UK tries to bring home 110000 travellers after airline fails

first_imgLONDON – British authorities are scrambling to bring home 110,000 travellers after Monarch Airlines collapsed Monday, cancelling all flights by what had been Britain’s fifth biggest carrier with 2,100 employees.The Civil Aviation Authority said it has leased 30 aircraft to transport Monarch customers scattered around holiday destinations ranging from Turkey to Spain and Sweden. Flights will be provided at no additional cost to passengers.“This is a hugely distressing situation for British holidaymakers abroad, and my first priority is to help them get back to the U.K.,” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement. “That is why I have immediately ordered the country’s biggest ever peacetime repatriation to fly about 110,000 passengers who could otherwise have been left stranded.”Some 860,000 customers in all are affected, with 750,000 with future bookings.Monarch ceased operations after failing to reach a deal with regulators to extend the company’s license to sell package holidays to overseas destinations. Monarch Chief Executive Andrew Swaffield said the airline’s troubles stemmed from recent terror attacks in Egypt and Tunisia and the “decimation” of the tourist trade in Turkey.The airline had tried to pivot from short-haul flights to long-haul travel to reduce losses as consumers shied away from Middle Eastern and North African destinations after the June 2015 attack on tourists at a resort in Tunisia, the bombing of a Russian airliner that had taken off from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, a few months later and the attempted coup in Turkey in 2016.The CAA is advising Monarch customers who are trying to get home from abroad to visit the agency’s website for information about their flights. Passengers who were preparing to leave the U.K. on Monarch flights should not go to the airport.The first repatriation flight carrying 165 passengers from the Spanish resort island of Ibiza has already arrived at London’s Gatwick Airport, the aviation authority said.“The scale and challenge of this operation means that some disruption is inevitable,” agency CEO Andrew Haines said. “We ask customers to bear with us as we work around the clock to bring everyone home.”Monarch’s collapse represents the biggest ever failure of a British airline.KPMG partner Blair Nimmo said administrators are now considering breaking up the company as no buyer has been found to purchase Monarch in its entirety. Counting the airline and tour operator business, the company had 2,100 employees.The airline said companies affected by its failure include Monarch Airlines, Ltd., Monarch Holidays, Ltd., First Aviation, Ltd., Avro, Ltd. and Somewhere2stay, Ltd.“All future holidays and flights provided by these companies have been cancelled and are no longer operating,” the company said.Among those affected was a British couple who had intended to fly to Gran Canaria with their family to get married.Bricklayer Alan Jee, 42, was five minutes away from his scheduled flight time when he learned the news. The flights for 30 of his friends and family — including fiancee Donna Smith — were also affected.“My missus just burst straight into tears, and my mother-in-law, and my mum,” he said. “They (Monarch) are doing absolutely nothing about it whatsoever, they’ve palmed us off.”Greybull Capital LLP, which owns The Monarch Group, said it was “deeply saddened” by the airline’s failure.___Kurtenbach reported from Tokyo.___Monarch Airlines: read more

Brock talk on Ukraine crisis rescheduled for March 19

The Brock University public panel discussion on the political crisis in Ukraine, which was cancelled on March 12, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 19.A group of professors will share their perspectives and historical contexts on the ongoing situation in the Eastern European country – from the deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine to the March 16 Crimean autonomy referendum.The rescheduled talk takes place Wednesday, March 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Thistle 325 at the University.This community discussion is open to the public.The new list of panelists include:Viktor Avdeev, a visiting professor from the Faculty of World Politics at Moscow State University who is teaching Russian history at Brock this termStefan Dolgert (moderator), assistant professor of political science, of Ukrainian descentJuris Dreifelds, an associate professor of political science of Latvian origin who specializes in Russian and Ukrainian politicsPaul Hamilton, associate professor of political science, who specializes in comparative politics and the European UnionBohdan Y. Nebesio, an associate professor of communication, popular culture and film, of Ukrainian descent, who published a Historical Dictionary of Ukraine in 2013 read more

Coast Guard tows Russian ship carrying fuel that was drifting in rough

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 11:00 pm MDT Coast Guard tows Russian ship carrying fuel that was drifting in rough seas off Canadian coast OLD MASSETT, B.C. – Canadian coast guard officials secured a towline to a Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel as it drifted without power in rough seas off British Columbia’s pristine northern coast. The move lessened the threat of the ship running aground, hitting the rocks and causing a spill.The Canadian Forces’ joint rescue co-ordinationcentre said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it made its way from Everett in Washington state to Russia.The Council of the Haida Nation said late Friday the Coast Guard Ship Gordon Reid managed to secure a towline and the two vessels were moving away from the coastline at Gwaii Haanas at 1.5 knots. The statement noted the situation remained highly tenuous, and the outcome was subject to weather. Another coast guard ship was expected to arrive early Saturday and attempt to assist in towing the vessel to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, depending on weather.The ship was drifting northwest in stormy seas Friday, away from shore, but Roger Girouard, an assistant commissioner with the Canadian Coast Guard, said it had no propulsion. The ship lost power late Thursday, officials said.The fear of oil spills is especially acute in British Columbia, where residents remember the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989. Such worries have fed fierce opposition — particularly from environmentalists and Canada’s native tribes — to a current proposal to build a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada’s Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia. Opponents say the proposed pipeline would bring about 220 large oil tankers a year to the province’s coast.The president of the Council of the Haida Nation, warned earlier Friday that a storm coming into the area was expected to push the ship onto the rocky shore.“If it hits where it’s going to hit, this ship is going to be torn apart,” Pete Lantin said. “We expect a catastrophic event and a huge disaster on our hands.”About 5,000 people live on the island and fish for food nearby, Lantin said.Girouard said their top concern was the fuel and diesel oil onboard and the risk that the ship could hit the rocks and break apart.He earlier said if the ship did come apart the rough seas would break up the oil “so we would have an ally there. It’s cold weather so we don’t have a lot of migratory species right at the moment.”He said they have been already moving assets to the region to respond should the break apart and spill.Acting Canadian Sub. Lt. Ron MacDougall said the Simushir, which is about 440 feet (135 metres) long, was carrying “a range of hydrocarbons, mining materials and other related chemicals.” That included 400 tons of bunker oil and 50 tons of diesel.The vessel is not a tanker but rather a container ship. In comparison, the Exxon Valdez, spilled out 35,000 metric tons of oil.A spokesman for Russian shipping firm SASCO, the owners of the vessel, said it is carrying 298 containers of mining equipmentin addition to heavy bunker fuel as well as diesel oil onboard for the voyage.The U.S. Coast Guard had a helicopter on standby in the event that the entire crew needed to be pulled off the ship. Officials said the captain was evacuated, but they were given no further medical details.Rough weather was a concern. MacDougall said there were 18-mph (29-kph) winds with high seas. Environment Canada had issued a storm warning for much of the northern coast, including the area around Haida Gwaii.The Haida Nation said it had set up an emergency command centre in Old Massett, located on the northern tip of Haida Gwaii, in case the vessel runs aground.The Simushir is registered in Kholmsk, Russia, and owned by SASCO, also known as Sakhalin Shipping Company, according to the company’s website. The SASCO website says the ship was built in the Netherlands in 1998._____Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto and Kathy McCarthy in Seattle, Washington contributed to this report. read more

