master of Education — Scott CatesScott Cates will present his thesis defence on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. in Welch Hall 147. The title of the thesis is “Exploring School Principals’ Perspectives on Emotional Intelligence.” External examiner: Fr. Katina Pollack, University of Western Ontarion; supervisor: Nancy Fenton; committee members: Sr. Renee Kuchapski and Coral Mitchell; chair of the examining committee: Susan Sydor.All are welcome to attend. read more

More mining at Manitou – new 63 in tyre handler and 35

first_imgMining will be an important focus for Manitou at the forthcoming Bauma show in Munich in April. New innovations being showcased include its largest tyre handler to date, the TH63/12000 which has a 12,000 kg capacity to move the biggest 63 in tyres in open pit mines. Use of these dedicated and advanced attachments is important for the safety & efficiency of tyre management operations at large mines.The company will also launching its new MHT 12330 telehandler with applicability in mining maintenance tasks such as maintaining large excvavators in the pit. It has a lifting height of 11.76 m and a loading capacity of 33 t on forks and 35 t on hook with a DEUTZ Stage V 245 hp engine. The benefits include the high capacity on forks or hook, versatility, with the large attachments range and that despite its size it is easy-to-use, utilising the same cab as smaller machines. The machine also has floating fork positioners with a 100% rough terrain design for demanding mining applications.Underground, Manitou offers its mining platform, a rugged attachment developed for underground mining applications with maximal structural resistance to withstand the harshest working conditions & shocks (3 t impact). It has a 1,200 kg/three people capacity and is aimed at applications for lifting mining workers & materials. It is also EN280 compliant meaning it reaches the more stringent safety standards.last_img read more

Xbox 360 finally launching in Israel seven years late

first_imgLast week it was announced that the PS3 might finally come to China after six years. Now it seems Microsoft has one-upped Sony by announcing the Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox Live are all finally being released in Israel, some seven years late.During an international promotion for Windows 8 at the Discovery conference in Tel Aviv, Microsoft announced the Xbox 360 and associated services/peripherals would all be coming to the country — with full support for the Hebrew language and local currency. Best of all, Israel only has to wait a couple more weeks, as it’s all launching on November 21, a day before the console’s seventh birthday.The Xbox 360 never made it to parts of the Middle East despite the fact the range camera technology used by the Kinect motion controller was developed by Israeli developer, PrimeSense. For years the console has only been available as an import, meaning users have never had access to Xbox Live, unless they created foreign accounts.Master Chief from the Halo series also came on stage to promote the launch telling gamers to “stop playing girly games” in a strange but rather amusing fashion, before showing off some gameplay footage of Halo 4.The 4GB and 250GB consoles will be available to buy with or without Kinect and will come with English instructions and Hebrew phone support. It’s unclear why it has taken so long for the Xbox 360 to appear in the Middle East, but we can only hope that Israel won’t be waiting another seven years before the next Xbox launches.via Polygonlast_img read more

Man arrested after scaling M50 toll bridge and causing €100k damage

first_img Jun 17th 2017, 12:28 PM Short URL Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 12:28 PM Man arrested after scaling M50 toll bridge and causing €100k damage The man was arrested last night. 45,483 Views A MAN HAS been arrested after he climbed up to the M50 toll bridge, snipped the power supply to the tag reading sensors and caused over €100,000 worth of damage.The man, who has a long history with the gardaí, managed to get to the sensors at around 9.30pm yesterday evening and damaged a number of sensors which pick up the M50 tags which many motorists use to pay the toll.Parts of the M50 were shut down as it was not known what the man was doing.A spokesman for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) said a full assessment is being carried out on the toll bridge.He said: “This was an act of vandalism. The man traversed some state of the art anti-graffiti measures and caused some serious damage to the sensors. The gardaí are now dealing with it.”Garda negotiators managed to talk the man down and he was then arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.Read: Two men charged in relation to hijacking of car in south Dublin >Read: Two men arrested and handgun seized in Dublin city centre > By Garreth MacNamee Share292 Tweet Email3 91 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Football Leaks PSG Man City FFP coverup revealed

