FERC Gives Green Light to Freeport Liquefaction Project

first_imgzoom Proposed liquefaction facilities (Trains 1 through 3) at Quintana Island TerminalThe U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to site, construct, and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestic natural gas from its existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal located near the city of Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas. The Freeport Liquefaction Project includes the construction and operation of a liquefaction plant with three trains, each with a capacity of 4.4 million metric tons per annum, for total liquefaction capacity of 1.8 Bcf/d. The project also includes pretreatment plant facilities that will interconnect with several pipelines, as well as facilities to allow bi-directional flow of gas through the existing Freeport Pipeline.In addition, FERC authorized Freeport LNG’s Phase II Modification Project that would revamp the previously authorized, but unconstructed Phase II Project.The Phase II Modification Project comprises three major components: reorientation of the Phase II dock, modification of the transfer facilities, and modification of access roads at the terminal.The two projects would be constructed together at Freeport’s existing Quintana Island terminal.The order adopts FERC environmental staff’s recommendations by requiring the company to adhere to more than 80 conditions to mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts.The U.S. Department of Energy has conditionally approved Freeport LNG’s export of gas to both Free Trade Agreement and non-Free Trade Agreement countries.This is the third LNG export project authorized by FERC. There are currently 10 LNG export projects that have filed formal applications pending before the Commission, and there are three LNG export projects in the pre-filing process.Press Release, August 1, 2014last_img read more

Ahrenkiel Lands 8 Boxships

first_imgzoom German shipowner Ahrenkiel Steamship has bought eight container ships from HSH Nordbank’s Nautilus credit portfolio.The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the exact purchase prices of the vessels and the identities of the sellers; however, the total value of the transaction is in the three-digit million US dollar range.The portfolio comprises of four 4,300 TEU, so called ”Baby-Panamax” vessels, as well as four feeder ships in the 1,300 to 2,500 TEU range. The average age of the vessels is around seven years. The first four ships have already been handed over to Ahrenkiel Steamship. Four more are due to follow in the coming weeks and months“The acquisition of the eight vessels strengthens our position in the container market,” said Constantin Baack, Managing Director of Ahrenkiel Steamship. “We expect to see growing consolidation in the shipping markets. We at Ahrenkiel Steamship have set ourselves the goal of actively participating in this phase and raising our competitiveness even further.”Under the Nautilus financing model, HSH Nordbank remains involved in the new structure via a part of the credit amount.This gives the bank the opportunity of benefiting from a market improvement and – depending on overall market trends – recover the original credit amount at a later point of time. At the same time, Nautilus enables HSH Nordbank to significantly reduce its risks.The German bank expects further Nautilus transactions in 2015.last_img read more

There must be enough civility in public life for differing streams to

first_imgNew Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that while there may be differences between individuals and organisations, there should be space in public life for “differing streams” to listen to each other’s point of view. Addressing the Manorama News Conclave in Kochi via a video link from here, Modi said that there should be continuous dialogue in society irrespective of differing views. “We need not have to agree on everything but there must be enough civility in public life for differing streams to be able to hear each other’s point of view. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Usually, it is believed that public figures prefer to be on forums whose thought process matches with the person’s own world view. Because there is a lot of comfort in being among such people. “Of course, I also cherish being among such surroundings but at the same time, I believe there must be a constant and continuous dialogue between individuals and organisations irrespective of one’s thought process,” he said. He also said that for many years, a culture was perpetrated in which aspiration became a bad word. He said doors opened depending on ones surname or contacts. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Success depended on whether you belonged to an Old Boy’s club. Big cities, big institutions & big families this is all that mattered,” the prime minister said. He said that the economic culture of “License Raj and Permit Raj struck at the heart of individual ambitions” but India was changing for the better. “This is an India where the surnames of the youth do not matter. What matters is their ability to make their own name,” he said.last_img read more

