Drewry AsiaMed Prices to Remain Firm until Q4

first_imgzoom The westbound Asia-Mediterranean trade will witness firm prices until the fourth quarter of the year when the anticipated phasing in of larger ships will pressurise spot rates, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Headhaul traffic in the first quarter 2017 was revised upwards so that it now shows growth of 5.6%, up from the original 3% assessment. New Container Trade Statistics data for April and May shows the growth story has got even better with year-to-date volumes up by 6.9% to 2.3 million TEU.Exports out of Asia have been evenly distributed so far this year to the Western and Eastern regions of the Mediterranean, with the latter shading it by a mere 30,000 TEU. The growth rates to the two regions were more distinct with the East Med taking the spoils again with a rise of 8.9% after five months, versus 4.9% to the West Med.Carriers have slightly reduced the available capacity on the Asia-Mediterranean route since the April start of the new alliances, primarily through void sailings, of which there were three in May and two in June, Drewry informed. For July and August capacity will again be trimmed slightly and will be down by around 1% on the same months one year ago.Further ahead, Drewry estimates that 10 ships in the range of 5,000-9,000 TEU will be phased out to other trades, after cascading in of six 14,000 TEU ships and four 8,000 TEU ships from Asia-North Europe by the start of the fourth quarter.“As a result, we expect net capacity on the Asia-Mediterranean route to increase by around 1% westbound in the fourth quarter over the third, which might reduce load factors and freight rates in the traditionally slower quarter,” Drewry said.last_img read more

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Lowering GST on automobiles would help the economy Anand Mahindra

first_imgNew Delhi: Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra Wednesday said lowering GST on automobiles would help the economy, stating that the auto industry has a huge multiplier effect on small companies and employment. In a tweet, Mahindra echoed calls from the auto industry to reduce goods and services tax (GST) on vehicles amid a prolonged sales slump, with passenger vehicle sales recording the steepest decline in nearly 18 years in May when it dropped by over 20 per cent. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “What we’re all searching for is the ‘Mt. Mandara’ which can start the ‘Manthan’ of the economy & get it spinning faster. I’m biased, of course, but the auto industry is one such ‘Mandara’. It has a huge multiplier effect on small companies & on employment. Lowering GST would help,” he said. He was responding to a tweet by automotive magazine ‘Autocar Professional’ in which Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) ex-president John K Paul was quoted as saying that reducing GST on vehicles will kick-start growth again in the Indian auto industry, which is the third-largest employer in the country. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Earlier this month, the Society of Automobile Industry (SIAM) had sought reduction of GST on all vehicles to 18 per cent from the current rate of 28 per cent in the upcoming Budget. The passenger vehicle (PV) sales declined for a seventh straight month in May to 2,39,347 units against 3,01,238 units in the year-ago month. In fact, barring October last year, when sales were up 1.55 per cent, PV offtake has been in the negative in 10 of the last 11 months. The dip last month is the worst since September 2001, when sales had dropped by 21.91 per cent. All major segments, including two-wheelers and commercial vehicles, witnessed a decline in sales in May, SIAM had said. Vehicle sales across categories registered a decline of 8.62 per cent to 20,86,358 units from 22,83,262 units in May 2018.last_img read more

