Odfjell Orders Four Stainless Steel Chemical Tankers

first_imgzoom Norwegian Odfjell has officially signed contracts for the construction of a series of four chemical tankers with stainless steel cargo tanks at China Shipbuilding Trading and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.Featuring 49,000 dwt and a cargo capacity of 54,600 cbm, these vessels are said to be the world’s largest stainless steel chemical tankers.The first newbuilding is expected to be delivered in June 2019 and the following vessels would join their owner with 3-month intervals.Odfjell said that the capital commitments will be USD 60 million per vessel.“We are very happy with the agreement we have signed today, which is a significant step in solving our tonnage replacement needs,” Kristian Mørch, CEO Odfjell SE, said.“The vessels will be the most efficient stainless steel chemical tankers available,” he added.last_img read more

Portugal orders Khadi ahead of Gandhis birth anniversary

first_imgTo bring out a “commemorative khadi stamp on Mahatma Gandhi” on his 150th birth anniversary on October 2, Portugal has ordered the signature fabric of India, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), said on July 5. After the successful dispatch of this consignment on June 29, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that in February 2019, Khadi samples gratis were provided to the Cartor Security Printing Agency of Lisbon for stamp testing on behalf of the Postal Services of Portugal (CTT) for printing the stamps. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”The Cartor Security Printing Agency had successfully completed the testing and later Dr Arjun Deore, the Second Secretary in the Embassy of India in Lisbon has confirmed the same to KVIC and requested us to supply 4,000 meters of exclusive 300-count muslin Khadi Fabric in bundles of 11 meters,” he said, adding, “Though the monetary value of this order is little over Rs 21 lakh, it values much more for the KVIC as Khadi and Bapu both would be showcased in Portugal’s stamp simultaneously.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHowever, Khadi’s global presence is not a new phenomenon. In April 2018, noted fashion designer Gavin Rajah choreographed a 20-minute textile event aimed to project Khadi in a modern and trendy style at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. In June 2018, Khadi also draped around a train and station at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station in South Africa where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train for refusing to give up his seat in a first class, “whites-only” compartment in 1893. The KVIC, for the first time, organised exclusive khadi exhibitions in 10 countries on August 15, 2018 and enthused by the massive response in those countries,the KVIC again organised khadi exhibitions in another 50 countries on October 2 last year. This order from Lisbon perhaps is the outcome of Khadi’s exposure at various exhibitions held in the recent past.last_img read more

UN starts registering Nepalese army weapons under latest phase of peace deal

Under the Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies (AMMAA), the Nepal Army agreed to register and safely store under UNMIN monitoring an equivalent number of weapons to those stored by the Maoist army. “I am very pleased with the weapons registration process today, which has gone smoothly,” said General Jan Erik Wilhelmsen, the UNMIN official in charge of the monitoring of arms and armies. “The Nepal Army has provided full cooperation in this registration and weapons storage process, and I am confident that we will complete the process this week.” The process began yesterday when the Nepal Army presented around 850 weapons for registration and storage by UN teams at the Chhauni Barracks in the capital Kathmandu. Fourteen UN registration teams, supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), registered each weapon individually, attaching a barcode before storing it in one of 14 large containers. UNMIN monitors are present throughout the registration process, and will maintain a 24-hour presence at the barracks. Surveillance cameras have been installed at the site to ensure 24-hour electronic monitoring, the same arrangements that have been put in place for the Maoist weapons. The number of weapons stored by the Maoist Army is 2855; in addition it maintains 524 weapons for cantonment perimeter security (30 at each divisional site, and 14 to 15 at each satellite site) and continues to hold 96 weapons pending an agreement on arrangements for leadership security. Registration and storage of the Nepal Army weapons represents the final step of the first phase of registration of arms and combatants. The second phase will be the verification of Maoist combatants, and this will commence shortly. The Security Council established UNMIN in January to assist with the follow-up to the Nepalese peace deal and also to support this year’s planned elections in the impoverished country where over 10 years of civil war killed around 15,000 people and displaced more than 100,000 others. 11 April 2007The United Nations Political Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has begun registering and storing Nepal Army weapons as part of the world body’s assistance to the peace deal signed between the Government and the Maoists last year that ended over a decade of deadly civil war in the Himalayan country. read more

Pakistani doctors arrive in Darfur to boost UNAU force set up hospital

The mission, known as UNAMID, reported today that the contingent from the Pakistani Level-III Hospital arrived in South Darfur over the weekend and has already broken ground on construction of the hospital there, which will be operating soon. The medical staff will perform major operations and provide advanced medical treatment to civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million displaced from their homes during five years of fighting between Government forces, allied militiamen, know as the Janjaweed, and rebel groups. Last year, the Security Council authorized the joint peacekeeping force of about 26,000 uniformed personnel. Some 12,240 have been deployed so far, and senior UN officials have repeatedly called on countries to supply the remaining troops and equipment needed. 24 December 2008The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan got a boost with the arrival of 156 military personnel from Pakistan, including 29 doctors and paramedics, bringing advanced medical expertise and equipment as well as logistics and administrative experts. read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:55 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 20.67 points to 15,103.37.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 2.76 points to 21,862.61.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 1.77 points to 2,448.07.The Nasdaq composite index was up 21.19 points to 6,323.08.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.47 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 79.90 cents US.

