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Regional Maritime Experts Tackle Global Issues in Abu …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Seatrade, October 1, 2013 zoom Local, regional and international maritime professionals will gather in Abu Dhabi for three days of high-level debate, networking and business discussions at Seatrade Middle East Workboats & Offshore Marine 2013 – the leading regional forum for owners, operators, industry professionals and suppliers.Discussions are set to revolve around an increasingly globalised market dynamic with the GCC continuing to lead maritime sector growth while the vast continent of Africa is also attracting increasing attention from international investors and operators.“The industry is witnessing incredible change across all areas of operation as the decade unfolds, with technical and regulatory developments shaping future commercial strategies and macroeconomic and geopolitical influences influencing geographical demand and driving new opportunity,” said Chris Hayman, Chairman, Seatrade.Building on the success of the 2011 edition, which featured more than 2,800 participants, Middle East Work Boats & Offshore Marine 2013 will welcome over 225 exhibiting companies and has seen a 9% increase in sold square metres.“In terms of profile, design and build, equipment suppliers and offshore support companies will make up 50% of exhibitors, with navigation, communications and safety equipment accounting for a further 20%. With the inclusion of the offshore marine sector in the event, attendees will also see Offshore support vessels, yards, operators, owners and suppliers represented,” added Hayman.Delegates will learn about the latest trends and developments in the offshore marine sector during the opening session entitled ‘Industry Outlook through to 2020’ delivered by a panel of senior industry leaders. Led by David Lyons, Founding Partner & President, Capital Partners Worldwide, the distinguished panel also includes Nabil Khalid Al Dabal, Industrial Services Executive Director, Saudi Aramco and D Ing Hassan A. Abouraya, Corporate Business Development, International Marketing & Risk Management, Zamil Offshore Services.New this year is the ‘Global Workboat Technology Forum’ held in strategic partnership with Saudi Aramco on October 1, which will highlight the latest sector innovations through a series of technical papers.Carefully selected topics will include presentations by Ulf Tudem, General Manager, Effect Ships International AS, covering ‘Air Supported Vessel technology’; Terje Nordtun, Project Manager, Wartsila Ship Design Norway AS
 reviewing ‘recent developments in machinery and propulsion systems for offshore support vessels’; and Rudi C. Joustra, Managing Partner, Lambda Marine on ‘the
 electronic highway’.Also new for 2013 are Regional Power-Hour sessions, which will address the specific challenges and complexities of two prominent geographic regions – the Caspian and Africa.The line-up of experts eager to share their experiences will include Paul Jarkiewicz, General Manager, Topaz Marine; Zamig Ismayilov, Chief Operations Officer, Caspian Marine Services Limited; Chandru Sirumal Rajwani, President, Caspian Shipyard Company Limited; Knut Mathiassen, Regional Head – Shipping Finance – Middle East & Africa, Standard Chartered Bank; Ify Anazonwu-Akerele, Director General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping; and Greg Ogbeifun, Chairman and CEO, Starzs Investments Company Limited. Print  Closelast_img read more