Ban welcomes South Sudan Governments decision to accept proposal on return of

According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the compromise was developed through the efforts of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (JMEC) along with regional and international partners. “The Secretary-General is hopeful that this will enable the swift formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity, and the full implementation of the country’s peace agreement,” said the statement, adding that maintaining a spirit of cooperation will be crucial as the country’s leaders begin the work of reversing the years of destruction this conflict has brought upon the people of South Sudan. The statement said that Mr. Ban now calls on Mr. Machar to return to the capital, Juba, without delay and without further conditions which could jeopardize the fragile peace process and prolong the suffering of the South Sudanese people.The UN chief in his statement commended the efforts of JMEC Chairperson, former President Festus Mogae [Botswana] and of the African Union High Representative, former President Alpha Konaré [Malia], to resolve the impasse. “He urges all regional and international partners to support actively the continued implementation of the peace agreement,” the statement concludes.The Secretary-General emphasized the importance of quickly establishing the Transitional Government of National Unity, which was agreed to as part of a peace agreement signed in August of last year by both South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Mr. Machar. read more

Track And Field May Scrap Its Records Because Of Doping Scandals Is

The Russian doping affair that became public with a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency-supported independent commission in 2016 is only the latest doping scandal to rock the world of track and field. From the wide-scale doping programs in the 1980s Soviet Union and East Germany, to Ben Johnson and the Balco scandal that snared Marion Jones, doping has a long history in the sport.Now, a proposal developed by European Athletics and submitted to track and field’s international governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, aims to wipe the slate clean.The proposed rules would essentially annul records set before 2005, when new anti-doping standards took effect. “It’s a radical solution for sure, but those of us who love athletics are tired of the cloud of doubt and innuendo that has hung over our records for too long,” EA President President Svein Arne Hansen said in a statement. IAAF President Sebastian Coe has also expressed support for the proposal, and the IAAF plans to consider it by the end of the year.We gathered a few runners and sports journalists to discuss the proposal, the ethical issues it raises and what track and field might do to improve the sport’s credibility. The transcript has been lightly edited.Our participants:Christie Aschwanden is a lifelong runner and lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight.Bonnie Ford is an enterprise and Olympics reporter for ESPN, where she has written extensively about doping in sports.Kara Goucher is a two-time Olympian, an American record holder, World Championships silver medalist, and one of America’s most accomplished distance runners.Alex Hutchinson is a former physicist and national-class runner who covers the science of endurance sport for Runner’s World and other publications.Christie: Let’s talk about the specifics of the proposed rules in a minute. But first, I want to ask about the intention here. According to the proposal’s text:The sad reality is that there are records on the books at the World, Area (continental) and national levels in which people in the sport, the media and the public do not have full and complete confidence.Do you agree that there are records on the books that are questionable? Solutions aside for a moment, is the EA’s characterization of the problem accurate?Kara: Yes, I’d agree that there are records that are suspect.Bonnie: True. I’d add that this could be said of any modern sport.Alex: That’s an understatement. There are records we know were drug-aided. And there are some that are suspect for other reasons, i.e., Florence Griffith-Joyner’s record was almost certainly wind-aided.Christie: It’s interesting to see track and field address the doping issue in this way. Bonnie, do you know of any other sports that have seriously considered revising their records to account for doping (or other forms of cheating)?Bonnie: There was a big debate in swimming after the introduction/impact of the “tech suits,” [special suits that increased buoyancy and decreased drag] and 43 world records went down at the 2009 Rome worlds. Suits are now far more strictly regulated, but those records were ultimately left standing. Some “tech suit” records now have been broken or are being challenged.Christie: So in track and field, is this a case where there are certain records that are widely considered suspect, or are all of them suspect?Kara: That’s a good question. I think some are considered more suspect than others, but sadly, suspicion looms over most now.Bonnie: I do NOT by any means think all the extraordinary performances in track were achieved by doping.Alex: I don’t think it’s a binary answer. There’s no record I’m 100 percent sure is clean and no record I’m 100 percent sure is dirty. But as Kara says, some are a heck of a lot more suspicious that others. If the records are reset, there will absolutely be some clean athletes who lose records.Kara: I agree with Alex, and that’s why I think the reset is dangerous.Christie: OK, so let’s get to the proposal itself, which says that world and European records can only be recognized if:the performance is achieved at competitions on a list of approved international events where the highest standards of officiating and technical equipment can be guaranteed;the athlete has been subject to an agreed-upon number of doping control tests in the months leading up to the performance; andthe doping control sample taken after the record is stored and available for retesting for 10 years.Reasonable?Kara: I like the idea of stricter testing. I like the idea of scheduled retesting. But I think this must be grandfathered in. I am opposed to erasing records set prior to 2005.Bonnie: No. 1 seems like a no-brainer. No. 3 is now WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) standard and, as Kara said, should be grandfathered. Broad philosophy-wise: I oppose scrubbing any records for a few reasons. First, it does not give athletes due process. Second, record books are a reflection of actual events, not a perfect text.Alex: I think the specific rules are fine. In a sense, I think they just wanted some change in rules as a legally defensible way of wiping the record slate clean. They say as much in their report.Christie: So Kara, you would be in favor of adopting these rules going forward but not eliminating the existing records?Kara: Yes, I could agree to that. But I’d like to see more clarification on how many tests they need and how often the will retest the stored sample. No. 2 is the hardest to implement.Bonnie: No. 2 is the tricky one. It LOOKS like a simple, easy fix to require a certain number of drug tests. But that would require a change in the WADA code and would be a nightmarish extra layer of bureaucracy.Christie: Kara, you have been a whistleblower and a vocal advocate for clean sport. Do you have a sense of how this proposal is being received among your peers?Kara: I think most people are for the proposal moving forward, but we are more concerned with what is happening in competitions right now. We are a little frustrated that it is focused on world records and not just clean competition across the board.Bonnie: The International Olympic Committee has also advanced this notion of having a required number of tests in a period before the Olympics, but the global infrastructure simply doesn’t exist to do this right now.Kara: Agree with Bonnie that it sounds good but will be nearly impossible to implement.Bonnie: And how would you account for someone who was not in a testing pool but qualifies for an Olympic or world team? It happens.Kara: It does happen.Christie: You raise an interesting issue, Kara. With these sorts of proposals I wonder how much of it is aimed at showing that the bureaucrats are doing something versus doing the most effective things they can to address the problems.Kara: Christie, that’s honestly how I feel. This is to show they care, to get good press. But what are they doing about actual everyday problems? Are they addressing competitions now?Alex: That’s an interesting point — focusing on world records is “easier” than cleaning up the sport at large.Christie: Do we know that new records are cleaner? There’s been a lot of suspicion about some recent records.Kara: We don’t know that new records are cleaner. We have seen two “unbreakable” records go down in women’s distance running in the last two years. Are those breakable?Bonnie: I view erasing sports history as just as dicey as erasing other history! If there are questionable records, letting them stand is a continual reminder that the system failed the industry, the athletes and fans, and that the system needs to be constantly monitored and improved.Kara: Yes, and the IAAF doesn’t like that.Alex: It’s maybe worth pointing out that history won’t be fully erased. Those times will still be in the books as part of IAAF history, much like Uwe Hohn’s javelin record under the old specifications. They just won’t be recognized as the current records. No one will forget, say, Marita Koch.1Koch set the world record in the 400 meters in 1985 as a member of the East German team, which was later found to have carried out a systematic doping program.Christie: Given how many of the recent doping scandals have been exposed due to whistleblowing and investigative work, not doping tests, is the reliance of these proposed rules on doping tests going to assure that new records are clean?Kara: I’d say absolutely not.Christie: Yeah, one of the problems with doping (and the fallibility of testing) is that it makes every good performance suspect. How do you balance the need to root out cheaters with the desire to recognize truly great performances?Kara: That’s the sad part of all of this. It makes all great performances be taken with a grain of salt.Bonnie: I can’t stress this enough: You can’t ever be completely sure.Kara: Agree — you can never be 100 percent sure either way.Christie: Right, you can’t prove you’re clean. Remember when Lance Armstrong talked about how many tests he’d passed? And that Nike ad where he said, “What am I on? I’m on my bike, bustin’ my ass, six hours a day.” It really comes down to trust. How does the sport win that back?Kara: Well, that’s the frustrating part. Lance never failed a test (although that is now disputable), so what does that prove? Nothing. Trust will only be won when the IAAF isn’t afraid to nail big names.Christie: Good point. The Armstrong case shows just how vested a sport and all its