Kyklades Maritime Adds 2 More VLCCs to the Tally

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Kyklades Maritime Greek owner Kyklades Maritime has reportedly placed an order for two very large crude carriers with South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The 319,000 dwt ships are slated for delivery in 2019 and 2020, data from VesselsValue shows. The price details of the order were not disclosed.Kyklades Maritime is a return customer to HHI as it already has two VLCCs of the same size on order at the yard, slated for delivery next year.The Greek owner also has five 115,000 dwt Aframax tankers under construction at South Korean Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. The first two ships from the batch, priced at USD 44 million each, are set to join the Greek owner’s fleet in 2018 with the remaining three following suit in 2019.In addition, this year is reserved for the delivery of two Suezmax tankers to the company from Japanese shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Former Canadian sprinter Macrozonaris still running this time for public office

first_imgNicolas Macrozonaris’s first car was a fluorescent green 1993 Ford Tempo that he bought for $800 and four pairs of Oakley sunglasses.It was 2002, and the beginning of a rags-to-riches couple of years that saw the 22-year-old become one of the world’s top sprinters.Macrozonaris had spotted the car with a “For Sale” sign in the window at a Montreal corner store. The owner was asking $2,200. Macrozonaris didn’t have it. In need of wheels to get to and from training, he offered to sweeten the deal with a few pairs of sunglasses from Oakley, one of his first sponsors.“We met, and he starts trying on these glasses. Some are super extreme, you know the skater, crazy, fluorescent glasses. And he’s like 65, and he put them on and he looks crazy. And he looked at me and asked ‘How do I look?’ I said ‘You look great, man,’” Macrozonaris said, laughing.Macrozonaris is 37 now and still running — figuratively, if not literally. The two-time Olympian and five-time national champion is vying for a seat on city council in Laval, Que., as part of Jean-Claude Gobe’s Action Laval party. Representing the opposition party, he’s working with a shoestring budget. But he’s well-versed in getting by on little.This past weekend, Macrozonaris enlisted his athletes — he runs his own track club Final Push in Montreal — to help him hand out pamphlets to the 7,000 constituents in his Sainte-Dorothee riding. Among his concerns is the lack of decent sport facilities in the riding.He canvases door-to-door, dressed in his white and red Canada jacket from the 2004 Olympic closing ceremonies. He poses for photos with his constituents, and then sends them a copy.“It’s so interesting because it’s just like a competition, you find yourself being super motivated,” he said. “Literally I’m working hard going door-to-door, talking to people, in the middle of the night putting up my signs, the next day doing grocery stores, and I’m just trying to catch up for all the time I lost.”He officially entered the race in late September. The election is Nov. 5.“A reporter told me ‘Politics is tough,’ but I said ‘When you’re doing stuff for the right reasons, it is easy,’” he said. “People might say ‘Nic, aren’t you tired?’ but you find this energy because when you’re passionate, or you find something really intriguing, or you’re really excited about something, it’s almost an unlimited amount of energy. I’m in that stage in my life where I have an enormous amount of energy.”Macrozonaris was touted as the future of Canadian sprinting when he earned a spot on the Sydney Olympic team at 19. Behind the scenes, he was just scraping by. His parents had recently divorced and he was sharing a bed with his brother in a small Montreal apartment. He was exchanging gas station reward points for sandwiches.And then he beat American Tim Montgomery, the world record-holder at the time, in a 100-metre race in Mexico City, crossing in 10.03 seconds. Off the track, his life was changing at a breakneck pace. He threw out the first pitch at a Montreal Expos game. He upgraded to a Lexus, which he would later sell to buy his mom Doris a condo less than 100 metres from his own. He rubbed shoulders with people like Prince Albert II of Monaco.“Literally my life completely changed from eating sandwiches with Petro Points to hanging out at nice restaurants where the Prince eats. Any 22-year-old that goes through that process, I don’t care how well-structured you are, it’s going to mess you up,” Macrozonaris said. “I was living with my brother, so no structure, no guidance. And it’s easy to kind of lose track, and be a little bit of a wrecking ball, and thinking you know everything.”Macrozonaris butted heads with coach Glenroy Gilbert, and lost his spot on the 4×100 relay team at the 2003 world championships.His 10.03 — he missed dipping under sub-10 by barely the beat of a hummingbird’s wings — would go down as his career best when he retired in 2010. Regrets? He recalled a heart-to-heart he had with a friend at the height of his career.“He said to me ‘Nic, the No. 1 thing you don’t want to do is know that you didn’t give your 100 per cent, because after you retire it’s going to haunt you for a long time,’” he said. “So I said to myself ‘There’s no way I’m going to start slacking off, and then at 35 say to myself ‘I could have, I should have, but I didn’t.’“I gave my 100 per cent, I did it cleanly, and that was the best I was able to do. I’m satisfied with everything I was able to accomplish in the circumstances, and have no regrets, there’s no chip on my shoulder. I’m very content with everything I’ve done.”Soon after retirement, Macrozonaris began volunteering at a community centre in his neighbourhood, and then joined its board of directors. It was through that work that he met Gobe.He started his track club in 2015, and boasts several top young sprinters, including Praise Omogbai, the Canadian 100-metre champion in the 14-15 age category.He’s a big fan of the sport, particularly Canada’s sprint star Andre De Grasse.“I think Andre is a phenomenal athlete. I struggled all my life to try to run personal bests where it counts. And it’s extremely difficult to be able to pull that off. And he’s able to be an executioner at the highest level, and that is something that is remarkable,” Macrozonaris said. “And I think the stigma that you have to be six foot five to be a superstar is all of a sudden doubted, because here we have a guy who’s relatively short, he’s relatively small, and he’s doing things that are incredible.“Beyond that, just track and field in Canada, the bronze that they got (in the 4×100 relay) in the last Olympics,” he said. “I wish I had that generation of sprinting, because they are so strong and so powerful.”last_img read more

