Company sues to block order to contain 14yearold oil leak

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — The company that has failed to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is suing to challenge a Coast Guard official’s order to design and install a new containment system to capture and remove the crude before it forms slicks that often stretch for miles.A federal lawsuit that Taylor Energy Co. filed Thursday in New Orleans asks the court to throw out Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell’s Oct. 23 administrative order.The suit claims the Coast Guard’s actions ignored “well-verified scientific conclusions” and were taken in response to “adverse publicity.”Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that approximately 10,500 to 29,400 gallons (39,747 to 111,291 litres) of oil is leaking daily from the site where a Taylor Energy-owned platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City crews to use new pothole patching machine this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After several weeks of using a temporary fix to fill potholes, crews with the City of Fort St. John will begin using a more permanent fix on the road hazards with the help of a fancy new gadget.The City’s General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland said that crews have been out using cold-mix to fill in potholes around town since the snow started clearing up several weeks ago. However, he said the mixture is only useful when temperatures are still too cold for paving crews to begin working.Shopland said that starting this week, summer crews will be out using ‘hot-mix’ asphalt to more permanently fill in and seal the holes, and will also be using a new pothole patching machine. The City purchased the machine last fall, and will start training on using the device over the next few days. The machine works by heating up the road surface to a temperature where the road surface can be raked up and then smoothed out to repair the road almost seamlessly. Shopland said that for areas that are particularly pothole-ridden, DGS Astro Paving will be contracted out to do hot-in-place paving, recycling the existing asphalt to create a new road surface. He said that areas such as the south end of 86th St, the intersection of 100th and 100th, 102nd St. near 112th Ave., and east of the Medical Clinic are particularly rutted and will need work.Shopland added that crews will also continue the street paving operations that have been occurring since snow last fell in early April.last_img read more

The Latest Argentine bank president says economy healing

DAVOS, Switzerland — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):10:40 a.m.Guido Sandleris, president of the Central Bank of Argentina, says the country is “much better prepared” for the challenge of a slowdown in global trade and the rise in interest rates in major economies, following its recession.Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Sandleris said Argentina had previously not been strong enough to cope with those twin challenges amid high inflation at home and big fiscal and trade deficits. As a result, President Mauricio Macri negotiated a $56 billion stand-by financing facility with the International Monetary Fund.Though the deficits are heading in the right direction, Sandleris said inflation remains too high.Sandleris defended the government’s belt-tightening measures and said protests in the country are more to do with the recession — the economy is expected to shrink further this year — than any anger against the IMF.___10:10 a.m.Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed chief executive says she’s “quite worried” that the rules-based system that has governed global trade for decades is under threat.Speaking Wednesday at the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Carrie Lam said any diminution in the traditional rules could lead to rising political tensions around the world.She said Hong Kong has prospered “on the basis of free and open trade.”Worries over the future of the rules governing global trade have been stoked over the past couple of years, certainly since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. His administration has taken particular umbrage against China and the two have imposed tariffs on each other that has raised concerns of a full-scale trade war.The Associated Press read more

China UN steps up aid efforts for victims of deadly quake

21 May 2008The United Nations is continuing to rush aid to victims of last week’s devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan province in China’s south-west. According to state media, over 41,000 people lost their lives as a result of the quake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. Some 32,000 people are missing, while more than 250,000 others have sustained injuries. Roughly 5 million people have been left homeless.The UN refugee agency is supplying 11,000 tents to provide emergency shelter for 55,000 people, in response to yesterday’s request by the Government.“This urgently needed aid is an expression of our solidarity with those suffering as a result of this terrible disaster,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres.The final details of the delivery of the tents, manufactured in China for the agency, are currently being hammered out with Chinese authorities. It is hoped that they will be delivered as soon as possible.For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is purchasing a second round of relief food supplies, comprising rice, wheat flour and cooking oil, to feed 100,000 people for three weeks.The 473-ton shipment of aid is slated to arrive in Sichuan province by the end of the week and will be distributed as part of Red Cross emergency packages.“WFP hopes that this food will offer strength to the survivors of this terrible tragedy,” said Anthea Webb, the agency’s Representative to China. “By supplying food now, we aim to allow the Government and local partners to focus on settling the survivors into safe accommodation.”The first batch of WFP supplies – enough instant noodles to feed 100,000 people for one week – reached Mianyang, a city in north-west Sichuan, and is ready to be delivered.The WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is sending airlifts of aid from Brindisi, Italy.The Italian Government has sent two shipments of supplies, including a field hospital, tents, high-energy biscuits and medicines. So far, one arrived in Chengdu over the weekend while another is expected to touch down in China on Thursday.WFP is organizing a third flight – on behalf of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Irish Government – containing additional tents and blankets.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is taking part in a mission organized by the Government to provide immediate psycho-social assistance for children suffering from emotional trauma following the tremors.The Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) assembled the team – including UNICEF professionals, psycho-social recovery specialists and senior government officials – in response to reports of children exhibiting signs of severe stress related to the massive earthquake.“It is important to reach out quickly to children who have been affected by the traumatic experiences they have been through,” said Yin Yin Nwe, UNICEF Representative and Chair of the UN Disaster Management Team for China.“After the 2007 Yunnan earthquake, when UNICEF provided technical assistance for child psycho-social support we found 95 per cent of children were naturally resilient and could be helped through community-based psycho-social care,” Dr. Nwe added. “The remaining 5 per cent needed to be referred for psychological treatment.”Efforts to collect information on children separated from their parents have been impeded by damaged infrastructure, the agency noted. If children are suddenly separated from their families, their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation increases.UNICEF has also procured more than $400,000 worth of supplies, including tents, blankets and school kits.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated $100,000 for emergency relief activities, part of which will be put towards coordinating the aid response.Also today, the UN contributed $8 million from its Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to the Chinese Government, and these funds will be used by six of the world body’s agencies working on the ground.“The United Nations stands ready to provide further support, as required, to the Government of China in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the disaster,” said Khalid Malik, UN Resident Coordinator in the country. read more

