No suitors emerge for pipeline project stake as Kinder Morgan deadline looms

first_imgCALGARY – With just over a week remaining until the May 31 deadline set for abandoning its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, no suitors have publicly emerged to step into builder Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shoes.Analysts and observers say they remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project,” after the federal government said it would offer an “indemnity” or insurance to guarantee it is built.Kinder Morgan said Monday it has nothing to add to last week’s statement from CEO Steve Kean in which he repeated the May 31 deadline and said that discussions are ongoing but “we are not yet in alignment.”It’s difficult to guess who might take Kinder Morgan’s place without knowing what guarantees or deals are being offered by the federal government and possibly the province of Alberta, said Samir Kayande, a director with RS Energy Group in Calgary.He pointed out that the richer the deal, the longer the list of potential replacements for Kinder Morgan, which could include pension or private equity funds.“There is still time to get something done around a guarantee of some sort that will satisfy Kinder Morgan,” he said in an interview on Monday.“It really depends on the scope of the federal and provincial guarantees that are going to be offered. The governments are in kind of a tough spot here because if anyone does step in, it’s going to take them months or longer, potentially, to ramp up the whole effort.”The federal government has said its indemnity and suggestion of the entry of a third party gives it an advantage as it negotiates with Kinder Morgan but Dennis McConaghy, a former TransCanada Corp. executive and industry analyst, said he disagrees.He said it would be a “political disaster” for both Morneau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley if the pipeline in-service date is delayed beyond 2020 because both governments have staked their reputations on it being built.“I’ve been very skeptical about the advent of third parties,” said McConaghy. “This deal has to get done with Kinder if the focus is to get the pipeline in service by 2020.“This project is essentially an expansion and a debottlenecking of an existing pipeline so it’s very difficult to build the project without selling the original Trans Mountain asset, which is of course a very complicated prospect.”He said the cost and delays involved in bringing in a third party makes it clear that the federal government’s best bet is to reach an agreement with Kinder Morgan.Meanwhile, finance officials had no new details to report in an email received Monday.Trans Mountain has been operating since the 1950s, carrying as much as 300,000 barrels a day of oil and refined fuels from Edmonton to the Vancouver area, where it connects with a line carrying crude to refineries in Washington state.The planned tripling to 890,000 barrels a day could give Canada access to alternative markets as booming production from U.S. shale plays reduces Canada’s biggest customer’s need to import northern oil.B.C. is fighting the pipeline in the federal Court of Appeal and in B.C. Supreme Court. It has also referred to the B.C. Court of Appeal its own proposed legislation to cap oil shipments across the province.Enbridge Inc., North America’s biggest crude pipelines operator, has denied it is negotiating to take over the Trans Mountain expansion project. Rival pipeline company TransCanada Corp. didn’t respond to a request for comment on Monday.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc., a company hit hard by oil price discounts in the first quarter and a committed shipper on the project, refused comment when asked if it is interested in buying a stake in the project.Kinder Morgan says it has already spent $1.1 billion of estimated $7.4 billion price of the project.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies mentioned in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB, TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Six stories in the news today May 30

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, May 30———TRUDEAU CONTINUES OFFICIAL VISIT TO ITALY TODAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will continue his official visit to Italy today, where he will meet Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and deliver an address to parliamentarians. Trudeau is promoting cultural and economic ties between the two countries, including the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. Trudeau met with Pope Francis on Monday, and says he asked the pontiff to apologize for the role the Catholic Church played in the tragedy of residential schools.———HEARINGS OF MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY START TODAYThe first family hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls begin today in Whitehorse. Forty families are registered to testify before the commissioners in both public and private hearings between today and Thursday. Commissioners will be examining and reporting on the causes of violence against indigenous women and girls by scrutinizing practices, policies and institutions, including policing and child welfare.———MINISTER SAYS FIGHTING FAMINE STARVES TERRORISMCanada’s international development minister says famine-ravaged countries in Africa and the Middle East will breed terrorism if the world can’t help feed their people and give them hope. Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadians may want to do the compassionate thing and help ease the suffering of 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. The government has launched a matching fund for famine relief in those four countries. It will match donations made to registered charities over the period of March 17 to June 30.———B.C. NEW DEMOCRATS TO VOTE ON DEAL WITH GREENSThe B.C. New Democrats are scheduled to vote today on a deal the party made with the Greens to pave the way for the formation of a new minority government. A Green party team has been negotiating with the NDP and Christy Clark’s Liberals since the May 9 election didn’t produce a clear winner. Premier Christy Clark has signalled she isn’t ready to immediately release her grip on power. She has promised to say more today after consulting her caucus.———NOVA SCOTIANS HEADING TO THE POLLS TODAYAfter a 30-day campaign, Nova Scotians will head to the polls today to elect the province’s next government. The major-party leaders fanned out across the province on Monday trying to sway undecided voters in the final hours before the provincial election. The NDP and Progressive Conservatives were once again focused on health care, with both parties challenging Premier Stephen McNeil’s track record.———CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN NURSE MANSLAUGHTER TRIALClosing arguments are expected to begin today in the manslaughter trial of an Ontario nurse who took a woman off life support without a doctor’s order. Joanna Flynn is also charged with criminal negligence causing death in connection with the events of March 2, 2014. Flynn was working in the intensive care unit of Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, Ont., that night and acted as Deanna Leblanc’s primary care nurse.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases the balance of international payments for the first quarter and the industrial product and raw materials prices indexes for April.— The Parliamentary Budget Officer posts a new report entitled “Following the Dollar – Tracking Budget 2016 Spending and tax Measures.”— Alberta Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee tables new child protection act in the legislature.— Three-week trial scheduled to begin for former RCMP inspector Tim Shields, who faces one count of sexual assault.— Scotiabank, Laurentian Bank among companies reporting second-quarter earnings.— Prince Harry attends the London launch of the U.K. team selected for the 2017 Invictus Games, which will take place in Toronto.last_img read more

