first_imgzoom Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) has started preparing for sea trials of its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution involving several large bulk carriers.Being undertaken in co-operation with strategic partners and compatriot ship owner Hisafuku Kisen K.K., the preparatory work will lead to the world’s first installation of an integrated rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented technologies including the EnergySail.Currently underway is a feasibility study involving several large bulk carriers including the Belgrano, Nord Gemini and Bulk Chile. For each ship an estimate of the propulsive power that could be provided by an EnergySail array will be prepared according to the routes they operate on. In addition the total amount of solar power that could be installed on each vessel will be determined.“This is a major step forward towards a more sustainable future for shipping and is expected to result in the wider deployment of EMP’s solutions on ships ranging from coastal cargo vessels to bulk ore carriers and cruise ships,” EMP said.After the feasibility study is completed one ship will be selected for the sea trials phase. During this phase a trial configuration that will incorporate all the elements of Aquarius MRE will be installed and evaluated during a period of around 12 to 18 months.World first deployment of patented rigid sail and solar power system is set to commence during 2018.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. says former CIBC executive Tom Woods has been named permanent chairman of its board of directors.Woods has been serving in the job on an interim basis since Aug. 14.The board of directors at the utility as well as its chief executive resigned earlier this year amid pressure from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government.Woods was among the 10 new directors named in August as replacements for the company’s previous 14-member board.During his career at CIBC, Woods served as chief financial officer, chief risk officer and vice chairman.Hydro One also announced the appointment of Chris Lopez as acting chief financial officer. Lopez was most recently the senior vice-president of finance at the utility.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: The Congress’ move to nominate party veteran Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh seems to have prompted the BJP to revisit its strategy to ward off any eventuality and retain its bastion of the last three decades in the high-stake elections.The BJP’s worry stems from the fact that the Congress had won three out of eight assembly segments in Bhopal constituency in the assembly elections held last year. In remaining five seats, the BJP witnessed a slide in its margin. Bhopal constituency is spread over eight assembly segments, namely Berasia, Bhopal Uttar, Narela, Bhopal Dakshin-Paschhim, Bhopal Madhya, Govindpura, Huzur and Sehore. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has been holding this seat since 1989. Officially, the BJP has dismissed that Digvijaya Singh could pose any challenge to the party in the constituency. However, if a BJP leader to be believed, the party is working on a “plan B” over selection of candidates. According to rumours in political circles, former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan might be in reckoning as a contestant, as Muslim voters in the constituency view him as a moderate saffron leader. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I cannot say anything right now. The BJP’s central leadership will take a call on the candidate,” state BJP president Rakesh Singh told PTI Sunday when he was asked whether Chouhan is in contention. “He (Chouhan) is a former chief minister. The central leadership will decide whether to field him in Lok Sabha polls or not,” the state BJP chief said. He laughed away Digvijaya Singh as a lightweight. “You all consider him a tough candidate. I was just now telling my friend that Singh is going to lose for sure. He is not that figure who can win elections, but he is a face that can vitiate the atmosphere,” he said. The Congress had last won the Bhopal seat in 1984. Announcing Digvijaya Singh’s name Saturday, Chief Minister Kamal Nath said that he had offered Bhopal seat to the former chief minister, who wanted to contest from his home turf Rajgarh. Meanwhile on Sunday, Rakesh Singh, Chouhan and state BJP organisational secretary Suhas Bhagat went into a huddle in Bhopal, a party leader said. The trio discussed about picking a tough contestant against Digvijaya Singh, according to BJP sources. What might have prompted the BJP to visit the drawing board is the outcome of the last assembly elections wherein the saffron party ceded three assembly seats to the Congress. Moreover, four lakh out of total 18 lakh voters in the constituency are Muslims, who generally vote for Congress.last_img read more

