first_img The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer World’s First Hybrid-Electric Cruise Ship Sails the Northwest Passage Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts There’s no sidestepping the fact that today’s cruise industry is hell on the environment. Massive ships produce ungodly amounts of waste, suck Olympic pool-sized amounts of fuel oil every day, and are capable of emitting as much particulate matter into the atmosphere as 1 million cars on a single trip. As a result, marine architects and ship designers around the world are rethinking the real-world possibilities of powering these behemoths with renewable energy. Enter the Peace Boat Ecoship, perhaps the world’s greenest cruise ship.The ship’s striking silhouette is designed to resemble a whale in motion. At first glance, it’s clearly smaller and more streamlined than today’s average cruise ships. Indeed, the 60,000-ton Ecoship will be capable of carrying “just” 2,000 passengers amid 750 cabins. It’s practically a dinghy compared to record-setters like Royal Caribbean’s new Symphony of the Seas, a 230,000 ton, 16-deck monster with 2,759 staterooms capable of ferrying 5,500 guests.Peace Boat’s founders are clear about their mission, and it eschews the over-the-top, “more is more” ethos of the current cruise industry. The Ecoship is, first and foremost, about providing a thoroughly modern cruise experience while balancing the ship’s environmental impact. At its core is a revolutionary, bleeding-edge propulsion system that will use ten retractable solar panels that can function as large sails in good wind. The sails will not only propel the ship, but generate much of its power as well. Coupled with a hybrid diesel, or liquified natural gas, engine, the ship will reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 percent and carbon emissions by up to 40 percent. The waste disposal will likewise be state-of-the-art, and make use of the biophilia concept which relies on natural elements like light, water, and air to break down waste products.Planning for the Ecoship’s construction is in the final stages. The Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Japanese company behind the project, crafted by Spain-based Oliver Design, is anticipating a $500 million price tag. They’re actively seeking crowdfunding opportunities and impact investors — those who aren’t looking to turn a quick profit from their business endeavors, but rather change the world in a meaningful way. With demand for green tourism booming, this could pave the way forward for a more profitable and more eco-friendly cruise industry.When reservations finally open to commercial passengers, prices are expected to run between $15,000 to $18,000 per person. Relative to a week-long cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line, that’s a steep price tag, but it includes all travel, meals, onboard activities, and the peace of mind that you’re doing something to help save the planet.last_img read more

first_imgWith the crack of a wine bottle, the newest addition to NovaScotia’s ferry fleet was officially christened today, June 23, atEast Ferry in Digby County. Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, smasheda bottle of Nova Scotia wine across the hull of the PetitPrincess, the new car ferry that sails Petit Passage betweenDigby Neck and Long Island, as part of the ceremony. “This event is being held to recognize the importance of thePetit Princess to the residents of this area,” said Mr. Russell.”Not only will the ferry carry goods and people safely but itwill also encourage economic growth through tourism in thisbeautiful part of the province.” The $4-million ferry was built at the Halifax Shipyard and madeits maiden voyage across Petit Passage in March of 2004. ThePetit Princess is 42 metres long with a capacity of 24 cars, 95passengers and four crew. As part of a naming contest at Islands Consolidated School, theferry was named Petit Princess after the water it crosses, PetitPassage. The name was proposed by Felicia Frost, a Grade 7student. The Petit Princess replaces the 29.1-metre Joshua Slocum, builtin 1974. The province sold the Slocum but retained the name forfuture generations as a way to celebrate the feats of NovaScotian Joshua Slocum, the first person to navigate solo aroundthe world. The Slocum ferry was renamed The Lost Joshua prior tosale.last_img read more

