zoom Cruise giant Carnival Corporation & plc has met its corporate goal to reduce its rate of CO2 emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent – a year ahead of its initial plan, according to the company’s 2013 Sustainability Report.To meet its corporate CO2 sustainability goal, Carnival Corporation and its nine global brands developed energy reduction and conservation initiatives, many of which exceed current laws and regulations, Carnival said.The company’s brands include Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn in the U.S.; AIDA Cruises in Germany; Costa Cruises in Italy; and P&O Cruises (United Kingdom) and P&O Cruises (Australia).As a part of its air emission reduction initiatives announced in September 2013, Carnival pioneered an effort to develop exhaust gas cleaning technology, called ECO-EGC™, that removes pollutants from the exhaust gases at any operating condition of a ship – at sea, during maneuvering and in port.Carnival Corporation is currently installing the systems on its fleet with plans for installations on more than 70 percent of its fleet.In addition to this initiative, Carnival and its nine brands introduced two new efficient ships Royal Princess and AIDAstel and are investing up to USD 700 million into the company’s ships and operations.Bill Burke, Chief Maritime Officer for Carnival Corporation said: “Today’s report details our progress towards both our goal to reduce emissions, and our ongoing commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. For us, sustainability is a core part of how we conduct business.”In October, Carnival released the results of its multi-year Fleet Fuel Conservation Program that by the end of 2014 will have saved more than one billion gallons of fuel and reduced fleet carbon emissions by 12 billion kilograms over a seven year period.By that time, the program will also have improved the fleet’s overall fuel efficiency by 24 percent compared to 2007, while saving approximately USD 2.5 billion in fuel costs, the company’s single biggest expense, the company said.Press Release
Rabat – Moroccan-Spanish attacking midfielder Brahim Abdelkader Diaz has no plans to defend his Moroccan jersey in 2018 World Cup, despite being called up for national team duty by Morocco’s football team coach, Herve Renard.On December 10, Renard traveled to England in order to attend the Manchester derby. His visit to the game between Manchester City and Manchester United was not solely for the sake of football, but in order to convince the youngster to join the Moroccan team in the world tournament.However, Diaz seems to be more attracted to La Roja (Spanish national football team) than his father’s country team, according to the international football news outlet Goal. The youngster is determined to join La Roja, and might represent Spain in the World Cup after refusing Renard’s invitation.Born to a Spanish mother, Diaz started his football career in Spain, playing with Malaga CF from 2010 to 2010. He moved to Manchester City for an initial GBP 200,000 deal. The footballer made his debut for MC in September 2016 as a substitute against Swansea City, and then signed a three years pro contract with the British team.Both Spain and Morocco are qualified for World Cup. And they were both placed in Group B on December 1 during the final draw of the world tournament. The other teams of Group B includes Portugal and Iran.Morocco will play its first game in the world championship against Iran on June 15. The second game will be against Portugal on June 20, while the last battle will be against Spain on June 25.In efforts to reinforce his team for the World Cup, Renard is trying to recruit fresh players. The coach succeeded in convincing some of the most talented players of Moroccan origin, including Moroccan-Dutch footballers: Hakim Ziyech, Sofyan Amrabat and his brother Nordin Amrabat.
Rabat – Morocco has 69.34 percent distribution of mobile networking capability, according to the 2018 OpenSignal report,The State of LTE.”Launched in Morocco in June 2015, three operators make 4G mobile broadband available, positioning the country at the forefront of African telecommunications and 60th in the world in terms of coverage, as 69.34 percent of users have access to the 4G network.At the continental level, Morocco is followed by Côte d’Ivoire at 69.30 percent, South Africa at 68.3 percent, Tunisia 61.38 percent, Egypt at 45 percent, and Algeria at 40.95 percent. Globally, South Korea came in first with 97.49 percent of 4G users, followed by Japan, with an estimated coverage rate of 94.70 percent, and Norway at 92.16.In terms of average connection speed, Morocco maintains an estimated speed of 15.8 megabits/second (mbps), ranking 4th in Africa and 63rd in the world.The kingdom trails South Africa, Tunisia, and Egypt on the continent, and surpasses speeds in Côte d’Ivoire and Algeria.Worldwide, Singapore leads the ranking, with an average speed estimated at 44.31 mbps, followed by the Netherlands at 42.12 Mbps and Norway at 41.20 Mbps.“That technological diffusion will cross state borders as it has always done,” the report concludes, recalling that just two years ago an average speed of 30 mbps was unheard of except for in a handful of the advanced telecommunications countries.To date, 40 mbps “will likely become an achievable goal” in some regions, the report added.“In the meantime, global operators are keeping plenty busy expanding the reach of their 4G networks. That means when those faster connections finally come, far more people will have access to them far more often.”I’m just playing with the language to avoid redundancy.This is a good sentiment to end on but could you paraphrase it? Unless absolutely necessary, we should try to minimize ending with quotations.