Broncos tribute concert attracts thousands including star NHL players

first_imgSASKATOON – Canadian country singer Gord Bamford reached over after performing the song “Little Guy” and grabbed the hand of Carson Haugan, the son of late Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan.Carson, wearing a white Broncos jersey, was given a standing ovation by the crowd of over 10,000 that packed SaskTel Centre Friday night for a tribute concert to remember those killed in the April 6 bus crash.“That was a tough one for me,” Bamford said after finishing the song he wrote for his own son, Nash, who was also on stage.The Broncos were on their way to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game when their team bus and a tractor-trailer collided at an intersection.Sixteen people — including 10 players — were killed and another 13 people were injured.Chants of “Go Broncos Go” rang through the crowd as Broncos family members and current and former NHL players joined country star Dallas Smith on stage to end the night.Current NHL players such as Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames and Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens were in attendance. Four-time Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser along with Paralympian Greg Westlake were also there.The group of hockey players laid sticks in front of a Broncos jersey prior to the concert and the display remained throughout the evening.“We’ve been through a storm in this province of Saskatchewan these last few weeks,” Premier Scott Moe said. “We were plunged into the darkness when this terrible incident took place.“And though there is still darkness, there is daylight on the horizon.”The Hunter Brothers from Saskatchewan sang the national anthem and later encouraged the crowd to sing along to “Amazing Grace.”Chad Brownlee played a rendition of Tom Cochrane’s “Big League.”A video message from surviving Broncos player Brayden Camrud was played before the performances began along with a message from Chris Joseph, whose son Jaxon died in the crash.The crowd, dressed in cowboy hats and boots along with hockey jerseys, also gave first responders in attendance a standing ovation.Brett Kissel, as well as fellow Juno winner Jess Moskaluke, played some of their biggest hits.On Thursday night, close to 50 current and former NHL players gave a standing ovation to families of the Broncos at a local hotel.Scott Thomas, whose son Evan died in the crash, didn’t expect to see such a big crowd.“You could see the pain in their faces, you could see the respect that they have for what we’re going through as parents, as hockey people,” Thomas said.“There’s just a lot of emotion in the room.”Just over a week ago, Thomas held a memorial service at SaskTel Centre for his son in his hometown.Thomas said his emotions hadn’t changed much since the memorial service.“It’s still raw, absolutely raw,” he said. “There’s still a void there that will probably be there for the rest of my life. But I know once everybody gets in there, the feeling of love is going to be the same.”Longtime Dallas Stars forward and Hall of Famer Mike Modano said that being with the families of the Broncos on Thursday night was really hard.“I think that was the first time a lot of those families had been together since the accident,” he said. “It was really heart wrenching to just kind of be there and put some names to the faces finally that we’ve heard about.”Humboldt resident Yvette Crane travelled to the concert and said that the Broncos helped the community a lot.“I used to go to their hockey games all the time and I just love ’em,” she said.Note: The Country Thunder Music Festival, which booked the evening’s musical acts, says money from the $65 concert tickets will also be donated to the families.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter.last_img read more

Sherbrooke to consider holding Francophonie Games after New Brunswick pulls plug

first_imgSHERBROOKE, , Que. — After losing out to New Brunswick in the race to hold the 2021 Francophonie Games and then seeing the winner withdraw last week, Sherbrooke, Que. is contemplating a pinch-hitting role.Sherbrooke Mayor Steve Lussier, who had initially ruled out filling in as host over concerns about the cost, announced at a meeting Monday night that council will take another look.Lussier said the council has asked a committee to review the financial implications to ensure taxpayers are not left with a hefty bill. The quadrennial event brings together 3,000 athletes and artists from more than 50 member states that have French as a common language.In New Brunswick, where Moncton and Dieppe were going to share hosting duties, Premier Blaine Higgs blamed the province’s decision to withdraw on the growing cost and a lack of financial support from Ottawa. The province said the budget had ballooned to $130 million from an original bid of $17 million.Lussier said his city has been approached by the federal and provincial governments about staging the Games and will continue discussions.Marie-Claude Bibeau, the federal minister of international development and an MP in the Sherbrooke region, said Monday the federal government would support Sherbrooke if it decides to welcome the Games.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Osaka keeps Indian Wells title defense on track

first_imgIndian Wells (United States): World number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka powered past American Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 on Monday to book a fourth-round meeting with resurgent Swiss Belinda Bencic at Indian Wells. Japan’s Osaka, whose second straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open propelled her to the top of the rankings, traded breaks with Collins early in the first set. But she got the decisive break in the ninth game, giving herself a break point with a backhand winner before pouncing on a short ball and belting a forehand winner to give herself a chance to serve for the set. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAn increasingly confident Osaka broke Collins at love for a 2-1 lead in the second. She finished out the next game for a 3-1 lead and led 5-1 before Collins saved a match point to hold and make Osaka serve out the match. Collins, trying to build on a breakout run to the Australian Open semi-finals, failed in her bid to avenge her 6-1, 6-0 loss to Osaka in their only prior meeting in Beijing last year. And Osaka, whose first career title came at this prestigious WTA premier mandatory event last year, advanced to a meeting with Bencic, the 23rd seed who defeated Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-2. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBencic stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the final at Dubai last month to capture her first WTA title in four years. The 21-year-old stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the final at Dubai last month to capture her first WTA title in four years. She won the WTA title in Toronto in 2015 before a series of back and wrist injuries saw her slide down the rankings. In other third-round action, three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber came from a set down to beat Russian qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. After dropping her serve in the first game of the second set, Kerber won seven games in a row to force a third set and take a 2-0 lead in the decider. She was unable to convert four match points against Vikhlyantseva’s serve at 5-1 and was broken at love when serving for the match at 5-2 before finally putting it away. “I think it gives me confidence that I can turn around matches, that I can play also three sets, also in the close moments that I’m there, that I can trust myself,” said Kerber, adding that it was always difficult to face an opponent for the first time. She’ll be doing the same in the round of 16 against Aryna Sabalenka, the ninth seed from Belarus who defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5. Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams also found it tricky facing fellow American Christina McHale for the first time, but she pulled back early breaks in each set to win 6-2, 7-5. “I never played her, so you’re out there learning what they do well, what shots they select,” Williams said, adding that it wasn’t until the second set that she felt ‘OK, I understand.’ “I felt comfortable with trying to control the point from there,” said Williams, who fired 20 winners and converted seven of her nine break point chances. She’ll fight for a quarter-final berth against Mona Barthel, a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 winner over Julia Goerges in an all-German contest. Fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova relied on a solid service game in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure. She next faces Estonian Anett Kontaveit, who was leading 5-0 against 11th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova when the Latvian retired from their match.last_img read more