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Forests not enough

first_imgThe carbon cycle is classically described in terms of ‘sources’ and ‘sinks’ of emissions. The electricity sector, which converts fossil fuels into light and heat, is a source (as are most human activities since the dawn of the industrial age). Identifying sinks is trickier. We know that, as a general principle, more forest cover equals more carbon sequestration (or sink) potential. It is much more difficult to put a number on how much carbon forests can absorb. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe special report on Climate Change and Land released on August 8, 2019, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) illustrates this difficulty. It thus delivers a wake-up call for policymakers that aggressive forestry targets do not excuse cowardice in cutting emissions from fossil fuel use. To make this case, it explicitly identifies the limits of carbon sequestration by forests. The report estimates the mitigation potential from reducing deforestation and forest degradation at between 0.4 and 5.8 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide per year. By comparison, the energy sector accounted for 33 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018; coal alone accounted for over 10 gigatonnes. Also Read – Insider threat managementHeadlines may continue to give the impression that planting forests is a panacea for the climate crisis, but scientists are much less sanguine in their projections. The IPCC indicates that some land-based response options “take decades to deliver measurable results” because “adaptation and mitigation benefits from afforestation/reforestation depend on the growth rates of trees”. Besides, afforestation, reforestation and agroforestry “do not continue to sequester carbon indefinitely”—eventually “the net annual removal of CO2 from the atmosphere declines towards zero”. The report also notes that any sequestration gains are “at risk from future loss (or sink reversal) triggered by disturbances such as flood, drought, fire, or pest outbreaks, or future poor management”. The long view on forestry stands in contrast with the report’s statements on “Action in the near term”. This section of the report’s summary for policymakers makes clear that “the consequences of inaction on […] mitigating climate change exceed the costs of immediate action in many sectors”. It also makes clear the consequences for not acting immediately, stating that “[d]eferral of Greenhouse Gas emission reductions from all sectors implies trade-offs including irrevocable loss in land ecosystem services required for food, health, habitable settlements and production, leading to significant economic damage to many countries in many regions of the world”. (emphasis ours) The second type of magical thinking in the land-energy discussion centres on the question of bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This is a technological solution to generate net-zero carbon energy which has firstly, not been tested at scale, and secondly, will require extensive tracts of land to implement. Nevertheless, it has emerged as a buzzword in climate innovation. It is undeniable that all pathways that keep us below a 1.5°C threshold will require some amount of carbon capture and storage (CCS). However, there are other CCS technologies which are less land-intensive (but which do not generate energy). Moreover, the IPCC is clear that BECCS should not be a preferred solution for land-based mitigation. In its attempt to inform policymakers, the report’s summary explicitly divides such solutions into two categories: Those which contribute positively to sustainable development and other societal goals, which can be applied without competing for land and which have the potential to provide multiple co-benefits. This includes improved management of cropland and grazing lands, improved forest management, and increased soil organic carbon content. Those which increase demand for land conversion and which, if applied at scale, could have adverse side effects for adaptation, desertification, land degradation and food security. BECCS is the highlight of this category. The report, as with all IPCC reports, is scrupulously even-toned. Yet, it brings home the seriousness of the land-based challenge (particularly in its observation that, since the 1850s, the land surface air temperature has risen nearly twice as fast as the global average temperature). The report also clarifies the limits of land-based mitigation and differentiates risks associated with critical policy choices. Sustainable land management will remain an important counter-balance to carbon emissions. It must proceed hand-in-hand, however, with deep cuts to gross carbon emissions. DOWN TO EARTH (The author is Deputy Programme Manager, Climate Change, Centre For Science and Environment, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Three new Councillors elected in Pouce Coupe

first_img Pouce Coupe Donna H WhiteCouncillor93X Barbara E SmithCouncillor84X Andre J LavoieCouncillor78 Raymond K JohnstonCouncillor60 Marlene G HebertCouncillor80X Ken C DroverCouncillor93X Lorraine S MichettiMayorX SearchSearch inCandidatePositionVotesElected CandidatePositionVotesElectedcenter_img POUCE COUPE, B.C. – Three new faces will join Pouce Coupe Council.  Ken Drover, Donna White and Marlene Herbert will join incumbent Councillor Barbara Smith at the Council table.Mayor Lorraine Michetti was reelected by acclamation after Andre Lavoie dropped decided not to run for Mayor and instead ran for Council.  Lavoie and Johnston were unsuccessful in the bid for reelection.See the full results below.last_img read more

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Improved security permits some UN aid workers to return to Afghanistan

So far, a total of five staff members from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have returned to Faizabad, capital of the northeastern province of Badakhshan.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that it reopened its office in Kabul, which was reported as returning to normalcy with local staff reporting back to work.The agency also said that more than 1,300 Afghans returned home through Dogharoun, Iran’s main border crossing with Afghanistan, in the largest single-day return since the end of August. However, UNHCR was increasingly concerned about the possible influx of a new wave of Afghan refugees into Pakistan, said spokesperson Yusuf Hassan. “There are reports of population movements from the southern Afghanistan provinces of Kandahar and Helmand heading towards the Pakistani border.”As for the delivery of food aid, WFP said it was continuing to move food from Uzbekistan using barges on the Amu Darya River to a warehouse inside Afghanistan – 80 kilometres north of Mazar-i-Sharif.”Hopefully the Uzbek Government will be able to soon reopen the friendship bridge crossing the Amu Darya River allowing us to move faster and in bigger quantities by land rather than limiting aid agencies to the slow moving barges,” WFP spokesperson Lindsey Davies said. “We continue to supply the northern provinces from Turkmenistan as much as we can, but we cannot overstate the logistical importance of Mazar-i-Sharif, which sits on the crossroads to access of all the northern province.”WFP also reported that for the third day, no trucks used by the UN agency have moved into Afghanistan from Quetta and Peshawar in Pakistan. “The main fear from the Peshawar drivers is that the road into Kabul is an exit road for the Taliban and this route is flanked by other factions who wish to seize control, making it dangerous and unsafe to travel along,” the spokesperson said. read more

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Globalization must be harnessed to benefit rich and poor alike UN labour