Tommy Lakes fire grows to over 19500 hectares forces evacuation of 78

first_imgA map of the Tommy Lakes Fire perimeter. Photo by BC Wildfire ServiceMacAuley explained crews did notice some increased fire activity yesterday that was caused by the high winds meaning that the fire is likely larger than currently reported, though officials won’t have an updated number until after surveys are conducted later today. She said that air tankers were able to complete part of their mission in limiting the fire’s growth along the southeast flank, but had to be grounded as a precautionary measure after just a few hours because of heavy smoke. A Conair Aerial Firefighting Avro RJ85 air tanker at the North Peace Airport. Photo by Chris NewtonAn area restriction remains in effect for the area surrounding the fire. The area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon on July 31st, or until the order is rescinded.Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that the Tommy Lakes Fire continues to burn north of Fort St. John and has now grown to over 19,000 hectares, forcing 78 area residents from their homes.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after conducting an aerial survey yesterday, the Wildfire Service now estimates the size of the conflagration at 19,540 hectares, and the fire is zero percent contained. She said that the personnel battling the blaze had their ranks bolstered since Monday, bringing the total of firefighters at the scene to 133, with two additional helicopters and pieces of heavy equipment. The total of both helicopters and heavy machinery pieces is now nine each.“On the east side of the Beatton Road, crews are working to build and reinforce guard along the fire perimeter to prevent the fire from crossing the Beatton road,” said an update on the Wildfire Service website. “Crews are also working on a fireline south on the Tommy Lakes Road. Additional crews are continuing with blackline and mop-up operations along the South Nig connector. Sprinklers are installed on the bridge at the 56km mark on the Tommy Lakes Road.” travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. An evacuation order has also been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to the immediate danger posed by the fire. The PRRD’s Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen said that in total, 78 evacuees have registered at the Emergency Evacuation Centre at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