AAP govts stand sought on PIL for state human rights commission

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Tuesday sought the AAP government’s stand on a PIL seeking setting up of a state human rights commission in the national Capital. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani issued notice to the Delhi government and sought its reply to the plea by September 7, the next date of hearing. The petition by Abhijit Mishra, a financial economist, has contended that the Delhi government has neither issued any notification nor made any efforts to set up a State Human Rights Commission here as prescribed under the Protection of Human Rights Act of 1993.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral voices full confidence in UN human rights chief after US criticism

Mr. Annan intends to take up the issue with Mr. Bolton “at an early date,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday, adding that the Secretary-General “is confident that she (Ms. Arbour) will carry out her work without being pressed or intimidated” by the US comments.“The Secretary-General has absolutely no disagreement with the statement made by the High Commissioner,” Mr. Dujarric declared. “He sees no reason to object to any of her statements.“I think I would reiterate his absolute full confidence in Ms. Arbour, who is a highly respected jurist, who was a prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and also serves on the bench of her country, Canada’s, highest court,” he added.“I think, also, it bears reminding that the mandate entrusted to Ms. Arbour by the General Assembly is a global mandate for her to speak on human rights on a global scale.” read more

Gannett raises offer for Tribune Publishing by 22 per cent

FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2014, file photo, specialist Michael Cacace, foreground right, works at the post that handles Gannett, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. USA Today owner Gannett announced Monday, May 16, 2016, that it is boosting its buyout offer for Tribune Publishing Co. as it continues its pursuit of the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Gannett raises offer for Tribune Publishing by 22 per cent by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2016 6:17 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – USA Today owner Gannett has boosted its takeover bid for Tribune Publishing Co. by about 22 per cent one week after the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers adopted a “poison pill” plan to thwart the unsolicited offer.Gannett Co. announced Monday that it was raising its bid to $15 per Tribune share, up from the $12.25 per share it previously offered. Gannett said that the total value of the revised offer is approximately $864 million, which includes the assumption of certain Tribune liabilities, such as about $385 million in outstanding debt.Tribune confirmed that it received the revised offer and said that its board would thoroughly review the proposal.Tribune shares jumped 19 per cent to $13.65 at the open of trading Monday.The Chicago company had rejected Gannett’s prior per-share bid of $12.25, saying the price was too low.Gannett Chairman John Jeffry Louis said in a company release that the McLean, Virginia, company was raising its offer to show its “commitment to engaging in serious and meaningful negotiations with the Tribune board to reach a mutually agreeable transaction where Gannett acquires all of Tribune.”Gannett’s attempts to acquire Tribune come after a shake-up at the company. In February, Chicago investor Michael W. Ferro Jr. gave Tribune a $44.4 million cash infusion through his company Merrick Media. Ferro was later named as non-executive chairman of the newspaper publisher. Weeks later, the company ousted its CEO and named Justin Dearborn to that key job. read more

