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Australian wins 2016 Trans Tasman Series

first_imgAustralia has taken out all three divisions, and all nine games, at the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. This is the first time Australia has completed a clean sweep of the whole series. Stay tuned to the website and our social media channels for plenty more highlights from the event. Congratulations to team Australia on this achievement. Mixed OpenGame One – Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 9 Game Two – Australia 4 defeated New Zealand 3Game Three – Australia 8 defeated New Zealand 7Congratulations to the Australian Mixed Open team, 2016 Trans Tasman Series champions. Women’s Open Game One – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 6Game Two – Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 1Game Three – Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 5Congratulations to the Australian Women’s Open team, 2016 Trans Tasman Series champions. Men’s OpenGame One – Australia 13 defeated New Zealand 7Game Two – Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 6Game Three – Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 5Congratulations to the Australian Men’s Open team, 2016 Trans Tasman Series champions. Watch day one games here. Watch day two games here.Watch day three games here.Australia v JapanEarlier in the week, Australia and Japan met in the Men’s and Women’s divisions to play two Test Matches in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Australia vs Japan (Women’s Open)Game one – Australia 17 defeated Japan 2Game two – Australia 10 defeated Japan 2Australia vs Japan (Men’s Open)Game one – Australia 16 defeated Japan 2Game two – Australia 11 defeated Japan 3Related LinksTrans Tasman resultslast_img read more

Information Minister Calls for More Gender Equality Policies

first_imgStory Highlights Qualified women excluded from developments at the leadership level Only 15 of the country’s 200 private sector and civil society organizations currently have gender-based policies Entities urged to determine the complement of women they want in leadership positions Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, is encouraging more of Jamaica’s private sector and civil entities to implement gender equality policies, which will facilitate greater opportunities, particularly for women.Her call comes against the background of a Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA) study, which shows that only 15 of the country’s 200 private sector and civil society organizations currently have gender-based policies or initiatives in place.Speaking at the opening of the inaugural two-day private sector and civil society gender summit, organized by the BWA and Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF), at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on July 30, Senator Falconer noted that while the society has made “great strides” in business and academia, in several instances, women, though qualified, have been excluded from these developments, particularly at the leadership level.“Many of our women…fail to get a seat around the boardroom table or an office on the executive floor of the corporate office. We have to get to the point where women in leadership roles are not the exception, but the norm,” she said.Noting that gender is a “cross-cutting” issue, Senator Falconer argued that “mainstreaming” of this area is “not a glib slogan or passing fad.”“Each (gender) requires different treatment and both men and women must be given equal opportunity and access to participate in the development of their nation; and there must be a developed policy with agreed programmes, which will foster equality throughout the society, within the boardroom, and the halls of political power,” she argued.The Minister noted that “gender-sensitive” perspectives at the workplace can assist entities to recruit and retain the best employees, make the best use of human resources, and improve productivity and competitiveness, as well as the organization’s public image.  She added that “growing” international research points to greater innovation in work teams with equal gender ratios.Outside of the research, she said, “common sense dictates that the best way forward for any society must be on the basis of increased gender equality.” To do otherwise, she warned, “is to deny ourselves access to the best available stock of human capital – men or women – which the individual firm and the development of the country require.”Pointing out that attainment of gender equality is among the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targeted for achievement by 2015, Senator Falconer urged entities to determine the complement of women they want in leadership positions and set about to fulfilling this.“The achievement of gender equality, equity and women’s empowerment is also an accepted development goal in the National ‘Vision 2030’ framework for making Jamaica ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’. Our women must be given the opportunities and the tools to participate and contribute on an equal footing,” she emphasized.Against this background, Senator Falconer welcomed the two-day summit, which she said is aimed at building knowledge and capacity on gender issues.“The knowledge and understanding you will gain from this Summit, will take you a step closer to implementing an integrated approach to gender mainstreaming, eliminating discriminatory practices, and making the progressive steps toward creating gender balanced leadership structures within the private sector,” Senator Falconer said.The forum is being held under the theme: ‘Gender Equality: A Corporate Performance Driver’, and is attended by a wide cross section of private sector stakeholders. It features presentations by representatives from various corporate, academic, and financial institutions.The two-day summit continues on July 31, with a forum for stakeholders and representatives from civil society organizations.last_img read more

