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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: TOP Ships Athens-based tanker owner and operator TOP Ships has taken delivery of its newbuilding product/chemical tanker M/T Eco Palm Springs.The 50% owned vessel was handed over to the company on May 23, 2018.Featuring 49,703 dwt, M/T Eco Palm Springs was constructed at the Vietnamese shipyard Hyundai Mipo Vinashin.With a length of 183 meters and a beam of 32.2 meters, the tanker has a value of USD 33.7 million, according to VesselsValue.The unit commenced its three-year time charter employment with Singapore’s Clearlake Shipping on May 26, 2018. The company has two further options for one-year charter extensions, according to TOP Ships.last_img


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean/Symphony of the Seas under construction at STX France The European Commission is to examine Fincantieri’s proposed acquisition of French shipbuilding company Chantiers de l’Atlantique.The transaction is to be reviewed in the light of the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission said, adding that it considers that the acquisition “could harm competition at European and global level.”Namely, the proposed acquisition does not reach the turnover thresholds set by the EU Merger Regulation for transactions notifiable to the European Commission because of their European dimension, the authority explained. However, the plan was notified for authorisation in France and Germany.France submitted a referral request pursuant to Article 22(1) of the EU Merger Regulation. This provision allows Member States to request that the Commission examine a concentration that does not have an EU dimension but affects trade within the single market and threatens to significantly affect competition within the territory of the Member States making the request. Germany joined the referral request submitted by France.On the basis of the information provided by France and Germany, the Commission considers that the transaction “could significantly harm competition in shipbuilding, in particular in the global cruise ship market.”The Commission also concluded that it was best placed to examine the potential cross-border effects of the transaction. Therefore the acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Fincantieri will be fully examined.When approached by World Maritime News, Fincantieri said that it does not comment the European Commission’s decision to start an investigation into the matter. Reuters earlier cited Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, as saying that he was surprised by the move.Aside from Italian shipyards, Germany has the largest facilities in Europe for the construction of cruise ships.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced The Tragically Hip Radio – the iconic band’s one and only official channel – live now online and on the SiriusXM app.The Tragically Hip Radio now available exclusively on SiriusXM (CNW Group/Sirius XM Canada Inc.)The new channel, available via SiriusXM Streaming, will feature curated music from across The Tragically Hip’s vast catalogue and will celebrate the band’s musical legacy. Listeners will also have exclusive access to never-been-aired live recordings from the band’s personal vault; archived interviews and track-by-track sit downs with Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair; solo work from all members; plus the band will host and program specialty shows from their iconic Bathouse Studios. The channel will also feature hosted programs with and music from other prominent artists who have been influenced by the band. “The Tragically Hip’s place in history as one of the most influential and important Canadian bands ever cannot be disputed,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “We are so excited to work with the band and give our subscribers access to their incredible catalogue and exclusive content that they cannot access anywhere else.”SiriusXM’s The Tragically Hip Radio is live now on channel 757. SiriusXM subscribers can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to siriusxm.ca/plans/essential to sign up and get access to the channel now.Fans can join the conversation online now and share their favourite The Tragically Hip songs, memories and more using #TheHipRadio.The Tragically Hip Radio is an example of SiriusXM music channels created with iconic and leading artists including The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Eminem, LL COOL J, Elvis Presley and more.For more information on SiriusXM Canada, please visit siriusxm.ca.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers ad-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on Youtube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. “It’s an honour to be asked to stand in the same light as some of our heroes,” said the band. “We are thrilled to be a part of the programing and development of The Tragically Hip Radio on SiriusXM.” Gord Downie performs at WE Day in Toronto on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) said it is moving to “purify” its balance sheet by reducing its exposure to medical cannabis in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, as it undergoes a delisting review by the group which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld said Monday that it continues to be in discussions with TMX Group, Canada’s biggest exchange operator, which recently warned that companies that operate in states where pot is legal are not in compliance with TSX listing requirements.Neufeld said Aphria plans to submit a brief, including documentation and legal opinions, to the TMX group on its stance before the holiday season as the review wraps by the end of the year. However, he said the Leamington, Ont.-based producer is also moving to reduce its U.S. exposure.“We are trying to endeavour as best as possible, as expeditiously as possible, to divest from Aphria any direct involvement in any medical cannabis that we have in the U.S.,” Neufeld said in an interview.In October, the TMX Group issued a notice cracking down on cross-border marijuana companies with business activities in the U.S. While some states have legalized pot to varying degrees and conditions, under U.S. federal law it remains illegal to cultivate, distribute or possess marijuana.In turn, Canadian marijuana companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the smaller Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.However, Aphria in April announced the launch of its U.S. expansion strategy through a strategic investment in an entity that was renamed Liberty Health Sciences Inc. Aphria’s first foray into the U.S. market was in 2016 with an investment in a medical marijuana producer in Arizona called Copperstate Farms, LLC.Neufeld said Monday Aphria is looking to shift its direct stake in Copperstate Farms into Liberty Health Sciences, thereby making it an indirect investment and “purify some of the balance sheet.”Aphria began exploring this option three months ago, and made its request and presentation to Copperstate’s board last month, Neufeld said.However, the company’s request remains subject to a six-month hold agreement that the Arizona-based producer has with its shareholders regarding requests involving any capital transaction, added Neufeld. Aphria has also moved to reduce of its shares in Delaware-based cannabis technology platform MassRoots in recent months.“We’re going to try to purify as much as possible,” said Neufeld. “As long as the Aphria shareholders are not damaged in any which way.”Another option, if that doesn’t satisfy the TMX Group’s requirements, is to hive off Aphria’s U.S. interests into a separate entity and list it on the CSE, but Neufeld said that would be the “last step” as it wants to remain on the TSX.last_img read more


