US delays Keystone pipeline project

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-It has faced protests on both sides of the border, and now the U.S. State Department has ordered a review of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline in a decision that could delay the project until after 2012 U.S. Presidential election.TransCanada has been working to build the 2,735 kilometre pipeline to move Alberta tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico since 2008. Native American and First Nations groups, along with environmentalists, have been campaigning to stop the project.Thousands have recently protested the pipeline at the White House and a sister protest on Parliament Hill ended with over 100 people arrested.The U.S. State Department wants TransCanada to study re-routing the pipeline around environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska.U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement backing the U.S. State Department’s decision.“Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all potential impacts…properly understood,” said Obama in a statement.Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in statement released to the media that he was “disappointed” with the decision.“While we are disappointed with the delay, we remain hopefully the project will be decided on its merits and eventually approved,” Harper’s statement said.last_img read more

BC Oil Gas Commission working to determine source of earthquake

first_imgThe magnitude of the earthquakes ranged between 3.4 and 4.5 on the Richter scale.The Commission says CNRL immediately suspended hydraulic fracturing operations as per the Commission’s Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area Special Project Order and, the Drilling and Production Regulation.The Commission also states that CNRL’s operations may not continue without thewritten consent of the Commission. The Commission says they are requesting a 30-day halt to fracking in the area close to the source of the earthquake.“Companies operating within that area have confirmed that there will be no hydraulic fracturing activities for the next 30 days within the specified area. This will provide the Commission with sufficient time to conduct a thorough investigation. Companies will need to confirm with the Commission before operations within the specific area resume.”The Commission will continue to monitor the area for further earthquake activity. CORRECTION – An earlier version of the article headline suggested the cause of last weeks earthquake had been determined.  This headline was incorrect.  The cause is still under investigation.  We apologize for this mistake.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has narrowed down the source of the earthquake that occurred southeast of Fort St. John on November 29, 2018.The Commission conducted a study and found that the cause of the earthquake may be linked to hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in the Septimus field of the Montney formation, southeast of Fort St. John (see map).last_img read more

Security Council applauds efforts to consolidate peace in Burundi

28 November 2007The United Nations Security Council today welcomed efforts to bring lasting peace to Burundi, calling for a consolidation of progress in the country, which is rebuilding after being torn apart by 13 years of armed conflict. In a statement to the press, Ambassador Marty Natalegawa of Indonesia, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, called on the last major rebel hold-out group, the Palipehutu-FNL, “to return to the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) without delay or preconditions and called on both parties to refrain from any action that might lead to a resumption of hostilities.”The statement followed a briefing to the Council by Charles Nqakula, South Africa’s Minister of Safety and Security, who is the Facilitator of the peace process in Burundi.Voicing it support for Mr. Nqakula’s work, the Council also expressed its appreciation of the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up last year to help prevent countries emerging from conflict from slipping back into violence. Along with Sierra Leone, Burundi became the first focus of the Commission.The Council also welcomed the Government’s strides towards fostering dialogue, national reconciliation and social harmony in the small Great Lakes region nation.The statement urged “all political stakeholders there to maintain the spirit of consensus-building and inclusiveness that had enabled them to achieve a successful transition in their country.” read more

Georgia UN expands longerterm recovery projects after conflict with Russia

5 February 2009The United Nations is expanding its efforts to help Georgia tackle the longer-term challenges of last year’s conflict with Russia by restoring livelihoods and improving public services, after easing the immediate humanitarian impact of hostilities that uprooted nearly 200,000 people. With 4.5 million euros in European Union (< ahref='http://europa.eu/index_en.htm">EU) funding, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will now deepen and extend the initiative, which has so far focused on the Shida-Kartli region bordering separatist South Ossetia, at the heart of the conflict, where the agency has used already $1.2 million of its own crisis response fund to ensure food security, repair infrastructure, and help local authorities provide needed public services.This so-called Fostering Sustainable Transition and Early Recovery (FOSTER) project has benefited some 10,000 people by rehabilitating 12 critical facilities such as schools and municipal offices, repairing drainage and water pipes, and working with the University of Gori to design and deliver short training courses in masonry, painting, plumbing and other construction trade for those left jobless by the conflict, UNDP said in a news release today.As jobs in agriculture are the dominant occupation in the conflict-affected regions, the project has also sought to help farmers who lost their harvests, and often livestock, orchards, and equipment, put a new crop into the ground before winter. By the end of 2008 UNDP had provided seeds, ploughing, and other services to enable 1,100 farming families to sow winter wheat crops, restoring a vital source of income.The conflict left many residents of conflict-affected areas with a lingering sense of insecurity and vulnerability. To help address human rights concerns, UNDP has helped extend the services of the Public Defender’s office to the Shida Kartli region, and provided support to the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid service. It also supported the creation of a regional Gender Equality Resource Centre in Gori. With the EU funding, UNDP now plans to boost recovery activities more broadly in Shida-Kartli and extend them to two other conflict-affected regions – Mtskheta-Mtianeti, east of South Ossetia, and Samegrelo, adjacent to Abkhazia, a second separatist region where fighting erupted.This will help bridge the transition from crisis to development by rebuilding infrastructure, providing vocational training to the jobless, and expanding microfinance programmes to promote the creation of small businesses.In the early weeks after the August fighting, UNDP focused on the pressing humanitarian challenge of providing food and shelter, but most of the 190,000 people who fled have since returned to their homes, while the Georgian Government has built temporary housing for the 30,000 people, mainly from South Ossetia, who remain displaced. read more