Chief Engineer Jailed for Using Magic Hose

first_imgzoom Noly Torato Vidad, the Chief Engineer of the car carrier Selene Leader, received an eight-month prison sentence, followed by one year of supervised release, after the Baltimore District Judge Catherine C. Blake found him guilty of obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS).The 45-year-old Filipino citizen was the Chief Engineer and Ireneo Tomo Tuale was the first engineer on board the vessel, which was operated by the Japanese company Hachiuma Steamship between August 2013, and the end of January 2014.According to his plea agreement and other court documents, in January 2014, engine room crew members of the M/V Selene Leader, under the supervision of Vidad and Tuale, transferred oily wastes between oil tanks on board the ship using rubber hoses and then illegally bypassed pollution control equipment and discharged the oily wastes overboard into the ocean.Before such waste can be discharged into the sea, the law requires that it must first pass through an oil water separator, and the operation must be recorded in the vessel’s oil record book for inspection by the United States Coast Guard.When the Coast Guard boarded the vessel in Baltimore on January 31, 2014, Vidad tried to obstruct the Coast Guard’s investigation and hide the illegal discharges of oil by falsifying the oil record book, destroying documents, lying to Coast Guard investigators, and instructing subordinate crew members to lie to the Coast Guard.The Hachiuma Steamship previously pleaded guilty to violating the APPS and agreed to pay a USD 1.8 million penalty. The company was also placed on probation for three years during which it is to develop an environmental compliance program.Ireneo Tomo Tuale, age 63, also of the Philippines, previously pleaded guilty to his participation in the scheme and is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Baltimore on March 3, 2015.last_img read more

Will Grace fans reduced to tears as classic character is killed off

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook READ MORE Will & Grace delivered the mother of all episodes last night (November 2), and fans are still reeling from the shock death of one of its classic, beloved characters.We never thought we’d see the day that Karen would be able to show genuine emotion, but it happened after her maid, the legendary Rosie, was killed off.\We already knew that Rosario Salazar (played by Shelley Morrison) wouldn’t be returning for the new series of the sitcom – but we didn’t think it would be such a heartbreaking, and definitive, goodbye. Twitterlast_img read more

Companies experiment with killing the barcode on event tickets and in stores

first_imgTORONTO – When fans score tickets for events at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg in the future, they might notice the absence of a familiar feature: that ubiquitous zebra-styled inventory tracker bar that adorns almost every retail product imaginable.The theatre’s operator, True North Sports and Entertainment, is testing a new Ticketmaster system that gives venues the option to omit barcodes that would usually be scanned to validate a ticket’s authenticity and grant entry to a concert or sporting event.It could be an early sign that the days of the barcode are numbered as technological improvements allow companies to replace them with more secure digital tickets with codes embedded in a fan’s phone or a Wi-Fi connected wristband that lets them track consumers for both security and data-collection purposes.Invented in the 1970s, the barcode was first used to purchase a 67-cent pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum, but was quickly adopted in many industries after companies realized it could expedite purchases and assist in tracking inventory.Businesses that are already moving on from the barcode range from Montreal’s Osheaga music festival, which prefers scannable wristbands, to Amazon’s new, cashierless store in Seattle that uses various sensors to detect products customers have in their carts and automatically charge their accounts.One U.K. retail expert recently gave the technology a shelf life of only another five to 10 years.“The barcode’s going to go away,” Ticketmaster’s CEO Michael Rapino reportedly told an audience at a Goldman Sachs investor conference last fall, though he didn’t offer a timeline for the barcode’s demise.His company has stayed fairly quiet about its experiments with ditching the barcode through Ticketmaster Presence — a program that allows venues to let fans scan e-tickets embedded with a digital token instead of a barcode and stored on their phone or smartwatch at self-service terminals to gain entry to events.The entertainment giant wouldn’t name what Canadian venues or artists are looking to experiment with cutting the barcode beyond the Burton Cummings Theatre, which True North Sports and Entertainment’s vice-president of communications, Rob Wozny said has yet to offer a barcodeless show.So far Ticketmaster said 70 venues, including the 25,500-person capacity Orlando City Stadium, have used Presence in North America and more are likely to toy with the program this year as it rolls out further.Ticketmaster started pushing Presence amid its ongoing crusade against bots that buy up large portions of tickets within seconds after they go on sale online and fraudsters that dupe ticket buyers in the resale market by photocopying a ticket numerous times and reselling it to unsuspecting fans who are then denied entry at the door.“That’s bad for everyone involved — venues, clubs, artists, and especially the fans,” Justin Burleigh, Ticketmaster’s executive vice president of product, said in an email.A digital smartphone ticket is supposed to be more difficult to resell on sites and especially outside of concert venues.“(With Presence) there has been zero instances of fraud so far and the tech is succeeding in getting fans into venues to see their favourite live events faster and more efficiently than ever.”Presence not only directs fans to the shortest lines or parking lots with the most empty spaces, but offers a sales and marketing edge because it gives Ticketmaster access to reams of data on eventgoers and their habits.Barcodeless systems also offer the opportunity to lower staffing costs by eliminating the need to scan individual items or tickets, said Norman Shaw, an associate professor at Ryerson University, who studies the cashless society.Shaw said companies are gravitating towards two barcode alternatives: near-field communication (NFC), which is most often seen in tap-and-go credit cards and proximity-based garage entry systems, and radio frequency identification (RFID), which companies can set up to detect which items are leaving their store.“If I have RFID, I have more flexibility, because as soon as it comes in, I know what I have,” said Shaw. “On a store level, it is really important for a retailer to know what they have, rather than having to look at every single item.”For instance, cruiselines use the technology to monitor who gets on and off at ports of call.Companies are using such technologies to track internal movements as well.Retailers with large warehouses have been among the quickest to adopt RFID for use with incoming shipments that are often bundled on large pallets that can be difficult and tedious to comb through, Shaw said.Miners and energy companies, such as Suncor Energy, are using RFID fobs to locate workers without forcing them to scan a barcoded pass as they enter rooms. And manufacturers such as Ford Motor Co. and DeWalt use RFID to help construction and factory workers keep track of tools and equipment.While Shaw believes the proliferation of RFID and NFC will continue, he doesn’t expect retailers to abandon the barcode en masse because most of the alternatives require customers to have a smartphone or rely on the internet, which can have outages.“It doesn’t cover every situation, but it will cover many, many situations,” he said.But as for any notion that the barcode is on its deathbed, he added, “It will take us a long time to get there.”last_img read more