Through an operation coordinated by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), seven-day rations will be provided to 125 people who were wounded but whose relatives cannot access the hospital to bring food due to the strike, WFP reported today in its latest update on the situation. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the NGO Terre des Hommes are also involved in the operation. These organizations have also provided medical supplies to the hospital. Although strike-related insecurity in Guinea’s forest region has led to delayed monthly distributions in Lainé refugee camp, WFP is now giving out food to some 5,000 people there. A three-month supply of food has already been pre-positioned in the refugee camps in the forest region, where WFP is helping to support at least 15,000 refugees. WFP’s Humanitarian Air Service is fielding a great demand for airlifts of medical supplies and essential humanitarian personnel. The service is used by both UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations to transport personnel and supplies, as well as to carry out medical evacuations, in a region where poor infrastructure makes land transport extremely difficult. Although most of the food has already been dispatched to school canteens in Upper and Middle Guinea, the 115,000 students who would normally benefit from such aid are absent due to the strike. In the Forest Region, another 74,000 students supported by WFP’s emergency school feeding programme are currently not receiving their meals. Because Conakry port is closed, customs clearance has been impossible and shipping documents have been blocked. WFP’s main warehouse is also closed, leaving two containers stranded, but small quantities of food can still be accessed from the warehouse if needed. Although the strike has limited access to camps hosting Liberian refugees, the UN plans to go ahead with a voluntary repatriation convoy of some 460 people tomorrow. This will bring to 46,000 the number of those helped by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to return to Liberia from Guinea since the repatriation programme started in October 2004. Despite the strike, essential services have been maintained with a food distribution for some 4,300 refugees in Kounkan-1 camp going ahead last week, and another distribution for 11,400 refugees at Lainé camp yesterday. Guinea hosts more than 31,000 refugees, including nearly 22,000 Liberians, with the rest from Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. On Wednesday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called for an independent investigation into the reported killings by the security forces. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also voiced concern about the situation in Guinea, urging the Government to investigate the killings and prosecute those responsible, including security forces. 26 January 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will assist victims of recent violence in Guinea at the main public hospital in Conakry, the capital, in the wake of a general strike in which security forces are reported to have killed dozens of unarmed protestors in the past two weeks.
The UN Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict Patrick Cammaert was particularly concerned about the affect of hostilities on children driven from their homes into makeshift camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) where, until recently, they had been confined for several months.An estimated 300,000 IDPs were housed in these closed camps in May after a final push by Government forces ended the decades-long civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In a press conference at the end of his five-day mission to the country, Mr. Cammaert welcomed the increased freedom of movement recently granted to IDPs in the camps, and commended local authorities on the ongoing child protection programmes conducted in partnership with the UN. The Special Envoy also met with children formerly associated with armed groups and their parents in several rehabilitation centres, and called for the length of their stay in the rehabilitation programmes to be balanced with the time that they were in the ranks of the armed groups.He said he had been reassured by Sri Lanka’s Attorney General that the children formerly associated with armed groups were considered victims and that they would not be prosecuted. Mr. Cammaert was in the country – where he met with Government officials, representatives of civil society, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Colombo – on behalf of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy. 11 December 2009A senior United Nations official today wrapped up a visit to Sri Lanka aimed at determining first-hand the well-being of children affected by the recent conflict between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in the north of the Indian Ocean nation.
The police raided the location and seized forged visas passports and air tickets. The Indians arrested are between the ages of 24 and 46.Investigations are continuing. (Colombo Gazette) The police have busted an illegal foreign employment agency in Colombo involved in sending Indian women to the Middle East and arrested four Indians.According to the police, the illegal foreign employment agency was operating in the Keselwatte area.
In a farewell news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, she summed up UNICEF’s work in recent years, saying global child mortality had dropped by 16 per cent in the last 15 years – and by 34 per cent if AIDS-devastated sub-Saharan Africa’s data were excluded.Measles had dropped by half since 1999 and the number of children not attending school had dropped below 100 million for the first time in years, while more countries were taking legislative and other steps to protect children from the worst abuses and exploitation, Ms. Bellamy said.A UNICEF programme called Accelerated Child Survival and Development that bundles critical life-saving services and delivers them to the poorest, most remote, most service-starved districts, where most child deaths occur, had decreased child deaths in remote areas of Mali by around 20 per cent over a two-year period, she said.”These results are striking. And we are having them thoroughly studied before formal publication. But I draw on these examples, among many other exciting developments, to highlight the fact that on the ground, UNICEF has been innovating and experimenting with what works,” she added.She also said she believed UNICEF had played a pivotal role in putting the exploitation of children on the map. “This is another area where there is much work to be done, be it on child soldiers, sexual abuse of children, trafficking, or child labour. But I can say with certainty that governments are no longer free to ignore these abuses as they were just 10 years ago.”Noting UNICEF’s “State of the World’s Children 2005” report that told of more than a billion children being robbed of their childhood by the triple threat of HIV/AIDS, poverty and conflict, however, she said, “I am the first to say that I wish we had accomplished more for children over the past 10 years.”More work was needed to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), she said, referring to a set of proposals issued at the UN in 2000 to reduce a host of socio-economic ills, including extreme poverty, by at least half by 2015.”It is my most central conviction from 10 years at UNICEF that nothing will turn the tide against poverty the way that education can, especially for girls,” Ms. Bellamy said. “There is no more sure an investment for nations than investment in a quality basic education for all boys and girls. With girls especially, the returns, with respect to the next generation of children, are striking.”Despite the continuing problems, it was a testament to the Fund’s pragmatic optimism that its 10,000 staffers in 158 countries were helping to look for solutions to the local and international problems of children every day, she said.UNICEF “was created with hope and optimism and is continually renewed by the hope and optimism that children bring into the world,” she added.The agency said, in a release on her departure, that Ms. Bellamy made restoring schooling during emergencies a hallmark of UNICEF’s work, “recognizing that getting children back into a learning environment as soon as possible allows children to be children again and gives them a friendly space to escape from the hardship and chaos they have endured.”A series of UNICEF news releases covering earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as peacekeeping and peacebuilding situations, had told of schools installed in hastily cleared buildings or quickly erected tents, as well as training in psychotherapy for teachers who had to work with the traumatized children.Ms. Bellamy had also confronted leaders who failed to protect children, going to Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Sudan to advocate demobilizing child soldiers and meeting Taliban leaders in Afghanistan about their refusal to educate girls, UNICEF said.Ms. Bellamy leaves UNICEF to take up a post as CEO and President of World Learning, a private, non-profit international educational organization.Her successor at UNICEF will be Ann Veneman, most recently United States Secretary of Agriculture.