Sumanthiran calls for ban on bottom trawling

He said poaching by foreign boats in Sri Lankan waters has had a major impact on Northern fishermen as well as fishermen in other parts of the country. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran today urged the Government to ban bottom trawling.He made the request when the issue of Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters was discussed in Parliament today. He said that while there are regulations on bottom trawling that will not solve the problem faced by Sri Lankan fishermen. Sumanthiran said that bottom trawling has led to marine resources in South Indian waters being affected and so Indian fishermen are now poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

Experts including UN warn of 38 billion shortfall in HIV funding by

Despite the urgent need for HIV prevention and the broad range of proven interventions available, a new report by The Global HIV Prevention Working Group says fewer than one in five people at risk of infection today have access to prevention programmes.Meanwhile, only 5 per cent of pregnant women have access to voluntary HIV counselling and testing, and only 24 per cent of people at high risk have AIDS education available to them.The Working Group comprises some 40 leading public health experts, clinicians, biomedical and behavioural researchers and people affected by HIV/AIDS, including those from the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Entitled “Access to HIV Prevention: Closing the Gap,” the report identifies funding gaps for each region in the world and examines current spending levels versus projected need. It recommends that global spending from all sources on HIV prevention should be increased from the current level of $1.9 billion to $5.7 billion by 2005 and to $6.6 billion by 2007 to cater for the shortfall.The report recommends a combination prevention approach, using a range of science-based strategies. It also stresses that prevention and treatment programmes must be scaled up to ensure those who test positive have fast access to treatment and the tools to protect others from infection.Convened last year by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, the Panel seeks to inform global policy-making, programme planning and donor decisions on HIV prevention, and advocate for a comprehensive response that integrates prevention and care. read more

European police mission in Bosnia makes significant progress report to UN says

The European Union Police Mission (EUPM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which took over from the United Nations in 2002, has made significant progress towards establishing a force of international quality as it enters its final year, according to a report submitted to the Security Council and released today.”Measurable and telling progress has been made, notably in the strengthening of state-level law enforcement agencies and in relation to the furtherance of the principles of sustainability and local ownership,” the report says of the EUPM, which was set up as a follow-on mission to the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s International Police Task Force (IPTF).”As the [EU] Mission enters the last year of the mandate, it is well placed, in partnership with the local authorities, to complete its prime directive, which is to leave in place sustainable and effective policing arrangements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in line with the best European practices,” its adds of the country that was most-ravaged by the ethnic wars which split up the former Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s.The EUPM is fully engaged in the restructuring efforts to create a single and effective police structure for the whole of the multi-ethnic country in line with the directive from international community’s High Representative and EU Special Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown after the failure by the Republika Srpska, one of its two constituent entities, to arrest people indicted for war crimes. The other component is the Muslim-Croat Federation.Among the achievements the report cites is the “considerable progress” in setting up the State Investigation Protection Agency, which is pivotal in the fight against major and organized crime in the country.The EUPM has also given advice on all stages leading up to the introduction of new laws on surveillance of the State Border Service. Much effort has been put into making the nationwide national intelligence system effective and to ensure that it operates across all entities and police agencies in the country. An agreement has also been reached on rationalization and expansion of forensic capabilities. read more

Football Ohio State defensive line setting the bar high

Ohio State defensive linemen look on during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team has a fully loaded defensive line ready to not only control the line of scrimmage, but also dominate it.“We’ll be as good as anybody in America at defensive end,” Coach Urban Meyer said.Meyer referenced Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa, senior Jalyn Holmes and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones as the five premier defensive linemen on the team. With such high-profile players returning who have already played significant snaps, a concern is the possibility of complacency. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for this unit. Lewis said the goal is to be the best defensive line all-time. “We’re all elite players, so we continue to push one another to the next level,” he said. “That’s what helps us become better and better — it’s a lot of competition between all of us.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said this unit is the best collective group he has had in a long time. He emphasized the closeness of this group by citing the collective bond and love that they share. He said Lewis and Holmes demonstrated this bond by forgoing the NFL Draft to return for their senior seasons. “The most important thing about these guys (is) they’re unselfish — they’re very unselfish players,” Johnson said. “They don’t care who starts, they don’t care who plays, as long as they play.”Honorable mention All-Big Ten defensive end Holmes said that the guys on the defensive line do not want to let each other down. He continually emphasized that winning is much more important than playing time. “We have that bond and we got that chemistry, Holmes said. “And we (are) playing for something bigger than ourselves.”Johnson referred to the depth of the defensive line and mentioned the improvements he has seen in redshirt sophomore defensive end Rashod Berry, sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jashon Cornell, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow, sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, redshirt senior Michael Hill. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten defensive end Hubbard played with former Buckeye defensive linemen Joey Bosa and Adolphus Washington, who both started as rookies in the NFL this past season. He said that this current defensive line could be even better as a whole.“I’ve played with a lot of great individuals. I don’t think, collectively, there’s been this much talent at his position since I’ve been here,” Hubbard said. “We have four guys who could start on any team in the country and we’re all playing together.”Along with Jones, Meyer said the staff has been thinking of ways of putting the five premier linemen on the field at one time, which would move a defensive end to linebacker. Per Johnson and multiple players, Hubbard has been practicing at the position during spring practice. Nick Bosa also emphasized the importance of getting all of the talent involved.“We have so many good players,” Bosa said. “It’s criminal to not have them on the field.” read more

