Lewis Hamilton leads from pole to finish first in Hungarian GP

first_imgMcLaren driver Lewis Hamilton held off late pressure from Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen at the Hungarian Grand Prix to secure a 19th career win, his third in Hungary. Hamilton started from pole position while Raikkonen started fifth and, suffering from a KERS issue, lost a place to Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso.But, as the pit stops shook out, the Finn rose to fourth on a long 26-lap stint on soft tyres before making a second stop for mediums on lap 46, preparing for a final hard charge.Alonso calmly protected his points lead on a tough day for Ferrari, finishing fifth.Hamilton, whose championship hopes were dented after he retired at Hockenheim, said, “This weekend shows it’s all to play for still. After some bad races it’s good to be back.”last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Rohit-Dhawan surpass Tendulkar-Sehwag with 14th-century stand

first_imgBrief scores – India 144/0 in 24 overs vs New Zealand. Rohit Sharma (65*), Shikhar Dhawan (73*). Run rate – 6.04 per over. Full ScorecardOne-day cricket’s fourth-most prolific opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan created yet another record on Saturday as put on a hundred-run partnership for the opening wicket in the ongoing 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand in Mount Maunganui.Rohit and Dhawan surpassed the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScoreRohit and Dhawan are also fourth on the list of most hundred-run partnerships by openers after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (India) (21), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (Australia) (16) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (West Indies) (15).Rohit and Dhawan went on to add 154 runs for the first wicket in the ongoing match. Dhawan eventually got out for 66 in the 26th over to Trent Boult while Rohit Sharma was removed by Lockie Ferguson for 87 in the 30th over.The wicket of Dhawan saw Trent Boult reach 400 international wickets across all formats. Thanks for that #StatChat @skysportnz & @FPayne100 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/5eZoYW81O6BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 26, 2019The duo had recently become the 4th opening pair in ODI history to go past 4000 runs together during the three-match series against Australia earlier this month.The two started opening the innings back in 2013 during the ICC Champions Trophy in England which India won. Over the last several years, Rohit and Dhawan have been among the most destructive opening batsmen in world cricket and have been instrumental in several Indian victories.advertisementOn Tuesday, during the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan became only the second Indian opening pair after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to go past 4000 runs in one-day internationals. Tendulkar and Ganguly, who opened together from 1996 to 2007 in 136 innings, added 6609 runs and were involved in 21 hundred-run and 23 50-run partnerships.Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly continue to be the most successful opening pair in ODI history followed by Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden (5372 runs in 114 innings) and Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (5150 runs in 102 innings).Openining together in England nearly six years ago turned out to the turning point in both their careers. Dhawan had played only five ODIs before the Champions Trophy in 2013 but he has since been a top limited-overs batsman.After scoring 5 hundreds in 2013, Dhawan went on to score 10 more ODI hundreds up until 2018. Today, he has 15 hundreds and and 25 fifties and is just shy of 5000-runs in one-day internationals.Rohit Sharma has enjoyed even a more meteoric rise. Before the 2013 Champions Trophy, he had 2 ODI hundreds. Today, he has 22 hundreds in the format and is the only man to score three ODI double hundreds.Rohit as been spectacular over the last two years. In 2017, he scored 1293 runs and 6 hundreds. Next year, he smashed 1030 runs and 5 hundreds before beginning 2019 with a stylish hundred in the first ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.last_img read more

