first_imgzoomIllustration. Image by WMN Lloyd’s Register (LR) has signed an agreement with several companies for a joint development project (JDP) to design an LNG-fueled very large crude carrier (VLCC).The agreement was inked with China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), CNOOC Gas and Power Group, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC), and GazTransport and Technigaz SA (GTT).As explained, the JDP will evaluate design options for an LNG-powered VLCC that uses a prismatic GTT Mark III membrane LNG tank.The scope of the JDP includes reviewing solutions to minimize construction costs for LNG-fueled ships, while ensuring operational flexibility and efficiency, with the location of tanks as well as tank sizes to allow for round trip voyages under consideration.LR said it would conduct a risk assessment and review the design in accordance with the latest regulatory requirements and ensure it meets LR’s rules to issue an approval in principle.“With serials of new technology development projects such as sail-assisted VLCC, intelligent VLCC and LNG-fuelled VLCC R&D etc, CMES is taking the positive response together with other participating units in the implementation of the international ecological and environmental protection,” Wang Yongxin, President – CMES, said, adding that this shows the fulfillment of social responsibilities to accelerate the application of green technologies to merchant ships.“Considering round trip LNG fuel capacity will allow a shipowner to bunker at the cheapest location. Implementing GTT’s Mark III tank for a dual-fuel VLCC will combine endurance with full cargo capacity,” Adnan Ezzarhouni, General Manager of GTT China, explained.“With the global marine industry looking towards carbon reduction and ultimately decarbonisation, this JDP marks an important milestone in the journey that the industry is now taking,” Mark Darley, LR’s North Asia President, commented.“Through this JDP we look forward to jointly working with the key stakeholders in this innovative development proposed to bring technological advancements to the industry.”last_img read more

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsJust a few months after announcing a framework to negotiate with northern Ontario First Nations to develop the Ring of Fire a “number” of chiefs are concerned the provincial government is failing to honour the deal by simultaneously working towards issuing exploration permits to mining companies, APTN National News has learned.At least one of the nine Matawa First Nations involved in the talks has written the province asking them to stop the pending permits while talks are underway and without consulting them first.“We strongly oppose the approach that your government has taken on this matter and would strongly advise that we sit down immediately…,” wrote Chief Peter Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation in this letter dated Sept. 5. “Failure to do so would be an unjustified infringement upon our Aboriginal, treaty and custodial rights.”According to the letter, the issuance of two exploration permits on Neskantaga land are pending that would allow mining companies to determine if the land is worth of an operational mine.But Bob Rae, the negotiator for the Matawa First Nations, said Neskantaga isn’t the only First Nation with concerns.“A number of Matawa chiefs have already been in touch with the government directly,” said Rae in an interview with APTN.The proposed issuing of these permits is scheduled to be discussed next week between Rae and the Matawa chiefs.Rae said as far as he knows the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has yet to issue any permits.“I think its something the government is considering and I think they’re considering it on the basis that its part of the ongoing work of the ministry. The Matawa chiefs have a different view,” said Rae.In March, the government and Matawa First Nations called the regional framework a “historic” moment in the Ring of Fire negotiations.Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle said at the time “together” the province and First Nations were “moving forward on realizing the Ring of Fire’s potential and making important advancements on regional, environmental and economic developments.”APTN asked Gravelle’s office for comment. A spokesman said they would provide answers to questions sent by email later in the day.The framework calls for “mutual” respect, understanding, participation and accountability.Rae said how the business as usual approach will affect the framework remains to be seen.“In terms of what impact it has on the framework that is obliviously something we’re going to be discussing with the government,” said Rae.As for Neskantaga the government is failing the framework by looking to issue permits without consulting.“Neskantaga First Nation makes the assertion that Ontario is failing to deal with Neskantaga on a government to government basis and therefore reminds Ontario of its commitment under the Regional Framework Agreement,” Moonias wrote outlining the framework line-by-line.The Ring of Fire, located 540 kmnortheast of Thunder Bay, is one of the most significant mineral regions in Ontario, according to the province’s website.Estimates peg it to be worth $60 billion and includes the largest deposit of chromite ever discovered in North America. Chromite is a key ingredient of stainless steel.There’s also large amounts of nickel, copper and platinum.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: afixedaddresslast_img read more

