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By Anthony AbteRabat – The 2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program announces its call for applications for the 2016 fellowship round. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, allows young and mid-career professionals from Morocco and around the world to study at one of 15 host universities in the United States for one year. Throughout this year of non-degree studies, fellows from Morocco will experience American culture and academia and will explore in depth an issue of common concern in both the United States and Morocco. In addition to their studies, fellows attend lectures and conferences and conduct practical hands-on work. Due to the program’s flexibility, fellows can travel away from their host universities to engage in a variety of ways with American counterparts, including 30-day placements at relevant institutions.The program began in 1978 and has hosted more than 4,600 from 157 countries in the past 38 years. More than 40 universities have participated in the program since its inception. Seventeen fields of study are available within four categories: sustainable development, democratic institution building, education, and public health. These program fields account for a wide variety of civil society, and leaders from all regions of Morocco are encouraged to apply.The program is open to any English-speaking Moroccan leaders who have a university undergraduate degree and at least five years of related work experience. Applicants should have a strong record of public service in their communities and should have limited or no experience in the United States.Applications and more information can be obtained through the Moroccan-American Commission for Cultural and Education Exchange (MACECE). Full details, requirements, and a link to the application portal can also be found through MACECE. The application deadline is September 1, 2016. read more

Rabat – The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research changed the date for the unified regional exam for first baccalaureate as well as “free baccalaureate” candidates to June 8 and 10.According to the statement, the Ministry rescheduled the exam from June 7 and 9 to June 8 and 10 because the initial proposed date may coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.Read also: El Othmani: ‘Clear Vision’ Helped Morocco’s Education System Make Progress Despite ChallengesThe statement reminded candidates to stay alert to the daylight saving time changes that will take place, with the clocks going forward by an hour at 2.00 a.m on Sunday, June 9 (GMT+1).

26 January 2010Thousands of Haitians are gaining a semblance of normalcy following the recent devastating earthquake in their homeland by gaining employment and rebuilding their neighborhoods through a cash-for-work scheme run by the United Nations. The programme, coordinated by the UN Development Programme as part of its Emergency Relief and Recovery Framework, employs 11,500 people at the legal minimum wage of 150 gourdes, or $4, for half a day’s labour. The plan is to put 100,000 people to work as quickly as possible, with up to 220,000 as conditions allow. “There are a million Haitians on the streets who lost their homes,” Kim Bolduc, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, said in a statement released today. “We need to start programmes like that that immediately meet their most critical needs while involving them in the process of reconstruction.” The project gives priority to female-headed households, particularly those with destroyed housing and those with deceased family members. Dominique Charles is a 21-year-old mother who lost her home in the Carrefour Feuilles district of Port-au-Prince. She is one of 1,500 workers currently employed in her neighbourhood. “I work for my three children,” Ms. Charles told UNDP. “To put food on the table and ensure their well-being. This programme allows me to do that. I am able to work and earn a small wage.” The project has a dual benefit. While earning a small wage, workers also provide vital services that the Haitian Government cannot coordinate right now, such as clearing the debris and rubble from the roads and removing waste that is piling up on streets. “I also am able to do something important for my community,” said Ms. Charles holding a shovel. “By clearing these roads the buses, the police, the fire trucks and the ambulances can get to us. After the earthquake we were completely cut off.” The sanitation benefits of the work are clear to Lenny Gibson, who is also employed in the Carrefour programme. “I like this project for two reasons. Not just because we can make a little money. But we have to clean things up. I already lost my child. I don’t want to lose anyone else due to poor sanitation,” Mr. Gibson told UN Television. UNDP Country Director Eric Overvest said that while the first phase of the programme emphasizes clearing rubble from roads and removing waste that could pose a health risk, workers are also “cleaning and restoring public markets, tented settlements and communal washing areas so that the local economy can once again start to function as efficiently as possible.” Job creation aimed at rebuilding infrastructure remains critical to UNDP’s efforts to scale up programmes like the “cash-for-work” scheme, which is intended to inject money into the affected Haitian economy. Funding and resources remain a challenge for the programme, despite the local community’s backing and the call from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for international support. UNDP recently issued a flash appeal calling for $35.6 million for immediate recovery priorities, including debris clearance, rehabilitation of basic infrastructure, and cash-for-work reconstruction activities. The appeal is part of a wider UN flash appeal for $575 million which as of is only about half-way funded. In addition, UNDP has said that the programme’s expansion is constrained by the need to coordinate with local authorities and ensure the systems are in place for payments and for the transparent and accountable management of the finances. Another obstacle is obtaining the boots, gloves, shovels, pickaxes and trucks needed to remove the waste. Given the challenges already faced in Haiti, these obstacles seem small in comparison with the hope they bring. “As long as I can see the light, there is hope. The cash for work programme gives us a chance to see something besides the destruction. It gives us light,” Jacqueline Jean Baptiste, whose home in Carrefour was levelled during the quake, told UNDP. “The work allows me to feed my kids. I do not know what I would do without it.” read more

French International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) aid worker Laurent Maurice, who was taken by unidentified gunmen in November in eastern Chad while on a harvest assessment mission just 10 kilometres from the border with Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region, was released on Saturday and immediately flown to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, where he received medical attention.UNAMID Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari said the release was particularly welcome as the mission too had faced a similar ordeal last year when two of its members were abducted, only to be released after more than 100 days in captivity. Another ICRC staffer, abducted in West Darfur state in October, still remains in captivity. Mr. Gambari stressed the importance of aid work undertaken by UN and humanitarian workers in Darfur and called upon all parties to refrain from impeding their work.UNAMID was set up in 2007 to try to quell the violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others displaced in a nearly seven-year conflict pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.The mission has reached about 70 per cent of its authorized strength of 19,555 troops and 4,449 police officers, and still lacks key military elements, including a series of medium utility helicopters considered vital in the remote region. 8 February 2010Another international aid worker abducted in the strife-torn Sudanese-Chadian border area has been released in a move hailed by the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which has had some of its own members kidnapped. read more