Tracking 20 years of environmental change UN report lays out challenges ahead

The report, Keeping Track of our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20, compiles relevant statistical data on population, climate change, energy and food security among other key issues, to draw a picture of the current environmental landscape, spotlighting challenges ahead.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said the report was a timely reminder for world leaders of the areas that continue to need urgent attention such as the rapid build-up of greenhouse gases, the erosion of biodiversity and the use of natural resources, which increased by 40 per cent from 1992 to 2005, a much faster pace than population growth.Other key issues highlighted by the report include ongoing forest loss in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, with a decrease of 300 million hectares of forest areas in the region since 1990, and the diminishing glaciers which have influenced the current rise in sea-levels, threatening the well-being of approximately one sixth of the world’s population.However, Mr. Steiner said the report also highlights areas where progress has been made and “underlines how, when the world decides to act it can dramatically alter the trajectory of hazardous trends that threaten human well-being – action to phase-out ozone-damaging chemicals being a spirited and powerful example.”The report notes that many environmental issues, which were only emerging in 1992, when the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, are now part of mainstream policy-making in many countries due to consumer and civil society demands.Some of these issues include the implementation of recycling practices, the commercialization of renewable energy, the rise in sales of organic products and eco-labelling, and the use of carbon trading as a way to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.In addition, the report draws attention to the increase in the support for developing green economies, with more government investment in ways to effectively manage their resources and curb their carbon emissions as part of their broader economic development strategy.Mr. Steiner said the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro next June could help address the negative effects mentioned in the report and enhance efforts already having a positive impact.“Rio+20, under the two themes of a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and an institutional framework for sustainable development, can, with the requisite level of leadership, trigger the necessary switches that may ensure that the balance of negative versus positive trends moves from the red into the black and that the right to development is enjoyed by the many rather than the few,” he said.The report is part of UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook-5 (GEO-5) series, which assesses the state and trends of the global environment. The full GEO-5 report will be launched next May, one month ahead of Rio+20. 1 November 2011Concerted and rapid action is urgently needed to curb resource depletion and ensure human activities do not destroy the very environment that supports economies and sustains life, warned a United Nations report released today, which tracks the environmental changes the planet has gone through over the past 20 years. read more

Annan to name Canadian Justice Louise Arbour as top UN human rights

The General Assembly is expected to act shortly on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to appoint Ms. Arbour to a four-year term heading the Geneva-based UN human rights office, according to a UN spokesman. Spokesman Fred Eckhard said that if approved, she would be expected to retire from Canada’s Supreme Court, where she has been working since 1999, to take up her new assignment. Ms. Arbour was the Chief Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda from October, 1996 to September, 1999 – a period of intense activity for both courts. The 57-year old Justice was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Bar of Ontario in 1977. She served for 13 years as Associate Professor of Law and later Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Fluent in both English and French, she became a member of the bench in December 1987, first as a trial judge on the Supreme Court of Ontario and, in 1990, at the Ontario Court of Appeal. In April 1995, she was chosen to lead an official investigation into the operation of the correctional service of Canada, based on allegations by female inmates at a women’s prison in Kingston (Ontario). Until her appointment to the bench, she served as vice-president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Throughout her career, Justice Arbour has published extensively, in both English and French, in the fields of criminal procedure, human rights, civil liberties and gender issues. The General Assembly established the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in December, 1993, with a wide-ranging mandate to oversee the world body’s complex and multifaceted activities in that field. The first person to hold the post was José Ayala Lasso, a former Foreign Minister from Ecuador, who was succeeded by Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland. Mr. Vieira de Mello assumed the job on 12 September 2002 before being asked to take what was supposed to be a temporary leave to serve as UN envoy to Iraq, where he was killed in a terrorist bombing that also took the lives of 21 others. read more

