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zoom Russia’s state-owned shipping company Sovcomflot has placed its first order for a $316 million worth liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.South Korean shipbuilder, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) will be responsible for the construction of this ARC7 ice-class tanker, the first of its kind in the industry.This vessel kicks off a $5 billion newbuild program under which 16 icebreaking LNG carriers will be built. The vessel will be used for transportation of liquefied natural gas from a gas field in the Yamal Peninsula (Yamal LNG), western part of Siberia.Delivery of the ship is slated for June 2016.Background:Back in July last year, after considering proposals of seven world-leading shipyards, DSME was announced as the winner of the tender and Yamal LNG signed a slot reservation agreement with the shipyard.The agreement stipulates the options to build, launch, equip, complete and deliver up to 16 tankers and establishes the preliminary prices of the tankers and the timing of their launch and delivery.According to the provisions of the agreement, the shipyard will optimize the hull design of the vessels and conduct model tests to improve the overall tanker performance. The agreement also allows for the transfer of rights to finance the tankers’ construction and purchase of the tankers to third parties – shipping companies chosen by Yamal LNG.The ARC7 ice-class LNG carriers will enable year round deliveries of LNG produced by the Yamal LNG project and will be designed for ambient temperatures of up to minus 50°C and independent navigation in ice more than 2.1 meters thick.Yamal LNG project envisages the construction of an LNG plant with annual capacity of 16.5 million tons per annum based on the feedstock resources of the South-Tambeyskoye field. According to the PRMS reserve standards, the proven and probable reserves of the South-Tambeyskoye field as of 31 December 2012 were appraised at 907 billion cubic meters of natural gas. The Project also requires the construction of transport infrastructure including a sea-port and an airport located at Sabetta (north-east of the Yamal Peninsula).Yamal LNG is currently owned by NOVATEK (80%) and Total (20%). WMN Staff, March 17, 2014
Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, completed its final sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise in April 2018.Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the 3,974-passenger vessel had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who thoroughly tested Carnival Horizon’s sophisticated technical, mechanical and navigation systems, the company said.As the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Horizon is set to debut on April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from that port.The ship will then re-position to the US with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York from May 9 to 23, 2018.Following its summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean departures from the Big Apple, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami and kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning September 22, 2018. Carnival Horizon will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami from September 20 to 22, 2018.Launched in March this year, the 133,500 gross ton newbuilding is the company’s second Vista-class ship. The first ship from the batch, Carnival Vista, was handed over to the company in April 2016. In addition, the third Vista-class vessel is currently under construction at the shipyard in Marghera.Featuring a length of 321.5 meters and a width of 37.2 meters, Carnival Horizon will be able to accommodate a total of more than 6,400 people on board.Image Courtesy: Carnival
zoomImage by WMN Unionized workers of the Croatian struggling shipbuilder Uljanik Group have decided to resume strike on December 2.The new strike wave comes just two weeks after workers decided to suspend strikes at all company facilities.In line with the decision, the workers have downed their tools but have not yet decided whether they will undertake other industrial measures such as street protests.The workers are disgruntled due to the lack of progress on the restructuring of the company and fear the shipbuilder is on the brink of bankruptcy.President of the striking committee, Boris Cerovac, told N1 TV that the general strike also includes sub-contractors, who have stopped working on the polar cruise ship being built for Australian company Scenic.As explained, unfortunately there is no other solution in sight for workers, who cannot afford to struggle and wait any longer. However, potential bankruptcy would probably signal the end of Uljanik Group, he fears.The delivery of the luxury cruise ship, named Scenic Eclipse, which was ordered in 2015, has been delayed until late January 2019, due to the ongoing issues at Uljanik.Scenic Eclipse was originally scheduled to deploy on its maiden voyage from Athens to Venice on August 31, before sailing to the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords.The Croatian government is in the process of finding a strategic partner for the company’s restructuring.World Maritime News Staff
