Brodosplit Secures Quark Expeditions Polar Ship Deal

first_imgIllustration: Nordwest3D (LMG 200-PCS)Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit has entered into an agreement to construct a new polar expedition cruise ship, of LMG Marin design, for Quark Expeditions.Built to Polar Class 6 standard, the ship will be constructed specifically for the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctica.To feature a length of 128 meters and a width of 21.5 meters, the vessel will accommodate 200 passengers and will be staffed with 116 crew members.The project is scheduled for completion in time for the 2020/2021 Antarctic sailing season.The Government of the Republic of Croatia decided in its 96th Session to issue a warranty for a refund of the buyer’s advanced payment, which secured construction financing and fulfilled one of the conditions of the agreement with the buyer, Brodosplit informed.last_img read more

Moroccan Egg Consumption Drops but Industry Remains Strong

Rabat – National egg consumption decreased from 169 eggs per person in 2015 to just 140 eggs per person in 2016, according to National Association of Producers of Eggs for Consumption (NAPEC).During a press conference held Wednesday in Casablanca, vice director of the association Khalid Zaiim said that this decrease is due to the “ignorance of Moroccans to the healthy benefits of the eggs,” which he contrasted against Europe and Mexico, whose consumption in 2016 reached 350 and 255 eggs per person respectively.Zaiim noted that the annual average of the eggs consumption per person in Morocco has significantly increased since 1970, when the average was 21 eggs per person, but he admitted that the average “is still very weak.” Zaiim went on further to say that 2016 also saw a decrease in national production of eggs, reaching only 4.1 billion in contrast to 5.1 billion in 2015. He attributed this drop to high cost of bird feed and deaths of poultry from avian flu.According to Zaiim, Morocco has achieved self-sufficiency in the production of eggs. No longer importing chickens from Spain and France, Morocco has five incubators, producing 20 million chickens annually, along with 238 farms for the production of the eggs authorized by the National Bureau for the Safety of Food Products.In January, NAPEC announced that Morocco has begun to export eggs to several African countries, securing revenues estimated at MAD 5 billion.Egg production also provides about 12,000 direct jobs as well as another 30,000 indirect jobs through a massive network of marketing and distribution, according to NAPEC. read more

ICC Prosecutor welcomes decision to move forward with Kenya probe

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed the body’s decision to grant his request to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of disputed Kenyan elections two years ago, and said he expects at least two cases to result from the probe. Last November, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo sought authorization to open an investigation into the violence – claiming 1,000 lives and uprooting more than 300,000 others – that erupted after the disputed December 2007 polls in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is now Prime Minister. Last month, following a request for additional information from the ICC, the Prosecutor named the 20 people he says are most responsible for the deadly post-election ethnic violence.Both Mr. Kibaki and Mr. Odinga, he said, have promised to cooperate with any investigation.Today, the Prosecutor, who will travel to the country next month, said that he hopes to wrap up most of the investigation by the end of this year and foresees at least two cases against one to three people each.“I will engage in this process with the Kenyans, with all the communities,” he told reporters in The Hague, where the Court is based.“This Court is their Court. Kenyan leaders – women, youth, tribal, judicial, political, religious [groups] – all have a role to play,” he added, emphasizing the importance of the ICC and Kenyans cooperating to ensure no outbreaks of violence in the future.During his visit to Kenya, the Prosecutor said he plans to meet with those who suffered as a result of the violence and will visit the crime scenes.“I will listen to the victims, respect their views and request justice for them in Court,” he underlined.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo underscored the need to protect witnesses, which the ICC will do “independently.” But he also emphasized that it is the responsibility of Kenyan authorities to “ensure that all those who speak in favour of justice are duly protected.”To limit the risk of witnesses to exposure, he said he will call as few witnesses to take the stand as possible.Kenya will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary, “a historic opportunity to show an example of how one country overcomes violence,” the Prosecutor underlined.Yesterday, the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II found in a majority decision of two to one that “the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed on Kenyan territory.”It noted that “the majority moreover found that all criteria for the exercise of the Court’s jurisdiction were satisfied, to the standard of proof applicable at this stage.”Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, dissenting, held that the crimes in Kenya do not qualify as crimes against humanity under the jurisdictional ambit of the Rome Statute, under which the ICC operates.He concluded that there was no reasonable basis to believe that the crimes in Kenya were committed in an attack against a civilian population pursuant to or in furtherance of a policy stemming from a State or an organization, which he said was required by Article 7 of the Statute.The majority decision by Judges Ekaterina Trendafilova and Cuno Tarfusser cited the low threshold applicable at this stage of the proceedings. The ICC is an independent, permanent court that investigates and prosecutes persons accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 1 April 2010The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed the body’s decision to grant his request to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of disputed Kenyan elections two years ago, and said he expects at read more