stakeholders can be in the sport’s stars.Bonnie: So what truly is the point of putting some world records back “within reach”? It does not eliminate the mistrust factor, so is it to benefit athletes who would get bonuses, or sponsors who would promote those athletes? Kara — you would know more about this; are there big incentives for world records written into contracts, or has that faded from fashion?Kara: No, there are still big incentives.Christie: So one question is whether the focus on records actually has a negative effect here, by incentivizing unbelievable performances.Kara: I think that people want records; they think that makes the sport more popular and interesting. But the competition can be sold in a way that is interesting. We don’t need world records for people to watch.Alex: So to me, it feels a little extra unfair for once-in-a-generation athletes who spend their careers being compared to ridiculous records. But then again, I thought that about the women’s 10,000 record too, which, as someone mentioned above, went down last year.Bonnie: I know track is a point-A-to-point-B sport, but shouldn’t the work and results be its own reward? (Easy for me to say, I know.) For example, there are mountains in the Tour de France that will likely never be climbed as fast as they were a while ago, but there’s still a winner and a best athlete on the day.Kara: I like Bonnie’s point. We need better marketing and selling of stories and personalities.Alex: There’s always a tension in the sport between those who think it should be all about head-to-head competition and those who think it’s about the clock or measuring tape. I think both are important and exciting, but I definitely think the ability to compare current stars to “all time” is one of the sport’s attractions. So records do have some meaning, even given the haziness surrounding some of them. To me, that’s one argument for trying to make at least some sort of attempt at keeping the records “real.”Bonnie: Alex is right in that there is a thrill, even in the press box, of being present to see a world record broken.Alex: I’m actually kind of ambivalent about the proposal.But given that Kara and Bonnie seem to be skeptical, I’ll try to articulate a bit some of the pros … 🙂Bonnie: Alex, I am interested in the pros, because I’m totally down on this proposal. I see it as a mixture of shell game and ill-conceived PR.Kara: Alex, I hear what you are saying, but you liked the sub-two-hour marathon attempt, right? It was interesting. It was captivating. But at the end of the day, it wouldn’t have been a real record.Alex: Yeah, that turned out to be way more exciting than I expected — but to me, that sort of argues that the pursuit of never-been-done times does have an attraction.Christie: As a fan, I prefer to watch a race like the 1500, where tactics come into play, over a race where everything spreads out and one runner dominates.Bonnie: Same with the marathon, Christie. I like seeing how athletes interact in real (and imperfect) conditions.Kara: There is a place for records and fast running, but there is still just as much thrill in head-to-head competition on the track or on the field. We’ve gotten away from that.Alex: It seems we’re sort of arguing here that world records aren’t that important. But if so, why the angst about resetting them?Kara: Well, they are important. But a world record is a world record, and it should be hard and it should be rare and it shouldn’t be taken away because we don’t like that they haven’t been broken in a long time.Alex: To me, you scan down the list of current records, and the message it sends is a white flag of surrender — like we’ve given up even pretending that the records are supposed to be undoped. Marita Koch’s doping regimen was released after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and there are other records that aren’t much more credible than hers.Bonnie: There are outlier cases like Koch’s where there is specific evidence out there, but that doesn’t exist for many/most old world records. My angst is from the athletes’ rights perspective.Kara: Imagine you are Mike Powell and you had a magical day and now you are told that your record doesn’t matter because no one has broken it. That’s insane! World records should be rare — they are magical moments when people achieve a new level of human greatness.Alex: Maybe it’s a messaging problem. The proposal clearly states that they’re not implying guilt or “taking away” records. They’re just starting a new list as of 2005. Just like the javelin, which changed technical specs in the 1980s. Instead of talking about “erasing” world records, maybe we should talk about starting a new list of post-2005 records, which will be listed alongside the pre-2005 records in the books.Just like, since turning 40, I get to keep track of my new “masters” PRs …Bonnie: I hear you, Alex. But what I don’t like is the implication that anti-doping now is foolproof. What happens when the “new” records get upended after retesting? Even more of a credibility issue, IMO.Alex: I guess I don’t take the implication that anti-doping is foolproof. No one could possibly believe that. They’re not trying to be perfect, they’re trying to be better.Kara: And yes, I think that is a huge part of it. We are seeing people beat some of these records now that were thought to be unbreakable. So now we are just supposed to believe it because of stored samples?Bonnie: Christie said that for this discussion, we should pretend we’re at a bar. I feel like I’m a couple drinks in.Christie: Ha 🍸Alex: 🙂Christie: So what would you all think of adopting these new rules, but only henceforth? So the old records stay, but new ones have to meet the new criteria. Then you have a line in the sand where records before/after either did or didn’t meet these criteria. (For whatever the criteria are worth.)Kara: I’m fine with requiring more testing. Athletes should always want more testing. But it should not erase what has happened in the past.Alex: Yeah, people like Powell, Paula Radcliffe — I totally understand why they’d be opposed. And maybe that’s sufficient reason not to do it. But then again, maybe there are broader sport-wide benefits that outweigh their needs. (And of course, me naming those two names carries a lot of implicit judgment that is totally fallible!)Christie: Alex, to me this is one of the most insidious things about doping — the atmosphere of suspicion that it creates. It’s totally unfair to clean athletes, but every athlete insists that s/he’s clean! I wrote a story about doping in advance of the 2012 Olympics and while interviewing an athlete who’d started a foundation to promote clean sport, all I could think of was, this is great PR.Kara: Christie, I don’t blame you. And that’s sad! But that’s the world we are in now. To be honest, I am the most skeptical person. I hardly believe anything I see. But I feel so strongly that it is wrong to put an asterisk next to records before 2005.Alex: Kara, you’ve now got a World Championship silver — surely that’s the kind of past that deserves updating! 🙂Kara: But that’s the frustrating thing. I don’t have a WC silver. I have never heard from the IAAF or USA Track & Field [the governing body for the sport in the U.S.]. I still have my bronze. How about they help athletes who have been cheated? Focus on that instead of a big PR move about world records.Alex: Ha, well that’s a fair point.Christie: Kara, I will throw you a huge party and ceremony when they finally deliver that medal! (Hopefully I’ll still be young enough to stand up and clap.)Kara: Haha, I’d love that! I hope that it can be something special I can share with my son and not just mailed to me 10 years after the fact.Christie: OK, let’s start to wrap up. If you were put in charge of the IAAF, what would you do to address these issues and improve the sport’s integrity?Bonnie: 1) Get their own house in order. 2) Show leadership in quality and geographic reach/fairness of testing. 3) Show leadership in quality of service to athletes denied medals by doping. 4) Serious consequences for nations/federations with multiple violations (standard TBD) of organized doping.Kara: All of Bonnie’s points are spot on. How can we trust anything until WADA and IAAF get their act together?Alex: I wish I had a useful answer. Stop accepting bribes?Kara: Yes, that would be a start!Bonnie: I just downed another fictional drink! O-pa!Kara: 😂Alex: Seriously, I don’t have any magical solutions. They should start by doing all the stuff that people like me assumed they were doing all along, until the scandals really started breaking the last few years. As for world records, it doesn’t really bother me one way or the other. I’m not sure I see enough positives from resetting the records to be worth the hassle and ill will it creates. But if they do it, I won’t be too upset either. As long as they don’t touch my City of Toronto Grade 9 1500 record (which was actually scrubbed from the books when they changed the age categories, now that I think about it).Kara: Sounds like a good record!Alex: And now no one can break it. 🙂Christie: 🏆 for you, Alex. I held my high school 1600-meter record for 22 years. For most of those years, I thought the event was the mile, but then I found out that 1600m is just short of a full mile! Not only that, the official record was 3 seconds slower than I remembered it. (The older I get, the faster I was …)Bonnie: I have no records, other than “time spent procrastinating while writing.”Kara: Well, I’m sure that record is clean, Bonnie.Bonnie: Fortunately, chocolate and Diet Coke are not on the banned list.Christie: This has been really fun. Final thoughts?Kara: I do think that athletes should be demanding more change. The more people are outspoken and join forces, the more likely people in charge will be to listen. Look at how amazing the response was for Lily King in Rio. We need more of that.Bonnie: Athletes have more power than they know. I truly think they are the only ones who can force/shape a more rational, honest system.Alex: I agree with Kara that athletes have an important role to play in demanding change. But as Kara and others know, that’s a very, very hard role to play while also trying to compete at an elite level.Kara: People in charge don’t like “whistleblowers.” They are a problem. Do you think the IAAF is reaching out to them and asking what they know? They are not.Bonnie: There’s some interesting research ongoing now about how athletes themselves can probably exert the most pressure on each other, but that is hard for any human in any field.Kara: Competing while being outspoken has been impossible at times. But the more people that do it, the easier it becomes.Bonnie: But if we look at some of the really seminal labor events in sports — the women’s tennis tour, for example — active athletes can have such a huge impact. And anti-doping is part of working conditions, when you come right down to it.Christie: That feels like a nice note to end on. Thanks everyone!Alex: Thanks, all!Kara: Thanks for respectful dialogue!!Bonnie: Thank you! Fun and informative. read more