“The most urgent step revolves around the need to promptly finalize the LRA programmatic document and mobilize sufficient resources for its full implementation,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abou Moussa, told the a Council meeting on the region, which covered UNOCA’s activities and LRA-affected areas.“Once the programmatic document is finalized, my office, in partnership with the office of the African Union Special Envoy on the LRA, plans to organize a resource mobilization forum early next year with the aim of raising funds for the most critical areas of the strategy,” Mr. Moussa added.UNOCA is the world body’s regional office charged – along with the African Union (AU) envoy on the issue, Francisco Madeira – with helping coordinate a regional strategy to deal with the armed group, amongst its other tasks.The LRA was formed in the 1980s in Uganda and for over 15 years its attacks were mainly directed against Ugandan civilians and security forces, which in 2002 dislodged the rebels. They then exported their activities to Uganda’s neighbours, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan. The group is notorious for carrying out massacres in villages, mutilating its victims and abducting boys for use as child soldiers, while girls are often forced into sexual slavery.Although current estimates suggest that the LRA comprises less than 500 combatants operating under the leadership of Joseph Kony, its capacity to attack and terrorise and harm local communities remains, according to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). This past year has seen the armed group active in areas such as the eastern DRC.The strategy was endorsed by the UN Security Council in June. It focuses on five key strategic objectives to address the LRA threat: support for the full operationalization and implementation of the AU regional cooperation initiative against the LRA; enhancing efforts to promote the protection of civilians; and expanding current disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration activities to cover all LRA-affected areas.The other objectives are to promote a coordinated humanitarian and child protection response in these areas, and to support LRA-affected governments in the fields of peacebuilding, human rights, rule of law and development, to enable them to establish State authority across their territories.In relation to the first objective, in September the United Nations welcomed the handover of 2,500 soldiers – 2,000 from the Uganda People’s Defence Force and 500 from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – to the AU regional task force established to hunt down LRA members.In his remarks to the Council meeting today, Mr. Moussa stated that a critical element for the advent of sustainable peace and security in Central Africa is sub-regional integration. He noted that UNOCA has continued to work closely with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (known by the French acronym CEMAC) and other sub-regional bodies, as well as the high-level political authorities of the sub-region in the pursuit of that goal.The Special Representative said that while the overall peace and security situation in the region remains stable and significant progress has been registered in curbing the activities of “armed groups and negative forces,” Central Africa continues to experience some challenges in this area.“Violence perpetrated by armed groups, including in eastern [DR] Congo and countries affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army, and a number of other developments with regional and cross-border consequences greatly challenge our efforts to promote sustainable peace and stability in the sub-region,” he said, noting, however, that, as mentioned in the Secretary-General’s latest report on the topic, there is also good news, particularly on the economic front with countries continuing to register significant growth rates.The UN envoy noted that there is increasing confidence being placed in the world body’s conflict prevention work – particularly that of UNOCA – by regional actors in Central Africa, including Governments, regional organizations, political leaders and representatives of civil society.“Our growing interactions with those actors and, above all, their multiple requests for support show that there is a growing appreciation that establishing a regional political office in Central Africa was both useful and timely,” Mr. Moussa said. “They increasingly acknowledge that the creation of UNOCA has filled a preventive-diplomacy gap.”The requests received by UNOCA have covered areas such as mediation and facilitation of dialogue between opposition political parties and those in government, support for capacity building for regional organizations, mobilization of support and resources from the international community for actors in the sub-region and facilitation of workshops, seminars and training.“Another example of political commitment at the highest level demonstrated by regional leaders is reflected in the ongoing efforts to organize a regional summit on piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea,” Mr. Moussa said, noting the efforts of UNOCA and the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) to help prepare a regional summit of heads of state and government of the Gulf of Guinea, as requested in a Council resolution in late February.In addition to citing other examples of the level of political engagement and commitment among Central Africa’s political leadership on regional issues of peace and security, the Special Representative noted the “critical challenges” impacting upon the effectiveness of combined regional efforts in Central Africa.“With increasing and competing priorities in the pursuit of its mandate, there is a clear disparity between resources available to UNOCA and tasks that it is required to perform,” Mr. Moussa added. “This is all the more so as expectations from regional actors continue to grow regarding the potential role of UNOCA in addressing some of the peace and security challenges facing the subregion.”