Severe hunger in southern Madagascar likely persist into 2017 due to droughthit

According to a news release from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the lack of sufficient rains in the southern region of Androy alone resulted in an 80 percent decline in maize production this year compared with the already reduced levels of 2015. Prolonged drought also seriously affected the production of another staple food, cassava, in both Androy and another southern region, Atsimo-Andrefana, where cassava production dropped by approximately half.People living in these areas have been hit by successive droughts over the last few years and their hunger situation is expected to remain severely stressed into 2017, FAO said.Meanwhile, parched conditions in the regions of Atsimo-Andrefana, Boeny, Melaky, Betsiboka and Ihorombe had a significant negative impact on rice production, with declines of between 25 and 60 percent, according to a new FAO/World Food Programme (WFP) report released today based on data collected in July/August 2016. Women in Amjampaly, Madagascar, collect staples and ready-to-use food to treat malnutrition. Photo: WFP/David Orr Recently updated figures show that some 1.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure in 2016/17 in Madagascar’s three southern regions of Androy, Anosy and Atsimo-Andrefana. Of these, around nearly 850,000 are acutely food insecure, meaning they are not able to meet their food needs and require urgent humanitarian assistance, according to the most recent Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis for Madagascar. The drought in Madagascar’s southern regions has reduced the country’s overall domestic production of maize and cassava. National maize production for 2016 is estimated at 316,000 tonnes, down four per cent from the harvest in 2015 and 19 per cent below the average. Cassava production, estimated at 2.6 million tonnes, dropped by 16 per cent against the recent five-year average. National rice production, however, benefited from good rains in the central, northern and western parts of the country – the main rice producing areas – and is estimated at about 3.8 million tonnes in 2016, some 2.5 per cent above the previous year, but still some five per cent below the five-year average.It is essential that livelihood support begins immediately in order to take full advantage of the forthcoming planting season in November. FAO’s immediate agricultural response is targeting 850,000 people or 170,000 small-scale farming households, in the worst-affected districts. The assistance combines provision of quick-maturing and drought-tolerant seeds and root crops, such as cassava and sweet potatoes. Farmers will also receive tools to replace those that may have been sold during the current extended hunger season. Support to livestock production will also be provided through supplementary feeding of livestock and animal health related activities.To date out of the $22 million needed for FAO’s relief interventions, only $3.8 million have been secured. This funding is urgently needed to ensure farmers do not miss the coming planting season. Local agriculture must be restored to avoid long-term dependence on food assistance. read more

Poll How would you vote if a general election was held today

first_img Labour (1883) Fine GaelLabourFianna FailSinn FeinIndependentOtherVote Poll Results: Fianna Fail (1432) Fine Gael (1305) TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has indicated that the next general election will be held in March 2016 when the current coalition government runs its course.With several more Budgets, the local and European elections and a whole host of other matters to come before now and 2016, it’s difficult to guess where the parties will be.The government will at least be hoping we’re no longer in a bailout – it’s scheduled to end this year.Today our question is: How would you vote if a general election was held today? Sinn Fein (3908) Other (1948) Independent (2589)last_img read more

Pay talks continue as coalition concedes €300m target might be missed

first_imgTALKS ON A new public sector pay deal continues today at the Labour Relations Commision in Dublin.Three teacher Unions – who all rejected the Croke Park II deal – are meeting at the LRC talks table to debate an alternative to the deal.The Irish Federation of University Teachers are holding a meeting this morning to decide whether they will join the talks or not.The three health unions, including the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Health Service Executive, were all involved in talks yesterday that ran into last night.SIPTU will also meet with the LRC later today.Meanwhile, Junior Finance  Minister Brian Hayes told RTÉ News that the original target of €300 million savings for the year might not be met but they still hope to make a saving of €1 billion between now and 2015.Read: Teachers ‘know pay negotiations will end up in compromise’>last_img read more