Danish Prime Minister says Trumps idea of buying Greenland is absurd

first_imgCopenhagen: Greenland is not for sale and US President Donald Trump’s idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is “an absurd discussion,” Denmark’s prime minister said. Mette Frederiksen, who was visiting the world’s largest island to meet Premier Kim Kielsen, told reporters: “Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant.” Frederiksen said Sunday that the Arctic, with resources that Russia and others could exploit for commercial gain, “is becoming increasingly important to the entire world community.” Retreating ice could uncover potential oil and mineral resources in Greenland which, if successfully tapped, could dramatically change the island’s fortunes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, no oil has yet been found in Greenlandic waters, and 80 per cent of the island is covered by an ice sheet that is up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) thick, which means exploration is only possible in coastal regions. Even there, conditions are far from ideal due to the long winter with frozen ports, 24-hour darkness and temperatures regularly dropping below minus 20 Fahrenheit (minus 30 Celsius) in the northern parts. Trump is expected to visit Denmark Sept. 2-3 as part of a trip to Europe. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTrump said Sunday that he is interested in the idea, but it’s not a priority of his administration. “Strategically it’s interesting and we’d be interested, but we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not No. 1 on the burner, I can tell you that,” the president said. It wouldn’t be the first time an American leader has tried to buy the world’s largest island. In 1946, the US proposed to pay Denmark USD 100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island. Under a 1951 deal, Denmark allowed the US to build bases and radar stations on Greenland. The US Air Force currently maintains one base in northern Greenland, Thule Air Force Base, some 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) south of the North Pole. Formerly military airfields in Narsarsuaq, Kulusuk and Kangerlussuaq have become civilian airports. The Thule base, constructed in 1952, was originally designed as a refueling base for long-range bombing missions. It has been a ballistic missile early warning and space surveillance site since 1961. Frederiksen, who became prime minister June 27, was on a planned two-day trip to Greenland before traveling to nearby Iceland for a meeting of the Nordic prime ministers. “Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let’s leave it there. Jokes aside, we will of course love to have an even closer strategic relationship with the United States,” Frederiksen said.last_img read more

Yukon men have issues with Yukon Men show

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe television series Yukon Men shows a world where people make a living by hunting and trapping game.But the show also has its critics.Some people in the Yukon want the show to change its name.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.Smclean@aptn.caTwitter: @mcsquirllast_img

The US Opens Military Base in Southern Spain to Cover North…

Rabat – Spain’s House of Representatives has approved an agreement to allow the United States make its military presence at the Moron de la Frontera military base in Seville permanent. The American troops stationed in the base are expected to protect American embassies in North Africa and intervene in conflicts and humanitarian crises in the region.With 239 votes in favor, seven against and three abstentions, the Spanish Senate also agreed to convert the Moron de la Frontera military base into a permanent U.S. base. The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) recently used the base, located in Spain’s Andalusia region, for crisis response operations in Africa and to contain the Ebola outbreak.Through the base, the US aims to strengthen its military presence in the North Africa region plagued by insecurity and heightened violence. The base has a task force of 2,200 military personnel, 500 civilians and 21 transport aircrafts.The US troops were allowed on to the base for the first time in April 2013 following the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya’s Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The attack claimed the life of US Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

African Development Bank Establishes Africa Integrity Fund

Abidjan – In response to the challenges facing Regional Member Countries (RMCs) in the fight against corruption and in line with the institution’s priorities, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the establishment of the Africa Integrity Fund (AIF).The Fund, proposed by the Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD), will finance programs which contribute to the prevention, detection, investigation and sanctioning of corruption, the AfDB said in a statement.The Fund will equally support measures supporting the repatriation of stolen assets and alleviating the financial drain from illicit outflows on the Bank’s RMCs, thereby strengthening transparency and accountability in the management of public resources. Target beneficiaries of grants under the Fund include law enforcement agencies, public audit institutions, tax authorities and other African governmental bodies, civil society organizations, research and educational institutions, among others. Entities found engaged in corrupt activities and other forms of misconduct following IACD investigations voluntarily agreed to enter into settlement agreements with the Bank. The AIF will be financed exclusively through the collection of financial penalties deriving from such settlements, totaling approximately US $55.25 million. Presently, US $33 million of the amount is currently lodged in the Bank’s escrow account.“We must have zero-tolerance for corruption, be it internal or external. We have to tighten our systems thoroughly,” AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said after the Board’s approval of the AIF. IACD Director Anna Bossman added: “With the adoption of the AIF, financial penalties resulting from the Bank’s sanctions regime are re-invested into anti-corruption measures. We are confident that the AIF will become a model for others.”The AIF is an innovative instrument providing the Bank with an additional platform to address development priorities in its RMCs in the area of anti-corruption without tapping into traditional donor funds. It allows the Bank to fulfill its commitment to RMCs to support their efforts to improve the performance of anti-corruption agencies in preventing, investigating and sanctioning prohibited practices and to strengthen their governance agenda. read more