Taiwan authorities deport Sri Lankan man

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Sri Lanka concluded a 26-year-long civil war against rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May 2009.The man admitted to contacting human trafficking syndicates for his travel documents, adding that he had picked up his boarding pass to Germany after the syndicate arranged for his transport to Singapore, the agency said. The man said he had assumed that his passage through Taiwan during the summer season would be overlooked due to the high number of travelers passing through, the agency said.After consulting the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office, the Border Affairs Corps was authorized to deport the Sri Lankan, it said. The NIA task force noticed a discrepancy in his Schengen Area visa, the agency said. After detaining him and checking the visa with the Borders Affairs Corps, the visa was determined to be fake, the agency said. A Sri Lankan national transiting at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on his way to Germany on a forged Schengen Area visa was picked up by the National Immigration Agency’s (NIA) special cross-unit task force and deported to Sri Lanka.According to the agency, the man had arrived in Taiwan on a China Airlines flight from Singapore bound for Frankfurt, Germany, purportedly on a business trip. When questioned, the man said he sought to make a new future for himself in Frankfurt, Germany, due to the instability in Sri Lanka in the wake of its civil war. read more

CAW reaches 30-day agreement with National Auto Radiator that ends lockout by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 5:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINDSOR, Ont. – The Canadian Auto Workers union said Tuesday it has reached a 30-day agreement with National Auto Radiator, ending a lockout that began last week.The Windsor-based company has agreed to resume payments for employees and retiree benefits starting Wednesday while both sides continue to negotiate a broader agreement for the facility’s closure, the union said.National Auto Radiator has also agreed to stop any manufacturing or shipments from the plant for 30 days. In return, the union will neither picket nor strike.“The fate of the facility has not changed, but this agreement will allow us the space to negotiate a closure agreement, instead of having our members locked out, and retirees cut off of health benefits,” said CAW National President Ken Lewenza.Employees were locked out last Thursday when the union rejected wage, pension and benefit concessions from the company. National Auto Radiator also stopped benefit payments to retirees.At the time of the lockout, there were 17 union workers at the facility and “a few dozen” that were already laid off, Lewenza said in an interview.The company also has 200 retirees receiving pension benefits. read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Major U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly lower, led by declines in health care companies and makers of consumer goods.Small-company stocks are at record highs Friday and still rising.Retailers Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch plunged after delivering weak quarterly reports, while discount retailer Ross Stores climbed.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 35 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,867.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181. The Nasdaq composite slipped 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.Bond yields rose as investors sold off U.S. government debt. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.34 per cent, its highest level in a year.___11:45 a.m.Stocks are edging lower in midday trading on Wall Street as a post-election surge loses momentum.Health care and technology companies are taking some of the largest losses Friday.Retailers Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch are dropping after they gave weak quarterly reports, while discount retailer Ross Stores is climbing.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 34 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,869.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,181. The Nasdaq composite slipped 12 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,321.Bond yields continued to rise as investors sold off U.S. government debt. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.33 per cent, its highest level in a year.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as investors look over a mixed bag of earnings from retailers.Gap plunged 10 per cent early Friday after the clothing store chain said its earnings dropped almost 18 per cent in the latest quarter. Gap said it was seeing less foot traffic in its stores heading into the holiday shopping season.Abercrombie & Fitch sank 11 per cent after reporting that a key sales measure fell for the third straight quarter.Ross Stores jumped 4 per cent after reporting earnings and revenue that came in ahead of analysts’ forecasts.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 18,884.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost a point to 2,186. The Nasdaq composite was little changed at 5,341. Markets Right Now: Major US indexes close slightly lower by The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2016 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 9 June 2008