Ferocious Liverpool press home edge over panicking Manchester City

first_imgManchester City It turns out, then, that the formula was simple. All anybody had to do to beat Manchester City was to match them shape for shape, press high up the pitch, harass them into a eight-minute meltdown, capitalise on mistakes with a series of stunning finishes and then cling on desperately.Jürgen Klopp is not the first manager to realise that the best way to unsettle a Pep Guardiola side is to squeeze them, and this is not the first time he has had his side do that effectively. No manager has a better record than Klopp against Guardiola: six wins in 12 attempts. But, as Tottenham discovered, trying to push high against City is fraught with risk; they did it well enough to force City to adapt their approach and ended up being hammered 4-1. Jürgen Klopp To sit deep and look to endure may be the best course of action for less talented or more cautious sides but, as Klopp said, to do so is looking to “win the lottery”. It is letting City dictate terms, trying to reduce the number of chances they create and then hoping for the best. The moment of brilliance that undoes even the best-drilled of defences may, with City, always be a second or two away. So Klopp, as he always does, pressed.In Germany, Guardiola reacted to the way his Bayern were rattled by Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund by beginning one game against them with Javi Martínez up front alongside Mario Mandzukic and hitting long balls at them to bypass the press. Short of playing Eliaquim Mangala as an improbable target man there is no such option for him in this City squad, and that renders them vulnerable. Champions League opponents will have taken note. Premier League Share via Email 1:30 Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp: thank God I have a really good football team – video Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Facebook comment Football tactics Share on WhatsApp Not that City are unique in that. The modern trend, perhaps heightened by the widespread preference for playing the ball out from the back and prioritising passing ability in defenders over more old-fashioned virtues such as marking and tackling, is for sudden collapses, even for top sides. That’s why, in the past eight seasons, 21 games at the quarter-final stage or later of the Champions League (including Guardiola’s Bayern against both Real Madrid and Barcelona) have been won by a three-goal margin; in the eight seasons before that there were only eight. This match would have been one of those had Liverpool not suffered their own mini-collapse at the end.It’s also why this game began with an apparent paradox – Liverpool had the best home defensive record and City the best away defensive record in the league, conceding four and five in 11 games respectively, and yet the expectation was for the goalfest that ensued. For both sides a basic truth remains: it is very hard to get at them, but if you can there is a soft centre to be exposed.Yet it is a measure of how good City are that Liverpool’s pressing was exemplary and yet they still only just won.center_img Sportblog Share on Twitter Pep Guardiola Play Video Read more Topics Liverpool But just how well Liverpool played should not be neglected. Their pressing was not merely ferocious it was also disciplined – “from another planet”, Klopp said. The buildup to Liverpool’s third goal, scored almost straight from the kick-off after their second, exemplified the pattern perfectly. Roberto Firmino hovered in the space between the central defenders and Fernandinho, Mohamed Salah waited, ready to step in to cut out a potential pass out to Danilo, while Sadio Mané did the same on the other flank to prevent John Stones playing it right to Kyle Walker.When Stones hesitated, Firmino approached, forcing a nervy short pass to Nicolás Otamendi. That was the trigger. Salah closed in, Mané advanced and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surged past Fernandinho. Otamendi, under pressure, had nowhere to go, lost possession and Mané thrashed a shot into the top corner. It sounds simple but, as Klopp said, if it were that easy everybody would do it. It required all four players to recognise the trigger and pounce as one. It’s not headless-chicken charging after the ball; it’s a coordinated action no less based on positioning and cohesion than a fluent passing move.It helped, of course, that City panicked. Stones has improved this season but since he returned from injury he has begun making mistakes again. Between the 60th and 68th minutes Liverpool not only scored three times but also hit the post. Guardiola was broadly relaxed after the game, as somebody whose side has a double-digit lead should be, but he acknowledged such a collective loss of control is a problem. Share on LinkedIn Read more Roberto Firmino’s fire and fury trumps Pep Guardiola and Manchester City Jürgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s adventure in win over Manchester City Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Diana Shipping Adds New Ice Class Panamax Vessel to Its Fleet

first_imgzoom Diana Shipping Inc. has taken delivery of the newly built m/v “Crystalia”, an Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,525 dwt that was contracted in March 2012.As previously announced, the m/v “Crystalia” is time chartered to Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, at a gross charter rate of US$15,800 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eighteen (18) months to maximum twenty-one (21) months. The charter is expected to commence tomorrow.This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$8.5 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter.Including the newly delivered m/v “Crystalia”, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 37 dry bulk vessels (2 Newcastlemax, 10 Capesize, 3 Post-Panamax, 3 Kamsarmax and 19 Panamax). The Company also expects to take delivery of 1 new-building Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessel during the first quarter of 2014, 2 new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels and one Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of our fleet, excluding the four vessels not yet delivered, is approximately 4.13 million dwt with a weighted average age of 6.6 years.Diana Shipping, February 21, 2014last_img read more

New Finnish Shipping Company Starts Operations

first_imgzoom Aalto Shipping Company, a new Finnish shipping company, is kick-starting operations in the dry bulk market.To this end, the company has acquired two ice-strengthened dry bulk carriers and has started operating them. The ships are planned to be moved under the Finnish flag over the coming months.Aalto Shipping Company has time-chartered the vessels for several years ahead, the company added.“The shipping company project restores tonnage to Finnish hands, since the vessels will operate under the leadership of Finnish officers. The ships acquired now are familiar farers of the Baltic Sea, and one of them previously served the Finnish paper industry for many years,” says Tatu Laurila, Managing Director of Aalto Shipping Company Oy.The names of the two new vessels under the Finnish flag will be M/S Aurora and M/S Bothnia. The two 7,750 dwt vessels are sister ships built in the Netherlands in 2002.The ships meet the Finnish ice class requirement 1A and can operate in difficult ice conditions year-round.As informed, the shipping company is owned by Finnish financial service company Taaleri and its customers together with the acting management.Taaleri has capitalized its ownership in the company through its co-investment concept whereby the company invests along with its customers from its own balance sheet.“Our domestic shipping company project immediately aroused great interest among our customers. In our co-investment model, Taaleri carries the owners’ risk together with its customers. We have found highly competent people to take charge of the project,” Jorma Alanne, Investment Director at Taaleri, said.last_img read more