UN appeals for millions of dollars in nonfood items for southern Africa

“Not only does the UN need continued food donations over the next months, but to help get the region back onto its feet, we must see increased and immediate pledges for vital relief items such as water, sanitation and educational supplies, agricultural inputs and medicines,” said Judith Lewis, Regional Coordinator for the UN Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in southern Africa.The humanitarian crisis, catalyzed by a lethal combination of poor harvests, HIV/AIDS, chronic poverty, deteriorating economies and poor policy decisions, continues to plague growing numbers of people in the region.In July last year, the UN system and key partners launched a regional appeal for $611 million – $507 million for food and $104 million for non-food items – to address the humanitarian needs of 12.8 million people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.To date, the total response amounts to just under $350 million, of which more than $320 million has been for food. If urgent, multi-sectoral measures are not taken to start tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic and its impact on societies, according to the UN, the region will not be able to recover from the current crisis in the short-term, let alone be able to develop in the long-term. read more

Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets 9 years

Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets 9 years Barry Cadden, president of the New England Compounding Center, followed by members of his legal team, arrive at the federal courthouse for sentencing Monday, June 26, 2017, in Boston. A verdict of guilty on charges of mail fraud, racketeering conspiracy and racketeering had been reached on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in the case of a fungal meningitis outbreak from tainted steroids manufactured by Cadden’s pharmacy which killed dozens and sickened hundreds of people in 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) by Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 3:57 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – The co-owner of a pharmacy responsible for the deaths of 76 people was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after he tearfully apologized to victims who described watching their loved ones die or enduring excruciating physical pain from a 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroids.“I am so sorry for your extraordinary losses,” Barry Cadden said, wiping his eyes. “I am sorry for the whole range of suffering that resulted from my company’s drugs.”The sentence was far less than more than a dozen victims asked for while making emotional victim impact statements to U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns. Many asked the judge to send the 50-year-old Cadden to prison for the rest of his life.“His actions have caused my life to be shattered and my family so much pain,” said Rachelle Shuff, of Elkhart, Indiana, who received steroid shots for back pain while trying to recover from serious injuries she received in a car accident.Shuff said she nearly died after contracting meningitis from the contaminated steroids five years ago. Since then, she continues to suffer from severe, chronic pain and an assortment of other symptoms, including vomiting, nosebleeds, frequent falls and memory loss.“I will die imprisoned in my body,” she said.During trial, prosecutors said Cadden, the co-owner and president of the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, ran the company in an “extraordinarily dangerous” way, sending out the steroids when he knew there was mould present in the room where the steroids were made and skirting industry standards on cleanliness and sterility to step up production and make more profit.“Make no mistake about it — what Barry Cadden did was evil, and he should be punished accordingly,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese, urging the judge to sentence Cadden to 35 years in prison.Cadden’s lawyer, Bruce Singal, asked for a three-year sentence and said prosecutors were trying to punish Cadden for murder, a charge that was rejected by the jury.Jurors acquitted Cadden of 25 second-degree murder charges under the federal racketeering law but found him guilty of fraud and conspiracy. Singal said there was no evidence Cadden knowingly shipped contaminated drugs.Besides the 76 people who died, more than 700 were sickened. Illnesses and deaths in 20 states were traced to the contaminated steroids. Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee were hit hardest. One of those who died was longtime Kentucky judge Eddie C. Lovelace, whose widow, Joyce Lovelace, told her story to Congress.The judge ordered Cadden to report to federal prison on Aug. 7 to begin serving his term. Cadden will remain free on bond until he reports to prison.Penny Laperriere, whose husband died after receiving a contaminated steroid shot, said Cadden destroyed her family.“Who gave him the right to play God?” the Michigan woman said.She said her husband, Lyn Laperriere, received the shot to try to get relief from his back pain.The outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections was traced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contaminated injections of medical steroids, given mostly to people with back pain.The CDC put the death toll at 64 as of October 2013. Federal prosecutors said 12 more people have died since then, raising the total to 76.The scandal prompted increased scrutiny on compounding pharmacies, which differ from ordinary drugstores in that they custom-mix medications and supply them directly to hospitals and doctors. In 2013, in reaction to the outbreak, Congress increased federal oversight of such pharmacies.Federal prosecutor Amanda Strachan told the jury during the two-month trial that the deaths and illnesses happened because Cadden “decided to put profits before patients.”The pharmacy used expired ingredients and falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected, prosecutors said. After the outbreak, regulators found multiple potential sources of contamination, including standing water and mould and bacteria in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips.Cadden’s lawyer pointed the finger at Glenn Chin, a supervisory pharmacist who ran the clean rooms where drugs were made. Chin has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial in September.The pharmacy filed for bankruptcy after getting hit with hundreds of lawsuits. It and several related companies reached a $200 million settlement with victims and their families. read more