Terrorism and climate change greatest threats to humanity Bangladeshi leader tells UN

“I am myself a victim of terrorism and violent extremism,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh said, recalling that on 15 August 1975, her father, mother, three brothers and other close relatives were brutally assassinated. “I was subject to terrorist attacks 19 times,” she continued. “My Government, therefore, maintains a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy to all forms of terrorism, violent extremism, and radicalization.”She insisted that her country is steadfast in tackling the extremists and anti-liberation forces who “continue to remain active in destroying the democratic, progressive and secular ethos” of Bangladesh.“Second, climate change poses formidable developmental challenge,” the Prime Minister stressed. “We would not be able to sustain our development endeavours if climate change cannot be effectively dealt with.”She noted that the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the Member States of the UN last Friday, makes it clear that all actions need to be underpinned by the strong commitment to protect and preserve the planet and biodiversity.“Bangladesh has taken lead in building regional cooperation processes,” she explained. “We have also taken initiatives to develop infrastructures to enhance trade and people-to-people contacts among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.”Sheikh Hasina also announced the decision to lead the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2016, with migration having been recognized as a key enabler of development in the 2030 Agenda. She further highlighted that Bangladesh is proud to be associated with UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding as a “leading troop contributor,” with its presence in 54 peacekeeping missions in 40 countries so far, and with the highest number of female police in UN peacekeeping missions.“Bangladesh is widely recognized today as a role model for the developing world,” she underlined, noting that during the last six years, the country’s average gross domestic product (GDP) growth remained about 6.2 per cent despite global recession.She informed world leaders that Bangladesh now offers stipends to 13.4 million students from poor families and free education for girls up to higher secondary level. The Government also distributed over 334 million free text books throughout the country.“Our lead role in the UN in promoting the rights and well-being of persons affected by Autism and other neuro-developmental disabilities emanate from our efforts to build an inclusive society,” she added.Finally, the Prime Minister recalled that her country recently settled the maritime and the land boundary demarcation and related issues with its neighbours, India and Myanmar.“We exchanged 162 enclaves whereby more than 50,000 ‘stateless’ enclave residents have got their much cherished citizenship’,” she said, adding that by doing so with India, a unique precedent has been set for the rest of the world. read more

Brock to power down for Earth Hour

Brock’s campus will go dark for an hour on Saturday, March 25 in order to shed light on the importance of energy conservation and environmental sustainability.The University will mark the 11th annual Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. with several energy-saving initiatives on campus.The worldwide event encourages people to reduce their energy usage, beginning with an hourlong blackout. It’s meant to raise awareness of the environmental impact of energy consumption and to promote conservation.Brock has been working for several years to reduce its environmental footprint and to educate students about being environmentally aware.To mark Earth Hour, the lights illuminating the Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock statue, as well as the main campus entrance sign, will be turned off, and lighting will be reduced in parking lots T, U and V.The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts will be turning off all non-emergency lighting, where safe to do so.While staff, faculty and students are encouraged to participate in Earth Hour by switching off all unnecessary lighting within their areas, they are asked to do so only when it is safe and are reminded not to use candles.Facilities Management continues to examine and implement new initiatives for the ongoing conservation of energy, while recognizing personal safety.Anyone with questions or suggestions regarding the initiative is asked to contact Customer Service Co-ordinator Joanne Phelan at ext. 3717, ext. 3905 or facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca, or to contact Electrical Services Manager Dave Corbett at ext. 6201 or dcorbett@brocku.ca.(Story by fourth-year Business Communication student Jennifer Nicholson) read more

Flexco introduces next generation of belt conveyor rollers Coretech

first_imgFlexco has added the CoreTechTM line of rollers to its wide range of products designed to maximise belt conveyor productivity. The next generation of troughing and return rollers are made of lightweight, high strength, corrosion- and abrasion-resistant composite materials.Designed to overcome common issues with belt conveyor rollers, CoreTech rollers are durable enough to tackle a variety of environments, feature lightweight construction, require less energy, and emit less noise than steel counterparts. The rollers provide the same CEMA (Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association) ratings as steel rollers with no loss of functional performance, while providing a longer service life and superior wear when compared to steel.Not only is the material durable enough to resist abrasion and friction on the surface of the roller, the field-proven seal design offers unmatched corrosion resistance and bearing protection on the inside of the roller. The centrifugal seal also prevents trapped material from damaging the end disk, which can result in premature roller failure.Despite the heavy-duty construction and solid performance, CoreTech rollers are 40-50% lighter than steel. In most cases, a CoreTech roller requires only one person to lift, carry, and place, requiring less manpower and increasing productivity, while adhering to one-person lifting limits.With low breakaway mass, the rollers also require less energy or torque to start rotation. This, plus a low running friction, decreases power consumption and can contribute to lower electric bills. CoreTech rollers also create far less noise than steel rollers. The notable difference can make an impact on worker safety and save an operation from costly fines associated with noise pollution.last_img read more