The world’s interdependent economy benefits few and disenfranchises many, according to a new report presented today by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) which calls for building an “inclusive” globalization. A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All acknowledges that globalization’s potential for good is “immense” but warns that current imbalances in the world economy are ethically unacceptable and politically unsustainable. The report was issued by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, which was co-chaired by President Tarja Halonen of Finland and President Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania. Their report “offers no miraculous or simple solutions, for there are none,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, who originally proposed the panel. “But is an attempt to help break the current impasse by focusing on the concerns and aspirations of people and on the ways to better harness the potential of globalization itself,” he added. In New York, a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the ILO for the initiative and hailed the report’s release, voicing hope that the international community would heed its findings “on one of the most important issues of our time – the need to ensure that people throughout the world, and especially the poor, can benefit from globalization and have a voice wherever decisions about it are taken.”Among its recommendations, the Commission calls for fairer rules for international trade, investment, finance and migration as well as measures to promote core labour standards and a minimum level of social protection in the global economy. In addition, the experts underscore the need to mobilize international resources to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound targets for tackling global ills. The Commission calls for giving global priority to finding decent work for all – a goal that should be pursued through complementary national and international policies. “This would respond to a major political demand in all countries,” the experts observe, pointing out that accelerating jobs creation in all nations would help to reduce tensions within and among them. The report will be discussed by the ILO’s Governing Body in March, and the Director?General will make proposals for follow up to the International Labour Conference in June. It will also be submitted to national leaders, the UN Secretary-General and the heads of key international organizations, other intergovernmental bodies, and non-State actors in the global community. read more

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Encana posts reduced losses in 2016 expects 2017 to be a year

Encana posts reduced losses in 2016, expects 2017 to be a year of growth by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 16, 2017 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) says it delivered on its strategic objectives last year and is now poised for growth, after losing US$944 million in 2016 and US$5.17 billion in 2015.The 2016 full-year loss, which Encana reports in U.S. currency, included $1.4 billion of asset writedowns — substantially less than in 2015, when Encana recorded US$6.47 billion of impairments reflecting the reduced value of its assets.The Calgary-based company, which has focused its efforts on four large oil formations in Western Canada and the southern United States, says it recorded no asset impairments in the fourth quarter of 2016.Revenue was down sharply from the comparable periods of 2015, dropping by 34 per cent to $2.92 billion for the full year. But the year-to-year decline was smaller in the fourth quarter, when revenue was down 20 per cent to US$822 million.For the three months ended Dec. 31, Encana had a net loss of US$281 million or 29 cents per share in the fourth quarter — less than half as much as the $612 million loss, or 72 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.Encana chief executive Doug Suttles says the progress that was made in the fourth quarter will carry into 2017 — allowing the company to significantly increase production throughout the year and to improve its profit margins. read more

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Takata files for bankruptcy overwhelmed by air bag recalls

Takata files for bankruptcy, overwhelmed by air bag recalls Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S. on Monday, saying it was the only way to ensure it could carry on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.Most of Takata’s assets will be bought by rival Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned company based in suburban Detroit, for about $1.6 billion (175 billion yen).The company’s executives sought to reassure their customers, suppliers and shareholders in a news conference on Monday. With the company rapidly losing value while Takata struggled to reorganize its finances, filing for bankruptcy protection was the only option, Takata’s president, Shigehisa Takada, told reporters.“As a maker of safety parts for the automobile industry, our failure to maintain a stable supply would have a major impact across the industry,” Takada said in Tokyo.Takata’s inflators can explode with too much force when they fill up an air bag, spewing out shrapnel. Apart from the fatalities, they’re responsible for at least 180 injuries, and are grappling with the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. So far 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide including 69 million in the U.S., affecting 42 million vehicles.More than 70 per cent of the airbags recalled in Japan have been replaced, and 36 per cent in the U.S., said Hiroshi Shimizu, a Takata vice-president. He said progress of the recalls in other countries was unknown.Under the agreement with Key, remnants of Takata’s operations will continue to make inflators to be used as replacement parts in the recalls, which are being handled by 19 affected automakers.Takata will use part of the sale proceeds to reimburse the automakers, but experts say the companies still must fund a significant portion of the recalls themselves.“It’s likely every automaker involved in this recall will have to subsidize the process because the value of Takata’s assets isn’t enough to cover the costs of this recall,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader.Takata and the automakers were slow to address the problem with the inflators despite reports of deaths and injuries. Eventually they were forced to recall tens of millions of vehicles. The scope of the recall means some car owners face lengthy waits for replacement parts, meanwhile driving cars with air bags that could malfunction in a crash.The defect in the inflators stems from use of the explosive chemical ammonium nitrate in the inflators to deploy air bags in a crash. The chemical can deteriorate when exposed to hot and humid air and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister.At least $1 billion from the sale to Key is expected to be used to satisfy Takata’s settlement of criminal charges in the U.S. for concealing problems with the inflators. Of that amount, $850 million goes to automakers to help cover their costs from the recalls. Takata already has paid $125 million into a fund for victims and a $25 million fine to the U.S. Justice Department.Attorneys for those injured by the inflators worry that $125 million won’t be enough to fairly compensate victims, many of whom have serious facial injuries from metal shrapnel. One 26-year-old plaintiff will never be able to smile due to nerve damage, his attorney says.The lead attorney for people suing the automakers said in a statement following the announcement that he doesn’t expect the bankruptcy to affect the pending claims against the companies. Settlement agreements with Toyota, Subaru, BMW and Mazda already have won preliminary court approval, Peter Prieto noted.That settlement will speed the removal of faulty inflators from 15.8 million vehicles and compensate consumers for economic losses, he said. Claims are continuing against Honda, Ford, Nissan and Takata.Fallout from the bankruptcy filing came swiftly from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which said it was stripping the company founded in 1933 from trading as of Tuesday.Key makes inflators, seat belts and crash sensors for the auto industry and is owned by China’s Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. Its global headquarters and U.S. technical centre is in Sterling Heights, Michigan.Key said it won’t cut any Takata jobs or close any of Takata’s facilities.The Takata corporate name may not live on after the bankruptcy. The company says on its website that its products have kept people safe, and it apologizes for problems caused by the faulty inflators. “We hope the day will come when the word ‘Takata’ becomes synonymous with ‘safety,’” the website says.__Associated Press writers Mari Yamaguchi and Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo contributed to this report. Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, June 26, 2017. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) by Tom Krisher And Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2017 6:40 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Millennials have no qualms about GM crops unlike older generation

