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Plane carrying Harry and Meghan aborts landing, flies around
Nuku’alofa (Tonga), Oct 26 (AP) A plane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to abort its landing at Sydney airport on Friday evening and flew around because there was another aircraft on the runway.Prince Harry and wife Meghan were returning from a visit to Tonga back to Australia, where they began their 16-day tour of four nations, when a message from the flight deck announced: “There was an aircraft on the runway a little slow to roll so the decision was taken to abort the landing.”The flight landed safely a few minutes later.Earlier Friday, the couple dedicated two forest reserves in Tonga. Harry said Tonga is leading by example and “understands deeply” the impact of environmental changes because the islands of the archipelago are directly affected.Harry and wife Meghan visited Tupou College to make the dedication. The high school was founded in 1866 and is believed to be the oldest in the region. It’s home to the last remaining forest on Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. The other reserve is on the island of Eua.”Planting trees and conserving forests helps us in so many ways,” Harry said. “It is a simple but effective way to restore and repair our environment, clean the air and protect habitat.”The couple dedicated the two reserves to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy environmental initiative, which was started in 2015 and has been signed on to by 42 of the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.Earlier in the day, the royal couple visited an exhibition celebrating Tongan handicrafts, including traditional mats and tapa cloth. They also met with political leaders.advertisementTonga, home to just 106,000 people, is also known as the friendly islands. It was a British protectorate before gaining independence in 1970 and remains a part of the Commonwealth group of nations.The couple later returned to Australia to catch the final days of the Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014. The games give sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.After Australia, the couple will finish their trip with a four-day visit to New Zealand. (AP) SCYSCY
What Does the Infiniti QX80 Concept Mean For Infiniti’s Design Future?
How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Infiniti revealed the QX80 Monograph at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but thanks to some big reveals like the Dodge Demon and Lincoln Navigator, the Japanese automaker’s design study was largely overlooked.It wasn’t just the show’s other highlights that caused the media overlook the Concept; the vehicle looks remarkably similar to the QX80 presently on sale. That’s at least what we thought at first glance. A closer look, however, reveals unique details that signal the brand’s future styling. Also, because the vehicle’s shape is so close to production, we expect the next QX80 to look just like this.The concept comes from Infiniti’s Atsugi, Japan design studio, and Infiniti calls it the “ultimate expression of futuristic luxury SUV design.” Said another way, Infiniti has endowed the Monograph with its latest design cues with an eye towards a full-size SUV. This is first time Infiniti has used the term “Monograph” for a concept model, and the premium brand says it chose the word to describe the concept’s singular focus on exterior design.“We sculpted our body pure, straight, and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President of Global Design. Notably design traits include a satin copper exterior, double-arch meshed grille, and Infiniti’s “human eye” headlights. Infiniti says the mix of geometric and organic shapes blends power with grace.To be honest, we aren’t fans of the current generation QX80. The bulbous mass of metal could hardly be called beautiful – especially compared to Cadillac’s stylish new Escalade. However, the Monograph Concept is a big step in the right direction. Narrower headlights set higher on the front fascia and a more squared-off nose do wonders to sharpen the SUV’s exterior. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Other design details like the artful LED taillights with integrated turn signals, brushed metal rear diffuser, and blacked out pillars point to a more beautiful QX80 to come.“Earlier Infiniti show cars have started conversations with our customers, which gives us the chance to talk about the brand’s future direction,” commented Albaisa. “We have listened to our customers to discover their expectations for a large SUV from Infiniti in 2017 and beyond.”It may not have rocked headlines in New York, but if the QX80 Monograph’s artistic design traits find their way into the company’s next full-size SUV, it’s worth some positive ink. The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now What Does the Infiniti QX80 Concept Mean For Infiniti’s Design Future? Close Editors’ Recommendations Is It a Home of the Future or a Nod to the Past? On the Rocks is Both
More Math Specialists for Primary Schools
The Minister of Education, Youth and Information will be expanding the number of expert mathematics teachers at the primary level under its ‘Specialist Model’.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said that 39 schools are currently benefitting under the initiative, which was piloted at the start of the 2018/19 academic year in September.He said plans are in place to expand it to an additional 200 schools at the beginning of the 2019/20 school year, and full implementation across the system scheduled for 2021.“Schools are provided with resources, and additional training with certification is provided for teachers, who qualify as primary mathematics specialists. The model will see these teachers being solely responsible for the delivery of the primary mathematics curriculum,” Senator Reid said.He was speaking at the launch of The Mico University College’s International Mathematics Summit at the institution’s premises on Marescaux Road in St. Andrew on January 30.Senator Reid said that the Ministry continues to sustain the deployment of mathematics coaches to critical primary and secondary schools.He said the coaches will primarily focus on helping mathematics teachers obtain the requisite skills to effectively deliver the subject to students.“Coaches observe lessons and provide immediate feedback, facilitate in-school professional development, co-plan and co-teach lessons and conduct demonstration lessons. Coaches also support interventions for critical students to a limited extent,” he pointed out.The Minister informed that there are 54 coaches supporting 115 primary-level schools and 25 coaches supporting 86 secondary institutions.“The approach has contributed to the steady gains the system has seen in student performance at both the primary and secondary levels of the system,” he noted.Meanwhile, Senator Reid indicated that the National Mathematics Policy Guidelines, developed and implemented in 2013, are to be reviewed to ensure alignment with changes to the national curriculum, and in keeping with international best practices and standards.He said the policy document has served to establish standards for teachers at the primary and secondary levels and at teacher-training institutions.He noted that since the implementation of the policy, there has been an increase in the number of fully qualified mathematics teachers deployed to the education system from less than 20 per cent of the secondary teaching cohort in 2011, to 33 per cent at the end of the 2017 school year.Senator Reid said the Ministry has also increased the credit hours for mathematics education courses for all applicable teacher education degree programmes.