first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday asked the Congress where were the well-wishers of farmers during 2012-17 when they faced starvation. The chief minister posed the query shortly after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched a blistering attack on the UP government over alleged unpaid dues to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore to sugarcane farmers. “When our government was formed, the pending cane dues were around Rs 57,800 crore. The amount was bigger than the budgets of many states. But we paid it,” asserted Adityanath. “In the previous regimes of the SP and BSP, nothing was done for the sugarcane farmers, (and) as a result, they died of starvation (bhukhmari),” he added. Earlier during the day, Priyanka Gandhi had attacked the state government over the alleged unpaid dues of sugarcane farmers, claiming in a tweet that ‘chowkidars’ (watchmen) were only working for the rich, not for the poor. The UP chief minister struck back and asked, “Where were the so-called well-wishers of the farmers from 2012 to 2017, when the farmers were on the brink of starvation. Why have they woken up from their slumber now?” Seeking to put the records straight, he said, “The sugarcane cultivation area in the state has increased by 22 per cent to 28 lakh hectare, and a number of closed sugar mills have been restarted. The farmers are happy (khushaal) now.” Sharing a media report on Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi had claimed that dues of sugarcane farmers had crossed Rs 10,000 crore in the state. “The families of sugarcane farmers toil day and night but the Uttar Pradesh government does not even take the responsibility of paying their dues,” she had said. “Rs 10,000 crore of farmers’ dues means everything, including their children’s education, food, health, and the next produce comes to a standstill. These chowkidars only work for the rich and do not care about the poor,” she had claimed. Priyanka Gandhi was recently appointed the Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more


Rabat – Thanks to the hard work and determination of motorcycle enthusiast, Dalila Mosbah, Marrakech has become home to the region’s first female motorcycle club, Miss Moto Maroc.Dalila Mosbah has been in love with motorbikes since she was a teenager and a sports enthusiast, having competed in 25 international marathons. She found traditional motorcycle clubs in Morocco too macho and that is when the idea of forming her own club first came to her.So Mosbah founded the Miss Moto Maroc motorcycle organization, the first of it’s kind strictly for female bike enthusiasts, in Marrakech, or for that matter, the entire region. Inspired by similar clubs in American and Europe, Mosbah launched her club on December 18, 2011. In a video posted on Facebook, Mosbah describes herself as an active woman and says, “I have organized many rallies. I’ve been in love with motorbikes since my teens.” Every year she gathers the members to celebrate women bikers and motorcycle fans worldwide.The organization has earned its fair share of respect from male riders. Said Abon Saidi, from Oman, is happy to speak of his admiration for Mosbah and her organization. “When we see women in Morocco riding motorcycles, this confirms that women not only ride bikes but are great rally organizers.Mosbah happily agrees; “They rise to the challenge. When we ride we’re like men. Ok, we can never be exactly like men but, we can compete with them.” For her, the Miss Moto Maroc women are “very courageous.”They are also very generous. Beyond the camaraderie and rallies are the numerous charitable efforts they are involved with year-round. Personifying courage, enthusiasm and solidarity, the women of Miss Moto Maroc deliver assistance to Morocco’s poor and destitute whenever they encounter them in their travels across the country.The organization is turning out to be a creative way to promote Morocco abroad through the exchange of culture. For Mosbah, however, it will always be a labour of love and of passion. read more