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UK Government defends its biofuels policy The SMMT’s Week in Westminster newsletter says that a debate in Westminster Hall last week concluded that the potential effect of supporting biofuels was not properly thought out before the government introduced its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation. The debate followed publication of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Report: ‘Are biofuels Sustainable ‘ Jim Fitzpatrick MP, transport minister defended the RTFO but suggested the government’s ‘policy of caution’. He also said the conclusions of the Gallagher report into biofuels will be available at the end of the month. More from www.smmt.co.ukClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UAN approves Roadlink as new CV supplier The United Aftermarket Network has appointed Roadlink International as a new approved CV supplier to the group. The deal started on 1 April and covers Roadlink’s full range of truck and van friction products, as well as discs, drums and new and remanufactured callipers as well as Koni shock absorbers and Timken bearings and seals from Roadlink. The firm recently launched its new CV brake disc and drum catalogue which details an extended range of drums and more than 80 new disc types. The UAN CV group includes 30 CV distributors and 40 branches. More from Mark Field on ++44 (0)1 213 234 165 or markfield@unitedaftermarket.net Transaid week to challenge industry International development agency Transaid wants the transport and logistics industry to go the extra mile to raise money for its work in the developing world. It will run the first Transaid Week, from Monday 30 June to Friday 4 July this year, the charity’s 10th anniversary. The aim is to raise £100,000 this year and Transaid’s website www.transaid.org gives an A-Z of fundraising ideas. “Fundraising can be a great motivator for employees and provide some light-hearted fun whilst helping a good cause at the same time,” said Chris Saunders, boss of Transaid. “For example, raising just £200 can pay for a two-week truck driver training course in Zambia.” More from Chantelle Cummings on + 44 (0)2 073 878 136 or chantelle@transaid.org FTA says SNP amendment would help but it’s not enough Andrew Haines, president of the Freight Transport Association told Scottish MPs that the Scottish National Party amendment to the Finance Bill is not enough. It would freeze or cut fuel duty to compensate for rising oil prices and while the FTA supported such a measure, Haines said it would not be enough and wants bigger changes in the tax process. He said the UK transport industry needs fuel duty parity with the rest of Europe rather than the paying twice as much tax. The FTA was working with the Treasury and had PriceWaterhouseCoopers produce a report that shows ways to cut the tax rate for commercial users. It will give that to the Chancellor this week. More from Gavin Scott on +44 (0)1 786 457 503 or gscott@fta.co.uk Oxonica looks for truck fuel test partners Following successful bus and coach fuel saving tests with Stagecoach, Oxonica is now looking for blue-chip truck operators to help the firm validate results in haulage and distribution work. “The trials with Stagecoach delivered fuel savings of over 4% in a three month test involving 550 vehicles,” said Mike Attfield, director, energy at Oxonica. Stagecoach originally tested Enviroxâ„¢, a fuel-borne catalyst that improves combustion efficiency, in a year-long trial on 1,300 buses. That delivered more than 5% fuel savings. Stagecoach says it is happy with the results and will continue to use Enviroxâ„¢ across its 7,000 strong UK bus fleet. “Now we’re looking for truck fleet operators to help see if we can deliver similar savings in their environment,” says Attfield. More from Mike Attfield on +44 (0)1 865 856 729 or mike.attfield@oxonica.com Trucks buoy-up May’s registrations Last week’s van and truck registration data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows the total up 5.8% to 396,368 for the rolling year and down 0.5% in May. Within those totals, truck registrations are up 25.1% to 57,357 for the rolling year and up 23.1% in May. Van registrations are up 3.1% to 339,011 for the rolling year and down 4.0% for May. “Buoyant truck registrations continue in 2008 and strong order books suggest the trend is firm for the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Van registrations over the year to May are up too, though more modestly, as volumes are already at record levels. We expect these order and registration trends to hold over the next quarter.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 02 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Cut fuel costs by up to 20% Transfrigoroute says its meeting on Wednesday 9 July will tackle fuel escalation issues, breakdown recovery, aftermarket service for temperature controlled and general fleets and cost savings in fleet management and more. One contributor aims to show how to cut fuel costs by 10 to 20%. Admission is free and the event, which starts at 10:00 and should finish after lunch at 14:30 is at Scania’s UK headquarters at Delaware Drive, Tongwell, Milton Keynes, MK15 8HB More from Judith Ball on +44 (0)1 326 569 657 or secretary@transfrigoroute.co.uk ATS wins Donnell & Ellis tyre deal European heavy haulage specialist Donnell & Ellis of Omagh, Co Tyrone says ATS Euromaster will now do all its tyre service work. The new deal aims to use active tyre maintenance to cut unexpected vehicle downtime. Worth nearly £100,000 a year, the move will mean new tyre brands across the fleet; Michelin tyres on the 30 Scania tractor units and Hankook tyres on the 60 specialist trailers – some of which have a payload capacity of up to 200 tonnes. ATS started to look after the trailer fleet in late 2007 and cut tyre-related breakdowns by 50%. This won it the tractor fleet business. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com Isotrak delivers new efficiency for Asda Home Shopping Asda Home Shopping has specified Isotrak’s ‘highly sophisticated’ Active Transport Management System to improve the performance of its 800-strong home delivery vehicle fleet. This will be Asda Home Shopping’s first tracking and telematics system and one of the first to use Isotrak’s ATMS in a van fleet. Installation work starts this month for completion in August 2008. The modular system “fuses” accurate satellite tracking and telematics data capture with a sophisticated transport management system based on Isotrak’s 12 years of expertise. The system will deliver “huge boosts in efficiency” for Asda, cutting fuel use and carbon emissions and giving Asda its first live, helicopter view of performance for the fleet and individual vehicles. This means managers can easily see if and where they need to take ‘remedial action’. Asda installed ATMS across its grocery delivery fleet during 2007. More from Andrew Vincent +44 (0)1 869 353 800 or andrew.vincent@razor-pr.com Fuel saving success CarrierWeb says its new in-cab, web-based touch screen computer is delivering fuel savings of between six and 25%. Truckers across Europe are successfully using the system to analyse and improve driving styles and habits, resulting in valuable savings. The new unit, known as the MDT 3000, also allows direct digital tachograph download and reporting from the web. More from Frank Kendrick on +44 (0)1 932 849 699 or frank.kendrick@carrierweb.com Transport News Brief Week 24, Monday 9 June 2008 Spraydown delivers 4% fuel saving Spraydown says recent independent tests show fuel savings of up to 4%. The system, launched at the recent CV Show, had already been shown to cut spray by 40% compared with existing kit. Now, further independent tests done by the Transport Research Laboratory delivered steady state fuel savings of 3.8% at a constant 52mph. “Confirmation of fuel savings approaching 4% now delivers a compelling business case for fitting the equipment,” says Steve Nesbitt, managing director. “Whilst actual savings in use will vary according to road conditions and the type of operation, we can be confident that the initial competitive costs of fitting the equipment will deliver a payback and more in a very modest period of time”. More from Steve Nesbitt on +44 (0)1 786 445 255 or steve@spraydown.com Truck & Plant opens UK depot Irish truck, trailer and plant equipment specialist Truck & Plant has opened a two acre depot in Measham, close to the M/A42 in the Birmingham area. The firm says it aims to strengthen ties with its steadily growing customer base on the UK mainland. “With growing sales to operators across Britain, the establishment of a presence in the Midlands is a next logical step in our measured expansion programme,” says Mark Montgomery, general manager. “This … means that any potential customer is never far from the opportunity to view the metal.” The firm sells all makes of new and used vehicles, vans, trucks, trailers and plant. More from Trevor Longcroft on +44 (0)1 202 840 662 or tlongcroft@aol.com New UK boss for Krone German trailer maker Krone says Fran Pickering has joined its UK business as managing director. At the same time, Chris Lardner has joined as fleet sales manager. Krone is Europe’s second biggest trailer maker, employs over 2,000 people and expects a turnover of about €1.4bn in this financial year, up over 20% on the previous financial year. In the UK it offers curtain-side, dry freight, skeletal and rear-steer models. More from Fran Pickering on +44 (0)1 469 571 626 or info@krone-trailers.co.uk New container lift from Combilift Combilift says its new Container Lifter allows much safer ground level loading and unloading and eliminates the need for ramps, cranes and time wasted waiting for them to arrive. With a 34 tonne capacity it will lift 20, 30 and 40ft containers and can lift two smaller 20ft containers simultaneously. The unit can also move containers directly from one trailer to another. “We believe hauliers will be quick to recognise the multiple benefits of the Container Lifter both for them and their customers,” says Martin McVicar, managing director. More from Martin McVicar on +353 (0)4 780 500 or info@combilift.com Scottish Ambulance Service takes genisys Carnation Design says the Scottish Ambulance Service is standardising on its genisys electronic management system for all its new rapid response, patient transport ambulances and accident and emergency vehicles. “Having a universal vehicle electronic management system is vital to the service. By standardising on one system, our staff are confident that no matter which vehicle they get into, no matter what type it is or who manufactured it, the control panel in the dash is exactly the same,” said Michael Jackson, general manager of fleet services at SAS. “The main benefit of genisys for me is its flexibility and the ability we have to make changes to the control functions without having to change any hardware.” SAS has used genysis since 2001. More from Sarah Withington on +44 (0)1 234 210 555 or ideas@kdm-communications.com Bus and coach registrations hit 12,257 Figures just published by the SMMT show 12,357 bus and coach registrations for the rolling year. On the same rolling year basis, the trend remains much better than expected for big buses, with a total of 2,729. Big coaches also set record levels at 1,184. Small minibuses, under 3.5 tonnes, dropped 17.7% to 3,269 while medium weight versions, from 3.5 to 8.5 tonnes were up 56.6% to 4,987. Overall the growth trend for midi and the heaviest mini buses slowed slightly, but the numbers are still strong. “May delivered yet more encouraging sustained growth in bus and coach registrations”, said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Big bus and coach registrations have grown for six straight months and 12 for coaches. We’re cautious about the year ahead, but from a better position than we expected”. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 02 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Euro 5 Renault Premiums for Sparks Sparks Transport is adding six new Renault Premium 450.25 tractor units to its 70-strong transport and distribution fleet. The firm already owns a number of Renaults but its fleet is mainly Scania, so Renault Trucks South West, which did the business, sees this as an important deal. The new trucks will do domestic haulage for Sparks’ UK operation, moving food, drink, clothing and electronics across the UK. The family-run firm works from a seven acre site in Glastonbury, Somerset. More from Penny Randal on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com Another 50 Dublin deckers from Volvo Volvo Bus says it has won a deal for 50 more double deckers to Dublin Bus. Based on B9TL chassis they will have with Wrightbus low-floor bodywork. This is a wheelchair accessible body via a powered ramp, has an anti-bandit driver’s signal unit, Colour 10 camera CCTV system, an on board digital PA system and a real time information system. The new buses will go to work between November 2008 and March 2009 as part of Dublin Bus’ fleet replacement programme. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or don.johnston@volvo.com Manchester congestion charge coming The SMMT’s Policy Departments says it expects that Government ministers will confirm Manchester’s congestion charging scheme any day now. This is part of the Transport Innovation Fund process and will be a two-ring arrangement, starting in 2013. Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council says less than 20% of motorists in the area will pay and those who must travel during charging hours will find their journeys 20% faster. There will be public consultation process across Greater Manchester if the government gives the scheme the go-ahead. So far it seems aimed at cars only and there are plans to spend cash on other types of transport at the same time. More from Jennifer Huckstep on +44(0)2 073 449 217 or jhuckstep@smmt.co.uk Germany in trouble on VW law The SMMT’s Week in Brussels newsletter reports that the European Commission has threatened to take Germany to court for failing to revoke a law shielding Volkswagen from a hostile takeover. The so-called VW law gives the German state of Lower Saxony veto rights over big decisions affecting the firm, but German company law normally fixes veto powers at a minimum of 25% of a company’s equity. Porsche, with nearly a third of voting rights in VW, claims that the rule needs to be updated. The Commission has given Germany two months to respond or face a final warning. Lower Saxony owns a 20.8% stake in Volkswagen. More from www.smmt.co.uk Biofuels policy in the spotlight The SMMT’s Week in Brussels newsletter reports that the European Parliament’s Environment committee has backed demands for biofuels to cut life-cycle emissions by of 50% compared with fossil fuels, to count toward an EU consumption target. The European Commission had proposed 35%. Mariann Fischer Boel, commissioner for agriculture and rural development defends the EU’s position on biofuels and their effects on food prices debate, saying that the EU uses less than 1% of its cereal production to make bio-ethanol. She also supports the development of second and third generation biofuels, made from feedstocks other than food crops. More from www.smmt.co.uk read more