Boy 14 airlifted to hospital after yachting incident off Cork coast

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share47 Tweet Email1 Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:45 PM File photo. Coast Guard rescue helicopter 25,719 Views Short URL File photo. Coast Guard rescue helicopter Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 3 Comments center_img Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Jun 24th 2017, 6:45 PM By Sean Murray A 14-YEAR-OLD boy is in a critical condition, after a yachting incident off the coast of Cork earlier today.A spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie that they were called to the scene off Skibereen this morning.It is believed the boy was struck in the head by a sailing boom.With the aid of Rescue helicopter 117, he was airlifted to Cork University Hospital.His condition is currently described as serious.In a separate incident, Howth Coast Guard was called to assist after a 53-year-old sustained serious head injuries while kitesurfing off the coast of Dublin at Sutton.A nurse helped to treat him at the scene, and was joined by the Coast Guard who assisted in transporting the man to a nearby hospital.At present, his injuries are also described as serious.Read: A statue of the late Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick todayRead: ‘I don’t think my election as Taoiseach actually made history. It just reflected it’ http://jrnl.ie/3462399 Boy (14) airlifted to hospital after yachting incident off Cork coast In a separate incident, a man in his 50s required the help of the coast guard after a serious kitesurfing incident.last_img read more

Celebrating our VCE achievers

first_imgFriday morning marked the end of a chapter for thousands of Victorian students who received their VCE results.While the news are still fresh, with Neos Kosmos on the lookout for the state’s top Greek Australian students, we can confirm that at least three have made it to the list of high-achievers.Simon Seddon-Fourlanos, a Buckley Park College student whose maternal grandparents hail from Lefkada, was among 43 students across the state offered a sought-after scholarship for achieving an ATAR of 99.9 or above.The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient has been awarded a HECS-exempt place in an undergraduate course of his choice at Melbourne University, as well as a $5000 annual allowance throughout the degree.With his eyes set on a biomedicine degree, Simon is over the moon with the news, and naturally so are his parents, Mary and Philip.“We’re very pleased, we couldn’t believe it really, it all went well,” Ms Seddon-Fourlanos told Neos Kosmos.While overwhelmed at first with the stellar score, his mother explains it is all thanks to the years of preparation and efforts Simon put in to succeed.“He worked really hard and was persistent.“We feel very proud of his achievements. It’s just a bit sad that my mum and dad – his yiayia and pappou – are no longer with us. They would have been very proud.”The past weekend has also been one of celebration for the family and teachers of Theano-Christina Saltas, who obtained a perfect score of 50 in Modern Greek.Theano-Christina’s teacher at South Oakleigh College, Dimitra Maniati, praises the student’s performance overall, considering as well that she arrived in Melbourne with her family from Thessaloniki just three years ago.“A perfect score like this is really hard to get, one has to work diligently and have a plan,” Ms Maniati explains.Another success in the community is credited to Stephanie Basdekis, who attended the Academy of Mary Immaculate and landed a perfect score of 50 in Studio Arts, earning as well an ATAR of 95.8.Stephanie Basdekis, student of the Academy of Mary Immaculate, landed a perfect score of 50 in Studio Arts, earning as well an ATAR of 95.8. Photo: SuppliedMeanwhile, the Greek Community of Melbourne’s schools had a greater number of high achievers in Modern Greek compared to last year, with 30% of their VCE students getting scores of 40 or above and 69% of them achieving a study score above 30.Greek Community of Melbourne schools’ graduates (Balwyn campus), with teacher Afroditi PapandreouVCE students at the Greek Community of Melbourne city campus schools, with teacher Maria BakalidouGreek Community of Melbourne schools’ graduates (Balwyn campus), with teacher Afroditi PapandreouProgram Coordinator of Ancient Greek at VCE level, Alexandros Yiannadakis, was equally pleased with the students’ performance in the subject, as 9 out of a cohort of 13 received final scores above 40.A few hours after VCE and VCAL results were released on Friday morning, Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated more than 64,000 students across the state who completed their secondary schooling this year.According to the announcement made by the Department, a total of 50,944 are VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) graduates and 13,901 students will graduate with their VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Once Upon a Time Gave Hook a Satisfying Twist