The province will hire more teachers as part of its commitment to ensure class sizes for the youngest students remain at the lowest level in a generation. “I am pleased to announce that government will hire about 45 new elementary teachers,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex today, Sept. 27. “Keeping class sizes low gives our youngest students the early attention and support they need. More teachers in our classrooms and smaller class sizes for students in grades Primary to 3 means every student will have an equal opportunity to be successful.” This month, school boards submitted class sizes. Those numbers showed that most Primary to 3 classes were well below historic averages, but some were too large. “While 85 per cent of Primary to 3 classes have fewer than 25 students, some classes are simply too big,” Ms. Jennex said. “Government said it would keep class sizes low, and today we are doing exactly that. It is not fair for young students to face higher class sizes because they live in an area of growing enrolment or other reasons beyond their control.” Ms. Jennex said the new board data shows that about 45 new teachers are needed to ensure Primary to Grade 3 classes won’t exceed 25 students. School boards will begin reducing class sizes. To ensure they remain low, the province will require school boards to cap the number of students at 25, where possible. “I talked to parents, teachers, and met with the new teachers’ union president,” said Ms. Jennex. “Together we were able to identify where support was needed and ensure class sizes will be low. “Our students are lucky to have such passionate and dedicated teachers at the front of their classes. We value their hard work and are pleased to be able to bring more of them into our schools this year.” Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Shelley Morse applauded the announcement. “We are pleased that Minister Jennex has listened to teachers and parents about the concerns with class-size caps in the lower elementary grades,” said Ms. Morse. “This helps to ensure that our excellent educators in classrooms across the province are being supported in meeting the learning needs of students in grades primary to 3.” Reducing class sizes will mean changes in class makeups. Ms. Jennex asked that parents, students and teachers work together to ensure a smooth transition to smaller classes. “Our young people need to have a good start at school,” said Mat Whynott, ministerial assistant for Youth. “That’s why government is taking this action, in addition to new initiatives under the Kids and Learning First plan, like programs to help struggling readers with literacy and a new curriculum for math.”
New Delhi: As the encephalitis death toll in Bihar is set to reach 150-mark, the state’s BJP unit chief and Union Minister Nityanand Rai on Friday asked the party’s all 17 Lok Sabha members to establish Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in their respective districts.Terming the move as a step to strengthen the state’s health infrastructure to avoid Muzaffarpur like incident, Rai has also directed party MPs to contribute Rs 25 lakh from their MPLAD fund for establishing PICU in their parliamentary constituencies. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaNotably, Rai, who is also MoS Home in Modi cabinet, had already allocated Rs 25 lakh from his MPLAD fund for the setting up PICU in Samastipur district hospital on June 19. “Both the governments – Centre and state — are seriously handling the issue of the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) disease in Muzaffarpur. Both the governments have taken several steps to provide better and affordable healthcare services to the residents of the state,” the Union Minister said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”All MPs of the party has been asked to stay active in their areas and provide all needed support to deal with AES. Even all party workers have also been directed to help children suffering from the deadly disease in their neighbourhood and nearly villages,” Rai said. “Undoubtedly, the move by state’s BJP president is very impressive. It would help in bettering the health system in Bihar. We are also hoping a similar move by JD(U) president as the party has 16 MPs in Lok Sabha,” a resident of Muzaffarpur said.
London: Andy Murray and Serena Williams will form a mixed doubles dream team at Wimbledon, his management announced Tuesday, as he gradually returns to tennis following career-saving surgery. Murray, who is easing his way back into the sport following a radical hip resurfacing, will join forces with Williams in an all-star partnership when the draw is announced on Wednesday. The Scot is already entered into the men’s doubles at Wimbledon where he is playing alongside France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together The two-time Wimbledon champion’s partnership with seven-time winner Williams will make them instant favourites for the title. “We’re a lot alike on the court. I’ve always liked that about him,” Williams said of her fellow former world number one. “His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That’s something I’ve always respected about him. His fitness, everything. “To do what he’s done in an era where there’s so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He’s actually one of the few. There’s so many things to be admired.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open She added: “Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women’s issues no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think above all that is just fantastic.” Murray had been searching for a mixed doubles partner but had complained that he had been turned down by a number of players. “I do want to play,” the 32-year-old said on Saturday at a pre-Wimbledon media day. “We’ve had a number of conversations with a few players. Yeah, the plan’s definitely to play. “Conditions look like it’s supposed to be good for the fortnight, which is a positive thing. “I was speaking to some of the doubles guys, asking them why they don’t play mixed. It was for the reason that they had some years where they’ve been backed up. Sometimes the mixed is not the priority to get on the court.” Murray played mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2006 where he teamed with Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and reached the second round. He was also a silver medallist with Laura Robson in the London 2012 Olympics which were played at the All England Club. Serena is a two-time mixed doubles champion at the Slams. In 1998, she partnered with Max Mirnyi to win Wimbledon and the US Open. Some 64 pairings compete in the mixed doubles, which is disputed over the best of three sets.