No immediate prospect for Iraq ceasefire Annan

“I wish I could say there is an immediate prospect for a ceasefire, and that an appeal from the Security Council will lead to a ceasefire,” Mr. Annan said in an interview yesterday with Al Jazeera television. “I don’t think that is that case.”He reiterated his view that “war is a human catastrophe, and in fact in war, all are losers.”Questioned about the war’s legitimacy, he noted that the Security Council had not endorsed it. “And that is why the legitimacy of this action has been questioned, and widely questioned, and I myself have raised questions about it,” he said. “I have raised questions about the legitimacy and whether it was in conformity with the Charter.”Asked whether this meant he condemned the war, the Secretary-General replied: “I think, in my statement in the Council I made it quite clear that we would have preferred that it should be done peacefully and that we wouldn’t have had to through what we are going through. I have never justified nor supported this war.”On the humanitarian situation in Iraq, the Secretary-General reiterated the responsibility of the belligerent parties for the welfare of the population in the areas they control, and added: “As soon as the situation permits, we will be back doing our work.”The Secretary-General emphasized that the nature and extent of any future UN role in Iraq would have to be discussed by the Security Council. But he asserted: “I have no doubt that, regardless of how this war ends, the UN will have an important role to play.” read more

Global investors should consider environmental factors UNbacked study argues

The study challenges the notion that the profit objective is the most important factor in choosing investment vehicles. Conducted on behalf of the agency’s Financial Initiative, the study focused on the capital markets in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.”This is groundbreaking work that will accelerate the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into the mainstream investment community worldwide,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said of the study, which the agency released to coincide with its two-day Global Roundtable that has brought some 450 participants to UN Headquarters in New York to discuss the results.Paul Watchman, partner in Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer and senior author of the 150-page study, told reporters in New York that its aim was to determine to what extent environmental, social and governance considerations might be integrated into investment policy, and whether or not the law supported such a view.”Investment decision makers have broad discretion to take into account environmental, social and governmental considerations, in fact we argue they have a duty to do so in certain instances particularly where it goes to value,” he said, but also where there is a consensus among the broad group of beneficiaries.The study offers examples of how companies adopting socially responsible practices avoided future liabilities and losses. It also noted that 70 per cent of 195 fund managers polled in 2005 thought these issues would be integrated into mainstream decision-making within the next three to 10 years.These developments could have implications for countries trying to achieve the global antipoverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), because investment companies are developing metrics that measure whether a company is aligned with concerns such as poverty alleviation and environmental impact, UNEP’s Head of Research, Paul Clements-Hunt head, said.Already UNEP has developed over a dozen environmental metrics as part of its Global Reporting Initiative which seeks to integrate sustainability in the measurement of a company’s performance. read more

Split personalities AllAmerican catcher uses humor pranks to keep team loose

Sam Marder is Ohio State’s all-time home run, RBI and walks leader, but she might be Ohio State’s all-time goof ball as well.Her jabbing jokes, ribbon dancing routines and affable personality do not help her hit home runs, but it is apparent she doesn’t need help with that.“I think the great part about this team is that we have so much fun with each other,” Marder said. “They all came to my ribbon dancing routine and we are always playing jokes on each other. We are a fun and relaxed team.”Off the field, Marder encourages some friendly pranks.“Megan (Miller) and I were roommates one weekend on the road and that was not fair,” she said. “We filled a bucket of ice and played a joke on freshman (Megan) Coletta. When she opened the door she got showered with all this ice. Then we ran away.”Though this two-time captain and two-time All-American loves to entertain her teammates, she acknowledges that what you see is not always what you get. “I definitely have two personalities and I like to compare myself to Beyonce calling herself Sasha Fierce,” Marder said. “While off the field I am really light-hearted and joking around.  On the field I am very focused, intense and driven. That is the only way I can play.”Coach Linda Kalafatis acknowledges Marder’s split personality.“She is smart, passionate, creative, weird and goofy,” Kalafatis said. “But, there is an intensity and passion on the field that you don’t necessarily know of off the field.”When co-captain Courtney Pruner was asked to talk about Marder’s personality, she muttered, “Oh God.”Pruner spoke about Marder’s humble personality, but sometimes she can take it too far.“Anytime we get the chance to make fun of her we can,” she said.When it comes to softball, Marder likes to mesh different parts of her personality to guide the team to success, part of her job as captain.“I try to lead by example,” Marder said. “It is important to make sure our team is loose and relaxed, while at the same time, mentally prepared to play.”Marder is not one to stray away from who she is. People don’t have to be at a softball practice to catch a glimpse of the lovable goof ball.When the team plays on the Big Ten Network, she claims she is chosen to read the introductions because she is the most attractive on the team.In addition, Marder represented the softball team by performing rhythmic gymnastics, otherwise known as ribbon dancing, for Buckeyes Got Talent.“The nerve to get up there and be that silly is remarkable,” Kalafatis said.The song she chose was Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”While the regional tournament approaches, the team will begin its ascent to its ultimate goal, Oklahoma City.The Buckeyes will host the Kentucky Wildcats Friday at 7:30 p.m. read more