Students encouraged to take the LEAP

Students do community work at last year’s LEAP program.Organizers of a unique orientation program hope to see more than 100 first-year students get a preview of the Brock’s community spirit this summer.Registration is open for LEAP – an acronym for leadership, engagement, achievement and pride – which takes new incoming students on a community engagement experience. It also gives them a preview of residence, St. Catharines and Student Services at Brock.Last year, 53 students participated in LEAP, which is a partnership between Career Services, the Student Development Centre and Student Life and Community Experience. Students spend the night in residence and participate in a community service project, such as working at a food bank or working in a community garden.“It’s a chance for them to experience what we value here,” said Lindsay Winger, Student Leadership and Engagement co-ordinator. “We’re pretty proud of Brock’s long-standing commitment to community involvement.”There are four LEAP dates this summer. At each, the students explore mentorship, leadership and volunteerism, Winger said.“It familiarizes them with aspects of the Niagara community such as the bus system,” she said. “While we’re on it, we point out where they can get groceries, where the pharmacy is, where some of the different local restaurants are and other things they will want to know.”In a testimonial about the program in 2010, student Paul Berthelot, said he was “really glad I took it.“I made lots of friends which will help me get more adjusted to Brock,” he said.LEAP is one of several orientation programs for new students. Smart Start, which runs from June 27 to Aug. 12, gives students and parents a preview of university life. In Mentorship Plus, new students are matched with senior student mentors and participate in leadership and skills training.Students at LEAP in 2010 read more

Resources and reserves – harmonising international and Russian reporting standards

first_imgCRIRSCO* in conjunction with the Russian Federal Government State Commission on Mineral Reserves (FGU GKZ) have released a consultation draft of the GKZ – CRIRSCO Handbook which contains guidelines on alignment of Russian minerals reporting standards and the CRIRSCO template. The document has been posted on the CRIRSCO and PERC websites for public comment. PERC has been managing the CRIRSCO-GKZ working group on harmonisation of Russian and international minerals reporting systems. The deadline for consultation submissions is the end of this May. Publication of a final version is provisionally planned for July 31, 2010. All submissions should be sent to crirsco-gkz@vmine.net.The purpose of the guidelines is to provide the user with a method by which mineral resource and reserve estimates prepared by Russian companies in accordance with the Russian Federation classification system, can be reported in accordance with the reporting standards of countries within the ‘CRIRSCO family’, i.e. to provide the user with a conversion procedure from Russian information on reserves and resources into the CRIRSCO template classification. Any mineral resource or reserve estimates published under the CRIRSCO framework (i.e. any of the CRIRSCO aligned reporting standards) must be signed off by a Competent Person. This is equally true for any estimates converted from the Russian classification.The Competent Person is responsible for any estimate that is reported as a result of a conversion from Russian standards. It is therefore one of the tasks of the Competent Person who signs such a report to verify the whole range of inputs to the estimates, including the credentials and methods of the person or persons responsible for producing and approving the Russian classified estimates.These guidelines have been prepared jointly by GKZ and CRIRSCO on the basis of a comparison of the principles by which estimates of mineral resources and reserves are defined and classified in the Russian system and in the CRIRSCO system, and more specifically on the basis of a comparison of the definitions of categories of mineral resources and reserves defined in these systems.Web links: www.crirsco.com and www.percreserves.com*CRIRSCO is the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards and includes JORC (Australasia), SAMREC (SouthAfrica), PERC (Europe), CIM (Canada), SME (USA), and Comision Minera (Chile).last_img read more

