As the House rises which bills made it through — and which

first_imgOTTAWA — The House of Commons has risen for the summer, following a flurry of legislating that rushed numerous significant bills into law before the break. But other potential laws remained mired in the legislative process as of late Thursday, awaiting action in the Senate — or a possible special summer session centred on ratification of the new North American free trade deal.Some of the high-profile bills that reached final votes after the beginning of last week and now just await royal assent:Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, a much-debated bill that would ban oil tankers from a portion of the British Columbia coast. Its journey through parliament has been marked by a committee report that recommended it not pass, the defeat of that report and the House’s rejection of some Senate amendments. Following the adjournment of the House and much debate, the Senate chose not to pursue further changes and passed it Thursday evening.Bill C-93, which will allow expedited pardons for Canadians who were convicted of simple possession of cannabis before legalization came into effect. The bill passed in the Senate Wednesday, without amendment.Bill C-59, a bill to establish a national-security review agency, create an “intelligence commissioner” to oversee the conduct of Canada’s spy agencies, and clarify the mandate and powers of the Communications Security Establishment (the government cybersecurity agency). The bill was amended by the Senate but several of those changes were rejected by the House, and the Senate voted Tuesday not to insist on its recommendations.Bills C-91, a bill that will create a commissioner for Indigenous languages and take other steps to save and revitalize those languages. The Senate voted Thursday, after the House had adjourned, to decline to insist on its amendments, finalizing the bill. Bill C-92, clarifying the jurisdiction of Indigenous people over family and child services in their communities, also passed through the Senate Thursday.Bill C-75, which will “hybridize” a series of offences so that they can now be prosecuted as either indictable or less-serious summary charges, and establish peremptory challenges of jurors. The bill was passed through the Senate with amendments, the House chose not to accept several of those, and the Senate Thursday decided not to insist on the remaining changes.Bill C-84, a long-awaited bill that expands the definition of bestiality to any sexual contact with an animal. Those convicted of bestiality will now be registered as sex offenders and banned from owning animals. It also widens the definition of animal fighting so that it applies to the construction of any arena for that purpose. It passed without amendment Tuesday.At the time the House adjourned for the summer Thursday, several bills still required further consideration in the upper chamber, which continued sitting. Among them were several controversial and consequential bills:Bill C-69, also fiercely criticized by the Conservatives, is the second of the government’s two major environmental bills, and would create a new environmental-impact assessment process for major projects in Canada. The House rejected a majority of the Senate’s amendments. It was due for a vote late Thursday.Bills C-98, which gives a review commission powers to review the Canada Border Services Agency,  was accelerated through the House Wednesday, when it was read a third time and passed in one swift motion.Bill C-83, which aims to eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. The House rejected several key amendments proposed by the Senate, which some have said are needed to make the bill constitutional.Bill C-262, a law that would ensure federal laws are brought in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, announced Wednesday he did not see a path forward for the bill in the Senate and that the Trudeau government would campaign on fulfilling the intent of the bill.Bill C-97, a sprawling budget-implementation bill which includes changes to Canada’s refugee system, support for news journalism, and introduces the Canada Training Credit.And then there’s the one bill that could affect all the others:Bill C-100, the government’s bill to ratify the new NAFTA agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico. It has only been introduced and read for the first time in the House of Commons, but might move quickly through Parliament before the election should the United States complete its own ratification of the deal in Congress. If Parliament returns for that bill, the Commons and the Senate could also take up others at the same time.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

MoroccoFrance Business Forum Laayoune is Ideal Hub for Investment

The two-day Morocco-France Business Forum saw more than 100 French investors headed to Laayoune for the third annual forum November 2-4.At the opening ceremony of the forum on November 2, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Morocco (CFCIM) Chairman Philippe-Edern Klein spoke about Morocco’s efforts to develop Western Sahara.He said that the Laayoune-Sakia-El Hamra region has rapidly transformed in recent years, calling it an “ideal hub” for investments. “The region of the South benefits from ambitious investment programs, both public and private, and major infrastructure projects that make it the ideal hub to the African continent,” he said.Maha Hmeid, director of the Moroccan branch of Weber, a subsidiary of the Saint-Gobain group, told AFP that the French firm is planning to open a unit in the region after those opened in Casablanca and Agadir.Secretary of State to the Ministry of Industry Rakia Edderham told AFP that Laayoune is a “very rich region: There is great potential in industry, fishing, agriculture or offshoring, we want to see foreign investors coming.”The forum aimed to convince French businessman to invest in the region, which Morocco is developing for Sahrawis.Hamdi Ould Errachid, president of the region, said that Morocco aims to push the development and economy to shed light on the attractiveness of the territory, a gate to sub-Saharan Africa.Asked about the Western Sahara conflict, Eddarham said that the “political issue should be solved by the United Nations … the development of the region cannot be linked to it.”Khadija Gamraoui, a right-wing French lawmaker, who attended the forum with a Moroccan-French political association, said, “No one is fooled…. There are politics at stake.”However, she said she was impressed by development projects in the region. read more