TWP paving the way for full execution of Wesizwe Ledig PGM project

first_imgTWP Projects, part of the Basil Read group, has been appointed as the EPCM contractor on the Wesizwe Ledig project until December 2010. “TWP’s scope of work entails access routes, fencing, the Eskom terrace, Phase 1 pollution control dam, the ventilation shaft terrace (starting the box-cut), surface drainage and the environmental berm, amongst others, and earthworks are well underway,” explains TWP Project Manager Jacob Mothomogolo. “Furthermore, we are currently addressing supply of essential services, including electricity and water. These and other long leads items are kept in check to ensure the project remains on track from next year.”The R22-million project scope will pave the way for full execution planned to commence at the beginning of 2011, pending the full funding of R6.6 billion by Chinese consortium, the Jinchuan Group. The mine is expected to reach full production in 2021, and will have a main shaft, at 1,140 m, and a ventilation shaft at a depth of 980 m. The results of the prefeasibility study, undertaken by TWP and  concluded in June 2008, indicated that the Frischgewaagd-Ledig complex has the resources to sustain a 35 year Life-Of-Mine, with a total PGM production at 350,000 oz/y.last_img read more

TOMRA showcases new quartz and gold processes at AIMEX 2017

first_imgTOMRA Sorting Mining, a leading sensor-based sorting systems manufacturer, introduces its innovative multi-channel laser sorting technology at AIMEX, the international Asia-Pacific Exhibition, in Sydney, Australia, August 29-31. The new laser sorting technology will enable quartz and gold processes to achieve higher recovery, better quality and more consistent sorting of quartz material than can be secured using other sensor technologies. More detail on this is included in IM’s annual gold recovery article in the August issue. Minerals which could not be differentiated with existing technologies, such as colour-sorting, X-ray transmission or near-infrared sensors, can now be identified and separated. The new ore sorting technology enables the user to define and apply a greater number of sorting criteria, and thus sort with much greater precision. The laser identification technology consists of a multi-channel laser scanning system with high-resolution imaging, and cutting-edge colour and textural selectivity. Multiple material characteristics such as brightness, colour, size, shape and surface texture are processed simultaneously.Although it is a relatively new technology in the mining sector, sensor-based sorting has the potential to address some of the major challenges the industry now faces: declining ore grades, rising production costs, water shortages and ever-increasing environmental regulations. Worldwide, TOMRA sorting systems already contribute to increased productivity by delivering enhanced processing which is appreciably more energy-efficient and impressively more cost-effective. In addition, TOMRA´s sensor-based solutions can secure profitable recovery from marginal waste and mining blocks, which helps to extend the life of mining operations and thus optimize and increase the overall value of deposits. Commenting on the potential of advanced sorting technologies, Anthony Sacca, Managing Director of TOMRA Sorting Australia, said: “The application of sensor-based sorting can significantly change the way materials are processed. Our new laser sorting technique, for example, is unlocking previously untapped opportunities for quartz and gold processes – an innovative and highly cost-efficient solution which significantly increases the viable lifespan of these valuable deposits. We can achieve higher recovery, better quality, and more consistent sorting of quartz material with laser sorting than with other sensor technologies.”last_img read more