Major blaze at Santry industrial estate brought under control

first_imgUpdated at 10.27pmA LARGE-SCALE FIRE at a disused industrial unit near the Omni Shopping Centre in Santry, north Co Dublin, has been brought under control.The alarm was raised shortly before 5pm this evening after the blaze broke out at a 30,000 square foot building in the Santry Hall Industrial Estate.At its height, eight pumps from Dublin Fire Brigade were tackling the blaze, supported by two ‘ladder engines’  — which are dispatched to alerts at taller buildings as a matter of course — along with command and other vehicles.There was heavy traffic in the area for a time as visibility was impaired by thick black smoke. One Twitter user said the air smelled “like rubber burning”.A garda spokesperson confirmed that there had been no injuries as a result of the blaze.The industrial estate where it happened is just off the Swords Road, close to the centre of Santry and around 400 metres from the entrance to the Dublin Port Tunnel on the M1/Airport Road.First posted at 5.20pmlast_img read more

Kim open to another summit with Trump with conditions

first_imgKim open to another summit with Trump, with conditions Kim said his personal relationship with Trump remains good. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering his speech at parliament in Pyongyang, North Korea. Image: AP/PA Images 8,721 Views We will wait with patience until the end of the year for the United States to come up with a courageous decision. But it will clearly be difficult for a good opportunity like last time to come up.Kim also during the speech made a nationalistic call for South Korea to support the North’s positions more strongly and criticized Seoul for acting like an “overstepping mediator” between Washington and Pyongyang.Kim held three summits last year with Moon, who lobbied hard to revive the nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea. Following the collapse of the Trump-Kim summit, the North had been urging the South to break away from Washington and proceed with inter-Korean economic projects that are currently held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North.“The South should not act as an ‘overstepping mediator’ or a ‘facilitator’ and should rather get its mind straight as a member of the (Korean) nation and boldly speak up for the interest of the nation,” Kim said.‘Complete denuclearisation’When asked about Kim’s comments, South Korea’s presidential office said Seoul is committed toward keeping the atmosphere of dialogue alive and helping negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang resume at an early date.On Friday, KCNA reported that Kim was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the nation’s most important decision-making body, during a session of the Supreme People’s Assembly that praised his “outstanding ideological and theoretical wisdom and experienced and seasoned leadership.”Experts say the new appointments may be a sign of Kim’s desire to keep recent months of up-and-down nuclear diplomacy alive rather than returning to the threats and weapons tests that characterized 2017 when many feared a war on the Korean Peninsula.But the lack of substantial disarmament commitments from the North and the deepening impasse in nuclear negotiations have fueled doubts over whether Kim would ever voluntarily relinquish an arsenal he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival.Some experts say it’s becoming clear the North intends to turn the talks with the United States into a bilateral arms reduction negotiation between two nuclear states, rather than a unilateral process of surrendering its arsenal.Kim has signed vague statements calling for the “complete denuclearisation” of the peninsula in his meetings with Trump and Moon.But North Korea for decades has been pushing a concept of denuclearization that bears no resemblance to the American definition, with Pyongyang vowing to pursue nuclear development until the United States removes its troops and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4590754 Short URL Image: AP/PA Images North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering his speech at parliament in Pyongyang, North Korea. By Associated Press Share95 Tweet Email NORTH KOREAN LEADER Kim Jong Un said he is open to a third summit with US President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, the North’s state-run media has said.Kim made the comments during a speech Friday at a session of North Korea’s parliament, which made a slew of personnel changes that bolstered his diplomatic lineup amid stalemated negotiations with the United States.His speech came hours after Trump and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in Washington and agreed on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea.“We of course place importance on resolving problems through dialogue and negotiations. But US-style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn’t fit us, and we have no interest in it,” Kim said during the speech.According to the Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, Kim blamed the collapse of his summit with Trump in February on what he described as unilateral demands by the United States, which he said raised questions over whether Washington has genuine willingness to improve relations.But Kim said his personal relationship with Trump remains good and that they could exchange letters at “any time.”Trump responded to the remarks by saying he agreed with Kim about their relationship, and also expressed a desire for another summit.“I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand,” Trump wrote on Twitter.“North Korea has tremendous potential for … extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim. I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!” he tweeted.In his speech, Kim repeated earlier claims that North Korea’s crippled economy would persevere through heavy international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program and that he wouldn’t “obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief”. The US has said the summit in Vietnam broke down because of the North’s excessive demands for sanctions relief in return for limited disarmament measures.In their first summit last June in Singapore, Trump and Kim issued a vague statement calling for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when or how it would occur.Kim said the United States has been refusing to withdraw what the North perceives as “hostile policies” while sticking to “mistaken judgment that we would succumb to maximum pressure.”He said the North would not compromise on the “fundamental interests of our country and people, even by a speck,” and blamed the United States for arriving in Hanoi with “completely unrealizable plans.”“If the United States approaches us with the right manner and offers to hold a third North Korea-US leaders’ summit on the condition of finding solutions we could mutually accept, then we do have a willingness to give it one more try,” Kim added. 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Protocycladic archaeological discovery on Kythnos island sheds light on era