first_imgThroughout epochs, literature has been a reflection of humanity, portraying the real complexities of human conflict, values, customs and traditions. In the modern era, chronicles have become an integral part of history. It has not only helped us understand our past but has also widened the scope of study of human existence and its connection with our day-to-day life. In perspective, exalted human values and the contradictions within have helped us learn life lessons. Any text or a piece of history can meet both rapturous praise and protracted criticism at the same time. It is thus, important to make conscious decisions about one’s work, keeping sustainable standards of quality and perception. The rigours of chronicling history are actually many. From authenticity, expression, understanding, manifestation, and individual preferences and connotations juxtaposed with popular beliefs and ideologies along with administrative acceptance the task can be pretty challenging. More so, if it is in the backdrop of a political event. But as we know, both history and literature are inseparable. As is politics. And, it is important for the writer not only to write but to write well. Indian writers have lately been bestowed upon with a new responsibility. It is not only about their writings and opinions anymore but they are now being subjected to preserve what many call “the climate of free expression” in India. The global writers’ body recently came up with its annual report where it mentions how “the climate of fear” has extended itself to “some campuses too, where student activism is curbed, professors are not being invited, textbooks are withdrawn, and academic freedom is under threat…Silencing the media through violent means signals the breakdown of a functioning democracy,” it reads. “The report illustrates the varied ways in which critical voices are targeted and silenced. It highlights directed attacks online and offline; the systematic stifling of academic research and freedom; and the continued marginalisation of and hostility towards women’s voices.” Several of these ‘urban Naxals’ are prominent thinkers, writers, journalists and social activists who are fighting for human rights and world peace. Such names include doctor and social activist Narendra Dabholkar, Left politician Govind Pansare, academician M M Kalburgi and renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh. Several authors have returned literary honours awarded to them by the Sahitya Akademi to express sympathy for all dissenters who live in constant fear and uncertainty. In the upcoming elections, it will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s real test for his vaunted ability to shape public narratives in the context of his impregnable administration.last_img read more

Rabat – The former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Bin Hamad Al-Thani died on Sunday evening, the Qatar Emiri Court announced tonight. He was 84. The Emir of Qatar Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has ordered a three-day mourning period, the Court said in statement carried by Qatar News Agency, QNA.Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad is the grand-father of Qatar’s current Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad. The deceased ruled the state of Qatar since its independence in 1972 until 1995.

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Thursday as solid labour data from the U.S. helped traders get used to the idea that the Federal Reserve may start cutting back its monetary stimulus early in the new year.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,475.33 +45.32 0.34%S&P 500 — 1,795.85 +14.48 0.81%Dow — 16,009.99 +109.17 0.69%Nasdaq — 3,969.15 +47.88 1.22%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 45.32 points to 13,475.33, held back by gold stocks as Fed tapering concerns continued to punish bullion prices.The Canadian dollar fell 0.67 of a cent 95.05 cents US.The greenback gained ground against other currencies in the wake of the release of the minutes of the last Fed meeting which showed that the central bank would likely start tapering its bond purchases in “coming months” if the job market improved further. Fed members also weighed the possibility of slowing the US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases even without clear evidence of a strengthening job market.New York markets were higher amid data showing the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest since September.First-time applications for benefits dropped by 21,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000. The number of applications, which is a proxy for how many workers are being laid off, is now near where it was before the Great Recession.The Dow Jones industrials closed above the 16,000-mark for the first time, running ahead 109.17 points to 16,009.99. The Nasdaq was ahead 47.88 points to 3,969.15 while the S&P 500 index rose 14.48 points to 1,795.85.Markets lost ground Wednesday following the release of the Fed minutes with traders caught unaware by their content.Janet Yellen, who is slated to become the next Fed chairman, had expressed strong support for low interest rate and bond buying policies aimed at stimulating U.S. growth during her confirmation hearing last week.“So then you get into this well, who is really in charge and are we getting the right message?” asked Wes Mills, chief investment officer at ScotiaMcLeod Portfolio Advisory Group.“The markets were already a little overextended, people were getting nervous for a variety of reasons. This comes out, some hot money bails and they think about it overnight and think, I guess it wasn’t that different.”The central bank’s monthly purchase of bonds has kept long-term rates low and pushed investors into stocks, underpinning substantial gains on many markets this year.But those long-term rates were on the rise Thursday with the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note continuing to climb as investors sold bonds. The yield was 2.79%, down 0.01 of a point from late Wednesday, after rising to around 2.84% earlier in the day.On the commodity markets, January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.59 to US$95.44 a barrel. The energy sector led gainers, rising almost one%. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) rose 51 cents to C$31.13.Industrials were ahead 0.9% with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) ahead $3.24 to $157.07.Telecoms were also positive with Telus (TSX:T) ahead 27 cents to $37.34.The base metals sector was up 0.31% with December copper up three cents to US$3.19 a pound.The gold sector led decliners, down 0.8% as December bullion shed $14.40 to US$1,243.60 an ounce, its lowest close since early July. Kinross Gold (TSX:K) slipped six cents to C$4.90.On the corporate front, Target Corp.’s (NYSE:TGT) third-quarter net income dropped 47%, stung by costs related to its expansion into Canada. Its adjusted profit beat analysts’ estimates, but revenue fell short. The department store operator also lowered its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.Target earned US$341 million, or 54 cents per share. Removing Canada-related expansion costs and other items, earnings were 84 cents per share, 20 cents ahead of estimates and its shares fell US$2.30 to US$64.19.Clothing maker Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL) fell $1.70 or 3.3% to $49.60. The company, which reports in