Canadian Tire sees sales pick up in June after slow spring Q2

TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corporation, Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A) says its second quarter results benefited from a pickup in sales growth in June after a slow start to the spring and summer season.The Toronto-based company’s overall revenue was $3.41 billion during the quarter ended July 1, up 1.8 per cent from the comparable period last year.Excluding petroleum sales, Canadian Tire’s revenue was up $34 million or 1.2 per cent — mostly from retail sales at banners that include Canadian Tire, Mark’s and Sport Chek.Net income was up nine per cent at $217.0 million and diluted earnings per share was up 14.1 per cent at $2.81.Canadian Tire said it was able to control expenses during the quarter, resulting in higher gross margins driven by higher revenue at Mark’s, FGL Sports and the financial services segment and better margins at Canadian Tire. read more

Security Council members back regional force for Central African Republic

In a statement to the press, the Council President, Ambassador Wang Yingfan of China, said the plan for the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) force should reflect recently changed circumstances.The members also called on the international community to provide the necessary logistic and financial support for the force, the President said, and reaffirmed their support for the peace effort by the UN and CEMAC.Members of the Council appealed to the CAR and Chad to show mutual restraint and to refrain from “any action or statement that could further destabilize the situation,” Ambassador Wang said. The two States were encouraged to reactivate the bilateral cooperation structures existing between them.Both sides were also called on to ensure respect for human rights and the principles of international humanitarian law, according to the President.Members of the Council also welcomed CAR President Ange-Felix Patassé’s recent offer to enter into dialogue with the country’s various political parties “and encouraged him to do so as soon as possible with a view to promoting national reconciliation,” Ambassador Wang said.During their closed-door meeting on the CAR, Council members were briefed by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tuliameni Kalomoh, on the latest developments. read more

UN expert on indigenous rights to visit Philippines

Special Rapporteur Rodolfo Stavenhagen, who will remain in the country until 11 December, will meet with senior government officials, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups and academics. He is travelling at the Government’s invitation. Voicing particular interest in the practical implementation of the country’s 1997 Indigenous Rights Act, he said, “I look forward to talking with the Government on the good progress they have made” since it was adopted. “I also value the opportunity for constructive consultations with indigenous peoples themselves about the enjoyment of their rights,” he added. While in the Philippines, the UN expert will examine the impact of major development projects on the enjoyment of indigenous peoples’ rights. He will also undertake field trips to two different regions to meet and hear directly from indigenous peoples about their situation. The visit to the Philippines marks Mr. Stavenhagen’s second since being appointed to the post in 2001. His first mission took him to Guatemala from 2 to 12 September of this year. read more

Canadian dollar advances commodities mixed traders look to Bernanke comments

Canadian dollar advances, commodities mixed, traders look to Bernanke comments Canadian dollars, or loonies, sits on their American counterparts on Sept. 20, 2007 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2014 6:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday but were off the highs of the day as the greenback strengthened late in the afternoon amid bullish comments on the U.S. economy from outgoing Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.The loonie rose 0.3 of a cent to 93.99 cents US as Bernanke said that 2014 could be a better year for the U.S. economy.Bernanke told the annual meeting of the American Economic Association that Americans’ finances have improved and the outlook for home sales is brighter. He also expects less drag from federal spending cuts and tax increases. Combined, those factors bode well for U.S. economic growth in coming quarters.The Fed ended months of speculation last month when it announced it would reduce monthly purchases of bonds and other securities to US$75 billion, down from US$85 billion, starting in January. Those purchases are credited with supporting a strong rally on stock markets during 2013, including a 30 per cent surge in the S&P 500 to a record high.Meanwhile, base metal prices backed off as China’s official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to a four month low, coming in at 54.6 in December from 56 in November. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.The non-manufacturing PMI covers services including retail, aviation and software as well as the real-estate and construction sectors.Other data released Thursday showed manufacturing sectors in China, the U.S. and Canada still expanding but at a slower pace.March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost three cents to US$3.35 a pound.February crude on the Nymex slipped $1.48 to US$93.96 a barrel on top of a $3 slide from Thursday. Crude fell six per cent this past week due to growing inventories in the U.S. and an expected recovery in Libyan production.February bullion gained $13.40 to US$1,238.60 an ounce. read more