Disruption of sanitation services in Syria putting childrens health at risk –

The agency found that in areas affected by the conflict, water supplies are only available at one-third of pre-crisis levels, with many people having only 25 litres of water a day, compared with 75 litres when the conflict began two years ago.“These results underline why UNICEF has prioritized assistance to the water and sanitation sector,” said the UNICEF Representative in Syria, Youssouf Abdel-Jelil. “This month we began an operation to ship 1 million litres of chlorine to provide safe water for more than 10 million people, or nearly half the national population, for three months.”The assessment, carried out in cooperation with municipal water departments and local private contractors, identifies six areas where people’s ability to access safe water has been most severely restricted: rural Damascus, Idlib, Der Ez-Zor, Homs, Aleppo and al-Raqqa.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which has also left more than four million people in need of humanitarian assistance. UNICEF estimates that out of the four million people in need, 50 per cent are children.Due to the conflict, national production of water treatment chemicals has almost ceased, increasing the risk of tap water being contaminated. Power cuts, fuel shortages and damage to infrastructure have also contributed to worsening water shortages.UNICEF stated that families are increasingly relying on buying water supplied by mobile tankers, which can be very expensive. A family of seven, for example, must spend at least $15 every 15 days on water, which is more than many people can afford.The assessment also found that in affected towns the treatment of sewage water has decreased by half – from 70 per cent before the crisis to 35 per cent now. In particular, UNICEF said people living in collective shelters are more vulnerable due to a lack of toilets, showers, hygiene items such as soap, and rationed access to water.“We are doing everything possible to scale up our reach and ensure safe water and sanitation are available to more people,” said Mr. Abdel-Jelil, adding that the lack of funds is a major constraint.So far, UNICEF has provided more than 22,000 emergency-affected people with drinking and domestic (for household use) water, and has distributed hygiene kits to some 225,000 people in conflict-affected areas.The agency is appealing for $22.5 million as part of the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan launched in December to be able to provide safe drinking and domestic water, soap and hygiene kits, as well as toilets and bathrooms to 750,000 people through June.UNICEF also plans to give 50,000 children water and sanitation facilities at schools and in child-friendly and temporary learning spaces, and to repair and rehabilitate community-based water systems. The international community has committed more than $1.5 billion for humanitarian aid to Syrians. Supporting reconstruction of critical infrastructure, such as water pumping stations, and providing essential relief supplies like medicines are among the top four priorities inside the country, along with helping people who have fled their homes and the communities hosting them and helping the poorest avoid total destitution.Meanwhile, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today warned that a grave humanitarian crisis has emerged in the Rid Damascus governorate where several Palestine refugee camps are situated.The deteriorating security conditions surrounding the camps have severely limited access to services and have restricted movement, making it difficult for UNRWA to reach those who need assistance. “UNRWA deplores the suffering inflicted on civilians in Syria and calls on all sides to do everything possible to ease it, including refraining from conducting the conflict in residential areas,” the agency said in a news release. “All sides must conduct themselves in ways that safeguard human life, protect civilians, ensure safe and free movement for civilians and allow unimpeded access to UNRWA and other humanitarian agencies.”UN agencies are working both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, where hundreds of thousands have fled. This week, the World Food Programme (WFP) started to distribute monthly food vouchers in Egypt to allow Syrian refugees to purchase essential items such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products. The voucher is aimed to provide the daily nutritional requirements of 2,100 kilocalories. WFP said it is aiming to reach 30,000 beneficiaries by June. read more

Global health challenges in focus at UN documentary event in New York

“Numbers alone do not tell the full story. We need compelling stories that lead to action,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, today told an audience of filmmakers, multi-media artists and civil society representatives at the Envision 2013 event in New York. The two-day event, organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the Independent Filmmaker Project, provides an opportunity for UN experts to meet with some of the most creative minds in filmmaking and new media to discuss ways of putting faces and stories to the statistics of anti-poverty efforts.This year’s focus is on global health, directly linked to three of the eight anti-poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will reach their deadline in less than 1,000 days.“We are focusing this year on reversing non-communicable diseases, maternal health and the society’s approach to aging,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP. Before today’s screening of Kief Davidson’s “Open Heart,” in which Rwandan children seek surgery far from their homes, the programme kicked off last night with a screening of the Sundance award-winning documentary “Blood Brothers.” Directed by Steve Hoover, the film follows Rocky Braat, a former graphic designer who moved to India where his life was transformed by a group of HIV/AIDS orphans.“Improving global health demands commitment from leaders, determination from partners and the engagement of global citizens. It also depends crucially on raising awareness. Those of you whose lives are dedicated to storytelling have enormous reach and impact,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last night in a message read by Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal to more than 400 participants.“Through the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative, we are working closely with the entertainment industry to spread our messages and inspire action,” the Secretary-General said noting CCOI, which is part of the Department of Public Information.The CCOI provides film, new media, television, and documentary producers around the world with access to information about the work of the UN and its priority issues, and also offers logistical advice and assistance.Producers of the 2011 film “Contagion,” for example, consulted with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) for accuracy in scripting the character and work of a WHO representative for the film. The CCOI is also behind UN Headquarter cameos in films, such as the scene in The Transformers: Dark of the Moon where one of the main characters addresses the UN General Assembly. This year’s Envision programme – supported by Pfizer and the Social Good Summit, comprised of the UN Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer and the 92nd Street Y – includes panel discussions about maternal health led by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Chief of Sexual and Reproductive Health Laura Laski, and discussions of non-communicable diseases with Gaya Gamehewage, Communications Coordinator at WHO in Geneva. In addition to the panels and film screenings, the event includes a 45-minute interactive immersive experience in which audiences are connected to a sensor data collection mechanism. As the participants make their way through the interactive theatrical production partly constructed by former foster care children, their emotional responses are measured. The experience is meant to mimic some of the challenges and pressures of being a foster care child, said Atley Loughridge, who helped create the exhibit, “My Sky is Falling,” along with Lance Weiler. read more