New Apple patent puts a display on the Magic Mouse

first_imgApple may have big plans for its Magic Mouse if it acts on the technology included in a recent patent application. The Magic Mouse connects to a Mac via Bluetooth and is marketed as the world’s first multi-touch mouse featuring the same multi-touch technology as used on the iPhone. The mouse’s design also allows it to act as if it has one button or two.While the specs of the current Magic Mouse are impressive enough, Apple may be hoping to kick up the next generation of the Magic Mouse a notch through the inclusion of a display. Such a display could not only show text and even video, but the patent also talks about introducing a touchscreen which would give users the ability to access a numeric keypad or other types of virtual buttons to expand the type of input the mouse is capable of.Any type of touchscreen technology could be used including resistive, capacitive, and other sensing technologies. The touchscreen could also be introduced in conjunction with collimated glass whose transparent qualities would allow any image beneath the mouse to be displayed on the mouse’s surface.Covering all of its bases, Apple doesn’t just limit this technology to the Magic Mouse, but opens the door for it to be implemented into other gadgets including the iPhone, iPod touch, a MacBook trackpad or other stand alone devices. Apple categorizes this use of the technology under what they call a “Graphics Pad.”Read more at Patently Applelast_img read more

I just wanted to see what this whole talk about Joe was

first_img Share10 Tweet Email3 By Ryan Bailey Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 2:45 PM With defence coach Andy Farrell away with the Lions, Schmidt drafted O’Gara into his coaching team for the first two weeks of the summer tour, concluding with that game in New Jersey, before Leinster’s Girvan Dempsey and Munster attack coach Felix Jones take over for different stages of the Japanese leg.And before meeting up with the squad, O’Gara admitted he didn’t know what to expect of Schmidt.“I’d heard a lot from previous players about detail and getting his message across,” he continued. “The biggest thing that struck me was his energy, his enthusiasm, he’s just unrelenting, you know?“I think obviously too he has a young squad who are just mad keen to learn and so happy to be where they are, it’s completely different from a club set-up, like at Racing where we’ve a fair few fellas over 30. O’Gara shares a joke with Schmidt during camp at Carton House. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“In Ireland they were all young and inexperienced, mustard-keen. Joe just has everything prepped, everything organised, ‘this is how we’re going to play’, ‘this is how you need to do it in this situation’ and the message is so simple. It’s so simple, it all adds up, what he wants to do.”It was an environment O’Gara would have relished as a player. 29,288 Views RONAN O’GARA’S RETIREMENT towards the end of the 2013 season came hand-in-hand with Joe Schmidt’s arrival as Ireland head coach, so the former out-half had left the set up by the time the Kiwi tactician took the reins. O’Gara with the squad ahead of last weekend’s game against USA. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOOver the last four years, O’Gara, like the rest of us, has watched Schmidt mastermind back-to-back Six Nations wins from outside the bubble. We like to think we know what goes on in that environment and how Schmidt governs it but the truth is that you have to be inside those four walls to truly appreciate it.O’Gara had also heard first hand from former team-mates of Schmidt’s methods, and his unflinching and meticulous work ethic, but it wasn’t until he spent two weeks in the thick of a national camp that he fully realised what they were talking about.“It was brilliant, a week in Carton House and a week in the States,” he says of his time with Ireland before last week’s Test match against USA. “I just wanted to see what this whole talk about Joe was in terms of everyone seems to have an opinion on him. I think it’s important you see him for an extended enough period of time and make a judgement on it then so it was fascinating.” https://the42.ie/3443576 ‘I just wanted to see what this whole talk about Joe was. It was fascinating’ Ronan O’Gara was left hugely impressed by Joe Schmidt and his players following a recent coaching stint with the national team. center_img 13 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Jun 14th 2017, 2:45 PM The 40-year-old added: “The biggest thing was three or four times every meeting, he says ‘you all have the licence to play’. That was really encouraging because I was fearful that these guys were going to turn into robots because everything has to be prescribed.“It was great that the video was stopped and it was ‘if there’s kick-space here you take it, Joey’, ‘if there’s kick-space here you take it’, ‘if it’s on to go, you take it’, ‘if you don’t execute right that’s a different story. If the idea is right I’ll back you’.“They have I think the best of both worlds. They can play what is front of them but they also have their map as he calls it.”– Ronan O’Gara was speaking today at the launch of the SoftCo Foundation at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. First published 14.18, 14 June.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Naoupu and Baxter among exciting Ireland 7s squad chasing World Cup qualification‘I got the letter under my door to say I was starting but then I was told I wasn’t in the 23′ Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Amphipolis tomb does not contain Alexander the Great remains

first_imgThe archaeologist leading the dig at the much-discussed ancient tomb of Amphipolis in Serres, northern Greece, laid to rest speculation that it may contain the remains of Alexander the Great.“I hope that by Christmas, if not earlier, we will have some news,” Katerina Peristeri told Melbourne-based Greek community newspaper Neos Kosmos.She added that the majestic tomb on Kasta Hill cannot possibly contain the remains of the great Macedonian general (325-300 BC), as it dates to after his death, in the latter quarter of the 4th century BC.“We don’t know what else is in there, but such a monument has never been discovered before on a global scale,” Peristeri said. “We are making new astonishing and stirring discoveries every day,” she said as archaeologists explore two large chambers and clear the way for entry into a third.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Climat la Nasa surveille lHimalaya