first_img The review’s findings can be found at http://novascotia.ca/just/global_docs/Webposting_re_death_in_custody.pdf The Department of Justice is committed to being as open and transparent as possible about major incidents involving people in its custody. Through the Disclosure of Information on Major Incidents Involving Persons in Custody policy, the department publicly discloses major incidents including death, assaults resulting in hospitalization, and drug seizures. consult with health-care professionals to look at more intervention options to reduce risks associated with drug overdose conduct a cross-jurisdictional review of best practice standards in response to drug overdose in correctional facilities followup with staff including discussions on ways to reduce the risk of similar deaths in the future continue to followup critical incident and stress management work with staff, as required The Department of Justice has completed an internal review into the death of an offender at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility on Jan. 31. Jason LeBlanc, 42, was admitted the afternoon of Jan. 30 and was found unresponsive in his cell at 2:30 a.m. and pronounced dead by Emergency Health Services personnel at 2:45 a.m. An autopsy conducted by the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service found the cause of death to be a drug overdose. “My heart goes out to Mr. LeBlanc’s family and loved ones,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “We will use this tragic situation to improve our procedures going forward.” Upon admission to the correctional facility, the man was seen by health-care staff and did not show signs of impairment or otherwise indicate any health concerns. No contraband was found on him and there were no indications he had consumed drugs prior to admission. He was examined by health-care staff later that evening. Video reviewed as part of the Department of Justice internal investigation shows the man with a small plastic bag in his cell. The bag is believed to have contained contraband drugs that were concealed in the man’s body cavity at admission. Correctional officers are not permitted to conduct invasive internal searches. The review found that some policies and procedures were not followed. As a result of this review, Correctional Services will:center_img BROADCAST VERSION The Department of Justice has completed an internal review into the death of an offender at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility on January 31st. Jason LeBlanc, 42, was admitted the afternoon of January 30th and was found unresponsive in his cell at 2:30 a.m. and pronounced dead by Emergency Health Services personnel at 2:45 a.m. An autopsy conducted by the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service found the cause of death to be a drug overdose. The review found that some policies and procedures were not followed. As a result of this review, Correctional Services will consult with health-care professionals to look at more intervention options to reduce risks associated with drug overdose, conduct a review of best practice standards in response to drug overdose in correctional facilities and followup with staff on ways to reduce the risk of similar deaths in the future. The review’s findings can be found on the Department of Justice website. -30-last_img read more

first_imgGovernment has modified the salary increase proposed by a tribunal determining provincial and family court judges’ salaries and benefits. The Nova Scotia Provincial Judges’ Salaries and Benefits Tribunal recommended a salary increase of about 9.5 per cent over the next three years, including a 5.4 per cent increase in the first year. Government does not agree with the recommendation and instead is providing the judges with a salary increase of one per cent in 2019-20 and no increase in the first two years. This is the same wage increase given to Crown attorneys and the funding increase for doctors. It is also the proposed wage increase for public-sector workers. “The salary increases recommended by the tribunal do not fit our economic situation and taxpayers’ ability to pay,” said Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Randy Delorey. “Instead, we have adopted a fair salary increase for judges that stays within the fiscal plan. “Government has determined that this modified salary increase is reasonable, sufficient to attract excellent candidates for appointment as judges and respects the independence and critical role of the judiciary in our democracy.” Judges currently make an annual salary of $236,376, plus benefits. For the last three years starting April 1, 2014, judges’ salaries were increased by 3.8 per cent in the first year and by the consumer price index for Nova Scotia in the final two years, which was 1.7 per cent and 0.4 per cent. Government has also referred to the tribunal, for review and comment, its intention to freeze the accrual of judges’ public service award effective April 1, 2017. The Provincial Court Act outlines the process to determine the salaries and benefits for provincial and family court judges. A three-person tribunal that includes representatives of the judges and the government is convened every three years. Once the compensation tribunal files its report, government can confirm, vary or reject its recommendations.last_img read more

