Subsea 7 Secures Major North Sea Contract

first_imgzoom Subsea 7 S.A. has been awarded its largest UK EPIC services contract, valued in excess of $460 million by Premier Oil UK Limited, in support of its Catcher Area Development, located 180km east of Aberdeen.The contract covers the provision of project management, engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and installation of Catcher’s subsea facilities.The scope includes three pipeline Bundles incorporating Butting BuBi® Mechanically Lined Pipe, a riser system for the Catcher Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit, and installation of a 10”, 60 km gas export/import pipeline.Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen will undertake the engineering and project management scope, with fabrication work to take place at the company’s Wick and Leith facilities.Offshore activities utilising a number of Subsea 7 vessels will commence in 2015. May 21, 2014last_img read more


first_img Facebook His work has garnered him numerous award nominations, including recent wins the 2017 Award of Merit for the Native/Aboriginal Peoples category at the Accolade Competition as well as the 2017 Award of Merit Special Mention at the Best Shorts Competition for No Reservations..What was the inspiration for your film?I feel that over the past few years, Indigenous people have been making small steps in getting more recognition for our culture and values. Movements like Idle No More and No DAPL have been at the forefront. The Dakota Access Pipeline was a very hot topic – on the tip of people’s tongues – but there was a lack of front page news and media behind what they were trying to accomplish. This came at an opportune time for myself as I was prepping for the Crazy8s Film Event, and the two things meshed perfectly. I had an opportunity to tell the Indigenous story with a twist that would reach an broad audience with a subject that struck a cord with a lot of people.What were the greatest challenges you faced during the film?The time crunch. As part of the Crazy8s Film Event, we only had 8 days to make the film, from start to finish, so the execution of everything was really challenging.What appeal do you think your film will have for audiences?I’m really proud of the approach of this film; we’re highlighting a very Indigenous issue, but taking it in a different direction for a broader appeal. I’m hopeful that people keep an open mind with this and take it as a good way of starting a dialogue in a positive direction for Indigenous people.What inspired you to become a creator?I’ve been working in the film industry in a different area for over a decade, but after recently having my mother pass away from a bout with cancer, I decided to take bigger risks and go for making my dreams come true. This film is a small step in that direction for me. What are you working on next?I’m working on a mini-series that I hope to get picked up in the next year or two. In the meantime, I own a casting studio in Vancouver and also produce events for Western Canada’s premiere Mixed Martial Arts organization – Battlefield Fight League – we have an event in November and these things always keep me busy. Advertisement Who are your mentors? (and why)Everyone I come across I do my best to learn from them. Everyone you meet in life has a lesson that they must teach you. It’s up to you to be open to those lessons and receive what the universe is sending you. Login/Register With: Advertisement If you had to describe your film in three words, what would they be?Natives getting justice. If you could reshoot any film made in the past 20 years, which one would you choose and how would you change it?28 Days Later – Only I’d have it happen on a reservation and let the action unfold from our perspective. What are your top 3 favorite films of all time?Jacob’s Ladder, Fight Club, 28 Days Later TREVOR CARROLL’S FILM “NO RESERVATIONS” IS THE CLOSING NIGHT SHORT AT THE REELWORLD FILM FESTIVALTrevor Carroll’s meticulous attention to detail and signature storytelling style can be seen in a wide variety of mediums from TV and film to videos. Recently, the multi-talented award winning director completed work on No Reservations, the satirical short comedy film on pipeline installations in a quiet suburban neighborhood.Multi-faceted and an accomplished producer, cinematographer, editor and actor in addition to being a talented director, Trevor is perhaps best known for his work as director and producer for Battlefield Fight League, Western Canada’s premier mixed martial arts fighting association. Since 2010, Trevor has directed and produced dozens of fight events for Battlefield Fight League, catapulting the careers of several of British Columbia’s mixed martial arts fighters. His memorable directorial, producing and EPK work includes notable Canadian short films such as The Haunted Restaurant winner of Best Comedic Horror Short Film in the Tabloid Witch Awards competition, Storyfeast for the Vancouver International Storytellers Festival and Socky Kong for the Trick17 Stop Motion Film Competition, for which he won Best Sound Design. Twitter What’s the best advice you could give someone new to filmmaking?Don’t quit. No matter how many times you get rejected or how difficult the path is, stay focused and good things will come your way. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Buyer beware Longterm care costs are surging