At UN General Debate Russian Foreign Minister calls for return to Geneva

“We have consistently called for consolidated efforts of the international community to compel the [Syrian] government and its opponents to immediately cease violence and come to the negotiating table,” Mr. Lavrov said from the General Assembly’s podium while referring to an already established agreement between a so-called Action Group, made up members of the international community, on resolving the Syrian violence. Meeting in Geneva in June, the UN-backed Action Group agreed to a six-point peace plan calling for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.The Group also agreed on a set of principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people, which includes the establishment of a transitional governing body that would exercise full executive powers and that would be made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups.Action Group members include the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Ban Ki-moon and Nabil Elaraby, respectively, the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, as Chair of the Summit of the League of Arab States; Kuwait, as Chair of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the League of Arab States and Qatar, as Chair of the Follow-up Committee on Syria of the League of Arab States.“We call upon all members of the Action Group to fully confirm the commitments that all of us have taken on in Geneva. This is the shortest way to stop the loss of human life,” Mr. Lavrov continued. In his statement, he also warned those who opposed the implementation of the Geneva agreement that they take upon themselves “an enormous responsibility.”“They insist on a ceasefire only by the government and encourage the opposition to intensify hostilities, but in fact they push Syria even deeper in the abyss of bloody internecine strife,” he said. More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began 18 months ago. The UN estimates that a further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid. The political transformations occurring across the Arab world also figured prominently in Mr. Lavrov’s statement to the General Debate. Citing Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Foreign Minister said it was “unacceptable” for any nation to impose a political system upon others and urged that all actions by the world body’s Member States rely on “a solid basis of the UN Charter, where nothing provides for the right to change regimes.”“All the sequence of events in the Arab world and in other regions proves the futility of such a policy that can lead to dangerous accumulation of interethnic and inter-religious clashes in international relations,” he added. The Russian Foreign Minister is one of scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials who are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Womens Gymnastics Ohio State on the road at Iowa for third straight