first_img Hook’s presence in the new season of Once Upon a Time has been worrying for some fans. Why was he in the series, but Emma wasn’t? The show made such a big deal out of finally giving them a happy ending. Did they really just undo all of that with yet another curse? Thankfully, no. I think Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis know if they did that, there would be a riot outside their offices. Captain Swan fans are no joke.The change in formula for the seventh season continues to keep things unpredictable. It makes the flashback scenes much more fun to watch than in some of the show’s previous seasons. In older seasons, most flashbacks would basically follow the Disney versions of whatever fairy tale they were retelling. There might be some small deviations made to fit the main cast into the tale, but the structure was unchanged. We knew basically how the stories were going to play out. Better episodes played with our expectations by throwing a twist in, but those usually came at the end. The rest of the flashbacks were the fairy tale we all know. On this season, the whole point is that we don’t know this version of the story. It’s an alternate telling, where things turn out completely different from how we expect them to. Even if we see a character we recognize, we have no idea what their story is going to be.Jennifer Morrison, Colin O’Donoghue, Andrew J. West (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)This week, that happened with Hook. It was a smart way for the show to address what we’re all thinking. We know the real reason Emma’s not here. Jennifer Morrison chose not to renew her contract. But the show had to give us a reason that didn’t make the entire season six finale meaningless. Their solution: two Hooks. Hey, I’m not going to complain. The more Hooks the better. What other show gives you Colin O’Donoghue arguing and wrestling with himself? OUAT still knows how to please its audience. Speaking of which, Emma’s back too! Just for this episode, but it’s nice to see her again. The episode opens with Hook and Emma training young Henry aboard Hook’s ship. When Hook beats him in a fencing match yet again (using cheating pirate techniques), Henry starts acting angsty and brooding enough that we start to prefer the grown-up version. Hey, if this show is going to sell us on the new Henry, a little character assassination is one way to do it. He was always annoying, so it’s not like the show would have much work to do on that front.Hook recognizes that Henry’s anger is coming from a desire to leave home. To assuage Emma’s fears, he gives Henry a bottle of pirate magic. With it, Henry can summon anyone he wants when he’s in trouble. It’s a good thing he has it. On the run from Lady Tremaine, Henry uses the bottle to call Hook, Emma, and Regina for help. It takes a while too. Apparently, it doesn’t straight up summon the people you call, it just provides a portal for them to use… at their earliest convenience? In any case, Hook and Regina show up just in time to stop Drizella from torturing Henry. Henry asks where his other mom is, and Hook tells him she’s fighting dragons outside of Storybrooke. Satisfied, Henry leaves to continue his search for Cinderella, and Regina scolds Hook for lying. Apparently, if he told Henry what was really going on, he’d want to come home. Emma wants him to live his life. Oh no! What’s going on? Is Emma in trouble? (No. You know exactly what’s going on.)Gabrielle Anwar (Photo via ABC)Most of the fun of this episode comes from the fact that there are now two Captain Hooks in this world. Here, Regina never cast the initial curse that brought everyone to Storybrooke. As a result, Hook developed a serious drinking problem, got fat and grew a bad wig. O’Donoghue plays both versions of Hook so well. Even after bad-Hook has Lady Tremaine make him look identical to his better self, you can easily tell which Hook is on screen. (It’s a wonder it takes Henry so long to figure it out.) The important part of all this is that this world’s Hook is still a good person. Emma shows up and reveals that she stayed behind because she’s pregnant. Having lost his own daughter, this Hook can’t bring himself to do the same thing to another version of himself. And then we get a scene where Colin O’Donoghue wrestles himself while wearing leather. This season is all about fan-service, and I love how unabashed they are about that fact.So there’s the twist. The Hook and Emma we know still get their happy ending. They go back to Storybrooke to live their happy beginning. D’awww. Hook joins Henry’s search for Cinderella in hopes that he’ll find his daughter along the way. Regina tags along because she’s just awesome like that. Well, and because her story back home isn’t going the way she wanted it to. Either way, we now know exactly why we’re seeing Hook and Regina in Seattle. As for how they got there? We probably won’t find out until much later. This episode was the writers’ way of reassuring us they didn’t completely undo everything good when they wrote the seventh season. At least they found a fun way to tell us.The story in present-day Seattle also got a lot more interesting this week. Henry feels terrible for selling out Jacinda and Lucy, and right now Jacinda doesn’t want anything to do with him. Fair. Hey, remember how Regina was the bad guy in the first couple seasons, but eventually became one of the heroes? Somehow I don’t see that happening for Lady Tremaine/Victoria Belfray. She pulls some petty moves in this episode, like deliberately raising the ticket price of Lucy’s ballet recital so Jacinda can’t afford it. That’s harsh. She also enlists Detective Rogers and Weaver (Rumplestiltskin) to make Henry Mills go away. They plan to sneak Belfray’s diamond bracelet into Henry’s coat Titanic-style. Rogers decides not to go through with it because he doesn’t want to separate a man from his daughter. Just like he said in the flashback. Another interesting connection is that, when he asks Henry about the drawing of Emma Swan in his book, he recalls a memory. He was shot once, and a woman who looked just like Emma appeared, put her hand on his wound and saved him. Could he be remembering the flashback? Also, Weaver complimented Rogers on not entirely selling out to Belfray. Is Rumple not a complete and total ass this season?Lana Parrilla (Photo by ABC/Jack Rowand)Henry ultimately gets back in Jacinda’s good graces by getting her a catering job at Lucy’s recital. Jacinda’s friend Sabine (The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana) asks if Henry’s in love with Jacinda. Henry says he’s not, but come on. We know. The episode ends by reuniting Henry, Rogers/Hook and Roni/Regina to deal with their collective problem of Victoria Belfray. Yay, they’re back together! Now the season can really get going. My attitude with this season is that there’s no way it’s going to live up to the past six. The most we can hope for is a few surprises and a ton of cheesy fun along the way. The show itself seems to know that. It’s not pretending to be anything other than gleeful fan-service. And the reason that’s so much fun to watch is because they do it with a confidence that comes from the knowledge that only die-hard Oncers are tuning in for season seven on a Friday night. Although replacing True Love with Belief as the thing that makes the magic work isn’t any less corny. It’s even a little more of a cliche. It’s the only choice so far I’m not entirely on board with. Other than that, I’m down for another season of this.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 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Neil Lennon issues rallying call ahead of Celtic test