first_imgLong-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year.Growing labour expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost of care that includes adult day care and assisted living communities up an average of 4.5 per cent this year, according to a survey released Tuesday by Genworth Financial. That’s the second-highest increase since Genworth started its survey in 2004.The cost of home health aide services climbed the most, rising 6 per cent, to $21.50 an hour. Private nursing home care now costs more than $97,000 annually.Many Americans don’t plan for expenses like these or understand them until they face them, said Joe Caldwell of the National Council on Aging, which is not tied to Genworth’s study.“People don’t like to think about it and talk about it ahead of time, so they kind of put off planning and saving for it financially because they don’t think it’s going to happen to them,” he said.Long-term care costs can impose a crushing financial burden on individuals or families in part because private health insurance and Medicare, the federal program for people over age 65, offer only limited help. That can force people who don’t have private coverage to spend down their assets until they qualify for the government’s health insurance program for the poor, Medicaid.Genworth Financial Inc. sells long-term care coverage and didn’t address that cost in its national study, which was based on information from 15,000 long-term care providers.Coverage costs are rising as well, Caldwell said, noting that few employers offer help with that expense like they do with retirement planning or more common forms of coverage such as health insurance.Initial premiums for long-term care coverage can cost well over $2,000 annually, depending on the customer’s age, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, which researches health care issues.A third of Americans 40 and older have done no planning for their long-term care needs, according to a 2016 Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey.Caldwell said many people don’t realize the limits of Medicare coverage, and he expects the need for long-term care to soar.“There is this aging baby-boom population that’s going to be really hit hard in the coming decade,” he said. “We need to figure it out.”For 2017, long-term care prices climbed in part because the cost of labour rose, according to Genworth. Care providers had to raise pay to compete for workers in a tight job market or comply with state requirements for minimum wages. Many also have started providing health insurance to their workers to comply with the Affordable Care Act. The federal law requires all companies with 50 or more full-time employees to offer coverage.Genworth researchers say costs also are rising because care providers are working with patients that have more complex medical needs and live longer than they did a decade ago. Plus Medicaid offers reimbursement that can fall below the cost of care, which forces long-term care providers to make that up in their prices.Genworth sees no sign that long-term care expenses are starting to slow, said David O’Leary, CEO of the company’s U.S. life division.“We only see cost of care increasing,” he said.last_img read more

House Senate negotiators agree on 700 billion for Pentagon

first_imgWASHINGTON – House and Senate negotiators have agreed on an annual defence policy bill that authorizes $700 billion for the Pentagon in the 2018 fiscal year, a dramatic increase over the amount President Donald Trump sought as lawmakers aim to restock what they say is a depleted U.S. military.The bill allots just over $634 billion for core Pentagon operations and nearly $66 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, according to summaries of the legislation released Wednesday by the House and Senate Armed Services committees. The funding boost pays for more troops, jet fighters, ships and other weapons the bill’s backers said are needed to halt an erosion of the military’s combat readiness.Trump’s 2018 request sought $603 billion for basic functions and $65 billion for overseas missions. Republican defence hawks in particular were surprised the president didn’t seek more given his bullish campaign talk about rebuilding the armed forces. But they kept their criticisms largely to themselves as they set about boosting the Pentagon’s budget to a level higher than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Yet the lawmakers pushing the hardest for the big increase still face an uphill battle. For the billions of additional dollars to actually materialize, Congress first will have to agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on most federal spending. But that won’t be easy. Lifting the budget caps will face resistance from Democrats who also are seeking to increase the budgets for domestic agencies.The policy bill would give U.S. troops a 2.4 per cent pay raise, which is slightly higher than the wage increase the Pentagon had proposed.The blueprint calls for 7,500 additional active-duty Army soldiers and 1,000 more National Guard and Army reserve troops. The Navy would get 4,000 more active-duty sailors and 1,000 additional reservists. The Marine Corps will see an increase of 1,000 active-duty Marines, and the Air Force is due for 4,100 more active-duty airmen, 900 National Guardsmen and 800 reservists.The defence bill provides money for 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 20 more than Trump asked for, as well as 24 F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, 10 more than requested.The budget also includes three Littoral Combat Ships, two beyond the budget request. The ships are new to the fleet and operate in congested areas near the shore against small boats and mines. Overall, the bill provides $6.3 billion more than Trump sought for five additional “battle force ships,” according to the Senate summary.The legislation folds in the nearly $6 billion Trump requested Monday for urgent missile defence improvements to counter the threat from North Korea, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and speedy repairs to Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific theatre.A large chunk of the money would be used for the construction of an additional ground-based interceptor field at Fort Greely, Alaska; the initial procurement of 20 new ground-based interceptors; ship-based missiles; and interceptors for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, a U.S. mobile anti-missile system. Many of these specific increases had already been addressed in earlier versions of the bill.The bill also covers the $1.2 billion Trump sought to allow the Defence Department to deploy an additional 3,500 U.S. troops to Afghanistan as part of the president’s new strategy for the country where the U.S. has been fighting since 2001.The legislation also fully pays for repairs to the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald. Both ships from the Pacific-based 7th Fleet were damaged in deadly collisions that led to eight top Navy officers, including the 7th Fleet commander, being fired from their jobs.The legislation is expected to be released as soon as Thursday. The defence bill is essentially silent on Trump’s proposal to exclude transgender people from military service, according to congressional staff members who weren’t authorized to discuss the legislation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Trump had ordered a reinstatement of the long-standing policy that barred transgender individuals from joining the military; service members who were revealed to be transgender were subject to discharge. A federal judge last month barred the Trump administration from proceeding with the plan.___Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter at read more