13 August 2007The United Nations today called for increased steps to protect civilians in Afghanistan as conflict and insecurity continue to affect thousands of people, with the number of those killed doubling from 2005 to 2006 and resurgent fighting in the south driving 80,000 others from their homes during the same period. The United Nations today called for increased steps to protect civilians in Afghanistan as conflict and insecurity continue to affect thousands of people, with the number of those killed doubling from 2005 to 2006 and resurgent fighting in the south driving 80,000 others from their homes during the same period.“The safety of the Afghan people must be our first priority,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Tom Koenigs told the opening session of a three-day workshop in Kabul, the capital, focused on the “Protection of Civilians in Afghanistan.” “It is civilians who continue to bear the brunt of insecurity and conflict in Afghanistan. We all have a responsibility to redouble our efforts to ensure the safety and welfare of Afghanistan’s people,” he said. Lack of security has rendered much of the southern region inaccessible for the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and largely prohibits the access needed for the investigation of deaths and injuries of those caught up in the conflict. The workshop brings together over 80 representatives from all sectors, including the Government, the Afghan armed forces and police, the International Security Assistance Force, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UN agencies, key donors, the International Committee of the Red Cross and national and international non-governmental organizations. Academic institutions and Afghan civil society, including community and religious leaders, are also taking part. “We want the recommendations emerging from this workshop to lay the foundation for developing a strong and effective protection framework for civilians across Afghanistan,” Mr. Koenigs said. “We want to maintain the momentum of this workshop, and gear ourselves to adapt in the best possible way to ensure conflict prevention and the safety of people.” read more


25 June 2009Although agricultural production has increased this year, with the maize crop to have more than doubled, high food insecurity persists in Zimbabwe, according to a new report released jointly by the United Nations food and agriculture agencies. This year’s abundant rainfall has resulted in the amount of maize harvested – 1.14 metric tonnes – recording a 130 per cent increase over 2008.But the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) study warned that this winter’s wheat harvest is only expected to yield 12,000 tonnes, the lowest ever, due to the high cost of fertilizers and seeds, farmers’ lack of funds and the unreliable electricity supply for irrigation.The Zimbabwean Government’s liberalization of most of the economy’s sectors, with the adoption of the United States dollar and the South African rand as legal currencies, has brought the annual inflation rate down to zero from its high last year, estimated by the World Bank to be 56 million per cent.In addition, grain market reform has led to the free movement of grain, which has now filled shops at a lower price.But for many households without access to foreign currency, food remains out of reach, the agencies cautioned.Despite this year’s bountiful maize crop, “having depleted their food stocks and sold livestock and other assets to cope with the effects of recent crises, many rural households are still struggling to survive,” said WFP’s Jan Delbaere, who co-led the UN mission early last month which produced the new report.According to the report, some 2.8 million Zimbabweans will need food assistance between April 2009 and March 2010. Only 1.4 million tonnes of the more than 2 million tonnes of cereal needed will be produced domestically this year.The agencies recommend that the Government and the international community provide fertilizer and seed to help farmers, noting that for Zimbabwe’s food production to become sustainable, the country will need to re-establish its domestic seed industry, promote conservation agriculture and rehabilitate its irrigation facilities. read more


Construction work on the first feeding centre near the town of Mandera is set to begin Wednesday and is expected to be completed within a week, a UNHCR spokesman said in Geneva. The first centre will cater to refugees at a nearby, makeshift camp – which hosts up to 5,000 Somali refugees – along the volatile Kenya-Somalia border area. The other two centres, to be set up in Mandera itself, will meet the supplementary feeding needs of the local population and refugees living with family and friends.Health workers have reported that the number of severely malnourished children in Mandera Hospital had risen to 147 by the end of last week, some 40 per cent of them refugees, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said. At Border Point 1, some 800 of the 2,000 children there were moderately malnourished while 400 pregnant or lactating mothers were in urgent need of supplementary feeding. Yesterday, the UN agency flew in more than a ton of medical supplies to support the local hospital.According to Mr. Janowski, relief agencies have been unable to distribute aid to refugees at the temporary Border Point 1 encampment due to its close proximity to the border and the fear of attacks by armed militia from across the border, a mere 500 metres away.”The Kenyan Government is yet to authorize the transfer of the refugees to safer locations inside the country, despite weeks of negotiations with UNHCR,” Mr. Janowski said, adding that a relocation convoy organized last week to move the first group of 150 refugees to a refugee camp some 500 kilometres further south was called off after the government failed to give the final green light.”UNHCR is still pressing for government authorization to either move the refugees to a more secure location in the Mandera area or to existing refugee camps in Dadaab,” he said. read more