Malnutrition challenges child survival in Niger despite recent gains UNICEF warns

With malnutrition responsible for more than half of all deaths of children under five in Niger – a country where 20 per cent never reach their fifth birthday – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that recent gains in lowering mortality rates could be lost without consistent funding for aid efforts. A new survey shows that malnutrition rates among children in Niger have improved significantly over the last year, the agency said, while cautioning that without consistent support for the strategy of managing and preventing malnutrition the situation could deteriorate again. “The results show that malnutrition can be controlled and prevented with high-impact interventions,” said UNICEF Representative in Niger Akhil Iyer. “The survey brought to light the urgent need for consistent funding and support for a bold strategy for the long term control of malnutrition in children.”The national nutritional survey revealed that acute malnutrition has fallen from 15.3 per cent in November 2005 to 10.3 per cent the following year. Those results highlight the impact of the large scale ongoing relief effort coordinated by UNICEF in response to the nutrition crisis of 2005. The agency and its partners treated 382,400 malnourished children in 2006, and expect to treat another 300,000 in 2007. Children under three years old are disproportionately affected by acute malnutrition, and the practice of exclusive breastfeeding for infants under six months – proven to be the best way to reduce under-five child mortality – remains at 2.2 per cent, among the lowest in the world. Based on the results of the survey, UNICEF said it is scaling up the delivery of two essential types of interventions for prevention and care of malnutrition. The first is to treat moderate and severe acute malnutrition in children in nutritional rehabilitation centres, and the second is to prevent malnutrition and curb chronic malnutrition through intervention. UNICEF is also working to prioritize nutrition in development policies while boosting health, education, family planning, water and sanitation, which are all inextricably linked to child survival. 6 April 2007With malnutrition responsible for more than half of all deaths of children under five in Niger – a country where 20 per cent never reach their fifth birthday – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that recent gains in lowering mortality rates could be lost without consistent funding for aid efforts. read more

Disciplinary action to be taken against Lasith Malinga

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board announced that a disciplinary Inquiry is to be conducted against national player Lasith Malinga for repeated breach of the terms of his contract.Malinga has on two occasions since his return from the Champions Trophy acted in contravention of the terms of agreement which specifically prevents him from making any statements to the media without the prior written consent of the Chief Executive Officer. The findings of the said hearing will be forwarded to the Executive Committee for suitable disciplinary action. (Colombo Gazette) Subsequent to a repeated breach on or about the 21st June 2017, the Committee has expedited the said inquiry which will be conducted by a Disciplinary Panel comprised of Secretary SLC Mohan de Silva, Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva and Chairman Disciplinary Committee Asela Rekawa AAL. Accordingly it was decided by the executive committee of the cricket board, upon the instance of his first infraction, on or about 19th June 2017 to take disciplinary action on Malinga. read more

Gold biscuits found in parcel placed behind BIA water dispenser

Gold biscuits were found in a parcel placed behind a water dispenser at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).The parcel contained 28 gold biscuits worth approximately Rs 20 million. The parcel was found by an employee of a Duty Free shop at the airport. (Colombo Gazette)