Two thirds of young people support the use of drones in livestock farming Show more Proposals put forward by Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, which are currently under public consultation recognise that developing the next generation of food and farming technology could reduce the impact of pests and diseases and improve the UK’s competitiveness. The ABC has called on the Government to use Brexit and the reset of agricultural policy to take advantage of ground-breaking technologies that have previously been blocked at EU level.It said the use of gene editing and GM technology in the UK, post Brexit, could help British farming flourish. Two thirds of young people support the use of drones in livestock farmingCredit: Ian Waldie/Getty Images The advent of genetically modified crops caused a scandal in the 1990s.But the younger generation is largely relaxed about eating GM foods, new research has shown, as farmers called for a post-Brexit technology revolution.Two thirds of under-30s believe technology is a good thing for farming and support futuristic farming techniques, according to a survey.Only 20 per cent of millennials expressed concerns about the benefits of gene editing or genetically modifying crops, despite decades of opposition and media warnings.The poll of more than 1,600 18 to 30-year-olds, carried out for the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), also found that around two thirds of young people support the use of drones in livestock farming to count sheep and in arable farming to assess, monitor and spray crops.A similar number also supports the use of innovations such as unmanned aerial vehicles to improve crop security and yields while only one in five object to the use of self-driving tractors on farms. Mark Buckingham, chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council said: “We are delighted to see young people embrace technology as part of the future of farming.“Using cutting edge technology and growing techniques will enable the UK to deal with the serious challenges of keeping our farmers competitive, maintaining a safe, affordable food supply, and protecting our natural environment.“With Brexit on the horizon, techniques such as editing individual genes in crops to make them more resistant to diseases are going to be essential to help British farmers and scientists lead the world in agri-science.” 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. read more

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Onesta to exclude Jerome Fernandez from French NT

The French NT head-coach Claude Onesta said for BEINSport that appearance of legendary NT captain Jerome Fernandez isn’t secure in the future because of the “role he wants to play”. Problems have been seen in January during the World Championship 2015 in Qatar, when Onesta sent public message to his captain, but it looks that things didn’t improved even after winning the gold medal.The 37 years old Fernandez has 385 appearances for the national team with amazing number of gold medals, but it looks that Onesta thinks that it is team for some sort of rejuvenation… Claude OnestaJerome Fernandez ← Previous Story EHF CL BEST 7: Back-line on IĆ with Scandi support… Next Story → 330 DAYS WITHOUT HANDBALL: Anita Gorbicz is back! read more