first_imgAnd 18 per cent of surgeries closed by 3pm at least one day a week – even though three quarters of these were receiving extra funds to improve patient access, the report said.The NAO report said patients at practices with shorter opening hours had higher rates of A&E attendances, and higher mortality levels. Demand on emergency services is risingCredit:Andrew Fox Yesterday the NAO report suggested the plans could still leave a shortfall of almost 2,000 doctors.And the Royal College of GPs estimates a shortfall of almost 10,000 doctors, based on recent retirement rates.Last month the head of the RCGP warned that patients were being placed at increasing risk by waits of up to one month to see a GP amid winter pressures.The NAO report yesterday said short opening hours among practices were associated with higher rates of A&E attendances, and higher death rates. The NAO report on Wednesday called for more to be done to improve access to family doctors.In total, 46 per cent of practices found to be closed at some point during the “core hours” of 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. It comes amid a deepening crisis across A&E departments.Earlier this week:New figures revealed record casualty attendances and a doubling in the number of patients left to wait on trolleys for at least 12 hours;Senior doctors warned that lives were at risk as overstretched hospitals become “paralysed by spiralling demand”Jeremy Hunt said the situation had become “unacceptable and extremely distressing” in too many hospitals;The Royal College of Emergency Medicine said four in ten A&Es have now reached dangerous levels of overcrowding. A five year forward view by NHS England, which is led by Simon Stevens, promises 5000 more GPs by 2020 Credit:PA  Simon Stevens MPs said that practices needed to “get the basics right”Credit:PA Health officials are currently advertising 25 posts, around half of which have been filled, Pulse magazine disclosed.NHS England plans to roll out the Lincolnshire scheme more widely to meet the Government’s target of 500 GPs from overseas.Dr Kieran Sharrock, medical director at Lincolnshire local medical committee, said the scheme has been “really successful” and has appointed 13 GPs so far – from Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Greece and Spain – with “more interviews in the next few weeks”.Under the scheme, doctors from countries all over Europe will be able to come to Britain after undergoing 12 weeks of paid training at a campus in Poland.The induction programme will provide medics with English language lessons and teach doctors about the culture of the NHS.The first round of recruits are due to start training next week, in order to start work in England from April, with the next wave due to start training within three months.Dr Sharrock said practices had agreed the pay rates “based upon local average salaried GP salary” with “increases annually to encourage the GPs to stay in the scheme”.The average family doctor in England earns around £100,000 annually, but the majority of those receiving six-figure earnings are GP partners, with several years’ experience.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “These really do sound like desperate measures. It is horrifying to think of all the money we have spent training doctors who have left to work in New Zealand and Australia, only for us to have to trawl abroad to find GPs.”“Patients need a GP who can chat to them about their concerns, not someone who has just finished an English language course,” she added.“I fid it terrifying that we have reached this crisis point, with so many people flooding into A&E because they can’t see a GP. I do feel the NHS has taken a wrong turn in letting things get so bad.”The plan is an attempt to attract doctors ahead of restrictions that could arise from Brexit.The overseas recruitment drive appears at odds with the Government’s plan for the NHS to become less reliant on foreign doctors and in the long-term “self-sufficient” in producing medical staff.However, NHS England has since confirmed that it is looking to expand on the Lincolnshire scheme and push on with plans to recruit 500 doctors from Europe, as part of plans to recruit 5,000 more GPs by 2020.The area has one of the biggest shortfalls in GPs anywhere in England. ambulance On average, practices open for less than 45 hours a week had eight per cent higher rates of A&E attendances than those which were open longer.MPs warned of a lottery in care, with just one quarter of areas offering a full day service Monday to Friday. NHS England has promised to recruit 500 GPs from overseas by 2020Credit:PA  doctor  GP 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. Patients need a GP who can chat to them about their concerns, not someone who has just finished an English language courseJoyce Robins, Patient Concern As the health system extends practice hours across the country, it must not lose sight of the need to get the basics rightMeg Hillier, chairman the Committee of Public Accounts The health service is to recruit hundreds of GPs from countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Greece with promises of £90,000 salaries and “generous relocation packages” in a bid to tackle a spiralling NHS crisis.The new scheme run by NHS England will see doctors from across the EU undergoing 12 weeks training in Poland before they start work in Britain.Health officials are trawling EU countries for medical staff in a  bid to plug shortages of family doctors, amid warnings that long waits to see GPs are fuelling the Accident & Emergency (A&E) crisis.Medics from Croatia, Lithuania, Greece, Spain and Poland have now been recruited, as part of plans which aim to bring 500 doctors in from the EU ahead of Brexit.Last night patients groups said the measures were “desperate” and said the NHS had “taken a wrong turn” in failing to attract enough home-grown doctors. On Wednesday a report by the National Audit Office warned that poor access to GPs during the working day could be fuelling Britain’s A&E crisis.The watchdog said almost half of practices had closures during office hours,  with one fifth regularly closing their doors by 3pm.It followed warnings that rising numbers of patients are being forced to wait a month to see a family doctor, with estimates of a shortage of up to 10,000 GPs by 2020.The new scheme, being piloted in Lincolnshire by local medical committees and NHS England,  is being used as a blueprint for national plans to hire 500 GPs from overseas.Doctors will be promised a guaranteed annual salary of £90,000 and a “generous relocation package” to move to England.last_img read more