Fairfax Financial reports net income drop as investments underperform

first_imgTORONTO – Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says its profits dropped by 78 per cent in the third quarter compared with last year as it took a hit from investments.The insurance-focused financial services company says net income came in at US$106.2 million, or US$3.34 per diluted share after dividends, down from the US$476.9 million or US$16.42 per share for the same quarter last year.Analysts had expected a profit of US$283.7 million, or US$9.50 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Underwriter profit was US$74.2 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30, compared with a net loss of US$833 million for last year as the company recorded fewer catastrophe losses.Investment income showed a US$41.2 million gain in the quarter, compared with a US$1.1 billion gain for the same quarter last year.The company booked US$2.96 billion in net premiums, up from US$2.78 billion last year.Companies in this story: (TSX:FFH)last_img read more

Miriem BensalahChaqroun Appointed Independent Director on Renault Board

Rabat – At the general meeting of Renault held June 15, the board of directors nominated Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun as an independent board director.President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM, vice president of Mineral Waters at Oulmès, and one of the most influential women in Morocco and Africa, Bensalah-Chaqroun was one of the four women appointed at this meeting out of a total of six new directors. This strong female presence is explained by regulatory constraints that oblige the Renault group to have at least 40 percent women on its board of directors. The Renault Board now counts 43.7 percent women.In a statement of the Renault group published the day before the general meeting, Bensalah-Chaqroun said she was “particularly honored” by her nomination as a candidate for the post of an independent director. “I am delighted to put my knowledge of industrial and international issues at the service of the debates of the Board of Renault, a world-class automotive group,” she said.Bensalah-Chaqroun was since 2012 the Director of Eutelsat, one of the largest commercial satellite operators in the world based in France. She had to resign from this position to be eligible for appointment to Renault in accordance with the French employers’ code concerning the limitation of the number of directorships. read more

Concrete international intervention needed in IsraeliPalestinian conflict – UN envoy

24 February 2011A senior United Nations official today called for “credible and effective international intervention” to break the impasse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, noting that a negotiated solution would help stabilize a Middle East currently in ferment. “I must in all frankness report low confidence and trust of the parties in each other and in international efforts to help them overcome their differences,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council in a regular monthly briefing.“Since our last meeting, the Middle East has been witnessing dramatic political transformations – but stagnation in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” he said in a reference to the popular uprisings that have already ousted Presidents Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, and have roiled a host of other countries from Algeria and Libya in the west to Yemen and Bahrain in the east.“The parties are unlikely to overcome the deficit of trust without a credible and effective international intervention in the peace process.”Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas broke off direct talks at the end of September after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a moratorium on settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory, activity which the world community deems a violation of international law.Mr. Serry noted that the diplomatic Quartet of the UN, European Union, Russia and United States, which seeks to establish a two-State solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, has set this September as a goal for achieving this so-called Road Map, and he warned that its credibility is on the line.“It is now all the more urgent and crucial that it respond to this test,” he said, adding that the Quartet intends to engage the parties in serious talks on substance and help them back to the negotiating table. “I also believe that there should be a readiness to offer more concrete suggestions for those negotiations if that is what it takes to enable decisive progress towards peace,” he stressed.He told reporters after the meeting that plans were underway for Quartet envoys to meet as a group separately with representatives of both sides in Brussels next week. “Maybe also we should be giving a signal to the parties that the two-State solution is not a solution which is going to be there forever,” he said. “I see developments on the ground which can complicate the very perspective of a two-State solution. So I think the sense of urgency also must be brought across” to them.“The longer the impasse in talks persists, the greater our concern that tensions on the ground will unravel modest achievements and stand in the way of a negotiated solution,” he said in his report to the Council, repeating past criticism of Israel’s settlement activity and calling for a complete freeze, including in East Jerusalem. “Actions that risk prejudging the outcome of negotiations are particularly unhelpful.”Mr. Serry also commended the Palestinian Authority’s progress with its state-building agenda in building security forces to maintain law and order and in economic activity. “With significant achievements realized over the past years and further reforms underway, it is my clear view that the strong institutions now established represent the basis of a state-in-waiting,” he said. Calling for full implementation of steps that Israel has already agreed on with the Quartet to help improve Palestinian livelihoods and economic growth both in the West bank and in Gaza, he said more and speedier Israeli measures were urgently needed to shore up the state-building effort.He also called on the international donor community to continue to provide “critical” support to the Palestinian Authority and buttress the reform agenda.He urged unity among the Palestinians, who have been split between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which accepts the two-State solution, and the Hamas movement which took over Gaza in 2007 and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.“I feel that also as a consequence of the events in the region that the calls from Palestinians to their leaderships for reconciliation are growing and I very much hope that the different factions will respond to these calls because unity of the Palestinians is very important… and I will help to bring reconciliation forward,” he told reporters.On Gaza, he noted an increase in violence, with an escalation of rocket attacks against Israel and Israeli air attacks against Gaza, and voiced concern over the continued depressed economic situation in the strip, which is still subject to an Israeli blockade, albeit eased but far from meeting the pre-2007 levels of import needs.On the Syrian front, Mr. Serry voiced concern at a new Israeli campaign encouraging additional settlements in the occupied Golan Heights. “We regret the lack of progress towards peace between Israel and Syria,” he said, stressing that the conflict between the two countries should be resolved on the basis of UN resolutions calling for withdrawal from occupied land in exchange for peace. read more