first_imgClimat : la Nasa surveille l’HimalayaNépal – La Nasa a lancé mardi à Katmandou un nouveau système qui permettra, grâce à des images satellites, de surveiller l’impact du changement climatique sur les montagnes de l’Himalaya.Baptisé SERVIR, ce système a été lancé en partenariat avec le Centre international pour la mise en valeur intégrée des montagnes (Icimod) de Katmandou, la capitale du Népal. Dans un communiqué, l’agence spatiale américaine souligne qu’il permettra de faire face aux menaces qui pèsent sur la biodiversité dans la région, en prévoyant les risques d’inondations, les feux de forêts et les tempêtes.À lire aussiBras robotique, astéroïdes et réchauffement climatique, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 26 juillet”L’ensemble de la région de l’Himalaya est comme un trou noir pour les scientifiques et nous espérons utiliser ce système pour combler le vide de données”, a expliqué Basanta Shrestha, un responsable d’ICIMOD. Les climatologues disposent de très peu de données sur l’impact du changement climatique dans cette chaîne qui abrite les plus hautes montagnes du monde.Alors que 1,3 milliard de personnes dépendent de l’eau des glaciers himalayens, ces derniers fondent à un rythme alarmant. Les experts craignent que cette fonte n’engendre de graves inondations, avant que ne se produisent des phénomènes de sécheresse.Le 9 octobre 2010 à 15:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Déforestation des herbicides répandus sur la forêt amazonienne

first_imgDéforestation : des herbicides répandus sur la forêt amazonienneUne immense zone de la forêt amazonienne a été récemment détruite par une nouvelle technique de déboisement illégal. 178 hectares ont été dévastés par des herbicides répandus par avion sur la forêt. Grâce au système de détection par satellite DETER (détection de la déforestation en temps réel), l’Institut brésilien de l’environnement et des ressources naturelles (Ibama) a repéré dans la forêt amazonienne une zone de 178 hectares dévastée par des herbicides répandus par avion, rapporte le journal Folha de Sao Paulo. En survolant cette zone, située au sud de la ville de Canutama, dans l’Etat d’Amazonas, l’Ibama a découvert des arbres blanchâtres et dépourvus de feuilles. Cette technique de déforestation clandestine est assez récente, souligne le chef de la division de contrôle et de surveillance de l’Ibama, Jefferson Lobato. “Les “bûcherons” ont changé de stratégie. L’utilisation d’herbicides leur permet de déboiser en peu de temps des surfaces plus importantes. Ainsi, ils n’ont plus besoin de mobiliser des équipes entières et peuvent déjouer notre surveillance” explique-t-il. Les agrotoxiques tuent très rapidement les arbres, en plus de contaminer le sol et les nappes phréatiques, et donc les animaux comme les hommes.Alors que L’Ibama n’avait jusqu’alors repéré que deux cas de déforestation chimique, en 1999 dans l’Etat d’Amazonas, puis en 2008 dans l’Etat voisin de Rondônia, il a découvert et saisi la semaine dernière près de quatre tonnes d’agrotoxiques “cachées au milieu de la forêt”. Parmi ces herbicides, les équipes de l’Institut ont trouvé du 2,4 D (acide 2,4-dichlorophénoxyacétique), l’un des constituants de l’Agent orange, qui crée par la multinationale Monsanto, avait été utilisé pendant la guerre du Vietnam pour empêcher les Vietnamiens de se cacher, et pour détruire leurs récoltes. Entre 1961 et 1971, des millions de Vietnamiens ont été exposés à cet herbicide, et des centaines de milliers de personnes en sont mortes.Le 11 juillet 2011 à 09:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Spurs need to move on from Wolves defeat – Pochettino

first_imgAhead of their game at Cardiff on Tuesday, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has urged his side to put Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Wolves behind them.Tottenham were in a fantastic run of six wins from seven games in all competitions, before last weekend’s shocking loss to Wolves.The North London club was just six points behind Liverpool and football pundits and fans raised talks of a potential title challenge this season.Last weekend’s setback now has them in third place in the league table and nine points behind leaders Liverpool.Spurs will travel to South Wales on New Year’s Day to face a resurgent Cardiff City side that has now won five of their last 12 Premier League game after their first away win of the campaign at Leicester on Saturday.“It’s going to be tough, Cardiff is a tough team to play against,” Pochettino told the club’s website.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“We need to move on (after Wolves) and try to be ready to compete because we’re going to need big energy to play. We need to be prepared for a big battle and we’re looking forward to it.“We’re not going to change because of a defeat. Of course, if you win it’s easier but we lost and now we keep going the plan that we designed and stick with it.“That’s football – we need to accept the defeat and move on.”last_img read more