first_imgWELLINGTON- A New Zealand woman found murdered with a British companion in Libya was visiting the country at the time of her death, New Zealand’s foreign ministry said Saturday, adding an investigation would be held by Libyan officials.Libyan troops found the bodies on a beach in Mellitah, near the city of Sabratha, on Thursday. They had both been shot.“The exact circumstance of their deaths is not yet clear and will be subject to an investigation by the Libyan authorities,” the foreign ministry statement said. “The deceased New Zealander was normally resident in New Zealand and was visiting Libya.“The family of the New Zealander have requested privacy and asked that no further details be released publicly.”The ministry said it categorises most of Libya as an “extreme risk, due to the significant threat from terrorism and kidnapping and we advise against all travel”.The woman’s British companion was said to have worked for an equipment maintenance company.The Mellitah area houses a major gas complex run by Mellitah Oil and Gas, a joint enterprise of Italy’s ENI and Libya’s state-owned National Oil Company, which exports natural gas to Italy through the Greenstream pipeline.Libya has seen growing unrest since the overthrow of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 and an American teacher was gunned down last month while on his morning jog.last_img read more

Rabat – From November 28-30, Mohamed Methqal, ambassador and general director of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI), was at the head of the Moroccan delegation which participated in the event.Marking the 10th anniversary since its launch, this year’s event aimed to mobilize all stakeholders in promoting  South-South cooperation.Methqal was a panelist at the High-level Forum of Director Generals for Development Cooperation during session four, titled “South-South cooperation: regional perspectives,” on November 30. During his speech, Ambassador Methqal emphasized the pivotal role Morocco plays, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, in the development of South-South cooperation for the benefit of Africa.Methqal said that Morocco made South-South cooperation “a vehicle for the sustainable emergence of Africa.” He also recalled that the promotion of the cooperation has been inscribed in the Moroccan Constitution since 2011.Read also: How Scholarships and Study Grants are Advancing Morocco’s Soft Power in AfricaAmbassador Methqal also presented the different fields of action of the AMCI whose achievements are for the benefit of the African continent as a whole.Based on Morocco’s successful experience in developing South-South cooperation, Methqal outlined some principles that could help strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation at the regional level by partners.The principles include “interest in giving South-South cooperation a privileged place in the foreign policy of countries, the advantage of institutionalizing a network of South-South cooperation actors involving both state and non-state actors at the level of each country.”As part of the expansion of the international network of AMCI partners to promote South-South and triangular cooperation, Methqal held talks with several cooperation officials.He met Angela Ospina De Nicholls, General Director of the Colombian Agency for International Cooperation to develop cooperation programs at the regional level.Read also: Morocco to Help Plan UN South-South Conference in Buenos AiresThe AMCI ambassador general also met representatives of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Islamic Development Bank and representatives of cooperation agencies from Peru, Singapore, and Indonesia to develop triangular cooperation programs.Established in 2008, the first Global South-South Development Expo “seeks to bring together leaders from cooperation agencies of national governments to provide an opportunity for them to exchange views on South-South and triangular cooperation approaches and methodologies.” read more

CALGARY — The closing date of Chinese oil giant CNOOC’s US$15.1-billion takeover of Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen has been extended by 30 days to March 2.Nexen announced Sunday the two companies agreed to extend the deadline as they were still awaiting U.S. regulatory approval.However, it stressed that the closing can only be extended a maximum of 75 business days beyond the original deadline of Jan. 31.The federal government approved the takeover in December. China, Britain and the European Union have also given their go ahead for the agreement.But U.S. approval is needed to complete the deal because Nexen has operations in the Gulf of Mexico.Nexen, meantime, says it will postpone the release of its fourth-quarter and annual results because of the delay.© Thomson Reuters 2013 read more