With million refugees worldwide threatened by hunger UN appeals for urgent aid

Several hundred thousand refugees are already struggling to survive on drastically reduced food rations, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.”In this holiday season, we want to draw attention to their plight, which will only worsen unless the [UN] World Food Programme (WFP), UNHCR’s partner agency, urgently receives the funding it is seeking,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We urgently appeal to donor countries worldwide to come to their help by generously supporting WFP’s appeals.”He voiced particular concern over Africa. In Zambia, distribution of lentils and cereals, two essential food products, has been halved in the past two months. Overall food rations will soon have to be cut by half, putting 87,000 of Zambia’s 191,000 refugees at risk of malnutrition.”Already, we are hearing reports of refugee women resorting to prostitution to support themselves and their children,” Mr. Redmond said. Field offices also report there has been a marked increase in children dropping out of school, presumably to help their families find food.In Tanzania, daily rations of lentils and of maize, the most important staple in the refugees’ diet, were reduced by 25 per cent in 13 camps in October. A joint UNHCR-WFP mission in November found that the rate of malnutrition among some 400,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Tanzanian camps is on the rise.Malnutrition also threatens some 118,000 refugees in Ethiopia, and another 224,000 in Kenya. Both countries face imminent cuts unless there are immediate donations of cash or food commodities. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WFP says it will need to make 30 per cent cuts in food rations from January, with adverse consequences for thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees.Africa is not the only continent facing a breakdown in the food pipeline. IDPs in Azerbaijan face a complete cut in food aid in the New Year. Rations for 140,000 Azerbaijanis displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia more than a decade ago were halved last month, but food stocks are so low that more drastic measures will be needed soon.And the WFP yesterday launched a $1.2 million appeal to cover the immediate needs of 350,000 IDPs in Colombia, civilian victims of decades of military strife. To date, the agency’s current 18-month relief operation, which started in October 2003, has received $14.3 million and needs the additional funds to tide it over through March.In a related development the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission today announced a new €15 million (euro) partnership programme to improve the ability of decision makers to target food insecure and vulnerable people and take effective action to reduce hunger.The three-year project covers 20 countries representing three very different food insecurity situations. Some, such as Eritrea and the DRC, are in the grip of protracted crisis or conflict. Others, such as Laos and Malawi, suffer chronic, structural food insecurity, while the third group, such as Tajikistan and Georgia, are making the difficult transition from a centrally planned to a free market economy. read more

Huge explosions at Orpington depot as 11 London buses catch fire

The charred remains of the buses Credit:Grant Falvey/London News Pictures Ltd The sound of “huge” explosions has been heard in southeast London after fire broke out at a bus depot.Dozens of firefighters were “working hard” to tackle the blaze, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said. Eleven buses have gone up in flames so far at the garage at Farnborough Hill, Orpington.Locals reported hearing several loud bangs as the vehicles were engulfed in the early hours of Thursday morning.One wrote on Twitter: “Woken up by 10 huge explosions and what looks like a big fire near Sevenoaks road in Orpington.”The LFB said it was called to the scene at 3.36am. The charred remains of the buses  “Around 60 firefighters are dealing with a bus depot that is alight on Farnborough Hill, Orpington,” the brigade said.”Eleven buses are alight and Brigade control officers have taken around 40 calls to the incident which is very visible.”Firefighters are working hard to tackle the blaze but travel in that area will be difficult due to the number of appliances in attendance, avoid the area if you can.”Eight fire engines are in attendance from stations including Orpington, Bromley, Sidcup and Biggin Hill.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Jack Shepherd to be extradited within a fortnight

Charlotte Brown Jack Shepherd, the speedboat killer, has abandoned his fight against extradition and could return to the UK to face justice within a week, according to reports.The 31-year-old fugitive has been in custody in Georgia since January after handing himself into the authorities following ten months on the run.He was convicted in his absence of the manslaughter by gross negligence of Charlotte Brown, 24, who died when his defective speedboat crashed on the Thames during a date. He was sentenced to six years in jail.Shepherd had vowed to fight extradition, claiming his life would be in danger if he served his sentence in Britain.But it emerged on Sunday that he would consent to return at a hearing in Tiblisi, where he is detained in a maximum security jail, due to take place this week. A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Jack feels that as long as he gets assurances he needs over his safety, it’s now time to come back home.”He knows at the moment he’s just delaying the inevitable – and lengthening his sentence by staying.”The two months he has served in custody in Georgia will not automatically be deducted from his sentence.Richard Egan, Shepherd’s UK-based solicitor, said he had not received any updates from his Georgian legal team and so was unable to confirm the development. Charlotte BrownCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA He said the issue of whether or not time served in Georgia would count towards his sentence, would be subject to an application to the British court.Shepherd faces additional jail time for absconding as well as an outstanding GBH charge relating to an incident in a Devon pub just a day or two before he left the UK, when he is alleged to have knocked a barman out with a glass bottle.Miss Brown, from Welling in Bexley, south London, died when she was flung from his vessel in December 2015.The pair had met online and were on their first date. They had eaten at The Shard before taking to Shepherd’s boat late at night.Shepherd, a web designer, married a childhood friend two months after the tragedy and had a son later that year.He was charged in September 2017 but fled the country last March. He rented a flat in Georgia, where he used the name Jack Grant in a bid to avoid detection.His Old Bailey trial went ahead without him last July.He finally handed himself into the authorities on January 23 amid heightened publicity as the net closed in.Shepherd’s legal team confirmed that the prosecutor’s office had submitted its extradition request to the court and said the hearing would be held this week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Guyana welcomes UN SGs decision to refer border controversy to ICJ