first_imgFootball Leaks revealed UEFA helped Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain cover up massive Financial Fair Play violations in the form of inflated sponsorship deals.The latest edition of the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) expose as a result of leaked documentation makes remarkable allegations.“European football association UEFA arranged secret settlements with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain that allowed the clubs to cheat its own Financial Fair Play rules by hundreds of millions of euros, a new investigation by EIC Network can reveal.’Football Leaks’ have alleged that PSG’s owners injected €1.8bn into the club against Financial Fair Play regulations, with Gianni Infantino and Michel Platini helping to cover it upIf caught, the French club would have faced a ban from all European competitions 😳— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) November 2, 2018“Senior UEFA administrators, including the ex-secretary general and current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, personally intervened to encourage settlements with big clubs, while the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the UEFA department that investigates rule breaches, aggressively pursued poorer clubs in the likes of Turkey and Romania.”This is of particular interest to a club such as Milan, which was excluded from the Europa League this season for FFP violations before winning an appeal for its reinstatement.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…👀 #LaLiga President Javier #Tebas fires shots at #MCFC and #PSGHe claims that it was clear all along that the both clubs cheated UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules – after allegations this evening from Football Leaks that the two clubs were allowed to breach the rules in place.— CalcioMercato (En) (@CmdotCom_En) November 2, 2018Their financial status remains under question and the same issues could be raised next summer.“The new revelations are based on a batch of tens of millions of Football Leaks documents obtained by German weekly magazine Der Spiegel and shared with its partners in journalism network European Investigation Collaborations (EIC).“The combined dataset contains more than 70 million documents, around 3.4 terabytes, and is the biggest journalistic data leak to date.“Over the past eight months, around 80 journalists and technologists from 15 media partners have collaborated to document and expose illegal or secret deals across the football industry from this trove and other sources.“But owners of several clubs have continued to supply excessive amounts to cover losses using highly inflated – and sometimes deceptive – sponsorship contracts, in a practice known as ‘financial doping’.last_img read more

Gary Neville attacks Manchester United flop Fred

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville, didn’t hesitate to lash out against Brazilian midfielder Fred for not living up to his price tag expectations.The first season at Manchester United for Brazilian midfielder Fred has been below average, something that club legend Gary Neville has specifically pointed out this Wednesday and has stirred a bit of controversy in England.The Red Devils paid Shakhtar Donetsk a total of £50m for the player last summer with the idea that he would be essential to the club’s resurgence this season, but the reality that has struck all Mancunian fans in the face is very different to what was promised at first.Gary Neville has taken it upon himself to become the voice of all those unhappy supporters, who don’t understand why the club spent so much money on a player who isn’t top quality and has clearly become one of the biggest waste of money for the club in recent years.Many are quick to point at Jose Mourinho himself, but the relationship between the manager and vice-chairman Ed Woodward is what pushed the club to rush this transfer after the top options were rejected by the board.Jose Mourinho didn’t really have much choice on the matter, he brought the player that the club wanted to buy because they didn’t fancy spending more money than that.Neville Vs SounessNeville showing his ass here. Disappointing.— THE NORTH REMEMBERS. (@MidKnightGaz) November 12, 2018During The Gary Neville Podcast this week on Sky Sports, the former Manchester United player expressed his uncertainty against the Brazilian and complained about the elevated price-tag that was practically wasted during the summer because Fred hasn’t really played that much.“Fred at £50m, he started the first game of the season and he looked bright, he looked tidy – but does he look like what you would expect for £50m?” Said Neville on the podcast.“Does he change a game? Does it look like he’s going to defend your goal? Does it look like he’s going to connect back-to-front? At this moment in time, no.”“He is still developing. He’s still getting used to Manchester United and he’s coming into a very difficult position in the sense that the club aren’t the most stable at this moment in time in terms of their performance levels and the scrutiny that’s been on the club in the past three or four months.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“So, I wouldn’t put it all onto Fred but you have to ask the question, where was he [on Sunday] in that central midfield?”He’s not been impressed #mufc— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) November 14, 2018But this problem goes a lot further than the low level of performance that the player has been showing during training sessions, this has a lot more to do with the actual owners of the club who care very little about the club’s well-being as long as it keeps generating revenue.As of right now and according to Forbes, Manchester United sits pretty as the football club with the highest revenue in the world with £581 million worth of total revenue.The Glazer family won’t change the narrative or their transfer policy as long as the checks keep on coming.This will result in many more flop transfers like Fred, because the board feels like they don’t really need to spend crazy amounts of cash in order to perform relatively well on all the competitions they play.This is increasingly frustrating for people like Gary Neville, a club legend who saw the Red Devils transform into one of the most successful clubs in football history under Sir Alex Ferguson, and are currently losing their prestige because of the terrible business they make by signing players like Fred.’Does he look like what you would expect for £60 million?’: Gary Neville claims Manchester United midfielder Fred is not living up to his price tag— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) November 14, 2018What do you think is the best solution for Manchester United’s poor transfer policy? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 12 Summer Job Opportunities In Around Wilmington For College Students