first_imgHibernian manager Neil Lennon has urged his side to be at their “very best” when they face Champions Celtic on Sunday.Hibernian won their first game in six matches on Saturday beating Hamilton 1-0 away, and Lennon believes his players need to play at their absolute best to get a result against Celtic on Sunday.“Yes at any given time, but when they’re in the mood and with the mentality they’ve shown under Brendan over the two and half years he’s been in charge, they’re fantastic,” Lennon told Sky Sports when asked whether his team can compete with Celtic.“They play the big games really well and seven trophies in a row speaks for itself.“Celtic can do what they did to Kilmarnock, who were top of the league, to any team on their day so we’re hoping they have their frailties on the day and we have to play at our very best to get something out of it.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We know how difficult and formidable an opponent they are.“At the minute we’ve got a few senior players with injuries – (Paul) Hanlon, (David) Gray and (Marvin) Bartley – so that plays into your thinking.“We may go a little bit younger because we need legs in the team, there’s no doubt about that.“To play against Celtic we need legs because they keep the ball so well and they work you from different angles and different positions.”last_img read more

56 are saving adequately for retirement

first_imgJust over half (56%) of respondents are saving enough money for their retirement, according to research by Scottish Widows.The annual Scottish Widows retirement report, which surveyed 5,151 UK adults, also found that 18% of respondents are not saving for retirement at all.The mean age at which respondents feel they could comfortably afford to begin saving for retirement is 29.3 years old, and the age at which respondents would like to retire is 62.5 years old. The average income respondents believe they need for a comfortable retirement has risen to £23,990, up from £23,254 in 2015.The research also found:58% of respondents believe they will not be able to save any more in the next 12 months than they are already.24% of respondents rely on defined benefit (DB) pensions for their retirement income, compared to 28% in 2015.Excluding those with a DB pension, 43% of respondents are saving adequately for retirement. This compares to 39% in 2015.53% of respondents aged 40-49 years old are saving an adequate amount for retirement, down from 57% in 2015. Almost a fifth (19%) of respondents in their 40s are not saving for their retirement at all, compared to 16% in 2015.21% of respondents feel optimistic about their pension following the outcome of the European Union (EU) referendum result, compared to 31% before the vote.43% of 18-24 year old respondents feel pessimistic about their retirement after the vote for Brexit, up from 27% beforehand. More than a quarter (26%) of 18-24 year old respondents believe they will save more money for retirement as a result of the vote for Brexit.53% of respondents believe Brexit will not affect the amount they save for retirement, and 11% believe they will be able to put away less money as a result.Robert Cochran, retirement expert at Scottish Widows, said: “With three solid years of improvement behind us, it is disappointing to see that savings levels are starting to plateau. Particularly worrying is the fact that savings levels among those in their 40s drop off at a time in life when retirement may be within 20 years.“The light at the end of the tunnel in this picture is the long-term impact of auto-enrolment, which is clear to see from our 12 years of research. Auto-enrolment has already brought six million new workplace savers into pensions and with the minimum contributions for employers and employees set to rise in coming years, we expect average levels of savings [will continue to rise].“Critical to maintaining this trend will be encouraging people to save more than the minimum contribution, as well as providing the right support to those who are not covered by auto-enrolment.”last_img read more