Meredith Reports Thin Margins in First PostAcquisition Fiscal Results

first_imgMeredith Corp.’s Des Moines, Iowa headquarters.Meredith Corp.’s ongoing integration of Time Inc. has nearly doubled revenues for its national media business, but drastically thinned its profit margins, according to a quarterly earnings report issued Thursday morning—the first since completing a $2.8 billion acquisition of its former competitor.Revenues for the company’s National Media Group—which essentially comprises its magazine and digital media business—jumped to $479.3 million for the three months ending March 31, a 69 percent increase over the same period a year ago. Operating profit, however, tumbled to just $9 million, down from $41.3 million for the same period in 2017.“Our legacy Meredith businesses are performing in-line with our stated expectations, and we are aggressively focused on successfully integrating the acquired Time Inc. properties; strengthening our leading national and local media brands; executing our planned asset divestitures; and delivering on our synergy targets,” said Stephen Lacy, who transitioned from CEO to executive chairman in January, in a statement.To alleviate the burden of the massive acquisition, the company’s strategy remains unchanged from prior statements; selling off “non-core” properties like Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Money, and a 60-percent stake in ad-tech subsidiary Viant; improving advertising and circulation performance of the remaining Time Inc. titles “to at least industry norms;” and investing further in native advertising, video production, shopper marketing, programmatic advertising, and social media.“We are aggressively integrating the acquisition and forging a path for the ‘New Meredith’ in the marketplace,” added president and CEO Tom Harty. “Most notably, we have named publishers for all legacy Time Inc. premium-content brands.” The company says it expects advertising performance to begin to see “meaningful improvement” beginning in its 2019 fiscal year—which, for Meredith Corp., will begin on July 1—and that it still envisions up to $500 million in cost-saving synergies within the next two years, primarily by reducing headcount. Meredith announced in March that it intends to lay off about 1,200 employees by year’s end, on top of the 600 who will be let go with the shuttering of Time Inc.’s Tampa, Florida customer service facility.The company says it expects National Media Group revenues to climb as high as $600 million for its next fiscal quarter.Meredith’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.545 per share, keeping alive a 71-year streak of paying out regular quarterly dividends to shareholders.last_img read more

Stuttgarts diesel passenger car ban starts on April 1

first_img More From Roadshow 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV 18 Photos Enlarge ImageThinking of road-tripping your 2010 Audi TDI into Stuttgart this year? Think again, because it’s banned. Roadshow A number of German cities have been talking about banning older diesel cars but according to a report published Thursday by Reuters, Stuttgart is officially taking the plunge on April 1.The idea of banning diesel cars from entering city centers isn’t especially new or novel, but Stuttgart’s ban will include people who already live within the city. This means that if you own a diesel vehicle that conforms to Euro 4 emissions, you are no longer allowed to park it or drive it in town.But wait, there’s more. The city has not yet included Euro 5 emissions vehicles in the ban, but it plans to evaluate those vehicles’ emissions and is open to banning them as well later this year.Now, terms like Euro 4 and Euro 5 mean very little to most Americans. Essentially the Euro 4 ban encompasses all diesel passenger cars registered from December of 2010 and earlier. Euro 5a began in January of 2011 and Euro 5b ended in December of 2013.German officials have stated that they will grant some exceptions to the Euro 4 diesel ban, but it’s unclear at this time what conditions will have to be met for that to happen.Representatives from Stuttgart didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. VW Golf GT Sport TDI in photos Tags Commentscenter_img Share your voice 2 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Car Culture Diesel Carslast_img read more

4yearold fatally shoots himself in Bethel trooper housing

first_imgAn Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith/ KNOM)A 4-year-old died in an Alaska State Trooper housing unit in Bethel on Monday evening, despite the efforts of emergency responders.Download AudioAfter an investigation earlier today, officials believe the child was playing by himself in the living room when he got hold of a handgun and fatally shot himself. The gun was privately owned, according to the trooper dispatch.Alaska State Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain says there were two adults and two other children in the home, but based on a preliminary investigation, no one was in the room when the gun went off. The dispatch says the next of kin was on the scene when the incident happened.Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says a request has been made to send the child’s body to the State Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy. Peters says the child’s father is a state trooper and wasn’t home when the child was injured.last_img read more

SP Adanan Nayeem Asmi felicitates retired cops

first_imgKakinada: In total 21 police officers, staffs including two home guards were felicitated on Thursday on the eve of their retirement at the programme organised at District police office on Thursday.Participating in the felicitation programme, SP Adanan Nayeem Asmi complemented the services of the employees for over three decades. The SP wished them peaceful life after retirement. The SP on this occasion assured them to solve their problems if any after retirement. . The SP on this occasion directed the administrative officer of district police office to solve the pending issues related to these retired employees immediately. OSD East Godavari Arif Hafeez, police officers association leaders Balaram, Satyamurty and others participated.last_img