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A huge habitation on Kythnos island has been uncovered allowing archaeologists to obtain valuable information on Greece’s history stretching from the Protocycladic era until the 7th-8th century AD.The site was which was unearthed in the town of Vryokastro on the Greek island of Kythnos providing the first definitive proof of a 3rd millennium BC Protocycladic settlement. The discovery was not limited on Kythnos island but a smaller settlement was found on the nearby islet of Vryokastraki, according to a statement by Cyclades Antiquities Ephorate and Thessaly UniversityThe main town of Vryokastro and the neighbouring isle of Vryokastraki were once connected via a narrow isthmus the findings show.Athens News Agency confirmed that the excavation took place between 24 June and 4 August unearthing among Protocycladic ruins an early Christian basilica with later additions, with its  two towers and exterior walls almost intact.The archaeologist also accessed a number of well preserved rectangular rooms partly carved from rock containing obsidian tools and pottery shards.A first study also shows that the site had been re-inhabited in the 12th century BC after a period of abandonment. The settlement appears to have been continuously inhabited from that time until the 7th or 8th century AD.The location shrank until it was completely abandoned in the early Byzantine when the few remaining residents moved to the fortress now known as Orias Castle.last_img read more

Mexican Farmers Blame VW Hail Cannons for Drought

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on target Volkswagen Mexico is in hot water—or a lack thereof—with local farmers claiming a controversial weather-altering technique damaged their crops.Farming communities in the central state of Puebla, where the carmaker operates its largest factory outside of Germany, have complained that VW’s use of “hail cannons” created a drought that spoiled 5,000 acres of growth.The sonic devices, introduced to the rural municipality in June, send shock waves into the atmosphere to break up hailstones—which can be a nightmare for newly built vehicles parked in an outdoor lot.But instead of turning the falling icicles into slush or rain, the machines seem to have sparked a dry spell.All precipitation has ceased since May—the beginning of Mexico’s rainy season—Gerardo Perez told the AFP.“The sky literally clears and it simply doesn’t rain,” Perez, a farmer’s representative in the area, said, adding that the cannons were “affecting the Earth’s cycles.”Croppers in the municipalities of Puebla, Amozoc, and Cuautlancingo are seeking more than 70 million pesos ($3.7 million) in compensation from VW.Modern hail cannons are powered by acetylene and oxygen; the two mix and ignite in the machine’s lower chamber, sending a blast through the neck and into the skyward cone, where it develops into a shock wave. That wave then travels at the speed of sound through the clouds above, supposedly breaking up ice pellets before they reach Earth.There is currently no evidence to support the effectiveness of these systems, which fire every one-to-10 seconds before and during a storm. Ironically, as the AFP pointed out, Mexican farmers often deploy the machines to protect their crops from storms.Following protests at VW’s Puebla plant, the local government agreed to meet with factory management and affected farmers in hopes of reaching an agreement.Volkswagen, meanwhile, tried to defuse its own PR hailstorm by announcing it would take the cannons off automatic mode and fire them only when necessary, according to a company press release.The Mexico branch also intends to “maintain a permanent dialogue” with neighboring communities, presenting information and addressing concerns as they arise.“With these actions, Volkswagen de México expresses its commitment to maintain sustainable relationships with its stakeholders: environment, neighboring communities, and authorities,” the firm said.That’s not enough, though, to satisfy the farmers, who called the continued use of the machines “unacceptable,” even in manual mode.“The company can take other measures to protect its cars, but people here can’t live off anything but their land,” Rafael Ramirez, a local environmental official, told AFP. “Volkswagen claims to be an environmentally friendly company, but they’re not showing it.”There is also talk of employing mesh netting as the first line of defense against hail.Caught cheating on its emissions tests in 2015, the manufacturer has struggled to regain public trust. But they may not be the only source of crop damage. Catch up with all things harvesting here.Editor’s note: This article was updated on Aug. 24 with comment from Volkswagen de México.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Is it Time for BtoB Publishers to Panic

