zoom Chinese shipyards have experienced a 31.5 percent decline in newbuilding order intake reaching 9.86 million dwt in the first five months of this year when compared to the corresponding figures from last year, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) said.At the end of May, the orderbook backlog came at 85.15 million dwt, a drop of 30.7 percent year-on-year and down 14.5 percent in comparison to the end of 2016.However, the completion volume of new ships saw a steep growth. Namely, during the said period, the country’s shipbuilders completed 22.93 million dwt of newbuilding tonnage, up by 78.8 percent year-on-year.According to CANSI, the country’s 53 key shipbuilders completed 19.57 million dwt equivalent of new ships, up by 63.5 percent. Nevertheless, when it comes to new orders, the key shipbuilders had secured 8.74 million dwt of new tonnage, which is down by 37 percent year-on-year. At the end of May, the yards’ orderbook reached 80.61 million dwt, dwindling by 31.6 percent.The figures have been announced as the country’s shipbuilders launch its largest ship yet – the first 20,000 TEU containership COSCO Shipping Taurus. World Maritime News Staff
Maritime industry stakeholders all over the world are increasing their contribution to the reduction of carbon footprint. While shipping companies decided to modify their vessels in order to comply with the upcoming 2020 Sulphur Cap regulation, the port industry took their own measures to cut pollution.One of these is India’s second-largest, private-sector port and terminal company by capacity and throughput, Essar Ports, that has a total operational capacity of 110 MTPA in India.Speaking to World Maritime News, the company’s CEO & MD, Rajiv Agarwal, said that Essar Ports believes that green ports “are truly the future of the industry.”Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar PortsAgarwal explained that the company took numerous steps and has invested in reduction of the carbon footprint at all of its four terminals by implementing technologies such as cold-fog system, sprinkling systems for dust and pollution control, completely mechanized handling facilities ensuring zero spillage and covering the entire conveyor system.He added that these measures “have been pivotal in our vision of developing environmentally friendly facilities.”Additionally, developing deeper draft ports and terminals enabled operations with larger parcel size “which further the initiative lowering carbon footprint. We will continue to invest in modern technologies which ensure cargo handling through environmentally friendly means.”Essar Ports’ terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel, power and cement.So far, the company has invested more than USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilities in India. Essar Ports said that its terminals are not only capable of handling the biggest ships sailing today “but also provide one of the best turnaround times of India,” contributed by the modernization and development of the company’s Vizag iron ore handling complex.The iron ore handling complex can now berth Super Capesize vessels up to 200,000 dwt, with a depth of 20 metres. The 24-million-tonne terminal has seen a growth rate of 45% in overall cargo throughput driven by a sharp increase in new customers, the company explained.Speaking about Essar Ports’ future plans, the CEO noted that the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow its businesses as the four terminals have further expansion possibilities.“Our target is to grow at a rate of more than 20% in the near future. To achieve this growth we have put a strategy in place to expand our customer base in the near future. The focus is now on increasing revenue, diversifying cargo base, optimizing costs, and improving our operational and financial performance.”During the first quarter of the year, Essar Ports reported a 17.4% growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals. The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tonnes, up from 11.5 million tonnes in the same period of 2018.Of the four terminals, the Salaya and Vizag terminal showcased a strong performance in cargo handling with a striking increase in third-party cargo utilization thereby helping the company achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes of cargo by the end of the current financial year.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports (Hazira Port)
The researchers say that a number of creatures, probably Homo sapiens, made the tracks while moving down a dune surface. This is the first reported hominid tracksite in the world from this time period and adds to the sparse global record of early hominid tracks. The trackway site also represents the largest and best-preserved archive of Late Pleistocene hominid tracks found to date.The narrow confines of the cave, often with a space of 50 cm or less between floor and ceiling, made for significant challenges in the documentation. However, thousands of photographs of the track-bearing surface were taken. Dr. McCrea then used the photographs to develop 3D photogrammetric models of the trackway. Combined with a track map, the digital data will make it possible to create exact replicas of the track-bearing surface. A similar technique has been used in the Peace Region to document dinosaur trackways.The full article can be read at: www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22059-5 TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — Two Peace Region-based palaeontologists have made important scientific discoveries on dinosaurs in the past, but this time Drs. Charles Helm and Richard McCrea were researching creatures that lived much more recently.An international team of researchers led by Dr. Helm has published an article today in the open-access journal Scientific Reports which draws attention to a Late Pleistocene hominid trackway site that was identified two years ago on the south coast of South Africa. Up to forty hominid tracks were found on the ceiling and side walls of a ten-metre long cave. The tracks are thought to have been made approximately 90,000 years ago when the nearby shoreline would have been about 2 kilometres away. A 3D image of a portion of the northern trackway surface. Photo by Dr. Richard McCrea Tracks on the southern surface, with 10 cm bars for scale. Photo by Dr. Charles Helm Dr. Charles Helm examining the northern track-bearing surface, which forms the ceiling of the confined inner part of the cave. Photo by Guy Thesen.