Blockbuster to close last two stores in Alaska

first_imgThe Blockbuster on Debarr Rd. in Anchorage is one of the few remaining in the U.S. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)The two remaining Blockbusters in Alaska are closing.Listen nowKevin Daymude, the store’s General Manager, made the announcement over Facebook on Thursday. “It is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers. We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years,” Daymude’s post said.Blockbuster began opening movie rental stores in the U.S. in the mid 1980s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the franchise grew into a multibillion dollar business.That’s when Blockbuster came to Alaska and also when Daymude became a Blockbuster employee.“These are businesses that I started from the beginning– training the managers, putting the shelves up, bringing the product in, doing the computers– all that stuff,” Daymude said.Daymude has seen the business boom and bust. At its peak, there were 15 Blockbusters throughout Alaska– in Ketichikan and Kodiak, Kenai and Soldotna. At one point there were three in the Fairbanks area and five in Anchorage.“We were constantly looking at new locations to open up another Blockbuster,” Daymude said.But in recent years, Daymude has watched them close, one by one.“It breaks my heart seeing that happening and seeing good employees– I have to say goodbye to them. People don’t understand that,” Daymude said.Daymude remembers closing down the Blockbuster in Wasilla, which he said was a particularly hard decision to make. He was there when customers came into the store for the last time.“This little girl, probably about seven years old, was bawling big old crocodile tears,” Daymude said. He asked her what was wrong. “And she [said], ‘My mommy and I would come here every Friday night. We’d order a pizza, come over to Blockbuster, get our movies, and have a Friday night movie night with just her and I and now we can’t do that.”Daymude said he had to leave the building.“It just breaks my heart. What do you say to a little girl like that? ‘I’m sorry?’ There’s nothing else to say,” Daymude said.The final day of regular business at the two remaining Blockbusters– one in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks– will be Monday, July 16. There will be an inventory sale on Tuesday, July 17 that will continue through July and August.last_img read more

Grassroots group restores creeks in Southeast

first_img“Wonderful if you’re a pink or chum salmon, because you’re just coming up here to spawn and then your offspring are just heading right to the ocean,” Hudson said. “But if you’re a king salmon or sockeye, and there are sockeye here, or Coho, the little fish need places to live, and they don’t like bowling alleys.” Biologist John Hudson is standing by Pat Creek in Wrangell. He works for the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, a grassroots group playing its part in water resource management. (Photo by June Leffler/ KSTK) “The ocean where they spend most of their lives is another ballgame where their numbers fluctuate there. And what we did here has no effect on the ocean’s ability to help salmon survive and grow,” Hudson said. So, after all this work and more than $150,000 spent, how many more Coho, pink, chum and sockeye might be saved by this stream work? Hudson doesn’t want to guess. He says there are too many other factors impacting fish survival. “We really want it to look natural,” said SAWC Executive Director Rob Cadmus. He calls the work a sort of reverse logging. “We’re not trying to create something that’s new, we’re trying to put it back the way it would be if it wasn’t logged in the first place.” But it has been logged. Heavily in the 1960s and ‘70s. Cutting this close to the stream isn’t legal anymore. But the damage is done.  So, the group recently spent two weeks in June trying to undo it.  With funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Sustainable Salmon, the group cut down 31 trees. The woody debris from the logs creates shade from the sun, shelter from predators and slows down the water for juvenile salmon. “So we’re going to go with the physical monitoring, and just assume if you build it they will come,” Hudson said. An ordinary salmon’s life cycle is nothing less than a Herculean feat. They spend years fending for themselves and feeding in the open ocean. But it often all starts — and ends — in the tiniest of creeks. He says that lack of obstacles creates a lot of white water. “What happens to a channel is it becomes very uniform and kind of boring, it lacks all its complexity. For lack of a better term, it looks like a bowling alley, very flat and wide,” Hudson said. Watershed coalition biologist John Hudson explains the problem here. The state’s done its part by removing culverts and breaching abandoned logging roads to help with fish passage.  A conservation group is restoring fish habitat: one humble creek at a time. The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition recently trudged through one of Wrangell’s streams to improve fish passage. It’s one of many projects throughout Southeast to give salmon a helping hand. It’s here on Pat Creek where hired help of the watershed coalition are felling second-growth spruce trees. They’re stick into the stream banks.  This project won’t count returning salmon. But Hudson says the science shows efforts like these increase the survival of juveniles. The coalition will keep an eye on this stream over the next two years. Pat Creek is just one of streams that the coalition is working to restore habitat on. Others include Skagway’s Pullen Creek and Switzer Creek near Juneau. The coalition is planning more stream projects, such as improving habitats and water quality monitoring in Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley’s wetlands and Jordan Creek.last_img read more