VIDEO: UN World Meteorological Organization expresses concerns over climate change and long-term warming, noting high temperatures recorded across parts of Europe, the Middle East and the US in the past two months.Plane traffic halted in southwestern USOn the other side of the Atlantic, the US is also experiencing record or near-record heat. In parts of the desert southwest and into California, temperatures have hovered near a blistering 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius). Media reports suggested today that some plane traffic was halted in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport in Arizona because it was too hot to fly. The flight cancellations came amidst of one of the hottest days in the past 30 years of record keeping in the US state.Death Valley National Park in California issued warnings to visitors to expect high temperatures ranging from 100 to over 120 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to over 49 degrees Celsius), WMO added. WMO will set up an international committee of experts to verify the temperature and assess whether it equals a reported 54 degrees Celsius recorded in Kuwait last July, what was then the highest temperature for Asia, as well as for the entire Eastern hemisphere. The heatwaves have arrived unusually early, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, noting at the same time that average global surface temperatures over land and sea are the second highest on record for the first five months of 2017, according to analyses by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Raging wildfires in PortugalIn Portugal, extremely high temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius contributed to the severity of the devastating, fast-moving weekend wildfires that ripped through the country’s forested Pedrógão Grande region, some 150 kilometres (95 miles) north-east of Lisbon, leaving dozens dead and more injured.WMO reported that Portugal is not the only European country experiencing the effects of the extreme weather, as neighbouring Spain – which had its warmest spring in over 50 years – and France, have seen record-breaking temperatures. France is expected to continue see afternoon temperatures more than 10 degrees above the average for this time of year.
Annika Mazzarella’s university years were filled with many ups and downs, all which contributed to an important life lesson.When the 22-year-old St. Catharines native focused her studies on History of Art and Visual Culture, as well as Medieval and Renaissance Studies, she encountered people along the way who were discouraging, some even disapproving, of her chosen career path.It was her time at Brock that taught Mazzarella the importance of striving to achieve her dreams, regardless of any obstacles in her way.The naysayers she encountered were offset by the optimistic community at Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and at Rodman Hall Art Centre, where Mazzarella always felt included and supported to pursue her career ambitions. The experience caused her to develop a new sense of self-confidence, refusing to back down from the goals she has set for herself.That determination, among other impressive qualities, earned Mazzarella the Board of Trustees undergraduate student Spirit of Brock award for the Faculty of Humanities, presented during Friday’s Convocation ceremony — a joint celebration for the faculties of Humanities and Math and Science.The morning event also saw Grant Yocom recognized as the Humanities graduate student Spirit of Brock recipient, and Aniqah Zowmi and Jessica Vickruck honoured as the undergraduate and graduate student recipients respectively for Math and Science.Mazzarella said her Brock experience, both inside of and beyond the classroom, provided her with a “solid foundation” to support her future career path as an art curator.In addition to studying abroad in Italy last spring through International Plus, Mazzarella joined several Brock organizations, including Brock Dance, Brock Niagara Lifesaving Club, Brock Niagara Masters, Brock Student Leadership Network, and Brock’s Medieval and Renaissance Society.She also represented the University as a student delegate at the 2016 Canadian Conference on Student Leadership.“With each involvement I had different experiences, however, they proved to me that you can do anything you put your mind to and that there is always something new to learn,” she said.Mazzarella plans to move to Ottawa this fall to pursue her master’s degree in Art History with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Practices.Her advice for incoming students, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, is to “go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”For Zowmi, earning the Spirit of Brock designation meant accomplishing her final university goal.“I have been fortunate to have had so many great opportunities,” said the passionate advocate of youth civic engagement, who is known as a leader in the Brock community.“One of the best things about Brock is that it is a small community and you feel very much supported,” Zowmi said. “It is also a place that encourages you to develop yourself both professionally and personally.”Zowmi is the first Brock student to win a 3M National Student Fellowship Award for her efforts to empower youth and encourage equality in education.She served on the University’s Human Rights Task Force, was a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malta, where she addressed more than 700 youths at the UN Headquarters, and was a Youth Advisor to the Canadian Commission to UNESCO. Zowmi, a National Youth Ambassador for Passages Canada, also co-founded BrockU Talks, a speaker’s series for students to promote their engagement on global issues such as peace and sustainability.Both Spirit of Brock graduate recipients were also recognized for their hard efforts on and off campus.Yocom has been a leader among graduate students of the new PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities in its formative years.He twice served as the graduate student representative on the council in order to provide a student voice as the program structured its regulations and established the format for its comprehensive examinations. Described as an inspirational leader, Yocom brought students together and has helped to make the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities the exciting and innovative program that it has become.Vickruck has demonstrated exemplary leadership in her research group and among graduate students in Biological Sciences.Her Master’s of Science produced three published manuscripts on pygmy carpenter bees, and her PhD will produce four major papers on the subject.She has also worked with a research scientist at the Canadian National Insect Collection in Ottawa, a collaboration that led to offers from scientists at several other Canadian and American universities.