Business head takes issue with Flaherty Carney complaint about investment

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2012 5:43 pm MDT OTTAWA – Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has again called on Canada’s corporate community to use their massive cash reserves to invest in the future, only to have his message rebuffed Tuesday by the president of Canada’s largest business lobby.Flaherty told a conference attended by some of the country’s most influential business leaders that the government has done its part to create conditions for growth and job creation.John Manley, the former Liberal finance minister who now heads the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, was in the crowd and didn’t quite care for what he heard.Rather than sit on corporate profits, Manley said his members — among Canada’s largest 150 firms — are getting ready to make big investments in the next three years.“In fact, the anticipated spending on capital investment in Canada from our members alone exceeds all of the federal and provincial stimulus spending during the last downturn,” he said.“That’s pretty considerable and I think it’s going to pay off in terms of jobs and economic opportunity going forward.”The finance minister’s comments came at the conclusion of a two-day conference on Asia and China.Flaherty in essence was repeating sentiments he and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney have expressed before. The bank governor drew some push-back recently when he upped the ante by accusing firms of sitting on “dead money” rather than putting it to use to grow their firms, or return to investors.In his speech, the minister conceded that business investment had picked up of late, but “more needs to be done,” he told the audience.He noted that government had done its part, slashing corporate taxes, eliminating tariffs, introducing monetary inducements to encourage the purchase of new technologies, reducing red tape and concluding some 20 free trade and investment protection agreements around the world.“The government cannot do this alone,” he said. “Private sector business investment must also help lay the foundation for a sustained, longer-run expansion of Canada’s economy and jobs growth.”Coincidentally, in an unrelated release, KPMG released it latest annual study on tax competitiveness Tuesday, showing Canada now has the second lowest corporate taxes among 14 major countries measured, and the lowest among major developed countries.Manley told reporters later the criticism levelled at business has been unfair. Any reticence so far on the part of business leaders is not only understandable but prudent, he said, given that Flaherty himself has warned of major global risks in Europe and the United States.“So I don’t think he or Mr. Carney should find it surprising that companies would be trying to retain a little cushion of insurance on their balance sheets, when you really don’t know what the next couple of months is going to bring.”Flaherty did not stay to answer questions from the audience or scrum with reporters after his speech.The minister told the business community that their future — and Canada’s — lies east, with Asia and particularly China.With Europe and the United States in a prolonged period of deleveraging, Canada can no longer rely on those traditional trading partners — still Canada’s top two foreign markets — for growth. To succeed in the future, Canadian businesses would do well to target expansion in Asia, particularly China and India, he said.He got no disagreement from the participants at the “Canada in the Pacific Century” conference, who for the past two days had heard speaker after speaker extolling the benefits of hitching Canada’s economic wagon to Asia.Manley said there was more the government could do to help firms meet the Pacific challenge. While the Harper Conservatives have signed nine trade agreements since coming to power, none have been with Asian countries, he noted.He also advised Ottawa to tread carefully in its review of the controversial $15.1-billion takeover of Calgary-based oil producer Nexen Inc. by the China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC).“I think the important thing in my limited experience in dealing with China is that you don’t really want to surprise them. So if there are reservations (about the deal) it would have been good to have telegraphed them well in advance,” he said.Industry Canada is expected to issue its decision on whether the decision can go ahead, and under what conditions, in November.For the future, Manley said the government must signal, in public or private, the parameters for investing in Canada’s resource sector, particularly the oilsands.But a China expert from the University of Alberta said rejecting the deal now might undermine years of outreach to China by the government. Wenran Jiang of the university’s China Institute said Canada will have to get used to investments from the nominally communist country, particularly if Canada wants to expand its reach into the world’s fastest growing market.“We don’t have to treat China as a friend, but we should treat them as a business partner,” he said. Business head takes issue with Flaherty, Carney complaint about investment read more