Andy Grammer And Chita Rivera Join AllStar Cast Of PBS A CAPITOL
Joining the all-star line-up for the 38th annual edition of PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, the country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition, are multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer, theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents Chita Rivera, and THE VOICE Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade.Grammer will perform his hit “Back Home,” the lead single from his Gold-certified album Magazines or Novels, on America’s national Independence Day celebration. Gospel singer Jade will open the show with a performance of the “National Anthem.”Rivera, a versatile actress/singer/dancer and the recipient of the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, will introduce a special tribute to the work of famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, the iconic voice of his age, on the 100th anniversary of his birthday (he was born August 25, 1918). The segment will feature Bernstein’s beloved composition “Tonight” from WEST SIDE STORY performed by internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Rivera, who has been nominated for a record-breaking ten Tony Awards, and won twice, originated the role of ‘Anita’ in the original Broadway premiere of WEST SIDE STORY in 1957 bringing her stardom.The 38th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH, celebrating our country’s 242nd birthday, airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be live-streamed on PBS, You Tube, Facebook and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2018.Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) hosts the festivities which will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour; ’America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and AMERICAN IDOL alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will be performing her show-stopping anthem from the current hit Broadway production of CAROUSEL.The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.
Labrador Inuit turn up the heat on Muskrat Falls energy project
(Under ominous skies, demonstrators block the entrance to the Muskrat Falls construction site in Labrador. Photo courtesy Jacinda Beals)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsAround 30 people in Labrador, including Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe, have blockaded the construction site at Muskrat Falls, a massive $11.4 billion dollar hydroelectric project along the Lower Churchill River.“We aren’t huge numbers here in Labrador,” said Inuk artist Billy Gauthier. “This here turnout shows how strong we are. There will be more. We will do more.”Gauthier, 38, began a hunger strike Thursday.Gauthier and the Labrador Inuit are demanding the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the provincially owned energy company Nalcor fully clear the reservoir of all trees and topsoil before flooding begins.“The government, I just don’t understand why they don’t step in and fix it?” said Gauthier. “Why waste time? Why put people in a position where they feel like they need to fight for their rights? For their culture?”Muskrat Falls demonstration outside construction site. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The IndependentThe main concern is methylmercury. A study by Harvard University predicts that trees, vegetation, and topsoil left in the flood zone will create the toxin and flow downstream, contaminating traditional food sources for the Inuit.President of the Nunatsiavut Government Johannes Lampe, who is at the blockade now, released a statement Friday calling on the province to clear the reservoir.“Despite our concerns, those who have the authority to make changes, including the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada, to the scope of the project are not willing to do so, and would rather stand by and allow our people to be poisoned and destroy a way of life,” said the statement. “If this project proceeds without changes, there will never be true reconciliation in this country.”On Saturday, while Gauthier was at the blockade, he received a call from Vice-President of the Lower Churchill Project, Gilbert Bennett.“He mentioned to me that he didn’t believe that there is any proof that methylmercury was going to move through out ecosystem the way the Harvard studies prove,” said Gauthier.Gauthier said Bennett assured him flooding had not yet begun but was given no assurance that Nalcor would clear the flood zone first.“I will starve myself,” said Gauthier, hitting day three of his hunger strike. “I’m basically crying out to everybody, screaming that we need help. To get government the Nalcor to give us a safe project. To make it right. We need anybody and everybody to stand.”And momentum is building in what many are now calling an eleventh hour battle over a project many have called a boondoggle.Muskrat Falls demonstration in Labrador. Photo courtesy Jacinda BealsOn Friday, the mayor of Cartwright sent a letter to federal and provincial leaders, including the Prime Minister.“I write to you all today to add my voice and the voice of my community to the growing level of discontent with the Muskrat Falls Project as we approach the first flood of the reservoir,” wrote Dwight Lethbridge. “My community of Cartwright, Labrador has decided to take a hard line stand on the methyl mercury issue, based on the concerns of our residents over the potential loss of country foods, culture, and an unknown impact on fish resources very important to our area.”And though the Muskrat Falls project falls under provincial jurisdiction, Lethbridge added that there is a role in this for the federal government.