How The Warriors Should Adjust Their Offense Without Steph Curry

The Warriors are hurting. The latest bad news came over the weekend, when the team learned that superstar Stephen Curry, who was just returning from a six-game absence because of a tweaked right ankle, sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee. He joins three other hurt Golden State stars who are currently riding the bench: Kevin Durant has a rib fracture, Klay Thompson has a fractured right thumb and Draymond Green has a pelvic contusion.Coach Steve Kerr has already ruled out the idea of Curry returning for the first round of the postseason. But these other guys will be back. So, how will the Warriors’ offense function without Curry when the postseason starts up? And how should it?To some, these questions might seem pointless, considering that Durant, a fellow superstar, is also on the roster. After all, the possibility of a Curry injury was among the best arguments for signing Durant: Even if Curry goes down, there’d be two other stars (Durant and four-time All-Star Thompson) to count on.1This doesn’t even include Green, the reigning defensive player of the year, who logged a dominant 32-point, 15-rebound, 9-assist outing during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But any changes to a powerhouse lineup like the Warriors’ has some impact: Defenses now will have more resources to clamp down on Durant. The challenge then for Golden State is to navigate the increased attention on Durant while not making any wholesale changes to the offensive plan with only nine games left in the regular season. After all, the Warriors want Curry to hit the ground running when he returns, using the same pass-happy system that was in place when he left.There are a handful of things we can likely expect once the other banged-up Warriors rejoin the lineup as expected. The most important: It’s a safe bet that most of the key role players will shoot at least slightly worse without Curry in the picture — a majority of them have performed worse on offense in times when Curry’s been out and Durant’s been playing (compared with their performance when sharing the court with both Curry and Durant). Kevin Durant—63.055.5 PlayerWith Curry, w/o DurantWith Curry and DurantWith Durant, w/o Curry Stephen Curry62.261.7— JaVale McGee64.570.472.7 Effective field goal percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that accounts for 3-pointers being worth 50 percent more than 2-pointers.Sources: Second Spectrum, NBA Advanced Stats Andre Iguodala61.344.539.2 Nick Young51.674.048.6 Effective FG% Zaza Pachulia44.763.358.3 Klay Thompson63.067.549.0 Curry’s impact on the DubsEffective field goal percentage of Warriors with at least 30 shots taken in each scenario below, 2017-18 Draymond Green48.755.550.5 Durant’s offensive performance has also suffered when Curry isn’t playing. Despite being a top-three player in the world, Durant occasionally finds easy looks as a result of the fear that defenses have of Curry getting open along the arc. One indication of the boost Durant gets: Green has completed 16 alley-oops to him over the past two seasons — many of which were sprung while Curry was distracting defenses with fake backscreens. But those were all with Curry on the floor. Without Curry, Green hasn’t found Durant for a single lob during that time period, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Durant is still a dynamite scorer without Curry, though — as evidenced by his 45 points per 100 possessions (on 48 percent shooting and 42 percent from 3-point range) in the four games he played mostly without Curry recently. But the downside without Curry is that the free-flowing offense grows more stagnant as Durant isolates more to find his shots. The Warriors go from having 106.0 possessions per 48 minutes when Curry orchestrates the offense to 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes when Durant is on the floor without Curry. And the total number of isolations per 100 plays increases 43 percent, from 10.1 to 14.4, when Durant spearheads the attack without Curry, according to Second Spectrum. The high-octane club goes from scoring almost 122 points per 100 possessions with Curry and Durant to 108 when Durant plays without Curry.A few caveats: Those pace and offensive efficiency numbers, while down considerably, would still rank among the highest in the league. If anything, this merely speaks to how otherworldly the Warriors are at full strength, or at least when Curry is running their offense. Without Curry playing, they would still be favored against just about any team out West, perhaps except for Houston.The Warriors know that, too, and based on their recent history with knee sprains, it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll take things slowly with Curry’s rehabilitation. Curry of course missed two weeks of the postseason in 2016 after suffering a less severe Grade 1 MCL sprain. He had a 40-point game in his return against Portland but then struggled in the finals (he later suggested that he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent that postseason after the injury). The team took a different approach with Durant last season — and saw different results. He returned from a nearly six-week absence and Grade 2 MCL sprain to outplay LeBron James and earn the finals MVP.While Durant and the rest of the Warriors await Curry’s return, there are several tactics they could take to both take advantage of the line-ups they will have on the floor and to make sure that Curry can re-enter the offense seamlessly. For one, Golden State would be smart to push the tempo and to screen more on the ball using either Green or Andre Iguodala to set picks for Durant. (The Warriors set about 10 fewer on-ball screens per 100 possessions when Durant is running the offense without Curry.) Both Green and Iguodala are playmakers and are more likely to keep the ball moving than Durant. He’s a good passer but calls his own number for 1-on-1 scenarios far more often than most players do.This is why running more simple screen-and-roll sets could help Durant: Such plays give him a clearer opening for an occasional jumper when he wants one. But they also allow him to share the ball with confidence that he can get it back in perhaps his most lethal position: off the catch, where he shoots a far-higher percentage than when he dribbles several times before launching an attempt.It’s worth noting that the Warriors have generated more points per play out of Durant pick-and-rolls with Green setting the screen this season (1.18) than they have with Curry pick-and-rolls in which Green is the screen-setter (1.08), according to Second Spectrum.2Among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls — meaning that the player associated with the play either shot the ball, was fouled, turned it over or passed to a shooter within one dribble of receiving the ball.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For context, the Durant and Green combo ranks second in efficiency among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls, trailing only the unstoppable duo of Curry and Durant.So, no — there’s obviously no true way to replace everything Curry brings on offense. But playing a style that isn’t far removed from what he’s used to could help keep the team in rhythm for when he returns.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Finger injury not a big worry for Gayle