first_imgWhich? suggested as an alternative London Southend. “Southend is your favourite ‘London’ airport, with five-star customer service and four-star rated queues. The downside? It serves just 30 destinations.”Readers ranked Doncaster Sheffield as the best airport in the UK, with a score of 87 per cent. The 21st busiest airport in Britain (handling 1.3m passengers a year next to London Luton’s 14.6m) was described as “relaxed” and “quiet”. “One passenger even described a bank holiday here as ‘peaceful, with no sense of rush or pressure’,” Which? said.Birmingham beat Manchester for best “second city” airport in the survey, with a score of 61 per cent over 53 per cent (for T2, T1 received 50 per cent and T3 43 per cent).London Heathrow edged Gatwick with scores for T5 at 61 per cent, 57 per cent for T2, 52 per cent for T3 and 52 per cent for T4, while its southern sibling scored 52 per cent for its South terminal and 51 per cent for its North. London Luton from aboveCredit:Geoff Pugh/Geoff Pugh, “Of the 1.7million people who responded to our ongoing customer service tracking, during the first six months of 2017, 75 per cent told us they were happy with their experience, a 5 per cent improvement on the same period last year,” the spokesperson said.The airport also pointed out that it is currently undergoing its largest transformation in history. In June, plans were approved for a rail link to the doors of the terminal, rather than the existing station, a 10-minute shuttle away. London Southend is said to be the nicest airport in “London”Credit:Getty London Luton from above Which? said: “The £110m expansion project [the airport is currently undergoing], which began last year and aims to increase capacity by 50 per cent by 2020, can’t have helped the appallingly low customer satisfaction score of 29 per cent.“But Luton has languished at the bottom of our survey for five years, and building work is no excuse for the one-star staff rating, or lack of sufficient seats, shops or toilets.”In response to this week’s Which? survey, a spokesperson for Luton said the result does not reflect the experience of the majority of its passengers. London Southend is said to be the nicest airport in "London" London Luton has once again found itself at the sticky end of an airport quality survey, with Which? readers ranking the airport at the bottom of the pile.The Bedfordshire airport received the “lowest customer score that this survey has ever seen” in the five years it has been conducted, according to the consumer champions, with just 29 per cent satisfaction. Which? said passengers most often used the words “chaos”, “crowded” and “rip off” to describe the airport. In July London Luton came bottom in another ranking conducted by Cheapflights.co.uk, which polled more than 2,500 travellers.last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEyewitnesses testify in accidental death of city businessmanOctober 19, 2017In “Court”Mother killed in Mandela Ave. accident while searching for missing sonApril 20, 2016In “latest news”Motorcyclist, pedestrian killed in Liliendaal accidentDecember 12, 2016In “Local News” A 45-year-old motorcyclist (and his bird) are now dead after he was slammed into a lantern post at the intersection of Middle and Camp Streets, Georgetown, as a result of an accident between a Toyota Allion and a Toyota Raum. The front of the white Allion was badly damaged and the licence plates had been removedDead is businessman and father of one, Derek Mangal of lot 779 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.Based on information received, the accident occurred around 07:30hrs on Monday while the now dead man was stationary on his motorcycle, CF 4958, at Middle Street, Georgetown, waiting on the traffic lights to allow him to continue traveling east.Inews understands that the white Toyota Allion, which was being driven by a female, was travelling from east to west on Middle Street, while a “two toned brown” Toyota Raum, being driven by a male, was heading North on Camp Street.Mangal’s motorcycleAn eyewitness recalled that the Toyota Allion ran the traffic light and collided into the right rear of the Toyota Raum resulting in it slamming into Mangal, pinning him to a lantern post.The eyewitness relayed that he rushed the visibly injured man to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.At the accident scene, the front of the white Allion was badly damaged and the licence plates had been removed.The damaged motorcycle belonging to Mangal was parked in the compound of Brickdam Police Station, while the Raum was nowhere to be found. Upon inquiring, Inews was told that the police had questioned the driver and he was subsequently released.Relatives of Mangal described him as a peaceful and jovial individual who operated a store in the Multiplex Mall.They told reporters that Mangal would routinely “drive out” his bird just before he opened his store in the mornings.His bird cage was reportedly found at the scene of the accident, with the bird dead.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) read more