Lexposition Hello Sailor une première pour le Musée maritime

first_imgLa présentation de l’exposition Hello Sailor! La vie gaie en mer constitue un moment historique pour le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique. L’exposition, qui porte sur la culture gaie dans la vie maritime depuis les années 1950 jusqu’à aujourd’hui, est présentée pour la première fois en Amérique du Nord dès le jeudi 19 mai. Hello Sailor! est une adaptation d’une exposition créée par National Museums Liverpool en Angleterre et basée sur le livre Hello Sailor! The Hidden History of Gay Life at Sea publié par Jo Stanley et Paul Baker en 2003. Cette exposition est présentée au Merseyside Maritime Museum, à Liverpool, depuis 2006. Pour ajouter une perspective néo-écossaise et canadienne à l’exposition, le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique a mené des recherches auprès de membres de la communauté des lesbiennes, gais, bisexuels, transgenres et intersexués (LGBTI) de la région. Cinq marins gais ont participé bénévolement à la préparation de l’exposition en fournissant des anecdotes, des photographies et des articles personnels. « C’est une première pour le Musée maritime de l’Atlantique et un exemple de ce que nos musées font à merveille, c’est-à-dire révéler des aspects uniques de notre histoire, a déclaré David Wilson, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Le but était d’explorer le sujet d’une manière lucide et respectueuse, comme c’est le cas pour toutes les autres expositions du musée sur la vie en mer. » Selon le directeur des opérations muséales, Calum Ewing, les consultations avec le Merseyside Maritime Museum et la communauté LGBTI d’ici ont aidé le personnel du musée à présenter l’exposition d’une façon qui est à la portée d’un public varié. Mme Stanley, conservatrice invitée de l’exposition, est venue d’Halifax, en Angleterre, pour assister au lancement. Hello Sailor! est présentée jusqu’au 27 novembre. Pour plus d’information sur l’exposition, allez à http://maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca ou composez le 902-424-7490.last_img read more

Book Time with Nature in Nova Scotia Parks

first_imgPeople can call toll-free to book some time with nature once again this summer. Nova Scotia’s provincial park reservation lines will open Monday, April 2. “Nova Scotia parks have much in store for families, nature enthusiasts, and tourists,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Government has been investing in our park system so park users have even better facilities and opportunities to experience the wonders of being close to nature.” Visitors can choose sites within camping parks by accessing the reservation system online or by phone at 1-888-544-3434, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Service is available in English and French. Provincial parks provide not just camping but attractions for all ages and activities for everyone, from the observer to the experienced outdoors person. Provincial beach parks, day-use parks, and many trails, are also popular elements of the provincial parks system. Day-use provincial parks operate from Victoria Day weekend, May 19, until Thanksgiving Day weekend, Oct. 6. Opening dates for camping parks vary by park, with openings in May and June and closings in September and October. There has been no change to reservation or campsite fees. They are $9, with a $7 cancellation fee. Fees are $18.36 for basic camping, $24.48 for parks with flush toilets and showers, and $32.64 for water and electrical campsites at Porters Lake Provincial Park. Wi-Fi is available at a designated area in 12 of the camping parks from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No alcohol is permitted in any provincial park from the opening date to checkout time on July 2 for the 2012 season. For more information, go to the provincial parks website at www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img read more

Citing global economic instability UN predicts 5 million more jobless this year

23 January 2008The United Nations labour agency predicts that economic turbulence resulting from credit market turmoil and rising oil prices could lead to another 5 million people becoming unemployed this year. That is just one of the key findings the International Labour Office (ILO) released today in its annual Global Employment Trends report, which analyses the impact of factors – ranging from population and economic growth to financial crises – on labour markets.The report notes that the decrease in growth in developed economies owing to the credit market crisis and higher oil prices had so far been “compensated for in the rest of the world,” especially in Asia, which has witnessed strong economic and job growth.However, an expected slowdown in growth during 2008 could increase the global unemployment rate to 6.1 per cent, resulting in an increase of at least 5 million unemployed worldwide, the report warns.The forecast for this year differs from 2007, considered by ILO to be a “watershed year” in that it saw a stabilization of global labour markets with more people in work, some 45 million new jobs and only a small increase in the number of those unemployed, to a total of nearly 190 million worldwide. “This year’s global jobs picture is one of contrasts and uncertainty,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “While global growth is annually producing millions of new jobs, unemployment remains unacceptably high and may go to levels not seen before this year.”He added that although more people are currently employed than ever before, more jobs does not necessarily mean decent jobs. “Too many people, if not unemployed, remain among the ranks of the working poor, the vulnerable or the discouraged.”According to the ILO, an estimated 487 million workers – or 16.4 per cent of the total – still do not earn enough to surpass the $1 a day poverty line, and 1.3 billion workers (or 43.5 per cent) still live below $2 a day.“What is apparent is that economic progress doesn’t automatically translate into new and decent jobs,” said Mr. Somavia, emphasizing that “labour market policies must be at the centre of macroeconomic policies to ensure that economic growth is inclusive and that development involves good, decent work.”Decent work, as defined by the ILO, provides for opportunity and income; rights, voice and recognition; family stability; personal development; and fairness and gender equality. read more