African star Wael Jallouz joins FC Barcelona

One of the best and most perspective African players, Tunisian left back Wael Jallouz (23) has signed two years contract with Spanish FC Barcelona. He left German THW Kiel after only one season on Baltic coast. Jaluz came to Germany in the summer 2013 with high expectations, but he wasn’t in the serious plans of Alfred Gislason from the very beginning. Period of adaptation was too long and this kind of conclusion was expected, even more after club signed Joan Canellas, one more left back from HSV Handball.Jaluz has played in Hammamet before he came to Kiel. He is regular member of Tunisian national team. Wael competed at Olympic Games 2012 and will be one of the biggest strength of Tunisians in Qatar 2015.PHOTO: FC BARCELONA FC BarcelonahandballWael Jaluz ← Previous Story Men’s U2O EURO 2014 – DAY 1: Favorites have no mercy! Next Story → Qatari handball revolution, Khalid Seif Al Kuwari (El Jaish): We have our dreams read more

Death toll continues to rise following suicide bombing at Pakistan military HQ

first_imgOur initial assessment is that the bomber was possibly on a bicycle and he then approached the target on foot.The blast left the market place a mess of twisted shutters and rubble, with pieces of human flesh scattered on the ground, an AFP reporter said.The TTP have been waging a bloody campaign against the Pakistani state since 2007, carrying out countless bomb and gun attacks, often on military targets.The military headquarters came under attack in 2009, when militants laid siege to the complex for 24 hours. A total of 19 people died including eight militants.Security officials examine the site of the suicide bombing. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed this morning’s attack as payback for a deadly military raid on a radical mosque in Rawalpindi in 2007.“It was carried by one of our suicide bombers to take revenge for the Red Mosque massacre,” he told AFP.“We will continue our struggle against the secular system.”Eyewitnesses described the power of the explosion.“I was reading a newspaper after opening my shop and all of a sudden I heard a big blast,” Liaqat Ali, a grocery shop owner near the site told AFP. A TALIBAN SUICIDE bomber has killed at least 13 people in a market next to Pakistan’s military headquarters, a day after one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent years.A further 18 people were wounded in the blast which tore through RA bazaar in Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s twin city, only 15 metres from the army’s General Headquarters early this morning.It came a day after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed 26 soldiers and wounded at least 25 others in a suicide bombing in the northwestern town of Bannu.Upturn in violenceTwo high-profile attacks in 24 hours mark a sharp upturn in violence from the TTP after a period of relative quiet following the death of their leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike in November.Haroon Joya, a senior police official at the scene of Monday’s blast, told reporters six soldiers and seven civilians had been killed.“It was a suicide attack, we are collecting evidence from the spot. We have collected some body parts suspected to be of the suicide bomber,” he said.Earlier, the top government official in Rawalpindi, Sajid Zafar Dall said 18 people were wounded in the blast.“The attack occurred when children were going to school”, he said. Army troops secure a road leading to the site. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)“The intensity of the blast threw me off my chair. I rushed outside and saw smoke and smoke everywhere. I saw injured laying and screaming on ground.”Police and commandos cordoned off the area as ambulances took wounded to a nearby military hospital.Analysts said the Taliban’s ability to carry out two such high-profile attacks in quick succession raised fresh questions about Pakistan’s strategy for dealing with the homegrown militant threat.- © AFP, 2014Yesterday: Taliban bomb blast kills 20 soldiers in Pakistan >In Pakistan: School and stadium to be renamed for teenage hero >last_img read more