first_imgOne of the articles appearing in IM‘s October issue looks at deeper open pits, and slope monitoring in particular. Micro-seismic monitoring of open-pit slopes can record and quantify detectable signatures of fracturing, located in 3D space, ISS International reports. ISS says the potential benefits of micro-seismic monitoring of slope stability include:1. Micro-seismic activity of the slope as a whole, when taken as a proxy for macroscopic slope stability, yields a useful indication of when particular mining activities are affecting slope stability, and by how much2. Micro-seismic monitoring can give an indication whether a particular known geological structure is seismologically active or not. If many seismic events occur on or near the structure, then it is likely that the structure is slipping. Indeed, planes of weakness defined by seismic events may indicate previously unknown geological structures that may be confirmed by other geotechnical means3. From the seismic event locations and sizes, it is possible to infer relative surface movements resulting from this microseismicity. Surface movement is also recorded by conventional surveying of prisms. Comparisons between these two forms of data has revealed that the seismic data may be able to indicate regions of surface movement 30-45 days before these movements are seen on the surface. This delay would depend on rock properties and the locations of the seismic events.“The usefulness of micro-seismic monitoring stems from the fact that cracks are located wherever they occur, and so a 3D picture of the rock mass is obtained unlike the 2D picture obtained with conventional surface monitoring. It is not so much a short-term slope-failure warning technique (like a trip wire), but rather a system for longer term understanding of where rock weaknesses are occurring.”Modern micro-seismic arrays are installed behind specific slopes in long inclined holes. The holes are either drilled from access points on the slope (ramps or berms) or, if necessary, from outside the pit. The design of the array must result in a 3D spread of seismic sensors around the volume of rock that is of interest.For seismic data processing and interpretation, the seismograms of every seismic event that triggers multiple stations are transmitted to the seismic controller and recorded on a user-specific computer on the Local Area Network (LAN). The seismic data is regularly transferred to ISS’s offices. Here the seismic data is processed and quality controlled according to ISO 9001 procedures. The seismic data is then analysed and a standard report and Jdi project regularly submitted to the mine geotechnical engineer. In this way all seismological tasks are accomplished off-site leaving the geotechnical engineer free to do his job.Jdi is ISS’s package for advanced visualisation and analysis in the Microsoft Windows and Linux environment. Jdi was originally developed as a tool to facilitate the integration of modelled and seismic data but has grown to incorporate many features which are more generally applicable.SoftRock Solutions is another specialist in slope monitoring and recently successfully completed trials of the new Trimble S8 super fast monitoring instrument and reports that “this instrument has a long range capability which will take over from our estimed Geodimeter ATS.“Trimble FineLockTM technology is a smart tracker sensor with a narrow field of view. A Trimble S8 Total Station equipped with FineLock technology will detect a target without interference from surrounding prisms, achieving more reliable accuracy and greater density of mounted targets. FineLock technology is also offered as a Long-Range FineLock option reaching up to 2,500 m with 1 cm accuracy.“The Trimble S8 Total Station is built on Trimble’s most advanced total station platform It offers 1” angular accuracy and EDM precision of 1 mm + 1 ppm, plus the best features available from technology today to ensure unsurpassed efficiency, productivity, and profitability.“Trimble MagDriveTM servo technology: Survey or monitor targets up to 40% faster. Frictionless motion reduces wear and tear for worry-free 24/7 operation and less maintenance Silent movement ensures unobtrusive operation in urban or residential settings“Trimble MultiTrackTM technology: Choose between passive and active tracking. The Trimble MultiTrack Target ensures you always find and lock to the correct target fast. Nearby reflective surfaces, including other prisms, will not disrupt jobs.”last_img read more