Hindustan Zinc places record underground fleet order with Atlas Copco

first_imgAtlas Copco has received significant orders valued at over €13 million from Hindustan Zinc in the first quarter of 2012. This is one of the largest underground mining contracts for Atlas Copco India. Atlas Copco will deliver a total of 24 machines which includes face drilling rigs, long hole drilling rigs, bolting rig, loaders and trucks. The long hole drilling rigs Simba 1254 and Simba 1354, 15 t loader Scooptram ST1530, 50 t Minetruck MT5020 and the 60 t Minetruck MT6020 mark their maiden entry into the underground mining market in India. The delivery of all these 24 equipment will be completed in 2012.Hindustan Zinc (HZL) is a Vedanta Group company, and is the world’s largest integrated producer of zinc, as well as being India’s largest producer of lead and silver. The company also operates the world’s largest zinc producing mine – Rampura Agucha – in Rajasthan. HZL also has the distinction of being the world’s lowest cost producer of zinc. Atlas Copco and HZL have been associated together for the past thirty years, and the Atlas Copco fleet will be used by HZL for two of its newest underground mining projects at the Kayad and Rampura Agucha mines.Atlas Copco and the Kayad mines share a long history together where Atlas Copco had sold an investigation drill Diamec 262 for exploration for about ten years ago. The Kayad mine being developed is located 9 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan and will produce zinc and lead. Rampura Agucha mine, located 230 km north of Udaipur in Rajasthan, has an annual ore production capacity of 6 Mt from an open pit where Atlas Copco hydraulic DTH rigs already form the backbone of surface drilling operations. Atlas Copco India is now going to support the underground mining operations of Rampura Agucha by supplying high capacity equipment there.“This order confirms the confidence that Vedanta has in our abilities to provide products which would help them to boost productivity while lowering costs. Apart from the capital equipment sales, we are in the process of finalising complete back up for these machines for a period of twenty thousand hours or five years of operation, whichever is earlier. This means that Vedanta would operate the machines and everything else would be taken care of by Atlas Copco” said Sanjay Ahuja, General Manager Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique CC India.last_img read more

Greek lovers did not rise to the occasion on Valentines Day

first_imgMuch ado has been made of Greek lovers, however they did not rise to the occasion on Valentine’s Day. The feast may have been enthusiastically celebrated around the world, but Greek lovers were left feeling indifferent.Marketing Lab’s (MarLab) study from the University of Macedonia found that most Greeks did not do anything special on February 14 as far as their consumption was concerned.Greeks spent an average of 31.68 euros (a drop from 43.6 euros in 2018) on V-day with spending ranging from a cheap 1.80 euros all the way to 650 euros.Only a quarter of respondents (25 per cent) admitted to buying presents for their loved ones, however 35 per cent stated that they had received gifts.Those that did buy gifts gave them to their partners (67 per cent), spouses (12 per cent) and friends (5.5 per cent). The remaining 15.5 per cent offered gifts to their parents, children, colleagues and others.Gifts received were from partners (61 per cent), friends (11 per cent), spouses (13 per cent) and the remainder of gifts were from parents, children, relatives, colleagues etc (15 per cent).Gifts were mainly confectionary (44 per cent), whereas flowers (21 per cent), accessories (18 per cent), clothing and lingerie (14 per cent) and cosmetics (3 per cent) were also offered.Here’s what Greeks did on Valentine’s Day:42 per cent said it was like any other day25 per cent said they did nothing because they don’t believe in it8 per cent had a romantic dinner date out of their home7.7 per cent went out with friends7 per cent had a romantic dinner at home5.7 per cent said they were aloneThe 75 per cent that did not buy a gift for a loved one, gave the following reasons for not doing so:“I did not want to contribute to the commercialisation of love.”“At this stage, neither my partner nor myself are financially able to buy a gift.”“I don’t believe it is a special day. If I want to buy a gift I can do so at any other time.”“I don’t believe in this celebration.”The study found that 60.3 per cent of Greeks are indifferent to Valentine’s Day. Only 21.8 per cent had a positive viewpoint of the celebration and 17.9 per cent had a negative viewpoint of Valentine’s Day.There was no difference in responses according to the age levels of the survey’s participants, gender or educational achievements. Those who were in a relationship were more likely to favour the celebration 32 per cent), those who were married also showed approval (23.7 per cent), compared to those who were divorced (6.7 per cent).41 per cent of respondents were unmarried but in a relationship, 26 per cent were single, 24 per cent were married and 5 per cent were divorce. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