Tk 23bn holding tax due in Dhaka

first_imgDSSC, DNCC logoDhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) have more than Tk 2.3 billion overdue holding tax from the house owners.Local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain divulged the information in the Jatiya Sangsad on Monday, reports BSS.“There is no house without holding number under the DSCC and the DNCC,” he said, while responding to a starred question from treasury bench member AKM Rahmatullah of Dhaka-11.The minister informed the House that there is no scope for imposing holding tax on under-construction houses and realising tax from them. “The city corporations usually initiates imposition of holding tax and realise it after construction of flats.”He said the DSCC has an overdue holding tax of over Tk 730.74 million from individual house owners having number while the DNCC has an overdue of over Tk 1.57 billion.last_img read more

Activists vow to fight for civil rights under Trump

first_imgUS civil rights activists vowed on Saturday to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican’s inauguration.About 2,000 mostly black protesters ignored steady rain to march and rally near Washington’s Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, as speakers urged them to fight for minority rights and president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, which Trump has vowed to dismantle.The Rev Al Sharpton, the rally’s organiser and a veteran civil rights leader, said Democrats in Congress needed to be sent a simple message: “Get some backbone.””We march in the driving rain because we want the nation to understand that what has been fought for and gained, that you’re going to need more than one election to turn it around,” he said.The rally drew fewer people than organisers had initially expected, but Sharpton said afterwards he was satisfied with the turnout, given the rain and temperatures hovering just above freezing.”I really didn’t think we’d get those kind of numbers,” he said in a telephone interview.Trump, a New York real estate developer, won with a populist platform that included promises to build a wall along the Mexican border, restrict immigration from Muslim countries and dismantle Obamacare.His choice of Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican, to become attorney general has raised concern among many on the left that Trump could weaken voting rights for minorities and roll back criminal justice reforms.”We will march until hell freezes over, and when it does, we will march on the ice,” said Cornell William Brooks, president and chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.The rally also included the Hispanic group La Raza, politicians, relatives of African-Americans slain by police, the National Urban League, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.The rally came hours after Trump blasted US representative John Lewis after the Georgia Democrat and civil rights campaigner said Russia’s alleged hacking aimed at helping Trump put his legitimacy into question.Trump replied on Twitter that Lewis should focus instead on his Atlanta district. “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results! Sad!,” he wrote.About 30 groups, almost all of them anti-Trump, have gotten permits to protest before, during and after the inauguration. Thousands of demonstrators have vowed to shut down the inauguration.Washington police and the US Secret Service plan to have some 3,000 extra officers and an additional 5,000 National Guard troops on hand for security.By far the biggest event will be the Women’s March on Washington the day after the inauguration, which organisers say could draw 200,000 people.Watch video:Washington protesters vow to fight for civil rights under Trumplast_img read more

DC Publicists Host Nations First Conference for Black Millennial Moms

first_imgBy Christina Sturdivant-Sani, Special to the AFROAfter hosting several events to promote #BlackMomMagic in Washington, D.C., Nikki Osei and Simona Noce are in the throes of organizing their largest affair to date. The Momference is the nation’s first all-day conference catering to Black millennial moms, according to the public relations professionals.“We’re setting the tone for what to expect from Black millennials moms… it will become the standard and we’re so excited to set that standard,” Osei, owner of Osei PR, told the AFRO.(District MotherHued Courtesy Photo)In August 2016, Osei and Noce co-founded the group District MotherHUED, which has attracted more than 3,400 Instagram followers, also known as the #DMVMomTribe. They’ve hosted family picnics, pamper parties, and wellness classes, among other events that usually draw about 50 to 100 women depending on their venues’ capacities.They’re planning for 250 women to sell out The Momference on May 19 at Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland.Osei and Noce, both mothers of two, realized early on that they couldn’t plan the conference alone. “Nor did we want to pull it off by ourselves because we knew that our ideas were not the only ideas that would provide a successful conference,” said Noce, owner of The NoceModel PR & Events.After receiving 120 volunteer inquiries, they created a team of 22 women. “I think it’s pretty dynamic that we are all moms and we’re not all professional conference producers—we’re busy moms addressing the needs of other moms,” said Noce. “It speaks levels that 22 different women can work together for a greater purpose—that in itself defies all these negative stereotypes that people have toward Black women and mothers.”The group has organized quite the full-day experience. Guests will convene over breakfast, lunch, and cocktails. They’ll hear from keynote speakers Kahlana Barfield Brown, InStyle Magazine’s fashion and beauty director, and Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director at Essence Magazine, which is also sponsoring the event.There will be roundtables and panels with “top mom influencers” from across the country discussing everything from co-parenting to post-baby sex lives and building personal brands. Mini workshops will offer tips on beauty, wellness, holistic parenting, and more. There will be a pamper suite for District MotherHUED organization—many of whom juggle parenting, careers and entrepreneurship, romantic and platonic relationships, and race relations on a daily basis.The “Mommy Market” will leverage the spending power of Black millennial moms. “We’re legitimate consumers,” said Osei, referencing articles from Forbes to Fast Company that talk about the spending power and influence of Black women.Still, she said, it seems major brands seem to leave out Black moms as targets in their marketing. So, the market will feature quality Black businesses and companies that create products with women of color in mind.About half of the vendors are also run by moms. “If we don’t support each other, who will?” said Osei. “It’s time for the rebirth of the Black renaissance.”“With all of the education, resources, and pampering, let’s not forget the new relationships that will undoubtedly be made,” said Noce. “You’re meeting 250 moms who not only look like you and walk the same motherhood journey, but have the same interest to attend an event like this—that in itself is priceless.”last_img read more