Trump rejects Russia report as bullshit

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. File photoA seething President Donald Trump launched a tirade Friday against the “bullshit” Mueller report on how he tried to thwart the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, while a leading Democratic opponent urged his impeachment.In early morning tweets, Trump called it “the Crazy Mueller Report” written by “Haters” and filled with statements that “are fabricated & totally untrue.”Some of the statements, he said, “are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad).”Just 24 hours earlier, the president crowed “Game Over” after the report by special counsel Robert Mueller was finally released, following two years of investigations.Crucially, the report stated that Trump’s election campaign never colluded with Russian meddling efforts, clearing the president of suspicions that he’d been in cahoots with the Kremlin.But Trump, spending the Easter weekend at his Florida golf resort, is now digesting the report’s findings that he was happy to benefit from Russian dirty tricks and tried repeatedly to hamper Mueller’s investigation.There was no let up for the president from opposition congressional Democrats.Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is vying to become the Democratic candidate against Trump in 2020, tweeted that the Democrat-led House “should initiate impeachment proceedings.”And House judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler issued a subpoena to try to force publication of still more documentation from Mueller, as well as the portions of the probe that were blacked out for legal or security reasons.Lying and swearingAlthough Mueller stated he was following Justice Department policy in not charging Trump with the crime of obstruction of justice, he laid out 10 instances where the president took steps in that direction.As a result, Mueller said he could “not exonerate” him.That statement was taken by Democrats as an invitation to pursue the president in Congress, while even a top Republican, senator Mitt Romney, broke from party lines to say he was “sickened” by the report’s findings.At minimum, the almost 450-page report — including scenes of a White House filled with lying, swearing and barely disguised panic — is deeply embarrassing for a president elected on a mission to clear Washington’s “swamp.”Adding to its weight is the fact that the material is based largely on sworn testimony by Trump insiders, rather than rival politicians.Whether the Mueller report has any immediate effect on the US political scene ahead of the 2020 elections, however, is uncertain.With Republicans controlling the Senate, Democrats would have little chance of removing Trump through impeachment. For now, Warren is an outlier, with other senior Democrats shying away from the “I” word.And Trump, who throughout the two-year investigation has claimed to be victim of a “witch hunt,” is using the latest uproar to cement his “us-against-them” appeal among a loyal right-wing support base.At his Palm Beach resort, Trump played golf with veteran right-wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, the White House said.He was also photographed by The Daily Mail in his limousine reading what appeared to be the front page of The Wall Street Journal, with coverage of the Mueller report release.Battle over, war continuesWhat’s sure is that publication of the Mueller report will not end the bruising fight.In another tweet, sent after Trump had finished his golf outing, the president threatened to take revenge.”It is now finally time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even Spying or Treason. This should never happen again!” he warned.Nadler fired the first shot for the Democrats, announcing a subpoena requiring the Justice Department to hand over all redacted parts, as well as huge quantities of supporting evidence.”Even the redacted version of the report outlines serious instances of wrongdoing by president Trump and some of his closest associates,” Nadler said.”It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward.”The Trump administration is likely to fight the subpoena, prompting a legal battle that could even go up to the Supreme Court.In its first reaction, the Justice Department called Nadler’s subpoena “premature and unnecessary.” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley slammed Nadler for “political grandstanding.”Another powerful Democrat with subpoena power, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, tore into Trump, saying his campaign’s Russia contacts were at a minimum unethical and that Congress should now determine whether his obstruction attempts amounted to a crime.”As I said some time ago, whether these acts are criminal or not…, they are unquestionably dishonest, unethical, immoral, and unpatriotic, and should be condemned by every American,” Schiff said.last_img read more

Texas Democrats Prepare For State Convention In San Antonio

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:53 X One week from today, Texas Democrats will gather in San Antonio for their state convention. They will choose delegates to the party’s national convention in Philadelphia, and also set their state political platform, laying down goals for the 2017 legislative session.Texas has gone in the Republican column in every presidential election since 1980. Few are predicting 2016 will be the year the state turns blue, even with the state’s rapidly growing Hispanic population and an expected backlash against anti-Latino rhetoric by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. So what influence can Texas Democrats hope to have next month in Philadelphia?Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“The vice chair of finance is Henry Muñoz, who’s from San Antonio,” says Katie Naranjo, who represents Texas on the Democratic National Committee. “And also Leticia Van de Putte, former state senator [and 2014 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor], has been appointed to serve as the co-chair of the rules committee, and so we have two Democrats from Texas who are placed in very prominent roles at the national convention.” Gage Skidmore via FlickrSecretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaking before a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona.Other personal bridges between the state and national parties will come in the form of Julián and Joaquin Castro, both of whom will be featured speakers at the Alamodome. The two brothers grew up in San Antonio, raised by a single mother. Joaquin now represents the city in Congress. Julián, the city’s former mayor and now secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is regularly mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.“Secretary Castro is going to, one, reestablish the narrative of working Americans, no matter their skin color, and visually provide a contrast to Donald Trump, who came from a family of means, and also define what the issues are that Democrats are going to be fighting for this election,” Naranjo says. That means a push for comprehensive immigration reform at the national level.For the state platform, top priorities include school finance, Medicaid expansion, and amending or rolling back the Voter ID law. And just as Republicans did at their state convention in Dallas, Democrats are likely to weigh in on the Obama Administration’s directive on transgender rights.“We Democrats would like to keep the $10 billion that the state receives to fund Title I and all these programs that almost every child in the state is touched by,” says Arthur Pronin, president of the Meyerland Area Democrats, who is campaigning to represent West Houston as a delegate to the national convention in Philadelphia.Title I of the Elementary and Secondary School Education Act provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or percentages of students from low-income families. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Texas would forgo the money rather than comply with the transgender directive, which he argues is a threat to children’s safety. That’s a charge Pronin dismisses. “We will fight tooth and nail to prevent any revocation of federal funds for the education system simply over unfounded, and I would dare to say, prejudiced concerns over transgender students and restroom access,” Pronin says.It’s hard to see how the Democrats can translate their platform into action. The party is in the minority of both houses of the Texas legislature, and it hasn’t won statewide office in more than twenty years. But Charles Kuffner, who writes the progressive political blog Off the Kuff, says the San Antonio conclave could help lay the groundwork to change that.“While Trump has all of his baggage, our governor and lieutenant governor and our most recent past governor have all endorsed him,” Kuffner says. “So, it’s an opportunity for Democrats to look forward two years when you’ll have state elections and say, ‘Hey, these guys are busy embracing Donald Trump. They own everything, all of these awful things that he’s been saying and doing as much as he does.’”While the Democrats are meeting in San Antonio, Trump himself will make his first swing through Texas since clinching the GOP nomination. He’s scheduled to visit Dallas on Thursday, June 16 and Houston Friday, June 17. Listenlast_img read more