The Blue Jays Are The Best — And Theres An 80 Percent

Houston Astros(Chance of winning the World Series: 4 percent)Don’t sleep on the ’Stros. Although the Astros are only the second wild card, they show some intriguing potential for October contention. After several much-derided moves to strengthen the bullpen in the offseason, Houston had the second-best relief corps in the major leagues (by wins above replacement). It doesn’t have the top-end relief aces of, say, the Yankees, but the Astros can count on a number of solid arms to bail them out in high-leverage situations.And don’t get put off by the Astros’ second-half swoon, because the team seems to have been unlucky this year. They sport the fourth-best Pythagorean record in the league (but the 10th-best record), and the team lost 17 runs on offense because of unfortunate clustering of their hits, another sign of poor fortune. Even these statistics may be underrating Houston, because a large portion of their production comes from young players who were called up mid-season, like shortstop Carlos Correa and starting pitcher Lance McCullers. The Astros team that the Yankees are facing in the play-in game will be significantly improved from the one that started the year.New York Yankees(Chance of winning the World Series: 5 percent)This Yankees team feels like the prototypical Bronx outfit of the past few years: a team filled with a gaggle of aging veterans on massively overpaid free-agent contracts. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the current exemplar, and catcher Brian McCann was last year. Together, the Yankees boast the highest average age for position players of any team in baseball, when you weight the players by their WAR contribution. Age and the injuries that come with it make the current Yankees team less intimidating than the one that racked up 87 wins in the regular season. The Bronx Bombers lost their most productive hitter, first baseman Mark Teixeira, after an August injury, and other older players may feel the wear-and-tear more than most.What may make the Yankees unusually dangerous in the playoffs is their incredible late inning relief crew. Their setup man is the intimidating Dellin Betances, who just finished one of the 20 best reliever seasons of the past five years, and their closer is Andrew Miller, whose season ranked in the top 40 on the same list. Although the bottom of the bullpen is more questionable, Yankees manager Joe Girardi can conceal it behind two of the best relievers in baseball, which presents a tactical advantage in the playoffs.Texas Rangers(Chance of winning the World Series: 9 percent)After suffering by far the most injuries last season, the Rangers bounced back to take the division this year. But the Rangers’ playoff position belies the performances of their players. They are 12th in position-player WAR and 20th in pitching. The Rangers’ run differential is a perfectly adequate +18, which puts them more in the range of the Orioles (+20) and Diamondbacks (+7), two also-rans. Indeed, by Pythagorean record, the Rangers ought to have lost the second wild card to the Indians.So the numbers suggest that the Rangers aren’t long for the playoffs, but there are some minor reasons to believe that the Texas roster is stronger than it appears. The deadline trade for Cole Hamels gave them a potent and dependable frontline starter. Rougned Odor has been one of the best second basemen in the majors since being recalled after being demoted to the minors.Even so, it’s hard to buy into the Rangers as genuine contenders. They lack the outstanding bullpens of last year’s surprise teams and don’t match up especially well with the rest of the AL field. Although this season is an unexpected success for Texas, it’s hard to imagine it continuing too far into October.Kansas City Royals(Chance of winning the World Series: 13 percent)Now we get to the class of the league. The Royals are one of the most unexpectedly formidable teams of the past few years. Whether by luck, chemistry or a secret ingredient that the rest of the league has yet to discover, Kansas City has managed to baffle the majority of the preseason prognosticators this year, and I am no exception.It’s never a good idea to bet against the projections too confidently or too often. But the Royals have the production to back up their standing in the league, with a run differential that’s fifth-best in MLB and WAR totals to match.2The Royals come in with the sixth-most position player WAR in baseball and the 15th-most pitching WAR. Having boosted themselves at the trade deadline with the addition of a frontline ace in Johnny Cueto and a versatile hitter in Ben Zobrist, the Royals stand as good a chance as anyone but the Blue Jays at taking the crown, even if we still don’t understand why they are so good. Speaking of those Blue Jays …Toronto Blue Jays(Chance of winning the World Series: 19 percent)It’s difficult to overstate just how incredible the Blue Jays have been this year. Their run differential exceeds the next-best team (the Cardinals) by 99 runs, which itself would be the fifth-best run differential in the league. Since 1950, only 18 teams (out of 1,592; just about 1 percent) have had season run differentials better than the Blue Jays’ sum of +221.3These statistics are derived from Sean Lahman’s database. With their midseason trades for arguably the best position player (shortstop Troy Tulowitzki) and pitcher (starter David Price) available, the Blue Jays became something we almost never see in modern baseball: a steamroller, a world-beater, a superteam. Sure enough, since the All-Star break, the Jays have been even better, racking up a run differential of +139, which put them on pace for the best full-season run differential of any team since 1950.And yet, of those 18 teams with run differentials better than that of the 2015 Blue Jays, only six went on to win the World Series. Only 11 of the 18 even went to the World Series. There’s a reason baseball has gone away from the superteam model: No matter how strong the team, nobody can predict what will happen in a short postseason series.Read more: The Best 2015 MLB Teams, According To Our New Ratings It’s time for real, live playoff baseball. Or as sabermetricians like to call it: the season where weird stuff happens.The playoffs are entirely different from the regular season, with an emphasis on top-tier starting pitching and the savvy usage of strong late-inning relief. Sabermetrics researchers have struggled in vain for years to pinpoint a secret sauce that can guarantee postseason success. Because of the changing strategies and wild-card structures in MLB, trying to figure out who’s going to win the World Series creates problems that are similar to those faced by electoral prognosticators, only with much less data.1Instead of hundreds of polls, we have a few dozen individual games per year, which are noisy indicators even without considering all the potential confounding factors. The truth may be that there is no very accurate way to forecast who will survive the gantlet of the MLB playoffs.But that’s not going to stop us from trying! Elsewhere, Neil Paine has used Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet power rating system) to project each wild-card game and divisional series. But before you go read that, stick with me so I can tell you a little bit about each of the AL teams that have found their way into the hunt. (I’ll cover the NL teams on Wednesday.)There are clearly two tiers of teams fighting for the pennant, with the Blue Jays and Royals towering above the Yankees, Astros and Rangers. read more