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of summer job opportunities for local college students, compiled by the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce:Angelina’s Italian RestaurantSeeking Servers.Call Angelina’s Italian Restaurant at978-319-9573Art of the EventInternship Opportunity inEvent PlanningOne unpaid internship open.Includes lesson plan with written goals.Call 781-670-9292Bayberry at Emerald CourtSeeking dining room Servers.Apply in person.Bobby & Jack’s Memphis BBQ &John Ryan’s PubPart time Hosts and experienced Servers. Apply in person.Burbank YMCASeeking a few strong individuals to help at summer camps.Contact Rebekah Torresson at RTorresson@ymcaboston.orgSeeking part time and subbing opportunities for certified lifeguards as well as Teaching Aide positions for swim instruction classes.Contact the Aquatics DirectorSydney Frerichs atsfrerichs@ymcaboston.orgCareOne at WilmingtonSeeking summer help within their dietary department.Contact Jeff Crowley at 978-909-2115.NAPA AutoSeeking 4 more employees for the warehouse (28 hours)Monday – Wednesday 8:00am – 4:30pm & Saturday 8:00am -12:00pmORWednesday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm& Saturday 8:00am -12:00pmApply at: http://www.napaautojobs.comNew England Construction Managers, Inc.General Laborer. Apply in person.People ReadyStudents can apply online at or in person.Offices are located at:599 Canal St., Lawrence, MA 01841978-682-0525103 Paige St., Lowell, MA 01852978-452-2244Two Men And A TruckGeneral LaborerComplete application HereOr visit office between 10am and 2pm Monday – Friday for open interviews.Wilder ConstructionSeeking Laborers with masonry knowledge.Contact 978-688-3975Wilmington Builders SupplySeeking 1 or 2 General Laborers.Apply in person.Ask for Bob McNamara or Bill Horan.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Arctic Native Ice Testing Stick Will Be Used On National Research Vessel