CIMB offers six months paid maternity leave for firsttime mothers

first_imgKuala Lumpur-based banking organisation CIMB has announced that it will now be offering six months’ paid maternity leave for its employees in Malaysia who become first-time mothers.Eligible staff members will be able to take up the benefit from 30 days prior to their estimated due date. CIMB also provides employees with a ‘rejuvenation programme’, allowing them to take up to six months of unpaid leave for personal reasons, such as caring for family members or a career break, without fear of jeopardising their position and seniority. Using the two initiatives in conjunction will effectively allow first-time mothers to take one year off on half pay.Other family-friendly benefits offered by CIMB include a flexible working policy that allows staff with children aged five and below or with special needs to work from home for one day a week. Employees whose children have special needs are also able to receive financial assistance of up to RM1,000 (£191.22) per month, per child.The bank’s provision of six months’ paid maternity leave became effective on 1 January 2019. In June 2017, CIMB announced that it would be increasing its paternity leave provision from three consecutive days to one month of paid leave for first-time fathers.Dato’ Hamidah Naziadin, chief people officer for CIMB, said: “This enhanced maternity benefit  and our existing one-month paternity leave are part of our new holistic approach [to] managing human capital by recognising that employees have different needs at different phases of their life, and by promoting a shared parenting culture for young families in our workforce.“We also believe that, by allowing first-time parents a longer period to adjust to parenthood, they could create a more meaningful and positive experience with their first-borns while maintaining their career. We are also exploring the possibility of extending this benefit to all our employees, group-wide.”last_img read more

Crews remove jackknifed tractor trailer blocking Turnpike in Hollywood

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have cleared a jack-knifed tractor trailer that caused traffic delays on the Florida Turnpike in Broward.The trailer blocked all of the northbound lanes near Hollywood Boulevard, late Thursday morning.The scene was later cleared just before 1:15 p.m.No injuries  were reported. However, traffic was delayed as far back as Pines Boulevard.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Spruce Beetles Seeking New Host Trees

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An ongoing spruce beetle outbreak has impacted more than 500,000 acres over the last two years in Southcentral Alaska, and the impacted acreage may expand in 2018, according to the Department of Forestry. Spruce beetles are native to Alaska spruce forests and outbreaks of varying size and intensity are known to have occurred throughout history. The outbreak is located primarily in the Susitna River drainage, watersheds adjacent to the Susitna drainage, and the northwestern Kenai Peninsula. Landowners can help their trees be less susceptible to spruce beetles by keeping trees healthy and growing vigorously. Pesticides are available for protecting trees from spruce beetle attack, but are not effective on trees that are already infested.center_img Over the next month, spruce beetles will begin leaving infested trees and seeking new spruce trees to attack. Spruce beetles emerge from infested trees as the weather warms each spring, usually in mid-May, and will continue seeking new host trees into July. Recommendations and information on spruce beetle biology and mitigation are now available at www.alaskasprucebeetle.orglast_img read more

President offers Eid prayers at National Eidgah

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid embraces Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon after offering Eid prayers at the Naitonal Eidgah in Dhaka on 22 August. Photo: Hasan RajaPresident Abdul Hamid offered his Eid-ul-Azha prayers at the National Eidgah at Dhaka on Wednesday.The Eid congregation was held at 8:00am under the auspices of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), reports UNB.President Abdul Hamit offers Eid prayer at the National Eidgah in Dhaka on 22 August. Photo: Hasan RajaOn his arrival at the Eidgah adjacent to the High Court, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon received the president.Senior pesh imam of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Maulana Muhammad Ehsanul Huq conducted the Eid prayers.Cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, lawmakers, senior political leaders and high civil and military officials joined the Eid congregation.People at the main Eid congregation of the country held at the Supreme Court premises in Dhaka on Wednesday under the auspices of Dhaka South City Corporation. A separate congregation for women was also held at the Eidgah. 22 August. Photo: Hasan RajaA special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of Bangladesh and welfare of the people as well as the Muslim Ummah, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who were brutally assassinated on the fateful night of 15 August 1975 and for the people who embraced martyrdom on various occasions for the sake of the country and establishing democracy.President Hamid exchanged Eid greetings with the devotees after the prayers.last_img read more