Working in Clark County John LaBerge Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie

first_imgJohn LaBerge is a true Renaissance man. A gym rat in his youth, he worked professionally in social services and played music on Venice Beach, Calif., later in life. Today he is the chief operating officer at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie, an ethereal corner shop in downtown Vancouver, where he greets visitors with an invitation to leisurely enjoy the colorful and aromatic wares. Sometimes customers come in seeking potions to help them work through a personal problem, LaBerge says. “We can help them create an aura or a mood with scent, and can help them present themselves in a certain way — for a job or for a date, or help raise their self-esteem. But we remind them that we are simply perfumers who make things for enjoyment, mixing the centuries-old art of perfuming with regard to the folklore surrounding each ingredient, with the cutting-edge science of pheromones.”Name: John LaBerge.Neighborhood: Esther Short.Business name: Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie, 703 Main St., 360-695-3965, and on Facebook.Age: 50.Background: I was born in Longview and raised in Puyallup. I grew up with three brothers and three sisters and we were always competing with each other in sports. My brother Luke and I played college basketball. He played at Green River Community College and I played for Lower Columbia College in Longview. I graduated from University of Washington in psychology and music. I worked with the ARC of Cowlitz Valley, and also for the Department of Children & Family Services in Kelso and in Arizona as a child protection services investigator.How and when you got started in your business: I have always been a performer, acting and singing. I became friends with the owner of Love Potion, Mara Fox, in 1992 when we met on Venice Beach, Calif., and began recording music together. She played guitar and sang with the all-girls rock group Precious Metal. (You can still catch some of their stuff on YouTube.)About 15 years and several jobs later, we met up again and decided to work together on her online perfume business called Love Potion Perfumes. This field was something very different from anything else I had done in my life to this point. It was exciting because I now got to be a part of a company helping people feel good, smell great and aiding them in creating or maintaining their relationships. People were so happy with our incredible scents, it really gave me a good feeling to be a part of it.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri reveals Hazards best position on the pitch

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, attempted to explain the very best position for an on-fire Eden Hazard during Saturday’s match vs Leicester City.As Chelsea gets ready for the upcoming Premier League match against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, manager Maurizio Sarri offered a great lecture on how to use Eden Hazard the best for the squad’s benefit.The Belgian player started the season on fire for the Blues, then he fell injured and lowered his goal-production just a bit but he seems to have recovered it as he has scored in Chelsea’s last two matches in two different competitions.Now that Sarri’s best player is back in top form, the Italian manager understands that a superstar like him can literally be used in any part of the pitch and he will be just as good.Sarri is thinking something very similar to what legendary manager Carlos Bilardo used to think about Messi or Maradona, these are players who can even be recognized as box-to-box stars and their repertoire is too great to waste by limiting them to a specific part of the pitch.Given how great Hazard is playing this season, he is the type of player who can’t really get any restrictions because he can change the outcome of the game at any given moment throughout the 90 minutes.What is @HazardEden10’s best position?Maurizio Sarri has had his say… 👇— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 21, 2018But using Eden Hazard so free up front, means that the main strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata would remain on the bench at least at the start of the match.Given that Maurizio Sarri’s tactical modification has worked very well in the last two matches, the boss has decided to start using Eden in that position on a more permanent basis.The Italian manager explained that he had to talk individually with each player, he confirmed that none of them showed any signs of disagreement because they know that Eden Hazard is one of the best players in the world and he might be the one who can take them to win trophies this season.It’s funny how we were the ones who talked more in-depth about Sarri using Hazard as a ‘False 9’ a few weeks ago, and now the wager has worked out perfectly for the club.The interesting part of this experiment, will come when Eden Hazard gets to play in the same position against a more complicated rival.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.When that happens, we will know if this experiment that Sarri is conducting with his best player really is the answer to all of Chelsea’s questions.That’s 99 goals for @HazardEden10!💯 coming soon, Eden? 👀 #CHEBOU— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 19, 2018“In the first match it was a tactical choice, then I wanted to see if the solution could work in all situations, so I needed two or three matches to be sure it’s the right solution,” said Sarri via Chelsea’s official website.“I explained my point of view to Giroud and we will see. At the moment it’s good, we played a good match against City and at Brighton we were very dangerous for 60 minutes and then it was a difficult kind of match, very physical, not the best for us.”“We needed to kill the match before, my players felt it was under control and without problems. We need to avoid this because on the pitch we need to keep the match in that situation.”“I don’t know at the moment, Giroud played 90 minutes three days ago and Morata started training with the group only yesterday after 10 days, so we will see in the last training session.”“I don’t know because I was sure about the match against City, of course not the result, but that with Hazard in that position we could play a good match, I was quite sure.”“Then against Brighton I started to see this situation in different matches, now I want to see it in a home match against a team who are very compact with low density, we have to see,” he concluded.Chelsea v Leicester tomorrow! 👌 #FlashbackFriday— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 21, 2018What do you think about Maurizio Sarri’s decision to give Eden Hazard more freedom to play up front at Chelsea? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