Wrestling Myles Martin will try and set leadership expectation in final season

Ohio State senior wrestler Myles Martin sits at the Steelwood Training Facility. Credit: Nolan Harmon | Lantern ReporterOhio State senior 184-pound captain Myles Martin won a national championship with the Buckeyes as a freshman in 2015-16 in a lower weight class, and is also a three-time All American and Big Ten finalist. But he will still try and add to his legacy in his final year as a Buckeye. After suffering a loss in 2017 in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships to Kent State’s Bo Nickal —a match in which Martin led 4-0 at one point— Martin said he’s more motivated to get back to the top of the mountain. “I spent a month trying to get that taste out of my mouth,” Martin said. “It’s always in the back of my head. It’s one of those things that will motivate me to keep going. Wrestling full seven or full six, freestyle or scholastic. It’s always on my mind. It’s on my mind right now. It’s on my mind when I train. It was a good and a bad thing.” Martin was listed as one of the captains by coach Tom Ryan, who notices some of the younger members of the team looking at Martin more closely and trying to follow his lead. Martin said this is something he can see in his interactions with the younger members of the team. “I definitely know that they’re watching me and that they’re watching down to the small details that I don’t even look at because I do it naturally,” Martin said. “I’m always helping out, especially after practice and with working on the small stuff.” Martin was the 15th true freshman in NCAA history — and the first ever at Ohio State — to win a national championship, an honor that has earned him plaques and his own picture inside the Steelwood Training Facility, where the Buckeyes host their practices. He said those accolades mean a lot to him, but he doesn’t think of them much. “It doesn’t change my personality,” Martin said. “It doesn’t change anything that I do, or my moral or any social values that I have. It’s not going to affect anything about me, just because I have a strong belief system. Tom [Ryan] always encourages us to have strong moral core values.” And Ryan views that in Martin, a leadership that others can emulate on the team, even from the moment he began his career at Ohio State. “He came out of redshirt as a freshman midway through the year,” Ryan said. “That takes a strong belief in himself and our program. He was born a leader. He feels like this is his team and he’s been a great example.”Despite all of the accolades Martin has stacked up in his time with Ohio State, he said he has something other than a national championship that he’s most proud of. “One thing I’m really proud of that I don’t think about as much as I should, is just being a leader here for the team,” Martin said. “Just being one of the main guys that they rely on and just being able to hold up my end of the bargain. It’s just me doing what I love and helping out some of these guys get better.” After 33-6, 32-9 and 31-3 records in his first three seasons with the Buckeyes, Martin will attempt to top himself yet again with a bigger target on his back, as the number one wrestler in his weight class with even higher expectations. But the expectations surpass the wrestling mat. In his final season at Ohio State, those expectations revolve around his leadership. read more

Mother of murdered journalist Veronica Guerin passes away

first_imgTHE MOTHER OF murdered crime journalist Veronica Guerin passed away at a hospital in Kerry this morning.Bernie Guerin turned her energy in the years following her daughter’s high-profile murder to campaigning to ensuring that money seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau would go back into communities that had been hit by drugs.Guerin, who made rare public statements had said in 2012 that her daughter “had so much sympathy” for those affected by drugs and that the money being used would be a fitting tribute to her daughter.“I feel that in her memory, 16 years after her death, it should be used to do something she would have wanted, something to help the less fortunate in our society.”Guerin is survived by two sons and two daughters. She was in her mid 80s.Read: 17 years on: Veronica Guerin remembered for courage and determinationlast_img read more

Antrim man Paul Branagh found safe and well

first_imgUpdated 15.21MISSING MAN PAUL Branagh has been located safe and well, gardaí informed this afternoon.No further assistance from the public is required.Earlier…GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have issued an appeal for information about missing Antrim man Paul Branagh on behalf of the PSNI.The 38-year-old is believed to be in the Dublin area. He is described as 6′ 3″ tall with a broad build. When last seen he was wearing black jeans, black shoes, a navy t-shirt with ‘IDOL’ written across the front and a navy-hooded sweatshirt with ‘Lisa Hannigan’ on the front.It is believed that Paul is not in possession of prescribed medication that he needs to take regularly.Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Newtownabbey in Antrim.PSNI officers told that he was last seen on Monday evening when he left his home in Newtownabbey to travel to Belfast. It is believed, however, that he may have travelled to the Dublin area. His family say they are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.Balaclava-wearing man arrested after being nabbed by passers-by94 people will be sleeping rough on Dublin’s streets tonightlast_img read more

Bale is the chosen one to take Ronaldos spot at Real

first_imgAfter Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus, Lopetegui’s general plan revolves around Gareth Bale’s capacity to step up and become Real Madrid’s leader.It’s been a little over a week after Cristiano Ronaldo made the shocking move to Juventus after nine seasons in Real Madrid, he seemed to have left a void that will be hard to fill but the club’s management already has a contingency plan in motion.According to Diario AS, the team came back to training sessions in Valdebebas this Monday with their new manager Julen Lopetegui already taking charge, his plan is to give Gareth Bale all the responsibility Ronaldo had as the top player and already told him about the plans for the season.This past Champions League final, we saw how the Welshman hinted at a possible exit as he had just scored that incredible match-winning bicycle kick goal against Liverpool after coming in from the bench in the second half. However, Bale obviously had a change of heart after both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left the club during the summer and thus cleared the way for him to finally fulfill his desire of becoming Real Madrid’s star.Also, Florentino Perez’s failure to sign Neymar or Mbappe this summer automatically gives Bale that leading role he craved for so long, now it’s up to him to step up and deliver as well as he had done in the final stage of last season. The only reason that the club would doubt his rise to the top would be the constant injuries he’s suffered throughout his time at Real Madrid, but Gareth Bale seems to have fully recovered from that and is ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career.?‍♂️ Preparados, listos… @GarethBale11@alvaroodriozola@vini11Oficial#RMCity | #HalaMadrid Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 23, 2018last_img read more

Marines looking to recruit high school grads and upperclassmen

first_imgMarines looking to recruit high school grads and upperclassmen Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jason Austell, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJason Austell sat down with Sergeant Anna Rodrigues and Major Jared Reddinger in studio to discuss their experience in the marines. They encouraged high school grads, juniors, and seniors, to join up, describing the many benefits of service.For more information about the marines: Jason Austell Posted: May 20, 2018 May 20, 2018last_img read more