U.S. currency, estimated it will have between $3 and $3.10 per share of adjusted earnings and $2.35 billion of revenue for the year ending next September. Analysts had been expecting 2014 adjusted earnings would climb to $3.14 per share with $2.38 billion of revenue.Gildan, which posted quarterly adjusted earnings that met estimates and revenue that beat, also said it is boosting its quarterly dividend by 20% to 10.8 cents per share.TOP STORIESThomson family tops list of Canada’s richest yet again as net worth jumps 30% to $26.1B since last yearCan bitcoin ever become more than just a fringe currency?How to play the great Canadian energy super-spendBLAME CANADA! Expansion north is proving a millstone around Target’s neckSuncor Energy boosts 2014 capital spending plans to $7.8B, sees 14% growth in oil sands productionWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (Oct.): Economists expect a decline of 0.1% from the month before, 0.8% year over year Retail sales: Economists expect a 0.3% gain CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESPetSmart Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 86¢ a share read more

The Council President for the month of August, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia, said in a press statement that government authority, including the deployment of a robust police presence, must extend throughout the country before conditions for balloting can be obtained. In addition, Council members stressed that the Government of Sierra Leone and other partners must develop a fully working strategy for conducting the elections as soon as conditions permit, Ambassador Valdivieso said. The members also looked forward to seeing “as soon as possible” an outline of plans by the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) to support the process.Council members “noted the moratorium on diamond mining announced by the Government of Sierra Leone and RUF [Revolutionary United Front] and encouraged the Government to come forward with a long-term strategy for managing the diamond districts,” the President said. Ambassador Valdivieso’s statement followed a closed-door briefing on the situation in Sierra Leone by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Hédi Annabi, who noted that since the current disarmament exercise began on 18 May, more than 13,000 combatants have been disarmed, while the RUF has released more than 1,100 children.At the same time, Mr. Annabi pointed to logistical constraints facing the mission, including challenges in transporting combatants to disarmament centres, as impediments to the disarmament efforts.On the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Mr. Annabi noted an appeal from Secretary-General Kofi Annan to donors to disburse pledges for the Court and to propose candidates for a prosecutor.Supporting this call in his statement, Ambassador Valdivieso said Council members “underlined the importance of donors quickly fulfilling existing pledges as well as the need for new contributions.” He also welcomed the UN Secretariat’s intention to send a planning mission to the country, and emphasized that work on the Court must be done in close collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is helping to organize a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Sierra Leone. read more

The Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-7-5, 1-3-2) earned the sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament after falling, 2-0, to No. 16 Wisconsin in the team’s regular season finale Friday. The loss on the Badgers’ senior night snapped a five-game unbeaten streak for the Buckeyes, who finished the regular season winning three of their last four matches.Buckeye coach John Bluem said he hopes the team learned that it needs to match the physical intensity of its opponents if it wants to play and get a win.“They physically dominated us, they were more aggressive than we were and they played harder than we played,” he said. “In most of the games this year, especially when we started playing better, it’s when we started matching the other team’s physical aggressiveness.”Although the Buckeyes began the match aggressive, taking the first shot and forcing the first three corner kick opportunities, a first-half goal by the Badgers (13-3-2, 4-2-0) halted Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov’s four-game, 445-minute spell of not allowing a goal. The goal came in the 23rd minute of play when Wisconsin redshirt-senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro scored off a diving header from the far post, after connecting with Badger sophomore midfielder Drew Connor. The goal was Zadro’s fourth of the season.The Buckeyes tried to fight back, firing two shots of their own in the following six minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net. At the half, the Badgers had outshot the Buckeyes, 6-5.The Badgers added to their lead with a second-half goal midway through the 71st minute. Badger senior forward Nick Janus finished off a knockdown from an OSU defender, squeaking it past Ivanov into the right side of the net. The goal gave the Badgers a 2-0 cushion, eventually leading to the victory.Despite leaving Madison, Wis., with a loss, Ivanov said the team was able to learn some last-minute things about itself before heading into the conference tournament.“I think we learned that obviously, when we’re sharper than that, we usually play a lot better than we did,” Ivanov said. “We didn’t have that extra fiery edge that we usually do, and we all know collectively that we’re better than the performance we had.”Buckeye senior defender Sage Gardner said the way the team prepared for Wisconsin proves to him that the team can play at the same level of play as any team in the conference.“I think Wisconsin was a little fluke for us — we definitely got out-hustled and out-muscled playing up at Wisconsin for their senior night,” he said. “I think it was kind of a tough situation for us and I don’t think we responded well, but I think the way we’ve been ending the season the way we’re moving upwards is a positive.”Wisconsin finished the match outshooting OSU, 14-7, but Ivanov was able to gather six saves, propelling him into seventh place for single-season saves in OSU history with 101 on the season.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 18 Michigan State in the first round of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The teams met earlier in the season, playing to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. read more