PDM cautions Minister on rushed Immigration bills

first_img Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Related Items:immigration bill, Pdm, rushed, sharlene robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Sept 2015 – The PDM Leader is troubled by the hastiness to pass the 2015 Immigration & Status Bill as the Government is preparing to, as the PDM put it, force through the Bills on September 14, 2015.In October the PDM was successful in halting the Bill due to lack of consultation and public awareness on the changes within the Immigration & Status Bill however the party is now saying that more time should be given so that a detailed approach outlining what exists now, what is being proposed and the reasons for same can be better understood by all.The responses from individuals at the first public meeting in Provo prompted the PNP’s own Party Treasurer to ask the Minister publicly for a longer educational process. The one week of public consultation left many heads spinning, says the PDM Leader, and ignited concerns over the rushed and hurried approach to something so critical and fundamental.Hon Sharlene Robinson adds, that during the last House of Assembly Meeting on an immigration amendment, the Government had no statistics or pressing information to support their hurried approach on its major policy change.The PDM is calling on the government to take another look at its Bills, engage in meaningful educational and informative consultations that would take into account the wishes of the people.PDM Leader says that there should be a proper balance between adequate protections for TCIslanders and the need for growth in the country. Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BJP cautions separatists not to hoodwink Kashmiri Pandits

first_imgSRINAGAR: Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesman on Kashmir affairs on Friday said that Kashmiri Pandits did not need anybody’s certificate on their commitment to the nation. “Kashmiri Pandits do not need anybody’s certificate on their commitment to nation. Kashmir was, is and will always be an integral part of India. Any attempt by the Hurriyat to hoodwink a few Kashmiri Pandits suggests that they are desperate and trying to play a double game,” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Chrungoo warned Hurriyat leaders to “keep their hands off Kashmiri Pandits” and asked the latter to remain united. Claiming that some headlines like “We want Kashmiri Pandits to be part of our voice” were seemingly finding space in the media for some days, the BJP leader said: “It becomes important to clarify that the NIA investigations have exposed the real face of the separatist elements in Kashmir.” Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “These elements are cautioned not to dream of any kind of bonhomie with the Kashmiri Pandit community in context with the so-called voice of Kashmir,” Chungroo asserted. He said the primary objective of the BJP in Kashmir was peace, but the establishment of peace was incidental to elimination of terrorism. “The spree of death and destruction has to end at all costs. Cross-border terrorism has to come to an end. Pakistan needs to mend its ways and requires to be seen, at a global level, as a state seriously involved in finishing terrorism. Advertise With Us “It will also have to come up to its promise that it will not allow its land and the land under its control to be used against India. “India has a consistent policy regarding terrorism, and terror and talks cannot go together. “Zero tolerance against terror and corruption is the guiding principle of governance of the Modi government,” he said.last_img read more

GHMC to develop 47 Urban Theme Parks

first_imgHyderabad: As part of ongoing Swachh Hyderabad programme, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is planning to develop about 15 various theme parks and 47 urban theme parks with a budget of Rs. 120 Crores, informed GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan here on Friday. In this connection, the Mayor held a meeting with Commissioner Dana Kishore, Zonal Commissioner Srinivas Reddy, Additional Commissioner Krishna, Chief Engineer Suresh and the consultant members of Theme parks designing. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us No major parks were developed after present parks Indira Park, Vengala Park, Krishnakanth Park and Cha Cha Nehru Park which were built way long back, said the Mayor. In order to provide a better quality of life, living space, the GHMC is identifying open places of more than 1 acre of the area to develop theme parks, the Mayor added. So far, about 47 open spaces have been identified and they will be developed as Theme Parks with Rs.120 Crores. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us The Theme Parks include at least 12 Swachh Theme Parks with 2 parks in each of 6 Zones which projects the Swachh activities like, separation of dry and wet waste, compost plant, water harvesting pits, maintenance of transfer station, plastic re-cycling, dump yard capping and activities of Saaf Hyderabad- Shaandar Hyderabad, and these should be developed within a period 4 months, said the Mayor to the Urban bio-diversity officials. Advertise With Us Apart from these parks other parks like Solid Waste Management, Traffic-related, rainwater harvesting, Children parks, Telangana culture, Universal Theme parks, Science Park, rain forest, adventure parks theme parks etc. Since there is no special park for children, preference will be given to developing children parks in out of proposed development of 47 theme parks in the city, the Mayor said. Further, the Mayor said that while constructing these Theme Parks, special care would be taken around the park for harvesting rainwater and an underground tank would be built for the store of water. Speaking on the occasion, the GHMC Commissioner instructed the officials to prepare estimates and submit the proposals so as to get nod in the ensuing General Body meeting. The treated water from STP plant nearby park will be used for maintenance of park and steps to be taken to visit school children to the theme parks. Commissioner said requests were received from IT companies to make theme park with e-waste, said the Commissioner.last_img read more

Facebook Google and Twitter have circulated some of the most outrageous fake

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Facebook, Google and Twitter have circulated some of the most outrageous fake newscenter_img Since Donald Trumps 2016 presidential election campaign trail, fake news has been thrust into the spotlight. Tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have come under scrutiny for failing to stop the circulation of fake news. On 31 October, representatives from these three tech companies are testifying on Capitol Hill for the Russian-tie investigation for the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign.last_img read more

A family detained in police station for 24 hours

first_img.Police of the Mirpur model police station on Thursday afternoon picked up eight members of a family, including a 70-year-old, reportedly to resolve a family dispute.The police placed two men of the family in jail and remaining six were detained in a room for over 24 hours.The victims were released the next day after they gave undertakings.The family alleged that the police have threatened to pick them up again if they created any further ‘trouble’.Rowshon Ara Parvin, a member of the victim’s family, said they had a dispute over an apartment located in Dakkhin Pirerbagh with their sister-in-law Rahima Begum.They filed a general diary against Rahima Begum on Wednesday at the Mirpur Model police station after she beat her mother-in-law, Firoza Begum, Rowshan said.They family alleged that the day after this incident, the police picked them up. The family said, Rahima’s brother Mainul Hossain, who is the police superintended of Patuakhali, influenced the Mirpur police to harass them.Besides Rowshan Ara and her mother, the others detained were her sister Shahanara Parvin, 40, two daughters, her son, her niece and a relative.Rowshan Ara said Rahima Begum locked up their apartment on Thursday noon.They informed the Mirpur model police station inspector Mehdi Hasan, who was also the investigation officer of the GD, over phone about the incident. The inspector then visited their house, she added.Later Rahima’s brother talked to the inspector over phone. A police van came shortly after that and picked them all up.  Rahima and her brother have filed five cases against them including one under women repression prevention act, Rowshan Ara added.The officer-in-charge of Mirpur police station said the family was detained as a First Information Report (FIR) was filed on them by Rahima Begum.Patuakhali police super Mainul Hossain denied influencing the Mirpur police to arrest the family. He said, “Rahima is my sister. Her mother-in-law Firoza Begum used to torture her for dowry. Her husband, who lives in Germany, also asked for dowry several times. So we filed the case. The law runs its own course.”The family has sent a video clip of the Thursday incident to Prothom Alo office that shows Rahima was talking to someone over phone and planning to take over the apartment by locking it.Rahima in the clip was also saying that, police would not do anything to her as her brother is a police officer.last_img read more