first_imgThen, in a rather frank memo to staffers Friday, Penton Media CEO John French announced that the company would be forced to freeze its hiring and salaries, and ordered a reforecast of all budgets for the remainder of 2008—prompting noted b-to-b blogger Paul Conley to declare that trade publishing had officially fallen into a “death spiral.”All of this on top of the release of the final 2007 Business Information Network numbers, which show an overall advertising revenue decline of 2 percent—not a strong finish in the face of a decidedly gloomy 2008 economy—after essentially finishing flat at the end of 2006.With a seemingly endless onslaught of bad news, should b-to-b publishers be in a state of panic?“B-to-b companies that have been working on their transition from print to digital are in good shape today,” says DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “I don’t think it’s time to panic, unless the company has had its head in the sand for the past three to five years about its digital strategy.”Going Digital the ‘Complete Solution’?In his memo, French wrote that the company’s hiring freeze would not apply to its New Media Group, as the group’s operations “are critical to our revenue growth plans for both the near and long-term future.” French painted a somewhat dire outlook for print, indicating that Penton—like other publishers—is “facing significant increases in some of our largest, fixed operating expenses including the cost of postage and the cost of paper.”For many tech publishers, moving online has been a necessary change. “To oversimplify only a little, all [of this negative news] is a manifestation of the increasing demand for online media—both from a content consumption and marketing spend standpoint,” says one b-to-b CEO who asked to remain anonymous. “Sometimes, probably most often, this comes at the expense of print. The tech sector has been, and probably will be, the most impacted, and most susceptible to pure digital competition.”But Summit Business Media president Andy Goodenough warns that there needs to be a distinction between tech publishers and the rest of the b-to-b industry. “Our view is that print is holding up nicely and that online is growing much more rapidly. At the end of the day, though,” he says, “online is not the complete solution. A lot of b-to-b customers don’t spend their days in front of a computer. They consume their information differently. It’s critical that you know your audience and know your role in print.”Still, one consumer executive expects the the consolidation happening on the trade publishing side to hit consumer magazine companies, if it hasn’t aleady. “It’s not over,” the executive says. “It’s coming our way.” Sky Not FallingDespite the recessionary economy, b-to-b publishers seem to be remarkably optimistic. According to FOLIO:’s b-to-b CEO survey, out in the upcoming May issue, 78 percent of publishers with less than $5 million in annual revenue and 85 percent of publishers with more than $5 million in revenue say they expect their revenue to increase in 2008.The majority of respondents said they expect 2008 revenues to increase considerably by 10 to 19 percent, with the largest growth coming from online/e-media. “We’ve all been through economic downturns before. This is nothing new,” Goodenough says. “You have to separate the view that print is in systemic decline from what typically happens to ad budgets in times like these.”Even at Penton there seems to be a quiet understanding of the company’s efforts to cut operating costs. “I met with my department to listen to their feelings and to discuss questions and concerns,” says one management-level staffer who spoke on a condition of anonymity. “I was concerned that it may be a negative meeting … but was encouraged by what I heard. Everyone is aware of what is happening to many media companies with layoffs and restructuring. Given the state of our economy, there were not many who were surprised by our announcement.“To be sure,” the staffer continued, “no one was happy with the news, but there were a couple of comments about gratitude for having the jobs that we have. I think it was a realistic, logical perspective.”While Goodenough declined to comment on Penton, he stressed that in order to “stay just slightly ahead of the curve” b-to-b publishers should “not be complacent.”“You have to be careful what you wish for,” Goodenough adds. “If you believe the sky is falling, then it may fall. We CEOs need to keep our wits about us.”FEEDBACK: What do you think about the state of b-to-b publishing? Is it time to panic? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Following weeks of grim news involving some of business media’s marquee names, it would appear the state of b-to-b publishing has gone from bad to worse—in a hurry.Last week, Nielsen laid off an undisclosed number of staffers as part of a vast restructuring plan that calls for an elimination of some 4,000 jobs—roughly 10 percent of the workforce—in order to put a dent into the company’s $8.25 billion debt.The following day, new Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner said he was laying off a number of employees as part of a restructuring there.last_img read more