Working horses such as Big Lad were once a common sight around Manor Lodge.Manor Oaks Farm had four when it was sold in 1938 to make way for the Manor housing estate.Now the horse is a key attraction at the restored farmhouse and is available for hire across Sheffield.So far, around £200 has been donated to help Big Lad and several people have left messages of support. A fundraising campaign has been launched to help pay for Big Lad’s medical treatmentCredit:Just Giving Big Lad with Manor Lodge farm ranger Ethel WorthingtonCredit:Johnson Press/SWNS He can’t feed on grass so is having to stare longingly at donkeys Rosie and Lilly as they frolic in the fieldfarm ranger Ethel Worthington 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. A fundraising campaign has been launched to help pay for the treatment of a beloved work horse called Big Lad.The Clydesdale shire horse often gives demonstrations of traditional farming methods and can usually be spotted at a 16th-century manor lodge.But he has recently been under the weather and, following blood tests, Big Lad was diagnosed with laminitis – a painful inflammatory condition of the tissues. Now heritage bosses have launched a campaign to help pay for his medical treatment.Staff and volunteers at Manor Lodge in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, are waiting for the results of ultrasound and blood tests to find out the seriousness of the illness is.Farm ranger Ethel Worthington said: “We are very sad that Big Lad is ill. Big Lad has been part of our team for many years and is much loved by staff, volunteers and the public. We hope he gets better very soon.”We are crossing our fingers that it is not so serious, but for now he is on painkillers and antibiotics.”He can’t feed on grass so is having to stare longingly at donkeys Rosie and Lilly as they frolic in the field.”We want to get Big Lad on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Any donations towards Big Lad’s vets fees would be greatly appreciated and could help make a big difference.” John Clarke wrote: “He has helped so many children and adults at outside open days to realise their potential – it’s our time to pay him back.”Another supporter, Helen Herman, who donated £30, wrote: “Get well soon.”
Orocobre has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bateman Advanced Technologies (BAT), part of Tenova and a global supplier of advanced technologies, products and engineering services, which has developed world leading proprietary technology for the production of lithium salts including lithium hydroxide directly from brines. Orocobre has built, in partnership with Toyota Tsusho Corporation and JEMSE, the first large-scale, greenfield brine based lithium project in approximately 20 years at the Salar de Olaroz in northern Argentina with planned production of 17,500 t/y of low-cost battery grade lithium carbonate.The mining company said that the BAT process named LiSX is expected to facilitate the production of lithium hydroxide for a cost that is targeted to be in the bottom quartile of current lithium hydroxide producers. The market demand for lithium hydroxide is increasing. Aside from traditional industrial uses a number of rechargeable battery manufacturers are now utilising lithium hydroxide in their products. Sale prices for lithium hydroxide have also increased and are now in the range of $7,500 to $8,000 per tonne. Lithium carbonate prices are now over $6,000 per tonne.The MOU sets out the basis on which the parties have agreed to jointly work together in a staged process towards the development and ultimate commissioning of a large scale lithium hydroxide plant capable of producing between 15,000 t/y to 25,000 t/y of lithium hydroxide monohydrate directly from brine (concentrated or otherwise) utilising proprietary technology developed or enhanced by BAT. Under the terms of the MOU the parties are working together through the following stages:• Stage 1: Mini Pilot Plant (commencement by October 31, 2015). During this first stage the parties are jointly working together to construct a small scale pilot plant to be located at the premises of BAT in Israel with the objectiveof better refining the design parameters of a pilot plant to be located at an Orocobre site.• Stage 2: Pilot Plant (commencement by March 31, 2016). If results from the mini pilot plant are favourable the parties will jointly work together to construct a pilot plant. At this stage Orocobre has not determined the location forthe pilot plant. The pilot plant will be capable of producing up to 2 t/mth of lithium hydroxide monohydrate.• Stage 3: Feasibility Study (commencement by December 31, 2016). If the results of Stage 2 are favourable, Orocobre will decide if the parties proceed to Stage 3 to produce a definitive feasibility study (DFS) forthe construction of the commercial plant. • Stage 4: Commercial development of an industrial plant capable of producing between 15,000 t/y and 25,000 t/y of lithium hydroxide monohydrate (execution by June 30 2017). BAT will provide intellectual property, design services, licenses and specialist equipment and potential construction services on a lump sum basis.At the end of each stage Orocobre will make an assessment as to whether or not to proceed to the next stage. Commenting on the MOU Orocobre Managing Director Richard Seville said “We are very pleased to be entering into this partnership arrangement with Tenova Bateman to develop and trial a low cost production process for lithium hydroxide that is an important component of the company’s future growth strategy. The growth profile of the battery market and subsequent demand for lithium hydroxide is very robust and will complement the existing lithium carbonate operations.”