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Apple stops sale of PhotoFast 256GB SSD for MacBook Air

first_imgIt seems as if Apple has used its muscle to stop a company selling a very fast SSD upgrade for the MacBook Air that also doubles the device’s capacity to 256GB.PhotoFast started selling the drives last month which promised 64/128/256GB storage options, but more importantly 250MB/s read and write speeds. Apple ships an SSD in the MacBook Air only capable of 150MB/s.If you have any money left after buying an Air it sounds like a worthwhile upgrade: double the storage and a performance gain of around 30%. But the opportunity to buy one didn’t last very long as Apple has now stopped the company shipping them.Rather than take action against them through the courts, Apple seems to have had a quiet word with PhotoFast. As the company also sells accessories for Apple products as part of the MFi program, it’s easy to guess how the conversation went. “We really like having you on board with the MFi program, but at the same time we really don’t like you selling those SSD.”For PhotoFast it seems to have been a decision between losing a lot of revenue from accessories, or losing a bit from SSD sales.Read more at 9 to 5 MacMatthew’s OpinionI know Apple like to keep control of their products, but why is this upgrade deemed as unacceptable? PhotoFast is offering more storage and a performance gain at a price. It’s not going to be an option the majority of Air owners take, so why take the time to bar their sale?It may be that Apple is preparing to offer a 256GB model of the Air and update the SSD line to have faster read/write speeds. In which case PhotoFast would be encroaching on sales of those devices. However, it would remain a fringe player if consumers can get the same performance direct from Apple.This seems far too controlling to me, and unless Apple noticed some safety issue with the sale of these drives then I don’t believe it was the right thing to do. Consumers should have a choice about what they do with hardware they have purchased, and 3rd parties should be allowed to offer such alternatives if the main supplier does not.last_img read more

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I have fixed things but I am no longer your fixer Mr

first_img Updated Feb 27th 2019, 4:45 PM MICHAEL COHEN HAS testified that Donald Trump wrote a cheque to him, while president, to reimburse him for hush money paid to Stormy Daniels. In explosive public testimony to Congress today, Cohen also provided a copy of a cheque to him signed by Trump which he says was to reimburse him for payments made to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.  Cohen was Trump’s former personal lawyer and worked closely alongside him for 12 years, becoming vice president of the Trump Organisation. He described himself today as Trump’s “fixer”.“Mr Trump directed me to use my own personal finances……to avoid money being traced back to him that would negatively affected his campaign,” Cohen said of the hush money. “The President of the United States thus wrote a personal cheque for thepayment of hush money as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaignfinance laws,” he added.  Committee chairman Elijah Cummings later asked Cohen to clarify his comments:  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Cohen: “I am ashamed. Because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat.” #CohenTestimonyhttps://t.co/yYmIprYXf9 pic.twitter.com/06pIp5IvoI— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 27, 2019 Cohen has been jailed for three years for lying and tax evasion. Image: PA Images Image: PA Images 106 Comments Feb 27th 2019, 7:38 AM Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 4:45 PM By Rónán Duffy Cohen has been jailed for three years for lying and tax evasion. center_img 33,176 Views https://jrnl.ie/4514986 Donald Trump wrote you a cheque out of his personal account while he was serving as President of the United States of America to reimburse you for hush money payments to Miss Clifford? Is that what you are telling the American people today?“Yes, Mr. Chairman,” Cohen responded. Source: Youtube/CSpanCohen was testifying before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee on the second of three scheduled days of testimony on Capitol Hill.  Yesterday’s first session at the senate was behind closed doors.Speaking to representatives, he consistently attacked Trump’s character and conduct, labelling him as “a racist”, “a conman” and “a cheat”.In December, Cohen was jailed for three years for crimes including tax evasion and for lying to Congress about Trump’s business dealings in Russia.   “I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty, of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him,” Cohen said.“I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is.”Speaking today, Cohen said he would no longer lie on behalf of Trump. I have lied, but I am not a liar I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man. I have fixed things, but I am no longer your fixer, Mr Trump. (Click here if video doesn’t play)Cohen also said that he and his family have been intimidated by people connected to the president for his decision to speak about Trump. “Mr Trump called me a rat, for choosing to tell the truth, much like a mobster would do when one of his men decides to cooperate with the government,” he said.Cohen also told Congress that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks was planning to dump emails that were damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Cohen’s claims that Trump had advance knowledge of the emails contradict the president’s assertions that he was in the dark, but it was not clear what evidence Cohen had to support the allegation or even how legally problematic it would be for Trump.Special counsel Robert Mueller has not suggested that mere awareness of WikiLeaks’ plans, as Trump confidant Roger Stone is purported to have had, is by itself a crime. With reporting by Associated Press and © – AFP 2019  Source: The Daily Beast/Twitter ‘I have fixed things, but I am no longer your fixer, Mr Trump’ – Michael Cohen delivers explosive testimony Cohen has been testifying before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee today. Share26 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