UN migration agency reports rise in displacement in northern Mali

Despite a drop in numbers towards the end of 2017 – from 40,743 individuals in October to just over 38,100 in December­ – latest figures show an additional 8,164 displaced persons have registered in the regions of Mopti, Menaka, Timbuktu and Gao.IOM said the increase has put “significant pressure” on humanitarian operations, given the fragile security situation in the region.“Northern Mali still holds the largest number of IDPs especially due to the deterioration of the security situation,” according to a press release by the agency.Mali, located in West Africa, was rocked by a political crisis in 2012, including a military coup and rebellion its northern region.A United Nations peacekeeping mission, known by the French acronym, MINUSMA, has been supporting the political process and stabilization efforts since 2013.The UN migration agency had expected an end to internal displacement in Mali by the end of last year, “provided there was no resurgence of armed conflict or communal violence to complement the provision of adequate humanitarian assistance to IDPs and host communities.”However, IOM said that in addition to the tensions in the north, the international community “has struggled to mobilize” funding to support vulnerable communities and IDPs.IOM and its partners plan to respond to the new wave of displacement, funds permitting. read more

CRISIS SG Flensburg lose second match in a row in Wetzlar

HSG WetzlarSG Flensburg 6.Fuchse Berlin4301127:1056 17.Eisenach6105154:2002 13.Lemgo5113130:1523 8.Goppingen5302127:1136 16.Bergischer5104120:1392 5.HSG Wetzlar6312157:1617 Photo: HSG Wetzlar 7.Hamburg5302146:1296 9.SC Magdeburg5302133:1306 15.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten5104136:1462 3.Kiel5401153:1318 11.Hannover-Burgdorf5203130:1414 14.TVB Stuttgart4103108:1152 12.Leipzig5203131:1464 10.Gummersbach4202107:1114 SG Flensburg suffered the second defeat in a row at DKB Bundesliga! After great home win against THW Kiel in the biggest German handball derby, Ljubomir Vranješ team overtook the role of the first favorite of the Championship, but than, suddenly, form began to drop. The home defeat against MT Melsungen was surprise, but nightmare for the Flensburg’ fans extended in Wetzlar, where the home team won 24:21 inspired by outstanding night of their goalkeeeper Wolff.HSG Wetzlar – SG Flensburg-Handewitt  24:21 (10:10)HSG Wetzlar: Wolff (19/1 saves) – Prieto, Rompf (2), Ferraz (4), Weber (1), Laudt (1), Holst (1/1), Fäth (5), Hahn, Bliznac (2), Joli (2), Klesniks, Kohlbacher (6)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (12 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (3/2), Glandorf (3), Mogensen (3), Svan (3), Djordjic, Zachariassen (4), Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (3)STANDINGS: 2.MT Melsungen5500148:12610 18.N-Lübbecke5005128:1530 4.Flensburg-H.6402166:1478 ← Previous Story EHF CL HANGOUT: Kim Andersson and Experts for warm-up Next Story → Odorhei and CSM Bucuresti race leaders in Romania 1.Rhein-Neckar5500150:10610 read more