Rape suspect killed in gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered the body of a rape suspect from Anowara Economic Zone in Chattogram on early Sunday, reports UNB.Abdun Nur, 25, was the main accused in a case filed over the gang-rape of a teenage factory worker.Police claimed that Nur died in a ‘gunfight’ between two gangs of criminals on Saturday night.The 15-year-old girl was gang-raped by the driver and passengers of an auto-rickshaw while she was returning home from her factory in the Korean Export Processing Zone on Wednesday.She lost consciousness during her ordeal and was dumped at Chatri around 8pm by the rapists. Locals took her to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.Police arrested two people, including auto-rickshaw driver Mamun, from Karnaphuli area in the city on Saturday over the rape.last_img read more

Amazon Scam Floods Couple With Unwanted Packages

first_img Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Mike and Kelly Gallivan have what sounds like the onset of a hoarding problem: Their Massachusetts home is cluttered with boxes and envelopes from Amazon.Except, they didn’t order any of them.As reported by the Boston Globe, the first package arrived in October.“Why did you order this?” Kelly asked her husband, after opening the box to discover a 4-inch plastic USB fan and combination phone charger-and-lithium-battery-powered hand warmer.“I didn’t,” Mike said.The Gallivans initially found humor in their odd situation. But after months of deliveries—which turned from fun to creepy—they just want to be left alone.When Kelly and Mike contacted Amazon about the perplexing parcels, the online retailer told them everything had been paid for via gift card; the sender (or senders) remain anonymous.Presumably ruling out family or friends who might be playing some kind of sick joke on the Acton pair, experts suspect the Gallivans are the victims of a scam.As former Amazon employee James Thomson explained to the Globe, a seller likely purchased their own merchandise with a gift card and sent it to a random address (Mike and Kelly’s, possibly swiped from a previous purchase). The vendor then uses a bogus “buyer’s” account to write positive reviews online.“The key is to get something delivered somewhere,” ex-Amazon business consultant Thomson told the paper. As far as the e-commerce site is concerned, the recipient—real or fake—is a “verified buyer” writing a “verified review.”“And that is hugely important in the world of Amazon,” Thomson added.This loophole allows struggling shopkeepers to manipulate the popular service and fortify their digital stock by tricking consumers into buying mediocre (at best) products. And it ensnares unsuspecting accomplices, like retired nurses the Gallivans.“We’re just plain, ordinary people,” 68-year-old Kelly said. “We don’t want any part of this. But the packages just keep coming.”The parcels themselves don’t give anything away: there are no invoices or receipts, and the shipping labels come with normal SKU and QR codes; the return address is usually an Amazon warehouse in Lexington, Ky.The company promised to look into what Mike called “fishy” drop-offs. But after two months of radio silence, the couple enlisted the Boston Globe to investigate. Even staff reporter Sean Murphy couldn’t make any headway.“We are investigating inquiries from consumers who have received unsolicited packages as this would violate our policies,” the firm told him. “We remove sellers in violation of our policies, withhold payments, and work with law enforcement to take appropriate action.“Amazon has multiple checks in place to monitor customer accounts and transactions, and have systems designed to identify and prevent suspicious activities,” it later said. “As bad actors get smarter, so do we. Amazon is constantly innovating to protect the customer experience.”The Gallivans, meanwhile, have a growing collection of USB cables, wireless chargers, phone cases, high-intensity flashlights, LED tent lamps, and in-car trash bags.They are also the not-so-proud owners of a new computer vacuum cleaner, USB-powered humidifier, cigarette-lighter keychain, Bluetooth speaker, rechargeable dog collars, facial mask, and outdoor TV plastic cover, among other bewildering goodies.“We investigate every report of customers receiving unsolicited packages, and thus far our investigations have shown very few reviews submitted associated with these shipments,” a company spokeswoman told Geek. “We will continue our ongoing efforts to prevent abuse and will ban all vendors and reviewers who abuse the reviews system.”Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Feb. 13 with comment from Amazon.last_img read more