“You are allowing the demolition of an Innu and Inuit food source and culture,” wrote Lethbridge.At a town meeting last week, residents were clear in the action they plan to take against Nalcor.“Our community is to be used as a port for the delivery of transformers to Muskrat Falls,” said Lethbridge. “As things sit right now, until this methyl mercury issue is addressed, that shipment will not be happening through here.”The blockade at Muskrat Falls continues. People have set up tents, with no plans to go anywhere, anytime soon.RCMP are at the site, but no arrests reported so far.Another rally is planned Monday outside Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature building in St. John’s with the slogan, “Flood the steps, not the reservoir.”“My people will not be poisoned,” said Gauthier. “It’s crunch time and you know what? This is it. We’re taking action now. We keep making more steps to make the right thing happen. Now we need Nalcor to make the right steps.”Inuit artist Billy Gauthier.In an email response to APTN, Nalcor wrote, “The protesters prevented the buses with local workers on the day shift from upper Lake Melville from accessing the work site and getting to work this morning.”Nalcor confirms that flooding has not yet begun, but work is ongoing.“It’s important to note it is not one sole activity to create the reservoir. Much like the process for river diversion completed earlier this summer, creating the reservoir involves a number of steps over a period of time. Impoundment will take place when all facilities and equipment are ready for operation.”This is a process, Nalcor says, that could begin at any time and continue through 2016. Nalcor made no mention of stopping this work to clear the reservoir.No word yet from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.NunatuKavut President Todd Russell, will be holding a news conference Monday morning.Russell represents the Southern Inuit of Labrador and was arrested along with several others at a Muskrat Falls protest in email@example.com
UN health agency aids Madagascar after outbreak of flulike virus
WHO staff from the country office have been helping to verify and collect samples, which have been sent to the French Pasteur Institute. Two of the 39 samples taken from the area have tested positive for Influenza-A viruses, the agency said.At the request of the Government, WHO is putting together a small team to advise and assist with primary care and case management of those affected by the illness. The team is expected to arrive in Madagascar early next week.
Three teenagers winched to safety from Dorset cliffs
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dramatic footage shows three teenagers being rescued from Lulworth Cove, Dorset on Monday after they attempted to scale a 200ft cliff without safety equipment.Video by Manuel Cavazza
New Java zeroday exploit already being used by hackers
Back in August last year we were recommending you disable or uninstall Java unless you really needed to keep it. The reason was a zero-day exploit that Oracle had known about for months, but hadn’t bothered to fix. It meant an attacker could install malware on your machine without your knowledge.Then in December a new zero-day exploit was being offered for a five-figure sum via an invite-only web forum called Underweb. A month later, and it has been confirmed and verified that a Java zero-day exploit is now included as part of the Blackhole and Nuclear Pack crimeware products.Again, this means that even if you are running the most up-to-date version of Java (currently Java 7 Update 10) on your machine you are still vulnerable. Anyone purchasing the crimeware exploit kit can take advantage of it and infect machines.There is nothing you can do to defend against such an attack other than to disable or uninstall Java. We created a guide to disable Java on everything, and again I urge you to do so just in case. Chances are you probably aren’t using Java anyway.Oracle has also made it easier to disable Java in your web browser in recent updates and released instructions on how to do so.Oracle did respond to the last zero-day exploit that got publicized with an emergency patch being issued, so hopefully they will do the same for this one and release another emergency patch. But until that happens it’s better to be safe than sorry.via KrebsOnSecurity
He lived life to the fullest Tributes to man who died after
‘He lived life to the fullest’: Tributes to man who died after fall on Carrauntoohil Ger Duffy was described as a kind man who would help anyone. A major search and recovery operation took place over several hours on the mountain on Saturday. By David Raleigh May 13th 2019, 6:04 PM https://jrnl.ie/4633050 6 Comments Share11 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock THE SISTER OF a man who died while climbing Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry last weekend has paid tribute to the “hero” father of three.Miriam Duffy said her family are trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of her brother Ger Duffy, who was 59.Ger Duffy was a native of St Joseph Street, Limerick city, and was living in Clonlara, Co Clare. He died on Saturday after falling on the mountain.An experienced mountain climber, he had been accompanied by a male friend at the time, explained his sister.“We believe he was making his way up the mountain, and as he gripped something it crumbled in his hand and he fell,” his sister said.A major search and recovery operation took place over several hours on Saturday, which involved Kerry Mountain Rescue Team and the Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116.Miriam Duffy thanked all those who helped recover her brother’s body.A post mortem was conducted at Tralee General Hospital and Mr Duffy’s body was later taken to his home in Clonlara where he will be waked tomorrow.Ger was also passionate about motorbikes which fitted in well with his “love” of the “outdoors”.