first_imgWashington: Pakistan is facing “significant economic challenges” due to a weak and unbalanced growth and that its economy is at a critical juncture where it needs an ambitious and bold set of reforms, the IMF has said. Cash-strapped Pakistan, which currently has a currency reserve of less than USD 8 billion — enough to cover only 1.7 months of imports — approached the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) in August 2018 for a bailout package after the Imran Khan government took over. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The global lender last week formally approved the USD 6 billion loan to Pakistan, which is facing “significant” economic challenges on the back of “large” fiscal and financial needs and “weak and unbalanced” growth. “Pakistan is facing significant economic challenges on the back of large fiscal and financial needs and weak and unbalanced growth,” David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair of the IMF Executive Board said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangLast week, the IMF approved the 13th bailout package for Pakistan since the late 1980s. The latest bailout package is worth USD 6 billion, of which USD 1 billion is to be disbursed immediately and the rest in the next three years. A decisive fiscal consolidation is key to reducing the large public debt and building resilience, and the adoption of the fiscal year 2020 budget is an important initial step, Lipton said. Achieving the fiscal objectives will require a multi-year revenue mobilisation strategy to broaden the tax base and raise tax revenue in a well-balanced and equitable manner, he said. It will also require a strong commitment by the provinces to support the consolidation effort and effective public financial management to improve the quality and efficiency of public spending, he said. Observing that protecting the most vulnerable from the impact of adjustment policies will be an important priority, Lipton said that this will be achieved by a significant increase in resources allocated to key social assistance programmes, supporting measures for the economic empowerment of women and investment in areas where poverty is high. A flexible market-determined exchange rate and an adequately tight monetary policy will be key to correcting imbalances, rebuilding reserves and keeping inflation low, he said, adding that an ambitious agenda to strengthen institutions and remove impediments to growth will allow Pakistan to reach its full economic potential. In an accompanying report, the IMF said that Pakistan’s economy is at a critical juncture. The legacy of misaligned economic policies, including large fiscal deficits, loose monetary policy and defence of an overvalued exchange rate, fuelled consumption and short-term growth in recent years, but steadily eroded macroeconomic buffers, increased external and public debt, and depleted international reserves. Structural weaknesses remained largely unaddressed, including a chronically weak tax administration, a difficult business environment, inefficient and loss making state-owned enterprises, amid a large informal economy. “Without urgent policy action, economic and financial stability could be at risk, and growth prospects will be insufficient to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population,” the IMF said. The Fund-supported programme is expected to coalesce broader support from multilateral and bilateral creditors in excess of USD 38 billion, which is crucial for Pakistan to meet its large financing needs in the coming years, it added. Pakistan has so far received billions in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year.last_img read more

Rabat – The Moroccan branch of Transparency International (TM) has demanded that the government start a criminal investigation into the operations of the SAMIR oil refinery, which halted production last year due to “financial constraints,” according to the human rights organizations press release on Friday.“The experts appointed by the court are reporting errors that legally constitute criminal offenses and repeated deflections from administrative controls and internal supervision, including statutory auditors, stock exchange authorities and tax authorities,” the statement said. “While the poor financial health of the company was declared, it was able to continue without any accountability regarding its specifications and postpone several years in taxes and worsen its bank debt up to justify its liquidation.”The organization further recommended that the government set up “a vigilant committee” to ease the damages caused by the closure and liquidation of the refinery and conduct a financial and administrative investigation into the company’s spending. The facility – located near Casablanca in Mohammedia – produced 200,000 barrels per day before production stopped.Morocco’s tax administration froze the company’s bank accounts in March and seized the company’s assets in pursuit of a MAD 13 billion tax claim. According to the Moroccan government, SAMIR owes approximately MAD 44 billion to a series of banks and creditors.Earlier last month, the company said it expected to report deep losses in 2015 due to the production halt and the frozen state of its financial assets. The company source also clarified that the refinery’s 1,200 workers are still receiving salaries and benefits.Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi – known to be a close associate of the royal family of Saudi Arabia – owns Corral Holdings, which gained a 67.26 percent share of SAMIR in 1997.Talks between Al Amoudi and the government failed to find a solution after the halt in oil production last August, leading the businessman to leave the country.Jamaal Baamer, the company’s general manager, said during a hearing on March 7th that, if allowed by the court, the company had the ability to become functional again. He said that Al-Amoudi had agreed to contribute MAD 4 billion during 2016 to help the refinery restart production.SAMIR’s closure would make Morocco increasingly reliant on imports. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that the kingdom’s petroleum consumption is just under 300,000 barrels per day, making it Africa’s fifth highest energy consumer. read more