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana begins work to appear before ICJFebruary 6, 2018In “latest news”Caribbean Foreign Ministers pledge support to Guyana’s sovereigntyMay 11, 2018In “latest news”Border controversy: Following Venezuela’s refusal ICJ to now determine whether it has jurisdiction- GreenidgeJune 28, 2018In “latest news” Guyana welcomes the decision of the Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations (UN) to refer the controversy between Guyana and Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeThis is according to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who in a released statement said that “Guyana has always held the view that the ICJ is the appropriate forum for the peaceful and definitive settlement of the controversy, and is pleased that that view has prevailed under the process developed by both Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Secretary General Antonio Guterres.”Moreover, he posited that Guyana “will not allow factors extraneous to the controversy to influence its referral to the Court, but it will continue the advancement of peaceful relations with Venezuela whose people are the brothers and sisters of Guyanese. In this context, Guyana acknowledges the Secretary-General’s suggestions for the immediate future.”“That Guyana has stood firm against Venezuela’s attempt to re-open a territorial boundary settled and recognised for half a century before its independence, and done so despite the manifest unequal strengths between the two countries, is to our national credit. Guyana, as one of the world’s small developing countries, is pleased that its reliance on the rule of law internationally has been the underpinning of its national sovereignty” said Greendige. read more

Resources sector fighting cost impediments to growth

first_imgQueensland’s resources sector is making a determined effort to control costs to ensure the industry remains strong. Michael Roche, the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, told a training sector gathering in Yeppoon yesterday that coal companies were undertaking root and branch cost reviews. Roche said they had started to close unprofitable parts of their operations, economise on their use of contractors, slowed or cancelled work on new projects and slimmed down corporate offices.“As pointed out by BHP Billition CEO Marius Kloppers, the industry has had a perfect storm of plummeting prices, rising costs and an Australian dollar that remains stubbornly high” said Roche. “And now, on top of that, we have increased state royalty imposts that, combined with the 30% company income tax rate, will mean Queensland will carry an effective taxation rate of 50% on a typical coking coal operation. This now makes us the equal highest taxing coal jurisdiction globally. However the industry has put a proposal to the Queensland Government to inflation proof the new royalty rates announced in the budget, which ramp up from 7 to 12.5% and then to 15%.”He continues: “‘We have been able to show that indexing the thresholds will go a long way to limiting the damage to the net present values of new projects caused by the royalty hike. If the government agrees to indexation, it will pull the effective tax rate over the life of a typical coking coal project back to 45% – high but not higher than where we were before the latest royalty increase. Unless the thresholds for those stepped rates are indexed, Queensland’s effective tax rate for coal will keep on rising to be far and away the highest in the world and sadly a survey of QRC members has confirmed that this royalty hike is likely to lead to more job cuts and new projects being put on hold. This is disturbing news given that on our estimates some 4,000 employees and contractors have been let go by coal companies over the past few months.”However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Roche told the Resources RTO Conference that even under a scaled-back growth scenario, beyond the current cyclical downturn, the 10 to 15 year outlook was huge. He said the QRC had welcomed the government’s establishment of the Resources Committee of Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Deputy Premier Seeney, to address the regulatory burdens left by the former Labor government. “Early indications are that the government is genuine in its determination to deliver tangible cost-reducing and productivity-boosting reforms through the new Cabinet Committee” said Roche. He also told the Resources RTO Conference that even if only half the 66 major resource sector projects identified in QRC’s Growth Outlook Study released last November go ahead, this would represent capital expenditure of over A$70 billion.“This means that we will continue to face shortages of skilled people” said Roche. “Just today a quick look on a major jobs site shows there are currently 2,300 vacancies in our sector in Queensland. We can’t continue along the business as usual model with education and training. One of the first priorities for change recommended by the Queensland Government’s Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce, which I chair, is an overhaul of the TAFE system. We need to put in place innovative measures, and quickly, to ensure that Queenslanders can reap maximum benefit from the coming growth cycle. However, if Queenslanders are to enjoy the full potential of its valuable mineral and energy resources, the government needs think twice about any measure that will result in the sector creeping up the global cost curve.”last_img read more

La stratégie déchappement des faons face aux prédateurs

first_imgLa stratégie d’échappement des faons face aux prédateursPubliant leur étude dans Animal Behaviour, des chercheurs américains ont observé que pour échapper à leurs prédateurs, certains faons, loin de se précipiter dans le premier refuge venu, prennent le risque de courir jusqu’à un endroit plus apte à les abriter – hautes herbes ou marécages. Stratégie gagnante dans la plupart des cas.En collaboration avec d’autres universités, l’équipe de Jonathan Jenks, zoologiste à l’Université d’état du Dakota du Sud, a observé 83 tentatives de chasseurs et 45 attaques de coyotes visant à chaque fois de tout jeunes cerfs de Virginie. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, contrairement à la prédiction des chercheurs, seulement 25% des 128 faons concernés se sont précipités dans le premier refuge venu – souvent un champ de blé, où on peut les pister assez facilement. Des “cachettes” dans lesquelles ils se font capturer dans 79% des cas. Les autres, acceptant le risque de gagner un refuge plus distant mais plus sûr – prairie ou surtout marécage, où les odeurs se perdent – ont échappé à l’assaut dans 63% des cas. Lorsqu’une femelle adulte est présente aux côtés du faon, elle adopte souvent ce comportement plus sûr, imitée alors par le jeune. “Il semble que ces biches et ces faons réagissent de la même manière quel que soit l’agresseur, être humain, coyote, ou – nous le soupçonnons – tout autre prédateur”, conclut le Pr Jenks cité par la BBC.Le 26 mai 2012 à 18:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