Vice President Confirms Need for Biodiesel Tax Incentive

first_imgPresident also expresses support for biodiesel; industry leaders call for actionThe National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the American Soybean Association (ASA) today commended Vice President Cheney, who spearheaded the President’s Energy Taskforce, for stressing the importance of passing legislation with a biodiesel tax incentive to help diversify America’s energy supply. The groups also called for action in pushing Congress to pass the incentive.Speaking July 19 in Columbia, Mo., near NBB headquarters, Cheney expressed support for the biodiesel tax incentive while discussing the importance of the Energy Bill, which has stalled in Congress.“That bill includes within it significant incentives for biodiesel and ethanol,” he said. “It’s very important, we think, to go down that road because it will help us to diversify our supplies, but it also will reduce the extent to which we’re dependent on foreign sources of oil for our basic transportation. It’s a very good piece of legislation. We need to get it done.”Biodiesel is a cleaner burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel, and it is made primarily from soybeans that are grown in the United States. Securing passage of a biodiesel tax incentive is the top legislative priority of ASA and NBB. Due in large part to the efforts of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and others, a biodiesel tax incentive was included in the final Energy Bill. It is a federal excise tax credit that amounts to one penny per percentage point of biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel. The biodiesel tax incentive was also included in the Senate-passed Transportation Bill and legislation approved by the Senate to repeal the Foreign Sales Corporation and Extraterritorial Income (FSC/ETI) tax exclusion.President Bush also expressed his continued support for biodiesel while speaking to a crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 20.“In order to make sure we continue to grow, we need sensible energy policy in America,” Bush said. “…any reasonable energy policy is to encourage research and development to make sure we can use ethanol better and biodiesel better. It makes sense….we can do things in environmentally friendly ways that we couldn’t do 20 years ago. For the sake of national security and economic security, we need to be developing the resources we have here at home to become less dependent on foreign sources of energy.”NBB Chairman and ASA First-Vice President Bob Metz, a South Dakota soybean farmer, said the biodiesel tax incentive has had strong bipartisan support at the Congressional level because it is a win for all Americans.“It is very gratifying to hear Vice President Cheney say so clearly that there is support for the biodiesel tax incentive at the Executive level, and to hear President Bush say he supports biodiesel,” he said. “Now is the time for them to use their leadership to get this through. We thank the Vice President for successfully brokering the Energy Bill last time, but we need him to continue to fight for this.”“We applaud President Bush and Vice President Cheney for highlighting the important role biodiesel plays in our nation’s fuel mix,” said ASA President Neal Bredehoeft from his farm in Alma, Missouri. “With support from ag-state members on both sides of the political aisle in Congress and from the Executive Branch, we need the Congress to pass a biodiesel tax incentive this year.”Biodiesel works in any diesel engine with few or no modifications. It can be used in its pure form (B100), or blended with petroleum diesel at any level—most commonly 20 percent (B20). Soybean farmers have invested millions of dollars through the soybean checkoff to build the biodiesel industry in the United States.During his speech, Bush said “…we will work to open up markets for Iowa farmers. When you’re good at something, we ought to be encouraging it. We’re good at growing soy beans, we’re good at growing corn, and we’re now selling it all around the world.”More than 400 major fleets use biodiesel commercially nationwide. About 200 retail filling stations make biodiesel available to the public, and more than 1000 petroleum distributors carry it nationwide.Biodiesel is nontoxic, biodegradable and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Biodiesel offers similar fuel economy, horsepower and torque to petroleum diesel while providing superior lubricity. It significantly reduces emissions of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, unburned hydrocarbons and sulfates. On a lifecycle basis, biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide by 78 percent compared to petroleum diesel.last_img read more

Want development vote for AL LGRD minister

first_imgLocal government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain. UNB File Photo.Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Friday said there is no alternative to vote for the ‘boat’ symbol.“The development of the country will be stopped if countrymen vote on any symbol other than boat,” the minister said, reports UNB.He said this while addressing a mass gathering at Government Rajendra College ground in Faridpur in the afternoon.The district unit of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) organised the gathering.The government led by prime minister Shiekh Hasina has been working to make the country hunger and poverty free as was dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he added.last_img read more

Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap

first_imgFinal configuration of the robotic VFT with embedded trigger hairs and sensing signal integrated with a solid-state relay on board and a dynamic voltage signal generator to actuate the robotic VFT. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 At first glance, the creation of the robot might not seem like much more than a fun little project for an engineer who likes to tinker. On closer inspection however, it becomes clear that the robot Venus Flytrap is actually a demonstration of a new kind of technology that may lead to advances in medical applications. A refined application, for example, could perhaps one day lead to human muscle replacements or help with sensory applications. One example might be restoring facial expressions to people who lose the ability due to a stroke.Also, because Shahinpoor’s robot Flytrap has demonstrated an ability to catch flies it’s possible that such technology could also one day be used as a means for allowing robots to feed themselves, thus alleviating the need for a power supply. More information: Biomimetic robotic Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) made with ionic polymer metal composites, Mohsen Shahinpoor, 2011 Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004AbstractThe work described in this paper is a novel design of a robotic Venus flytrap (VFT) (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) by means of ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC) artificial muscles as distributed nanosensors and nanoactuators. Rapid muscular movements in carnivorous plants, such as VFT, which are triggered by antenna-like sensors (trigger hair), present a golden key to study distributed biomolecular motors. Carnivorous plants, such as VFT, possess built-in intelligence (trigger hairs), as a strategy to capture prey, that can be turned on in a controlled manner. In the case of the VFT, the prey that is lured by the sweet nectar in the VFT pair of jaw-like lobes has to flip and move the trigger hairs, which are colorless, bristle-like and pointed. The dynamically moved trigger hairs then electro-elastically send an electric signal to the internal ions in the lobe to migrate outwardly for the jaw-like lobes to close rapidly to capture the prey. The manner in which the VFT lobes bend inward to capture the prey shows a remarkable similarity with typical IPMCs bending in an electric field. Furthermore, the mechano-electrical sensing characteristics of IPMCs also show a remarkable resemblance to mechano-electrical trigger hairs on the lobes of the VFT. The reader is referred to a number of papers in connection with sensing and actuation of IPMCs in particular. Thus, one can integrate IPMC lobes with a common electrode in the middle of one end of the lobes to act like a spine and use IPMC bristles as trigger finger to sense the intrusion of a fly or insect to send a sensing signal to a solid state relay which then triggers the actuation circuit of the IPMC lobes to rapidly bend toward each other and close. The two lobes, which form the trap, are attached to the midrib common electrode which is conveniently termed the spine. The upper surface of each lobe is dished, and spaced along the free margins of the lobes with some 15–20 prong-like teeth. These are tough and pointed, and are inclined at an inward angle so that when the trap is sprung shut they will interlock. We have been experimenting with the VFT closing of its jaw-like lobes that close in about 0.3 s and have gained a lot of knowledge to report on the ionic and electrical mechanisms involved in the operation of such intelligent distributed biomolecular motors.via Discovery To make the robot, Shahinpoor fashioned two “leaves” out of the material he’d created to mimic the mouth-like appearance of the Flytrap. He then created a spine from a roll of copper. Then to copy the tiny hairs on the Flytrap that function as the sensors, he added very small strips of the IMPC material. The rest of the robot was constructed as a normal relay and voltage generation system.The new material in the robot works in two ways. First, because of the unique properties of the IPMC material, simply touching it causes a very small voltage to be generated. The second is the muscle type flexing or bending, exhibited by the material when given a charge. With the robot, the small strips serve as sensors, that when touched, relay a tiny charge to the voltage generator which sends a little bit bigger charge to the “leaves” causing them to bend inwardly towards one another, or in viewing it, as a mouth closing on its prey.The material Shahinpoor invented bends when given a charge due to the redistribution of ions. The trap snaps shut: Researchers isolate the substance that causes venus flytraps to close Side view design of the robotic VFT in open (a) and closed (b) configurations. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 ( — Mohsen Shahinpoor, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine has created a robot version of the infamous bug eating Venus Flytrap, using a material he invented himself several years ago. Named ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC), it’s a nanomaterial that can be used to mimic muscle function. Shahinpoor describes in his paper published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, how he used this material to recreate the sensing and closing abilities of the Venus Flytrap. Citation: Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap (2011, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

New 311mph maglev train in Japan passes initial tests

first_img 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. ( —Engineers with Central Japan Railway Co. have put their newest maglev L0 train through initial testing and report the new high-speed train is on course for commercial deployment by 2027. The train will eventually carry up to 1000 passengers at a time in 16 carriages (traveling at speeds up to 311mph / 500kmph) between Tokyo and Nagoya, cutting current travel time from 90 to 40 minutes. Explore further The initial test of the train was a simple trial to ensure soundness—the lead car and four other carriages were pulled along a track using a maintenance vehicle. An official test of the train is expected to be carried out in September. The maglev train, like others of its kind, is held in the air by magnets as it’s traveling cutting down on friction between wheels and rails.Japan was the first country to introduce maglev trains. They built and used one to transport spectators at speeds up to 130mph to and from venues at the 1964 Olympics held in that country. Since that time, virtually all other technically advanced countries have built so-called bullet trains and have put them into service. The title of worlds fastest is currently held by China’s Shanghai maglev train—it’s capable of running at speeds of up to 268mph, though it generally operates at closer to 150mph due to track length restrictions. A train running at 311mph would set a new bar, likely prompting others to see if that speed can be topped.Japan has set itself apart in high speed rail—its current network of trains run at speeds averaging a world-best 199mph over 1,400 miles of track. Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city is approximately 218 miles west of Tokyo—the the span between them is currently serviced by the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Plans call for the rail line to be extended all the way to Osaka by 2045. Government officials have indicated that the overall plan is to add high-speed service between all of the major cities on Honshu, the country’s main island. Credit: TokioTimes When complete, each of the new trains will feature 16 carriages—plus the streamlined nose car positioned at the front. Each passenger car will be 24.3 meters in length, giving riders more room than conventional railcars, though there will be one extra seat per row. © 2013 Japan’s newest floating train is one blistering maglev Citation: New 311mph maglev train in Japan passes initial tests (2013, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Ethiopia Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win