Gayle damaged his hand while on fielding duty against the Tallawahs, who put 178 on the board before managing to secure a comfortable 47-run victory, for a third straight win of the competition.The injury occurred early in the innings and Gayle spent most of the rest of it off the field but did return to make 24 from 25 balls when the Patriots took the field.  With just a quick turnaround before the next set of games, Gayle has insisted the injury is not cause for further concern.“It’s a little busted but it nothing too serious from my side.  Thank God it’s not actually fractured,” Gayle said.“We have a couple days off before there is a quick turnaround and we will be ready to play in St Lucia,” he added.Gayle will look to get the Patriots back to winning ways after losing two of the first three matches. (SportsMax) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGayle strikes gold as Jamaica Tallawahs chase down Trinbago Knight RidersJuly 4, 2016In “Sports”CPL 2017: Thomas, Sangakkara secure Tallawahs’ playoffs berthAugust 31, 2017In “latest news”Hero CPL 2019: Patriots clash with Tallawahs at Warner Park tonightSeptember 10, 2019In “latest news” Chris GayleSt Kitts and Nevis Patriots star batsman Chris Gayle has revealed that a finger injury he received during Wednesday’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) encounter against the Jamaica Tallawahs was cause for any concern. read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgThis bizarre old-Hollywood-esque trailer was apparently shown ahead of the Trump-Kim historic summit in Singapore, according to The Guardian.“Only a few are called on to make a difference,” the narrator says over old footage of trains, planes and people walking through markets. He continues:“The past doesn’t have to be like the future. Out of the darkness can come the light. And the light of hope can burn bright.”It’s a little unbelievable, but definitely worth a watch. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get our daily news round up: 15,043 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share2 Tweet Email Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 9:03 PM An ex-gratia payment of €2,000 will be paid to each woman involved in the CervicalCheck scandal and to the next of kin of the deceasedIrish Ferries cancelled 6,000 summer bookings due to a delay to its new ship, the WB YeatsGardaí in Kildare are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a womanGardaí are satisfied there was no threat to an aircraft that diverted to Shannon Airport because of a reported bomb note in the bathroomA major new plan for Dublin’s bus system revealed that around 1,300 front gardens around the city could be acquired to allow for new routesCabinet agreed to hold a referendum on removing blasphemy from the ConstitutionThe government is working on measures to “recognise the wrongs” done to those criminalised for homosexuality in Ireland in the pastThe Disclosures Tribunal chair said it is “not conceivable” that journalists were negatively briefed about whistleblower Maurice McCabe by senior garda officers.WORLD The Prince of Wales meets DUP leader Arlene Foster at Hillsborough Castle. Source: Steve Parsons via PA Images#DEAL OR NO DEAL: The UK government won a crucial vote on its Brexit bill, which would have given parliament a veto on the final deal negotiated with Brussels.#UNITED AS UN: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un hailed their historic summit, but the agreement they produced was short on details about nuclear weapons.#WHAT’S IN A NAME: Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev agreed to an “historic solution” to a longstanding row with Greece by agreeing to rename his country the Republic of North Macedonia.PARTING SHOT NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news.IRELAND The cast of Copper Face Jacks the Musical officially launch before it opens at the Olympia Theatre from 5 July. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Irelandcenter_img No Comments Source: Peter Bradshaw/Twitter Here is my white-hot take on the movie trailer that the White House created for the #TrumpKimSummit— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) June 12, 2018 Jun 12th 2018, 9:03 PM Short URL Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Cervical Check payments, Irish Ferry cancellations, and Theresa May wins Brexit vote – here’s the news of the day.last_img read more