first_imgState mining company Coldelco’s nearly $3 billion Ministro Hales copper-silver mine is expected to add 300,000 kg of silver to the existing silver output from the rest of Codelco’s operations in Chile, making it a major world silver producer. The company, the world’s No. 1 copper producer and owner of over 11% of the world’s copper reserves, expects to start operations at mine early next year, reaching full production during the first half. According to Codelco, the mine will add 180,000 t to global copper supply next year, helping to counteract declining ore grades in the company’s other mines.CEO Thomas Keller says Codelco expects its 2013 output to come in slightly ahead of last year, when it produced some 1.65 Mt, not including the El Abra and Anglo American Sur operations.Finning International’s South American operation has been awarded a contract valued at $190 million with Codelco. Under this contract, Finning will supply 10 Caterpillar 797F trucks to Ministro Hales mine in Calama. Finning will begin delivering this equipment in 2013. In addition, Finning has been awarded a ten-year maintenance services contract for the trucks. The equipment will complement Ministro Hales’ existing Caterpillar fleet.“We are extremely pleased to build on our relationship with Codelco to further support the Ministro Hales project,” said Marcello Marchese , President of Finning South America. “The mining sector continues to represent a great long-term opportunity for Finning.”Finning International is the world’s largest Caterpillar equipment dealer.last_img read more

← Previous Story FC Barcelona Lassa win ASOBAL Cup 2015 Next Story → Goran Perkovac last chance for TUS Lubbecke Ukrainian right back Sergiy Onufrienko (30) will leave PSG Handball in direction Aix (PAUC). Ambitious French team has always some surprising transfers like it was with Nikola and Luka Karabatić, but also Jerome Fernandez. The powerful lefthander will join his new team-mates in summer 2016 with two years contract in his bag, but also possibility to prolong on one season more.Onufrienko made the name in European handball with good performance in Ukrainian TOP team HC Motor Zaporozhye. PSG HandballSergiy Onufrienko read more

first_imgIN THIS SERIES, TheJournal.ie takes a look at an urban myth, old wives’ tale, or something that your mammy told you years ago to see if there’s any truth in it.A bee sting is rarely, if ever, desirable.It’s a pretty unpleasant and painful inconvenience, and in some cases can even lead to fatal allergic reactions.However, the common belief is that bees die after stinging, so most victims find it in their hearts to forgive the bee, who in a desperate attempt to defend their honey has sacrificed their own life.But do they die, or are they actually gleefully whizzing off to sting another day?Honey bees defend their honeyFirstly, the three different kinds of bee we have in Ireland all have different attitudes towards stinging.Honey bees are the most likely to sting as they have to protect their large stores of honey. Bumblebees and solitary bees don’t, and so have to be in a pretty bad mood to want to defend themselves.The honey bee is the only one which will probably die after it stings you, and even then there’s a chance they can survive. A honey bee (Image: Orangeaurochs via Flickr/Creative Commons)Stuart Hayes of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations explained to TheJournal.ie that there is a physical difference between the stinger of the honeybee, bumblebee, and solitary bee.“The stinger of a bumblebee is similar to that of a wasp. It can inject the poison into you, and be retracted out. It’s similar to how a snake would inject venom into its prey”.The same goes for solitary bees, who will not die after stinging, but the honey bee isn’t so lucky.“The sting of a honey bee is barbed, which hooks into your skin,” he explained, “If left alone, it might be able to wiggle its way out, but generally people aren’t keen are letting that happen. Swatting the bee away often results in its stinging sac being pulled from its body, which leads to the bee’s death”.The stinging sac can then continue pumping venom into your skin for a limited time.And if you are unlucky to have been stung? Stuart recommends using a credit card or long fingernail to lever the sting gentle out of  your skin.Pinching the wound may cause poison to be injected further.Is there a myth you’d like debunked? Email nicky@thejournal.ieDebunked: Do you really eat a dozen spiders in your sleep every year? >More: ‘Positive results’ in bee sting therapy for cancer patients >last_img read more