Nicole Jontony competes on the balance beam for Ohio State gymnastics. Credit: Courtesy of Nicole JontonyWith another road meet under its belt after competing last weekend against No. 3 Michigan, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (0-2, 0-1 Big Ten) is gearing up for its third away meet in a row to begin the season at Iowa (1-3, 1-0 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. Saturday. Despite Michigan winning last weekend 197.550-194.925, Ohio State saw a 1.725 final score improvement, up from 193.200 in its season opener against UCLA.“I felt like the first meet, we hit 12 out of 24 routines, half. This week, I felt like we hit 15, still not even close to what we’re capable of doing, and we were a point and a half higher, almost two points higher,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “Certainly a step in the right direction. We still need to kind of get the kinks out and work on a few things.”The Buckeyes had trouble during their last event on balance beam, finishing with a 47.900 score, when both freshman Jenna Swartzentruber and senior Alexis Mattern took falls during their routines as the first and second slots in the lineup. For the meet against Iowa, Ohio State will make adjustments to its lineup order. Senior Stefanie Merkle will take the first spot in lineup on beam, moving up from spot No. 6. Junior Jamie Stone will anchor the event.Ohio State had just three days of practice before hitting the road.“I felt like the focus this week, it was more on landings, and again, getting out the kinks,” Paulicivic said. “It’s a definite process, and especially with a young team like this. I feel like, a couple more meets under our belt, and I feel like things will get rolling a little bit smoother.”Iowa has posted similar results to the Buckeyes in its first two meets. The Hawkeyes posted a 193.000 to place fourth in their first competition and quad meet against Arizona State, Iowa State and Auburn. They then posted a 193.375 to beat Michigan State Saturday.“Iowa is kind of in the same boat as we are,” Paulicivic said. “They’re kind of having a slow starting season, but you never want to count them out. They almost made nationals last year, and I know they’re going to come out gang-busters.”The performance of the Buckeyes’ competitor is something to keep in mind, but it is not the main focus for them as they approach this weekend’s meet.“Our goal is to just keep building on what we have,” sophomore Olivia Aepli said. “We’re not really focusing on anyone else, we’re just focusing on ourselves and doing what we do in practice.”Ohio State’s meet against Iowa will be in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, at 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

Protests at plan to turn 109yearold library into dole office

first_imgRESIDENTS OF A Dublin suburb have reacted angrily to plans to turn a 109-year-old library in the town into a social welfare office.More than 250 people attended a meeting in Balbriggan in north county Dublin on Wednesday night to stop Fingal County Council from going ahead with its plan to move the library from the town’s main street.People who attended the event say the town, which has seen a population explosion in the past decade, has been neglected when it comes to facilities and moving the library be another major blow.“I don’t think Fingal County Council realises that people are emotionally involved in this and will fight to the bitter end,” said Brigid Dervan, who began the campaign to stop the library from being moved after seeing details about it on Facebook.The move is happening as a result of the OPW’s plan to put INTREO offices in parts of the country – including Balbriggan – to help the long-term unemployed. The office will replace the library, which will move to another building in the town.Dervan described the plan to move the library from the redbrick building as ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.“We have already lost an awful lot of businesses from our main street with the economic downturn,” she told “When you look down the main street, the side where the library building is looks lovely, but the other side is boarded up buildings and closed shops”.“For the Council to take away the library, which is  used constantly by schoolkids and the elderly, by by some people to go and keep warm or people who don’t have computers, it’s just not right,” she said.More than 1,600 people have so far signed a petition to stop the library from being moved to another location in the town while almost one thousand have joined a Facebook page set up for the campaign. A committee has been set up based on volunteers who came forward at Wednesday’s meeting, with volunteers saying they will do whatever it takes to keep the library.Current plans will see the library moved from the main street by the end of this year. Fingal County Council has said that despite the protests, the move will be beneficial for the town. Acting County Manager Peter Caulfield said the new location will mean a larger library and better facilities.“The current proposal gives us a renewed opportunity to provide a bigger public library along with a museum in the Gallen’s Mill building,” he said.The library is one of around 66 which were built in Ireland due to a grant from American millionaire and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. More than 2,500 libraries were built around the world with money donated by the businessman between 1883 and 1929.A photoshoot to highlight the campaign  is being held outside the library at 12 noon today.Read: 100 years of reading at Rathmines library > Read: 13 of the hardest things about being a book lover >last_img read more