Verbatim offers a retractable USB 30 flash drive for 20

first_imgWith Intel finally adding support for USB 3.0 as part of Ivy Bridge, there’s really no excuse now for storage manufacturers to embrace the faster standard across their entire portable storage ranges.Verbatim is one such vendor responding to that call with news of a new flash stick carrying the Store ‘n’ Go name. The Store ‘n’ Go V3 offers up a typical USB stick form factor, but with a USB 3.0 interface and therefore significantly faster transfer speeds than its USB 2.0 predecessors.Whether you like the V3 depends on your preference for caps or not. Verbatim has decided to replace the cap with a retractable design instead. So while the USB connector is hidden from view, it isn’t completely protected. However, on the plus side there’s no cap to lose and those connectors are pretty tough to damage.Prices for the Store ‘n’ Go V3 start at a pretty reasonable $19.99 for the 8GB version, and there’s a range of 7 colors to choose from. Storage options go up to 64GB, but I’m hoping 128GB and even 256GB start becoming more common soon. Both sizes are already possible in a stick form as Kingston demonstrated as far back as 2009. Only now, they should be a lot cheaper.At $20 for 8GB of storage, the V3 looks to be on par with what’s already available. But with more cloud storage services such as Google Drive coming online and offering free storage, flash drives need to start offering more to convince consumers to spend money. More storage for less moneyre the two real areas where they can out perform the cloud, and for an offline backup solution a flash drive offers a relatively cheap, resilient solution.More at Max Borges agencylast_img read more

Wellknown journalist pleads guilty to sexual offences involving child

first_img Image: PA Archive/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3274752 Share159 Tweet Email1 Mar 7th 2017, 11:48 AM 52,075 Views Well-known journalist pleads guilty to sexual offences involving child The 53-year-old man was remanded on bail until July when he will be sentenced. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 11:48 AM A PROMINENT JOURNALIST and author has pleaded guilty to six sexual offences against a girl under the age of 17.The 53-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted engaging in sexual acts with the girl and exploiting her by inviting her to participate in sexual acts. Judge Patricia Ryan remanded him on continuing bail until July 3, 2017 when he will be sentenced.He pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of defilement of a child in Dublin between December 5, 2010 and February 19, 2011 and to four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011.Prosecuting counsel, Shane Costelloe SC, said the DPP is not proceeding with a further three charges relating to the victim. The full facts of the offending will be heard on the sentence date. By Conor Gallagher No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Neymar and Mbappé get injured before facing Liverpool

first_imgAhead of the crucial Champions League match against Liverpool, PSG may have lost both Neymar and Kylian Mbappé due to injuries.It’s a sad day for football, as PSG got the terrible news that they may lose Neymar and Kylian Mbappé ahead of the crucial Champions League match vs Liverpool due to injuries they suffered while playing for their National Teams.This comes as a huge blow for the French giants, given that these two players are their top players without question.The first one to go down is Neymar Junior, the Brazilian forward was barely starting his friendly match between Brazil and Cameroon when he felt discomfort on his groin right after he took a long-range shot from outside the box.Neymar quickly stopped running and took his hand directly to the affected muscle area, it didn’t take him more than a minute to ask the bench for a substitute as he knew that the injury was serious.Neymar is one of PSG’s biggest leaders this season, but he is the absolute boss for Brazil and suffering a loss like this could be really unfortunate for the Canarinha.The medical staff will have to make the proper tests in order to determine the extent of his injury.Neymar se lesionó en el amistoso de Brasil contra Camerún, a solo 5 minutos de arrancado el partido. pic.twitter.com/YlpTkOoiDh— FM88 Radioactiva (@fm88radioactiva) November 20, 2018Cut to Stade de France where Les Bleus face the Uruguay National Team, a match that had absolutely no importance for the squad’s future but the manager still decided to play his best possible line-up.As it was expected due to the people’s demands, Kylian Mbappé was obviously going to be a starring player for this match and he immediately made his proper impact with the already familiar flashy style of play.The problem was that this youngster had no idea of the unfortunate moment he was about to live, it was during a ball dispute with the Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campaña.Mbappé went to the challenge and took the worst part, as he fell on top of his right shoulder and suffered an injury that seems quite serious.The young player decided to keep playing for a few minutes so he could test the extent of the injury, but it didn’t take him long to realize that the knock appears to be quite serious as he decided to finally leave the pitch early during the first half.¿Kylian Mbappé? No, Martín Campaña😎Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Tremendo lo del arquero de #Independiente.📹 @DIRECTVSports#SiempreRojo pic.twitter.com/YL1HGb9OCI— SIEMPRE ROJO 🎙📻🇦🇹 (@siemprerojo_ok) November 20, 2018Both PSG stars are still pending on further tests to see if they will be available for the next couple of matches, manager Thomas Tuchel must be fuming right now because he knows that the next week will be crucial for the club’s future in the Champions League.Paris Saint-Germain will have a massive game at Parc des Princes, where they will play against Liverpool FC and they were expecting to have both of their biggest stars fully fit for the commitment.Out of the two injuries, the one that tends to be more serious is the muscular problem that Neymar had on his groin.However, Mbappé’s shoulder knock could also turn out to be complicated because it could also be a clavicle injury just by judging at the faces of pain that the young player was making when the whole event went down.Any test that should be made for both players will happen between today and tomorrow, we won’t have any definitive prognoses until the test results are made public but we wish that both are nothing but a scare and they can keep delighting us with their amazing skills.Kylian Mbappe goes off injured for France. He follows Neymar in picking up a knock.It’s not been a good night for PSG…France vs Uruguay: https://t.co/cKipvTWrOr pic.twitter.com/cpM5zk9tl3— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) November 20, 2018Which of both injuries do you think is more serious, Neymar’s or Mbappé’s? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