New York: Serena Williams is trying hard to move past last year’s US Open final meltdown, preferring to forget the umpire she called a “liar” and “thief” and fans booing a controversial ending. Williams humbled Russia’s Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 on Monday to reach the second round of the US Open as she seeks a historic seventh New York title and 24th Grand Slam singles crown. Asked if she felt the tournament was hers to win, the eighth seed replied, “I feel like I’m here to do that. We’ll see what happens.” Her domination of Sharapova produced a 19th consecutive triumph over the five-time Slam winner, boosting her record in the rivalry to 20-2. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh It was the first match for Williams at Ashe since she unleashed her wrath at umpire Carlos Ramos in last year’s US Open final and he awarded a game penalty to eventual winner Naomi Osaka of Japan, this year’s top seed and the reigning Australian Open champion as well. The US Tennis Association decided before the start that Ramos will not officiate any Serena or Venus Williams match at this year’s US Open. When she was asked about Ramos, whose penalty calls had a major impact in her loss to Osaka, she replied, “I don’t know who that is.” It’s doubtful she will want to jog her memory by looking at video of last year’s final, which ended with Williams in tears and Osaka’s moment of glory left “bittersweet” as fans voiced displeasure at the controversial awarding of a game that put Osaka one game from the title. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Williams, when asked about how much last year’s final entered her mind in her return to Ashe, spoke only about the crowd that was loud and vocal in supporting her over Sharapova. “It was great. The fans, they were so amazing,” Williams said. “I could hear them walking down the hallway. It was such a good feeling. It made me feel unbelievable, really helped me get amped up and pumped up.” She thanked the fans on the court after the match with a nod to past defeats, saying, “I’ve had a lot of tough matches and a lot of tough losses but coming out here tonight makes it all worthwhile.” A celebrity-filled crowd watched her dismantle Sharapova. “Her game really matches up well against mine,” Williams said. “Her ball somehow lands in my strike zone. It’s just perfect for me. “I was able to zone in, especially down breakpoints, not letting her in the match. She’s the kind of player that keeps going. Even towards the end, she just wants to keep fighting.” And as if US wildcard Caty McNally, her next foe, or any other rival needed any more concern, Williams warned she has some new, unrevealed aspects to her game to bring out should the need arise. “I’ve been working on a lot of new things,” she said. “I don’t really talk about what I’ve been working on so much. I definitely have been working on a lot of new stuff to incorporate in my game.”
HALIFAX – They are young. They are women. And they are racialized.Young women of colour are at the vanguard of Halifax’s social justice movement, part of a new generation of social activists.Kati George-Jim is a 21-year-old Indigenous student and member of Dalhousie University’s board of governors.Masuma Khan is a 22-year-old Muslim student leader at the Halifax university.Rebecca Thomas is a 31-year-old Dalhousie graduate and Mi’kmaq poet laureate.Together, they are unapologetically standing up for social justice and refusing to back down in the face of controversy.They are harnessing an ethos of social unrest emanating across the country and beyond, impatiently working to dismantle white privilege, patriarchy and heterosexism.And they are not going away.“Racialized women have always been at the forefront of civil rights movements,” said Margaret Robinson, Dalhousie University assistant professor of sociology and social anthropology. “What’s changed is the broader society’s ability to recognize them for their leadership and work.”Social media and growing up with a black president in the United States has also shifted the social justice movement, she said.“The new wave of activists grew up seeing a black president for eight years,” Robinson said. “They’ve had access to instantaneous online information and communication that I couldn’t have dreamed of as a child. That changes everything.”Rebecca Thomas, Halifax’s aboriginal poet laureate, said young women are being empowered by higher education.