first_imgWhile fans are more used to seeing her in everyday clothes and loose, tangled hair blowing on the clifftop, she will this week appear as a glamorous gentleman’s wife attending a party alone.Believing Poldark to be back in the arms of Elizabeth, she will conspire to seek out a flirtation with a handsome Captain Malcolm McNeil with the aim of cheating on him in and gaining her revenge.But as ever – on television as in the Winston Graham novels – the best-laid plans are set to go dramatically awry.  Demelza makes her party entranceCredit:BBC Eleanor Tomlinson as DemelzaCredit:BBC She was last seen on screen as a wronged wife, striking Ross Poldark after learning he had enjoyed a night of violent passion with his old flame Elizabeth.But Demelza Poldark, played by Eleanor Tomlinson, is to have her revenge, it appears, as she embarks on a plot to put her husband in his place.The next episode of Poldark, to be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday night, will see Demelza dressed up to the nines as she seeks to punish her husband for its transgression. Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelzacenter_img Demelza makes her party entrance Last week’s episode caused uproar among fans, for what critics have called a “rape scene”. Women’s groups complained at the portrayal of a reunion between Poldark and Elizabeth, in which he appeared to force himself on her.The series will go on to show Demelza’s furious response to the affair.Tomlinson has said previously: “It’s just so rare to come across a character as strong as Demelza: a woman who refuses to conform to society or etiquette and has that very modern streak to her, and I feel like some of her has rubbed off on me.” 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.last_img read more