On the ball with Futsal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?Futsal Oz was officially established in February 2006. After playing Futsal for over 15 years I decided to establish my very own Futsal League and Junior Oz clinic and I thought what better place to start then from my old high school, Brunswick High School “GYM”. The Brunswick sports stadium “GYM” was a success, with professional personnel and well run Leagues. So I decided to put together the plan for the first purpose built Futsal stadium, with courts imported from France and a world class look and this is how the Victorian Futsal Stadium was born.What’s so special about Futsal?Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA (World Soccer Federation). If skills development is important, Futsal is recognised as clearly the best form of football. Futsal promotes quality touches; We believe Futsal is a must for all children before they play outdoor Football. With quick restart, smaller grounds and unlimited substitutions the game is fast non-stop action. It encourages players not to panic whilst with the ball, hence improving decision making. Playing Futsal allows you more opportunities to get involved in the game.How popular is it in Australia generally and in Melbourne particularly?Futsal is the new rage in Australian Football. However, as is often the case, Australia is just catching on to what the world already knows. Superior football skill is built by simulating the outdoor game indoors with small sided games and a smaller ball. World famous clubs such as FC Barcelona have used this approach for years. Futsal has been around for over 75 years but Australian interest in football skill development has only recently focused attention on the training techniques used in successful football powerhouses such as Brazil, Spain and Italy. So, Futsal has been around for many years but interest is just starting to explode making it the fastest growing sport in Melbourne and overall in the land of down under.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?All my competitors are working towards the same goal and that is to promote and grow this beautiful game. I suppose the obvious advantages are; our purpose built world class stadium, the Victorian Futsal Stadium in Brunswick. Our devoted volunteers and staff who are passionate about the world game, and of course the LEGEA V-LEAGUE premiership (the highest standard in Victoria) with League highlights and a TV show the Futbol Town Show aired on our web site www.futsaloz.com.au under Futsal Oz TV. How is business currently?We’re doing well; we are currently concentrating on junior development. Inner City FC in association with Futsal Oz and its affiliated body the FFV is a junior based club for 5 to 12 year olds. The aim is to prepare players for the transition to outdoor, training twice a week with qualified coaches and playing a League game on the weekend. Inner City FC is a modern Australian club with a window into the future of world Football.What is your vision for the future of your business?Futsal Oz is committed in growing football and reaching new heights creating a natural progression from starter to superstar.last_img read more

Ce weekend le monde gagnera une seconde

first_imgCe week-end, le monde gagnera une secondeDans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, les horloges du monde devront ajouter une “seconde intercalaire”. Une diminution de la vitesse de rotation de la Terre est à l’origine de l’événement.Il n’y a pas de petits profits pour les dormeurs : ce week-end, ils pourront prolonger leur nuit… d’une seconde. Dans la nuit de samedi 30 juin à dimanche 1er juillet, au temps universel de 23h59min59s, il faudra patienter une seconde supplémentaire avant de passer au 00h00min00s. La dernière minute aura alors duré 61 secondes. Le monde entier devra se caler sur cette “anomalie”. En France, cet événement interviendra à 2h du matin. Les horloges afficheront 1h59min59s, puis 1h59min60s avant que le cadran n’affiche 2h précises.On doit cette seconde supplémentaire au vieillissement de notre planète. A mesure que notre Terre prend de l’âge, sa rotation ralentit : “les modèles montrent qu’il y a 300 ou 400 millions d’années, le jour ne durait pas 24 heures comme aujourd’hui, mais seulement 22 heures. La Terre tournait plus vite”, explique Daniel Gambis, directeur de l’IERS (International Earth Rotation Service), un organisme hébergé à l’Observatoire de Paris. Ce ralentissement perdure aujourd’hui : les marées provoquées par la Lune et le soleil dissipent son énergie de rotation. A plus court terme, d’imperceptibles variations apparaissent “au gré des mouvements atmosphériques, des variations saisonnières des calottes glacières, des mouvements du coeur interne, voire des séismes”, comme l’explique le l’Observatoire de Paris, dans son communiqué de presse. Des séismes comme celui de Fukushima (Japon) pourraient être à l’origine de la perturbation. Soumis aux aléas, un tour de la Terre sur elle-même en août serait plus court d’une à deux millisecondes qu’un tour accompli en février.La 25e seconde intercalairePour mesurer le temps, les horloges atomiques sont apparues en 1967. Avant celles-ci, le monde se basait sur l’astronomie pour définir l’heure exacte : “on regardait la position d’un astre, le Soleil ou d’autres objets célestes” par rapport à la Terre, précise Noël Dimarcq, directeur du Syrte (Systèmes de référence temps-espace). Les horloges atomiques ont permis de gagner en précision, puisqu’elles sont “capables de découper le temps en millionièmes de milliardième de seconde”, explique-t-il à l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le temps donné par l’orientation de la Terre finit par dériver par rapport au temps atomique. Et pour éviter que l’écart entre les deux ne devienne trop important, la communauté internationale, en particulier le Service international de la rotation terrestre (IERS) décide d’ajouter une seconde à l’UTC (Temps Universel Coordonné)”, révèle Noël Dimarcq. Il faut remonter au 31 décembre 2008 pour retrouver la trace d’une telle seconde ajoutée. L’événement semble aussi irrégulier que la rotation de la Terre : le 30 juin prochain, ce sera seulement la 25e seconde ajoutée au temps universel depuis l’instauration de ce système.Les fusées resteront au solSi certains noctambules pourraient voir dans cette seconde supplémentaire une occasion de fêter l’événement, elle ne devrait pas changer grand chose pour les autres. En revanche, les systèmes de haute précision, tels les satellites ou certains réseaux informatiques, pourraient en être affectés.Pour éviter un décalage potentiellement catastrophique, risquant de brouiller les calculs, aucun tir de fusée ne sera programmé ces jours-là. Certains pays demandent même l’abolition de cette seconde intercalaire, jugeant qu’elle ne générerait que source de perturbations et d’erreurs. Le système de géolocalisation par satellites américain GPS a déjà fait le choix, depuis 1980, de ne se reporter qu’à l’horloge atomique, sans tenir compte de l’ajout irrégulier de secondes. Il compense les secondes manquantes par rapport à l’UTC par la suite, dans le signal qu’il envoie au sol.Le 28 juin 2012 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Petit James Rodriguezs quality is a mix of Cesc Fabregas