“The more you start to understand and learn, the more you want to do something,” she said. “Education is very empowering. We’re being told that our voices matter, and we’re standing up to be heard.”Thomas, originally from New Brunswick, said women of colour have always had strong voices, and that civil rights movements in the past have helped pave the way for the new generation.Young women are now starting to “punch through power structures” once reserved for white men, Thomas said.“We’re recognizing the strength we have, and it’s really great when you get the community’s backing,” said Thomas, who has a master’s degree in social anthropology from Dalhousie.Last spring, she appeared before Halifax council with a poem chiding councillors for shutting down debate last year over how the city commemorates its controversial founder.Edward Cornwallis issued a bounty on the scalps of Thomas’s Mi’kmaq ancestors but is still honoured with a park, statue, and even a street within a stone’s throw of the city’s Mi’kmaq friendship centre.Moved by her poem, a rookie councillor decided council needed to revisit the issue, and the city has since created a panel to examine how Halifax should pay tribute to Cornwallis.Thomas said her official role with the city allows her to work for change from the inside, but at times she feels the need to self-censor.“I find myself in this torn and unfortunate position to make my arguments palatable, so I keep getting invited back, so I can still continue to poke and prod,” she said. “I have a duty and responsibility to keep access to these people in power.”While Thomas may take a more poetic and amicable approach to social activism, she applauds the more militant actions of others.Masuma Khan, a Dalhousie Student Union executive, stood firmly in solidarity with Indigenous protests against Canada 150 celebrations.She refused to back down, even under threat of sanctions as the university investigated her for a profane Facebook post that criticized “white fragility.”Dalhousie dropped the complaint against Khan last week, in part due to mounting concerns about violent and hateful messages she was receiving.“It’s a matter of life and death. Standing up against white supremacy is not an easy thing,” said Khan, who wears a hijab and was born and raised in Halifax.“There are times I get frustrated. But I don’t have a choice,” the fourth-year international development studies student said. “People shoving supremacist ideologies in my face make me want to dismantle those structures even more.”Khan added: “Our existence is our resistance. I’m going to exist, I’m going to keep going. It doesn’t stop here.”That sense of urgency is shared by Kati George-Jim of the T’Sou-ke First Nation in British Columbia.“Racialized women are taking control of the conversation,” the fourth-year political science student said. “With my identity comes responsibility. As an Indigenous woman, I have a responsibility to speak up and use my voice.”George-Jim took on Dalhousie’s board of governors for what she called institutionalized racism, prompting an apology from the board’s chairman who insisted Dalhousie is not led by racists.“To me, it just feels like everyday life. It doesn’t feel like social activism,” she said.It’s a sentiment all three share.“We don’t stop being women of colour at the end of the day when it’s comfortable and time to relax,” Thomas said. “We don’t get to take a break from our own oppressions.”
Rabat – Mohammed Hassad, the newly appointed Minister of Education has expressed his aim to authorize the public teachers to work overtime hours in the private institutions, reported Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah on Thursday.The decision came following a meeting held last Friday with several representatives of associations working in the private education sector.During the meeting, the representatives reviewed and evaluated the difficulties and obstacles encountered by private school teachers. Abdellah Khmiss, the president of the Union of Private Teaching and Training in Morocco, disclosed that the meeting concluded by deciding to allow teachers to work in the private sector, on condition that they completely fulfill their responsibilities in the public sector. He stated that this condition is fair and equitable.Hamid Bencheikh, the deputy secretary general of the National Federation of Educational Officials, said that the implementation of Hassad’s decision would help uncover problems to be solved.The ban of professors from working in private schools had been published in a note during the tenure of the former Minister of Education Mohamed El Ouafa. It came into effect during the mandate of his successor Rachid Belmokhtar in 2015, when the Ministry published Decree 0001-15, announcing that it would no longer provide authorizations to teachers working in all levels of the education system to work overtime hours in private schools.