DoughnutDelivering Drones Provide Hope for the Future

first_img First, there were cronuts. Now there are dronuts.No, they’re not delicious fried rings of cake from the Italian city of Dro.Last week, doughnut-toting drones (get it?) delivered confections to public servants across Denver.Boxes of LaMar’s Donuts were flown on Wednesday from nearby parking lots to the mayor at City Hall, as well as workers at local police and fire departments.“This is exciting stuff, and I think as we get ready for not only drones in the air, [but also] for autonomous vehicles, this is our future,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told the Associated Press. “This is how we’re going to become a more efficient 21st century nation, society quite frankly.”Flying “very, very” short distances, the unmanned aerial vehicles took off and landed with human supervision, and were monitored at all times—in accordance with FAA regulations, according to a restaurant spokesman.“We’re doing it completely legal,” Chris Bonnet, CEO of Austin-based Drone Dispatch, which was hired to pilot the dronuts, told the AP. “We have … a safe takeoff location and [at] the landing area is a team member who’s receiving the box of doughnuts.”The Federal Aviation Administration in June released regulations for the commercial use of UAVs, governing drone altitude, proximity to airports, and flying over people who are not directly participating in the service.In this case, LaMar’s dronuts departed from parking lots near the Denver City and County Building, the police department, the fire department, and an alleyway near a pedestrian mall, the AP reported. FAA officials are investigating the operation to ensure full compliance.The high-flying pastries were delivered as part of a week-long celebration dating back to World War I when Salvation Army volunteers made doughnuts for soldiers. Folks across the country scarfed down the sweet treats on Friday, June 2, in honor of National Doughnut Day.Anything that delivers food and minimizes the need for human interaction is a step in the right direction. But LaMar’s isn’t the only one using technology for easy distribution.In 2015, Chinese e-retailer Taobao and partner YTO Express ran a three-day trial, making 450 deliveries of tea in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Stay on target This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img read more

Napoli confirm David Ospina talks

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed they are in talks with Arsenal over signing their goalkeeper David OspinaThe Colombia international is expected to leave the Emirates before the end of the month with Bernd Leno’s arrival from Bayer Leverkusen earlier this summer having seen Ospina fall further down the pecking order at Arsenal.And Napoli have publicly confirmed their interest in signing Ospina as a replacement for their injured goalkeeper Alex Meret, who broke his arm shortly after arriving from Udinese this summer, along with three other choices.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (via Sky Sports): “There are four in contention: Ochoa, Mignolet, Ospina and Tatarusanu. It is true that Ospina could arrive, we are negotiating, there are still some differences on the requests.”Over the past three seasons at Arsenal, Ospina has only made 11 Premier League appearances with the majority of playing time coming in cup games.But, with the Italian transfer window closing this Friday, Napoli will have to act fast to secure themselves another goalkeeper.last_img read more

Callenders Names Six New Associates Broad Range of Specialty Practice Areas

first_img Related Items:6 new associates at Callenders 0& Co. Counsel & Attorneys, Adrian Gibson. Crispin S. Hall. and Pearline Y. Ingraham joins the Freeport firm of Callenders, Syneisha Bootle. Garth Philippe and Marissa Pyfrom has joined the Nassau offices of Callenders & Co. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCallenders & Co. Counsel & Attorneys announced today six new associates have joined the firm with offices in the heart of Nassau, western New Providence and Freeport.  “Callenders, the country’s oldest legal practice, was founded in 1903 and celebrated continuous service to local and international clients for more than 100 years over a decade ago. During all that time and for the next decade and more, there was a member of the Callender family at the helm.  Sadly, Mr. Colin Callender passed away in December, for the first time leaving Callenders without a member of the founding family in either Freeport or Nassau.  Although Mr. Callender’s death was untimely, he and the firm’s partners had been seriously recruiting the brightest and best new talent, an exercise that resulted in identifying a number of well-educated, high energy, thoughtful and diligent younger legal minds,” said Chad Roberts, Managing Partner, Nassau.  “We are now pleased to announce that six associates have proved themselves and have been named to the firm, each bringing a singular strength in a current area of demand among our client base.”Attorneys Adrian Gibson, Crispin S. Hall and Pearline Y. Ingraham joined the Freeport firm headed by Fred Smith, QC, though Gibson works out of the Nassau office.  Syneisha Bootle, Garth Philippe and Marissa Pyfrom have joined the Nassau office.  According to Mr. Roberts, it was the first time in the history of the firm that nearly every new associate had received at least part of his or her pre-law or legal education in The Bahamas, either at The College of The Bahamas or at the Eugene Dupuch Law School or a combination of the two.In Nassau, Syneisha Bootle who spent six summers interning at Callenders, returned with degrees from Keele University, (LLB), Staffordshire and Northumbria, both in the U.K.  She holds a Masters in Marine Insurance, and is an Accredited Mediator at a time when The Bahamas is moving toward becoming a neutral centre for mediation worldwide.  Marissa Pyfrom specializes in Probate, Estate Planning and Real Estate and quickly earned a reputation for accomplishment after resolving a contentious probate matter in months that had been pending for years, bringing together parties who had previously refused to negotiate or cooperate.  Rounding out the new Nassau offices associates is multilingual Garth Philippe, who studied law in Spain, France and The Bahamas and is a former advisor to the United Nations, is a member of the New York Bar and the Bahamas Bar.  He holds a graduate level Diplome de Relations Internationales in Public International Law, worked with a tri-state (New York) private lending firm and has negotiated numerous contracts with Chinese companies based in Hong Kong and mainland China.  Philippe speaks fluent French and Spanish and is conversant in Mandarin and Dutch.Adrian Gibson, assigned to the Nassau office, has been dubbed the firm’s youngest Renaissance man – lawyer, educator, journalist and mass communications specialist. Gibson pens the popular Tribune column, A Young Man’s View, spent 10 years teaching in government schools and his alma mater, College of The Bahamas, before earning his law degree, maintains a schedule of symposium and presentation speaking engagements and appearances and has been called on in a number of high profile legal matters in civil and commercial litigation including judicial reviews. Crispin S. Hall was selected to represent The Bahamas twice at mooting competitions and though trained in corporate law, maritime and civil litigation while serving in the Nassau office, he elected to take a post in Freeport to follow his passions – environmental law, human rights, employment, immigration and judicial reviews as well as contract litigation.  Like Hall, Pearline Ingraham was drawn to the Grand Bahama office of Callenders for its strong stance in human rights, civil litigation and the firm’s overall strength in insolvencies.  She has been a member of the Bar of England and Wales and the Bahamas Bar for more than a decade and continues to practice civil litigation, commercial law, conveyancing and real property and condominium disputes.“As the laws of The Bahamas continue to evolve, so must the country’s legal firms and this exhaustive exercise on the part of Callenders & Co. in Grand Bahama and in Nassau is an indication that despite our awards and recognition, no firm can stand on yesterday’s laurels,” said Fred Smith, QC, Senior Partner, Callenders, Grand Bahama office. “I am particularly pleased to know that some of the most capable young lawyers want to join Callenders because of our commitment, especially in Grand Bahama, to fighting for human rights and environmental protection and preservation.”last_img read more