Leo says bullying wont be tolerated in Fine Gael following sexism allegations

first_img 109 Comments By Christina Finn Share98 Tweet Email Senator Catherine Noone Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 11:59 AM Updated 5.25pmSENATOR CATHERINE NOONE has raised concerns about bullying and sexism from one of her male colleagues.In a private parliamentary party meeting last night, she alleged a male colleague repeatedly speaks down to her and is misogynistic towards her.The issue was raised as a passing comment during a larger debate about women in politics and Fine Gael’s plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.Sources said Noone told colleagues that it had become “too much to take” and had got to the point that she “can’t take it anymore”.“I just want it stopped,” she told her party colleagues.She did not name the understands that the issue has been a long-standing issue, but the matter had escalated in recent months since Noone’s involvement in the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.Following Noone’s comments at the meeting, it is understood another female colleague made a contribution, supporting Noone.Fine Gael sources state the Taoiseach was “very strong” on the issue, and told his party members that bullying and sexism would not be tolerated in his party and that the matter would be dealt with.A Fine Gael spokesperson confirmed to that the parliamentary party chairman Martin Heydon has written to the General Secretary Tom Curran regarding the “internal matter within the party”.“Due process will be followed and the matter will be dealt with swiftly. Fine Gael expects party colleagues to treat all with the utmost respect, professionalism and dignity at all times.“Any internal party matters are dealt with the strictest of confidence and Fine Gael will not be making any further comment,” they added.Senator Noone has declined to comment publicly on the allegations.Read: Coveney says ‘we can’t alter geography and history’ amid increasingly tense Brexit talks>Read: Ireland is way behind on its tree-planting schedule> Senator Catherine Noonecenter_img Feb 22nd 2018, 11:59 AM Leo says ‘bullying won’t be tolerated in Fine Gael’ following sexism allegations made by senator The issue was raised as a passing comment at a private meeting where there was a larger debate about women in politics. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,157 Views Short URL Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Irelandlast_img read more

6 shot 3 others hurt in Houston neighborhood gunman dead

first_imgHOUSTON — A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning, hitting six people, one critically, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Another three people had injuries from glass or debris.Authorities first received a report of the shootings at about 6:30 a.m., Police Chief Martha Montalvo said at a news conference, and the man began firing at officers when they arrived.Montalvo did not identify the man. A bomb-squad robot examined a Porsche that police said belonged to the gunman; Texas motor vehicle records in a commercially available database showed the car is licensed to Nathan DeSai at an address in the condo complex. The property manager of the condo complex also confirmed that police were going through DeSai’s residence.Calls placed to phone numbers connected to DeSai and his father were not immediately answered.Mayor Sylvester Turner told KTRK-TV that DeSai was a lawyer who was “disgruntled” and was “either fired or had a bad relationship with this law firm.” But DeSai’s former law partner, Kenneth McDaniel, disputed that assertion, saying they jointly closed their 12-year-old law firm in February due to economic conditions related to Houston’s energy industry downturn.McDaniel also said he’d had no contact with DeSai lately and that police called him Monday morning to check on his safety, though they didn’t explain why.last_img read more

Vancouver seeks trees of note

first_imgThe old California bay tree in Seanette Corkill’s yard towers above her house and has a gravity that’s attracted her kids and others from around the Arnada neighborhood well before she and her husband bought the property.Corkill realized the special role the tree played in her community and she thought others should too. That’s why in 2000 she nominated it to be included in the city of Vancouver’s heritage tree inventory.“We nominated it when we lived in that house,” she said from beneath the big tree and pointing to a home across the alley. “We would let the kids run back and forth through the alley and (the homeowner) eventually put in the tree swing. … The kids had an emotional attachment, so did we — and it was huge. They usually don’t get that big.”Although the kids who played around it have grown up, she still occasionally finds a neighbor in her yard, plucking a few of its aromatic leaves for their evening meal.Hers is just one of 36 trees recognized for their outsized role in Vancouver. But for the first time in about eight years, the city of Vancouver is accepting nominations for new heritage trees.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Agriculture Minister on Food Import Band