first_imgTwo people stand on the ice with their testing sticks, hooks visible at the top. The hook could be used to grab onto an article of clothing if someone fell into the water. (Photo courtesy of Gay Sheffield)Conducting research at sea in Arctic, ice-filled conditions is a tricky endeavor, requiring a host of high-tech gear. But, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new, ice-capable research vessel Sikuliaq, at least one piece of equipment dates back generations.Download AudioIn a few months, the ice-classed research vessel Sikuliaq, owned by the National Science Foundation, will be equipped with about a half dozen Arctic Native ice testing sticks as part of the ship’s safety outfit.“It’s a multi-tool. Sometimes there’s a hook on the end for retrieving things, and the other end is used for poking the ice. It could be a harpoon with a rib bone, or some type of bone sticking out on the other end to test the ice,” said Brandon Ahmasuk, subsistence director at Kawerak. “Obviously, if it goes through, you don’t want to step there.”Ahmasuk said it’s a highly valued safety tool for Alaskans who live in coastal communities and venture onto the ice for hunting in the winter. By testing the ice in their path with the stick, they can prevent accidentally falling through the weaker patches. He said his family always takes this tool with them on the ice because of its many functions.“If you do happen to fall through, hopefully you can catch yourself before you fall past your waist and pull yourself back out,” said Ahmasuk. “If you do happen to fall all the way through, it’s still there, so you can pull yourself up like you’re doing a pull up. It’s a safety tool. They almost always have a dual function—whether it’s a harpoon, a retrieving hook, or a mooring hook.”Ahmasuk said, fortunately, he has never fallen into the water, but he’s seen it happen to others, and it can be pretty terrifying.“One of my brothers did fall in, and he said immediately it just took his breath away. He couldn’t breathe,” said Ahmasuk. “I mean, within a second he was able to pull himself out. A lot of times, individuals are out seal hunting or walrus hunting, and they’re miles and miles from the nearest town or village. So, if you do fall in, you’re going to be soaking wet. More than likely, you’re not going to make it back to wherever you came from because, within a matter of minutes, hypothermia is going to set in, and you’re going to freeze to death.”The Sikuliaq is not an icebreaker, but it is an ice-classed vessel capable of breaking through up to two-and-a-half feet of ice. The vessel will operate in ice during some of its research missions in the Arctic—and scientists may be walking out on to the ice to collect data samples, which means they must be prepared for potentially dangerous situations.Daniel Oliver is the marine superintendent at UAF’s Seward Marine Center. Oliver was in the U.S. Coast Guard before taking his current job at the Seward Marine Center, and he said it was through visits to coastal communities aboard Coast Guard icebreakers that he realized how functional and necessary the tool is. After consulting with Gay Sheffield, Marine Advisory agent in Nome, he decided to request those ice testing sticks as safety tools for the Sikuliaq.“I found it was a pretty universal tool within the coastal communities, [with the people] that spend a good portion of their lives out on the ice with subsistence hunting,” said Oliver. “From talking with a number of folks from the villages, it certainly made sense to me. Which is why, when we were looking at what we were going to carry on board Sikuliaq for equipment, having this capability aboard made sense to me.”Perry Pungowiyi is a craftsman in Savoonga, a member of the National Science Foundation Sikuliaq Oversight Committee and alternate commissioner on the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission for Savoonga. Pungowiyi will be making the sticks with materials Sheffield and Oliver have sent over to St. Lawrence Island. He said the tools are “time-tested by ice walkers of Alaska.” In Siberian Yupik, the name for the ice testing stick is “unghaq.”Oliver said he hopes someone from Savoonga who is part of the ship’s science oversight committee will be able to join theSikuliaq crew at some point during ice trials, to share knowledge about the ice testing sticks and Bering Sea ice conditions.The Sikuliaq, which is home-ported in Seward, will be used by U.S. and international scientists. Its first funded science trip this fall will be in the western Hawaiian island chain.last_img read more

NPFMC Addresses Chinook Bycatch

first_imgThis week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has been looking at ways to cut back on the number of Chinook salmon that get scooped up by commercial trawl boats in the Bering Sea.The goal is to send more salmon back to subsistence users around the state.Download AudioIt hardly needed to be said — but as state biologist Katie Howard pointed out in a presentation to the North Pacific council:“These recent declines in run abundance for Chinook salmon [are] really a statewide phenomenon, but it has been very notable in Western Alaska stocks,” Howard said.That’s led to commercial closures and subsistence restrictions around the region. At the same time, Western Alaska salmon made up about half of all the Chinook that were pulled up commercial trawl boats, out looking for pollock in the Bering Sea.Researchers have spent the past few days trying to explain how the North Pacific Council could change that.One option is make trawl vessels fish earlier in the year — when there are fewer salmon feeding in the Bering Sea. Another is to increase the penalties for the boats with the worst track records.Alan Haynie is with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.“There’s a speed limit. And if you go over the speed limit, there’s something that you’re going to pay,” Haynie said.Signing up for fines and voluntary closures is part of the reason why the pollock fleet has avoided heavy restrictions on bycatch until now.Working together to avoid salmon has been pretty successful. The pollock fleet has never come close to catching their absolute limit of 60,000 Chinook — or having their harvest immediately shut down.Lowering that cap is technically an option. But the North Pacific council’s advisory board voted against it this week.As Haynie, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center scientist pointed out:“One thing that’s really become clear in terms of assessing the impacts on the fleet is that the impacts aren’t just a little more fuel,” Haynie said. “They’re big changes in product value. When people move off of fish that are the optimal size and move somewhere else, there’s a real loss in that sense.”Haynie says it won’t be possible to account for those losses before the North Pacific council takes a final vote this weekend.When they do, they’ll be down one member. Simon Kinneen has been asked to recuse himself from voting on salmon bycatch.Kinneen is a vice president for the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, or NSEDC. They’re a community development quota group for Nome and surrounding villages — with their own piece of pollock quota and ownership shares in other seafood businesses.Lauren Smoker is an attorney with the NOAA Office of General Counsel.“If a council member has financial interests that exceed 10 percent of the harvests or processing, that is a threshold that has been exceeded and a recusal determination follows,” Smoker said.Kinneen appealed the ruling, but it still stands.last_img read more