MONTREAL — Mega Brands shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a US$460-million friendly takeover by American toy giant Mattel.A total of 99.96% of shareholders in Canada’s only publicly traded toy maker endorsed the deal Wednesday. Approval was required from two-thirds of Mega Brands shareholders.Mattel, the world’s largest toy maker, will pay $17.75 cash per share and 39 cents per warrant, which represents a total enterprise value of US$460 million, including the net debt.The transaction announced Feb. 28 had the support of shareholders with 39% of Mega Brands stock, including the founding Bertrand family and Fairfax Financia, which invested in the company as it struggled to survive disastrous recalls of one of its magnetic toys.Quebec Superior Court is expected to sanction the takeover Friday, leading to a change in ownership on April 30 and a delisting of Mega Brands stock from the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Bertrand family will receive more than $74 million through the takeover. Chairman Victor Bertrand, who started the company nearly 50 years ago, would receive $41 million for his 2.3 million shares. Chief executive Marc Bertrand would collect $18.4 million, while chief innovation officer Vic Bertrand Jr. would get $14.9 million.Mattel is expected to extend its many licences to Mega construction and arts products, two of the fastest growing toy segments.Founded in 1967, Mega Brands grew to become the leading maker of pre-school construction toys. It employs 1,700 employees at its Montreal manufacturing facility and other operations around the world. read more

Conservative leader Stephen Harper repeated to an audience in Welland today that his policy on Canada accepting more Syrian refugees has not changed because of security concerns for Canadians.When Toronto Star reporter Tonda MacCharles began to ask Harper a question about taking in more refugees, the crowd booed, and supporter Martin Marko (highlighted, above) heckled her. “How many kids drown in the pools of Canada this past summer? Do you blame the government for that?” A recent Nanos public opinion poll attributes the Conservative party’s drop into third place behind the NDP and Liberals to the party’s refusal to speed up the acceptance now of more Syrian refugees into Canada. CHCH’s Lauran Sabourin was at the event; she’ll have more on the story tonight on the Evening News at 6. read more

The day-long meeting – formally called MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact and convened by the Secretary-General – has so far generated some $2.5 billion in pledged funds towards boosting MDG achievement. In his remarks at the opening of the event, Mr. Ban acknowledged that progress remains incomplete in reaching the eight Goals agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, which aim to slash extreme poverty and hunger, ensure access to universal health care and education, achieve gender equality, cut maternal and child mortality, secure environmental stability, reduce HIV/AIDS and forge a global partnership for development, all by the end of 2015.But, he added: “This bold experiment has helped to catalyze one of the greatest surges in human well-being that the world has ever seen. Thirteen years later, I am pleased to report that success in many areas and many countries is within reach. Poverty has plummeted, health has begun to improve and literacy has soared. What first seemed fanciful and naïve to some has become achievable.”Although many MDGs are yet to be met, Mr. Ban told the meeting, being held on the margins of this year’s General Assembly annual general debate, that success is within reach because people working together all over the world have proved that transformational change is possible in an accelerated timeframe.He called on the participants, which apart from heads of State and prime ministers included World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, corporate chief executives, philanthropists and the heads of specialized UN agencies dedicated to development, education, food and health, to learn from both success and failure, to accelerate efforts in “the precious two years that remain,” and to focus, strategize, and mobilize.“You will see progress driven by coalitions of actors that have come together across every imaginable barrier,” he said. “Together they – we – have produced real, massive and inspiring change.”The United Kingdom announced $1.6 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Global Fund over the three-year period of 2014-2016 to deliver life-saving antiretroviral therapy for 750,000 people living with HIV, 32 million more insecticide-treated nets to prevent the transmission of malaria, and TB treatment for over a million more people. Mr. Kim announced that the Bank Group projects at least $700 million in financing through the end of 2015 to help developing countries reach the MDGs on women’s and children’s health, with new funding coming from the International Development Association (IDA), the Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries to enable a national scale-up of successful pilot reproductive, maternal, and child health projects.Another major new commitment came from the IKEA Foundation, the Swedish furniture, home appliances and accessories giant with $80 million pledges over the next five years to fund UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) programmes in India to improve child survival, education and protection.Norway said it will contribute $75 million over three years to finance life-saving commodities and related delivery costs as part of a newly formed “Reproductive, Newborn, and Maternal Health Trust Fund.” And Energia, the international network on gender and sustainable energy, committed over $10 million to strengthen work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the energy sector, particularly for universal energy accessLeaders from Africa emphasized the strengths of non-traditional partners to harness fresh expertise and resources to a region requiring accelerated efforts to boost MDG achievement, but one that is also home to incredible potential.Today’s meeting comes ahead of a General Assembly Special Event on Wednesday to consider what remains to be done to meet the 2015 MDG deadline. Both events pave the way for the UN, Governments, civil society, the private sector and citizens everywhere to forge a sustainable development agenda beyond 2015 that builds on the successes and lessons of the MDGs.“The quantum leaps necessary for MDG success have come, and will come, from partnerships and coalitions among a broad range of stakeholders such as those here today,” Mr. Ban said.“Multi-stakeholder partnerships are being increasingly recognized as development game-changers, fostering a race for results,” he added, stressing the prime role of innovations in science and technology.Wrapping up the event, General Assembly President John Ashe stressed the importance of today’s sessions towards setting the stage for the post-2015 development agenda, which he has made a hallmark of his tenure. “The transition towards a more sustainable world has been jump-started through the creation of new partnerships on energy access, renewable energy and efficiency worth billions of dollars, which are bringing benefits to the climate, environment and people’s health as well as to economic development and the empowerment of women,” he said.“Let us now build on this momentum as we push toward the last mile of the MDGs and future efforts. If we are truly to achieve a world without poverty, we will need to be steadfast,” he added, noting that efforts will need to operate at a pace between four and five times that so far, to meet the challenges ahead.With world population expected to increase by 1 billion by 2030, bringing the total population to 8 billion, 50 per cent more food, 45 per cent more energy, and 30 per cent more water will be required. “Each one of us, in every aspect of life has a choice: business as usual or sustainable development,” he declared. “Any forward looking investor, policymaker or citizen knows there is only one answer. We must act, we must partner, for sustainability.” read more