“He was such a kind guy and he would have helped anybody that ever needed it,” said his sister, who is well known in her role as Director of Rape Crisis Midwest. Short URL A major search and recovery operation took place over several hours on the mountain on Saturday. Image: Shutterstock 26,774 Views He was only in Cambodia a few weeks ago, on a motorbike tour, and he was up a mountain in Wales a few weeks before that. He loved the outdoors life, he was very fit, and he lived his life to the fullest.“He was the best brother you could ever wish for. His wife Carmel – and his children Siobhan (24), Aisling (22), and Gavin (18) – who were his pride and joy – idolised him.”Duffy fondly recalled how Ger had “delivered” his daughter Aishling as he and his wife were making their way to the Limerick’s maternity hospital.Ger and Carmel were on their way to the maternity, and as they were crossing Thomond Bridge there was a shout from Carmel to ‘stop the car’. Ger delivered Aisling himself there on the bridge. He certainly was a hero, in every sense of the word.Family friend and Fine Gael Senator, Maria Byrnes, offering her sympathies to the Duffy family, said he was “a gentleman” who had been “taken too young”.Mayor of Clare, Independent councillor Michael Begley, also paid a personal tribute as “a neighbour, a friend, and as mayor of Clare”.“I’d like to express my sympathies to the Duffy family, and their relatives in the extended parish. It’s a terrible tragedy,” Begley added.Some of Ger Duffy’s friends in the biker community, posted tributes online. One wrote: “A total gent. May he Rest In Peace.”“Tragic news..a lovely gentleman..devastating loss for everyone who knew him,” posted another.His funeral will take place on Wednesday at St Senan’s Church in Clonlara. Monday 13 May 2019, 6:04 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Karamanlis and Obama reaffirm excellent relations
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and US President Barack Obama reaffirmed the excellent relations and bonds between the two countries following their meeting in Strasbourg on Saturday.The meeting took place at the Palais de la Musique following the conclusion of NATO’s 60th anniversary summit.Speaking to reporters before the discussion, the US President said he was happy to be meeting with the prime minister of Greece, adding that the meeting provided an opportunity to reaffirm the excellent relations between the US and Greece.Obama stressed that it was not only the US that has been inspired by Ancient Greece, but Greece, too, has been inspired by the US, citing the American Revolution as an example.He said that the two countries share common democratic principles and will continue hand-in-hand in the 21st century as well, while also noting the significant role played by the Greek community in the US.Obama futher noted that US-Greek cooperation was very crucial on matters concerning the confrontation of terrorism, the global financial crisis and energy security, adding that he was proud of his friendship with the Greek prime minister.Karamanlis expressed satisfaction with the outcome of his first meeting with new US President. The Greek Prime Minister revealed that Obama had invited him to visit Washington, while Greece returned the invitation, inviting the US President to visit Athens.Karamanlis said he was “absolutely satisfied” with the content of the discussion, noting that the Greek side put forward all the basic issues concerning its foreign policy, such as the Cyprus problem and the FYROM issue. On the FYROM name issue, Karamanlis reiterated Greece’s steadfast position in favour of the neighbouring country’s Euro-Atlantic prospects, but recalled the unanimous NATO decision at last year’s summit in Bucharest and the summit references to the need for a resolution of the issue of a permanent name for FYROM. Karamanlis noted that the existing problems need to be resolved on the basis of the contemporary perceptions, and not on the basis of perceptions that redirect to the 19th century.He also addressed the Greek contribution to Afghanistan, warning that Afghanistan requires both humanitarian and economic solutions as well as military solutions.The prime minister noted that Greece will assume command of Kabul International Airport (KAIA) in 2010 which will require an increase in the Greek presence in Afghanistan of between 30-40 people.He added that a battalion specialising in bridge construction has been despatched to Afghanistan and Greece will also contribute substantially to the training programs for Afghani police forces.Greece will also take part in humanitarian actions in Afghanistan, Karamanlis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
DivX racheté par Sonic Solutions pour 323 millions de dollars
DivX racheté par Sonic Solutions pour 323 millions de dollarsÉtats-Unis – Sonic Solutions a décidé d’investir 323 millions de dollars pour racheter la société DivX. Grâce à cette opération, l’entreprise californienne de logiciels pourrait toucher davantage de terminaux.Sonic Solutions a de l’ambition et l’a confirmé en proposant 323 millions pour le rachat de la société DivX. Créée par un Français, Jérôme Rota, l’entreprise DivX propose des ventes de licences de logiciels et leur intégration dans des appareils tels que les téléviseurs ou les ordinateurs. Le géant américain a proposé une plus-value de 41% par rapport aux derniers chiffres du marché, une opération qui devrait satisfaire les actionnaires, dont l’aval est encore nécessaire pour conclure la transaction. Ainsi, la technologie DivX rejoindrait Sonic Solutions qui pourra davantage diversifier son offre.Le 3 juin 2010 à 12:20 • Emmanuel Perrin