HTC Vive Gets a 200 EyeTracking Upgrade

first_imgStay on target British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality HTC’s Vive is about to get some upgrades. One of the first is an eye-tracking suite called aGlass, from Beijing-based startup, 7invensun. According to UploadVR, the kit will have two eyepieces that fit just inside the mask. They connect with the headset itself, allowing your computer to track pupil movement with an array of sensors.Eye-tracking is a relative newcomer to the gaming input space with only a handful of companies like Tobii and Fove working on the technology. That said, they can offer some exceptional benefits, and current models are already a lot more accurate than you’d suspect.Foveated Rendering can be used to squeeze some more frames out of wimpy gaming hardware, for example. It works much like the view distance slider in most games — if you only render what people are looking at, you don’t have to worry about cramming detail throughout. Foveated Rendering allows computers to focus only on what you’re actually looking at, which can yield some big gains. Some have tried to use the tech for narrative while others have tacked on a few features to their games, but the potential is certainly there for more. Or at least that’s HTC’s hope.aGlass is among the first to emerge from HTC’s Vive X accelerator program — an initiative meant to help foster a community of VR developers, manufacturers, and enthusiasts. Applications closed earlier this year, but those accepted gain access to tons of resources from VR veterans, including monetary investment.The aGlass kit will be available to pre-order for a little over $200 in June, with shipments expected later this year. While I’m sure the device will be great, I’m still skeptical of the entire idea behind VR. As I’ve said a few times before, VR is largely a stepping stone to the real innovation — augmented reality — and it’ll be some time yet before that’s ready for primetime. For now… whatever floats your boat, I guess?last_img read more

Nicaragua bets on energy revolution

first_imgBy David Hutt |Special to The Tico TimesBy 2017, Nicaragua wants 94 percent of its electricity needs to be sourced from renewable energy. But is this a reachable target?LEÓN, Nicaragua – In the town of San Jacinto, 90 kilometers northwest of Nicaragua’s capital, a geothermal power plant recently underwent an expansion. The San Jacinto-Tizate project sits on a hotspot between two volcanoes that has been called one of the most productive areas for geothermal activity on the American continent. Its owners, U.S-based Ram Power Corp., announced last week that phase two expansion is now commercially operational, which has brought the plant’s capacity to generate power up to a rate of 72 megawatts – up from 36 MW at the beginning of the year.What this means for Nicaragua is that in 2013, the project should be able to generate 17 percent of the country’s electricity needs, according to projections from the plant’s operators. Since the project relies solely on geothermal energy, it is an important step in Nicaragua’s “energy revolution,” which aims at breaking the nation’s reliance on oil and replacing it with renewable sources. The Nicaraguan government is optimistic. In the National Development Plan, officials calculate that by 2017, 94 percent of the country’s electricity needs will be sourced from renewable energy. If this figure is to be attained, power plants such as the San Jacinto project are essential. There are other positive signs for the Nicaraguan government. Over the past five years, the productive means for renewable energy have grown in leaps and bounds. In 2010, work finished on the second part of a wind farm near the city of Rivas, close to the Costa Rican border. Amayo I and II can now boast almost two dozen turbines, with a combined capacity to generate 63 MW. There also has been much talk of the construction of a hydroelectric plant in Tumarín, located in the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region. Construction is set to begin this year on that project, which will have the potential capacity to generate 253 MW. Emilio Rappaccioli, Nicaragua’s minister of energy and mines, is a leading advocate of clean energy, and is satisfied with his country’s progress over the past year. “Development of the San Jacinto project has become an example of natural resource development currently happening in Nicaragua. The development of these types of renewable energy projects is an essential component for Nicaragua’s future, further promoting the well-being and progress of the Nicaraguan people,” he said. According to ProNicaragua, the government’s investment promotion agency, in 2011 foreign investment in the renewable energy sector was valued at $217 million – an increase of 37 percent from the previous year. But how achievable is the goal of 94 percent and what would it mean for Nicaragua? In 2012, 40 percent of Nicaragua’s electricity came from renewable energy sources – an 8 percent increase from 2011. Over the coming year, targets set by the National Development Plan aim to increase this figure to 50 percent – an achievable increase given the previous year’s growth, officials said. If the renewable energy industry continues to grow at this rate, the 94 percent final target would be feasible. However, experts including the minister of energy and mines said that this feasibility depends on several aspects, including whether or not demand for electricity increases faster than the supply of renewable energy. A report by the Central Bank in September 2012 showed that in 2010, the average energy consumption of each Nicaraguan residence was 75 MWH. In 2011, this number had increased to 77 MWH. According to the report, in the first six months of 2012, demand stood at 58 MWH – meaning a potential demand of 87 MWH for the year. The commercial sector also experienced a similar trend in increasing demand. Furthermore, in late 2012, the Inter-American Development Bank approved a $35 million loan to Nicaragua in order to expand the availability of electricity. Through the loan, it is hoped that electrical coverage will be increased from 65 percent of the population to 85 percent – an extra 1.7 million Nicaraguans, most who reside in rural areas. While it is inevitable that this increase in electricity availability will create a higher demand, the government has responded with attempts to bring down consumption. A $17 million program by the Ministry of Energy and Mines seeks to furnish street lamps with energy-saving bulbs. According to the ministry, this will save the country 35 MWH annually. Another factor is that Nicaragua must give up its reliance on oil. Since President Daniel Ortega returned to power in 2007, the government has benefitted from low-cost oil imports from Venezuela, traded at “solidarity prices.” Nicaragua buys half of the oil up front and then pays back the other half through loans. This has allowed Nicaragua to expand electricity availability at a reduced price for a barrel of oil. However, it also has burdened the second-poorest country in the hemisphere with a substantial annual expenditure and debt. It also has meant that Nicaraguans pay one of the highest costs for electricity in Central America. Almost 80 percent of households rely on government-funded electricity subsidies.In order to overturn this dependence on oil and mitigate the high cost of electricity for the population, the government has pushed rigorously for more investment in renewable energies and has planned to decrease the amount of oil it imports. According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in 2013, Nicaragua will import almost two million fewer barrels of oil from Venezuela, at a savings of some $200 million. Nicaragua has courted foreign investment in renewable energy through tax and other incentives. The government recently reached an agreement with operators of the San Jacinto project for an increase in energy tariffs. Financially, this means that operators will be able to recover costs for the expansion with an annual increase on tariff rates by 3 percent until 2022.The executive chairman of Ram Power stated in response to this agreement: “We are grateful for the continued confidence and support of our project, and our company, at the highest levels of the Nicaraguan Government. President Ortega expressed a need to continue the development of the renewable energy sector in Nicaragua.”In November, the government approved a law to give tax incentives to investors of the Tumarín hydroelectric project at a rate of 3 percent income tax for 15 years. They also agreed to finance the construction of infrastructure to connect the plant to the national grid. The $1.1 billion investment from the project’s Brazilian owners previously was not forthcoming. But the Nicaraguan government hopes that substantial work could now begin as early as February due to the concessions.  For its efforts, Nicaragua has received the praise of several energy commissions. In 2012, the Inter-American Development Bank’s first-annual “Climatescope” report ranked Nicaragua second in Latin America for investment in renewable energies (Brazil was first). The report also recognized Nicaragua as the strongest supporter of green micro-financing in Central America. Yet, experts say two questions remain. Firstly, how will the change from oil-based energy to renewables affect the cost of electricity in Nicaragua? David Castillo, a chairman of the Nicaraguan Institute of Energy, expects rates to drop by at least 15 percent in the next five years. However, he has warned that any short-term price drops are unlikely. “Energy prices will start going down, but do not forget that last year we borrowed $107 million from ALBA [a left-leaning alliance of Latin American and Caribbean nations] to prevent power rates from rising. And this year they are loaning us $52 million. Whatever price reductions we get from renewable energy must first go toward paying off those debts,” he said. While it is certain that producing renewable energy is much cheaper than oil, the Nicaraguan government will have to come up with a firm plan on how to invest, construct and profit from a renewable energy economy in order to reduce the cost for most Nicaraguans. The second question is how the government will respond to a regime change in Venezuela. Currently, most of Nicaragua’s electricity demand is still supplied by oil. If ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was to be ousted from power or die, opposition parties have already stressed that they will end the “solidarity price” of oil to Nicaragua. Would an increasing cost of oil quicken the government’s drive towards renewable energies or would it hamper the effort, diverting funds and effort away from the plan?These questions remain to be answered, but what is clear is that if Nicaragua can keep up its annual 10 percent increase in renewable energy supplies, and at the same time reduce its dependence on oil, then it is more than likely that it could reach the target of 94 percent by 2017. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Jordan MPs vote to expel Israeli ambassador