first_imgCobalt 27 Capital Corp has entered into a definitive scheme implementation agreement with Highlands Pacific Ltd dated January 1, 2019, pursuant to which Cobalt 27 will acquire all of the issued ordinary shares of Highlands that it does not own by means of a scheme of arrangement under Part XVI of the PNG Companies Act in Papua New Guinea. Anthony Milewski, Chairman and CEO of Cobalt 27, stated: “The acquisition of Highlands will allow Cobalt 27 to gain a direct interest in the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine and materially increase its attributable exposure to the mine’s nickel production from 27.5% to 100% and cobalt production from 55% to 100%, relative to the previously announced Ramu Cobalt Nickel Stream. It does so at nearly half the cost of the previously announced Ramu Cobalt Nickel Stream, provides increased balance sheet flexibility, and enhances value for Cobalt 27 shareholders. It also brings cash flow to our business, something we have told our shareholders was important from the beginning.”Cobalt 27 will acquire all of the issued ordinary shares of Highlands that it does not already own for an all-cash offer price of A$0.105 per share. The Base Purchase Price consideration offered for all of the Scheme Shares is valued at approximately $70 million, of which $61 million is anticipated to be funded with cash consideration and available credit assuming the PanAust Buy-Back Agreement (as defined below) is completed. The Base Purchase Price consideration offered implies a value of A$115 million for all of Highlands’ shares, including those already held by Cobalt 27 and PanAust Ltd and its subsidiaries. Cited key highlights of the transaction include:Creation of a leading high-growth, diversified battery metals streaming and royalty companyIncreases exposure to a large, long-life, low-cost, high-growth nickel-cobalt mine (Ramu)Expands and diversifies existing portfolio with increased nickel exposureAccretive to Cobalt 27 shareholdersAttractive re-rating potentialRepayment of Ramu partner loans after closing will accelerate cash to Cobalt 27Highlands’ key asset is its 8.56% interest in the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine located near Madang on the north coast of PNG. Following repayment of Highlands’ attributable Ramu construction and development loans, Highlands’ ownership would increase to 11.3%. Ramu is majority-owned and operated by Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd (MCC) which holds a 67.02% stake in MCC-JJ Mining which owns 100% of MCC Ramu NiCo Ltd, holder of an 85% joint venture interest in Ramu. The Government of PNG and local landowners own a 6.44% stake in Ramu, which would increase to 8.7% upon repayment of construction and development loans. The Ramu mine was financed and constructed by MCC for $2.1 billion which, at the time, was China’s largest overseas mining investment. MCC is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of approximately $9 billion.As previously announced by Highlands on October 8, 2018, MCC is evaluating a potential expansion of the Ramu mine, which could cost in the order of ~$1.5 billion. Details in respect of any potential expansion have not been finalised. Cobalt 27 would have the opportunity to participate in any potential expansion and increase its attributable production through its acquisition of Highlands pursuant to the scheme.Highlands also holds interests in the Star Mountains Copper Gold exploration project in PNG and is evaluating the Sewa Bay laterite nickel project in PNG in conjunction with Japanese trading house Sojitz Group. Cobalt 27 says it intends to evaluate strategic alternatives with respect to these non-core assets.Construction and commissioning of the $2.1 billion Ramu mine was completed in 2012 by owner/operator MCC, as its cornerstone asset in a nickel-focused resource portfolio. Ramu is a large scale nickel-cobalt mine with total estimated reserves of 1 billion pounds of nickel and 100 million pounds of cobalt. Management of Highlands currently estimates a mine life of 30+ years. Ramu produces approximately 3% of annual global mined cobalt as a co-product. Ramu exceeded annual production projections in 2017, reporting net cash flow of $170 million (unaudited), on production of 34,666 t of contained nickel and 3,308 t of contained cobalt, both in excess of nameplate capacity. Ramu is among the most efficient integrated lateritic nickel-cobalt operations in the world, ranking in the bottom half of the 2018 global nickel asset cost curve.last_img read more