No Dicamba Use Allowed on RR2X Soybeans in the 2016 Growing Season

first_imgWhile Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ (RR2X) are tolerant to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides, no dicamba herbicides will be approved for use on RR2X soybeans during the 2016 growing season.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only recently proposed a draft label for a dicamba product to be used with RR2X soybeans, and this draft label, as well as anticipated labels for low-volatility dicamba herbicide formulations will NOT be finalized until late this summer or fall. Any use of a dicamba herbicide on RR2X soybeans in-season during 2016 before final labels are approved by EPA and state officials would be a violation of law.Soybean growers overwhelmingly comply with the law and follow best stewardship practices of all herbicide  products, and it’s important  that you continue to demonstrate  and follow  label directions  and do not  use any dicamba  formulations  in an off-label manner.Monsanto will implement a robust communication plan to ensure growers, dealers and members of the industry are informed of the status of dicamba chemistry approval. This includes not only over-the-top but also adhering to plant-back restrictions as well.last_img read more

No injuries reported in multivehicle crash on I205 near Mill Plain

first_imgState troopers this afternoon were investigating a several-vehicle crash, with a semi-truck involved, on Interstate 205 northbound just south of 18th Street and north of Mill Plain Boulevard.The crash first was reported at 4:17 p.m. A half-hour later, an emergency dispatcher with the Washington State Patrol said no one was reported injured.By that time, emergency workers had moved all the vehicles to the right shoulder. Traffic was moving in all northbound lanes, but slowly because motorists were checking out the crash scene as they passed.More information should come later.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

NASA keeps sending rovers to Mars and the Red Planet wont stop

first_imgFifteen years ago, Opportunity touched down on the Red Planet for a mission that was supposed to last just over 90 days. But while it might not have even had a chance to unpack its bags with that kind of timeline, Oppy far exceeded its original shelf life. An artist’s concept of NASA’s Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars. NASA/JPL/Cornell University/Maas Digital The Little Rover That Could traipsed around for 5,352 sols (equivalent to 5,498 Earth days) covering more than 45 kilometres (28 miles) and sending back valuable data for researchers. That included discoveries that pointed to signs of water on the planet in the past and evidence that Mars could have supported ancient microbial life. All that bodes well for us humans as we think about travelling to Mars in the future, thanks to our rather unfortunate reliance on water.But while Opportunity survived for eight Martian years and lived far longer than its twin rover on the Mars Exploration Rover program (the equally positive sounding Spirit), Earth lost contact with it in 2018 and eventually declared the mission complete in February 2019. While the world has mourned the loss of a particularly adorable and helpful robot, one question remains: Why does Mars keep killing all the stuff we shoot up there? 6:31 Comments Share your voice Mars rovers NASA Space Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the death of Opportunity and the travails of the rovers that came before it. Why were they sent to Mars? What conditions did they need to overcome to survive? And how did Mars eventually kill them all? From the science we’ve scienced along the way to the next steps for Martian discovery, we look at all the things the world’s rovers have achieved and what the next phase of Mars exploration looks like. Because while Mars might have claimed NASA’s little Wall-E rover, that’s not going to stop us from launching more rovers and getting them to reccy the planet before us humans head to Mars as well.To learn more about the death of NASA’s little Wall-E rover and what else we’ve got in store for Mars, check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube. Tags 32 Photos 8last_img read more