first_img“I am not calling for anything at the moment until we have seen exactly what Sir Richard says, but it must be an option for the IPCC to go after pensions,” Mr Proctor told the Daily Telegraph.The force is widely expected to be attacked over their handling of allegations against Mr Proctor and several other high profile cases as the summary findings of Sir Richard’s report are published this week.Sir Bernard, Assistant Commissioner Pat Gallan and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse, who were in overall charge of the flawed Operation Midland inquiry, are understood to be in line to bear some blame.The report is likely to criticise a raid by 20 officers on the home of Lord Bramall, 92, former chief of the general staff, and his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s and has since died. 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. More than 10 officers also raided the London home of Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, several months after his death while another team spent two days searching his house and garden near Leyburn in North Yorkshire.Sir Bernard’s decision to quit after agreeing a contract extension was announced just weeks before Sir Richard’s report was sent to Scotland Yard.The summary findings of the internal inquiry are due to be published on Tuesday.Mr Proctor added: “I made it clear he should never have got another year in the first place and as it turns out he has has served only half that time.”Why did he accept the one year contract extension if he was planning to leave? Clearly he went once he knew which way the wind was blowing.”Mr Proctor, who is also calling for the full report to be made public, said other parties will call for the IPCC to investigate if the Met Police fail to do so this week.Sir Richard, a former High Court judge, was asked by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met commissioner, to examine the way in which Operation Midland had been handled after it collapsed amid controversy in March this year having cost almost £2m.The claims of a Westminster paedophile ring were based on the word of one claimant, known only as “Nick”, who named a number of VIPs.After 16 months of investigation the police admitted that there was no evidence to support the claims and apologised to Bramall. Harvey ProctorCredit:Paul Grovercenter_img The Metropolitan Police Commissioner will resign before facing any censure over the disastrous VIP child abuse inquiry, it has emerged as senior officers face severe criticism in a scathing report.The police watchdog is expected to be powerless to punish Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe before his retirement in February as investigators will not have time to follow up Sir Richard Henriques’ findings.Harvey Proctor,  the former MP investigated and eventually cleared over the “witch-hunt”, said the Independent Police Complaints Commission should instead be given powers to potentially scrap his pension. Harvey Proctorlast_img read more

first_imgMr Cleasby said: “She did meet the person she believed to be Drew on a number of occasions. They would kiss intimately on the lips and on one occasion the defendant put her hands down the girl’s trousers.”Johnson, of Middlesbrough, also convinced another girl to send pictures of herself in her underwear by posing as a second boy called “Nathan”.Mr Cleasby said that she first befriended the girl online with the fake teenage boy persona.He added: “After a short while Nathan started private messaging the girl and the conversation began to have a sexual undertone, with the defendant persuading the girl to to send pictures of herself dressed in underwear. The pictures were sent as the girl believed she was in a relationship with a boy of the same age.”The third victim was 12 when she was contacted online by “Drew” late in 2015. Mr Cleasby said Johnson flattered her and arranged for a date.He said: “The girl would be excited about the prospect of a date and would spend time doing her make-up and hair and selecting clothes.”However, on these occasions Drew would not turn up and Johnson made herself available to the heartbroken girl as a shoulder to cry on. The girl would be excited about the prospect of a date and would spend time doing her make-up and hair and selecting clothesProsecutor Paul Cleasby Johnson admitted four counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming in the guise of a boy, four counts of assault by penetration, causing child pornography and perverting the course of justice by deleting information from social media accounts and deliberately destroying a SIM card.Michelle Turner, mitigating, said that Johnson had been through family upheaval from the age of eight when she was “passed from pillar to post”.Ms Turner said: “She accepts the majority of the prosecution case. She is socially isolated, exceptionally immature and is vulnerable in her own right.”Jailing Johnson for nine years, Judge Howard Crowson said: “I consider this was deliberate, well planned, targeted abuse of young girls. The case reveals a clear ability to manipulate and construct plausible lies which deceived the girls. It is unusual only because you are female, this type of offending is more often carried out my males.” Mr Cleasby said: “This was a sophisticated grooming process employed by the defendant to get closer to the girl.”Having gained her trust using Drew as bait, Johnson went on to abuse the girl between December 2015 and June 2016.Johnson backed up her false male personas with a host of other characters, posing online as Drew’s father and other family members. In one elaborate hoax to gain sympathy and trust from two of her victims, she said Drew’s younger sister had died and even wore black clothes when she met them, claiming to have been at her funeral.center_img A promising woman footballer who tricked young girls into sexual acts by dressing as a teenage boy has been jailed for nine years.Chantelle Johnson, who was on the books of Middlesbrough FC Ladies, created the online persona of 13-year-old Drew and convinced the youngsters, who were aged 12 and 13, that he was besotted with them.Johnson, 19, would eventually turn the online chat to sexual matters and arranged to meet the girls, where she wore boyish clothes, no make-up and pulled a hoody tightly around her head to reveal only her face, a court heard.Late last year, she kissed and intimately touched one of her three victims, a girl aged 13, while dressed in her guise of Drew, Teesside Crown Court was told. Prosecutor Paul Cleasby said:”The girl believed she was in a relationship with a male called Drew who told her he was 13 years old. The contact had started via Instagram with the defendant messaging the girl giving her compliments on how she looked.”Due to this flattery the girl began communicating with the character Drew on a daily basis and within a few days Drew tells her that he wants to be in a relationship with her.”Having lured the child into the early stages of a relationship the defendant began turning the conversation to matters of a sexual nature.”The defendant, under the guise of Drew, told the child he wanted to penetrate her vagina digitally and asked whether the child would want this. The child said she was too young.”However, after persistent grooming, the girl agreed to meet “Drew” and on each occasion Johnson wore a hood to disguise her long hair. 