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New fed data shows no stopping or slowing of global warming

first_imgKarl said NOAA didn’t adjust datasets in the Arctic, where it is warming even faster, because there is a lack of reliable long-term records to compare. Had NOAA made those adjustments, the recent warming trend would be slightly larger, he said.___Online:Science: http://sciencemag.orgNOAA National Centers for Environmental Information: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov___Seth Borenstein can be followed at http://twitter.com/borenbearsCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The new way is on buoys at the same time of day. Karl said the buoy measurements are more accurate, but can’t be compared directly to the ship measurements for a trend without making adjustments, because that would be comparing apples and oranges. So to come up with a trend using comparable numbers, NOAA increases the buoy temperatures a bit.A few years ago NOAA made similar adjustments to make land temperatures more comparable decade-to-decade. But that also caused some non-scientists who reject climate change to cry tampering.Several outside scientists contacted by The Associated Press said the new and previous adjustments are sound. Kevin Trenberth, climate analysis chief at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said the new work was “good and careful analysis” but only confirms what most scientists already knew, that there was no such hiatus.A few years ago, a group out of University of California Berkeley — funded in part by the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of climate doubter groups and the tea party– took what was initially billed as a skeptical look at the previous NOAA data. But they pronounced the earlier adjustments legitimate. The same scientists now say the new NOAA adjustments are also proper. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2004 file photo, an unidentified woman shields her face from the sun while walking past a water fountain in Los Angeles, as temperatures reached a high of 93 degrees. Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years despite doubters’ claims of a hiatus, according to the federal government’s reanalysis of world temperature data. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been from 1950 on: About two-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit a decade. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) The so-called hiatus has been touted by non-scientists who reject mainstream climate science. Those claims have resonated; two years ago, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change felt the need to explain why the Earth was not heating up as expected, listing such reasons as volcanic eruptions, reduced solar radiation and the oceans absorbing more heat.“The reality is that there is no hiatus,” said Tom Karl, director of the National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina. He is the lead author of a study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal ScienceOne key to claims of a hiatus is the start date: 1998. That year there was a big temperature spike; some of the following years were not as hot, though even hotter years followed in 2005, 2010 and 2014, according to NOAA, NASA and temperature records kept in England and Japan. This year is on pace to break last year’s global heat record.Scientists keep updating the way they measure Earth’s temperatures. This study focuses on the effects of the way ocean temperatures are taken. The old way, going back generations, is with ships. Sometimes people would dip a bucket in the way; other times they’d measure water that came into the engine. They also did it at various times of day. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “NOAA is confirming what we have been saying for some time that the ‘hiatus’ in global warming is spurious,” Berkeley team chief and physicist Richard Muller said in an email. Muller said global warming continues but in “many fits and spurts.”John Christy of the University of Alabama Huntsville, one of the minority of scientists who dispute the magnitude of global warming, said the Karl paper “doesn’t make sense” because satellite data show little recent warming. “You must conclude the data were adjusted to get this result” of no warming pause, Christy wrote in an email. “Were the adjustments proper? I don’t know at this point.”Others who reject warming, especially non-scientists, point to satellite records by Remote Sensing Systems that appear to show no change in temperature since 1998. Satellites measure a different part of Earth’s atmosphere than ground and ocean monitors that NOAA, NASA and others use.Carl Mears, senior research scientist for RSS, said those rejecting climate change based on his work or any one dataset are wrong and “seek to deny the reality of human-induced climate change by grasping at straws.” Mears said the overall data consistently show long-term global warming and that it really hasn’t stopped recently. The NOAA adjustments make sense, he said. WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who’ve claimed that that heating trends have paused.Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been since 1950: about two-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit a decade. Men’s health affects baby’s health too 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more