first_imgOnline privacy has taken a major hit in recent months mainly due to the information revealed by Edward Snowden. The NSA is monitoring all of your online communication, has its hands in all your data, and protecting yourself against such monitoring has become a “thing.”So with the introduction of the fingerprint scanner in the form of the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S, some have inevitably asked the question of whether using it means the NSA will get your fingerprint on file? According to Apple, no one will be able to access your fingerprint because it is only ever stored on the phone, and only ever as encrypted data, not an actual image of your fingerprint. However, that hasn’t stopped the folks at 9gag using this as an opportunity to create a fake new accessory for your iPhone 5S.We present to you the Fingerprint scanner protection sticker. Available in 4 colors, including a special red edition, it is a sticker that sits over the iPhone 5S Home button. By attaching this non-existent sticker to your iPhone, the Touch ID sensor is blocked and no fingerprint scan can be taken so you are “safe” from prying government agencies.The fake advert promises “100% opaque high quality protection” and even has a design on the front to make it look like the old iPhone 5 and new iPhone 5C Home button instead.Would this sticker sell if real? Probably. Although the readership of this site is tech savvy enough to realize how ridiculous this is, the iPhone-owning general public is very large, and a subset of it would believe the Touch ID sensor is a threat and jump at the chance to cover it up for protection. 9gag had the idea, someone just needs to turn it into a real product and try selling it now.last_img read more

first_img 15,773 Views Read: Changing careers 101 – Figure out where you want to goRead: 10,000 vacant homes plus a tax incentive could solve two huge problems in Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL By Fora Staff 28 Comments Image: Ervins Strauhmanis Image: Ervins Strauhmanis Take me to Foracenter_img ALMOST THREE-QUARTERS of Irish companies are planning to award pay rises next year, a new study has found.That is according to employers group Ibec, which polled just under 400 of its members. It found that 71% of companies plan to increase basic pay in 2017. The median pay increase is set to be 2%, similar to levels reported over the last three years.This year the business group expects just under two-thirds of companies to award pay increases, a figure revised downwards from 71% at the start of the year and 69% in April. Pay awards in 2016 remained relatively modest, with a median increase of 2.2%.Increases in basic pay and total pay bill is most likely in companies in the high-tech sector and in larger companies. 88% of high-tech manufacturing firms plan to increase basic pay in 2017.Conversely, increases in basic pay and total pay bill are least likely in SMEs, as just three-fifths of companies with less than 50 employees plan to increase their employee’s basic pay in 2017.Two-fifths of companies surveyed plan to increase staff numbers in 2017. Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 6:10 AM No companies polled cut wages in 2016 Source: IbecCompanies classed as “high-tech manufacturing” were found to be most likely to award pay rises, with four-fifths planning to increase their staff’s basic income.On the other hand people working in the services sector are much less likely to be greeted by a bolstered pay packet in the new year, as just 55% of companies in that industry are planning to increase pay.Positive trendsIbec said that a “significant number of companies still cannot afford pay rises” but said that, due to low inflation, “the economy as a whole is going through a period of strong real wage growth”.The business group’s director of employer relations, Maeve McElwee, said that most workers “will see positive economic trends reflected in their pay packets next year”.However, she added:“We must not lose the hard fought competitive gains of recent years. We’re heading firmly in the right direction, and unemployment is likely to fall below 8% this year. The focus must remain on job creation, especially given the heightened uncertainty that Brexit and currency pressures present.“Most companies are in a position to award modest pay rises, but not all are growing at the same rate and some parts of the country are lagging behind. This needs to be reflected in wage expectations.”Some 29% of respondents expect basic pay rates to stay the same in 2017. Some 392 companies were polled for the study. Of those, three quarters employed 249 people or less. Roughly 15% had between 250 and 499 employees, while the rest of the respondents had more than 500 staff.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie http://jrnl.ie/3048052 Oct 27th 2016, 6:10 AM Share30 Tweet Email2 Good news for Irish workers as most companies plan pay hikes in 2017 Just under three quarters of businesses expect to pay their staff more next year.