Amateur meteorologists can track extreme weather with WeatherCAN app

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice WeatherCAN/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CBS Interactive To better help you anticipate rain and snow storms, Environment and Climate Change Canada is coming to iOS and Android.The new WeatherCAN app supplies you with information directly from Canada’s official weather source. The app includes a new high-resolution, zoomable radar with map so you can better anticipate the next big thunderstorm or blizzard. The radar is four times better than the ones currently available, according to The Star.”Environment and Climate Change Canada has a mandated obligation to alert Canadians to impactful weather, water, and climate issues,” Claire Martin, project manager of the Meteorological Services of Canada said. “In order to fulfil our public responsibility and serve Canadians effectively, we are responding to requests to provide information on the latest information platforms.”When you open the app, type in your location or add a new one if you’re not home to see current weather conditions over the next 24 hours. WeatherCAN includes current, hourly and 7-day forecasts for more than 10,000 locations in Canada.WeatherCAN also includes detailed forecasts so you can plan ahead or turn on notifications to get alerted to incoming weather. The app gives users climate information and weather facts, too. For example, you can learn more about droughts with Canada’s Drought Monitor and drought-prone regions. The menu includes a weather glossary to better understand meteorological events. WeatherCAN is available in English, French and some Indigenous symbols for northern locations. Units are also customizable between Metric and Imperial. Martin said that the public’s reaction to the app has been overwhelmingly positive. Keep your phone warm this winter Mobile Applications Post a comment 0 0:56last_img read more

Jakartas 99story Pertamina tower makes energy key design principle

first_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org More information: www.thejakartapost.com/news/20 … er-construction.htmlwww.dezeen.com/2013/12/11/som- … -harness-wind-power/www.som.com Resembling the petals of a flower, the tapered peak is to leverage wind energy. The crown reveals a wind funnel that will harness winds at the upper floors to generate energy. Then, there is the “Energy Ribbon,” a solar-paneled roof walkway throughout the campus. This covered walkway is to provide both sun and rain protection with energy generated through photovoltaics along the surface of the roof. The need for artificial lighting in the office interiors will be lessened with support from exterior sun shades.The building will include a 2,000-seat auditorium for lectures and performances and a mosque. SOM calls it “a city within a city, blending together living, working and playing while serving as a model of sustainability, efficiency, and collaborative workplace design.”The energy-harnessing theme is clear. SOM said the development will reduce water demand and target zero discharge while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent by the year 2020 and generating 25 percent energy from renewable resources by 2020.According to the Jakarta Post, local companies will also participate in the project as consultants, and also to work on the project’s central energy generator. As a state-owned company, Pertamina said its mission is “to carry out integrated business core in oil, gas, renewable and new energy based on strong commercial principles both inside and outside the country.” (Phys.org) —A 99-story skyscraper created for the Indonesian state-owned energy company, Pertamina, which is scheduled for completion in 2020, will carry the distinction of becoming Jakarta’s tallest landmark, rising over 500 meters high above Jakarta, and will accommodate some 20,000 workers. However, “tall” is not the key distinguishing factor in the works; the renderings of the sky-piercing building have been released by the architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); the design shows how the Pertamina Energy Tower is to be, in the words of SOM, “the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver.” The building is designed to harness wind energy. Updating building energy codes: How much can your state save? Citation: Jakarta’s 99-story Pertamina tower makes energy key design principle (2013, December 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-jakarta-story-pertamina-tower-energy.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