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Découverte dun cousin du Trex doté de plumes

first_imgDécouverte d’un cousin du T.rex doté de plumesPubliant leurs travaux mercredi 4 avril dans Nature, des chercheurs chinois et canadiens décrivent une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure dont ils ont mis au jour les fossiles dans le nord-est de la Chine. Apparenté au tyrannosaure, c’est le plus gros animal à plumes jamais découvert.  Pas moins de 9 mètres de longueur et un poids de 1,4 tonne : Yutyrannus huali (“tyran à belles plumes”, mélange de chinois et de latin), comme l’ont baptisé ses découvreurs, est le plus gros animal à plumes découvert jusqu’à présent. Ce sont les fossiles de 3 spécimens de ce tyrannosauroïde – donc un cousin du célèbre T.rex – qu’ont mis au jour des paléontologues chinois et canadiens dans la province chinoise de Liaoning, connue pour ses gisements fossilifères exceptionnels.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après les analyses, les fossiles dateraient du Crétacé, d’entre -150 et -100 millions d’années environ. Mais si l’animal est impressionnant, ce sont surtout ces plumes qui ont suscité tout l’intérêt des chercheurs. Celles-ci sont filamenteuses, d’une longueur d’au moins 15 centimètres, et “ressemblaient davantage au duvet d’un poussin qu’aux plumes d’un oiseau adulte”, selon le Pr Xing Xu, de l’Institut de Paléontologie de Pékin, directeur de l’étude. Isolant thermique, le plumage, rare chez les gros animaux, moins sensibles aux rigueurs du climat, “pourrait correspondre à une adaptation à un environnement inhabituellement froid : il vivait pendant une période du Crétacé inférieur que l’on pense beaucoup plus froide que le reste du Crétacé”, précisent ainsi les chercheurs, qui envisagent qu’un nombre de dinosaures beaucoup plus important que ce que l’on pensait pouvaient porter des plumes, au moins sur une partie du corps.Le 5 avril 2012 à 16:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sen. Rivers: Lawmakers ‘very close’ to education deal

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee called state legislators back for a second overtime session on Tuesday with the hopes lawmakers can strike a deal on a two-year operating budget that adequately funds the state’s public education system. The governor said lawmakers have made progress in recent days, with offers being exchanged, but they have yet to resolve their budget differences. When the Legislature fails to finish on time, it thrusts the entire state, from students to state employees, in a position of uncertainty, Inslee said. Lawmakers wrapped up the 105-day regular legislative session in April without being able to pass an operating budget. The first overtime special session kicked off on April 21 and ended Tuesday. The final funding package will have to be a compromise, Inslee told reporters on Tuesday, but he added he won’t sign a budget that fully funds education by slashing programs that help other vulnerable citizens, such as children in foster care. And although overtime sessions are familiar territory for the state — lawmakers often need overtime sessions to finish their work — Inslee wouldn’t discuss the possibility of needing even more time.last_img read more

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Baltimores Green Party Turns to Black Support

first_imgMayoral candidate Joshua Harris (Twitter Photo)Joshua Harris started out running for mayor of Baltimore City as a Democrat and wound up on the Green Party ticket.The reason, Harris said in an interview with the AFRO, is “The Green Party is very progressive – they’ve been progressive in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement [and] a real economic strategy is built on issues of social justice.“We need leadership that is unafraid to go against the grain and status quo and do what is right,” he added.In making the switch, Harris joined several other people of color also running for office under the banner of the Green Party. He is one of the party’s three candidates for mayor, all of whom are Black. There are also Green Party candidates of color running for city council and for the U.S. House of Representatives.The Green Party holds a separate mayoral primary from the Democrats and Republicans to determine its nominee. The winner of that primary represents the party on the ballot in November.Baltimore Green Party Co-Chair Andy Ellis, who is White, said that in a city as racially diverse as Baltimore, it makes sense that Green candidates would be more diverse, too.“We don’t think it makes sense to appeal to those who live in Baltimore City with candidates who are old, White hippies,” he said.Ellis said that now, more than ever, it is important that voters in Baltimore have options at the ballot box.“I think that this election season has highlighted a lot of issues that people have with Baltimore City,” he said. “We don’t think you can hold people responsible for choices they haven’t had in the past.”Jamie Frierson, who is Black, is a Green Party candidate who is running to represent the ninth district in Baltimore City Council. She said she only recently became familiar with the party.“I’ve never wanted to go with what somebody says I am,” Frierson said. “Looking into the values and beliefs and principals it was really along the lines of my thoughts and feelings. I don’t agree with all the Democratic views; I don’t agree with all the Republican views.” She added, “They (the Green Party) think more economically…. If you ever look at their values and principles they keep it black-and-white and do what makes sense.”Emanuel McCray, a Black community organizer, is making his second mayoral run with the Green Party. He said that before becoming a member, he was a registered Republican.“I’m not really big on national politics because they’re so broad. But city-wise, Democrats were the dominant party. They had that ‘next-man-up’ mentality and I wasn’t really feeling that. I want to come out and step out on my own,” McCray said. “I believe in hard work. To work my way up not because I’m related to this person or I went to church with this person.”The Green Party’s primary will be held on May 1. The party’s three candidates for mayor – Harris, McCray and David Mariott – will face off via mail-in ballots and in-person voting. Because of Maryland law, third parties cannot hold a taxpayer-funded primary election.The party’s city council and U.S. Senate and House of Representative candidates will compete on the General Election ballot in November.last_img read more