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Bahamasfoodimportband, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 5, 2018 – Nassau – Table tomatoes and sweet peppers should be better priced in The Bahamas now that farmers are yielding enough of the items to meet much of the local demand.  Late January, The Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture announced a ban which will limit how much of these items are imported was instituted to the delight of local farmers… the ministry is calling this a great sign on the road to reducing food imports overall.“It is such a wonderful time in our nations’ history and development when it is that I consider we’ve actually due to the quantity and the quality of both sweet peppers, we call them bell peppers as well, and table tomatoes have reached a level where this ministry has put a restriction on the importation of those two items because of the amount that we’be been able to produce in country by Bahamian farmers.”The Minister, Renward Wells assured that Bahamian grown does not mean the quality is sub par either, in the statement issued about the national limit on imports of these tomatoes and sweet peppers there was talk about the quality of the produce.“The quality of what we were able to produce is as good or better than what is being imported.  And I also want the Bahamian people to know that the price point being offered for these two commodities is actually lower than what is being offered in the United States, substantially lower.  And so this goes a very long way to our whole efforts in this ministry of bringing real food security to the Bahamian people.”Food security is a serious topic in The Bahamas as growers argue for more investment and support from Government, this move was praised by the industry.  The Minister is now encouraging consistency in production.“We’re gonna be seeing how we completely diversify the Bahamian economy and bring more money to the agricultural industry to the pocket of farmers in this country.”#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasfoodimportbandlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly January 29 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioNational Guard Problems Highlight Outdated CodeAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageUnder the current Alaska National Guard rules, misconduct is only met with administrative penalties. Now, legislators are preparing to strengthen the code.Shell Says It Plans Offshore Arctic Drilling This Year Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC & Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaThe CEO of Royal Dutch Shell says the company intends to return to the Chukchi Sea this summer to drill exploratory wells.Conoco Dials Back Investment in NPR-A Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCWhile Shell today announced its investing in its Arctic prospects, ConocoPhillips Alaska says it’s dialing back a bit. Conoco issued a statement saying it is “slowing the pace of investment” in its Greater Moose’s Tooth project, in the northeast corner of the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska.Western Aleutian Steller Sea Lions Potentially Falling Prey To Sleeper Sharks Steve Heimel, APRN – AnchorageThere has been plenty of money spent trying to figure out why the sea lion population in the western Aleutians is not recovering.  But nobody has put much money into studying sharks. The latest data from a study that implanted high-tech tags in sea lions suggests that maybe they should.Anchorage Police Address Rise In Gun ViolenceZach Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA shooting in East Anchorage early this morning left a twenty-year old resident dead. It’s the fourth homicide in less than a week, and the city’s police department held a press conference this afternoon addressing a rise in gun violence this month.Common Core Stirs Mat-Su Debate Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageCommon Core, the federally – sponsored education standard adopted by many states, has raised the hackles of some Alaska legislators.Representative Lora Reinbold, a Republican from Eagle River, has been outspoken on the issue, and recently, the Matanuska Susitna Borough has been drawn into the argument.Earthquake Forecasting At KayhiRuth Eddy, KRBD – KetchikanKetchikan High School’s roof has become part of a NASA research experiment that could help scientists eventually predict earthquakes.Alaska History Gallery To Get Complete Rebuild Evan Erickson, KSKA – AnchorageAfter nearly 30 years, the Anchorage Museum is preparing a complete renovation of one of its most visited areas. The Alaska History Gallery will be taken down at the end of summer 2016 and rebuilt from scratch.last_img read more

Delhi Court acquits AAP MLA Sarita Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday acquitted AAP MLA Sarita Singh in a case of alleged misbehaviour with a police official in Rohtas Nagar in 2015. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, while acquitting the AAP leader, told her to submit a bail bond of Rs 20,000. In 2015, the AAP leader was booked by Delhi Police for misbehaviour with a police official. The altercation occurred after Singh’s driver allegedly hit the police officer’s motorbike while reversing his car. Following this, an argument broke out between the driver and the officer during which the MLA intervened and allegedly abused the officer.last_img read more

10th person rescued from Thai cave

first_imgDiagram of how divers are carrying out a rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were trapped in a cave on 23 June. Photo: AFPA tenth person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day.A Reuters witness saw two people being carried out of the Tham Luang cave on stretchers. They were the first two to be taken out on Tuesday, the third day of the rescue operation.Eight of the boys were brought out on stretchers over the first two days – four on Sunday and four on Monday.Officials were not immediately available to comment on who had been brought out.The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said earlier the final operation would be “more challenging” because one more survivor would be brought out, along with three Navy SEALs who have been accompanying them.The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out on Monday.However, scattered monsoon rains continued to risk percolating through the limestone cave walls to flood the tunnels with fast-flowing water.“I hope today we will be faster or the same speed as yesterday,” Narongsak said.A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS has been guiding the boys out through nearly 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels.The “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said.Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said.Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing to eight the number brought out after two rescue pushes on successive days.People across Thailand, and the world, have cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.Technology billionaire Elon Musk went into the cave on Monday and left the rescue team with a “kid-sized” submarine his company SpaceX had built, Thailand’s interior Minister Anupong Paochinda said.Musk said on Twitter: “Just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team. Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future.”last_img read more