Amid doping scandal a mushing whodunit

first_imgDallas Seavey at the checkpoint in Galena during the 2016 Iditarod, which he won.(Photo by Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)The mushing world has been rocked by an unfolding scandal over doping in the Iditarod. It started two weeks ago, when the race’s governing body announced it was changing rules for drug tests after a banned substance was found in four dogs from a top team.Speculation ignited.Listen nowOn Monday, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced they were dogs belonging to four-time champion Dallas Seavey. But Seavey insists he didn’t do it, which is fueling a mystery right beside the ballooning controversy.As the dust settles on news that four of Seavey’s dogs tested positive for the synthetic opioid tramadol, there are a few major questions looming. The biggest is: did Seavey give his dogs drugs to do better in mushing’s most high-profile and lucrative race?“I am probably the only person on the planet who can say one hundred percent definitively that I did not give this to my dogs,” Seavey said in a phone interview on his way to the airport for a pre-scheduled business trip out of the country.“This timing is not ideal,” Seavey said.Seavey reiterated many of the points he discussed in a 17-minute-long video he posted just as his name was coming out in the press. He doesn’t believe it makes sense that someone familiar with the race’s drug-testing program would give high-levels of a banned substance to dogs in the hours close to finishing in Nome. He was only away from his dogs for a few minutes at the last checkpoint in Safety, and for four or five hours after arriving in Nome for dinner and rest. Seavey does not know when his dogs might have been exposed to tramadol, but he sees a few opportunities.However, Seavey doesn’t dispute the positive drug test results, which has left him and everyone else involved searching for an explanation of who gave illicit painkillers to his dogs.“I can’t honestly say,” Seavey said. “I don’t know. I want to find out, and I think this is the type of stuff the Iditarod should be looking into.”According to Seavey, when race officials told him about the positive drug test in April he worked with them to figure out where the tramadol came from. His understanding was that based on the facts of the investigation, he was presumed innocent of breaking the rules and knowingly giving his dogs a substance to gain a competitive advantage. And the Iditarod Trail Committee’s Board of Directors never sanctioned him. His second-place finish still stands, he wasn’t asked to return any prize money, nor was he banned from future races.But here is where things get complicated.The Iditarod announced on October 9th that its board of directors had voted to change the race’s drug testing rules in a way that places the burden of proof on the musher if there’s a positive drug test. Previously, intent on the part of the musher had to be proven, which is a difficult standard to prove. When the Iditarod Trail Committee announced that change in a press release, they referenced a top-place musher’s failed test — without naming him or her, citing the sensitivity of the matter. Rumors of who it could be exploded, as did a demand from mushers for the offender to be identified.In that vacuum of information, Seavey said enough clues emerged in ITC releases and leaks to members of the media that it was only a matter of time until people began accusing him of intentionally doping his dogs.“I would have been shut up,” Seavey said, adding that once accusations started it would have removed his credibility. The video was a way to try and get ahead of what he saw as a damning and false narrative.This brings up the case’s other significant question: was this incident mishandled?Seavey says yes. He feels mistreated by the Iditarod’s Board of Directors, which he believes made it sound like he was guilty when there was no evidence he gave his dogs drugs. In the past, Seavey has used his star-power to criticize board decisions, like the allowance of two-way communication devices. But because of the so-called “gag rule,” which limits mushers’ ability to publicly criticize the race or its sponsors, Seavey felt he couldn’t speak openly about flaws he saw in the investigation and its handling. This is why he withdrew from the 2018 race.“I will not subjugate myself to this board, the only authority they have over me is when I choose to compete in this race,” Seavey said. “The feeling from the board is that they can do whatever they want. The mushers will kick and scream, but come March we will be at the start. So I’m saying ‘no,’ I will not be at the start.”“If you take all of the elements that we have in front of us, somehow those dogs were provided with tramadol,” Chas St. George, ITC’s Chief Operations Officer, said.According to St. George, since the race started screening dogs for banned drugs in 1994 this is the first time there’s been a positive test in this mold. If the process of handling it appears flawed, St. George said that might be in part because it’s a precedent-setting response. And St. George pointed out, friction and disagreement between ITC’s board and mushers is as old as the race itself.In his mind what’s concerning is that there is no prevailing explanation of how a top musher’s animals were given a powerful controlled substance used in veterinary medicine to treat chronic pain after surgery and from diseases like cancer.“That unanswered question is disturbing,” St. George said.Right now, Seavey and others are floating around the word “sabotage.” Perhaps from another competitor, a disgruntled handler, a rival fan or an anti-mushing animal-rights group. Several people mentioned the 2017 film “Sled Dogs” by director Fern Levitt, which ITC and Alaska mushers say was surreptitiously filmed under false pretenses to tell a one-sided story about abuses within a small number of kennels.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been using the unfolding incident as an opportunity to further condemn the race for alleged mistreatment, though a spokesperson said Tuesday they had no personnel in Alaska during last year’s Iditarod.If these theories seem conspiratorial and far-fetched, for many closest to the world of elite mushing they are more plausible explanations than the idea that Seavey intentionally doped his dog. On Facebook, a number of mushers have come out on Seavey’s side, including former champions like Lance Mackey to outspoken upstarts like Monica Zappa, who wrote simply, “I believe Dallas.”One prominent defender is Jeff King, a four-time Iditarod winner and one of mushing’s elder statesmen, who’s competed neck-and-neck with the younger Seavey in recent years.“I would love to find out who did this,” King said in an interview Tuesday. “I can think of several scenarios that are more believable than Dallas doing this. It strikes me as ludicrous.”King has watched Seavey’s career progress over the years, and holds him and his prominent mushing family in the highest regard.“His brothers took my daughters to the prom. And I don’t let just anybody take my daughters to the prom,” King said.To King, the idea Seavey cheated in a way that was so surely going to be caught does not add up.King thinks mushing is getting a black eye from what’s happening, but he isn’t pointing at any particular person or group as deserving of blame. He wishes the information had come to light sooner. But also hopes the issue will not become a wedge the divides Iditarod mushers from Iditarod’s governing body.Seavey said one of the only redeeming parts of what’s unfolded in the last few weeks is the outpouring of support he’s received from fans, peers, and sponsors, none of whom have dropped him at this point.“I have been through some incredibly physically challenging things, but I’ve always done OK on that,” Seavey said. “This is stressful and exhausting on a different level.”last_img read more