UN civil aviation partners set up task force to reduce risks of

The decision came at a special meeting convened earlier this week in Montreal, Canada by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), along with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO).The meeting was triggered by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July as it was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, resulting in the death of 298 passengers.“The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is unacceptable. Our organizations wish to convey our deepest condolences to the families of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic event,” the participants said in a joint statement issued after Tuesday’s meeting.“While aviation is the safest form of transport, the MH17 incident has raised troubling concerns with respect to civilian aircraft operating to, from and over conflict zones.”The meeting stressed the need for accurate and timely information and intelligence that might affect the safety of passengers and crew, while recognizing that this is a “highly complex and politically sensitive” endeavour that involves not only civil aviation regulations and procedures but also national security and intelligence gathering activities.The task force, composed of State and industry experts, will address the civil aviation and national security aspects of the challenge of ensuring that the “right information reaches the right people at the right time,” according to the statement.It was also decided at the meeting that ICAO will convene a high-level safety conference with all of its 191 member countries in February 2015. In addition, the industry has called for ICAO to address fail-safe channels for essential threat information to be made available to civil aviation authorities and industry.A UN specialized agency that was created in 1944, ICAO works with the 191 signatory States of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and global industry and aviation groups to develop international Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) which are then used by States when they develop their legally-binding national civil aviation regulations.Working in collaboration with States, the agency has set over 10,000 standards, covering issues such as air traffic services, operation of flights, environmental protection and air safety.These issues will continue to garner significant attention given that the global air transport network is projected to double in size by 2030. According to ICAO, the number of flights, currently 30 million annually, will grow to 60 million, while the total annual passengers served will rise to 6 billion from today’s 3 billion.“That poses a significant challenge,” says Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu of Nigeria, the President of the ICAO Governing Council, noting the imperative to do everything possible to help ensure the safety of flights.In an interview with the UN News Centre, Dr. Aliu said that a common misconception about ICAO is that the agency is responsible for determining air routes and deciding whether or not they are safe. “Once the routes are designed, of course in collaboration with the industry, it is the responsibility and the obligation of the State through which the route passes to undertake risk assessment, to regulate the operation on the route and to either decide to close the route or keep it open,” he explained.Especially in areas of conflict, States have the responsibility to assess the particular risks arising from the conflict and then make a decision on when and how to close the routes, he added.When incidents do happen, as in eastern Ukraine, ICAO can be called on to assist with investigating. In the wake of this month’s tragedy, accident investigation experts from ICAO went to the country to assist their Ukrainian counterparts with the official accident investigation into the loss of the Malaysia Airlines flight. Dr. Aliu explained that the sole objective of the investigation, which is not led by ICAO, is to identify the cause of an accident and to help prevent future accidents from happening. “What we do, upon request, is to assist the process, ensure that the investigation is done in line with the relevant provisions of our Convention… and to provide guidance to the States in ensuring that it’s done,” he said, adding the presence of ICAO adds credibility to the process. read more

Nearly 25000 flee Ramadi amid ISIL attacks and heavy fighting says UN

“Nothing is more important right now than helping the people fleeing Ramadi. They are in trouble and we need to do everything possible to help them,” said Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. “Thousands of people had to sleep in the open because they didn’t have places to stay. We would be able to do much more if we had the funding.”Almost 25,000 people have fled Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, following recent attacks by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and fierce fighting in the city. Most of the displaced are heading towards Baghdad, with several thousands of families fleeing for the second time in a month.In response to urgent requests from Iraqi authorities, agencies including the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have responded with the WFP distributing food and thousands of immediate response rations in several cities where internally displaced persons (IDPs) are concentrating for safety.Meanwhile, UNICEF is working with partners to distribute emergency kits, while the WHO has sent mobile health teams and ambulances to areas where the displaced are fleeing and the UNHCR is working to help assess and equip reception areas and temporary camps and UNICEF is providing mobile latrines, showers and hygiene items to IDP camps. More than 2.5 million displaced persons and refugees are receiving assistance each month from UN agencies and front-line partners. But funding for these life-saving programmes is nearly exhausted. By June, 56 health programmes will be forced to close; the majority in camps and settlements where IDPs are concentrated. In July, the food pipeline will break.“Abandoning the victims of violence is unthinkable; more has to be done,” Ms. Grande said. The United Nations will launch a humanitarian appeal for Iraq on 4 June in Brussels. The appeal includes highly prioritized programmes to meet the most urgent needs of vulnerable people in Iraq, including people who have been displaced from Ramadi.In the last month, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations have provided life-assistance to more than 130,000 people who fled Ramadi following ISIL attacks in April. Tens of thousands of kits and rations have been distributed to more than 35 locations across Anbar Governorate. read more