3 Steps to Turn Your Smartphone Into a SelfImprovement Engine

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 5, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For how indispensable our smartphones have become — can we just call them phones now — they might be doing us more harm than good. Research from the University of Texas suggests that we’re measurably less intelligent (read: dumber) when our phones are within sight. According to a 2017 report by analytics firm Flurry, we spend five hours per day on these IQ-shrinking devices. But this doesn’t mean our pocket technology is inherently bad. We just need to learn how to manage our phones for maximum benefit.I’ve grown a lifestyle coaching business in part by teaching executive-level men and women how to do just that. Curious to learn how make the most of your phone?Related: New Google OS Has Tools to Help With Your Tech Addiction1. Set daily tech limitationsYou know how you get these aspirations to be better at x, y or z? And you say, “I’m going to be better!” but it never happens? A lot of people do that with their smartphones. They instinctively suspect it’s not healthy to be on Whatsapp four hours a day, but without a daily goal for limiting the habit their habit never changes. That’s why you have to set a daily goal for limiting smartphone use.I advise all of my clients to set strict limitations in their daily planners for technology use throughout the day, which also includes texts and messages. (This means disabling notifications for everything but incoming phone calls.) Some do checks every two hours for 10 minutes, some check twice or three times a day. But no matter what my clients communication demands are, the knee-jerk, “Ah, I don’t know what I should be doing so I’ll just reach for my phone like Frodo with the ring” reaction is eliminated, which forces them to do more work.You’ll want to alert bosses and clients of your new communications schedule (which involves setting email autoresponders) and assure them that less is definitely more in this case.Related: Apple, Facebook and Google Vets Form Coalition to Fight Tech Addiction2. Relieve your mind with a smart note-taking system.You know the sense of panic that starts building up when you have so much to do but don’t quite know what to do? David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, likens our brains to a computer. In that analogy, the that panic is a malfunctioning mental “RAM.” Like any computer, your brain at capacity ceases to function properly.Allen’s solution is to unburden your mental hard drive by uploading your thoughts and tasks onto a computer hard drive via a note-taking system. Your phone is the perfect place to start. It’s always with you, always ready to relieve your brain. If you have an iCloud account, your phone notes automatically sync to your computer notes, and vise versa. Don’t have a Mac? Consider purchasing an iPhone, then download an iCloud account on your PC or laptop for free. Here are the folders you need to start:HealthCareerHappinessGoalsSelf-ImprovementProcrastinationsLife (for general observations)GratitudeImportant peopleIdeasWhat’s workingNext action*—Any time you have an insight, deadline or task, file it away in the relevant tab to act on later. To make sure you come back to your ideas and actually act upon them, Allen suggests creating a “Next Action” sub-tab for each category. You’ll set a reminder to revisit your “Next Actions” list once or twice a week. (More on reminders in the next section.)For instance, if you’re realizing that you’re running low on thank-you cards for your clients/business partners, but can’t take care of it immediately, you would go to your career tab and then to your “next action” subtab to input the new directive: purchase another stack of “thank you cards” at Wallgreens. Review your next action tabs regularly, you’ll see that specific action and schedule it.You’ll want to program, “Review my next action tabs for 15 minutes” into your phone twice a week, once at midweek and once on the weekend.Related: The 5 Best To-Do List Apps to Boost Your Productivity3. Take advantage of your reminders.Smartphones, especially the apps, are colossal distractions to most people. Polls show that 92 percent of our phone time is spent on them. But when you start limiting your phone use in general, and start using the reminders app, your phone alerts you to focus on what you really need to be doing. Which turns your phone into a focus aid.The easiest way to start using your reminders is to activate Siri or your Google Assistant, and to dictate whatever you want to be reminded of. If you want to begin your big project next Friday at 2:00 pm, you’ll say: “At 11:00 am next Friday, remind me to set my 2:00 pm alarm for starting new project.” The wording has to be just like that example, otherwise the robot will confuse the times. And unfortunately you can’t schedule alarms past a day in advance. You can also manually set alerts in the reminders app — it just takes five times longer.To cultivate the habit of using your reminders, start setting reminders for everything for a week: walking your dog, paying bills, even (what the hell) sex with your spouse. That way when you come across something that you really need to be reminded of, like an important meeting, you go to your phone by reflex. This one feature has saved me countless frustrations and missed appointments.last_img read more

Intrepid clients get 15 off Europe tours when they book by March

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Intrepid Travel is offering 15% off European tours booked by March 7, for travel between May and September. From Greece to Iceland, Intrepid has 40 countries available for clients as a leading small group travel operator. The offer is valid on all Europe trips, but excludes sell-ins, short breaks, expeditions and sailing.Sample itineraries include:‘Cycle Provence’ (eight days)Starting at $1,653; originally $1,945, this trip has travellers cycling through Provence with a blend of scenic trail riding, historical sights and wine tasting. Highlights include Roman history and architecture in the towns of Arles and Orange; lavender fields en route to the three-tiered city of Pont du Gard; and a search for wild white horses outside Camargue while cycling to the Mediterranean Sea‘Real Food Adventure – Macedonia to Montenegro’ (10 days)Starting at $1,921; originally $2,260, this is a culinary experience of the Balkans through Macedonia and Montenegro. Participants head to the region of Tikves to meet an international wine writer, plus meet a local beekeeper and learn about honey in a bee master class; enjoy private tastings and pairings at Macedonia’s acclaimed wineries; learn to bake pastries with the village women of Janche and feast on a traditional barbeque in Kosovo, dine on a home-grown meal in the private garden of a Dihovo family and visit a centuries-old olive press outside of Kotor.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America‘Summer Iceland Family Adventure’ (seven days)Starting at $2,227; originally $2,620, this trip includes spouting geysers and plunging waterfalls, frozen glaciers and caves of lava tubes. There’s a boat ride through a unique glacial lagoon, with close views of the coloured icebergs; an exploration of Europe’s largest national park; and a rafting adventure along the Hvita River.For more information, visit intrepidtravel.com. Monday, February 27, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Intrepid clients get 15% off Europe tours when they book by March 7 Tags: Britain & Europe, Intrepid Travel, Promotions Posted bylast_img read more

Watch epic video of a giraffe escaping a pride of hungry lions

first_img Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Tags: Animals, Safaricenter_img Watch epic video of a giraffe escaping a pride of hungry lions KLASERIE GAME RESERVE — It’s hard not to root for the underdog, especially when they’re outnumbered by a pride of lions.In a captivating video filmed at South Africa’s Klaserie Game Reserve and shot by safari guide Francois Pienaar, a gentle giraffe is seen trying to fight off a group of the hungry and relentless predators. One particularly determined lion hangs off the giraffe’s back, paws and teeth digging mercilessly into its neck, while several other lions hold on to the giraffe’s back legs.According to Pienaar, who spoke with LatestSightings.com, the safari group set out on an early morning game drive when they came across a pride of sleeping lions. “My guests and I were watching them sleep, never expecting I was about to see the best sighting in my guiding career,” she said.After waking from their nap, the pride started moving and soon spotted the “very old giraffe bull”. The group watched the lions stalk the giraffe; after about 20 minutes, the pride made their move.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe battle, said Pienaar, lasted five exhausting hours. Remarkably, the giraffe managed to escape by stomping on the lions.Let’s hear it for the underdog! << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rican students get the surprise of a lifetime a trip to