Lycos racheté par un groupe indien pour 36 millions de dollars
Lycos : racheté par un groupe indien pour 36 millions de dollarsLe portail internet Lycos a été racheté par le groupe indien Ybrant Digital pour 36 millions de dollars. Il y a 10 ans, Lycos avait déjà été racheté, mais pour 12,5 milliards de dollars : une perte de valeur plus que conséquente.Créé au milieu des années 90 aux États-Unis, Lycos, le portail internet au labrador noir connaît un véritable succès pendant une quinzaine d’années. Racheté en mai 2000 par Terra Networks pour 12,5 milliards de dollars, il est ensuite cédé à l’entreprise coréenne Daum Communications pour seulement 95 millions de dollars en 2004. Aujourd’hui, cette dernière l’a finalement revendu à Ybrant Digital pour 36 millions de dollars. Il faut dire que la valeur financière du portail n’a pas cessé de chuter ces dernières années. Victime de l’éclatement de la bulle internet, Lycos semble avoir perdu tout ce qui faisait son prestige d’antan.En retard face aux géants Google et Yahoo!, Lycos parviendrait tout de même à attirer entre 12 et 15 millions de visiteurs chaque mois. Une performance que le groupe indien compte bien améliorer, comme l’explique le site des Echos.Le 18 août 2010 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
Bahamas Can Regain Shipping Registry Prominence with 2 Key Measures We must
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 8, 2017 – Nassau – A maritime attorney with a leading law firm says The Bahamas is only steps away from regaining its position as one of the world’s most respected and sought after shipping registries.Syneisha Bootle, AA., LLB (Hons.), LLM (Dist.) maritime specialist with Callenders & Co., the country’s oldest law firm with a century-old history with shipping, said the country is poised to regain its position among the world’s fastest growing ship registries, but it must take two steps – update maritime legislation including a half century old insurance act and enact new legislation with strict enforcement provisions.“We have the talent, we have the resources to put The Bahamas back on the map in maritime law,” said Bootle, who holds an advanced degree in maritime law. “However, we must enact legislation enabling us to act on the many conventions and treaties we have signed. Without enforcement legislation, the signatures on the treaties are merely well-intentioned promises.”In the 1990s, The Bahamas enjoyed the position of being the fastest growing ship registry in the world and at one time was the third largest, boasting of high standards that would distinguish it from being a flag of convenience.Bootle is worried that the country has fallen to seventh place in an era when opportunities are greater than they have ever been.“It is gratifying to know that companies like Chevron, Exxon International, Maersk Line, Cunard Lines, Texaco, Holland-America Cruises, Finnlines, Teekay Shipping, Lauritzen Reefers, Smit International, the East Asiatic Company and MSC are listed on the official Bahamas Maritime Authority register and have chosen to fly the Bahamian flag. However, with the record number of new cruise ships under commission and the growth being experienced by the shipping industry as a whole, we must ask ourselves why we are sliding instead of climbing relative to other registries,” said Bootle.“We have the capacity. We have the infrastructure with a well-equipped and provisioned maritime authority with offices in London, Hong Kong, Greece and New York with an agency office in Tokyo. We have the political stability, the strong and stable banking and financial sector requirements. We simply need to update and modernize our maritime legislation and to take a stricter stand on enforcement which requires legislation so that the treaties we have signed become law.”Bootle’s dissertation focused on the modernization of the Marine Insurance Act. The Marine Insurance Act that is more than 50 years old, she noted, and was modeled after the 1908 United Kingdom act. “Today, that Act is in urgent need of updating,” says Bootle. “Along with the Marine Insurance Act, there are several pieces of legislation that need updating or must be created if we are going to be competitive in the ship registry space.”She commends the government for recognizing the value of yacht registration and enacting legislation to introduce the separate registry in 2011.Now, she says, it is time to re-focus on the registry for commercial vessels, re-affirming the high standards it represented when the Bahamas Maritime Authority was launched in 1995.According to the government’s reports, The Bahamas has more than some 1500 ships on its registry. Panama, the world’s largest registry, reports 8,200 ships accounting for 23% of all vessels, though its requirements to register including the age of the ship are less stringent than those of The Bahamas.“We never wanted to be a flag of convenience and I am pleased that, in principle, we are maintaining that standard. But without signing onto treaties like the London Convention that sets strict penalties for dumping at sea and without updating our maritime legislation to support the treaties we have signed on to, I fear our reputation will be at stake. We want this country to grow and play a prominent role in an arena that is profitable, productive and invites many opportunities for people and companies that service the ships we register. These are relatively easy fixes and we should act on them without delay.”Release: DPA newsPhoto caption: Syneisha Bootle, AA., LLB (Hons.), LLM (Dist.) maritime specialist with Callenders & Co., the country’s oldest law firm with a century-old history with shipping, said the country is poised to regain its position as among the world’s fastest growing ship registries, but it must take two steps.(Photo by Bahamas Visual Services.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