The results are in worlds favourite colour revealed but is it green

first_imgIt is the world’s favourite colour – but nobody can decide whether it is actually blue or green.The shade was chosen after a six month global survey and named Marrs green, after Annie Marrs, a UNESCO worker from Dundee.Miss Marrs, a fine arts graduate said she picked the shade to match the rich blue, grey and green tones which ‘dance’ on the River Tay, in her home city.The competition organised by Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and paper merchant GF Smith invited people to select their favourite shade online by hovering over an infinite palette of shades with their mouse until they landed on the colour they found most appealing. Marrs Green will now join G.F. Smith’s Colourplan range and is available for use by designers, brands and individuals. A shop selling items in the colour Marrs Green  Annie Marrs “It feels absolutely amazing. It’s an absolute privilege to have a colour named after me. It’s been a surreal experience but a very special one and quite overwhelming at times. I can see us having to redecorate.” A shop selling items in the colour Marrs Green Credit:PA Annie Marrs 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.center_img In 2015, a YouGov survey revealed that blue was the world’s favourite colour in a series of surveys covering 10 countries across four continents.The polls took place in the UK, Germany, USA, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia – in all of them, blue convincingly came out on top. Miss Marrs travelled to Hull yesterday to celebrate the launch of the new colour at a pop-up shop in the city centre, where well-known British brands such as satchels from the Cambridge Satchel Company and Anglepoise lamps were reproduced in the new colour.In a happy coincidence the colour was announced by Hull 2017 Chief Executive Martin Green.“I found out about it through a friend who showed me the website – it was like a rainbow where you simply selected your favourite colour,” said Miss Marrs, who now works as a cultural producer at Leisure & Culture Dundee.“This was back at the start of the year and I had pretty much forgotten about it until I was out on a boat on the the River Tay in my home town of Dundee, and there are all those beautiful green, blue tones – some very grey but some really bright and vibrant and deep and rich that dance in the water.  “So when I got home after being out on the water I made a cup of tea and settled down to pick that perfect shade.  I’ve always loved colours in the green / blue teal family. The results of 30,000 people across 100 countries were then combined to find out which was the most popular, and Miss Marrs’ shade was the closest to the overall consensus.But colour experts said although the shade has been called a green, it would not be incorrect to view it as a shade of blue.Peter Giles, a colour adviser at Farrow & Ball, said: “It’s almost a teal colour. We have a colour called Vardo which is more earthier compared to that but this is obviously more vibrant and bright; you could almost say it (Marrs Green) was more of an aqua colour. “It’s one of those that could be either green or blue depending on who you ask”. 33 per cent of Britons surveyed said it was their favourite colour, the highest level out of all countries listed. Even in Indonesia, where it had the fewest fans, at 23 per cent, it came top by a wide margin. Chris McManus, a professor of psychology at University College London, said: “Colours are notoriously tricky, particularly on computer screens, and so it may well look different on one compared with another.”Colours are described as ‘focal’ when they are the typical reds, or yellows or blues, that everyone agrees about, but there are others which literally are on the borderline. A dash more blue and it is blue, a dash more green and it green. “What is clear is that it is quite nice.  But whether that is just novelty or something more specific about it is unclear. The world expert on colour preference is Steve Palmer in California, and he shows that colours are strongly preferred mainly because they are associated with things that are preferred.”Caroline Till,  Editor of Viewpoint Colour Magazine, due to a yearning for the harmony of nature: “In these uncertain times, where political and social upheaval has become the norm, we crave the calming tranquility of green and its association with the reassuring certainty of nature’s cycles”last_img read more

One of the heroes with two injuries MLijewski HSV I will play

HSV HandballMarcin Lijewski HSV made a great step towards winning the most important trophy in handball – EHF Champions League. Polish right back, Marcin Lijewski (37) was one of the key player, despite he was without substitution and played injured in the last part of the match. Last 60 minutes waiting for the history…– Although we scored 39 goals tonight, I think that our strong defence was a decisive factor tonight. We stopped their key players during the first half and then it was much easier to play. I have two injuries, right knee and a muscle on my left leg, but I will definitely play tomorrow. We will try to get some rest tonight and to prepare for the final tomorrow – says Lijewski. ← Previous Story Outstanding Duvnjak lead HSV to the Final! Next Story → Romania and Spain make their way towards 2013 Women’s World Championship read more