first_imgRio Tinto’s fleet of autonomous haul trucks achieved a significant milestone at the company’s worldclass operations in Australia last week by moving their one-billionth tonne of material. Since commencing trial operations in 2008, haul trucks fitted with Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology have now moved more than one billion tonnes of both ore and waste material across five sites in the Pilbara including the newly commissioned Silvergrass mine.Last year, Rio Tinto’s autonomous fleet accounted for about a quarter of the total material moved across its Pilbara mines. On average, each autonomous truck was estimated to have operated about 700 hours more than conventional haul trucks during 2017 and at around 15% lower load and haul unit costs.Importantly, there have been zero injuries attributed to autonomous haul trucks since deployment, highlighting their significant safety advantages.With more than 80 autonomous Komatsu trucks currently operating and plans in place to increase this to more than 140 by the end of 2019, the pace of automation across Rio Tinto’s iron ore business is accelerating.Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said “Hauling one billion tonnes autonomously is an impressive milestone for our business and again highlights Rio Tinto’s pioneering spirit when it comes to adopting revolutionary new technologies which are making the industry safer and more efficient.“We are studying future additions to our autonomous truck fleet that we expect will contribute to our $5 billion productivity program, specifically Iron Ore’s commitment to deliver $500 million of additional free cash flow from 2021 onwards.“We remain committed to working closely with our employees as we expand our autonomous haul truck fleet including providing opportunities for new roles, redeployment, retraining and upskilling.”Last month, Rio Tinto approved retrofit programs to add autonomous technology to 48 existing Komatsu and Caterpillar haul trucks over the next two years. About 20% of Rio Tinto’s existing fleet of almost 400 haul trucks in the Pilbara is autonomous. Following the completion of the retrofit projects autonomous trucks will represent about 30% of the fleet.Rio Tinto has been partnering with Komatsu for 20 years and in September deployed the world’s first retrofitted Komatsu autonomous haul truck at the Hope Downs 4 operation.Autonomous haul trucks are operated by a supervisory system and a central controller, rather than a driver. They use pre-defined GPS courses to automatically navigate haul roads and intersections and to know actual locations, speeds and directions of other vehicles at all times.last_img read more

Alem ToskicCeljeCelje PLOlympic handballSerbian handball teamSpain handballVeselin Vukovic After Zarko Sesum got back to handball, Serbia has a new “problem” with the squad before the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Alicante (6.-8 April). First choice on line player position, Alem Toskic from Celje Pivovarna Lasko will become father in upcoming days. That is reason why NT coach, Veselin Vukovic still doesn’t have an answer from his player about appearance in next EHF week. Toskic will decide, will he join “Eagles” in the battles for Olympic Games in London.In Alicante will play Spain, Poland, Serbia and Algeria. Two teams will qualify for OG. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 8 Draw: Favorites don’t want AG? Next Story → Rock Feliho two years in Toulouse: “Ambitious project” read more

first_img Share99 Tweet Email1 Short URL Nov 4th 2016, 6:05 AM 51 Comments Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandA REGULATOR HAS upheld complaints that advertisements around a 1916 exhibition organised by Sinn Féin were in breach of standards for not clarifying that it would include a section on the 1980s hunger strikes.Complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) said that they were surprised to find a section on the 1980-1981 H-Block Hunger Strikers, as this part of the exhibition had not been referenced in the advertising material.They considered that it was inappropriate to link those who fought in 1916 with the hunger strikers of the 1980s and misleading to disclude it from the advertisement.The adverts were carried on Ticketmaster.ie and in two print publications.Three complaints were also received saying attendees had no prior indication that the exhibition had been organised by Sinn Féin or that a political party would benefit from its profits.These complaints weren’t upheld by the ASAI, who said that the party did not financially benefit, and that there was no obligation for all involved in the exhibition to be identified in third party advertising.The advertsThe press advertisement, which was accompanied by pictures of some of the Leaders of the 1916 Rising and the tricolour, referred to the following:Once in a Lifetime Opportunity Already seen by over 40,000 peopleRevolution 1916Original & Authentic ExhibitionAmbassador Theatre O’Connell Street…The advertisement said that the exhibition would feature “a collection of 1916 artefacts, with over 500 items on display”, including an original 1916 Proclamation, uniforms from the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and na Fianna, and weapons from 1916. No mention was made of the Hunger Strikes exhibition.In their response to the complaints, advertisers said that the press release was not meant to be the definitive guide to the contents of the exhibition, “but its purpose had been rather to whet the appetite and consumers were then invited to visit www.revolution1916.ie to access further information on the exhibition”.Despite this, the Committee considered that if the advertisers were using, or referencing specific events from modern day history, that this should have been referenced in the main copy of the advertising.This should have been done “to allow those interested in attending the exhibition to make an informed choice as to whether or not they wished to do so”.It concluded that this advertisement should not be used in the same format again.The ASAI is financed by the advertising industry and committed, in the public interest, to “promoting the highest standards of marketing communications”, ensuring that they are “legal, decent, honest and truthful”.Read: Sprite ad saying “she’s seen more ceilings than Michelangelo” ruled sexually exploitativeRead: Strike latest: GRA negotiators have been called back to the Labour Court 11,865 Views http://jrnl.ie/3061899 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1916 exhibition should have alluded to Hunger Strike section, says advert regulator The ASAI ruled that this advertisement should not be used in the same format again. Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:05 AMlast_img read more