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for the “quality” James Rodriguez as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales international is reportedly closing in on a free transfer to Juventus for next season with his contract at Arsenal to expire in June.Therefore, the Gunners are in need of a new star midfielder with the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil struggling to find his best form.Young Barcelona star Denis Suarez has been touted as a potential signing with former Arsenal defender Lauren believing he would be a better option than James.But Petit, who himself starred in the Arsenal midfield between 1997 to 2000, thinks otherwise as James’ quality is a mixture of ex-Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas and Real Madrid playmaker Isco.The Colombia international’s loan deal at Bayern Munich will expire at the end of the season and it remains unclear whether or not the German giants will take their €42m buy option to sign him permanently from Real Madrid.And Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for James.“I have known James Rodriguez from when he played for Monaco and I think he is a very good attacking midfielder,” Petit told the Daily Mirror.“I believe he is a proper No. 10, I like him in the middle of the park controlling the game.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He has this quality – it’s a mix of [Cesc] Fabregas and Isco – and I think he would be a very good signing for Arsenal.“If I had to choose between them [James and Suarez] – knowing the situation with Ramsey – Arsenal definitely need an attacking midfielder and need to get a player who has the personality to direct a game and not hide all the time.“I think James Rodriguez is one of them.”The French World Cup winner cannot understand why Ramsey would join Juventus in the first place and warned the Welsh star he’s making a “mistake”.“I don’t want to be negative but I don’t know why he is going to Juventus, honestly,” said Petit on Ramsey.“Serie A? It is not the Premier League guys.“The Premier League is the best in the world, it is the most competitive championship.“You see it every year, you have three or four teams fighting for the title.“You don’t see that in Italy, in Spain, or France or wherever so I think he is making a mistake.”last_img read more

Pedestrian tunnel complete

first_imgWalkers, bicyclists and joggers can now more easily and safely travel from downtown Washougal to the waterfront with the opening of the pedestrian tunnel beneath state Highway 14.The project wrapped up late last month after a year of construction. The 9.5-foot-tall and 16-foot-wide tunnel stretches for 115 feet below the highway just east of the stoplight at Washougal River Road.The project includes the concrete tunnel with interior in-ground lighting, new street lighting, video surveillance at each end of the tunnel and a stairway and asphalt pathway connecting the tunnel to the existing trail on top of the dike. The trail leads to Captain William Clark Park and Steamboat Landing Park.The walls of the tunnel are decorated with basalt stones featuring petroglyph designs of Columbia Gorge tribes. Historian and artist Rex Ziak led a team of nine Washougal High School students who researched the designs. A dedication stone on the south side of the tunnel lists the names of the students and stakeholders involved with the interior stonework. The project also included new curbing, sidewalk, landscaping and burying of overhead utility lines, all of which are consistent with the earlier-completed downtown improvement project.last_img read more

Middle school in Dania Beach burglarized

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a burglary at a South Florida middle school.Officers said thieves broke into Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach, near Southeast Third Street and Third Avenue, Sunday.A perimeter was set up to try and catch the thieves. However, there has not been any arrests.Police have not said if anything was stolen.If you have any information on this crime, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Cygnus Credit Rating Outlook Revised to Negative