The $9.8 project, will have field operations beginning in early 2020, shares GHGSat. Measurements will be conducted using GHGSat’s newest satellite platform, (GHGSat-C1, or “Iris”) in combination with an aircraft-mounted sensor that GHGSat has in development, shared the company.GHGSat is the first and only private company to own and operate high-resolution satellites designed to measure greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities around the world.To learn more about GHGSat; CLICK HERE CALGARY, AB – A $3.3M funding agreement for a study of emissions from oil and gas operations in the Montney region of BC is being funded from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for GHGStat to provide monitoring services.According to GHGSat, their project’s primary objective is to demonstrate that a tiered monitoring system using GHGSat’s satellites and aircraft instruments can detect more leaks quicker and more cost-effective than the regulatory standard, based on optical gas imaging cameras.“GHGSat understands the need for globally standardized technology to quantify GHG emissions from industrialized facilities. Their innovative satellites can reduce monitoring costs in the oil sands by over 50%. More frequent and accurate reporting better informs the industry on where and how to reduce GHG emissions. SDTC is proud to invest in GHGSat as it develops a solution to help reduce GHG emissions from industrialized sites,” said Zoe Kolbuc, Vice-President, Partnerships, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
New Delhi: A Rohini court on Monday nullified the cancellation report filed by Delhi Police and issued a summon for former Haryana Home Minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and his aide Aruna Chadha in the case of Anuradha Sharma’s suicide, six months after her daughter, Geetika committed suicide in August 2012. Anuradha (62) had hanged herself fearing persecution from Kanda and his associates, who were already threatening and harassing her, according to verbal testament given by Dinesh Sharma, Geetika’s father and the complainant in the case. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources familiar with the case told Millennium Post that after Geetika quit Kanda’s airline and moved to Dubai, he allegedly mailed false allegations about her professional abilities to her employers there. In her suicide note, Geetika blamed Kanda and his continued abuse as the prime reason for taking her own life. At the cancellation report hearing, the complainant added that he could not understand what had happened when he received a copy of the cancellation report in the case. The investigating officer at the time, Jawahar Singh, who also testified before ACMM Ekta Gauba, claimed that statements of the complainant, his son, and another relative were completely untraceable and that is why the cancellation report was filed in the case. However, Judge Gauba observed that Singh ‘deliberately’ failed to place the witness statements on record, hence writing to the Home Ministry asking for action to be taken against him. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile reading her order, Judge Gauba said, “In her second suicide note, she (Anuradha) imputed that she is dying because of the death of her daughter due to (harassment and torture by) accused Gopal Goyal Kanda and accused Aruna Chadha. The complainant also testified that Anuradha was one of the prime witnesses in the case of his daughter’s suicide, as she was aware of all kinds of abuse inflicted upon Geetika by Kanda and his associates. The court has asked the concerned police station to trace and place on record witness statements pertaining to the case. Kanda and his aide have to appear in court on April 15, to testify in the case.