While most developer attention has been on iOS 5, it’s worth remembering that iOS 4.3.3, the current version, has a number of tethered jailbreak tools, but nothing like this un-tethered, web-based jailbreak utility. Simply point your iOS device at the web page, and the site will jailbreak your device for you.The utility is called JailbreakMe 3.0, and it’s slated to be officially released to the world shortly. After a beta tester leaked the utility on the web last week, iOS devs and jailbreak fans have been tweaking the utility to try and get it working ahead of the official launch.One of those developers is Ryan Vanniekerk, who managed to not only get the tool working, but jailbreak his own iPad 2 running iOS 4.3.3 using just his browser. He got his hands on the source for JailbreakMe 3.0, set up his own web server to spoof the official one, and the rest is history. Vanniekerk even posted a fairly lengthy tutorial on how to do what he did on his blog.Vanniekerk’s method is largely untested, but there’s nothing significantly different about the way it works that it’s not trustworthy. The official version of Jailbreak 3.0 is slated for release at any moment, but Vanniekerk’s method is notable.First, he beat the official launch, and second, he found a way to take the source and build the service to run at home on his own network with a spoofed web server – meaning that if the official JailbreakMe 3.0 launch doesn’t go as planned, or gets pulled from the Web, you’ll be able to roll your own.Regardless, if you plan to try it, it’s always worth noting that jailbreaking your iOS device will void its warranty, and Apple will refuse to service or troubleshoot any issues you have with the device until it’s locked again.Read more at Cult of Mac, via the iPhone Download Blog
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 10.18am MALAYSIAN POLICE SAY they have arrested a third person in connection with the apparent assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s half brother, Kim Jong-Nam.Police official Abdul Samah said a Malaysian man was arrested yesterday evening who is believed to be the boyfriend of the second suspect.Samah also said that the man provided information that led to the arrest of the woman who was using Indonesian travel documents.The second woman was taken into custody overnight over the spy novel-style assassination allegedly carried out by Pyongyang agents.A police statement said she was being quizzed along with a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman detained yesterday.The two women were arrested separately by detectives trying to get to the bottom of the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged playboy brother of Kim Jong-Un.South Korean intelligence chiefs say he was poisoned by North Korean agents as he walked through Kuala Lumpur International Airport on his way to board a flight for Macau.The portly 45-year-old had some kind of liquid sprayed in his face after being set upon by two women, Malaysian police have said.He was rushed to hospital suffering from a seizure, but was dead before he got there.CCTV images that emerged in Malaysian media, purportedly of one of the suspects, showed an Asian woman wearing a white top with the letters “LOL” emblazoned on the front.Several more arrests were expected throughout the day, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim told national Malaysian news agency Bernama.The first suspect, named as Doan Thi Huong, had been expected to appear in court on this morning, but Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat told AFP officers had obtained a seven-day remand order for her and for Indonesian passport holder Siti Aishah, aged 25.North Korea ’objects to autopsy’Kim’s body was being held at Kuala Lumpur Hospital following an autopsy, the results of which have not yet been released.North Korea had objected to the post-mortem examination being carried out, a senior Malaysian official familiar with the investigation told AFP.“But we told them to follow Malaysia’s laws,” he added.Malaysian media cited unnamed senior sources as saying North Korea had requested the body, but Samah said that nobody had come forward and that it would remain in the morgue until it was claimed.An official at the morgue said they had no indication who would claim the body or when.But North Korean embassy officials were seen visiting the hospital’s forensics department in a diplomatic vehicle on Wednesday afternoon and again overnight. his is the airport clinic where Kim Jong Nam was believed to have been taken in KL’s low-budget airline terminal. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIf confirmed, the assassination, which analysts said could have been ordered over reports Kim was readying to defect, would be the highest-profile death under the watch of the North’s young leader Kim Jong-Un.Jong-Nam was the eldest son of Kim Jong-Il, but on his father’s death in 2011 the succession went to Jong-Un, who was born to the former leader’s third wife.The first-born had at one time been set to assume the leadership of his isolated country, but fell out of favour after an embarrassing attempt to get into Japan on a fake passport in 2001.He has since lived in exile, with much of his time spent in the gambling enclave of Macau, where he was believed to have enjoyed some protection from Chinese security forces.Known as an advocate of reform in the North and believed to have ties with Beijing’s elite, Jong-Nam once told Japanese reporters that he opposed his country’s dynastic system.Reports of purges and executions have emerged from Jong-Un’s North Korea in recent years, as the young leader tries to strengthen his grip on power in the face of international pressure over his country’s nuclear and missile programmes.In 2012 Jong-Nam sent a letter to his younger brother begging him to spare his life, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee told reporters after news of the airport killing broke.© – AFP 2017Additional reporting from APRead: After damning leaks, Trump says his own spies are behaving ‘just like Russia’Read: White House urged to discipline Conway over ‘free commercial’ for Ivanka Feb 16th 2017, 10:18 AM Third arrest made in Malaysia over North Korea assassination The man arrested is believed to be the boyfriend of one of the suspects Image: AP/Press Association Images Short URL Image: AP/Press Association Images https://jrnl.ie/3242289 Share Tweet Email1 By AFP 14,265 Views Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 10:18 AM 13 Comments
Mandatory reporting applies to people who have reason to suspect the abuse or neglect of a child, but it can also apply to people who suspect abuse or neglect of a dependent adult or the elderly, or to any members of society. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek told the borough assembly at their meeting on Tuesday that the district has seen an increase in referrals to the Office of Children’s Services for abused or neglected children. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “So far this year 109 referrals to the Office of Children’s Services. We’re mandatory reporters, and if we suspect any abuse of any kind we are required to report.” Once a teacher or advisor sees something, they’re required to say something, either by phone or in person, with a written report to follow. Reports are going up each year for the district. Dusek: “Last year in total we had 226, so we are a little bit ahead of pace there. The year before that in 16-17 we had a total of 138, so we are well beyond the pace of two years ago. So, we are seeing more mandatory reports.”