NASAs Biggest Mars Mistake

first_imgNASA continually provides us with news from outer space. The most thrilling stories are connected to exploration of the Red Planet. From Viking 1 and 2 of the late 1970s to more contemporary Mars rovers, NASA almost never failed in their space quests. However, there is one curious blemish in their history of space exploration that is a great wonder for many science enthusiasts.In 1995 NASA scientists conceived a huge mission to be launched in late 1998/early of 1999.Artist’s rendering of the Mars Climate Orbiter.The Mars Climate Orbiter and Polar Lander were designed to find evidence of water existing on Mars, which is considered a key factor in finding life outside of our own planet.It was a huge multi-mission program, developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a continuation of the Viking probes, but with a potential for exploring the planet in a much greater detail.PMIRR diagram.The Polar Lander was deployed to the planet’s surface, while the Mars Climate Orbiter was meant to stay orbit around Mars, relaying data from the Polar Lander back to Earth. The orbiter also collected atmospheric data from its lofty vantage point.Lockheed Martin Co. in Denver worked on developing, building and operating the spacecraft. The problem was that the spacecraft was designed to operate using imperial units, while NASA has operated solely based on the metric system since the beginning of the ’90s.Mars Climate Orbiter undergoing acoustic testing.This was the root of the unfortunate mishap which caused the Climate Orbiter to be lost.The Mars Climate Orbiter was launched on December 11, 1998 from Launch Complex 17A, located at Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida. The mission was planned so that the spacecraft would reach Mars nine months after its launch.Mars Climate Orbiter during assembly.The orbiter, of course, couldn’t navigate on its own. There were whole teams working on Earth to guide it in the right direction. The spacecraft needed to be under constant surveillance of mission scientists who would keep it flying on the right path.Location information was sent from the spacecraft to mission control, where it was processed and instructions to adjust the trajectory of the spacecraft were sent back.Mars Climate Orbiter awaiting a spin test in November 1998.But the science team on the ground used metric measures, while the spacecraft was adjusted according to imperial measurements.The exact details of what happened are unknown, but it is thought that the orbiter’s orbit took it too close to the planet. Heat generated by friction as it skimmed the top of the atmosphere could be what caused the engine to combust.The Mars Color Imager (MARCI) is a two-camera imaging system designed to obtain pictures of the martian surface and atmosphere.Even the smallest error in measurement can have a huge effect in outer space where the miles pile up easily.Tom Gavin, working for the Jet Propulsion Lab, tried to defend Lockheed Martin and said for CNN: “This is an end-to-end process problem. A single error like this should not have caused the loss of Climate Orbiter. Something went wrong in our system processes in checks and balances that we have that should have caught this and fixed it.”Launch of Mars Climate Orbiter by NASA on a Delta II 7425 launch vehicle.Lockheed Martin continued to produce different aircraft and even still provides NASA with orbiters for different Mars missions.Lorelle Young, president of the U.S. Metric Association, blamed the government’s stinginess to invest in science as a main cause of this tragic mishap.She said for CNN “In this day and age when the metric system is the measurement language of all sophisticated science, two measurements systems should not be used.”And she added: “This should be a loud wake-up call to Congress that being first in technology requires funding, and it’s a very important area for the country.”last_img read more

Tahiti Travel Connection has launched its new 67p

first_imgTahiti Travel Connection has launched its new 67-page brochure for 2017-18, dedicated to the Islands of Tahiti, of course!New inclusions cover everything from the 5 Star Conrad Bora Bora Nui hotel to small ship luxury sailing with Windstar Cruising.The new brochure can be downloaded here. Order through TIFS. BrochuresTahitilast_img