first_img“Poverty is no excuse,” said Sandra Cauffman. “If you work hard, you are going far. That, I promise you.”Your standard motivational speech from a highly successful Costa Rican to a group of her younger compatriots? Hardly. Cauffman — a deputy project manager for NASA who co-directed the MAVEN mission to Mars and now directs the GOES-R satellite program — was speaking via Skype from her offices at NASA to six teenagers sitting in a conference room in Guachipelín, Escazú.Those six teenagers had just received some big news. More than one face was streaked with tears. A boy had his head in his hands, gobsmacked. Elián can’t believe it; Diana wipes away a tear. Katherine Stanley/The Tico TimesCauffman had just told the high-school students that they are going to make their first trip outside the country in October: to Cape Canaveral, Florida, where they will be Cauffman’s VIP guests at the launch of the new GOES meteorological satellite.Like Cauffman, who was raised by a single mother in the southern San José district of Hatillo, the six winners of this trip are from some of San Jose’s toughest neighborhoods. Daniel Aguilar, Diana Araya, Celinne Cordero, Valeria Salazar, Elián Torres and José Andrá Vega are all beneficiaries of the Monge Foundation. The organization is the nonprofit arm of Grupo Monge, the company whose brands include the home appliance chain Importadora Monge and the electronics chain Play.Through the foundation’s SOY CAMBIO (“I AM CHANGE”) program, students receive intensive support to help them achieve their academic and professional goals, and training in subjects including English and technology.SOY CAMBIO, whose formal name is the Program of Student Leadership and Employability, works with motivated, low-income students between 15 and 19 years old in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, with plans to expand to Guatemala and Honduras.Read more: Meet Sandra Cauffman, the Tica co-directing NASA’s current mission to MarsTo take advantage of Cauffman’s idea of bringing young Costa Ricans to the satellite launch, the foundation created a contest, “¿Qué tan lunático sos?” and told students they were competing for a chance to attend an event with former astronauts in San José later this week. What neither the selected students nor their parents, who also attended yesterday’s announcement, realized was that their trip would extend far beyond the Costa Rican capital.It took a few minutes for Cauffman’s news to sink in.“You don’t know. You have no idea. There are no words,” a beaming José André Vega, 18, told Cauffman when he got his chance at the microphone. “I have read about your life story and how you got ahead. You are an admirable person.”Representatives from the Monge organization noticed some other standard-bearers in the room: the kids themselves. Sandra Cauffman on the big screen. Katherine Stanley/The Tico Times“I have two kids, and my dream for them is that they follow the example of young people like you,” said Alfredo Monge, president of Grupo Monge’s board of directors.“You are the ones who have been showing us the path to success,” María José Monge, president of the Monge Foundation, told the group.The kids were bursting with questions for Cauffman.“What’s everything like up there?” asked Daniel Aguilar, 18, eliciting broad smiles on the faces of his listeners. Hearing the breadth of his own question, he rephrased: “I mean, work-wise.”“I always used to tell my mom that I wanted to be a mad scientist someday,” said Celinne Cordero, 18. “Are there things beyond space? Is there life on Mars? These are the questions you ask yourself …. But it all seemed impossible.”Impossible? Not so fast. NASA awaits.Full disclosure: The author is the co-founder of JumpStart Costa Rica, a non-profit whose sponsors include the Monge Foundation. She helped make initial contacts for the Fundación Monge-Sandra Cauffman alliance. Monge Foundation president María José Monge (left) and executive director Byron Salas (right) with the selected students. Katherine Stanley/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Astronauts from 6 space agencies to convene in Costa Rica next week Meet Sandra Cauffman, the Tica co-directing NASA’s current mission to Mars US Sen. Bill Nelson: Costa Rica has a place in the future of space flight Costa Rica to host World Surf League comp in Esterillos Estelast_img read more

Telangana displays tourism potential

first_imgAdilabad, post the formation of Telangana, is gradually disclosing its potential to develop into a prime tourist destination. An increased flow of visitors during the Christmas vacation is a testimonial to this development.It was initially adventure sports that bade enthusiasts to visit the place, some four years back. Adilabad has emerged as an excellent place for both leisure and adventure tourism, within the ambit of eco-tourism and village tourism.Nature and culture have always been valuable genres to photographers. To foster tourism, these very genres should be nurtured besides encouraging tours to interior tribal villages like Jodeghat during the Adivasi festival season. Tourism should be planned, keeping in view the fragility of the environment and the interests of the locals.Tribal people living close to eco-tourism spots could help to offer accommodation to tourists. This would not only generate income but also make the new region sustainable in tourism.last_img read more