One step closer to respite

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide not-for-profit foundation Living Without Limits (LWL) went all out last week in its efforts to raise funds for families of children affected by autism and cerebral palsy.Established in 2012 by SA business identities Steve Maras, George Yatzis and current chairman Phillip de Pinto, the foundation’s fundraising dinner last Saturday put the final pieces of the jigsaw together that will realise a House of Respite based in Adelaide’s Victor Harbor. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Maras is eager to set the wheels in motion. “We’ve found through our journey that what’s lacking here is a place where families of children afflicted by these conditions can go, because after all the monies that go to therapies and everything else, there’s no money left for people. They can never get away, or have a holiday like everyone else,” he said.The facility will be managed by one of South Australia’s leading disability providers, while all costs will be accounted for, granting families the opportunity to get away at no personal cost. Held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, the fundraising event saw 600 guests attend. A highlight of the night was a raffle for a brand new Toyota Yaris Ascent. In an unexpected act of generosity, the winner donated the vehicle back to the foundation to be re-auctioned, fetching another $15,000.Over 100 items were auctioned along with a number of generous donations, raising close to $190,000, a figure Mr Maras said “exceeded all expectation before the night where the target was $150,000”.A number of donors took the opportunity to pledge their assistance in establishing the facility by providing construction services with an estimated value of $100,000.“This is going to be more about the families, the children and the siblings of the children, because what we found is the concentration is on the child that’s impaired and the children that are able-bodied are probably not given the concentration and the focus,” Mr Maras explained. While the foundation is based in South Australia, this is an initiative the co-founder says other states could benefit from. “This is a generic thing that can be rolled out anywhere,” he said. LWL expects to establish the property over the next twelve months, which will cater for about 50 families each year.last_img read more

ExRussia coach wants Russia to contain Modric in next game

first_imgThe former Russia head coach Aleksandr Tarkhanov believes Russia must restrict Croatia midfielder and captain Luka Modric with constant attacks if they plan to win their World Cup quarter-final clash.On Saturday Russia will clash against Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.“One of the most important tasks for our team is to contain Modric because he is a leading player in the Croatian team. [Russia players] need to attack him in order to keep him under constant pressure. He is not young anymore, although he was rested during [his team’s] third [group-stage] game,” Tarkhanov to Sputnik via FourFourTwo.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.Speaking further the ex-Russia coach adds that he did not see organisation in Croatia’s game as they “looked good for three games but played worse against Denmark.”Croatia won all three matches in their group stage part which includes a 3-0 defeat of Argentina. They also finished top of Group D and beat Denmark on penalties in the last 16.The 32-year-old Modric has netted two goals at the World Cup already.last_img read more

Lackluster mass market behind Emperor Entertainment revenue fall

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Macau casino operator Emperor Entertainment Hotel Limited, which runs Grand Emperor Hotel and Inn Hotel Macau, saw its group-wide revenue fall 5.2% to HK$665.6 million in the six months to 30 September 2018, due primarily to a “lackluster” performance in its mass market gaming segment.Gaming revenue declined 6.8% to HK$546.7 million in the period, with mass revenue down 11.6% to HK$309.8 million on the company’s 67 mass tables. RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More By comparison, VIP revenue held steady for the period at HK$217.4 million although rolling chip fell 6.7% to HK$9.7 billion on Emperor’s 10 self-managed VIP tables.Discussing the results, Emperor pointed to expanded capacity in Cotai as impacting its flagship Grand Emperor property on the Macau peninsula, adding that the company will now look to enhance its VIP business which it describes as its “core strength”.Despite the overall gaming decline, Emperor Entertainment saw a strong revenue increase in its hotel segment to HK$118.9 million.As a result of streamlining efforts, it also enjoyed an 8.7% increase in profit attributable to owners of the company to HK$128.9 million. Emperor declared a dividend of HK$0.028 cents per share.“The group is still positive regarding the long-term growth prospects for Macau’s gaming market given the increasing visitation and penetration of Chinese tourists to the city,” it said.“The improvement in transport link connecting the Chinese mainland and Macau also provides an underlying support for a sustained growth. The group is devoted to leverage on its competitive advantages and capture value-creating opportunities in Macau.”last_img read more