first_imgMonitoring your pulse while doing a workout can produce some interesting data about your overall fitness and how to go about improving it. That’s why products like the Nike+ FuelBand have appeared and become popular. But wearing an extra device just to monitor your health may seem like overkill to a lot of people, but soon there could be an attractive alternative.Japanese global research institute The Kaiteki Institute and venture capital company Bifrostec Inc. have managed to integrate pulse monitoring functionality directly into earphones. So if you exercise while listening to music, you get the added bonus of pulse monitoring for free. The news gets better, though, as you don’t need to buy an expensive pair of new earphones to take advantage of this feature–it works with any and all earphones apparently.In order to record pulse waves, pressure changes within a person’s ear are monitored through the earphones by using them like microphones. The problem is, previously you would have needed a completely enclosed space in order to detect the changes. You can’t guarantee that when wearing earphones as their design and placement vary so much, so the development team worked around the problem and in the process developed new signal processing tech.The Kaiteki Institute’s solution takes into account there may be ambient noise present and filters it out. All that is required is whatever device your earphones are connected to having the signal processing software installed, and therefore any earphones can be used. The same tech has also been implemented in a ring-like device you can wear on your finger and that uses a MEMS microphone.As many people listen to music while they exercise or travel around on bike or foot, a pulse monitoring app for smartphones using this tech is sure to be popular. If you sit at a desk all day listening to music, this system should also work on your PC.There’s no mention of commercializing the tech just yet, but Kaiteki is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, so there’s every chance it will be pretty swiftly.last_img read more