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.last_img read more

first_imgA FIREARM AND six pocket knives were taken from a man who was acting violently and was arrested in Dundalk on Monday night.The incident happened when gardaí were responding to a public order call at Barrack Street in the town at about 7pm.Upon arriving at the scene, gardaí say the 33-year-old man became violently aggressive and was arrested.A search of the bag the man was carrying was found to contain a firearm. Six folding locking knives were also seized during the course of the incident.The firearm was taken by gardaí for forensic analysis and the man is still being held at Dundalk Garda Station.He is being held Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act normnally employed in cases of explosives, firearms or subversive offences.Read: Cannabis, heroin, cocaine and a sawn-off shotgun seized in Leixlip >Read: Sawn-off shotgun and ammunition found stashed in Offaly graveyard >last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,840 Views Short URL Image: Shutterstock/MaraZe Dec 5th 2016, 8:42 AM Image: Shutterstock/MaraZe Monday 5 Dec 2016, 8:42 AM EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #WATERFORD: Post-mortems are due to be carried out on the bodies of three men who were killed in a car crash in Waterford yesterday morning.2. #RESIGNATION: New Zealand’s prime minister John Key has stunned the nation by resigning suddenly.3. #ITALY: Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has also resigned after he suffered a crushing defeat in a referendum.4. #ARDMORE: Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the iconic Ardmore Studios in Bray to be saved.5. #PATRONAGE: Educate Together is applying for patronage for four new national schools set to open in 2017 and 2018.6. #CHRISTMAS COSTS: Irish households will spend an average of €2,587 this December, according to a report from a retail group published today.7. #CALIFORNIA: The death toll has risen to 33 after a fire broke out at a warehouse rave in Oakland.8. #SMOG: India officially has the filthiest air on the planet. We travelled over there to see what it was like for ourselves.9. #GRIDLOCK: There are severe traffic delays in Dublin after a crash between a bus and a truck Memorial Bridge at the IFSC. Share1 Tweet Email The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your week. No Comments By Cormac Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Google+ Twitter Pinterest FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events WhatsApp During Smackdown Live on Tuesday, NXT star Nikki Cross made her main roster debut answering an open challenge from Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.Excerpt courtesy of Roy Nemer’s live Smackdown recap:Becky says she was not hand picked like her but here she is. She wasn’t meant to main event but here she is. She wasn’t meant to be the talk of the entire industry but here she is. Becky says at Survivor Series, Ronda will know that it’s not her respect she is going after but it’s her arm. She doesn’t care if Ronda is the baddest bitch on the planet because she will make Ronda her bitch. Becky says she is so fired up, she wants to fight right now. She calls anyone out. Out comes NXT star Nikki Cross with SAnitY.Nikki gets on the microphone and tells Becky she will play with her. Becky says the champion doesn’t play, the champion fights.Lynch would go on to defeat Cross via submission in a non-title match.last_img read more

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROA series of shootings in the city left four people dead after a violent Labor Day in Baltimore.While many people were enjoying a three-day weekend, Baltimore Homicide Detectives were investigating four separate shootings that took place in South Baltimore.According to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), the first report of a shooting came in at 7:15 a.m. Monday (Sept. 4) morning. When officers arrived, they found a man at the intersection of Edmondson Avenue and Lyndhurst Street in the Edmondson Village community of Southwest Baltimore.(AP Photo)The unidentified man suffered from a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead on the scene. Due to pending notification of next of kin, the man’s name has not been released.About six hours later, in the 1600 block of N. Ellwood Ave., in the Ellwood Park neighborhood, officers found an adult male who suffered from “multiple upper body” gunshot wounds.The 26-year old man was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.His identity has not been released as of press time.Around 5:00 p.m., another man, 24-years old, was found in the Curtis Bay community in the 3800 block of Fairhaven Avenue.That individual was shot in the torso while driving and later died at an area hospital. Witnesses told detectives they heard gunshots and then heard the victim’s car crash into parked vehicles on the street.By the end of the night, at around 11:00 p.m., detectives responded to a report for yet another shooting in the 1600 block of Eager St. A 21-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to the head and was pronounced dead sometime later at an area hospital.Homicide detectives are still working to establish motives in all of these cases. So far, BPD has no one is in custody for any of the Labor Day homicides.Anyone with information about any of the above homicides, is asked to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.last_img read more