Man convicted of beating Fort Lauderdale homeless man to death gets new

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man convicted of a brutal beating is getting a new trial.According to police, surveillance video captured Thomas Daughtery fatally beating Norris Gaynor, a homeless man, with a bat, back in January of 2006. Daughtery and two friends attacked Gaynor who was sleeping on a bench in Fort Lauderdale.The state supreme court ruled, Thursday, that the jury who found him guilty was given flawed instructions.In 2008, he was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.His sentence was later reduced to 40 years since he was a minor during the time of the crime.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bold historic decision MP Dharmapuri Arvind

first_imgNizamabad: MP Dharmapuri Arvind called the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 as “bold and historic decision towards National Integration”. He distributed sweets in Delhi on Monday on this occasion.The Centre has removed Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Home Minister Amit Shah said that President Ram Nath Kovind had signed an order that would come into force ‘at once’. The Home Minister also said that the State will be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Arvind said that the decision marks a new milestone in the country’s politics with the BJP-led government breaking new grounds on the issues that have been virtually untouched for more than 70 years. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for taking the historic decision.last_img read more

Did Trump warn Putin against meddling in 2020 US elections at G20

first_imgReuters US President Donald Trump wheezingly ‘warned’ Russian President Vladimir Putin against meddling in the upcoming US elections on Friday, June 28. Trump made the tongue-in-cheek comment, “Don’t meddle in US elections,” after a reporter asked him whether he would issue a warning against Russia at a sideline meeting at the G-20 summit held in Japan today. “Yes, of course, I will,” Trump replied before making light of the issue concerning the Russian interference scandal in the 2016 United States elections campaign. Trump had earlier said he enjoyed a “very very good relationship” with Putin and many “positive things will come out of the relationship.”On issues such as trade, Trump said: “We have many things to discuss, including trade and some disarmament, some little protectionism, in a very positive way.”While Putin laughed it off, the comment comes late after Trump was accused of being overly friendly with Putin for failing to confront the Russian leader regarding Russian interference in presidential elections at the Helsinki summit last year.The Trump administration was under attack after US intelligence agencies concluded that Russians had hacked into Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton’s emails using fake social media accounts. The investigative report on the subject by Robert Mueller concluded that while the Russian interference is clearly proved, there is no substantial evidence to prove that US President Donald Trump had conspired with the Russian agencies to influence voters against candidate Hilary Clinton.last_img read more

India evaluates offer from Boeing Lockheed Martin for worlds largest fighter jet

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:36Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:34?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Can Lockheed Martin F-21 meet Indian Air Force’s long-term strategic goals? ReutersIndia has started accepting bids for the ‘world’s largest’ fighter jet deal after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nod to replace the ageing fleet of Indian Air Force’s combat aircraft. This major step has been taken to enhance India’s defence capabilities.Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said that evaluation of the initial offers and finalising IAF’s requirements has begun, according to Bloomberg.The deal, involving 114 fighter jets worth $15 billion, has attracted offers from major defence manufacturing companies, including Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Sweden’s Saab AB. Bloomberg reported that India is insisting for 85 per cent of the production to be made in the country.Naik revealed that documents for other defence purchases, including tanks and armoured vehicles, have also been drafted. Projects such as partnerships with foreign shipbuilders for indigenous defence manufacturing of submarines have been officially tabled as well. On Monday, the Ministry of Defence told seven Indian Navy shipyards to submit Request for Proposal (RFP) for constructing six warship worth Rs 15,000 crore. The Navy has pushed for submarines and patrol ships to counter Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).The Indian Air Force and Navy reportedly require 400 single and double-engine combat aircraft, according to the government.As the country shares geopolitical boundaries with Pakistan and China, and holds the position of the second-largest standing army in the world (after China), necessary strengthening of its defence capabilities has been considered for years.The country’s defence budget in this year’s interim budget was Rs 4.31 trillion, which analysts have said is not enough to make the defence capability ready for modern warfare.last_img read more

FACT CHECK Trumps State Of The Union Address

first_imgMark Wilson/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the House chamber of the Capitol on Tuesday.In his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump focused on jobs and the economy, infrastructure, immigration, trade and national security. NPR journalists specializing in these areas and more have added context and analysis to his remarks.Editor’s note: The transcript will be updated. While we are working to correct errors, it may contain discrepancies and typographical errors. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Dark Energy And The Inverse Square Law