2BHK construction to be completed soon

first_imgBorabanda: The Telangana government while unveiling the double bed-room housing scheme has promised dwellers double bedroom flats in the place of huts. Dwellers were requested to vacate the place in 2017. Construction of houses in the Kamala Nagar have still not been completed.”With an objective to develop slum areas into proper colonies, project of double bedroom constructions for dwellers and below poverty line people was started in 2017 in Kamala Nagar, Borabanda. Cost and evacuation related hurdles led to slow speed of work. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Contractors blame on low construction cost designated for the each unit and fixed at Rs1250 per square feet. Solving the disputes internally, pace of constructions has picked up now; it had been slow for a long time. However, by the end of December we shall complete the construction of 210 flats and very soon completed 2BHK units will be handed over to the rightful beneficiaries,” says Krishna, senior revenue officer at Khairatabad. He also urges dwellers not to pay any amount to middle-men for the constructions as government is doing it for free-of-cost. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Speaking about the long wait, a dweller said, “It’s been two-and-a-half years that we are living in these rented sheds, and we still believe that the government stands by us. All we request the official is to consider us with utmost priority and speed up the construction work.” “For two years we have been waiting for the shelter. We are losing business opportunity,” says Chinthaiya, dweller of Kamala Nagar.last_img read more

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received by Venezuelan delegation