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Festival Hellenika celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011 with a packed program of activities.Presented by the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month Inc., the festival highlights the artistically rich culture of Greece and of the Greek community in South Australia. The events that are part of Festival Hellenika encourage the diversity and strong historical background and ties Greek-Australians have with Greece. The festival kicks off in March and runs for the next two months. Some highlights include: Under an Athens moon – a selection of the finest melodic and romantic songs by Greek composers and influenced by the bright Athenian moon; a musical workshop titled The role of percussion in Greek music; and the classical Greek columns walk, guided by Spiros Sarris, President of the SA friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute of Athens.last_img read more

first_imgNearly 2,000 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, most of them in the past three months as they tried to reach Europe from Libya, the United Nations refugee agency said.“In all, we believe that 1,889 people have perished this year while making such journeys, 1,600 of them since the start of June,» UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing.Earlier, the Italian navy said it had rescued 364 would-be migrants in a two-day effort after their crowded fishing boat sank off Libya. The bodies of 24 who had drowned were recovered.Violent political turmoil in Libya – which has long been a major departure point for people trying to reach Europe by sea – has exacerbated the problem, the Geneva-based agency said.Libya’s worsening security situation «has fostered the growth of people-smuggling operations, but also prompted refugees and migrants living there to decide to risk the sea rather than stay in a conflict zone,” the UNHCR said.The UNHCR death toll includes more than 300 people who died in three separate incidents since Aug. 22 when boats capsized off the Libyan coast.A total of 124,380 boat people – largely fleeing war, violence and persecution, the agency says – have landed in Europe since January, many after being rescued by an Italian navy and coast guard operation dubbed «Mare Nostrum», or “Our Sea”.Italy now hosts over 108,000 boat people, far more than any country in the region. Greece has nearly 15,000 either rescued or picked up on its sea borders, while some 1,800 are in Spain and over 300 in Malta.Some 14,000 who reached Italy in the first seven months of the year are under 18 and 8,600 of them travelled alone or were separated from their families on the way, the UNHCR said.The figures show a strong surge in migrant traffic – and deaths – over the last three years. While some 1,500 died in 2011, in 2012 that number fell to 500, and last year it was just over 600 – all three for the full 12 months.Migrants who reached Europe by sea numbered some 69,000 in 2011, 22,500 in 2012 and 60,000 last year, the U.N. agency said.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 16th 2017: He is the last man to officially take the oath in the new Dr Hubert Minnis led cabinet, Desmond Bannister.Hailed to be the new Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister was not seen at the swearing in ceremony held for new ministers. His absence as a result, has sparked speculation and rumours on social media, that he has been hospitalised in the United States as of Saturday.However, Cabinet in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon following its first official meeting that “Mr. Bannister indicated at that time that he had some prearranged commitments outside The Bahamas and requested to be sworn in at a later date. He assured the Prime Minister that he would be returning to The Bahamas during this week and is expected to be sworn in at the earliest opportunity”.The statement goes on to say that “Mr. Bannister had an audience with the Prime Minister on Sunday, which time he accepted the appointment of Minister of Works”.Bannister is also the newly elected Member of Parliament for Carmichael.#MagneticMediaNews#DesmondBannisterMIAFromSwearingIn#FNMCabinet Related Items:#DesmondBannisterMIAFromSwearingIn, #FNMCabinet, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

first_imgThe closure of the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery and the Central District drift gillnet fisheryis being implemented to reduce the harvest of Kenai River sockeye salmon. Brian Marston DF&G: “The current Kenai River sockeye salmon cumulative passage estimate of 453,000 fish is approximately 50% of the minimum inriver (sonar) goal of 900,000 fish. Based on this passage estimate, even late run-timing models project that the minimum inriver goal is not likely to be achieved without a significant reduction in the harvest of this stock.” The DF&G announced the closure to all commercial salmon fishing with set gillnets in the entire Upper Subdistrict from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., today. In addition they’ve also closed drift gillnetting in the Central District of Upper Cook Inlet from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., today. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game has announced the closure for all commercial fishing in the Upper Cook Inlet for today.last_img read more