Google issues Maps APIs for tighter tabs on vehicles

first_img(—Google has been branded and promoted to the point where two associated words-come to mind, “search” and “Maps.” Over 800,000 developers worldwide use Google Maps APIs, according to the company, to create their own location-based applications based on Google Maps. Now Google is promoting its Maps technology benefits to a special audience, the enterprise. Google on October 17 officially rolled out two new APIs targeted at enterprise customers for building their own location-enabled applications. The standard reason offered for why businesses should respond is efficiency. Google announces Floor Plan app for venue owners More information: … to-add-location.html Explore further Citation: Google issues Maps APIs for tighter tabs on vehicles (2012, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 “Businesses have a lot of moving parts – sometimes quite literally,” said Nabil Naghdy, Google Maps Product Manager. “Map-based information is useful for any business that relies on a fleet of vehicles, employees who travel, or other mobile resources. To help organizations build their own location-enabled applications, we’re launching two new APIs.” The new APIS are Maps Tracks and Maps Geolocation.Maps Tracks API gives organizations the ability to introduce apps that can store, display and analyze GPS data on a map. The idea is for the business to track, analyze, and visualize asset movement. The business payback would lie in how the Maps Tracks API, for example, could provide a fleet management company with tools for analyzing data from past and present deliveries. By seeing routing information on a Google Map, they can determine which routes can save time and fuel.The API is built on top of Google’s cloud infrastructure and offers something called geo-fencing. With geo fencing, a company creates a virtual region on a map to notify a device when it enters or exits a predefined area. In the case of a fleet operation, notifications could be set that would automatically alert drivers if they were ten miles outside their delivery territory and needed to turn around. The notifications could reduce dependence on a central dispatcher.The new Google Maps Geolocation API enables an application or device to determine its own location without the use of GPS. With a Geolocation API, a business could keep tabs on its vehicles without having to install expensive GPS units. It does this by looking up locations of nearby WiFi access points and cell towers. Google notes that a device can save battery life and work indoors or in remote areas by limiting GPS use. In dense city blocks where GPS dropout is not unusual, a dispatcher can still locate its fleet. “The Google Maps Geolocation API returns a location and accuracy radius based on information about cell towers and WiFi nodes that the mobile client can detect,” according to Google. “Communication is done over HTTPS using POST. Both request and response are formatted as JSON, and the content type of both is application/json.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Cyber Insurance Market Study of Revenue Details Threats In The Target

first_imgCybercrime is still a serious threat and no longer is considered as a risk covered under traditional network security insurance product. Organizations from all industries need coverage for liability and property exposure which is a result of cyber-attacks. This is an opportunity for insurers and reinsurers to innovate cyber insurance products that manage various degrees of risks and cover cost-associated data breaches, credit monitoring, forensic investigations, reputation management, and business interruption.Cyber Insurance Market Report, published by Allied Market Research, forecasts that the global market is expected to garner $14 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of nearly 28% during the period 2016-2022. North America constituted the largest cyber insurance market share in 2015 and it would continue to dominate the market during the forecast period.Based on revenue generated by companies, the cyber insurance market is categorized as very small-sized (2.5 million to 99 million), small-sized (100 million-299 million), medium-sized (300 million to 1billion), and large companies (1 billion and above). Despite the fact that cybersecurity and cyber risks are acknowledged as a serious threat, several companies do not purchase cyber insurance policies. However, the market has witnessed a change in the scenario. Companies of all sizes tend to purchase cyber insurance policies, owing to legal developments. Large companies contribute significantly, i.e., around 70% of the overall cyber insurance market in 2015, as loss of any kind of data has negative repercussions on their businesses.Download Sample Report: global cyber insurance market is segmented based on industry verticals, company size, and geography. Based on industry verticals, the market is segmented into healthcare, retail, financial services (BFSI), information technology and services, others (utilities, energy, manufacturing, construction, and transportation). BFSI and information technology sector were the early adopters of cyber liability insurance policies to protect their data. Although, as per the study, Healthcare vertical generates around one-third of the premium as these companies possess huge third-party data such as personal details of consumers, employment details and cybercriminals can easily misuse this data to make money. For instance, in U.S., around 78% of hospitals are secured under cyber insurance.Increase in awareness about cyber risks from the boardroom to data centers owing to the rising number of cyber-attacks in the past 23 years is the prime factor that drives the market. However, the complex and changing nature of cyber risks limits cyber insurance market growth. Low market penetration of cyber insurance policies in developing countries offers a promising business opportunity for market players.Key Findings of the Cyber Insurance Market:North America generated the highest revenue in 2015 and will continue to lead the market during the forecast period.Europe is projected to grow at the highest rate.Large companies contribute significantly to the generation of cyber insurance premium.Healthcare industry was the major buyer of cyber insurance policies in 2015 and will continue to lead the market during the forecast period.Get Discounts for Purchase Report: companies profiled in the report are American International Group, Inc. (U.S.), The Chubb Corporation (U.S.), Zurich Insurance Co. Ltd (Switzerland), XL Group Ltd (Republic of Ireland), Berkshire Hathaway (U.S.), Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (Germany), Munich Re Group (Germany), Lloyds (U.K.), Lockton Companies, Inc. (U.S.), and AON PLC (U.K.).Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1?855?550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Moodys issues warning to Costa Rica about increasing debt