first_img Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too The ruling coalition won all 23 parliamentary seats from the capital, Addis Ababa, according to the tally by Ethiopia’s election commission.Final results are expected on June 22.The European Union said the elections were orderly but unfair.“Arrests of journalists and opposition politicians, closure of a number of media outlets and obstacles faced by the opposition in conducting its campaign have limited the space for open debate and had a negative impact on the overall electoral environment,” the European Union said in a statement.Similar concerns were raised by the United States. The State Department said the U.S. “remains deeply concerned by continued restrictions on civil society, media, opposition parties, and independent voices and views.”It also said U.S. diplomats were denied accreditation as election observers.In 2010, Ethiopia’s ruling coalition won 99.6 percent of all parliamentary seats in a sweeping victory that human rights groups said was the result of a state campaign to quell dissent. Only one opposition lawmaker made it to parliament in that election.Some opposition leaders have alleged their members were harassed and beaten while trying to vote on May 24. The government denied the charges. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has led the country since 2012.Ethiopia’s economy has grown at an average of 11 percent over the last decade, more than double the rate for sub-Saharan Africa, according to United Nations figures. The growth is fueled in part by huge public expenditure on energy and infrastructure projects that attract private investment.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties.Early results from the vote Sunday showed the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front winning at least 442 seats in the 547-seat federal parliament. Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Civil union law set to boost LGBT travel to Hawaii

first_imgA new law legalizing civil unions in Hawaii is expected to lead to an upsurge in gay and lesbian travel to the state, meaning a windfall for the islands’ hotels, resorts and event planners. News of the legislation, which came into effect on January 1, has seen a spike in the number of hotels actively reaching out to the gay and lesbian community, as same-sex couples look to the state to formalize their relationships, according to The Maui News. Chuck Spence, owner of the Maui Sunseeker LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Resort in Kihei told the newspaper forward bookings at his property had risen by 50 per cent over the year before.”We’ve had 10 ceremonies booked so far,” he said.”Already we’ve also seen an immediate boost in bookings, and not just because of civil unions, but because the law also opens up the perception by the gay and lesbian community that Hawaii is truly a welcoming state.” Among the resorts looking to lure same-sex couples their way is the Grand Wailea, whose managing director Matt Bailey said that reaching out to gay and lesbian travelers not only made good business sense, but was also “the right thing to do”. “Maui has a nurturing and welcoming environment, with a small-town feel and open-mindedness to it,” he remarked. “I wish I could say it was all altruistic, but we’re not trying to make a political statement.”State Senator Roz Baker, who represents West and South Maui said she hoped the law would add to the appeal of Hawaii as a destination for couples.”The wedding business has always been good to Maui,” she commented.”Let’s face it, too, nowhere is the weather nicer in January, or are there as many beautiful places to visit year round, than in Hawaii.” Maui hopes to lure LGBT travelers to its sun-drenched shores (image Hawaii Tourism Authority) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Spanish language that needs to be preserved by immigrant communities Others have said the word creates distance between Americans and people in Latin America who aren’t using the term “Some people just think it sounds odd maybe forced” Morales says And some conservatives see the label as just one more example of unnecessary political correctness There is a long history when it comes to political labels that have been adopted by and forced upon Americans with Latin American or Spanish roots “No label has ever been perfect” says Mora the Berkeley professor People have objected to the word Hispanic because it has vestiges of colonialism she says People have objected to Latin American for sounding “too foreign” while Latino was “too vague” The tussling over labels mirrors a complex history of attempting to politically unite people from disparate backgrounds under a single umbrella finding common cause for Cubans Mexicans and Puerto Ricans for example Mora suggests that some prominent immigrant rights groups may see a word like Latinx as a distraction in a time when they’re still trying to “affirm that Latinos belong to the US” Others see the rather mysterious-looking Latinx as the perfect label for a group that is hard to define Morales may be biased having decided to use the word in the title for his upcoming book about race and politics in the US But he believes people will only see more of the word one that his students have recently started wearing on T-shirts “I see less and less resistance to it” he says “and I think it may actually become standard” Write to Katy Steinmetz at katysteinmetz@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had some words of advice for President Donald Trump and the White House on Tuesday “I think we could do with a 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