Bengaluru: State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa Friday predicted the defeat of top leaders of the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance, including former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, senior Congress leaders Veerappa Moily and Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha polls. Signalling possible political instability in the state after the Lok Sabha poll results, the former Chief Minister said differences between Congress and JD(S) wouldincrease after the results are out on May 23. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “I have been saying this with confidence that we will win more than 300 seats across the country this time. InKarnataka, we will win at least 22 (out of 28) Lok Sabha seats. I’m saying this with confidence,” Yeddyurappa said. Addressing party MLAs, MPs and leaders meeting in the backdrop of bypolls to Chincholi and Kundgol assemblyseats on May 19, he said “the atmosphere is in our favour to an extent that Veerappa Moily has already lost against our candidate; in Kolar also K H Muniyappa will lose against our candidate Muniswamy.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “According to our calculations, Mallikarjun Kharge will lose against our candidate 100 per cent, and in Tumkur the situation is that you will not be surprised if Deve Gowda is defeated. This is what we are hearing, I’m not saying this forthe media or to satisfy you, this is based on information we have gathered,” he added. While JD(S) patriarch Gowda is pitted against BJP’s Basavaraj in Tumkur, Congress leader and former chief Minister Moily is fighting a tough battle against BJP’s Bachche Gowda in Chikkaballapur. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is fighting Umesh Jadhav of BJP in Gulbarga, and in Kolarformer Union Minister K H Muniyappa of Congress is pittedagainst Muniswamy of the saffron party. Claiming that stalwarts of the Congress-JD(S)coalition wouldface defeat in this election, Yeddyurappa said the internal rift between the partners has once againstarted, and after the poll results are out thesituation would worsen. “In such a situation, by-elections for Chincholi and Kundgol have also come, which we will have to win hundred per cent,” he said, adding that names of candidates have been recommended to the party high command and would be finalised and announced by tomorrow. The outcome of the by-polls, along with the Lok Sabha results, is crucial for the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance as it would have a bearing on the longevity of the coalition government, triggering the numbers game in the assembly. The by-poll to Chincholi was necessitated as Umesh Jadhavquit as Congress MLA and joined BJP to contest the Lok Sabha pollsfrom Gulbarga, while Kundgol seat fell vacant following thedeath of MLA and Minister C S Shivalli.
A little over a month ago, CEO Doug Manoni informed staffers that he intended to step down and transition to executive chairman after eight years at the company helm. Minna RheeSourceMedia’s chief product and audience officer, Minna Rhee, has left the company after four-and-a-half years, a company spokeswoman confirmed to Folio:.Rhee joined SourceMedia late in 2103 as chief digital officer, at the time a new role created amid the company’s ambitious and subsequently well-documented digital expansion.She served for a time as chief digital and marketing officer, overseeing initiatives like the company’s relaunch of its digital platforms under a unified CMS before shifting to chief product and audience officer, her most recent title, around the time Matt Yorke was brought in from IDG as chief marketing officer, in January 2017.Representatives for SourceMedia didn’t go into detail on the circumstances surrounding Rhee’s departure, and Rhee declined to comment, but her name and title appear to have been removed from SourceMedia’s corporate homepage as well as the mastheads of its various brands, including The American Banker and Financial Planning, at some point over the last three weeks.
The House adopted the fiscal 2016 conference budget resolution last Thursday, a compromise that strips out a procedural hurdle that could have blocked the Senate from allocating tens of billions of extra dollars included in DOD’s war account.To evade the $523 billion Budget Control Act cap on national security spending, the budget blueprints advanced in both the House and Senate allot $96 billion — including $58 billion requested by the Obama administration and $38 billion in extra funds — to the department’s overseas contingency operations account (OCO). That account is not subject to the budget caps.The Senate version, however, included a point of order on spending from the OCO exceeding $58 billion, a mechanism that likely would have required defense hawks to produce 60 votes to override any objections raised by Senate Democrats or fiscal conservatives. The maneuver essentially would have counteracted the chamber’s attempt to sidestep the budget caps by stashing extra funds for DOD in the OCO.House and Senate conferees removed the Senate point of order due to pressure from defense hawks, reported CQ Roll Call. The Senate is expected to take up the conference report, which will not go to the president for his signature, as early as today.While the compromise budget resolution removes any obstacles to appropriators allocating the extra defense funds, it will not become law and, as a result, does not settle the dispute between congressional Republicans and the White House over how to deal with the statutory spending caps. President Obama has vowed to veto any FY 2016 spending bills that adhere to the Budget Control Act caps or provide budgetary relief only to the Pentagon. Absent a bipartisan agreement to lift the caps for both defense and non-defense agencies, it is not clear how the government will be funded next year. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