Calgary — Small and medium-sized businesses in Alberta will slash spending more than expected this year as the oil downturn hits every level of the province’s economy, a new survey from Business Development Bank of Canada shows.Roughly 4,000 executives of companies across Canada with between one and 499 employees responded to the survey, which found that smaller businesses in Alberta plan to invest about $11 billion this year, 27 per cent less than last year, compared with a 14 per cent increase in planned spending in B.C., and either flat or modest growth across the rest of Canada.Pierre Cleroux, chief economist at BDC, said he expected spending to go down in Alberta, but was “surprised by the magnitude of the drop.”How BDC is working to help Canadian companies succeed in the midst of a weak economyAfter the bust, oil boomtown Fort McMurray faces threat of ‘shrinking city’ syndromeHe said this year will be worse than 2015 as the reality of low oil prices fully sinks in, with 66 per cent of survey respondents in Alberta saying a lack of confidence in the economy was their main barrier to investing.“Last year was the first year (of the downturn in oil prices) and a lot of people thought that the oil price would come back quickly,” Cleroux said. “I think people are getting used to this new reality.”“On the capital side, I would say we are certainly being cautious,” said Eric Veenendaal, CEO of RefineCo, a tech firm based in Calgary. “As a professional IT services company, we are largely at the will of what clients are doing in terms of their own capital spending.”With capital spending in the oil and gas sector having dropped considerably, RefineCo has had to look to other sectors such as agriculture and the government for contracts. Two years ago, RefineCo relied on oil and gas for 60 to 70 per cent of its work; now it’s less than 10 per cent, and Veenendaal isn’t betting on any short-term bounce in oil.“Our plans extending out three years down the road basically don’t account for any kind of a spike,” he said.The Village Brewery in Calgary is growing well, but co-founder Jim Button says it’s still feeling the headwinds of the downturn. “You used to be able to say beer is recession-proof, but I think recession-resistant is the word they’ve come up with in the last bunch of years,” he said.The restaurants he supplies have seen overall sales drop 20 to 30 per cent, which in turn cuts into Button’s sales. But that’s been partially offset by people drinking more at home, boosting retail sales, he said.The company is going ahead with its plans to spend about $750,000 in capital investments this year to boost efficiencies and quality, but that’s down from earlier plans. That money, however, won’t go as far as it would have a year ago, because the equipment it needs is priced in U.S. dollars. Button also said there are no plans to hire more staff.
Having identified the need for developing the infrastructure such as rural roads, medium and small size irrigation and rural and urban water supply, the Government of Sri Lanka has decided to implement rural infrastructure development projects in emerging regions and the Kalu Ganga water supply expansion project.The Government of Japan has agreed to provide two concessional loans amounting to Japanese Yen 44,767 million (Approximately Rs. 60,407 million) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the rural infrastructure development and water supply projects. As highlighted by the Economic Policy Statement of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in November 2015, the Government is in the process of rebuilding of conflict affected areas through the improvementation of basic infrastructure to promote regional economies. The signing of Loan Agreements pertaining to the above loans took place today, at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media. Dr. R.H.S Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Fusato Tanaka, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office on behalf of JICA signed the above Loan Agreements. (Colombo Gazette) Rural infrastructure development projects in emerging regions are aligned with the development policy of the Government by aiming at improving the living standards of the people through developing the basic infrastructure in the emerging regions in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the Government of Japan has agreed to provide a concessional loan of Japanese Yen 12,957 million (17,431 million) for the project to improve living standards and to develop livelihoods through the improvement of basic infrastructure, such as rural roads, medium and small size irrigation and rural water supply facilities in the Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva Provinces, thereby contributing to development of rural economies and reducing regional disparities in the country.Japan has also agreed to provide a concessional loan of Japanese Yen 31,810 million (Approximately Rs. 42,976 million) to implement the Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I) to provide safe water and increase water supply efficiency in the southern area of the Western Province by expanding the Kalu Ganage water supply facilities and restructuring water distribution networks, thereby contributing to the improvement of the living conditions of the people. Accordingly, it is expected to expand Kalu Ganga Water Supply System and to reduce Non Revenue Water by restructuring water distribution networks in Dehiwala and Moratuwa areas.