first_img Print Friendly Version The Cardinals opened the 2019 season with a 2-0 record.  The Cardinals posted a 2-1 win over Ohio State on Thursday night and a 3-0 win over Morehead State on Sunday night. The Billikens are led in scoring by Sophia Denison and Hannah Friedrich with one goal each. Goalkeeper Kasey Hartmann owns a 1-1 record on the season with a 1.00 goals against average.  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville women’s soccer team will host Saint Louis on Thursday night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium at 7:30 p.m.  Saint Louis is led by Katie Shields in her seventh season with St. Louis.  She holds a 69-40-10 record with the Billikens.  Story Links Live Stats center_img ACCNX Watch Link Head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes is in her 20th season with the Cardinals. She has led Louisville to five NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. SERIES HISTORY Saint Louis leads the series 9-2 over the Cardinals. Louisville has won the last two meetings against the Billikens.  Both 2-0 wins during the 2009 and 2010 season.  Louisville owns a 1-3 record against Saint Louis at home.     SCOUTING SAINT LOUISSt. Louis enters the matchup against Louisville with a 1-1 overall record.  The Billikens defeated Indiana State 2-1 while falling to Notre Dame 1-0 in the season opener.  Maisie Whitsett leads the Cardinals with two goals for four points.  Arianna Ferraro leads the Cardinals with two assists. Junior keeper Gabby Kouzelos has a 2-0 record in goal with one shutout.  She owns a .500 goals against average to start the season.  last_img read more

first_imgIn 1997, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed by three Yemenis who claimed the Red Planet was theirs and NASA was exploring it without authorization or proper consent from its rightful landowners. “Sojourner and Pathfinder, which are owned by the United States government, landed on Mars and began exploring it without informing us or seeking our approval,” the wronged men declared for the Arabic-language weekly newspaper Al-Thawri, several days after they had filed an official complaint to the country’s prosecutor general in Sana’a, Yemen.Pathfinder and Sojourner at JPL in October 1996, being ‘folded’ into its launch position.“We inherited the planet from our ancestors 3,000 years ago,” the men declared. And as absurd as it may sound, they allegedly had “evidence” to support their claim.Adam Ismail, Mustafa Khalil, and Abdullah al-Umari made the headlines that summer after their formal petition, asking NASA to suspend all operations on “their planet” was reported by CNN on July 24, 1997.Mars in natural colour in 2007. Photo by ESA CC BY-SA 3.0“It’s a ridiculous claim,” Brian Welch, at that time NASA director of Media Services, told CNN. “Mars is a planet out in the solar system that is the property of all humanity, not two or three guys in Yemen.”Welch added that in accordance to the 1967 United Nations International Space Treaty, no man nor country can claim ownership over land in outer space.The Pathfinder air bags are tested in June 1995.NASA began their space exploration program in the late 1950s, and after a few successful and extremely costly landings on the Moon, they set their sights towards the next plausible destination. Following NASA’s first successful Mars flyby with Mariner 4 in 1964, the race to be the first nation to land a probe on the planet’s surface was on. Both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. began to develop probes that could scout Mars’ atmosphere.In 1971, the first ever spacecraft touched down on the planet’s scorching-hot surface. This was the Soviet Mars 3, which stopped transmitting 20 seconds after landing.Four years later, NASA hit the jackpot with the Viking Mission. The 1,400 images transmitted by the two landers are archived in the NSSDC image catalog. Perhaps Ismail, Kahlil, and al-Umari were too young to get worked up about these earlier transgressions, not to mention the several failed lander missions.Mars Pathfinder panorama of landing site taken by IMP.It was July 4, 1997, when the unmanned spacecraft Mars Pathfinder, the base station later renamed as the Carl Sagan Memorial Station, landed on the planet. It released the free-ranging robotic Sojourner rover to roam the planet and start a thorough analysis of the rocks soil in the area.In the space of just a few weeks both the lander and the rover combined sent millions of pieces of information back to Earth — including thousands of pictures, as well as data about Mars’ atmosphere, such as wind speeds, and air and soil temperatures.1990s illustration of Mars atmospheric entry.The data collected turned out to be of great significance, and the world was glad to hear NASA’s conclusion that Mars was at one time a wetter world and presumably a much friendlier place to possibly sustain life as we know it.These three men from Yemen, it turns out, were not so happy about it, nor keen to let a “trespasser” roam around and reveal valuable information to the public about their private estate.Sojourner rover on Mars.In short, their claim was built around the mythologies of two ancient and long-lost civilizations, the Himyarites and the Sabaeans, that existed several millennia before the age of Christ and the Roman Civilization.According to these beliefs, the two ethnic groups raised a temple to each of the seven planets visible with the naked eye. Did the claimants interpret this as meaning that their ancestors were celestial beings? Who knows. CNN joked that “There was no word on whether they had paid the appropriate inheritance taxes.”NASA Apollo moon landings conspiraciesIsmail, Kahlil, and al-Umari were of the opinion that they are direct descendants of the rightful owners of the Red Planet. Most importantly the three insisted their lineage was enough to claim ownership and file a complaint arguing that Mars is actually their home.As a result, they asked the court to instruct the perpetrator to withhold all information obtained and stop with all operations immediately.Image of landing site in 1997.According to them, NASA ought to be held liable if any data already gathered from Mars was released without their formal consent.Needless to say, their petition was rejected. The chief prosecutor — the only official to see the supporting evidence — even threatened the trio with jail.Close-up of Mars sky at sunset, by Mars Pathfinder (1997).While the lawsuit was laughed off by NASA, the three men continued writing another chapter in their odd story.Sojourner rover taking an Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer measurement of Yogi. Pathfinder mission – Mars exploration – NASA.By showing their petition, and supposedly their formal evidence to back it up, they attempted to convince investors to purchase land on Mars for the best price. Two bucks per square meter.Read another story from us: Astro-Tortoise: The First Animal to Orbit the MoonAll in all, this perhaps was the silliest but it wasn’t the only time when “sane” men claimed to own something in outer space. It wasn’t the first time that someone tried to sell it either. It was also not the last time that NASA got sued for something foolish.last_img read more