Gawker Website Acquired by Bustle Owner for 135 Million in Bankruptcy Auction has been dormant since August 2016, after it was sued into bankruptcy via three lawsuits funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who was unhappy about a Gawker story that reported that he was gay. The legal woes led to Gawker filing for bankruptcy and the sale of six of the company’s websites to Univision Communications for $135 million in 2016.Coincidentally, earlier this week Univision announced that it is exploring the sale of the former Gawker sites, as well as its stake in The Onion, with the Hispanic media company saying it will focus on its core business.In 2016, Thiel was revealed to have funded wrestler Hulk Hogan’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, along with two other suits.Thiel actually had been trying to acquire the Gawker assets — with observers speculating he just wanted to shut down the website and its archives — but backed out this spring, evidently wishing to avoid unwanted publicity and legal costs.Hogan successfully won judgments for $140 million in damages in the case against Gawker, which had published a sex video showing the wrestler in flagrante delicto with his ex-friend’s wife. Under a bankruptcy court settlement for $31 million, Hogan — whose real name is Terry Bollea — is entitled to 45% of the proceeds from the sale of Gawker. (In addition, the article with the sex video of Bollea was deleted from the Gawker site.)New York-based Bustle Digital Group, founded in 2013, targets millennial women readers, attracting nearly 80 million visitors to its publications: Bustle, Romper, Elite Daily, and the Zoe Report.Goldberg’s winning bid for must still be approved by the bankruptcy court.One of the losing biders for the Gawker assets was Kevin Lee, executive chairman and co-founder of digital-marketing firm Didit. Lee had intended to rename the website “Gawker for Good,” with a plan to cover “positive stories about celebrities and sports personalities within the entertainment, sports and music industries.” He had been proposing to donate half of all ad revenue to charities selected by both readers and celebrities who co-authored the content. Popular on Variety Bryan Goldberg, the digital-media entrepreneur who owns Bustle Digital Group, has acquired the assets of, the media gossip blog that’s been dormant for two years, for $1.35 million in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court auction.A Bustle spokeswoman confirmed that the successful bid for Gawker was by BDG GMGI Acquisition, a holding company owned and managed by Bryan Goldberg, separate from Bustle. The company declined to comment further.The Gawker Media assets acquired by Goldberg include the domain name, social-media accounts and an archive of almost 200,000 articles.It’s not clear what Goldberg plans to do with the remnants of Gawker. In a memo to Bustle staff obtained by CNN, Goldberg wrote, “You are probably wondering what happens next. The short answer is this — not much. We have no immediate plans to re-launch Gawker. For now, things will stay as they are.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Phil Spencer Wants Xbox One To Play Original Xbox Games

first_imgThe Xbox One has very few advantages over its main rival the PS4, but one key area where Microsoft has outdone Sony is backwards compatibility. Slowly but surely Microsoft has been unlocking the Xbox 360’s huge library of games and allowing the original discs to play when inserted into the Xbox One.Now it seems, there’s a chance that compatibility could jump back another generation and unlock those original Xbox games you have gathering dust on your shelf.Although it’s not happening yet, Phil Spencer has confirmed on Twitter that it’s something he’d very much like to do:@James1o1o We haven’t ruled it out but we aren’t working on it right now. I’d like to find the time to do it.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 12, 2016In total, there were 1,045 game released for the original Xbox. That includes 289 exclusive to North America, 96 exclusive to Europe, and 44 exclusive to Japan. When the Xbox 360 was launched backwards compatibility was touted, but mostly treated as an afterthought. Only a small subset of Xbox games ended up working on the 360, and even then some of them didn’t work well (artifacts, software errors etc.).Adding original Xbox game compatibility to the Xbox One would help make up for the lack of effort put into the feature on the Xbox 360. Xbox games have long since disappeared from the used game shelves, though, so it’s going to be collector’s who appreciate this the most (if it ends up happening).With the Xbox One Microsoft made the switch to an x86 architecture, and that isn’t going to change looking at future hardware releases. Scorpio will be an x86 machine. Whatever comes after Scorpio will probably be an x86 machine. So this work on backwards compatibility will continue to be of benefit to Microsoft long after the Xbox One has been replaced. Sony would do well to take notice.last_img read more

H2CAR could fuel entire US transportation sector

first_imgA possible configuration of the proposed H2CAR process. Image credit: Rakesh Agrawal, et al. New biofuels process promises to meet all US transportation needs In a recent study, scientists have demonstrated that a hybrid system of hydrogen and carbon can produce a sufficient amount of liquid hydrocarbon fuels to power the entire U.S. transportation sector. Using biomass to produce the carbon, and solar energy to produce hydrogen, the process requires only a fraction of the land area needed by other proposed methods. Citation: H2CAR could fuel entire U.S. transportation sector (2007, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from According to Purdue University scientists Rakesh Agrawal, Navneet Singh, Fabio Ribeiro, and Nicholas Delgass, this appealing scenario is well within reach of current or near-future technology. “Enough technology exists to build the main concept of this process today,” Agrawal told “H2CAR could also endure sustainably for thousands of years. [We hope that] this process will lead to the birth of a new economy, a ‘hybrid hydrogen-carbon economy.’”The hybrid hydrogen-carbon (H2CAR) process takes advantage of the energy density of liquid hydrocarbons (currently provided from oil), but it uses a sustainable and environmentally-friendly method. Because the fuel is essentially the same, though, the H2CAR process could conveniently merge into the existing infrastructure and bypass delivery problems associated with other alternative energy carriers.In their paper published in PNAS, Agrawal et al. analyzed and compared different variations of the H2CAR process. They found that an optimal method would use biomass (such as switchgrass or corn) to provide the carbon. The main source of energy driving the process would come from hydrogen. The hydrogen could be generated from solar energy or another carbon-free energy source, such as nuclear or wind power.“Conventional processes treat biomass as a source of carbon atoms as well as a source of energy,” Agrawal explained. “This leads to the formation of a large amount of CO2 during the conversion process. The significance of the H2CAR process, on the other hand, lies in the fact that we are treating carbon in biomass or coal as primarily a source of carbon atoms and not a source of energy. This preserves all the carbon in the biomass and converts it to liquid fuel.”The scientists explain how the gasification and liquid conversion processes work: In a conventional process biomass, O2 and steam are fed together to a gasifier, where they are transformed to gaseous products—primarily CO, CO2 and H2—through a gasification and combustion process. In this gasification gives CO plus H2 and a huge amount of CO2. center_img The next step is to transform the gas to a liquid fuel in a Fischer-Tropsch process, where an additional quantity of CO2 is produced. Usually, this large quantity of CO2 formed is released in the atmosphere and requires large amounts of land for the biomass-to-liquid process. “The H2CAR method has a solution to these problems,” Agrawal explained. “H2 from a carbon-free energy source, along with CO2 from the gas to liquid conversion step, is co-fed to the gasifier. The presence of excess H2 in the gasifier not only suppresses formation of CO2 but also reacts with some of the recycled CO2. The same happens with CO and H2, which are unreacted in a ‘gas to liquid fuel process’ and also recycled. As a result, we don’t lose any carbon atoms as CO2, a greenhouse gas, from the H2CAR.”One concern about the use of biomass to produce fuel is the estimated amount of land area: in conventional methods, biomass would require 25-58% of the total U.S. land area to provide fuel for the country. Based on the current scenario of growth rates and gasifier efficiencies, the scientists estimate the H2CAR process to require about 15% of the land—and with reasonable future projections, just 6%. Significantly, this scenario would avoid the land competition with food growth.This study comes nearly on the heels of the 2005 “Billion Ton Biomass Study,” which estimated that the current amount of recoverable biomass could meet just 30% of the U.S. transportation needs. But because the H2CAR process supplements biomass with hydrogen, the same amount of biomass could provide liquid fuels for nearly 100% of U.S. transportation needs, according to Agrawal et al.’s estimates. “The reason for significant decrease in land area requirement for the H2CAR process as compared to conventional processes is that hydrogen production from solar energy is an order of magnitude more efficient than biomass growth, which typically grows with an average energy efficiency of less than 1%,” Agrawal explained. “This decreases the land area required to produce same quantity of liquid fuel by a factor of nearly one-third.”As the scientists conclude, H2CAR solves many problems simultaneously. “One is that it eliminates the need for CO2 sequestration from the chemical processing system,” Agrawal said. “The second is that it solves the grand challenge associated with hydrogen storage problem by storing the carbon-free hydrogen at a much higher storage density than currently known methods available. The third advantage is it needs nearly one-third biomass and, hence, land area to produce the same quantity of liquid fuel.”As amazing as that sounds, the scientists also suggest that, when combined with other technologies such as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles—which can run short distances on electricity and solar cells—the H2CAR process would provide the greatest value. Liquid fuels would only need to provide for less than half of the total driving distance in the U.S., bringing up the possibility that excess biomass could be used for residential and commercial power. The scientists also point out that, in this scenario, the U.S. could even become an exporter of oil.“The question that remains is of economics and not feasibility,” said Agrawal. “We are currently looking into the economics of the process. Major obstacles are attracting funding for research because gasification routes are generally capital intensive. Other obstacles include decreasing the price of hydrogen available from renewable sources such as solar, etc.” Another of Agrawal’s research areas is on making cost-effective solar cells.Citation: Agrawal, Rakesh, Singh, Navneet R., Ribeiro, Fabio H., and Delgass, W. Nicholas. “Sustainable fuel for the transportation sector.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. March 20, 2007, vol. 104, no. 12, 4828-2833.Free access to the article is available at .Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further 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