“The overall peacekeeping capacities of the Secretariat have not developed at the pace they should have because sufficient time, energy and resources have not been dedicated to planning for the future,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, quoting from a forthcoming report by Mr. Annan on implementing the recommendations of an expert panel convened under the chairmanship of former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi. Cautioning against a short-term view of peacekeeping, Mr Guéhenno cited the report’s warning that “if we continue to define our required capacities strictly based on the bare minimum needed today and only today, then we will be no better off two to three years down the road.””After more than 50 years of UN peacekeeping, the time has come for us to acknowledge that the instrument is not a temporary aberration,” the Under-Secretary-General observed, adding that the report would urge Member States not to miss the present opportunity to reverse this trend and invest in the future.He emphasized that the report did not minimize past accomplishments, but did warn that the UN could “no longer afford to continue with the ‘gifted amateurism’ that has characterized this Organization’s approach to peacekeeping to date.”According to Mr. Guéhenno, the report stresses that the UN could do better in the peacekeeping arena “particularly if the Member States decide to give us the opportunity and means to do so.” Providing evidence of the UN’s needs compared to the available staff, Mr. Guéhenno pointed out that there were only 17 people now managing the 8,000 UN police officers deployed in the field. “I don’t think anybody who looks at the difficulties of police work, to take just that example, will believe that with just 17 people you can run a force of 8,000,” he said.
Foreign Service Officer Miguel C. Rodrigues, who is currently posted to the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, is giving a talk at Brock University Monday, May 16.Rodridgues will speak about the U.S. government’s global health priorities, U.S. policy on the Arctic, U.S.-Canada bilateral relations and science diplomacy.The foreign service officer has 19 years of government service. His current portfolio covers the Arctic, health, science and technology and innovation.The talk is taking place in Room 207 of the International Centre from 11 a.m. to noon Monday. To attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
9,071 Views By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/svariophoto http://jrnl.ie/3050936 No Comments Image: Shutterstock/svariophoto EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.1. #STRIKE: The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors are staging their second day of work-to-rule in a dispute over pay.2. #OCI: The Olympic Council of Ireland expects a report into ticketing arrangements in Rio to be given to a judge by 15 November.3. #MIKE PENCE: A plane carrying Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence slid off a runway during a rainstorm at New York’s LaGuardia Airport late last night. No one was injured.5. #DUBLIN: A man who posed for tourists taking photographs in a Dublin park as his accomplices robbed the group of their belongings will be sentenced in January.5. #GALWAY: A district court judge has started to hand out driving bans to motorists who fail to attend court for parking offences.6. #MALE PILL: An injected male contraceptive which lowers sperm counts to prevent unplanned pregnancies has proven effective for 96% of couples during a year-long trial, Sky News reports.7. #HALLOWEEN: Optometrists have warned people not to use novelty contact lenses ahead of Halloween.8. #GAMESTOP: Video game retailer GameStop will open its first physical ThinkGeek shop in Europe in a well-known Dublin shopping centre.9. #1916: The BAI has rejected an official complaint someone made over Oliver Callan talking about Thomas Clarke’s genitalia in on a skit on his RTÉ show Callan’s Kicks.Comments are closed as some of the above stories relate to cases before the courts. Oct 28th 2016, 8:50 AM Friday 28 Oct 2016, 8:50 AM Share3 Tweet Email Short URL The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.