first_imgPolice need your help finding a young man who went missing towards the end of November last year.Ayanda Goodman Mlotshwa (21) was last seen by a friend in the Pieters industrial area outside Ezakheni on November 26, 2016.He cannot be reached and has not made contact with his family since.He is 1.5m tall, with muscular build. He is usually bald and likes to wear a thin pencil moustache with a short beard.Ayanda has brown eyes and was wearing grey trousers and a dark grey jersey with takkies at the time of his disappearance.Anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts is requested to contact the investigating officer, Constable Simelane, at Ezakheni Detective Services on 0366369549 during office hours. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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But if Peña Nieto’s trip can serve as an opening, China can be “a land of enormous opportunity if handled right,” said Duncan Wood, the director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. “China is a market that is untapped for Mexican business.”During his visit to China, Peña Nieto met with President Xi Jinping and signed new commercial agreements, including a deal to sell Mexican oil to China for the first time on a sustained basis, guaranteeing shipments of at least 30,000 barrels a day.It’s a modest amount for the world’s seventh-largest oil exporter, but the deal was seen as a gesture of good faith nonetheless.“The Chinese perspective has been: I’m more important for you than you are for me, so if you want to improve the relationship, fantastic,” said Enrique Dussel, the director of the center for China-Mexico studies at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. “But there are very strong frictions and tensions between the two governments. We’ve had a lot of meetings but limited and weak results.”Still, Dussel said, the idea that China and Mexico are rivals for the U.S. market is increasingly outdated. “The competition is over,” he said. “In general terms, China is much more developed than Mexico.”For example, one of the Mexican economy’s biggest success stories, its booming auto industry, produced a record 2.5 million cars last year — Fords, Nissans, Volkswagens and other brands.“China produced 20 million cars,” Dussel said. “And 30 percent of them were Chinese brands with domestic technology.”Yet the same sizzling growth that has made China the world’s largest exporter has created labor shortages and sent wages higher at a rate of “10 to 20 percent a year,” said Harold Sirkin, a senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group, a worldwide management consulting firm. “That changes the equation for the whole world, and Mexico will be a big beneficiary, as well as the U.S.”But even as Mexico becomes a more attractive destination for foreign manufacturers, economists say those same companies are not likely to pull up their stakes in China, given that the Chinese market is the fastest growing in the world.Instead, companies are likely to continue making products in China and Mexico, shifting some activities to North America in order to take advantage of lower energy costs, proximity to U.S. consumers and the tax breaks offered by the NAFTA free trade agreement.In the past, “Mexico wasn’t even brought up” during business meetings in China, said Derek Leathers, president of Werner Enterprises, a global shipping and logistics company that works in 120 countries. But during a recent trip there, “I don’t think I had a single meeting where at some point I wasn’t asked about Mexico.”The interest isn’t based on concern for competition so much as the investment possibilities for Chinese companies.Mexico is Latin America’s second-largest economy after Brazil, but unlike the South American giant, it has attracted relatively little Chinese investment. That, too, could change.“Chinese companies realize a good hedge,” said Mexican economist Luis de la Calle. “Large multinationals have invested heavily in China, and now they need to diversify, and Mexico is a good bet.”© The Washington Post, 2013 Facebook Comments MEXICO CITY — As the top suppliers of manufactured goods to the U.S. market, China and Mexico have typically been in direct competition over the past decade.More often than not, the business went to China. But with labor costs rising there and Mexico pushing for new access to Chinese consumers, the rivalry is shifting, economists and trade analysts say.No longer pure competitors but not quite partners, the two countries are moving toward an expanded trade relationship that could ultimately benefit the United States by boosting U.S. exports and keeping cheap imports flowing to U.S. consumers.Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s recent trip to China, coming just four months into his term, has been viewed here as a smart overture aimed at mending ties between two nations that have often been at odds over trade issues.Mexico resisted China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001, and its share of the U.S. import market started slumping soon after.Now that trend is in reverse. Mexico accounts for a growing portion of U.S. imports, and China’s slice of the $2.7 trillion market has narrowed. Those tendencies are likely to continue, economists say, as several new studies show that Mexican manufacturing costs are now lower than China’s when factors such as shipping and energy prices are taken into account.“They started out as rivals, because there was a bull rush to China and Mexico lost out,” said Barry Lawrence, director of the Global Supply Chain Laboratory at Texas A&M University. “But Mexico is now the more competitive of the two.”