Head of junior doctors in leadership challenge ahead of strike decision

first_imgSince then Dr McCourt has drawn up plans for five-day strikes in protest at the terms – despite previously describing the contract  as “safe” and “fair”. The doctors challenging her are members of Justice for Health, a campaign group which is waiting to hear the judgement of a High Court case which accused the Health Secretary of acted beyond his powers in forcing the contract’s imposition.Dr White said he and Dr Masood were seeking the leadership of the key committee, because they were concerned that the union was failing to properly communicate with its members and with the public. It comes amid deep divisions within the medical profession about the planned strikes, which senior doctors have urged the union to call off.Dr McCourt was only elected as chair of the BMA’s JDC in July.That followed the resignation of then chairman Dr Johann Malawana, when a poll of junior doctor rejected the contract he had backed. Dr Ben White (far left) and Dr Nadia Masood (far right) will challenge Dr Ellen McCourt to leadership of the BMA’s junior doctors committeeCredit:Alexander Christie Justice for Health outside High Court The junior doctor leading strike action is to be challenged over her position, as medics descend into war over whether to embark on week-long walkouts.A meeting today will see an attempt to depose Dr Ellen McCourt as chairman of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors committee (JDC) amid furious rows about plans for weeks of strikes.The medic – who has only been in post since July – will be challenged for the leadership of the committee by two junior doctors who believe the union has failed to communicate with its members, while leading them into the most extreme action in NHS history.The all-day meeting will decide whether to proceed with repeated five-day walkouts, which are due to start on October 5th. Senior medics and the head of the NHS have raised fears that lives will be lost if up to 50,000 doctors abandon their posts for a week a month, in the run up to Christmas. Last week, a meeting of the union’s council urged the committee to think again and to consider former of protest against their new contract which are less likely to put patients at risk.Now the JDC will meet to discuss whether to go ahead, or scale back or cancel action.Until now, strikes have been limited to two days.A number of doctors are calling for strikes to be restricted to such timescales, amid growing concern about the safety of strike action, as the NHS heads into winter, and fears of a public backlash.The union abandoned the first five-day strike – due earlier this month – following warnings that it was too dangerous, after receiving thousands of letters from thousands of doctors. Saturday’s all day meeting will hold elections, at which Dr Ben White and Dr Nadia Masood – two junior doctors who are leading a legal challenge against the contract – will jointly challenge Dr Ellen McCourt for leadership of the committee.center_img Junior doctors are due to embark on three five-day strikes starting on October 5Credit:Christopher Pledger A number of doctors have raised concerns that the BMA launched plans for five-day strikes, on the basis of a ballot almost a year ago, despite the fact opposition to the contract has fallen significantly, after a series of concessions were made.Over the last week, the union has begun polling thousands of members to see if they would really take part in week long action, ahead of Saturday’s crunch meeting.Dr White said he was opposed to the contract, but concerned that the BMA was failing to communicate properly with junior doctors, so it could represent their views.“I think it is really important that we can engage and convince the membership so that we can get a successful resolution to this matter,” he said.“Myself and Nadia want to get a feeling of unity among doctors and that is the best way to get a resolution,” he said. “The one thing we would want to change, to improve, is communication with members.”Dr White said he wanted to see the BMA consider actions other than five-day strikes, but that decisions should be based on the will of the union’s members.The meeting will examine the results of surveys and meetings of junior doctors across the country.“We need to take a decision very quickly, looking at the results of the survey and all the views of the members of the JDC,” he said.  “The survey is the biggest single source of data.”The junior doctor – who resigned from his post on live TV earlier this year, in protest to the new contract – refused to say if he would back week-long strikes but said: “I do have in mind some different things.”Both Dr White and Dr Masood were recently elected as regional JDC members and would remain so, supporting Dr McCourt, if they were not elected to replace her, he said.A spokeswoman for the BMA said the meeting was private and would not disclose any matters due for discussion.  Junior doctors protesting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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British charity reverses decision to sell Somme battlefield after members fury

The sale of an historic Somme battlefield will be reversed after it provoked fury among a charity’s members. 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. The Western Front Association (WFA) has been plunged into crisis since the revelation it sold the Butte de Warlencourt to former chairman Bob Paterson, reported in The Telegraph on Thursday.  WFA members were left surprised by its sudden sale and vented their anger about the lack of transparency around the… Outrage at the decision has led to four trustees of the heritage group resigning and an investigation from the Charity Commission. The Butte, an ancient artificial mound in France, was the site of fierce fighting between British and German forces during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. read more