Xypolotis charged with murder of missing teen

September 21, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram John Xypolotis faced court on Thursday over the murder of missing 17-year-old Cranbourne boy Gary Adams. On Friday, police discovered human remains at the man’s Hughesdale property, but are yet to confirm if the remains are that of the teenage boy.55-year-old Xypolotis, the teenager’s former stepfather, was arrested with murder in St Kilda on Thursday. Xypolotis, wearing a striped white shirt and jeans, sat and listened intently during the hearing. The Hughesdale man made no application for bail.The boy went missing from his home December 5 in 2003, and Xypolotis is accused of murdering him on that day. Magistrate Jack Vandersteen remanded Xypolotis in custody until August 2. Homicide Detective Inspector John Potter told The Age last year that Gary’s mother Jo-Ann had been tormented by her son’s disappearance.“We’re asking anyone with information to come forward to help bring closure to Gary’s family and friends, particularly Gary’s mother Jo-Ann who has suffered through these seven years not knowing what happened to her son,” Detective Inspector Potter said.last_img read more

Wijnaldum hails outstanding Milner

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first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum claims James Milner’s achievement of reaching 500 Premier League appearances didn’t come as a surprise citing his work ethic.Liverpool’s vice-captain joined the long list of players to hit the landmark in last Saturday’s 4-0 victory at AFC Bournemouth, a game in which he filled in at right-back with typical diligence.And Wijnaldum has spoken of his admiration for his teammate’s unwavering dedication to his profession.“It is [incredible to reach 500 PL games], and also that he is still so fit. He’s a machine,” the Netherlands international says, on the latest edition of LFC Later.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“We always see him in the gym and sometimes I’ll say: ‘James, you might take a little bit of rest!’“But he is always busy to keep his body as fit as possible so for me, it’s not a surprise that he’s made so many appearances.“Against Bournemouth, he played as a right defender so I told him he’d played in every position and he said: ‘Except in goal, so if we’ve used three substitutes and the goalkeeper gets a red card, it’s me!’”Liverpool will be hoping for a victory when they welcome arch-rivals United to Anfield on Sunday in the bid to maintain top spot.last_img read more