Google retires Google Drive software

first_imgGoogle retires Google Drive software by Martin Brinkmann on September 07, 2017 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 15 commentsGoogle will retire the company’s Google Drive software, a client used to sync files between local devices and Google’s cloud, on March 12th, 2018 for all customers.Customers who run Google Drive currently may continue to do so, but the software will no longer be supported from December 11th, 2017 on, and will be shut down completely on March 12th, 2018.Shut down is an ambiguous term, and it is unclear whether that means that Google will remove the client from its web properties, or if it will block communication of Google Drive clients with its cloud storage.With this launch, Google Drive for Mac/PC is officially deprecated. It will no longer be supported starting on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018.The Google Drive client will show messages to users starting in October that informs customers that the client will be retired. Customers who run both new programs, Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync, are prompted to stop using Backup and Sync to save disk space.The company wants customers to use newer programs instead which it revealed some time ago and yesterday.Regular customers — read free customers — are asked to use Google Backup and Sync, a new program that combines the functionality of Google Drive and Google Photos. It is available for Windows and Mac operating systems, and supports the syncing of any folder and files you pick with Google’s cloud storage.Google Apps customers on the other hand may use Drive File Stream instead. The new program will become available generally on September 26th, 2017 to all organizations and users of Google Apps.Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync share features, but there are also differences between the two clients.The core differences areFeatureDrive File StreamBackup and SyncAccess files in My DriveyesyesAccess files in Team DrivesyesnoStream files on demandyesnoSync only selected folders in My DriveyesyesSync only individual files in My DriveyesnoUse native applications like MS Word and PhotoshopyesyesSync other folders, such as Documents or DesktopnoyesDrive File Stream supports access to team drives, on-demand file streaming, and the syncing of individual files in My Drive.Backup and Sync on the other hand supports the synchronization of folders other than the default folders (such as Documents and Settings).Team Drive editors cannot edit Team Drive files when they are opened in Drive File Stream however; Google notes that editors need to open the on the web to edit them.There is another difference: Drive File Stream is listed as a drive when installed on Windows or Mac devices while Backup and Sync as a folder of a hard drive.Google Apps administrators find Drive File Stream under Apps > G Suite > Drive and Docs > Data Access. Information on deploying File Drive Stream is available on this Google Support page.SummaryArticle NameGoogle retires Google Drive softwareDescriptionGoogle will retire the company’s Google Drive software, a client used to sync files between local devices and Google’s cloud, on March 12th, 2018 for all customers.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Westin Hotels Resorts opens in Perth

first_imgSource = Western Australia Westin Hotels & Resorts opens in PerthWestin Hotels & Resorts opens in PerthThe five-star Westin Perth hotel opened to the public today (Friday, April 27) in the city’s revitalised East End. Offering a new level of luxury for Perth, the 368-room hotel includes eight Westin suites, 10 club suites, five executive suites and an exclusive presidential suite. Room sizes range from 42 square metre deluxe rooms to the 240 square metre presidential suite. Guests will enjoy 24/7 access to the large-scale fitness centre on the dedicated wellness level, which also includes an outdoor infinity swimming pool and locally owned and operated Bodhi J Wellness Spa. The hotel’s food and beverage offerings include acclaimed chef Guy Grossi’s first restaurant outside of Victoria, Garum – offering a contemporary Roman dining experience – as well as Haven Lounge for lighter fare and signature high teas. The hotel also boasts state-of-the-art meeting and function facilities with over 2,300 square metres of event space including an 800 square metre ballroom.last_img read more

Is it a smoke screen by Ken Whisenhunt Rod Graves

first_imgIs it a smoke screen by Ken Whisenhunt, Rod Graves and the Bidwills in the hope of landing a defensive player they truly covet? Will Gabbert even make it to the Cards at No. 5? Does the team really think they can spend another season waiting for a young quarterback to develop before their eyes? Have they forgot what drafting Matt Leinart did, or more appropriately didn’t do, for them?All those questions and more a will be answered in 30 some-odd days.Until then, we’ll all just have to live off of King’s 14 words and other speculation like them. At least we seem to now know, the Cardinals don’t want Newton and he likely won’t be on the board anyways. Then again, do we really even know that? Top Stories If you had Cam Newton in the ‘Arizona Cardinals Future QB Pool’ don’t expect to win. According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, Blaine Gabbert seems to be gaining momentum as the future signal caller of the Red Birds.In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, King drops this interesting little tidbit on us.I hear the Cards don’t like [Cam Newton]. And Gabbert will not get past Arizona.While it may only be 14 words in a 2,000+ word column, it has a huge impact on the way fans in Arizona will look at the upcoming NFL draft. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more