CCTV footage of a burglar in Leitrim. Image: RTÉ Prime Time Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Gang of armed locals chase burglars through town in Leitrim An RTÉ Prime Time programme due to air tonight looks into the problem of repeat burglary offenders. CCTV footage of a burglar in Leitrim. 67 Comments PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES across Ireland have expressed concerns and fear over spates of burglaries in their areas.An RTÉ Prime Time programme due to air tonight looks into the problem of repeat burglary offenders and the impact of criminal gangs on communities.The programme will review CCTV footage of different incidents.In one incident, a group of men were recently chased by a group of locals – some of whom were armed – following a house burglary in County Leitrim.The incident occurred in Newtowngore earlier this month.Local publican Gerry Gorby disturbed burglars as they ransacked his home in the village.Customers at the pub and others pursued the getaway car, which crashed a short distance away from the crime.“A good gang of lads got out even the local gun club got out with lights, tried to pursue them through the fields for about four hours in all,” Gorby told RTÉ Prime Time.They were looking in all the fields around the area to try and get them.When questioned whether some of the locals were armed, Gorby said they were.“We don’t know that would have happened if we came across them, that’s the frightening thing for them and for the other people in pursuit of them,” he said.RTÉ also went on patrol with gardaí in Laois Offaly where a taskforce has been set up to tackle burglary.Despite garda statistics late last year which indicated that burglaries were decreasing, one interviewee tells the programme that some gardaí the issue had reached “epidemic levels”. RTÉ Prime Time – Serial Offenders airs tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pmRead: Dart delayed as fight breaks out over tissue selling scamRead: Armed robber jailed after holding up shop when gardaí were in the back looking at CCTV footage Feb 22nd 2018, 8:25 PM Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 8:25 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald 77,405 Views http://jrnl.ie/3867127 Share825 Tweet Email5 Image: RTÉ Prime Time Short URL
Une dent artificielle créée à partir de cellules souchesDes scientifiques japonais sont parvenus à créer une dent artificielle conçue à partir de cellules souches de souris. La quenotte a été implantée avec succès dans la bouche d’un des rongeurs, suggérant que la technique un peu améliorée pourrait aussi être appliquée chez l’Homme.C’est encore un nouveau pas de franchi dans la création d’organe à partir de cellules souches. A la University of Science de Tokyo au Japon, des chercheurs sont parvenus à recréer une dent en utilisant des cellules de souris, selon une technique plutôt innovante.À lire aussiPourquoi on claque des dents quand il fait froid ?Dans un premier temps, Takashi Tsuji et ses collègues ont prélevé des cellules destinées à devenir des dents chez des embryons de souris. Puis ils les ont implantées chez un rongeur adulte, plus précisément dans la membrane qui entoure le rein. Deux mois plus tard, les cellules ont donné naissance à une molaire totalement complète que les chercheurs ont prélevée puis fixée dans la mâchoire d’une seconde souris. Trente jours après l’intervention, ils se sont alors aperçus que la dent s’était parfaitement insérée dans la gencive de la souris : les vaisseaux sanguins et les nerfs qui l’entouraient fonctionnaient exactement comme s’il s’agissait d’une molaire naturelle.Désormais, les chercheurs japonais espèrent parvenir à fabriquer la dent sans utiliser de corps porteur. Une avancée majeure qui pourrait permettre d’envisager d’utiliser la technique pour recréer des dents artificielles à partir de cellules souches humaines. Le 15 juillet 2011 à 17:10 • Maxime Lambert
Voiture électrique : un Chat vidéo pour répondre à toutes vos questionsA l’occasion de la Semaine européenne de la Mobilité, le site Mobilité-Durable.org a décidé d’organiser le 22 septembre un Live Chat vidéo sur le thème des voitures électriques et du véhicule de demain. Il accueillera des intervenants spécialistes qui répondront en direct à toutes les questions des internautes de 17h à 18h. Après le succès d’un premier Chat autour du projet SAVE organisé en juillet dernier, le centre de ressources sur la mobilité zéro émissions, Mobilité-Durable.org a décidé de réitérer l’expérience. En partenariat avec Marcel Green et Automobile Propre, celui-ci a décidé de réunir pour le 22 septembre 2011 à 17h, des experts qui répondront à toutes les questions des internautes au sujet du véhicule électrique, à l’occasion de la Semaine européenne de la Mobilité.