first_imgSolar Impulse : l’avion solaire financé par SchindlerBertrand Piccard et André Borschberg, pères de l’avion solaire Solar Impulse, sont soutenus par un nouveau sponsor, le fabricant d’ascenseur Schindler. Celui-ci devrait investir 15 à 20 millions d’euros dans le projet, afin de soutenir la fabrication d’un second prototype d’avion solaire, à bord duquel les deux aviateurs entendent faire le tour du monde.L’ascensoriste est le quatrième partenaire du projet. Grâce à sa participation, tous les fonds nécessaires à la conception du deuxième Solar Impulse, le prototype HB-SIB, ont été réunis, a annoncé André Borschberg lors d’une conférence de presse. En outre, Schindler permettra l’intégration “d’ingénieurs dans l’équipe afin de partager son savoir-faire dans le domaine de la fiabilité” a expliqué le pilote, cité par le site Enerzine. Et le co-fondateur de Solar Impulse d’ajouter que “des programmes communs de développement se feront autour des matériaux légers et de l’efficience énergétique”.À lire aussiQuand le Père Noël s’entraîne pour sa grande nuit dans… la stratosphèreAlfred N. Schindler, PDG du groupe Schindler, se félicite de participer à “un excellent exemple d’entrepreneuriat innovant et durable”. Pour lui “ce projet ne se limite pas aux énergies renouvelables et aux économies d’énergie ; il s’agit aussi de montrer une manière plus intelligente et efficiente de travailler. En restant en l’air jour après jour, Solar Impulse nous rapproche de la notion de vol perpétuel. Il prouve de manière convaincante qu’il est possible d’exploiter grâce au soleil une source d’énergie inépuisable”.Le premier prototype du Solar Impulse, le HB-SIA, a réalisé en septembre dernier l’exploit de voler de jour comme de nuit, pendant 26 heures, grâce à la seule énergie solaire. Il doit dès le mois d’avril s’élancer à nouveau dans les airs pour effectuer plusieurs vols vers des capitales européennes. Des destinations qui seront révélées dans quelques jours.Quant au HB-SIB, il sera assemblé à Dübendorf, en Suisse, à partir de la fin du mois de juin. L’avion sera plus grand mais aussi plus confortable. Alors que sa construction devrait être achevée en 2013, c’est en 2014 que Bertrand Piccard et André Borschberg espèrent réaliser leur tour du monde à bord de ce nouvel avion, sans autre carburant que l’énergie solaire.Le 23 mars 2011 à 09:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgCETA, un accord EU-Canada qui menace la liberté sur Internet ?Un accord entre l’Union Européenne et le Canada est au cœur d’une polémique. Le CETA reprendrait en effet les termes d’un traité rejeté le 4 juillet par le Parlement européen. Ce dernier disposait qu’en cas de contrefaçon ou téléchargement illégal, les fournisseurs d’accès à internet devait fournir les coordonnés de l’internaute aux ayants droit.CETA est un traité qui fait parlé beaucoup de lui. Très critiqué par les associations de défense de la liberté sur Internet. Il pourrait permettre aux autorités des pays l’ayant ratifiés d’obliger les fournisseurs d’accès à Internet à communiquer aux ayants droits les coordonnées personnelles des internautes soupçonnés de téléchargements Illégaux. CETA, pour Canada-EU Trade Agreement, est comme son nom l’indique un accord commercial. Il est actuellement négocié par l’Union Européenne et le Canada et pourrait bien être signé d’ici 2012.Le texte est la cible depuis le début d’une vive polémique. Lundi, un professeur de Droit canadien, Michel Geist avait relevé (lien non disponible) que dans d’une version de CETA datant de février 2012, de nombreux paragraphes reprenait mot pour mot le contenu d’un autre traité controversé, celui d’ACTA. Pour rappel, ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) est un accord négocié à l’origine par les États-Unis et le Japon. Il vise en fait à protéger les droits de propriété intellectuelle dans de nombreux domaines (pharmacies, produits manufacturés, logiciels, musiques, cinéma, etc.).Les infractions sur Internet sont également prises en comptes dans ce traité. Ses mesures, comme celle énoncé plus haut pour CETA, pouvaient porter atteinte aux libertés individuelles ou la vie privée. L’accord a donc finalement été rejeté par le Parlement européen le 4 juillet dernier. Pas de complot  “Le fait que les dispositions demeurent [dans CETA] alors qu’elles ont été rejetées en Europe laisse entendre qu’il s’agit d’une tentative délibérée de passer en force”, a analysé Michael Geist. De son côté, la Commission européenne a réfuté jeudi soir toute similitude entre les deux traités. “Les articles 27.3 et 27.4 d’ACTA ne font plus partie de la version actuelle de CETA. Le texte divulgué date de février et a évolué” , a précisé John Clancy, le porte-parole du commissaire européen au commerce, Karel De Gucht. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il estime que les comparaisons dressées entre ACTA et CETA sont “un non-sens”, et garantit que CETA “sera très proche de l’accord commercial passé avec la Corée du Sud en vigueur depuis un an et qui n’a pas mis fin à l’Internet libre (…) Il n’y a pas lieu d’alimenter des théories du complot”, a-t-il insisté auprès du quotidien Le Monde. Mais les activistes tels que ceux de la Quadrature du Net ne sont pas convaincus. “Cette manœuvre pour faire revenir ACTA par la petite porte démontre, en accord avec les déclarations [du commissaire européen] après le vote du 4 juillet, qu’il n’a aucune considération pour les citoyens et le Parlement, et n’est que le jouet des lobbies des industries du copyright. Nous devons vaincre CETA comme nous avons vaincu ACTA”, déclare Jérémie Zimmermann, co-fondateur et porte-parole de La Quadrature du Net. Il demande donc le rejet du texte ou du moins sa modification.Le 13 juillet 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgDuring E3, Microsoft announced the Xbox One S. This updated console would be 40% smaller than the current Betamax-sized Xbox One and would be able to play 4K media. Microsoft said that the system would be released next month, and sure enough, the company has today announced that folks can purchase an Xbox One S on August 2. Well… at least one specific edition of the system.This version of the Xbox One S comes with a 2TB hard drive. Because of that, it’s priced at $399. That’s $50 more than the 1TB model, and $100 more than the 500GB edition. The 2TB version can be pre-ordered now from the Microsoft store, though Microsoft says that it will be in limited supply.While the $399 edition will be available on August 2, the other, non-limited edition consoles, will be sold at a later date, explained Microsoft.Though we know a good deal about the Xbox One S, there are still some questions that need answering. The most important one being: how hot will the machine run? Since the console is smaller, it runs the risk of operating at higher temperatures. Given how Microsoft had a huge overheating issue with the Xbox 360, this is something it would want to avoid. With that in mind, we can assume Microsoft has carried out extensive testing to ensure the  Xbox One S has optimal airflow and a good thermal package. Extensive real-world use will tell us either way.Unlike the current Xbox One, the Xbox One S can stand vertically, though Microsoft hasn’t said if the vertical stand comes with the system or is sold separately. Given how the PS4’s vertical stand doesn’t ship with the console, chances are that the Xbox One S’ vertical stand will also be sold separately.The Xbox One S seems like a good deal, but considering how it is only a few months removed from the holiday shopping season, folks may want to wait before buying one. Microsoft has been known for heavily discounting the Xbox One during the holidays, so it is reasonable to assume it will do so again for the Xbox One S. Even if there is no price cut for 500MB or 1TB versions of the system, we can at least expect console bundles that come with two or more games.last_img read more