Nyko Power Grip Pro triples 3DS battery life adds circle pad

first_imgThe 3DS had a bit of a rocky start when it first launched. The price was too high, the battery life was nowhere near as good as the DS, and Nintendo forgot to put a second circle pad on the device for your right hand.Two of those three problems have since been solved. The price got cut significantly and Nintendo said sorry to early adopters with the Ambassador’s Program. The second circle pad arrived in the form of a peripheral called the Circle Pad Pro. However, the battery life issue remains, but is apparently going to be solved by Nyko.The third-party peripheral manufacturer has announced it will start shipping the Nyko Power Grip Pro for Nintendo’s handheld in October. It takes the form of a case your 3DS sits inside, and actually servers three purposes.The most important feature it adds is a secondary battery unit which promises to triple the battery life of the device. You also don’t need to purchase the circle pad peripheral as the Power Grip Pro includes one, and actually looks less bulky than the official solution considering what else you are getting here. And finally, because it’s a case you don’t really need anything else to protect your 3DS from bumps and scratches.We don’t yet have a price for the Power Grip Pro, but the fact it replaces the need for two other peripherals as well as extending battery life means even a relatively high price may still be worth the investment.Nyko has previously released the Power Grip peripheral, formerly the Power Pak+, which also promised to extend battery life 3x. It didn’t include the circle pad or form a full case for the 3DS, but only cost $29.99. I can’t see the Pro version costing significantly more than that.via Engadgetlast_img read more

Steambox beta Valve will send 300 SteamOS prototypes to gamers

first_imgToday’s big Valve news didn’t turn out to be that big. Realizing that there’s no one solution for everyone, Valve has taken the SteamBox concept and worked with PC vendors to make multiple SteamOS devices that will henceforth be known as Steam Machines.This past year has been really interesting for gaming. We’ve seen the rise of underpowered mini consoles, like the Ouya, and a massive swell towards the new Microsoft and Sony consoles at the same time. It has become increasingly clear that there’s more than one kind of gamer, and there’s just no such thing as a “one size fits all” game console” any more. It seems that in lieu of a single console, Valve has opted to open the doors to multiple hardware manufacturers to stick SteamOS in a many different kinds of boxes to try and sell to as many people as possible.Steam Machines will be available later on to anyone who wants to buy them, and they will undoubtedly range in price and performance, but in order to kick things off it seems Valve has a present for 300 lucky Steam users. A reference Steam Machine, Valve’s prototype, will be available to a select few to test and help refile the SteamOS experience. In order to try and get your hands on one of these gems, you must follow the instructions on the Steam website and join the new Steam Universe community. As long as you meet their criteria, which includes having at least 10 friends (no doubt to test out Steam Family Sharing) you’ll be in the running to receive one of these devices.Curiously absent from this entire affair is any mention of a controller. Valve’s Gabe Newell lamented the end of video game controller innovation over the last few years, and had attempted to hire engineers to help breathe life into this apparently stale arena. We’ve even seen patent images for a modular controller, so at least the idea must exist in some capacity. Valve has since laid off most of their hardware team, and with no mention of a Steam Machine-specific controller today it’s not clear what happened to that idea.Fortunately, the Steam Living Room announcement page has one more timer counting down to 1PM on Friday, so it’s possible we’ll see the controller then. In the meantime, enjoy scrambling to be one of the lucky 300!last_img read more

Centrale de Tchernobyl un toit et un mur se sont effondrés dans

first_imgCentrale de Tchernobyl : un toit et un mur se sont effondrés dans un bâtimentMercredi, le service de presse de la centrale de Tchernobyl en Ukraine, a annoncé qu’un mur ainsi qu’un toit s’étaient partiellement effondrés mardi. Le personnel a été évacué par précaution mais il n’y aurait selon l’IRSN, aucune inquiétude. Alors que plusieurs groupes s’active actuellement à la construction du nouveau sarcophage, un incident s’est produit à la centrale de Tchernobyl, située dans le nord de l’Ukraine. Mercredi, l’agence de presse RIA Novosti a en effet annoncé qu’un mur de l’installation s’était partiellement effondré. Une information confirmée ce midi par Novarka, le consortium qui réalise la construction de la future enceinte de confinement et a ajouté qu’un toit s’était également écroulé.”Le 12 février dans l’après midi, une partie du toit du bâtiment annexe au sarcophage existant recouvrant le réacteur endommagé s’est effondré. Le poids de la neige et le vent semblent en être la cause”, a indiqué le consortium cité par les Echos.fr. Toutefois, il n’y aurait selon lui aucun danger dans la mesure où il s’agit d’un bâtiment annexe situé plusieurs dizaines de mètres du sarcophage recouvrant les restes du réacteur accidenté de la centrale. Ainsi, il n’y a eu aucune victime et aucune hausse de la radioactivité n’aurait été constatée. “Le niveau de radioactivité à la centrale de Tchernobyl et dans la zone qui l’entoure demeure inchangé. Il n’y a pas de victimes”, a indiqué la centrale dans un communiqué.”Ce bâtiment annexe ne dégage pas de rayonnement. Novarka est en train d’effectuer toutes les mesures de contrôle de contamination surfacique. Celles-ci sont jusqu’à présent en dessous des seuils admissibles”, a encore précisé Novarka composé des deux géants Vinci et Bouygues. Près de 80 employés ont toutefois été évacués “par précaution” de la centrale nucléaire, ont indiqué les deux groupes français de BTP à l’AFP mercredi. Actuellement, l’opérateur de la centrale Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant établit un état de lieux afin de vérifier la stabilité du toit et de déblayer la neige qui est tombée. Un impact sur la construction du sarcophage ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ceci permettra ou non de donner le feu vert à la reprises des travaux de construction de la nouvelle enceinte. Rapidement averti, l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) a indiqué de son côté qu’il n’exprimait pour l’heure “pas d’inquiétudes”. “Le seul point à investiguer par l’autorité de sûreté ukrainienne sera l’éventuel impact sur le sarcophage”, indique-t-on ainsi à l’IRSN. La construction d’un nouveau sarcophage a été décidée pour remplacer la première enceinte construite à la va-vite suite à l’accident de la centrale de Tchernobyl en 1986 et dont le risque d’effondrement augmente d’année en année. En novembre dernier, la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement (Berd) a ainsi annoncé l’achèvement d’une partie de la structure. “La structure achevée est une partie du nouveau sarcophage destiné à réduire la menace de radioactivité sur le site : quelque 5.000 tonnes d’acier ont été élevées sur une hauteur de jusqu’à 22 mètres”.La structure finale doit peser un total de 29.000 tonnes, s’étendre sur 164 mètres de long et atteindre une hauteur de 110 mètres. Mais elle ne sera pas achevée avant 2015.Le 13 février 2013 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Statement on Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill

first_imgThe 2008 law governing many of our nation’s farm policies expired on Sunday, September 30th, and the 2012 Farm Bill needed to replace it is bottled up in Congress. While the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees were both able to pass their versions of the new farm bill, the full House was unable to do so. While expiration of farm bill program authorities has little or no effect on some important programs, it has terminated a number of important programs and will very adversely affect many farmers and ranchers, as well as ongoing market development and conservation efforts. Following is a summary of these impacts.Programs Affected by Expiration of the 2008 Farm BillDairy producers will face considerable challenges. The Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program expired on Sunday. That program compensated dairy producers when domestic milk prices fall below a specified level. Without a new farm bill, dairy farmers are left with uncertainty and inadequate assistance. While milk prices are high enough that the price support program doesn’t kick in; unfortunately, there is no other safety net to help battle the highest feed costs on record.Many farmers, ranchers and agribusiness or agricultural processors benefit from the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD). FMD is a cost-sharing trade promotion partnership between USDA and U.S. agricultural producers and processors. The program pools technical and financial resources to conduct overseas market development. FMD helps maintain and increase market share by addressing long-term foreign market import constraints and by identifying new markets or new uses for the agricultural commodity or product in the foreign market. That funding, as well as specific funding for personnel to run the program at USDA, will run out at the end of October. Since 31 percent of our gross farm income comes from exports which also make a positive contribution to our Nation’s trade balance, trade promotion is an important part of our safety net. Other countries will most certainly take advantage of the fact that the program is rendered inoperable and will do what they can to steal our markets – and everyone knows, the hardest market to get is the one you lost.About 6.5 million acres rotates out of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) this year. While current contracts are protected, no new signup will be allowed for CRP or the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Both of these programs are voluntary land retirement programs that helps agricultural producers protect environmentally sensitive land, decrease erosion, restore wildlife habitat, and safeguard ground and surface water. In addition, there cannot be sign up for the Wetlands Reserve Program or the Grasslands Reserve Program.Both versions of the new Farm Bill contain funding for the disasters facing the livestock industry due to the drought. However, programs are currently only available for lack of forage, as well as death of animals.Most producers of fruits and vegetables do not have a safety net, but instead receive funding to augment the competitiveness of specialty crops through programs that enhance trade, promote cutting-edge research, and implement on- the-ground projects to protect crops from disease and invasive species. Funding for these programs ended when the Farm Bill expired.Numerous other programs, including energy, agricultural research, rural development and funding for new and beginning farmers could be added to this list of affected programs. The bottom line is that while expiration of the Farm Bill causes little or no pain to some, others face significant challenges.Programs Not Affected by Expiration of the 2008 Farm BillAlmost 80 percent of the Farm Bill’s cost is for nutrition programs – primarily the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly commonly known as food stamps. Most recipients of nutrition program benefits will not be affected because the SNAP program did not need to be extended. Funds for nutrition assistance programs will continue to be provided to those Americans without issue.Farmers and ranchers who manage their risks using the farm bill’s crop insurance provisions will be unaffected because, like SNAP, those programs don’t expire. Nor do some of the conservation-related programs. In addition, most commodity-specific programs are largely covered by the 2008 Farm Bill since it applies to the 2012 crop year, rather than the 2012 fiscal year. The main challenge, however, will be in planning for 2013. This includes lining up the critical financial assistance needed from lending institutions which prefer, if not demand, to see business plans presented in black and white. That will be difficult when producers don’t know when to expect a new Farm Bill – or what type of financial safety net is likely to be included in that bill.Congress will return in mid-November for a lame-duck session prior to final adjournment in December. We will work to have the first order of business for the House of Representatives be to consider a new Farm Bill. We are urging our members to seek out their House members between now and the elections and remind them of the consequences of not having a new bill in place prior to adjournment at the end of the year.American Farm Bureau FederationAmerican Pulse AssociationAmerican Soybean AssociationNational Association of Conservation DistrictsNational Association of Wheat GrowersNational Barley Growers AssociationNational Corn Growers AssociationNational Council of Farmer CooperativesNational Farmers UnionNational Milk Producers FederationNational Sunflower AssociationUnited Fresh Produce AssociationUSA Dry Pea & Lentil CouncilU.S. Canola AssociationWestern Growers Associationlast_img read more