Medical Marijuana Seen At Risk Following Move By Sessions

first_imgDrugAbuse.comWhen U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments.Forty six states — including Sessions’ home state of Alabama — have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Eight of those states also allow recreational marijuana.Among the guidance that Sessions rescinded was the so-called Ogden Memorandum of 2009 that instructed federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical marijuana patients and distributors who complied with state laws.“Previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately,” Sessions told the U.S. attorneys based in all 50 states in a letter Thursday.Georgia state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican who sponsored a bill in his state’s legislature that legalized possession of medical marijuana in 2015, denounced the move.“I’m very disappointed in Jeff Session’s actions,” Peake said Friday in a telephone interview. “He will be hurting the grandfather with Alzheimer’s, the soccer mom with breast cancer, the college student with Crohn’s disease, the young child with seizures — these are the people that will be impacted by this action by the attorney general.”The only legal protection now for medical marijuana growers, processors, sellers and users is a temporary measure sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using government funds to target them.Rohrabacher, in a conference call with reporters and four other members of Congress, said Sessions’ move should galvanize national support for marijuana legalization.“This is a wakeup call for American people who believe in freedom,” Rohrabacher said. “It will mobilize people throughout the country.”Many politicians, including Republicans, have cast Session’s move as an infringement on states’ rights.Only Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas do not allow any access to marijuana, said Karmen Hanson, a cannabis policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.Many of the states that allow some form of medical marijuana did so in 2013 and 2014. About half of the initiatives have been passed by voters in ballot measures, and the rest by state legislatures, Hanson said.Georgia’s General Assembly passed that state’s medical marijuana law in 2015. Called Haleigh’s Hope Act, it was named for a girl who was suffering from hundreds of seizures a day.“This means the world to us,” Haleigh’s mother, Janea Cox, told reporters when Georgia’s governor signed the bill.Peake said Sessions’ move will have a chilling effect on a bill he introduced that would allow the growing, processing and distribution of cannabis oil in Georgia.“This is as bipartisan an issue as you can get,” he said. “Cancer doesn’t ask if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. There are people of all races and creeds who benefit from medical cannabis, so that’s why it’s so crucial that Congress get together and take action.”The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment that restricts U.S. attorneys from taking legal action against people who use medical marijuana or produce it was maintained in a last short-term funding bill passed by Congress. But that funding bill expires on Jan. 19.Blumenauer “is working to make sure it’s maintained again in whatever next funding bill Congress passes,” said his spokeswoman, Nicole L’Esperance.Rohrabacher said a better, more permanent solution is a bill he submitted last year that amends the Controlled Substances Act so it doesn’t apply to people who produce, possess or delivers marijuana in compliance with state laws governing recreational and medical marijuana.If it passes, Rohrabacher said he and Blumenauer would not be forced to repeatedly seek passage of their amendment annually.New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has also introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Sharelast_img read more