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Jordan’s parliament voted unanimously to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall its own envoy on Wednesday, a day after Israeli lawmakers debated a proposal to take over a Jerusalem holy site administered by Jordanians.The vote by acclamation in Jordan’s 150-seat parliament is not binding to the Cabinet, which is keen to maintain diplomatic ties with Israel and, according to an official who spoke anonymously because of the issue’s sensitivity, plans no action before the Knesset debate concludes. Israeli lawmakers have not voted on the issue and it is unlikely to pass as the majority does not want to antagonize Muslims. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The discussion was initiated by the Likud Party’s Moshe Feiglin, who proposed the Jewish state wrest control from Jordan the al-Aqsa compound housing shrines revered by Muslims. Jordan was given a “special” role over the area in a 1994 peace treaty with Israel.The compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, is Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. It contains the Dome of the Rock, which enshrines the rock where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. But it is also Judaism’s most sacred place of worship, venerated by Jews as the Temple Mount. Jews believe the rock may be where the holiest part of the two ancient temples stood about 2,000 years ago _ and where religious Jews pray a third temple will one day be built.The site is so holy that Jews have traditionally refrained from praying on the hilltop, but attitudes among some Orthodox have been changing and there has been growing demand to allow Jews to pray there freely as well.To emphasize Muslim claims and custody of the compound, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas signed an agreement last April confirming their “common goal to defending” Jerusalem and its sacred Muslim sites “against attempts to Judaize the Holy City.” Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement At the time, a joint statement said the deal confirmed Jordan’s historic role as custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim sites, particularly the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound.The fate of Jerusalem and its shrines are to be determined in final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians brokered by the United States. In the negotiations, which resumed last summer, the two sides set an April target date for agreeing on a framework for peace. But in recent weeks, they appear to have hardened their positions.Jordan’s king, whose royal Hashemite dynasty claims ancestry to the Prophet Muhammad, wants a future deal to satisfy Arab claims to east Jerusalem.Jordan also maintains de facto custody over Christian shrines in east Jerusalem, which it ruled along with the West Bank for 17 years ending with Israel’s seizure of the territory in the Six-Day War of June 1, 1967.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more