“Look for [former Penton CEO] John French to take over as new CEO,” a source told FOLIO: this week. Cygnus’ co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien stepped down in January.Last Fall, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded three of Cygnus Business Media’s ratings as a result of the publisher’s disclosure that it is in default under the financial covenants of its senior secured loan agreements. According to the ratings service, Cygnus failed to comply with terms of its first lien senior secured loan agreement and its Series A preferred shareholders agreement. Cygnus had not announced plans to fund the payment of approximately $167 million in debt which is scheduled to mature in July 2009. Cygnus also missed its loan payment in January, which was said to be about $9 million.Earlier this year, Cygnus eliminated its 401(k) contribution program and froze employee salaries. The long-awaited sale of Cygnus Business Media might not happen after all. Senior lender GE Commercial Finance is said to be working out the details of a debt-for-equity exchange with its other lenders which would transfer formal equity control from Boston-based ABRY Partners.According to one source, financial service provider Barclays is also involved in the talks. Ownership negotiations could be finalized within the next 30 days and would help the b-to-b publisher avoid filing for Chapter 11, in part, by “significantly reducing its debt,” FOLIO: has been told.Cygnus owner ABRY Partners has been exploring a sale since last summer. Wasserstein and Co. emerged as the likely buyer and a deal was expected to be finalized last August. By November, however, negotiations dissipated and the groups “went in different directions.” Cygnus—which laid off 30 staffers last week and shut down a pair of photography magazines—has been headed on an interim basis by Charlie Carnaval, an executive with Zolfo Cooper, a New York-based firm that specializes in corporate restructuring and interim management solutions. GE will look to name a new chief executive shortly after assuming control of the company.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations in the Senate over a short-term continuing resolution (CR) have slowed, as lawmakers struggle to resolve a dispute over language prohibiting a Planned Parenthood-affiliated organization in Puerto Rico from receiving Zika funds.The same issue prompted Senate Democrats to stop the fiscal 2017 military construction-Veterans Affairs conference report from advancing; $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus is attached to the bill. The hurdle likely could prevent the Senate from taking up a stopgap spending bill this week, reported CQ Roll Call. The measure is needed to fund the federal government for the first several months of the new fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.“I think this is just something we need to get done and will and I’m not quite sure I can speculate yet on what the final language will look like,” Senate GOP Deputy Whip Roy Blunt told CQ. “I don’t know what the final language is going to look like,” he said.House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said lawmakers from both chambers are participating in the talks. Rogers also said that Zika funding is not guaranteed to be part of the CR under discussion.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed optimism that an agreement over a stopgap measure was close at hand. “We’re making good progress toward resolving all the moving parts,” McConnell told reporters.