Volvo V40 Cross Country Launched in India for ₹285 Lakh PHOTOS

first_imgVolvo India, the auxiliary unit of Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo Cars, on Friday launched its much-awaited Volvo V40 Cross Country in India with a price tag of ₹28.50 lakhs.The company, which plans to expand its Indian market, has tied up with Bajaj Allianz for vehicle insurance. The V40 Cross Country hatchback packs a high-performance turbocharged T5 five-cylinder engine which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)The diesel engine offered for India is expected to churn out 148 bhp power and 35.7 Kgm at 350 Nm torque. The vehicle hosts a number of unique style features like contrasting front and rear bumpers, honeycomb mesh grille, upright day-running lights and an integrated skid plate. The car sports alloy wheels upto 19 inches and has a sporty R-Design model. In terms of safety features, the V40 comes with front, curtain and knee airbags, ABS+EBD, traction control, ESP and City Safety Braking.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo V40 Cross Country, which is a variant of the V40, represents a model that is premium in design, features, technology and safety. The car will bring in new impetus to our growth strategy in India,” said Volvo Auto India Managing Director, Thomas Ernberg. Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)Volvo sets new target with the launch of V4 in India. The company aims to increase its sales in India by  around 50 percent in the current financial year. As part of company’s aggressive plan for the Indian market, Volvo will launch two new models – S60 and XC 60 in the country by October.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo struggled over how to succeed in India but now we are the fastest growing luxury car makers here and we continue to see that in future too,” Thomas said. The lately launched car will take direct competition with BMW’s X1 which is priced between ₹27.9 lakh and ₹32.5 lakh .Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To Indialast_img read more

Disgraced ExDetroit Mayor Seeks Trump Pardon

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comKwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who began his political career with so much promise, has spent the last seven years incarcerated, on a 28-year-sentence after being convicted of 24 felonies.Now, Kilpatrick is reaching out to Donald Trump for a presidential pardon.Kwame Kilpatrick, 48, the ex-Mayor of Detroit, is currently serving a 28-year sentence for corruption. He is currently being housed in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia. (Facebook Photo)“Our country has always been the land of 2nd Chances!” reads the Facebook post signed by Kilpatrick. “I am hoping, confidently expecting, that I will have the opportunity to boldly move into the next season of my life; outside of these prison walls…I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well.”Kilpatrick is seeking a Trump pardon, as the president has recently dangled the possibility of high profile pardons for Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich (former Gov. of Illinois), both former contestants of Trump’s former reality show, “The Apprentice.” Last month, Trump posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson, the first Black heavyweight champion of the world. Early this month he pardoned Alice Johnson, who was convicted of drug charges, after being lobbied by Kim Kardashian West.Kilpatrick, a Democrat, was first elected Mayor of Detroit in 2001, at the age of 31, the youngest mayor in the city’s history. But, Kilpatrick resigned his office in 2008 after being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice revealed through a text messaging scandal between Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, his chief of staff, (the duo were engaged in an extramarital affair). Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail and released on probation after serving 99 days.In 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to five years in state prison for violating his probation. In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted of 24 felonies (connected to his time as mayor), including wire fraud, mail fraud and racketeering and was sentenced to 28 years.“Yes, I have made some very bad decisions in my life. Yes, I betrayed my wife and family because of my own lust and sin. Yes, I failed to deliver on the promises and opportunities that was given to me by the people of Detroit, Michigan. And yes, I have been severely punished for it,” wrote Kilpatrick.  “My family has forgiven me. I have asked the people of the city of Detroit for forgiveness many times. And most Detroiters have forgiven me as well…I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States.”A Trump pardon of Kilpatrick would wipe out his convictions, clemency would shorten his prison sentence.If he served his full sentence, the earliest Kilpatrick, who is married with three children, could be released from prison is 2037 at age 67.last_img read more