first_imgThe iPhone 4S is a very desirable smartphone, not only because of the access it allows to the App Store and iTunes, but also because it is such a sexy-looking device. While it looks great on the outside, the internals are quite impressive too.iFixit has decided that those internals shouldn’t be hidden behind a black or white back panel. To remedy that problem, they are now offering a replacement glass back panel that is transparent, allowing you to show off the components Apple would rather remain covered up. If they didn’t we’d see an official transparent iPhone 4S up for sale, wouldn’t we?If you’re at all worried about breaking your iPhone 4S or the cost of switching the panel out, there’s two bits of good news. First, the transparent back panel isn’t expensive as the price has been cut from $51.80 to just $29.95. Second, it’s really simple to fit as the video below shows. You just need the right screwdriver, which iFixit is also happy to sell you for $4.95.The fact is, not many people are going to mess with their iPhone 4S case, so if you want to make your device stand out this is a very easy way of doing it. It may also form a nice stocking filler this Christmas if you know someone who is getting an iPhone 4S and likes to customize their gadgets.Don’t worry if you haven’t upgraded to an iPhone 4S yet, iFixit also do a kit for the iPhone 4.Read more at iFixitlast_img read more

first_imgNick Kotsiras has retained his portfollio after last week’s reshuffle by the Leader of the Coalition of the Liberal and National parties, Ted Bailieu. Mr Kotsiras is the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship. The announcement of the reshuffle, which came on Thursday signals the Opposition’s attention focus on issues of law and order. “This new team will build on recent policy initiatives and will ensure that Victorians have a real choice next November, with strong and talented individuals who can challenge the government head-on,” Mr Bailieu said. “After more than ten years in government, Labor has allowed basic services to go backwards and families are suffering in Victoria, and this team is a real alternative with the strength and capacity to govern better than Labor,” he added. Mr Baillieu announced that the leader of the Nationals, Peter Ryan had been appointed as Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services, as well as Bushfire Response and Regional and Rural Development. The Liberal Upper House leader, David Davis assumed the portfolios of Health and Ageing in addition to Scrutiny of Government. Mary Wooldridge became the new Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Michael O’Brien assumed responsibility for Energy and Resources, Exports and Trade, and the new portfolio of Infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships. Shadow Attorney-General, Robert Clark was also assigned the Finance portfolio and the former Police spokesman, Andrew McIntosh took on the roles of Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention, Integrity of Government, Freedom of Information and Corrections. The new entry to the Shadow Cabinet was Ryan Smith who became Shadow Minister for Manufacturing and Industrial Relations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Croatia coach We are ready for final match