“That implies direct competition, but the reality is that the two will be looking at building optimal supply chains,” Lawrence said. “There will be a lot of business in China, but a lot of it will come through Mexico.”Items such as washing machines, cars, computers and farm equipment can start as component elements in China that are assembled in Mexico and finished in the United States before reaching U.S. consumers. If companies can take advantage of each country’s manufacturing strengths, the result will be quality products at the lowest-possible prices, analysts say.Likewise, the United States and Mexico can find new fuel for economic growth and help each other reduce their gaping trade deficits with China by working together to sell more goods to the swelling Chinese middle class.Mexican poultry and pork raised on U.S. grains can feed Chinese consumers. Cars made jointly by Mexican and U.S. auto plants can cater to China’s seemingly boundless demand for automobiles.In recent years, Mexico has accumulated an even bigger trade imbalance with China than the United States, importing nine times as much as it sends across the Pacific. The U.S. deficit is closer to 4 to 1.last_img read more

first_imgThe new platform has been designed and tested by hoteliers, complementing the recent launch of Hotel Price Comparison, which allows visitors to see real-time rates and options from various booking partners at the same time. TripConnect enables independent accommodation owners to bid for traffic, adding their own room rates and availabilities; an option previously only available to online travel agents and large hotel chains. “TripConnect is designed to help independent owners drive more direct bookings and increase revenues, as well as collecting more reviews and tracking performance.” TripAdvisor Business Listings subscribers can place a bid that reflects their budget for a favourable position in the Hotel Price Comparison rankings by selecting how much they wish to pay per click. “Clearly TripConnect is fulfilling a need, as evidenced by the significant number of internet booking engines working with us to provide this platform to their customers,” TripAdvisor vice president of direct connect solutions Jean-Charles Lacoste said. center_img Additional TripConnect features include automated post-trip review collection, through Review Express and revenue tracking services, enabling TripConnect users to monitor benefits. TripAdvisor has launched its self-service TripConnect platform, assisting TripAdvisor Business Listings subscribers to drive direct bookings to their own websites. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 11:55 am PDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bestselling Books Week Ending 6/17/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “The President is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown)2. “The Outsider” by Stephen King (Scribner)3. “Tom Clancy: Line of Sight” by Mike Maden (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)4. “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press)5. “The Fallen” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)6. “The Pharaoh Key” by Preston/Child (Grand Central Publishing)7. “Before the Storm” by Christie Golden (Delray)8. “The Gray Ghost” by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)9. “There There” by Tommy Orange (Knopf)10. “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press)11. “When Life Gives You Lulumelons” by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster)12. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine)13. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)14. “Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman (Ballantine)15. “A Place for Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP for Hogarth)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets (Morrow Cookbooks)2. “Trump’s America” by Newt Gingrich (Center Street)3. “Calypso” by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)4. “The Soul of America” by Jon Meachum (Random House)5. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)6. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)7. “The Restless Wave” by John McCain and Mark Salter (Simon & Schuster)8. “Lincoln’s Last Trial” by Abrams/Fisher (Hanover Square)9. “Three Days in Moscow” by Bret Baier (Morrow)10.”The Plant Paradox Cookbook” by Steven R. Gundry (Harper Wave)11. “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin (St. Martin’s Press)12. “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan (Penguin Books)13. “A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey (Flatiron Books)14. “The World as It Is” by Ben Rhodes (Random House)15. “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund (Flatiron Books)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “The Black Book” by Patterson/Ellis (Grand Central Publishing)2. “Fairytale” by Danielle Steel (Dell)3. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child (Dell)4. “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks (Vision)5. “Camino Island” by John Grisham (Dell)6. “Use of Force” by Brad Thor (Pocket)7. “Nighthawk” by Cussler/Brown (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)8. “Don’t Let Go” by Harlan Coben (Dutton)9. “The Fix” by David Baldacci (Vision)10. “Navy Grooms” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)11. “The Summer That Made Us” by Robyn Carr (Mira)12. “Shadow Keeper” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)13. “Evil Never Sleeps” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)14. “Never Too Late” by RaeAnne Thayne (Harlequin)15. “Cowboy Ever After” by Miller/Yates (HQN)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)2. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)3. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann (Vintage)4. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)5. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)6. “Hillybilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance (Harper Paperbacks)7. “Everybody, Always” by Bob Goff (Thomas Nelson)8. “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMell)9. “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena (Penguin Books)10. “Princess” by James Patterson and Rees Jones (Grand Central Publishing)11. “The Store” by Patterson/DiLallo (Grand Central Publishing)12. “Inspired” by Rachel Held Evans (Nelson)13. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing)14. “The Cuban Affair” Nelson DeMille (Simon & Schuster)15. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly (Grand Central Publishing)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellerslast_img read more