first_imgNo related posts. PARIS – Ratings agency Moody’s lowered its outlook on Costa Rica to negative this week, citing worries about the country’s high fiscal deficit and its difficulty passing legislation to limit the increase in debt burden.“The government debt burden remains lower than average for its rating peers, but has increased in recent years,” stated Moody’s Investors Service.The agency estimates that by the end of 2013 the debt will increase to 37 percent of gross domestic product, a much higher figure than the 25 percent registered in 2008.The public accounts deficit increased from 1 percent in the 2004-2008 period to 4.4 percent in 2009-2013, added the report, which also highlighted that “after several failed attempts, [President] Laura Chinchilla’s administration’s main goal was to pass a fiscal reform before the next administration takes office in May 2014.”Costa Rica’s rating stands at Baa3, the lowest investment-grade rating. “It is supported by a relatively well-diversified economic base, whose main sectors are high-value-added manufacturing, transportation, communication and tourism. […] The country is poorer and smaller than the median but growing faster,” the agency stated.Moody’s report says further structural fiscal progress, particularly involving increased tax revenues, “undoubtedly will lead to improvements in the country’s solvency grade,” but it also warned that the agency will not hesitate to reduce the country’s rating if public accounts maintain a downward trend. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterAvalon Waterways will set a new pace in European river cruising in 2017 with the introduction of Active Discovery cruises, offering a new action-packed itinerary that gives travellers more to choose from as they bike, hike and canoe along the Danube.The Active Discovery concept has been unveiled with the release of Avalon Waterways’ 2017 brochure, which is now available with a FLY FREE offer on European cruises of 15 days or more or discounted airfares of $789 per person with cruises of seven to 14 days. Avalon’s new brochure features more than 55 exceptional river cruise itineraries on the great waterways of Europe, including the newly released Active Discovery on the Danube, a nine-day cruise between the Hungarian capital Budapest and the Austrian city of Linz.Eight departures of the Active Discovery cruise will operate between July and October 2017, priced from $5219 per person twin share. They are also available with optional three-day extensions to Prague (from $6124 including cruise and extension) or to Salzburg and Munich (from $6932 including cruise and extension).Active choices are included in the fare and also provide a cooking class in Vienna, a viewing at a private Habsburg art collection, a trek along a World War II smugglers’ route, wine tasting in the renowned Wachau Valley and a brewery tour at the rococo Engelszell Abbey.Other initiatives unveiled in the Avalon Waterways 2017 brochure include the new Avalon Fresh dining concept. With the help of two rising Austrian culinary stars, brothers Karl and Leo Wrenkh, Avalon will introduce a series of wholesome new menu items that are both healthy and exciting, putting a fresh perspective on nutritious dining. Best known for their Wrenkh restaurant and cooking school in Vienna, the brothers have developed a reputation for inventive cuisine that offers healthier options and vegetarian dishes that are as impressive as other signature dishes. The Avalon Fresh concept will feature local seasonal ingredients from small local farms and producers, and will be offered on European cruises in 2017 alongside Avalon’s other impressive dining options.Avalon’s FLY FREE offer is available with all 2017 European cruises of 15 days or more when booked by 30 June 2016. Popular options include:Magnificent Europe – 15 days between Amsterdam and Budapest, from $6920 per person twin share including free flights.Grand France – 16 days between Paris, Normandy and the Côte d’Azur, from $8255 per person twin share including free flights.Avalon Waterways operates among the most modern fleet of ships in Europe, offering a relaxed luxury aboard its revolutionary Suite Ships. Offering 30 per cent more cabin space than the industry average, the Suite Ships feature two entire decks of all-suite accommodation. Each suite has been cleverly designed to maximise the views, with beds that face the scenery instead of the wall in front and wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open to turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony.last_img read more