Bus fire ties up traffic near SW 112th Ave and Turnpike

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Traffic is backed up in Southwest Miami-Dade after a bus caught fire along Southwest 112th Avenue and the Florida Turnpike.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters responded to the scene and were able to put out the bus fire, Wednesday, at around 4:30 p.m., but the northbound on and off ramps to and from the turnpike, from Southwest 112th Avenue, are now blocked off. The southbound off ramp is also closed.The bus has been left damaged from the fire.According to fire rescue, all passengers on board were able to get off the county bus. There were no injuries.A second bus picked up the passengers.Please avoid the area if you can.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Firefighters Aggressively Fighting Fire Near North Fork Road In Anchor Point

first_imgThe fire is burning off of a trail, making a access difficult, but not impossible for some of the fire brush trucks and firefighters on all-terrain vehicles. The nearest structure is within a half mile, however it was not immediately threatened. Due to the northerly winds that were blowing all day, the fire was moving south and away from the closest structure. Update at 9:00am- Monday: The North Fork fire is now estimated at 10 to 12 acres. 21 personnel are working on the fire. 2 Bulldozers have been ordered to work this morning and their helicopters come on shift at 10 this morning. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 1:40pm The North Fork Fire has seen some growth today due to winds picking up. According to the Alaska Wildland Fire Information website, the fire is now estimated at 44 acres and the cause is listed as Human Caused.  Update at 10:20 p.m.: The fire was reported at about 6:45 p.m. and was estimated at 6-7 acres and burning in spruce trees, grass and brush to the east of the intersection of Sandy Avenue and Whitney Street. The fire was reported as active on 100% of its perimeter with flame lengths 3-feet high. Howie Kent with the Division of Forestry says that forestry’s goal is to have the fire contained by Monday afternoon. Original Information:Firefighters and aircraft are aggressively working on a fire burning near the North Fork Road in Anchor Point Sunday night. About 20 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Kachemak Emergency Services and the Anchor Point Fire & Emergency departments and two helicopters with water buckets were working on the North Fork Fire burning about 1.5 mile east of the Sterling Highway between mile 165-164. The Type 2 Initial Attack Yukon Crew is en route to join the effort to suppress the North Fork Fire. For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.last_img read more

Officials look to reform cannabis testing after disputes over potency

first_imgCannabis plant (Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)How strong is the legal pot Alaskans buy over the counter? That’s a question that’s been raised in a dispute about potency levels among various cannabis businesses. Now, the state’s regulatory body is considering extra steps.Listen nowIn her report during the November 14th meeting of the Marijuana Control Board, Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Director Erika McConnell announced it was time examine how businesses are testing legally grown cannabis.“Testing is the foundation of the regulated industry and it is what allows consumers to have confidences that they’re getting safe and uncontaminated product at a potency level that they’re comfortable with,” McConnell said Thursday in an interview.“Potency level” refers to how much THC is in a cannabis strain or product, similar to the percentage of alcohol per volume listed on a bottle of beer, wine or liquor. Generally more potent products command a higher price. Which can create a profit incentive for growers, who may get a benefit from higher potency results returned by the testing labs they send samples to. And, some allege that also gives testing labs an incentive to return more favorable results in pursuit of more clients. In a report by KTVA News, one business owner documented discrepancies between the same cannabis strains evaluated at Anchorage’s two licensed testing facilities.As the relatively new industry continues taking shape, regulators say that’s a problem that  needs to be fixed.“Testing can deviate, and so we’re looking to our processes to make sure they’re as standard and consistent as possible so that there aren’t deviations when the same product is tested by various labs,” McConnell said.To do that, the Marijuana Control Board is convening a working group made up of stakeholders from public health, the sciences and businesses in different sectors of the cannabis industry. The goal is that by the summer of 2018, there will be more consistent protocols for how to test cannabis. Under the existing regulations, there aren’t clear rules dictating consistent methods for evaluating samples. In fact, according to McConnell, AMCO isn’t aware if there’s even a scientific consensus or set of industry best-practices over the best evaluative techniques in a laboratory setting for determining potency.That might explain why two different businesses could return different results from similar samples.last_img read more