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – Protesters gathered outside the Miami Seaquarium to demand action on behalf of a beloved killer whale.The group Shut Down Palace organized Saturday’s demonstration to call for the release of Lolita. They are asking that the orca be moved to a sea pen or returned to the open waters of the Pacific Northwest.Lolita has lived at the Seaquarium since 1970, when she was captured along with several other orcas.The Miami Seaquarium responded to the protest in a statement that reads in part: “It would be reckless and cruel to jeopardize Lolita’s health and safety by moving her from her home of 46 years. Miami Seaquarium is not willing to experiment with her life in order to appease a fringe group. These individuals will never be satisfied with the care she receives. Lolita is part of the Miami Seaquarium family and is as active and healthy as ever.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.With a special session of the Texas Legislature set to start in less than a week, lawmakers and local officials across the state are gearing up to debate a number of proposals that could limit the ability of Texas cities and towns to regulate land use. “Government’s role is to empower and to create greater opportunities for both business and citizens to be able to prosper,” Gov. Greg Abbott said when he announced the special session in June, adding that his “proposals will help local governments achieve those goals.”But critics argue that some of the provisions are confusing or unworkable — and that they will benefit construction and development companies at the expense of local residents. Liberal watchdog group Texans for Public Justice today accused the governor of catering to campaign backers from real estate and construction industries by adding the items to this month’s special session. According to a TPJ report, Abbott has received $10.7 million from groups that could benefit from or be impacted by the regulatory rollbacks expected to be included in legislation.The report says Abbott has received $6.4 million from construction interests and $4.2 million from real estate interests since he launched his gubernatorial campaign in 2013. All told, the TPJ reports that 15 percent of Abbott’s funds in the past two years come from the industry.“The $34 million that the real estate and construction industries gave to Gov. Abbott and Texas lawmakers in recent years paved the way to a very special session—one that promotes special interests at the expense of locally elected governments,” Andrew Wheat, research director for TPJ, wrote in a statement.John Wittman, a spokesman for Abbott, denied in an email that the donations influenced Abbott’s decision to put the local control topics on the special session agenda. Abbott has previously been critical of local regulations in Texas, particularly tree ordinances.“Government by developer”Abbott wants lawmakers to author bills that could alter how municipalities manage growth and redevelopment, block an Austin attempt to improve employment conditions for construction workers and override ordinances protecting trees on private property.Though passing several of those measures were not among the governor’s priorities during the regular session, Abbott and Republican lawmakers laud these initiatives as ways to protect private property rights from cities that foist cumbersome and costly regulations on landowners. One upcoming proposal seeks to significantly change the ability of Texas cities to enforce zoning or permitting laws. In a draft description of legislation Abbott wants to come from this summer’s special session, the governor said he wants lawmakers to prevent local government entities from “imposing on private property additional or enhanced regulations that did not exist at the time the property was acquired.”American cities have long used land-use regulations to spur economic development, protect the quality of life in residential areas and manage growth. And a landmark 1920s U.S. Supreme Court case in general protected cities’ ability to use zoning ordinances to further those goals.Abbott and state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, said the legislation is meant to protect property owners’ rights.“Whether you’re talking about a developer or you’re talking about a citizen, when you purchase a piece of property, that piece of property is bought with an understanding of what is available there at that time,” said Bell, who will carry the legislation in the lower chamber.But Scott Houston, general counsel for advocacy group Texas Municipal League, called the legislation that could come from Abbott’s directive “government by developer.”The wording from Abbott’s draft call for special session items has city officials, advocates and civic leaders scratching their heads about the intent of the legislation — and its potential impact on cities’ abilities to handle expected population growth while protecting the character of existing developments.“I’m not sure what the problem is they are trying to solve,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler, whose city is in the middle of overhauling its zoning and land-use regulations. Bell said “no specific issue” prompted his interest in the legislation but that the time seemed right for private property-minded legislation.“This [is the] session, it seemed like to me, and it still seems like to me, that we’re going to be able to focus more on private property rights than some of the prior sessions allowed us to do,” he said.Bell said he plans to reintroduce a bill from the regular session that never made it to the House floor for a vote. House Bill 3787 would have prohibited cities and towns from enforcing a future “ordinance, order, or other regulation” that restricts “the use or development” of property after the land has already been purchased.City officials and civic leaders said the wording in that failed bill is confusing, unworkable or likely to be challenged in court. They also said it will strip city officials of powers that help protect the character of existing parts of town.“It’s taking away the voice of the citizens to ask their officials to keep their neighborhood the way they want it to be,” Houston said.Permitting problemsAbbott has also asked lawmakers to pass legislation “expediting the issuance of permits by political subdivisions and reforming the laws governing the issuance of permits by political subdivisions.” State Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, whom Abbott designated to work on the issue, said legislation will aim to accelerate the permitting system in place in Austin. Many cities across Texas already have an expedited permitting process in place.“In the city of the Austin and indeed in a lot of other cities, the length of time it takes to get a permit to do something on your own property, whether it’s adding a room to your house or building a new building, has just gotten to be real, real long,” Workman said.Austin recently created a pilot program that expedites the permitting process in exchange for requiring companies to follow heightened labor requirements for large commercial projects. Those requirements drew criticism from some industry members. “We would have liked to have seen an expedited permitting process and get some traction there before additional requirements were added,” said Phil Thoden, the president of the Austin chapter of the Associated General Contractors.Lawmakers will also take up the issue of local tree ordinances during the special session. More than 50 cities and towns in Texas require property owners to either pay a fee or replant trees they cut down. Again, as Republican lawmakers say that the local ordinances infringe on private property rights, city and local officials contend that the rules protect the environment and increase the quality of life for residents.“It’s harder to get your bulldozer in there and build houses when there’s nice trees in place,” said Bennett Sandlin, the executive director of the Texas Municipal League.But Robert Henneke, the general counsel at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, said that the tree ordinances violate private property protections in the Texas Constitution.“There’s this fiction of builders that want to come and scrape the earth and walk away,” he said. last_img read more