first_imgFinancial credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has revised Cygnus Business Media’s credit rating outlook from stable to negative because of concerns over Cygnus’ significant debt due in 2009.According to S&P, the new rating—a “CCC+”—reflects several financial factors, including Cygnus’ limited liquidity, high debt leverage, small EBITDA base and what it calls “difficult business fundamentals.” In a release, S&P called Cygnus’ margin of compliance with covenants “very thin,” and said they will be a significant hurdle for the company moving forward. For the first quarter, Cygnus’ revenues were down 1.5 percent while EBITDA was flat, S&P said, although it didn’t offer specific figures. After adjusting for closed publications and timing shifts, revenue was up 3.4 percent and EBITDA was up 5 percent.A S&P analyst was not immediately available for comment. A key challenge for Cygnus, according to S&P, will be refinancing its $157 million in debt that’s due next year, including its senior secured term loan that matures July 13, 2009.”The main reason for the outlook change is that the majority of the company’s debt is maturing next year,” a Cygnus spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Adjusting the outlook is commonly done by the rating agencies until they get a clear view of what a company will do with the maturing debt. Obviously, we are aware of it. At the appropriate time the company will evaluate its options and we are confident in a successful outcome.”The revised credit rating comes as the ABRY-owned b-to-b publisher is exploring a possible sale. Cygnus co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien said in an interview with FOLIO: last week that Cygnus has been approached with inquiries, and carefully described the potential divestment as “a process.” During the interview, Davis said Cygnus increased e-media revenue by 60 percent from 2006 to 2007, and from 4.5 percent of total revenue in 2006 to 10 percent of total revenue in 2007.Cygnus went on the block in 2006 but subsequently pulled off the market that year.Earlier this year, S&P revised its outlook of Hanley Wood from stable to negative, citing the soft housing market and “weaker than expected” 2007 operating results.last_img read more

Gold may surge to Rs 40000 per 10 gram by Diwali

first_imgMumbai: Amid global growth concerns and heightened trade tensions between the US and China, gold prices might cross the Rs 40,000 mark by Diwali, analysts have said. Typically, the demand for gold reflects the expectations about the future, the prices of the precious metal tends to rise amid uncertain economic situations or political upheaval. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Currently the October contract of gold was priced at Rs 37,995 per 10 gram on the Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX). “Demand for the precious metal may slow down slightly owing to some easing in trade tension between US and China, but over the trend is negative. We see gold prices around Rs 39,000 to 40,000 per 10 gram by Diwali, ” said Anuj Gupta of Angel Brooking. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Gupta explained that the gold prices were surging primarily owing to the decline in global growth rate. Experts globally are also suggesting investments in gold and other precious metals amid these uncertain times as an insurance against economic uncertainty. “We now recommend all investors have a full allocation to precious metal investments in their portfolio,” said a Gohring and Rozencwajg report. Advertise With Us “We believe the bear market in gold has run its course and a new bull market has begun.” Lower interest rate by central banks and the ongoing trade dispute between the two biggest economies, the US and China, were supporting the gain in gold prices. Besides, latest worry came over the recession warning via bond market. The inversion in the US bond yield hit levels last seen in 2007, just ahead of the global financial crises. This came even as the US decided to defer the rise in trade tariffs it announced earlier as major export market showed renewed signs of weakness. Europe’s biggest economy, Germany, reported negative growth, hence nearing the risk of a recession. The UK had already reported a contraction in growth amid Brexit woes and China added fuel to fire after it released weaker than expected factory data. Investment firm Morgan Stanley had said that if the trade war further soared via the US further raising tariffs on all goods imported from China to 25 per cent, “we would see the global economy entering recession in three quarters”.last_img read more