first_imgGurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living, was received by a delegation led by President Nicolás MaduroGlobal humanitarian and founder of The Art of Living, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is in Caracas for the second round of meetings with political leaders to find a peaceful and non-violent solution to the ongoing social and political logjam in Venezuela.During his visit, Gurudev was received by a delegation led by President Nicolás Maduro, Vice president Delcy Rodriguez and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. Gurudev also met with Juan Guaido, Venezuelan politician and President of the National Assembly who is recognized by the governments of 60 countries, as well as opposition leader Marina Corina Machado.He urged both sides to resume discussion in a cordial atmosphere. Both sides reassured Gurudev that the dialogue would begin again in the best interests of the nation. Gurudev also requested Maduro to release political prisoners and resume the dialogues at the earliest. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meets opposition leader Marina Corina Machado from Venezuela”We cannot delay finding a solution. The suffering is mounting continuously. I urge all the political leaders to come to the table, talk and resolve the conflict as soon as possible. It is a matter that should be treated with a sense of urgency,” Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar insisted.Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi ShankarGurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a global humanitarian leader and peacemaker. He founded The Art of Living and its sister organization – The International Association for Human Values, that works in special consultative status with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO).The organizations have successfully implemented the multitude of service initiatives and projects which include conflict resolution programs, disaster relief, post-traumatic stress relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all and environmental sustainability with the goals of creating a happy, stress-free, violence-free society where human values are nurtured.Gurudev has inspired specific trauma-relief and meditation programs for at-risk youth, war veterans, prisoners and survivors of natural disasters. He has personally played a prominent role in promoting peace in several long-drawn conflicts in the Middle East, India, Africa, and Latin America.He has been awarded honorary doctorates by 16 universities for his peace-keeping work. He has also received 37 awards from various governments for his humanitarian work. He has been featured on CNN and The New York Times. He contributes to The Huffington Post and has authored more than 40 books.UNESCO named him one of the most outstanding speakers of the century and Forbes ranked Sri Sri as the 5th most powerful person in India.last_img read more

AP Interview Top US Catholic Bishop Plans For Trump Meeting

first_img Share AP Photo/ John L. MoneIn this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston. The top Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S. lauds President Donald Trump for his anti-abortion views, for comments on the importance of Catholic schools and for promising to defend religious liberties.The top Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S. lauds President Donald Trump for his anti-abortion views, for comments on the importance of Catholic schools and for promising to defend religious liberties. When it comes to refugees and immigration, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo says he and Trump will “have to agree to disagree.”In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, DiNardo, the archbishop for Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed concerns about Trump’s now court-stalled executive order blocking immigration from six Muslim-majority nations and about the effects the Trump administration’s immigration policies could have on families.“We have kids in our Catholic schools that are crying during the day,” DiNardo said. “They’re not sure whether their mommy or daddy is going to be home at night when they get back from school. … There’s no reason why that has to happen.”DiNardo in 2007 became the first Catholic cardinal in the Southern United States, an area where Catholicism has flourished as more people have moved there, from both inside and outside the U.S. In his first extended interview since his more than 400 fellow bishops in November elected him to a three-year term as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, DiNardo said the conference has had “quiet initial talks” with the White House to arrange a session between him and Trump.The White House had no comment Wednesday on prospects for a meeting, although such a session would continue a common practice for the head of the bishops’ conference to confer with the U.S. president.“Right now seems to me the administration is still too early,” DiNardo said, but offered no timetable on when would be reasonable for him to speak with Trump. “They’re still working on getting their act together. It’s a massive thing to do to take over a federal administration.”Trump has taken a firm stance on immigration, passing executive orders to tighten border security and restrict refugees and travelers from certain countries. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has credited Trump’s policies and widely publicized arrests of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally for a huge drop in the number of people caught by agents on the U.S.-Mexico border.The bishops’ conference needs to be critical of presidential administrations at times, DiNardo said, adding that it’s essential the bishops remain engaged. He pointed to the conference’s statement critical of Trump’s travel ban.“We’re willing to register that and state that,” he said. “But we always want to be able to work with every administration.”DiNardo, 67, who came to Houston in 2004 as archbishop after more than six years as bishop in Sioux City, Iowa, believes most immigrants and refugees come to the U.S. for economic reasons or to flee violence in their home countries. While he agrees with the Trump administration’s stance that criminals should be deported, he doesn’t want to see immigrant families separated.Churches have been relying on a 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive telling agents to generally avoid “sensitive areas” such as churches, hospitals and schools when conducting deportation actions. Immigration officials said that policy is still in effect, but recent immigration arrests around the U.S., including inside courthouses, are increasing fears.DiNardo says that if immigrations agents were to show up at a church, he would advise priests to consult with legal experts at Catholic Charities.DiNardo believes the rhetoric in the U.S. on hot-button issues including immigration and abortion is too heated.“You’d like to lower the temperature so people will speak to each other too,” he said. “I think that’s a dimension that religious congregations and religious people and I think even religious leadership can bring to the debate.“You don’t have to lose your prophetic stance to clearly state that something’s wrong. If I’m a pro-life person, I respect all persons even when I vigorously disagree. I do not want to end up with name calling.”On other matters, DiNardo has denounced the use of internationally banned chemicals for attacks against Syrians as morally reprehensible and sided with Pope Francis’ call for peace in Syria “through dialogue and reconciliation.” The bishops’ conference favors a political solution to the Syrian civil war with the U.S. working with other governments.He has decried the Palm Sunday bombings by Islamic State suicide bombers that killed at least 45 people in two Egyptian Christian churches as “unspeakable persecution.”In his interview with the AP, he described the state of the Catholic Church in the United States as “good” while acknowledging struggles to attract people who aren’t religious.“Part of it depends on some levels on what part of the country you’re in now,” he said. “In the South and Southwest, we are booming. I’ve dedicated 26 new church buildings in the last 12 years.”In the North and Northeast, meanwhile, the church is consolidating parishes.While churches will be full on Easter, a paltry 22 percent of the nearly 70 million U.S. Catholics regularly attended weekly Mass in 2016, according to a Georgetown University survey.“It is troubling,” DiNardo said. “One of our goals in our priority plans is in fact evangelization, by first starting with us in the church.”last_img read more