first_imgStay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas The Starhopper, SpaceX’s prototype for its future Starship spacecraft, just passed its first untethered test hop on July 25.Late Thursday night, the Starhopper completed its first free-flying “leap” at SpaceX’s South Texas-based facility, Space.com reported. At the site, Starhopper lit up its single Raptor engine and met the test’s main objective, which was to conduct a straight hop 65 feet up and down without complications.Drone cam pic.twitter.com/gVdMrMgUZq— e^ (@elonmusk) July 26, 2019SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was also thrilled that the Starhopper, which looks like a water tower, took its first untethered flight.Starhopper flight successful. Water towers *can* fly haha!!— e^ (@elonmusk) July 26, 2019“Starhopper flight successful, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter. “Water towers *can* fly haha!!”Engine cam pic.twitter.com/3cWHU50353— e^ (@elonmusk) July 26, 2019On Wednesday, the Starhopper had to abort its first hover test attempt due to a technical glitch. Seconds before the procedure started, the spacecraft started spewing flames and smoke, and eventually, shut down. Even though this was disappointing, Thursday’s attempt went much better, and now, according to a tweet from Musk, SpaceX is targeting for a “656-foot hop in a week or two.”The Starhopper is an important first step for the Starship, a 100-passenger spacecraft that aims to ferry humans to Mars in the future. Unlike other carriers, the Starship vehicle will be reusable, which could help lower the cost of traveling to the Red Planet in upcoming years.More on Geek.com:SpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype Stops Untethered Hop Test SpaceX’s Starhopper Survives Rigorous Static-Fire Test in TexasSpaceX’s Starhopper Spacecraft Is Ready for a Major Hover Testlast_img read more


first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter MTS increases trolley service for Padres Opening Day March 29, 2018 Posted: March 29, 2018 Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Metropolitan Transit System plans to boost trolley service Thursday for opening day of the San Diego Padres’ 2018 season.First pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at downtown East Village’s Petco Park is set for 1:10 p.m., and the trolley’s three lines — green, blue and orange — will run every 15 minutes for most of the day, with direct service to Petco Park. Service will increase on some lines in the hours before and after the game.MTS’ Green Line trolley service will increase to every 7 1/2 minutes starting around 11:20 a.m. After the game, trolleys will run every 15 minutes, with additional trains as needed.MTS is urging riders to park at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley, where 5,000 free parking spots will be available, and then to ride the Green Line to the game.The Blue Line, which runs between downtown and the South Bay, will run trolleys every 7 1/2 minutes before the game, starting around 11:45 a.m., and at the same interval after the game.The Orange Line will run trolleys every 15 minutes throughout the day.Passes good for the entire day can be purchased for $5, and MTS urged riders to use its Compass Cloud mobile-ticketing smart phone app to avoid ticket lines and purchase several tickets at one time.MTS also offers 22 bus routes with stops in downtown, including Rapid 215, with service from SDSU to downtown, and Rapid 235, with service from Escondido to downtown. Ed Lenderman, last_img read more


first_imgHistorically, that hasn’t always been possible. Alaska has a limited supply of assisted living and other care options. For every assisted living bed in Anchorage, there are about 26 seniors, according to a 2018 report by Agnew::Beck Consulting. In Juneau, there are about 84 seniors for every assisted living bed. Around the state, independent living units are in similarly short supply. Aspen Creek Senior Living is preparing to welcome its first residents in August, according to Executive Director Kemish Hendershot. “It’s definitely a growing market,” said Anchorage developer JR Wilcox. “They have family that live here in Anchorage, and they’re in need of help, and they want to come be close to family,” Hendershot said. Baxter Senior Living is now preparing to open its doors later this summer. Wilcox said applicants include Alaskans hoping to remain in Alaska as they age, and Alaskan retirees in the Lower 48 looking for ways to come home again. Across town, administrators at Baxter Senior Living report the same out-of-state interest. Wilcox, a lifelong Alaskan, said he’s seen it firsthand — people come north to be with family, and even retirees who’ve moved south look for ways to come home again. Baxter Senior Living, offering multiple levels of care and sweeping views of the Chugach Mountains, is now one of at least three new assisted living homes currently taking shape in Anchorage alone. On the south side of town, Native corporation Cook Inlet Regional Inc. (CIRI) is in the planning stages of a new 107-unit senior living facility, according to municipal records and a company spokesman. Five miles up the road, another new assisted living home is in the final stages of construction. While Aspen Creek’s parent company, Spring Creek Enterprise, has operated assisted living facilities in the Lower 48 for decades, Hendershot said, the new facility in South Anchorage is its first development in Alaska’s largest city. It was built in response to Alaska’s growing need, the executive director said. Featuring spacious community rooms, the home aims to emphasize the value of elders in the community, providing space for families to be together and stay together, he said.center_img Construction workers at Baxter Senior Living, an Anchorage assisted living home scheduled to open in early Fall 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann / Alaska Public Media) Wilcox is president of Baxter Senior Living, a new assisted living home in the final stages of construction at the corner of Tudor Road and Baxter Road. It represents a major transition: The 5.7-acre lot was once a trailer park, and Wilcox once worked for an oil company, he said. The multimillion-dollar assisted living development started coming together several years ago after market research revealed that — when it comes to senior housing — Anchorage didn’t have nearly enough. Meanwhile, demographers expect Alaska’s senior population to more than double between 2010-2035. So far, he said, the 92-bed facility has drawn strong interest from both Alaskans and residents in the Lower 48. “I said, ‘Well, let’s go figure out how to build senior housing then,’” Wilcox said. As Alaska’s senior population booms, leading to the construction of hundreds of new assisted living home rooms, developers report surging demand — from seniors in state and Outside. “You want to go back to where your family is and where you understand the place and like the place. I’ve seen that happen with my grandparents,” he said. “There’s sort of a boomerang effect that’s been widely observed in the Frost Belt, and I think we’re getting some of that here.”last_img read more