US Justice Department Files Criminal Charges Against Chinas Huawei Huawei 5G TVHuaweiChina has warned against further retaliation after telecom giant Huawei was barred by the Trump administration from the US market. Taking strong note of the decision taken by the US President Donald Trump to bar American companies from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment posing a national security threat, Beijing has vowed to safeguard the rights and interest of its business firms.On Wednesday Donald Trump signed an executive order to bar US firms from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment which poses a national security threat. China has accused the US of taking the decision to purposely ban Huawei from US networks. Reacting sharply to Trump’s decision, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: “China will defend its business’ rights and interests. As for China’s view on the executive order (of Trump), we can say that nobody says this as a constructive and friendly gesture.” The US has raised apprehensions on Huawei-the world’s largest provider of telecommunications equipment for a possible spying risk to Western infrastructure networks. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang speaks during a briefing in BeijingGREG BAKER/AFP/Getty ImagesThe decision to restrict Huawei comes amid a fresh round of trade war between two of the world’s largest economies. The effect of the trade war can also be felt in the Indian markets, as the overseas investors offloaded over Rs. 1142 crore local shares on Wednesday trade. Lu said: “We have noted the US Department of Commerce decision. China always asks its business to comply with laws and regulations in export control and fulfill its international obligations. We always ask them to abide by other country’s laws regulations in their overseas business.”He further went on to add: “But we are against other countries’ unilateral sanctions based on domestic law and practices that abuse export control measures. We urge the US to stop such practice and create favorable conditions for business cooperation. China will take necessary measures to safeguard Chinese business’ legitimate rights and interests.” Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apparently, Huawei is fighting a major legal battle against the US to restrict the extradition of its CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada for violating American sanctions against Iran. Meng, the daughter to Huawei owner Ren Zhengfei, has been put behind the bars for her role in misleading banks about the company’s business dealings. However, Huawei has argued that the Trump administration is purposely targeting the company as it has emerged as a major challenge for the next generation 5G telecom technology.
Although Shubman Gill is not part of the Indian team, the youngster has been scoring runs for fun against the West Indies ‘A’, which seems to be the best way to make selectors give one a nod.Gill made history when he became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a first-class double ton, after he smashed a double century against West Indies A. He broke the long-standing record of former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir.India A was in trouble when they lost 3 quick wickets but Gill, along with his captain Hanuma Vihari, brought their side back on track with a superb partnership. The young right-hander scored an unbeaten 204 off 250 deliveries and zoomed past Gambhir’s record, which was set against Zimbabwe in a tour match back in 2002. Gill-Vihari partnership resurrected India’s innings Shubman GillMARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia A resumed at the overnight score of 23 for three. Gill lost his partner Shahbaz Nadeem for 13 when Hanuma Vihari joined him in the middle. The two resurrected the Indian innings and Vihari too brought up his century as they shared an unbeaten partnership of 315 runs for the fifth wicket.As soon as Gill went past his double ton, Vihari declared the innings. West Indies were 37 for no loss at the end of the day’s play as they looked to chase down 373 to clinch the match on the final day. Young Gill was one of the strongest contenders to find a spot in the Indian team as the selectors were looking to blood in young names for the ODI unit after India’s ouster from the semi-finals of the World Cup. However, he did not find a spot and the right-hander expressed his disappointment at missing out on selection despite a string of good scores. Hanuma VihariGetty”I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads,” Gill told CricketNext. “It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors.”Prior to the Test series, he had finished the one-day series as the top run-getter with 218 runs in four matches, averaging 54.50 with a strike rate of 98.19. He hit three half-centuries and was also adjudged the Man of the Series.
Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar’s powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya Muslims.Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced it would freeze the assets of officers including a lieutenant general who commanded a special operations group believed to be behind atrocities.Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said the officers — Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung, Than Oo and Khin Maung Soe were “responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command”.The five, some of whom are since believed to have stepped down from their posts, will also be banned from travelling to Australia.Around 700,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes in Rakhine state, in southwest Myanmar, since 2016.The campaign has been marked by numerous extrajudicial killings, mass rape and the burning of villages by security forces.