SWIFT says second bank hit by malware attack

first_imgSWIFT, the global financial messaging network that banks use to move billions of dollars every day, warned on Thursday of a second malware attack similar to the one that led to February’s $81 million cyber heist at the Bangladesh central bank.The second case targeted a commercial bank, SWIFT spokeswoman Natasha de Teran said, without naming it. It was not immediately clear how much money, if any, was stolen in the second attack.While SWIFT had previously warned that the Bangladesh heist was not an isolated incident, and said its core messaging system remained intact, confirmation of a second attack on a bank will likely increase scrutiny on the security of a network that is a linchpin of the global financial system.SWIFT said in a statement that the attackers exhibited a “deep and sophisticated knowledge of specific operational controls” at targeted banks and may have been aided by “malicious insiders or cyber attacks, or a combination of both.”The organisation, a Belgian co-operative owned by member banks and used by 11,000 financial institutions globally, said that forensic experts believe the second case showed that the Bangladesh heist “was not a single occurrence, but part of a wider and highly adaptive campaign targeting banks.”News of a second case comes as authorities in Bangladesh and elsewhere investigate the February cyber theft from the Bangladesh central bank account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. SWIFT has acknowledged that that scheme involved altering SWIFT software to hide evidence of fraudulent transfers, but that the messaging system it controls was not compromised.In both cases SWIFT said insiders or cyber attackers had succeeded in penetrating the targeted banks’ systems, obtaining user credentials and submitting fraudulent SWIFT messages that correspond with transfers of money.In the second case SWIFT said attackers had also used a kind of malware called a “Trojan PDF reader” to manipulate PDF reports confirming the messages in order to hide their tracks.last_img read more

Gazipur fire death toll rises to 4

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationThree more bodies were pulled out of the wreckage of a spinning mill in Faridpur of Sreepur upazila in Gazipur on Wednesday, taking the death toll to four, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Shahjalal Mia and Anwar.Mohammad Aktaruzzaman, deputy director of Gazipur Fire Service Control room, said firefighters recovered the charred bodies of three more people after extinguishing the blaze at night.The bodies were sent to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital for autopsy.On Tuesday, a security guard, identified as Russel Mia, was burned to death after the fire broke out at the spinning mill around 2pm.Eighteen firefighting units extinguished the blaze after 12 hours of frantic effort. Valuables, including cotton and machineries, were destroyed in the fire.A three-member committee was formed to identify the cause of the fire.last_img read more

Black SciFi Enthusiasts Take to DC Awesome Con

first_imgPaige Freeman, Siesie Fenner, and Jillie Miller donned costumes of their favorite fictional characters at this year’s Awesome Con, held at the D.C. Convention. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Who said Black people don’t follow the comics?Black futurists came out in droves – replete with costumes – to celebrate the best of “geekdom” as thousands of superheroes, comic books, cosplay, and science fiction fans descended upon the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, June 3-5, in downtown D.C. for the Awesome Con tour.As if taking a page from one of Octavia Butler’s novels, Awesome Con included discussion panels, costume and trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and other activities, along with new exhibits such as the science and technology area. More than 200 artists, 300 vendor booths, and 50-plus celebrities from sci-fi, fantasy, action and adventure movies, television shows, and video games were on hand for the event.“A lot of Black people love science fiction and comics, but sometimes feel ostracized within the community to dress up or admit that they are at home watching a Doctor Who marathon to their friends,” District resident Corey Saunders told the AFRO. He and his girlfriend Charlotte Adams, also a D.C. resident, said cosplay – dressing as their favorite science fiction or comic book heroes – is almost ritual. “Charlotte and I met because when mutual friends asked us out to party, we both replied an Orphan Black marathon was on and couldn’t make it. We ended up watching it together – three years ago.”In addition to being able to dress up in costumes and meet fellow enthusiasts, celebrities from around the globe drop in on Cons to sign autographs, pose for pictures with fans, and encourage them to write the next great futuristic tale. Awesome Con, for instance, brought out Arrow and Torchwood actor John Barrowman, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor B.J. Britt, Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi, Cosplay’s BlackKrystal, and Futurama’s Samurai Jack, voiced by Phil Lamarr.Twyla Fisher, a Ward 8 sci-fi fan, told the AFRO she grew up on watching Count Gore De Vol on Channel 20’s Creature Feature and being scared out of her wits by the late night horror films he hosted. Fisher was thrilled to get autographs from both De Vol and Adam West, star of the 1960s television series Batman, this year and hopes that with the broader use of Black actors in television and film series, more Black viewers will come to love the genre.“There is something about the scientific and psychic imagination of programming like Orphan Black and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., that offer exciting ways of viewing life. The fact that so many of the new shows have major Black characters is impressive – just look at John Boyega coming from Attack the Block a few years ago to leading the Star Wars cast,” Fisher said. “It’s a powerful image. Now, if I could convince someone to create a Black version of River Song [a character on Dr. Who], life would be truly beautiful.”last_img read more