first_img Citation: Dark Energy And The Inverse Square Law (2007, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “Newton’s inverse-square law has been around for a while,” Daniel Kapner tells “But, by testing this law, we’re looking for new physics.” The new physics Kapner and his colleagues are looking for in their recent Physical Review Letters submission deals with dark energy. “Dark energy is an unknown driving force behind the acceleration of the universe, and we’re measuring the inverse-square law below the dark-energy length scale to look for a possible new gravitational phenomenon.”Kapner and his colleagues are associated with the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Their Letter, “Tests of the Gravitational Inverse-Square Law below the Dark-Energy Length Scale,” addresses questions of dark energy gravity possibilities. “As the universe expands, gravity should be slowing down that expansion,” explains Kapner. “But that’s not what is happening. Astrophysical measurements show that the expansion is speeding up. The unknown mechanism behind this accelerated expansion is termed Dark Energy.” Kapner and his colleagues use a sensitive device called a torsion balance to test the inverse-square law, attempting to shed some light on dark energy. “This is one step more complicated than the old mass on the end of a spring,” Kapner says, referring to the classic physics class demonstration of measuring a force by the distance a spring stretches. While the earth’s gravity pulls straight down, a sideways force can induce a very small twist of the balance. “This is done a vacuum chamber,” explains Kapner, “so there is no friction. This is essentially the best you can do with a direct measurement. If standard physics has new particles or exchange forces which act at this length scale, this apparatus would be sensitive to it.” The group’s torsion balance can measure gravity-strength forces down to distances of 55 microns.And the results regarding the dark-energy length scale? “There are no deviations from the inverse-square law,” Kapner insists. “We see it behaves just as Newton predicted.” The test, he says, establishes that there is nothing new at the dark-energy length scale. So the continuing acceleration of the universe remains a mystery.But the test used by Kapner and his colleagues is not limited to questions of dark energy. The torsion balance measurements can be used to constrain other models that suggest new exchange forces and particles. “We’ve used this to test other models, such as large extra dimensions in string theory,” he says. “And we could test any other models which predict deviations from the inverse-square law.”Kapner says that the next version of the project is being built now. “We can go to even smaller lengths, and get results that are 100 times better.” Kapner thinks that the current test pretty well ruled out that dark energy holds nothing new regarding short-distance gravity, but another test would make the team’s assertion stronger. “We want to keep refining this technique as far as technology will allow.”After all, Kapner points out, “Even though the obvious answer wasn’t there, this technique still holds promise for discovering something new.”By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New evidence backs up claim of dinosaur soft tissue find

first_img Explore further Citation: New evidence backs up claim of dinosaur soft tissue find (2011, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In a new study, biochemist James San Antonio and colleagues offer evidence to support the claims by Mary Higby Schweitzer back in 2005, that she and her colleagues had unearthed a soft tissue specimen that belonged to a Tyrannosaurus rex. Roundly criticized by many in the science community, the specimen, discovered inside a femur fragment, has yet to be proven to be anything else. Now, in a paper published on PLoS ONE, San Antonio and his colleagues (including Mary Schweitzer) claim they’ve found a plausible explanation for the survival of soft dinosaur material after some 68 million years. The team focused on bits of collagen found in the remains, which are a group of proteins found in the flesh and bones of animals; it grows in a triple helix, which when it winds together, is known as a microfibril. When thousands of microfibril wind together, as they often do, they are known as microfibrils. After carefully studying 11 fragments of collagen recovered from the T. rex bone and then comparing them to similar fragments in modern rat and human collagen, the team discovered that the found fragments all came from the same innermost part of the fibrils that make up microfibrils. San Antononio likens them to tiny fibers that sit at the very innermost part of a very thick strong rope.In their paper, the research team suggests that because they were so tightly wound, the microfibrils could have survived over millions of years. They also note that the specimens also contained very few amino acids, which are very susceptible to decay.To back up her claims, or to quiet the naysayers, Schweitzer points out that if the specimens found were actually contaminants from other more recent organisms, as some have claimed, there should have been more randomness to the collagen, instead of the strict uniformity that was found. She also notes that two other labs have corroborated her results.The unfortunate side story to all the research done so far though, including these latest findings, is that thus far there is no way to definitively prove whether the soft tissue found inside that T. rex bone was in fact a remnant from its original owner, or something that came after. Thus, claims from both those supporting the idea that dinosaur tissue could have survived for millions of years, and those that think it’s nonsense, are likely to continue. © 2010 More information: San Antonio JD, Schweitzer MH, Jensen ST, Kalluri R, Buckley M, et al. (2011) Dinosaur Peptides Suggest Mechanisms of Protein Survival. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20381. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020381AbstractEleven collagen peptide sequences recovered from chemical extracts of dinosaur bones were mapped onto molecular models of the vertebrate collagen fibril derived from extant taxa. The dinosaur peptides localized to fibril regions protected by the close packing of collagen molecules, and contained few acidic amino acids. Four peptides mapped to collagen regions crucial for cell-collagen interactions and tissue development. Dinosaur peptides were not represented in more exposed parts of the collagen fibril or regions mediating intermolecular cross-linking. Thus functionally significant regions of collagen fibrils that are physically shielded within the fibril may be preferentially preserved in fossils. These results show empirically that structure-function relationships at the molecular level could contribute to selective preservation in fossilized vertebrate remains across geological time, suggest a ‘preservation motif’, and bolster current concepts linking collagen structure to biological function. This non-random distribution supports the hypothesis that the peptides are produced by the extinct organisms and suggests a chemical mechanism for survival. Tyrannosaurus rex femur (MOR 1125) from which demineralized matrix (insets; bars, 20 µm) and peptides were obtained. Image: PLoS ONE 6(6): e20381. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020381 Proteins, Soft Tissue from 80 Million-Year-Old Hadrosaur Add Weight to Theory that Molecules Preserve Over Time This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more