first_imgHyderabad: Two workers of GHMC died in a freak mishap at the GHMC garbage transfer station at Imlibun on Tuesday morning. The workers were identified as Mohammed Arif (52) and Haji Khan (38). According to Afzalganj police, the mishap occurred when Arif was transferring garbage bins with the help of Haji Khan, a contract labourer. Police suspect that the driver might have lost control of the vehicle which overturned and fell off the weigh bridge due to which both the persons were injured seriously. Immediately they were shifted to the hospital where they died while undergoing treatment. Police registered a case and are investigating.last_img


first_imgMeghan MarkleSuits Official FacebookMeghan Markle has been fighting to carve her own path as a Royal, even flouting Royal traditions and protocols to get her way.The Duchess of Sussex was one of the main reasons the Royal household was split. The couple Sussex moved to Frogmore Cottage, so that they could raise baby Archie away from the Palace. It is as if, Meghan does not want the Royal Family to influence her baby. However, as far as the public knows, the Queen has given Meghan enough leeway to do as she pleases. But Meghan Markle’s bid for autonomy over her baby may not be entirely good for baby Archie. If recent reports are to anything to go by. According to one royal expert, there is one thing the Queen won’t tolerate. There has been widespread speculation that Meghan plans to raise Archie vegan.The Duchess, 37, has spoken about her attempts to adopt an animal-free diet in the past. She said in a pre-Harry interview: “When I’m filming, I’m conscious of what I eat…..I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends.”  Meghan MarkleThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex Official Instagram (sussexroyal)According to a palace insider quoted in The Sun, Meghan wants to pass on this cruelty-free diet to her son. But those in the know say the Queen won’t be happy about this.The insider said that Meghan keeps pushing the boundaries with the Royals and it’s not being well-received, least of all by Her Majesty. “Bringing up the baby as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated by the monarch,” added the insider.Meghan’s decision to raise Archie as a vegan is apparently causing tensions between Harry and the Duchess as well. Meghan Markle must know the dangers that an all vegan diest can have on a developing baby. It is unlikely that Meghan would make such an outrageous and irresponsible move. But if she were to move forward, we hope Prince Harry or the Queen steps in.last_img read more


first_imgWe know that Microsoft’s next gaming console is coming with an all new Kinect, but how different is this new hardware from Redmond’s first attempt? As it turns out, thanks to a handy explainer from the Xbox team, the answer is “very different.”The first generation Kinect was a cool idea, but it really wasn’t ever accurate enough to rely on. Even under ideal conditions, games that relied on Kinect would fail miserably at delivering an even moderately acceptable user experience. The thing Kinect has proven most useful for is the voice recognition and gesture swiping through menus — that is to say, not a whole lot. There are a few cute Kinect games, like The Gunstringer and Power Up Heroes, that worked well enough to be enjoyable, but there wasn’t enough there to really pull most users in.When word got out that the new Kinect would not only be included with the Xbox One, but its existence on your entertainment center was mandatory, it left a bad taste in the mouths of many. To help demonstrate just how different the new Kinect is, Microsoft put together a video showing off the many ways in which accuracy has been improved for this new system.The big things that trip up the original Kinect appear to have been major points of interest for Microsoft in this new release. The company’s demonstration shows that the new sensor is well aware of your body and is able to keep tabs on all of your parts as you move around. The thumb and tip of the finger make it easy to track when a fist is made, as well as when your wrists rotate. the straight lines in the skeleton view clearly show off how many points the sensor is tracking simultaneously, which means all of that information is available to the developer.The end result is a more accurate representation of your movements in game, which should make it much easier to actually enjoy the games that tap the power of Kinect for a more immersive experience.last_img read more