7s Jeff Lennox participates in readathon at Fort Lauderdale school
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – 7New’s Jeff Lennox teamed up with the mayor of Fort Lauderdale to show students the importance of reading.Lennox spent Thursday morning reading a few chapters from “Catcher in the Rye” to students at Fort Lauderdale High School.The event was held for the school’s week-long read-a-thon.The mayor and principal said there’s no substitute for a good book.“We all need to read,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. “We all need to learn to read, even though we’re reading our phones and tweets and Facebook posts, but we need to read. And sometimes the best thing is to just sit down with a book.”Principal Priscilla Ribeiro expressed how important this event is for her students. “We forget that technology can’t really replace the feeling of turning the pages and that solace of you connecting with books,” she said, “and we’re glad that our kids do.”The school’s cheerleaders debuted a special cheer before 7News left the campus. The school is celebrating Literacy Week Florida with various activities all week long.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Search for missing Chena hiker ends in success
A search that tapped air and ground resources ended successfully Monday night when an overdue hiker was rescued in the wilderness near Chena Hot Springs Resort, east of Fairbanks. Alaska State Troopers report that 19-year-old Anatoliy Balko was spotted from the air and picked up with a helicopter. Balko works at Chena Hot Springs, and left the resort for a 30 mile hike early Friday.Listen nowA search was initiated when he did not show up for work Sunday morning. Balko, who recently moved to Alaska from Washington, lost the trail and Troopers says he used a makeshift flag to signal rescuers. Chena Hot Springs owner Bernie Karl says he he plans to buy several satellite tracking devices to loan to resort staff and guests headed into the back-country.“With GPS, we’re gonna punch a button and know where you’re at,” Karl said. “And we can get you some help. You don’t know what’s going to happen while you’re out there.”Karl says he also recommend people not travel alone. Karl adds that he’s very appreciative of everyone who turned out for the 2 day search, an effort that included Troopers, as well as University of Alaska Fairbanks unmanned aerial vehicle operators, wilderness search and rescue and search dog team volunteers.
Lets wait and watch Yedyurappa as CongressJDS gets into
Bengaluru: As fresh trouble has gripped the ruling Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition with the resignation of 11 lawmakers, senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday said he is not related to the developments in any way. Grappling with the crumbling coalition, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, on the other hand, responded to the resignation of party strongman Ramalinga Reddy stating that his grievances will be looked into. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “I am going to Tumkur and I will come back at 4 pm. You know about the political developments. Let’s wait and see. I do not want to answer to what HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah say. I am nowhere related to this,” Yeddyurappa said while speaking to media persons here. Kharge said that he wants the alliance to run smoothly in the state. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us On being asked about are reports about the possibility of him being made the state’s chief minister, Kharge said, “I do not know. I want this alliance government to continue. We want that this should go on smoothly. These are all flimsy information being fed to the press just to divide us.” Responding to Ramalinga Reddy’s resignation, he said, “Ramalinga Reddy ji is a senior leader and a Congressman. For long he has been holding Congress’s fort in Bengaluru. Let us see what are his grievances and what we can do.” Advertise With Us The 13 month-old Karnataka coalition government of JD(S) and Congress slumped into crisis following the resignation of their 11 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly on Saturday. JD(S) MLA H Vishwanath had on Saturday said that 14 MLAs have jointly tendered their resignations to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and requested him to accept them. But, the Speaker has not yet accepted their resignations. With the dramatic turn of events, the state government appears to have fallen into a minority forcing Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, who is in the US, to cut short his visit. He is expected to fly back here today. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah late on Saturday evening held a meeting with the party MLAs where he is believed to have discussed among other things the current political situation in the state. The meeting took place at his house. The strength of the ruling coalition in Karnataka has come down to 105, which is eight short of the half-way mark of 113. Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Ramesh Jarkiholi resigned from the government earlier this week. Those MLAs, who resigned from the Assembly, include BC Patil, H Vishwanath, Narayan Gowda, S Hebbar, Mahesh Kumatalli, Gopalayya, Ramesh Jharkiholi, and Pratap Gowda Patil. The dissident MLAs late on Saturday arrived in Mumbai and are staying at a hotel.