À lire aussiLa recharge des véhicules électriques bientôt facilitée en FranceC’est au cours d’un Live Chat vidéo, ayant pour thème “La voiture électrique sera-t-elle le véhicule de demain ?”, que trois intervenants spécialistes de la mobilité électrique débattront avec les internautes sur l’avenir du transport électrique. Conviés sur le plateau de 17h à 18h, ces invités sont : Thierry Koskas, directeur du programme véhicule électrique de Renault, Francis Demoz, journaliste et auteur de “La voiture de demain” spécialisé dans le domaine de la mobilité durable ainsi que Philippe Aussourd, président de l’AVERE-Europe.Une occasion unique de dialogue sur la mobilité durable”Tout ce que vous allez voulu savoir sur le véhicule électrique… sans jamais oser le demander !”, commente dans un communiqué Mobilité-durable.org. Quels coûts ? Quels avantages ? Quelle autonomie ? Autant de questions sur lesquelles les internautes pourront échanger avec les trois spécialistes, alors que de plus en plus de constructeurs s’intéressent à l’électrique, à l’image de Renault qui s’apprête à sortir ses premiers véhicules de la gamme ZE. Retours d’expérience, équipement du territoire, économies du véhicule électrique, modèles à venir… Toutes les questions peuvent être posées dès maintenant ou en direct le 22 septembre à partir de 17h, en se connectant sur l’espace Live Chat de Mobilité Durable (lien non disponible), mais aussi sur les espaces sociaux (Facebook et Twitter) de Mobilité Durable, Marcel Green et Automobile Propre. Le 21 septembre 2011 à 16:51 • Maxime Lambert
Coronavirus MERS : et si le virus provenait des dromadaires ?Selon une étude qui vient de paraître, les dromadaires pourraient être à l’origine du nouveau coronavirus MERS.Le nouveau coronavirus est peu contagieux de patient à patient. Il touche surtout des personnes déjà fragilisées par des maladies chroniques ou immunodéprimées et provoque des problèmes respiratoires, pulmonaires et une insuffisance rénale. Depuis quelques temps déjà, les chercheurs soupçonnaient des chauves-souris d’être à l’origine du nouveau coronavirus. Néanmoins, ils pensaient que, pour se transmettre à l’homme, le virus se servait d’hôtes intermédiaires. Une nouvelle étude publiée aujourd’hui dans The Lancet pourrait avoir trouver l’identité de ces hôtes : selon elle, les dromadaires pourraient être ce vecteur. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, une équipe de scientifiques, dirigée par le docteur néerlandais Chantal Reusken, a étudié des échantillons de sang de 349 animaux : dromadaires, vaches et chèvres provenant d’Oman, des Pays-Bas, d’Espagne et du Chili. Ces analyses ont permis de retrouver des anticorps anti-coronavirus MERS chez 50 dromadaires originaires du sultanat d’Oman, et dans une moindre mesure dans celles d’une centaine de dromadaires originaires des îles Canaries. Comme l’indique Marion Koopmans, une des chercheuses ayant participé à l’étude, “la présence d’anticorps signifie que ces dromadaires ont été en contact avec le virus ou un virus très similaire”. Un réservoir du virus ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, “nous devons également trouver le virus avant de pouvoir dire avec certitude qu’il s’agit du même que celui qui infecte les humains”, a-t-elle précisé cité par le Point. Pour le moment, la seule hypothèse est “que les dromadaires pourraient être l’un des réservoirs du virus qui provoque la maladie chez les humains”, d’autant qu’au Moyen-Orient la viande dromadaire et le lait de chamelle sont régulièrement consommés.Pour confirmer ces résultats, de nouvelles études seront nécessaires, tant chez l’homme que chez l’animal. Il s’agira, cette fois-ci, de découvrir si la transmission du coronavirus s’effectue par contact ou par ingestion de produits provenant des dromadaires infectés.Le 9 août 2013 à 18:33 • Maxime Lambert
Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Macau concessionaire SJM Holdings saw its net revenue grow 9.7% to HK$17.2 billion in the first half of 2018, buoyed by a better performance from the mass market segment.Mass gaming revenue grew 13.3% year-on-year for the period, compared with a slight 1.4% increase in VIP, however the company’s Macau gaming market share continued to fall, down from 16.7% in 1H17 to 15.1% including 20.2% of mass share and 12.2% of VIP. RelatedPosts Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Nevertheless, SJM saw strong improvement in 2Q18 where gross gaming revenue reached HK$11.1 billion. Mass revenue grew 20% in the second quarter to HK$5.7 billion with VIP up around 4% to HK$5.1 billion.Adjusted EBITDA for the six months to 30 June 2018 grew 29.9% to just under HK$2 billion with profit up 56.8% to HK$1.5 billion.SJM’s flagship property Grand Lisboa saw GGR increase 8.1% to HK$7.9 billion and EBITDA grow 29.0% to HK$999 million, with occupancy up 3% year-on-year to 96.3%.Revenue at the company’s other self-promoted casinos – Casino Lisboa, Casino Oceanus, Jai Alai and Casino Taipa – declined 1.5% to just over HK$3 billion while revenue derived from its 16 satellite casinos grew 10.0% to HK$11 billion.Despite SJM’s revenue growth, analysts from brokerage Bernstein said they “still believe SJM will continue to underperform the market until 2020 until it opens and ramps up its Cotai property (Grand Lisboa Palace).In its filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SJM said it is aiming to complete construction of Grand Lisboa Palace by the end of this year in order to open for business in the second half of 2019.
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