first_imgThe coach of the smallest country to reach the 2018 World Cup final, Zlatko Dalic is confident of his national side as they plan to defeat France at World Cup final on Sunday.Having led his national team to the finals of the World Cup, the coach has outdone his mentor Miroslav Blazevic, who led Croatia to a third-place finish in the country’s World Cup debut back in 1998.“We are still living our dreams, we are so close,” he said calmly from the team’s hotel in the centre of Moscow via FIFA.“Through my life and career, I went the hard way. I did not want to be just an average coach in Croatia. I had to start from the lowest club,” he said. “Within a year in Asia, I became the best coach, and for three years, I was coach of Al Ain [in the United Arab Emirates], who are like Real [Madrid] in Europe. That was a tremendous experience for me. I coached two of the biggest clubs in Asia, so when Croatia’s call arrived, I did not hesitate.” Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…???#BeProud #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/qEHuiLrKWY— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 13, 2018“With this great result [of reaching the Final], we have definitely entered history as one of the smallest countries ever in the World Cup finals,” Dalic said. “When we look at the conditions in which we work, we are a world wonder and phenomenon. We do not have the appropriate environment with big teams [in Croatia], but we have great players, who have brought us such joy. This is a planetary success.”last_img read more

Scott McKenna might leave Aberdeen

first_imgFor the club’s manager, there are many offers from the English Premier League that might make it impossible to keep him at home22-year-old defender Scott McKenna is playing well for the Scottish national team and for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.And his great abilities are being known around the world, which might make him leave soon.“I’m hoping we can keep Scott for as long as possible but I am realistic enough to know that somebody of Scott’s ability is always going to be on the radar,” Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes admitted to the Birmingham Mail.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Just about every club in the English Championship and the Premier League have been regular visitors to our games over the last while.”“There will be clubs looking at a lot of my players, particularly Scott, who has become a key fixture in the international team as well as a key player for Aberdeen at his age,” he added.“It is natural there is going to be interesting. We will deal with whatever comes our way and not fret too much in November about what might happen in January.”last_img read more

first_imgOnline registration and housing reservations for the 2014 Commodity Classic, taking place in San Antonio, Tex., open at 9 a.m. CST Tuesday, Nov. 19. Hotel space is limited and rooms will book fast–so don’t delay!The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, nestled in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio along the banks of the world famous River Walk, is the site of the 2014 Commodity Classic. The registration desk and all Commodity Classic specific events are held at the convention center. Be sure and join us there for the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.Commodity Classic hotels are either located within an easy walking distance, or will have complimentary shuttle service to and from the convention center. Check out the 2014 Commodity Classic website for additional information.Presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship—as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation.last_img read more

Inspired by Star Wars Gulliver Academy students show off robot coding

first_img“We have middle school students guiding the little kids through the different projects out here, which is STEAM-related,” said Cindy Gonzalez.Student Cole was particularly impressed by bubble wands the third graders created with a 3D printer.“It tells you the third graders are good designers and probably going to be engineers,” he said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A Coral Gables school celebrated Star Wars Day by showcasing a coding project inspired by the popular franchise.Computer science students at Gulliver Academy showed off the skills they’ve learned in class, Friday morning.Students used a combination of physical robots from Ozobot resembling R2-D2 and a mobile app to learn how to code.The students also joined forces to interact with their friends and check out some cool projects like the Fruit Piano.“We coded it using Arduino. We learned how to program during class,” said student Julian Bueno. “We were able to use the Arduino code and then uploaded onto the board, which then controls the entire piano.”“How it works is we connect wires to each of the carrots and into an Arduino board, and then we program the Arduino board to sense when the circuit is close, so you put one hand on the tin foil and one hand on the fruit, and then the energy passes through,” added Bueno, “so once the sensor reads that — each fruit is connected to a different port — once it reads which port has been closed, then it sends a signal for the speaker to send out a specific note.”Older students played the part of mentors by showing younger students how to interact with the technology. last_img read more

Panel Asks for New Excess Capacity Analysis

first_imgDOD will need to redo its 2017 estimate of its excess capacity in a way that addresses shortcomings with the department’s methodology that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified in a recent study, according to the committee report accompanying the Senate version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. GAO said DOD’s analysis did not offer a clear rationale for using a 1989 baseline for excess capacity and used assumptions that may not be reasonable. “The committee is concerned that without initial excess capacity estimates that are accurate and sufficient, the department may not be providing the Congress with the information necessary to make a fully informed decision on a future BRAC round,” the panel states.The committee directs the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment to “reliably update the baseline used for estimating excess infrastructure capacity, using assumptions in estimating excess capacity that are considered realistic and credible.” The report language directs DOD to report back to the committee by Feb. 1, 2019. The House version of the authorization bill includes statutory text requiring DOD to conduct a more rigorous analysis of the department’s excess capacity. It calls for the department to identify any deficit or surplus in infrastructure for each military department, and for locations within the continental United States. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