PNB Housing Finance IPO Things to know about the Rs 2500 crore
PNB Housing Finance Ltd. is coming out with a public issue of equity shares aggregating up to Rs. 2,500 crore. The home loan company filed the necessary documents with the capital markets regulator on Tuesday (July 5).The company will be reserving a portion of the initial public offering (IPO), not exceeding 5 percent of the post-issue paid up equity capital, for its eligible employees, according to the draft prospectus. The price band, discount if any, for retail investors and the bid amount will be finalised soon after consultation with the book running lead managers, the prospectus said. The shares will be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE). PNB Housing Finance, in which Punjab National Bank holds 51 percent stake, earned net profit of Rs. 326 crore on total income of Rs. 2,697 crore for the financial year 2015-16, according to a statement issued in May. Assets under management rose 59 percent to Rs. 27,555 crore as on March 31, 2016, as against Rs. 17,297 crore in the previous financial year. Gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 0.22 percent and 0.14 percent, respectively.Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, DSP Merrill Lynch Limited, JM Financial Institutional Securities Limited, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited and Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited are the global coordinators and book running lead managers to the issue.Highlights of the issue (according to the draft prospectus):The maximum bid amount under the Employees Reservation Portion by an Eligible Employee cannot exceed Rs. 2 lakh. The company will reserve 5 percent of the QIB category (excluding anchor investors) for mutual funds on a proportionate basis.PNB Housing Finance is the fifth largest housing finance company in India.As of March 31, 2016, housing loans to self-employed customers constituted 23.76 percent of the company’s total loan portfolio.The company’s business is skewed towards northern parts of India. It is heavily dependent on economic conditions and real estate values in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh. Its operations constituted 40.40 percent of its total loan portfolio as of March 31, 2016.The post-issue holding of PNB will come down to 35-37 percent from 51 percent at present.As of March 31, 2016, the company had foreign currency borrowings amounting to $100 million.
LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND
“I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you and I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white the bright-blessed day, the dark sacred night. And, I think to myself what a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying “How do you do? They’re really saying I love you. I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know” Louis Armstrong Sometimes when we watch the news or read the newspaper, it is hard to imagine “what a wonderful world” we live in. If Louis Armstrong envisioned a wonderful world growing up in his era so should we. With spring in full bloom, let us look at the things that make this a wonderful world, not a perfect world, but a world where we can make a difference one day at a time. Give someone your smile. You won’t lose anything when you pass someone and say hello, even if they don’t respond.“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you if you’re young at heart. For it’s hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind if you’re young at heart. You can go to extremes with impossible schemes. You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams, and life gets more exciting with each passing day. And love is either in your heart, or on its way. Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth to be young at heart. For as rich as you are, it’s much better by far to be young at heart.” Frank Sinatra How many of you remember dreaming about marrying Prince Charming and living in a beautiful castle with a golden coach and six white horses? On May 19, the world will witness Megan Markle’s fairytale come true when she marries Prince Harry to become a real life princess. As we witness this historic fairytale wedding unfold, Baltimoreans will be watching former St. James Episcopal priest Bishop Michael Curry become a part of history as he delivers the homily.Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness.” Chinese proverb It was a pleasure attending the Baltimore Maryland Chapter of the Links, new members induction and dinner celebration at The Center Club. Link E. Francine Stokes McElveen, Esq. was the mistress of ceremonies for this auspicious occasion with Link President Lynn Selby welcoming the guests to the induction ceremony. Vice President Link Darlene Wade Moss, introduced the new Link members, Dana Henson, Sheelagh M. Allston, Tracey M. Barbour Gillett, Kimberly Dawn Hewitt, Lisa Hodges-Hiken, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, Jill E Owens, Alicia N. Ritchie and April Ryan. Link Paulette Burgess provided the blessing as guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner followed by a champagne toast by immediate past President Nikita Haysbert. There was also a presentation of chapter gifts by Link Faith Thomas, Esq.Guests attending the impressive induction were Dell and Dan Henson, Darren Henson, Glenn Middleton, Links Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston, Judge Yvonne Holt-Stone, Betty Williams, Margaret Turner, Billie Gardner Brown, Sylvia Laws, Karenthia Barbour, Lydia McCargo Redd and Joy Owens.