US says N Korea begging for war pushes sanctions

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking at a metal casing with two bulges at an undisclosed location. AFP file photoThe US has accused North Korea of “begging for war” and pushed for the “strongest possible measures” on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.As world powers scramble to react to the latest grave step in the North’s rogue weapons programme, South Korea launched major live-fire naval drills to warn its isolated neighbour against any provocations at sea Tuesday morning local time.US Ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that Washington will present a new sanctions resolution to be negotiated in the coming days, with a view to voting on it next Monday.“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” Haley told the meeting Monday called by the United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea.North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm when it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.The underground blast had a yield of between 50 and 100 kilotons, or on average more than five times more powerful than the bomb detonated over Hiroshima, UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the council.Declaring that “enough is enough,” Haley said incremental sanctions imposed on Pyongyang since 2006 had failed.Leader Kim Jong-Un’s “abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war,” she said.“War is never something the United States wants and we don’t want it now, but our country’s patience is not unlimited,” she said.‘Insulting’Haley did not spell out what measures Washington was seeking, but diplomats said they could target oil supplies to North Korea—potentially dealing a major blow to the economy.New sanctions could also seek to curb tourism to the country and ban North Korean laborers sent abroad.The draft text was expected to be presented to the 14 other council members on Tuesday as the United States sought to respond quickly to reports that North Korea was preparing another missile launch.Pyongyang in July fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range and Seoul has said it could be planning another test.At the UN, China’s ambassador Liu Jieyi warned that the crisis was worsening and emphasized the need for dialogue and a diplomatic solution.“China will never allow chaos and war on the (Korean) peninsula,” he asserted.Liu urged the parties to agree to a Chinese-Russian plan calling for the North to freeze its missile and nuclear tests and the United States and South Korea to suspend joint military exercises.Haley rejected the proposal as “insulting.”“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that. We certainly won’t,” she declared.Russia said it would study the new US proposals for sanctions, but again stressed those measures alone would not resolve the crisis.“This is not the way to get parties to the table to seek a political solution,” said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.The council has imposed seven sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, but Pyongyang has repeatedly found ways to circumvent the measures.The most recent resolutions, however, have zeroed in on the economy, targeting key exports sectors such as coal that are a source of hard currency for the regime.Haley reiterated US threats to impose sanctions on countries that conduct trade with North Korea, saying these nations will be seen as “giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions”.That could have major reverberations: China is the largest trading partner of both the North and the United States.South Korean responseSouth Korea’s defense ministry said it was already strengthening its defenses, in part by deploying more US-made Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile launchers.The South carried out an early-morning volley of ballistic missiles Monday simulated an attack on the North’s nuclear test site, followed Tuesday by the naval drills.US President Donald Trump and South Korean leader Moon Jae-In spoke on the phone Monday and agreed to remove limits on the payload of the South’s missiles, fixed at 500 kilograms according to a 2001 bilateral agreement.Trump also approved in principle, the sale of “many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea,” according to a White House readout of the call which did not mention any specific new deals.Seoul was the fourth-biggest importer of US arms between 2010-2016, purchasing nearly $5 billion of weaponry in that period according to an analysis by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.On Sunday US monitors measured a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake near the North’s main testing site.Hours before the test, the North released images of Kim inspecting a device it called a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power” entirely made “by our own efforts and technology”.The South’s defence minister said Seoul believed the North had succeeded in miniaturising a bomb to fit into a missile.The North says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion, and analysts say it is seeking to strengthen its hand for any future negotiations with Washington.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Algorithm Predicts Who Will Live or Die in Season

first_img Game of Thrones Season 8 is almost here and to get everyone ready for the April 14 premiere, a group of German students revealed the ultimate algorithm that predicts who will most likely live or die during the show’s final season.Computer tech students at Technical University of Munich created an application that searches the internet for data on the Game of Thrones series and uses an algorithm to predict which characters will survive and not be killed by the end of Season 8, Associated Press reported. The current results? Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen has the highest chance of survival at 99 percent, while sellsword Bronn is the most likely to die right away.Looking forward to seeing the accuracy! Machine learning algorithm predicts who will be left standing in ‘Game of Thrones’ https://t.co/ezdAROTBLT— Alberto Malva (@malva_alberto) April 12, 2019According to project supervisor Guy Yachdav, survival rates are predicted using longevity analysis that’s similar to scientific studies that are used to analyze medical treatment effects. Even though the analysis “relies on data taken from the world of fantasy, the exact same artificial intelligence techniques are used in the real world,” he said.So, which Iron Throne contenders are most likely to make it through the White Walker invasion? Tyrion Lannister has the second best survival rate at 97.5 percent and Jaime Lannister has a 96 percent survival rate. The most likely to perish? Gregor Clegane has an 80.3 percent chance of dying, while Sansa Stark and Bran Stark each have a 73.3 percent and 57.8 percent chance of being killed, respectively.Of course, nothing is set in stone, since Game of Thrones can be unpredictable when it comes to alliances and new threats. Game of Thrones Season 8 will open with Winterfell preparing to battle the Night King’s army, so fans will have to wait for this major showdown to see if any characters will perish first.Watch the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 8 on April 14.More on Geek.com:11 People We Want to Die in the ‘Game of Thrones’ PremiereRotten Tomatoes: Top ‘Game of Thrones’ Episodes to Watch Before Season 8 ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners: ‘We Want People to Love’ the Finale Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more