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Louisville Falls Short Against No 27 Florida State

first_img Next Match: MIAMI 3/29/2019 | 1:30 p.m. Story Links Photo Gallery Federico Gomez Interview Live Stats Match Notes:Louisville Men’s Tennis 12-8 (1-5)Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,6,4,3,5,2)T-3:18  A-174  Print Friendly Version In singles action, Florida State added another point when No. 84 Lucas Poullain defeated Morin-Kougoucheff at No. 1. The Seminoles extended their lead to 3-0 on court six where Sebastian Arcila beat freshman David Mizrahi 6-2, 7-5. “I liked seeing the fight of the guys,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “To be in a position to win felt good against a very well-coached FSU. To be in a dogfight with them showed that these young Cardinals are ready to do some things. Our team really fought hard today and I like to see that.” The Seminoles (14-5, 4-2 ACC) took a 1-0 lead after winning a competitive doubles point. Chase Wood and Richard Thongoana gave FSU an early edge with a 6-2 decision against Louisville senior Federico Gomez and freshman Alex Wesbrooks at No. 3. UofL senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and freshman Fabien Salle battled Sebastian Arcila and Alex Knaff, but ultimately fell 7-6 at the one-spot. On court two, senior George Hedley and freshman Sergio Hernandez were knotted at 6-6 with Lucas Poullain and Bryn Nahrung when their match was halted. Louisville (12-8, 1-5) will continue ACC play on March 29 when the Cards play host to Miami at 1:30 p.m.center_img Coach Rex Ecarma Interview Matchup History Watch Live Full Schedule Roster LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s tennis team rallied to overcome a 3-1 deficit, but fell 3 to No. 27 Florida State in an ACC matchup Friday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Preview  The match came down to court two where Louisville senior Brandon Lancaster lost his first set 6-4 to Knaff, but came back to win 7-5 in the second to force a third set. Knaff prevailed 6-2 to secure the win for the Seminoles. Salle picked up UofL’s first point with a 6-4. 6-4 win over Wood at the No. 4 spot. Hernandez kept the Cardinals momentum going when he outlasted Thongoana 6-4, 7-6 (1) on court three. Gomez continued the Louisville’s rally after falling 7-6 (1) in his first set against Enzo Le Seguillon, but rebounding to win 6-2, 6-3 in the next two sets and even the overall score at 3-3. #27 Florida State University 4, Louisville Men’s Tennis 33/22/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)Singles1. #84 Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 6-3, 6-02. Alex Knaff (FS) def. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-23. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. Richard Thongoana (FS) 6-4, 7-6 (1-0)4. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Chase Wood (FS) 6-4, 6-45. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Enzo Le Seguillon (FS) 6-7 (0-1), 6-2, 6-36. Sebastian Arcila (FS) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 6-2, 7-5Doubles1. Sebastian Arcila/Alex Knaff (FS) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) 7-6 (10-5)2. George Hedley/Sergio Hernandez (LOU) vs. Lucas Poullain/Bryn Nahrung (FS) 6-6, unfinished3. Chase Wood/Richard Thongoana (FS) def. Federico Gomez/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) 6-2last_img read more

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New HighSpeed Hard Drives for Backing Up and Storing Business Data

first_img This story appears in the December 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 23, 2010 The nickname says it all: USB 3.0, the hottest thing in connecting peripherals and moving business data around is dubbed SuperSpeed USB in geek circles.USB 3.0 will connect digital printers, cameras and hard drives to computers as much as 10 times faster than the current version. With early products, that means the saving of 25GB of active work files will take just four minutes instead of the 14 that USB 2.0 takes. USB 3.0 devices also are more energy efficient.”USB 3.0 is mostly about speed, but it is also about power consumption,” says Brian O’Rourke, principal analyst for In-Stat, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based research firm. “USB 3.0 reduces the amount of polling that hosts must do to determine the number of connected USB devices. This does reduce power consumption.”Most electronics still run the older USB 2.0 spec, so pricey add-on computer cards and cabling are required (see our adapter recommendation below). Businesses will benefit from faster hard drives for backup and storage — we review a couple of good options here. Expect USB 3.0 to come standard on PCs, cameras and mobile phones by early next year.So take a look at your options and buckle up. Backing up is about to get fast — very fast.Western Digital My Book 3.0 (1TB, $190)Billed by Western Digital as its fastest external drive ever, My Book 3.0 packs a wallop: It offers a full terabyte of storage–that’s 200,000 digital photos and hundreds of thousands of average files. Deployed properly, this small device can legitimately be your firm’s single source of backup.Asus U3S6 USB/Serial ATA Combo Adapter ($30)There’s nothing like a little price war to lower the cost of new technology. Asus has adopted a “take-no-prisoners” attitude on entry-level USB 3.0 add-on cards. The company is shipping an inexpensive add-on card that will turn even the most sluggish PC into a rippin’ fast USB 3.0 monster. It’s this simple: For $30, you can’t go wrong.Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (1TB, $109)If you’re looking to test the USB 3.0 waters with a small hard drive that offers fast performance, good looks and USB 2.0 compatibility at a decent price, start here. The Iomega eGo can store all the personal material you could want and significantly speed backup times. Tired of waiting 20 minutes for your iPod to sync? The eGo is for you.Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 USB 3.0 Performance Kit ($185)Seagate solves the USB 3.0 adapter/cable issue by combining a decent USB 3.0 PC card adapter, 500GB hard drive and needed cabling into one package at a fair price. Expect about a three times bump in performance here, with features like a nice slim form and preloaded backup and restore software.  Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readlast_img read more