“Ain’t no party like an old school party, cause an old school party don’t stop.” Eniquity Victor Green and Pat Crisps’ annual old school birthday party was without a doubt the hottest party this spring. The party at Diamonz Event Center was a standing room only event with guests shaking the tambourines, blowing whistles, wearing twinkling jewelry and eyeglasses, as they danced to the music of Slagz Band and deejay Sugar Chris. Victor, the original party animal did not disappoint the more than two hundred guests as he performed his signature “stand up in it” dance. Wishing Pat and Victor, many more years of partying like its 1999.Happy birthday to Carol Turner, Ann Vicks, Clarissa Pritchett, Barbara Blount Armstrong, Karen Brookins and Dr. Marie Washington.Sending get-well wishes to our friend Congressman Anthony Brown.We continue to keep the families of Kevin Kamenetz and Rick Larry, as well as Sandi Matthews on the death of her husband Jerome “Jai” Matthews, in our prayers.
Singlephoton source may meet the needs of quantum communication systems
Citation: Single-photon source may meet the needs of quantum communication systems (2006, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-11-single-photon-source-quantum.html Further, powerful quantum computers could solve problems that are impossible for today’s computers, and quantum cryptography could potentially provide absolute security for these systems.In the past few years, scientists have developed single-photon sources using innovative tools: quantum dots, single atoms and ions, and color centers are a few possibilities. However, all of these potential sources have shortcomings, in either complicated setups or insufficient production. Now, scientists Shuai Chen et al. have developed a controllable single-photon source using atomic quantum memory for generating and storing single photons to be used at a predetermined time. As they report in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, “such a single-photon source is well-suited for future large-scale realization of quantum communication and linear optical quantum computation.” “Single-photon sources guarantee the absolute security in quantum communication networks,” co-author Zhen-Sheng Yuan told PhysOrg.com. “While developing this single-photon source, we focused on how to obtain a long memory time of the single excitations in the atomic ensemble, and how to convert the single excitations into single photons with a high efficiency.”In the experimental setup, the scientists used Raman scattering, shining a laser pulse at an ensemble of cold rubidium atoms. As the laser light hits the atoms, single excitations in the atomic ensemble can either be generated or they can be converted into single photons. Detecting the newly created photons can generate single spin excitations in the cold atomic ensemble, which makes up the quantum memory—so-called because light-based information is being stored in matter. The single spin excitations can in turn be converted into single photons at a predetermined time, resulting in a controllable single-photon source. Chen et al.’s setup could produce 600 single spin excitations per second, translating to 15 single-photon detections per second.One of the most significant advantages of this quantum memory-based single-photon source is the ability to increase the number of single photons available. With the help of a feed-back circuit, Chen et al. could significantly enhance the production rate of single photons, as their properties align with those of the laser (spatial mode, bandwidth/intensity, frequency). “Compared with the other single-photon source without quantum memory, the greatest advantage here is that one can construct a quantum communication network with a much lower cost of resources because of the scalable property,” said Yuan.In principle, the spin excitation can be stored for up to 300 microseconds, and generate a single photon at any time. Because of the feedback circuit, this quantum memory-based photon source could likely provide enough single photons for a large number of quantum repeaters, a requirement for long-distance quantum communication networks.Citation: Chen, Shuai, Chen, Yu-Ao, Strassel, Thorsten, Yuan, Zhen-Sheng, Zhao, Bo, Schmiedmayer, Jorg, and Pan, Jian-Wei. “Deterministic and Storable Single-Photon Source Based on a Quantum Memory.” Physical Review Letters 97, 173004 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com One of the largest challenges for building quantum communications networks involves having single photons, which are needed to ensure the security and efficiency of quantum systems. With an adequate supply of single photons, quantum communications systems could send information at nearly the speed of light, compared with the electron speed (and resistance) in classical systems. This icon demonstrates the single photon source: When a laser beam (called Write, shown in green) hits the cold atomic cloud, a single spin excitation can be generated accompanying a Raman photon (shown in blue). Now the single spin excitation is ready for being retrieved to a single photon by another classical laser (called Read). The blue part at bottom right indicates the wavepacket of photons. Credit: Shuai Chen et al. 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.