Justice has never been served Accusers voice their anger at Jeffrey Epstein

first_img‘Justice has never been served’: Accusers voice their anger at Jeffrey Epstein in court A judge ruled that the women involved in the case should have their voices heard in court. By Associated Press 15,865 Views Alleged victim of Epstein Teala Davies, right, with lawyer Gloria Allred outside court. https://jrnl.ie/4784976 Alleged victim of Epstein Teala Davies, right, with lawyer Gloria Allred outside court. Image: Louis Lanzano UPI/PA Images IN A NEW York courtroom today, 16 women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein expressed their anger at the deceased billionaire and labelled him a “coward” and a “manipulator”. “He robbed me of my dreams, of my chance to pursue a career I adored,” said Jennifer Araoz, who has accused Epstein of raping her in his New York mansion when she was a 15-year-old aspiring actress.The hearing was convened by US District Judge Richard Berman, who presided over the case after federal prosecutors had Epstein arrested last month.The question before the judge was whether to throw out the indictment because of the defendant’s death, a usually routine step undertaken without a hearing. But the judge offered Epstein’s accusers an extraordinary opportunity to speak in court.US financier Epstein was found dead on 10 August in a federal jail in Manhattan as he awaited trial charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.A coroner ruled that he died by suicide.Over the years, the financier was known to have met with politicians, socialites and celebrities, including Donald Trump before he was president and Bill Clinton. Britain’s Prince Andrew, meanwhile, has said he had no knowledge of Epstein’s behaviour.‘Justice has never been served’In opening the session, the judge called the 66-year-old Epstein’s suicide a “rather stunning turn of events”.He defended his decision to let the women speak, saying: “Public hearings … promote transparency and provide the court with insights and information that the court might otherwise not be aware of.”In addition to the women who spoke in court today, statements from over a dozen others were read in court by their lawyers.Repeatedly, the women described themselves as survivors and said they hoped coming forward would help other women.“He is a coward,” said Courtney Wild, who has said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Florida at 14. “Justice has never been served in this case.”“The fact I will never have a chance to face my predator in court eats away at me,” Araoz said.Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said she was a 15-year-old working at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club when she was recruited to perform sex acts on Epstein, told the court: “My hopes were quickly dashed and my dreams were stolen.”Sarah Ransome, who said Epstein pressured her into sex when she was in her early 20s, encouraged federal prosecutors in their effort to go after those who helped the financier in his pursuit of victims, saying, “Finish what you started. … We are survivors, and the pursuit of justice should not abate.”Several of the women chose to testify anonymously, including one who said she was 15 when she was flown to Epstein’s New Mexico ranch. While molesting her, he was also “explaining to me how beneficial the experience was for me and how he was helping me grow,” she said.With reporting from Sean Murray Share6 Tweet Email center_img Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 9:30 PM Aug 27th 2019, 9:30 PM 21 Comments Image: Louis Lanzano UPI/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres How To Get A Pair Of Snapchat Spectacles

first_imgStay on target Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Snapchat Spectacles look like a heck of a lot of fun. Maybe you’d like to see to see what all the hype is about and try a pair out. Here’s how you can get your hands on a pair.It’s not as simple as searching for them on Amazon and dropping them in your cart, unfortunately. Snap, Inc. is making a bit of a game out of Spectacle distribution for now. If you want a pair that you don’t have to give back, you’ll need to find a Snapbot.This is a Snapbot:It’s a cutesy little vending machine that dispenses Spectacles.Where do you find a Snapbot? You’ll have to keep a close eye on the Spectacles website to find that out. Every two days they move the Snapbot to a different location. They’ll start counting down 24 hours before the next move is announced.If you just want to play with a pair, there are companies that will be more than happy to rent you a pair. Both Lumoid and Joymode are offering Spectacle rentals.A three-day rental from Lumoid will set you back $60, though you can save 5% by signing up for their newsletter. Hey, three bucks is three bucks, and you a can always use a disposable address or unsubscribe later.Joymode’s rate is substantially lower. For $40 they’ll let you use a pair of Spectacles for four days. That’s a lot more bang for your buck, but you’ll only be able to take advantage if you live in the LA area in a corridor between Santa Monica and Pasadena.Or you could always just go order a pair of creeper shades from Aliexpress for $30 or so and post your surreptitious snaps manually. Your call.last_img read more

Insta360 Evo is a foldable 3D camera

first_imgThe Insta360 Evo is a 3D camera that folds into a 360 camera. Aloysius Low/CNET Shenzhen-based Insta360 makes pretty darn good and affordable 360-degree cameras. Its latest Insta360 Evo is no different, but with a clever twist.Instead of being a just a 360-degree camera, the Evo’s default mode places both cameras side by side to take 3D pictures. To convert it into a 3D camera, you just need to unlock the catch and fold it, turning it into a cube-shaped 360 camera.It’s clever and I loved the design, as it adds versatility to what would normally just be a 3D camera, as well as take advantage of Insta360’s capabilities in 360 shooting.insta360-evo-04Look Ma, I’m a changed camera! Aloysius Low/CNET The Evo shoots at up to 5.7K at 30 frames per second with its f/2.2 dual cameras. Other shooting modes are also available, such as 4K at 30 or 50fps, or 3,008×1,504 pixels at 100fps. It can also take 18-megapixel photos. There’s built-in six-axis gyroscopic stabilization and it uses Insta360’s software-based FlowState stabilization for super smooth video.I’ve been giving the camera a spin over a few days, and came away impressed. You can also share 3D vidoes to FacebookBut even then, unless you’re a pro at the cross-eyed technique for viewing 3D images, it’s hard to view the images in three dimensions without a Google Cardboard, an Oculus Go or a Samsung Gear VR. HTC Vive Focus support will be added soon.insta360-evo-05The HoloFrame case slips over the display to let you view 3D images and videos. Aloysius Low/CNET If you’re viewing the 3D images on a phone, Insta360 has come up with a cool solution called HoloFrame. It’s a transparent $30 iPhone case that you pop over the display. The Insta360 app than uses eye-tracking technology to display a 3D image, with the phone case helping convert the screen to 3D.It’s currently available for the iPhone X, XS, XS Max and XR, with versions for the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9+ and Note 8 coming soon. It sounds great, and the good news is that it works. While earlier firmware had issues with video playback, in particularly objects doubling up on the screen even after calibration, a new update fixes all of these problems and delivers quite a perfect experience that wowed me. HoloFrame is a clever yet simple way to add 3D viewing to a normal phone, even if 3D content is almost dead. You can also use Google Cardboard to watch 3D videos and photos. Retailing at $420 and available to order now, the Insta360 is lots of fun if you’re looking to try something different with 3D, while still shooting 360-degree video and pictures. Originally published March 14Updates, 21 March 03:30 a.m.: Added new impressions of HoloFrame.Quick specsPhoto resolution: 18 megapixelsVideo: 5,760×2,880-pixel resolution at 30fps, 3,840×1,920 at 50fps, 3,840×1,920 at 30fps, 3,008×1, 504 at 100fpsWeight: 113g Battery: 1,200-mAhConnectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE 0 Preview • Google Cardboard 2 is here with support for iOS and easier assembly Google Cardboard Review • Google Cardboard is an inexpensive ticket to the world of virtual reality Share your voicecenter_img Tags Post a comment Video Cameras Google Samsunglast_img read more