first_img 40 Photos Kia HabaNiro is one spicy concept • See All Post a comment New York Auto Show 2019 Kia 2020 Kia Soul EV first drive: More style, more range, more fun Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Review • 2019 Kia Niro review: A frugal and functional hybrid crossover Tags May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of Kia’s latest concept, the HabaNiro, sure is an unconventional show car. It exemplifies a lot of the trends we’re seeing in new concept cars, but Kia’s butterfly-doored EV is still a unique machine.Kia on Wednesday unveiled the HabaNiro concept at the New York Auto Show. While it fits within the physical dimensions of a compact crossover, Kia is insistent that this concept busts beyond those three mere dimensions with a raft of technologies meant to make life easier as the industry moves into electrification and automation. Let’s talk about the style before we dig into the tech. While the HabaNiro concept carries the same name (or part of it, at least) as an actual production vehicle, the two are only alike in general silhouette. The HabaNiro ramps up, well, just about everything. The front end keeps the lights low, allowing for a full clamshell hood with a set of aluminum “teeth” in the slit just underneath. It looks rugged too, thanks to chunky tires, an approach-friendly front bumper and front-wheel-arch cladding that blends into the rest of the bodywork. And then there’s the doors — all four of them have butterfly-type hinges for far easier getting in and out than most people will ever need.Enlarge ImageButterfly-hinge all the doors! Steven Pham/Roadshow Inside, Kia keeps things interesting by way of a red interior, fabric-trimmed front seats, ambient light in the floor and a complete lack of traditional screens and buttons. This is where all that newfangled tech comes into play. The entire windshield acts as a head-up display. It’s manipulated by way of a touchpad in the instrument panel. Occupants can swipe things up to the HUD like they might move icons on a desktop screen. When the vehicle is operating autonomously — of course it’s capable of that — the windshield can double as a massive entertainment system. The steering wheel and instrument panel retract in autonomous mode, as well, to offer up a bit more interior volume.Things get even weirder from here. The HabaNiro concept has an eye-tracking system that can tell when the driver is looking where the rearview mirror would normally be. But there’s no mirror there — instead, the system notices the driver’s intent and slaps a rearward view right on the windshield display. The eye-tracking is part of a system that Kia calls the Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (READ) system, which Kia showed off with MIT at this year’s CES. It’s capable (in theory) of monitoring a person’s emotional state and tailoring the interior to suit.Underneath the body is an electric powertrain that places a single electric motor at each axle, enabling all-wheel drive. It has an estimated range of 300-plus miles, but to be honest, the EV powertrain is probably the least exciting thing about this concept. It hits all the notes a concept car should in 2019 — it looks crazy, it has weird doors, it puts lights in places you wouldn’t expect and it’s loaded with tech that sounds like it was ripped straight out of a science fiction book.  Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V More From Roadshow Kia Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Originally published April 17 at 1 p.m. ET.Update, 4:18 p.m. ET: Adds new photos from the show floor. 0 Share your voice reading • Kia HabaNiro is an electric, autonomous New York Auto Show concept More about 2019 Kia Niro 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Concept Cars Autonomous Vehicles Electric Cars Crossovers Auto Tech New York Auto Show 2019last_img read more

first_imgA boatman drowned after his boat capsized in the Surma river in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj district early Monday.The deceased is Raju Ahmed, 17, son of a certain Aftab Uddin hailing from Rajanpur in Dohalia union of Doarabazar upazila of the district, reports UNB.Police said Raju was sleeping when the boat capsized and he went missing since.Later, a diving team of Chhatak fire service recovered his body around 11:00am.The body was sent to morgue for autopsy.last_img