SDCC 2019 Riverdale Cast Spills Details on Core Mystery for Season 4

first_imgStay on target Riverdale left fans with a jaw-dropping Season 3 finale, which implied something terrible was going to happen to Jughead (Cole Sprouse) in the drama’s next chapter.At San Diego Comic-Con, Riverdale’s stars revealed a key update on Season 4: strange “flashbacks” that might show what’s to come for the squad, Entertainment Weekly reported.Lots of excitement for the cast of #Riverdale in Hall H! #SDCC pic.twitter.com/ZQc8QCAaZg— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) July 21, 2019“Season 4 is definitely senior year, high school focused, more about the relationships and those dynamics and obviously the mystery of what we saw at the end of Season 3,” Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica on the show, told Entertainment Weekly in an SDCC interview. “We’re going to be coming back to that, having little flashes throughout to gather more information. Each flashback will tell us a little more.”Maybe Jughead won’t be having the best of luck for Season 4, however, fans might also wonder what will happen to Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica, and how they’re connected to the bigger picture. Reinhart added, “There’s always like 12 mysteries going on.”The Riverdale stars said Season 4 has some interesting reveals ahead, including football, Archie’s real name, and apparently more screen time for Chad Michael Murray. Plus, there will be a very important tribute to Luke Perry, who played Archie’s father Fred Andrews on the show and sadly passed away in March, SYFY Wire noted.In addition to Season 4 updates, Riverdale’s cast showed a hilarious blooper reel at SDCC 2019, which you can watch below.More on Geek.com:SDCC 2019: All of  Marvel Studio’s Major Movie Announcements Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more

Cyborg Cockroach May Save Your Life Haunt Your Dreams

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot A cyborg cockroach may one day save your life.(Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d type.)University of Connecticut professor Abhishek Dutta created a robot-roach hybrid—a hardwired biological insect—based on the Madagascar hissing cockroach.One of the largest species of cockroach, wingless hissers are often kept as pets (*shudders*). But it’s their reputation as excellent climbers (even able to scale smooth glass) that likely attracted Dutta to the arthropod.“The use of insects as platforms for small robots has an incredible number of useful applications, from search-and-rescue to national defense,” he said in a statement.A couple of real-life Dr. Frankensteins, Dutta and undergraduate student Evan Faulkner attached a microcircuit to the roach for more reliable and precise control. The tiny computer can detect six degrees of free motion, acceleration, and direction.The researchers are also able to track ambient temperature around the creature; tests have shown the temperature of the roach’s environment can affect how and where it moves.FYI: Roaches are more likely to go for walks when it’s warm, according to UConn.A cockroach with an implanted neurocontroller (via the Dutta Lab)The microcircuit is worn like a miniature backpack, its wires attaching to the insect’s antennae lobes. Tiny electrical impulses sent to the nerve tissue simulate an obstacle.For instance, a small charge to the left antenna makes the critter move right. Researchers found, however, that actions decreased in intensity after initial stimulus. So if a roach makes a hard left after the first pulse, subsequent turns are less dramatic. Handy knowledge if you’re the one doing the steering.A tiny Bluetooth transmitter and receiver allows nearby operation via a smartphone.Cockroach robots aren’t new. But while other labs have developed similar control systems, UConn’s stands out for its greater degree of regulation, real-time feedback, and multi-channel avenues for stimulation.“Our microcircuit provides a sophisticated system for acquiring real-time data on an insect’s heading and acceleration, which allows us to extrapolate its trajectory,” Dutta explained. “We believe this advanced closed-loop, model-based system provides better control for precision maneuvering, and overcomes some of the technical limitations currently plaguing today’s micro-robots.”This research will be published in the journal Proceedings of the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, Philadelphia, 2018.No cockroaches were harmed during these experiments.Most people don’t want to see a creepy crawly insect, let alone study them. But bugs are roboticists’ favorite muse. Find out more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Putting Patients First is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.Putting Patients First will provide grants to hospitals and imaging centers to create programs, training and/or seminars to improve pediatric or adult patient care and safety in diagnostic imaging in the areas of CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and vascular. Winning facilities will then develop and share their best practices with others.In its second year, this program has expanded its scope to include improving the imaging of children. Children have special imaging needs – exposure to radiation and contrast are concerns within the industry, as is ensuring that children are well prepared for the imaging experience. Putting Patients First will help facilities address these very specific needs.“Last year, AHRA and Toshiba were able to help three hospitals make improvements to patient care in imaging,” said AHRA president, Debra A. Lopez, CRA, FAHRA. “Building on the successful first year of Putting Patients First, we are now able to double the number of grants offered and expand to include new specialties. This is particularly important in a time when the industry is being financially challenged.”Putting Patients First applicants will be judged on their plan for a program to improve pediatric or adult patient care and safety in imaging and their ability to share best imaging practices. The applicants’ programs should seek to improve imaging practices and address one or more of the following:- reducing radiation and/or contrast dose- reducing the need for sedation- improving communication with patients regarding the process- improving patient comfort- improving the overall clinical pathwayThe AHRA will award six Putting Patients First grants of up to $7,500. All eligible facilities are encouraged to apply by completing an application at www.ahraonline.org or www.medical.toshiba.com. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2009. For more information: www.ahraonline.org and www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more