Kolkata: In a bid to avert any incident of fire, the state government is taking all necessary moves to ensure a “hogla pata free” Gangasagar Mela in 2019.Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island takes place in January every year, in which lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country turn up to take holy dip at the confluence of river Ganga.The state government initiates the necessary planning from September onwards to ensure a safe and secure Gangasagar Mela and a meeting with the Chief Secretary was already held in Nabanna in the last week. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, initiatives have been taken to make the mela “hogla pata free”. Usually, hogla leaves are used in making makeshift accommodation facilities for people who visit the place during the mela.More than 1,000 huts are required to be set up every year for accommodation of the people. But it has been pointed out that the hogla leaves highly inflammable. There was also an incident of a small fire at the Gangasagar Mela in 2017. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe matter came up in the meeting that was held in Nabanna last week and the concerned authorities have started carrying out the necessary work to find out an alternate material, using which the huts can be made.”Engineers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, the modal department to organise the mela, are carrying out a study to finalise the material that can be used to construct the makeshift huts,” said a senior state government official, adding that it was initially thought that corrugated tin can be used to build the huts. “But it would not be that safe as it is a good conductor of electricity. Since many wires need to be laid to transmit power to the makeshift structures, using corrugated tin would not be a good option,” the official said. He further added that the PHE engineers are trying to find out a fire retardant material that can be used to construct the huts.Makeshift accommodation facilities are set up for senior administrative and police officers, media persons, volunteers and pilgrims. Hogla leaf huts lined up one after the other had been a common feature of the mela for ages. Now, with the initiative taken by the state government, it would be a safer and more secure mela for the pilgrims.
March 13, 2019The Cosanti Foundation is once again participating in Modern Phoenix Week! Participants of this annual celebration of Architecture and Design will be invited for an intimate tour of Cosanti on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00-11:30 am and again on Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00-10:30 am. These two special tours are being offered for a suggested donation rate of $20 per person, attendance is limited to 25.Register here for the tour on March 16th, and here for the March 23rd date. We’ll see you at Modern Phoenix Week!
Hungary’s Office of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has estimated that the country was home to 3.2 million TV subscriber households at the end of November.The number is based on the figures that show the country’s top 12 service providers had 2.8 million TV subs between them. By the end of the month, the operators had attracted 1.6 million digital TV subs, representing 57.8% of total customers. That number is up from 57.6% a year earlier. The number of digital cable and IPTV subscribers was up to 677,000 from 662,000 the previous month, while digital DTH services were taken by 909,000 customers and 42,000 took DTT services from Antenna Hungary.UPC was the market leader in November, with a market share of 26.1%, followed by DIGI with a 23% share and T-Home with 22.2%.
On a global basis the average internet connection speed increased by 17% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report.Content delivery network (CDN) provider Akamai said that the average global connection speed was 5.1Mbps in Q2, up 3.5% quarter-over-quarter, while the average speeds among the top 10 countries and regions all remained “well above 10 Mbps.”Global peak connection speeds increased to 32.5 Mbps on average, and increased in every top 10 country/region except Sweden, which remained unchanged from the first quarter at 62.8 Mbps, according to the study.Eight of the top 10 saw average peak speeds greater than 70 Mbps, while Singapore was the only country that saw a double-digit quarterly gain – a 12% increase to 108.3 Mbps.Other countries that ranked among the top 10 were Romania with speeds of 72.1 Mbps and Macao with an average of 62.6 Mbps.“We continued to see healthy increases in key connection speed metrics, particularly on a year-over-year basis. The improvement in connection speeds is vital as more content, not the least of which is video at increasingly higher levels of quality, is being delivered over the internet,” said David Belson, editor of the Akami report.Globally, 110 out of 144 qualifying countries/regions saw average connection speeds increase from the previous quarter, with growth rates ranging from a modest 0.4% in Senegal (1.5 Mbps) to a substantial 67% inTunisia (2.8 Mbps), according to the report.The study is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has signed a new deal with existing customer Dish Media Network of Nepal that will see the Tibetan country’s only DTH operator take additional capacity on the Amos-4 satellite.Dish Media Network’s Dishhome service will take additional capacity at the 65° East orbital slot to expand its line-up of standard and high-definition channels.Amos-4 has eight Ku-band transponders of 108 MHz and four high-power Ka-band transponders of 216MHz, each with steerable beams, enabling it to serve the Asian, African and Middle Eastern markets for DTH, video distribution, VSAT and broadband internet applications.Dish Media Network CEO Sudeep Acharya said: “This agreement will keep our growth trajectory moving forward and upwards. Our deep association with Spacecom’s AMOS-4 enables us to build out and expand our brand, further our strategic goals and strengthen our operations throughout Nepal.”David Pollack, president and CEO of Spacecom, said: “This agreement with Dish Media Network adds strength to our position in Asia. Amos-4’s power and focus on Asia makes it a prime choice for providing a range of satellite services in the region, as well as in East Africa.”