ExxonMobil Reaches 600000 Settlement With EPA DOJ

first_imgPublic DomainExxonMobil Building, ExxonMobil offices in Downtown HoustonThe EPA and the Department of Justice have reached a $600,000 settlement with ExxonMobil over violations of the federal Clean Air Act. The civil penalty stems from an accident at the company’s Beaumont refinery in 2013 that killed two workers.“As the incident at ExxonMobil’s facility shows, failing to comply with these rules can have devastating consequences,” said EPA Regional Administrator Anne Idsal.The settlement also requires the company to purchase a $700,000 hazardous materials vehicle for the Beaumont fire department and hire a third-party auditor to conduct a compliance audit. “Exxon had procedures in place to prevent that, they just didn’t follow them,” Eric Schaeffer, the head of the Environmental Integrity Project, said. “And when you find that a company’s not even following its own procedures to keep these kinds of accidents from happening, I think you need to hit them pretty hard to get them to take those obligations seriously.”In 2017, a federal court in Houston ruled against Exxon-Mobil in a pollution lawsuit filed by environmentalists. The energy company was fined nearly $20 million for violating the Clean Air Act at its Baytown facility. Sharelast_img read more

Gay figure skater Adam Rippon has perfect response for those saying hope

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- But despite that, because he’s out, many people want him to slip and fail.The top athlete has been targeted with vicious abuse on social media.Adam Rippon responds to hate on social mediaHe will not be skating into the Oval Office. | Photo: Twitter @AdarippRippon responded to the hate with a perfect response, and is very motivational.He tweeted: ‘To all those who tweet at me saying that they ‘hope I fail’, I have failed many times in my life.‘But more important, I’ve learned from every setback, proudly own up to my mistakes, grown from disappointments, and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.’‘Glamazon bitch ready for the runway…’This is a reference to Kennedy’s iconic explanation of her terrible outfit from season 7.[embedded content]‘After a long night of hooking, trade didn’t like the session…’ she said.‘So he had gutted me and set me on fire… but you know I didn’t die, I had crystallized and now I’m a glamazon bitch ready for the runway.’ Adam Rippon, gay figure skater, is now the proud owner of a bronze medal from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Rippon after his bronze medal performance. | Photo: YouTube/Billboard News eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) I am.— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) February 13, 2018center_img Winter Olympics 2018: Gay Olympic medallist Adam Rippon channels RuPaul as he claps back at hatersAdam Rippon deserves his time in the spotlight – so let him have itWinter Olympics 2018: Adam Rippon holds back tears as he hails the ‘overwhelming’ support he’s receivedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-figure-skater-adam-rippon-perfect-response-telling-hope-fail/ But Adam Rippon isn’t the only one obsessed with Drag RaceYou may be aware of Mirai Nagasu, the first female skater to pull of a triple axel at the Olympics.It turns out she watches RuPaul’s Drag Race to prepare for competition.She spoke to reporters after finishing second at the US International Classic five months ago.‘Today, before I competed, I watched season five episode one of RuPaul’s Drag Race, so that I could channel my inner queen,’ she said.Is everyone on the figure skating team obsessed?To all those wondering whether Rippon and Nagasu are catching up on All Stars 3 while in Korea, it’s very likely they are.I lol’d so hard. https://t.co/FL8wGk7qeH— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) February 12, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

first_img Top Stories Whisenhunt will continue to serve as a member of the Coaches Subcommittee, which makes recommendations to the Competition Committee. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was named to the NFL’s Competition Committee on Tuesday by commissioner Roger Goodell.The committee consists of nine coaches and managers who oversee all aspects of the game and recommend rules and policy changes to NFL clubs.Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy are also 2012 additions to the committee that includes Rich McKay, Stephen Jones, Marvin Lewis, John Mara, Ozzie Newsome and Rick Smith.last_img read more