Salt Can Increase Storing Capacity Of Your Hard Disk To 6X

first_imgWhat uses of table salt can you think of? Cooking mainly.. well to your very surprise, the same salt we take in for providing our bodies with necessary iron and to enhance the taste of our food, is now found to increase and expand the capacity of computer’s hard drives too.. Amazing isn’t it?Scientists in Singapore have discovered this new aspect of salt which will help coping with the ever increasing demand of main memory for storing data.The discovery credit is held by Singapore’s National Research Institution, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore and the Data Storage Institute.This new process of manufacturing hard drives using sodium chlorides offers six times the capacity of equivalent, unsalted hard drives.According to a statement issued recently, scientist observed that the newly developed process is capable of enhancing the data storing capacity of hard drives to 3.3 Tera bytes per square inch, which is thrice that of the ones in use already.The use of sodium chloride made the patterns of the units of information, i.e. bits, to be done more neatly allowing greater of them to be crowded in. It improved the resolution of the electron beam which acts as a printing agent for bits.The pattern of bits used to be quite blur and blobby, in spite of trying to print them as neatly as possible. This technique now gives a higher contrast and the pattern lines now are quite visible, says the team lead; Dr. Joel Yang.The idea will be commercialized when the techniques currently being used, prove inadequate and the manufacturers need to search for alternate methods. The team is expecting it to hit the market not before 2016.[via Telegraph]last_img read more

LGs Prime Day 2019 Discounts for the G7 ThinQ G8 ThinQ Are

first_img Share Tweet Submit The Amazon Prime Day 2019 is in full swing right now and in case you are looking for a phone, you might consider the LG G8 ThinQ, which is totally a catch right now, given that $350 has been shaved off its list price. That’s right, for just $499.99 you can walk away with a 2019 flagship.The LG G8 ThinQ received rave reviews from most media outlets, but the only thing that wasn’t working for it was its list price of $850. However, now that you can get it for just $500 on Amazon, you might not want to miss the deal. The phone has the Snapdragon 855 SoC under the hood, flanked by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. The G8 runs Android 9 Pie and it has a dual camera system on the back. It is available in the color Aurora Black on Amazon.The phone sports a 6.1-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display and also boasts of impressive audio playback. It packs in a 3500mAh and fast charging is also supported. Unlike other recent flagships, this one also has the 3.5mm headphone jack. In short, you get just about everything you would expect from a premium phone and that too at an affordable price. So, head on over to Amazon right now before the stock runs out.Just in case you wanted to save a little more money, the G7 ThinQ is up for grabs at B&H and costs only $390. It doesn’t sport the same firepower as its successors but for a 2018 flagship that’s less than $400, you can’t really complain, can you?Get the LG G7 ThinQ from B&H for just $390 ($232 discount)Get the LG G8 ThinQ from B&H for just $500 ($350 discount)You can also check out our other deals for Prime Day 2019 below:Hot Prime Day 2019 TV Deal: 43-inch 4K HDR TV from TCL with Built-in Roku for Just $219Prime Day Deal: 32GB 9.7-inch iPad 6 for Just $249, 128GB for $329 [Up to $100 Off]Prime Day 2019 microSD Deals: SanDisk 128GB Ultra for $19.48, 128GB Extreme for $24.79Start Your Prime Day 2019 Shopping Spree With Massive Discounts on Echo Dot, Echo 2nd GenerationPrime Day 2019 Deal on Apple Watch Series 4: Get up to $75 Off on Select ModelsPrime Day 2019 Deal Discounts AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case to Just $179 [Was $200]Prime Day 2019 Deal from Philips: Hue RGB 2-Pack Starter Kit with Hub for Just $99SanDisk’s 128GB Nintendo Switch Compatible microSD Card for $25 is a Prime Day Deal You Just Can’t MissBeats Solo3 Wireless Headphones Sees Massive Price Drop for Prime Day, Now Just $139.99 [Was $299.95]Prime Day 2019 Killer Action Camera Deal Brings GoPro HERO7 Black Price Down to $343Ring Video Doorbell with FREE Echo Dot 3rd Gen for Just $69.99 [Was $150]Prime Day 2019 Offers a Variety of Choice for Customers on These Heavily Discounted AMD Threadripper ProcessorsPrime Day 2019 Discounts Echo Dot to $22, Fire TV Stick to Just $14.99SanDisk’s Prime Day 2019 Deals Offer Unbeatable Prices on microSD Cards, SD Cards, SSDs, Flash Drives, Morelast_img read more