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Titan gives clues to Earth’s early history Explore further More information: Replacement and late formation of atmospheric N2 on undifferentiated Titan by impacts, Nature Geoscience (2011) doi:10.1038/ngeo1147AbstractSaturn’s moon Titan has attracted much attention because of its massive nitrogen atmosphere, but the origin of this atmosphere is largely unknown. Massive secondary atmospheres on planets and satellites usually form only after a substantial differentiation of the body’s interior and chemical reactions during accretion, yet Titan’s interior has been found to be incompletely differentiated8. Here we propose that Titan’s nitrogen atmosphere formed after accretion, by the conversion from ammonia that was already present on Titan during the period of late heavy bombardment about four billion years ago. Our laser-gun experiments show that ammonia ice converts to N2 very efficiently during impacts. Numerical calculations based on our experimental results indicate that Titan would acquire sufficient N2 to sustain the current atmosphere and that most of the atmosphere present before the late heavy bombardment would have been replaced by impact-induced N2. Our scenario is capable of generating a N2-rich atmosphere with little primordial Ar on undifferentiated Titan. If this mechanism generated Titan’s atmosphere, its N2 was derived from a source in the solar nebula different from that for Earth, and the origins of N2 on Titan and Triton may be fundamentally different from the origin of N2 on Pluto. True-color image of layers of haze in Titan’s atmosphere. Image: NASA (PhysOrg.com) — Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, may have had help with the creation of its nitrogen-rich atmosphere, according to a new study published in Nature Geoscience. Scientists believe that multiple impacts by comets hitting the ammonia ice on the moon’s surface converted the ammonia to nitrogen. Where Titan’s nitrogen atmosphere came from has been a long standing question. Was it primordial or did it originate at a later time? In 2005, NASA launched the Huygens probe which ruled out primordial origin based on the low levels of argon-36, an isotope which should show higher levels in a primordial atmosphere.Another theory was that sunlight could have contributed to the breakup of ammonia into nitrogen; however, this would have required Titan to have formed under high temperatures and differentiate into a rocky core and icy mantle layer. The probe however revealed that Titan was not completely differentiated.New research, led by Yasuhito Sekine from the University of Tokyo, has found another possible explanation. Around four billion years ago Late Heavy Bombardment filled the solar system with large cosmic impacts. Sekine believes that during this period, Titan was hit numerous times causing the ammonia ice to convert into nitrogen.With this theory in mind, Sekine set out to test it by using laser guns to fire bullets of gold, copper foil, and platinum at ammonia and ice targets. Propelled by high speed, the bullets hit the targets and the scientists found that this impact was enough to easily convert the ammonia into nitrogen.Sekine calculated that in order to produce the amounts of nitrogen currently seen on Titan there would have had to have been at least 300 million billion metric tons of impactors which would have been possible during the Late Heavy Bombardment period. Citation: Impact of comets could be responsible for Titan’s atmosphere (2011, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-impact-comets-responsible-titan-atmosphere.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tuesday, April 16, 2019 VANCOUVER — To meet growing demand, Rocky Mountaineer has announced seven additional GoldLeaf Service rail cars for the 2019 season.Available on Western Canadian rail routes, the newly built, bi-level cars will be rolled out in two stages, with the first four coming in April and the remaining three cars arriving later in the season. This project marks the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s 30-year history, and will bring its total fleet to 26 bi-level GoldLeaf rail cars and 16 single-level SilverLeaf rail cars.“These new GoldLeaf rail cars will allow us to welcome even more guests onboard our trains and offer increased availability across our most popular dates and routes,” said Steven Sammut, president and chief executive officer. “We were intentional in designing these new cars to offer the same exemplary guest comfort across the entire fleet, while also making numerous engineering enhancements behind the scenes that reflect our goal of constantly enhancing both the experience and efficiency of our service.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe new GoldLeaf rail cars, each seating 72 guests, feature:Dimmable domed windows: The upper-level windows use a suspended particle device layer, which can be dimmed to moderate the intensity of incoming sunlight. This is similar technology to what is used in luxury yachts and business jets.Redesigned galley kitchens: The galleys feature upgraded ovens and stovetops, electrical grills, eco-friendly dishwashers and optimal preparation spaces for meal preparation.Custom-designed seats: The heated composite-leather seats recline without impacting the guest seated behind and can spin 180 degrees to create more social seating.Enhanced ride quality: The cars feature other technical features that enhance the overall guest experience, including improved suspension design.The new cars will be added to the trains travelling on two of Rocky Mountaineer’s routes: First Passage to the West, a two-day rail journey between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff; and Journey through the Clouds, a two-day rail journey between Vancouver and Jasper.center_img Tags: Openings & Renovations, Rocky Mountaineer New luxury rail cars to increase capacity onboard Rocky Mountaineer << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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August 12, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imghelloworldqantas Helloworld’s recent Qantas agent incentive saw the lucky winners flying business class to San Francisco for a fabulous five day trip that took in a Bay River cruise, cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, a day in the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma sampling wonderful wines, and a food tour of the lively and vibrant neighbourhood of Mission, where the agents experienced a myriad of cultures and delicacies. The agents capped off a sensational trip seeing San Francisco’s hilarious pop-culture musical, ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’.Back row… Left to right(Jacky)Zhen Wei Zhou – Eclipse Travel, Lauren Bryant – Experience Travel & Cruise Toowoomba , Violeta Ramirez Carrasco – Directions Travel, Amie Regan – helloworld Belmont, Julie Wheelhouse – helloworld Business Manager, Kristine Harmer – helloworld Edge Hill, Joseph Toleman – Phil Hoffmann Travel Victor HarborBottom row.. left to rightIan McMinn – Blue Full Service Travel, Maria Papakastsikas – Qantas Host, Kendra Tripaway Corporate Travel, Margaret Rodriguez – helloworld Melville, Ash Akber Ali Ladha – Payless World Travellast_img read more

first_img RelatedSkiscanner ski reportWelcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski reportSkiscanner: Best Ski Conditions for Snow – 15/12/08Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular roundup for skiers and snowboardersSkiscanner ski report: 03/02/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there. So grab your goggles, book a flight and head for the hills!Many parts of the UK are still being affected by snow, which has brought excellent conditions to Scotland’s five ski areas. The European mainland continues to report fantastic ski conditions, as does many parts of the USA and Canada.France – another large load of snow for resorts in the French Alps, with 60cm being reported as fallen, and yet more on its way, along with some very cold conditions so pack those thermals. Find cheap flights to Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, GrenobleScotland – the recent heavy snowfalls have been welcomed in the Highlands and have dramatically improved ski conditions both on and off the piste, meaning that now is an excellent time to visit any of Glencoe, The Nevis Range, The Lecht, Cairngorm or Glenshee. Find cheap flights to Edinburgh or Glasgow.Italy – some resorts in Italy now have a base of more than 5m and the heavy fresh snow over the last few days means that Italy continues to have an excellent season. Yet more snow is forecast, but avalanche risk is high so be very wary about venturing off piste.Find cheap flights to MilanBest of the rest Andorra – fresh snow over the weekend for Andorra’s resorts, which are now in excellent shape – and more snow is on its way this week. Find cheap flights to ToulouseSwitzerland – up to 40cm of fresh snow for many resorts, vastly improving conditions. Find cheap flights to Geneva and Zurich.Austria – moderate top ups fell over many Austrian resorts ranging from 10cm to 40cm, and as in the rest of Europe, more snowy weather is on its way.Snowfall information source: SkiClub.co.ukRead more ski and snowboard articles ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more