Newest megaship docks in Juneau for the first time

first_imgThe Norwegian Bliss prepares to disembark from Juneau on June 5, 2018. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)The newest megaship to ply Alaska waters arrived in Juneau for the first time on Tuesday.Listen nowThe 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss was specially designed for sailing in Alaska and will be making weekly stops in Juneau through the season.Complete with rooftop water slides, a go-kart track and up to 1,700 crew, the 1,000-foot vessel may be the largest cruise ship ever to call in Juneau.This was the third Norwegian Cruise Line voyage for passengers Tonya and Anthony Biondo from Las Vegas.They got going a bit late this morning. The ship was only scheduled to dock for a little over six hours.“We shopped. If we had more time we would have gone and seen the glaciers,” Tonya Biondo said. “Not enough time.”Brian Holst, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council,  said he’s heard concerns about the short port calls from some businesses.“We encourage them to change the schedule for next year,” Holst said. “We have heard that concern and being the largest vessel here in Juneau visiting Alaska it would be better certainly for everyone involved if they could find a way to spend more time in our port.”Holst said seeing ships like the Norwegian Bliss bode extremely well for the future of tourism in Alaska.More than 1.1 million cruise ship passengers are projected to disembark in Juneau this year.last_img read more

Adityanath to meet TCS COO will it bring good news to Lucknow

first_img Close After reports of Tata Consultancy Services planning to shut down its Lucknow office emerged, creating panic among its employees, the Uttar Pradesh government has urged the IT giant to put its plan on hold until Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets the firm’s chief operating officer to discuss the matter.Adityanath will reportedly meet TCS’ COO NG Subramaniam after August 10 and will speak to him regarding the firm’s decision to shut down Lucknow operations. A government official told the Hindustan Times that the message was passed on to the IT firm “through a proper channel,” but did not explain what the channel was.The employees in Lucknow were reportedly told about TCS’ decision by their team leaders in Wednesday, July 12, and about 2,000 IT employees – 50 percent of them women – are now in limbo.It was said that the processes functioning out of the Lucknow office were likely to be shifted to other cities such as Noida and Indore. The employees of the Lucknow office, whose future now seems uncertain, had written to Adityanath requesting an intervention in the matter, after which TCS has been urged to put its decision on hold.The IT sector is already witnessing tough times with reported mass layoffs and lesser hiring and TCS shutting down the Lucknow office will only add to the woes. Due to this fear, some employees have reportedly also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma seeking help. A man walks out of the office of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, IndiaReutersThe employees also organised a candle light protest on Tuesday, July 18, against the firm’s plans.”Lucknow is on way to becoming the next information technology (IT) hub in Uttar Pradesh after Noida but if TCS shifts base to Noida, no company will opt to come to Lucknow as they will be sceptical of investing in the state capital. The exit of TCS will send a wrong signal to other software giants who were planning to set up base in Lucknow,” an employee told HT on condition of anonymity.While there was much confusion on why TCS had decided to take this step, the IT giant, which has been operating in the city for about 33 years said in a statement: “The Lucknow centre had less than 1000 employees. It was not a convenient place for client related work. TCS is looking to consolidate its operations in Uttar Pradesh and the current Lucknow workforce will shift its operations to Noida and Varanasi. All employees will be relocated, no one will be fired.”Additionally, sources also told News18 that the company wasn’t making profits in the city and it did not make sense in terms of business to carry on with operations at the facility. The rent for the campus at Awadh Park in the Vibhuti Khand area of Gomti Nagar also seems to be an issue as the lease for it expired in May. The company and the builder reportedly couldn’t agree on the new lease terms and the contract has now been extended for just another 11 months. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 …center_img IT majors to lay off at least 56,000 employees this yearlast_img read more