Judge orders restoration of defunked real estate project Tajamar Malecón Cancún

first_imgSemarnat has been ordered to reforest all areas of the Tajomar Malecón area with the exception of already paved spaces that are complete. Additional cutting to the area is not permitted. According to the recent ruling, la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat) must restore the mangrove area that was deforested in the Tajamar Malecón in Cancún, adding that there will be no further development on that sire. Cancun, Q.R. — A ruling by a Cancun judge had ordered the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to restore a significant portion of the defunked residential development of Tajamar Malecón. Initially, the General Directorate of Impact and Environmental Risk of Semarnat felt that the restoration should be limited to only 10 affected lots, which was validated by the Third District Court. However, in the most recent ruling, the Third Collegiate Court felt that the restoration should not limited to certain lots or areas, but include the entire area that makes up the Malecón Tajamar.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)center_img The ruling comes in favor of social organizations who fought to have the site restored and further development stopped. The judicial ruling was handed down from the Third Collegiate Court which prohibits further development and deems the 2005-Semarnat-issued environmental permit, invalid. This most recent ruling annuls a previous ruling by the Third District Judge in Cancún who says it is the responsibility of Semarnat to restore mangrove areas since those areas will not reforest on their own. last_img read more

Agricultural sector flourishing says minister

first_imgThe latest statistics suggest a bright future not just for Cyprus’ economy but also for the local primary economic sector, which shows annual leaps of growth, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said on Monday.In his address to a news conference marking the start of an awareness campaign for the European Union’s common agricultural policy (CAP) in Cyprus, Kouyialis said that while in 2014 the gross domestic product of agriculture in Cyprus was €321 million, it reached €360 million in 2016, which translates to a 12 per cent increase in three years.“The same data shows something equally important: during the tough years of the financial crisis, the primary sector – agriculture, animal farming and fishing industries – have stood in support and contributed to the other economic sectors, offering jobs, income and foreign currency to the economy,” Kouyialis said.“Today, the sector is in a growth trajectory and the gloomy years have gone for good.”According to Kouyialis, during the five years since taking over, the government has laid down the groundwork to modernise and reorganise the agriculture sector, with a view to promoting green economy and sustainable development, aspiring to even better results by optimal utilisation of the opportunities in the new CAP from 2021 to 2027.Although Cypriot farmers are faced with multiple challenges, including Cyprus’ distance from international market centres, the impact of climate change and the limited land at Cypriot farmers’ disposal, the government’s quality-focused policies and the effort to register all traditional products as geographical indications “will create added value to our country’s agricultural products”, he said.“At the same time, registering agricultural products creates conditions for real growth in rural areas, as it supports the creation of new small-to-medium businesses, creates new jobs and enhances our farmers’ income,” the minister said.Meanwhile, Kouyialis said total investment through CAP in Cyprus is expected to surpass €485 million for the 2014-2020 period.During this period, the agricultural development programme (ADP) is expected to inject approximately €243 million into the economy.The head of the awareness campaign, Stamatia Zisiadou, said that the ADP funds actions to modernise agricultural and animal-farming processes, support new farmers and promote biological and traditional cultivation.Through CAP, she added, Cyprus aims to tackle significant challenges, such as the lack of specialised personnel, the lack of young farmers and the need to modernise and create economies of scale for more and better production.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more