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Barcode Label Printer Market to represent a significant expansion at by

first_imgBarcode Label Printer Market The objective of report is to define, segment, and project the market on the basis of product type, application, and region, and to describe the content about the factors influencing market dynamics, policy, economic, technology and market entry etc.SummaryICRWorld’s Barcode Label Printer Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.A sample copy of this premium research report is available @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3243477#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kThe report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Global Barcode Label Printer Market: Product Segment AnalysisDesktop TypeIndustrial TypeMobile TypeGlobal Barcode Label Printer Market: Application Segment AnalysisTransportation & LogisticsManufacturingRetailGlobal Barcode Label Printer Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaThe Players mentioned in our reportZebra TechnologiesSATOShandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.HoneywellTSCCitizenEpsonBradyDascomToshiba TEC CorporationGodexcab Produkttechnik GmbH & Co KGPostekWasp Barcode Technologies, Inc.WEWINGAINSCHAInquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3243477#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Up to 1000 in onboard credit with Cunards Three for All

first_img Friday, March 3, 2017 Up to $1,000 in onboard credit with Cunard’s ‘Three for All’ VALENCIA, CA — Cunard is offering its ‘Three for All’ promotion on select cruise itineraries on Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.The deal highlights iconic Transatlantic Crossings, Caribbean and New England & Canada voyages on remastered Queen Mary 2, Mediterranean voyages on the newly-refit Queen Victoria and a variety of European voyages on Queen Elizabeth. Three for All runs until April 26, 2017 on select sailings between May 2017 and January 2018.Passengers receive up to 30% off launch fares, up to $1,000 onboard credit per stateroom and a free alternative dining credit.Guests on Mediterranean sailings receive free gratuities. Tags: Cunard, Promotions Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Popular brand PuercoSpin opens its own store in San Pedro

first_imgRelated posts:12 Days of Pura Vida: Our picks for this year’s best Costa Rican-made holiday gifts What The Tico Times newsroom loves most about Costa Rica Costa Rican band 424 caps off year with new single, video and concert Radio Hit announces new plans for 2016 The Costa Rican designer Federico Martínez and Chilean designer Pablo Ruiz took their brand PuercoSpin to a new level last week when they inaugurated their own store in San Pedro, east of San José. Ruiz created PuercoSpin in 2009 in Chile, and brought it with him to Costa Rica in 2012, where it became a fixture in many gift shops and artisan markets around town.“We got together to create various collections based on his [Ruiz’s] illustrations; we apply the illustrations to different products and points of sale,” Martínez told The Tico Times at the inauguration on Nov. 19.PuercoSpin sells a wide variety of products including coin purses, pencil cases, pillows, calendars, notebooks, key chains, mugs, tote bags, aprons and stickers. Each of these products has its own unique characteristics that blend aesthetics with practicality. The pillows’ designs are printed on cloth using dye-sublimation printing, resulting in bright, colorful images. PuercoSpin’s pillows feature vivid designs. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesRuiz and Martínez have created several collections that include The Boring Cats (inspired by their four cats); The Ghost Ship, which includes a variety of peaceful sailors; Fast Food, which will make you hungry with delicious-looking pizzas, French fries and popcorn; The Mountain Girl, a series of mountain characters and animals; Plants in all sorts and shapes; and Monsters, a line featuring famous faces such as Beetlejuice, Morticia Addams, Dracula, Edward Scissorhands, Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s girlfriend.The new PuercoSpin store in San Pedro is on the north edge of the Plaza Roosevelt, behind the Outlet Mall, open from 11 am-7 pm. For more information on the new store or the brand, call 6036-8959 or visit PuercoSpin’s webpage or Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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