null Tags If you tried the Beyond Burger before and thought it tasted a little strange, the company heard you. A new formulation seeks to close the gap with skeptical meat eaters who will seize on any shortcoming to dismiss plant-based meat. This called for a new burger with a more coarse appearance, the addition of mung beans and brown rice to the existing pea protein, the use of apple juice extract to brown a burger much like a cut apple browns, and a flavor that is just less strong. The ingredient list has been cut down to 18 items from 22, and only one of them sounds like better living through chemistry: methylcellulose, a thickener. Share your voice “The greatest thing about peas is they’re not soy,” says Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown of the go-to ingredient in veggie burgers for decades. “Consumers don’t like soy, whether it’s because the milk board’s doing a really good (PR) job or what, I don’t know. But consumers don’t like soy, and that made everyone’s job here really hard.”Absent from the new formula that rolled out Monday, however, is a major shift in price, keeping Beyond Burgers around $3 a patty at retail. “We shouldn’t be more expensive than animal protein, and we only are because we have a very nascent supply chain,” says Brown. The “e-mouth” is an electronic chewing press that Beyond uses to quantify how new versions of burger push back when you chew. CNET I spent a day at Beyond’s headquarters in LA to see how peas, brown rice and mung beans convincingly emulate hamburger and sausage. While the ingredients are familiar things, the lab gear processing them is not. Like the “e-mouth,” a tall, column-shaped press that gauges the force of chewing on a burger and how much it pushes back. In another room a 5-foot tall lab setup turns a beaker of fresh beet juice into a small pile of pink colorant powder, instantly. And an electron microscope reveals how fats are distributed in pork sausage so that can be emulated in Beyond’s plant version. By the way, nothing looks less appealing than a sausage at several hundred times magnification. An electron microscope is used to analyze sausage made from pigs and replicate it with peas, coconut fat and a lot of seasoning. CNET All this science leads to something both pedestrian and miraculous: a good burger patty. In Beyond’s consumer panel testing room a door slid up and I was presented with two samples of identically cooked burger: “241” and “415.”Sample 241 tasted satisfyingly greasier to me and ground smoother, while 415 was coarser and a little cleaner. 415 is the new formulation. The new mung beans and brown rice seem to be unsung heroes behind the oft-touted pea protein and beet “blood,” but the patty doesn’t look like any of its ingredients, just a familiar burger. In hard-core vegan circles products like this are often called junk food, a badge that market-savvy Beyond might wear with more pride than pain.To make plant-based red meat Beyond doesn’t actually use a lot of red. Plant and flower colorants run from nuclear green to rusty nail brown. It all results in a convincing red hue that browns with cooking. CNET What I saw next surprised me: The Beyond burger’s new raw look. Consumers make many decisions about food through clear cellophane and the new formula looks more like it belongs in the raw butcher’s section (something which is contentious) thanks to now prominent bits of plant fat that resemble the gristle and fat in ground beef. I can’t say the marbling looks entirely convincing, but I never found that aspect of ground beef appetizing anyway. The original Beyond Burger (left) and the new formulation. The visual presence of “gristle” and fat jumps out from behind the cellophane, even though Beyond is still free of cholesterol. (The relative colors in this photo aren’t calibrated for accuracy.) Beyond Meat Beyond’s IPO might make it the top offering of 2019 and its burger is dueling with Impossible Foods’ to take much of the air out of the room for new entrants. Except the new entrants are big enough to have their own air supply: Tyson Foods sold its investment in Beyond to compete directly with it, and Nestle has a plant-based burger coming that looks nutritionally very impressive on paper. Those two food giants will have shelf, menu and marketing clout that even a fatly IPO’d startup will struggle to match, so having a strong story of continued innovation is key.Then there’s the biggest shoe yet to drop: McDonald’s. Impossible Foods has already won over Burger King. But with twice as many locations as No. 2 Burger King and cultural integration that’s unmatched by other food outlets, McDonald’s has yet to pick a plant burger. The one that it does may largely win on that basis alone, essentially the VHS of plant burgers. McDonald’s scattered offerings of veggie burgers so far don’t count; They’re from another era when plant-based protein looked and tasted like plants. “But I never take my eye off of retail because I’m so interested in serving families where they shop,” Brown says. “We’re just scratching the surface with our one or two SKUs now in stores. What about 10? Or instead of a Beyond meat section in the meat case, what about an entire Beyond meat case?” 0 Healthy eating Tech Industry Culture
Wishing welfare of all country, nation and creatures, Parbatya Bhikkhu Sangha brings out a procession in Dighinala, Khagrachhari on Friday morning. Photo: Palas BaruaBuddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, is being celebrated across the country on Saturday.Like elsewhere in the world, the Buddhist community in Bangladesh, has chalked out different programmes, including colourful processions, puja, sanghadan, discussions and cultural functions, to mark the day in a befitting manner, reports UNB.Buddha Purnima marks Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. On this day in 563 BC, Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Kopilabostu at the foothill of the Himalayas.He attained supreme enlightenment at the age of 35 and finally departed into ‘nirvana’ at the age of 80 in 483 BC.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh have issued separate messages greeting the Buddhist community on the occasion.In his message, president Hamid said Buddha Purnima is a holy religious festival related to the birth and attaining enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha, reports BSS.He said Gautama Buddha always sought the welfare for mankind and he tried his best to make the whole world a peaceful and prosperous one.The president said Buddha disseminated the message of equity and friendship during his entire life to establish peace and harmony in the world.He said the ideals and philosophy of Buddha can play an important role in establishing peace in society, removing unrest and intolerance from the world and saving people from moral degradation.The president also said the civilisation and culture of the Buddhists are profoundly integrated with the soil and the people of this country.Noting that Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony, Abdul Hamid hoped that the country’s Buddhist community would play an important role in the development of Bangladesh upholding the ideals of Buddha.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said overcoming all fears, greed and interest, Gautama Buddha had preached the messages of non-violence, friendship and compassion throughout out his life for peace and welfare of mankind.Establishing an ideal society through peace and harmony was his only objective, she added.Mentioning that Bangladesh is a land of communal harmony, the prime minister said people of all religions have been practicing their respective religions here without facing any obstruction.She hoped that the country’s Buddhist community, inspired by the ideals of Gautama Buddha, will reach themselves at new height in their knowledge and skills.“With the united efforts from all, we would be able to build a non-communal, hunger-free and prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the greatest Bangalee of all time and father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” Hasina said.Different law enforcement agencies have taken stringent security measures so that the Buddhist community can celebrate their main religious festival with much enthusiasm.