zoom The outlook for global container port demand growth is now more optimistic and Chinese players are on the acquisition trail in an aggressive and highly confident manner, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Drewry’s container port demand forecast is more positive than in last year’s report, exhibiting a 4% CAGR and adding a further 152 million TEU of port throughput to the global total by 2021. This is a consequence of improved port throughput growth rates in the second half of 2016 and into 2017, and a more positive general global economic outlook.However, there remain numerous risks and uncertainties at present, including tensions in the Middle East and Korean peninsula, the protectionist and unpredictable stance of the US administration, and the impact of Brexit. This is one reason why the global container port capacity is projected to increase by a CAGR of 2.7%, based on confirmed additions only.“While there are certainly some encouraging signs for the demand growth outlook, the risk profile for terminal operators has increased and most of the traditional global/international players remain cautious. The exception to this are the Chinese port companies who are pursuing expansion and investment both at home and overseas in an unprecedentedly aggressive manner,” Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals, said.Merger and acquisition activity in the port sector is at a high level. About USD 3.1 billion worth of deals have been struck so far in 2017, driven by Chinese companies such as Cosco Shipping Ports and China Merchants Ports. In the last year, more than half of the acquisitions by global/international terminal operators have been made by Chinese players.Cosco Shipping Ports has moved up Drewry’s operator league table as a result of the merger of Cosco and China Shipping, and will move further up in the coming years due to the acquisition of Noatum and OOCL’s terminals. The China Cosco Shipping group is projected to add the most capacity of any of the global/international terminal operators over the next five years.“The Chinese players are more comfortable with risk than the established international operators right now, and have a geo-political strategy rather than a purely financial one. They are snapping up assets and opportunities and have the appetite and financial clout to take many more in the coming years,” added Davidson.
Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJVM) started a postering campaign in the Hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in demand of Gorkhaland on Monday.”The mandate has been given for Gorkhaland. The BJP won both the Parliamentary and the Assembly bypolls in Darjeeling. People voted for Gorkhaland. Now the BJP cannot back out. “For the past two terms the BJP had won the parliament elections in Darjeeling on the Gorkhaland issue. “However, for the past 10 years the BJP MPs failed to do anything for Gorkhaland,” stated Krishna Barmey, GJVM leader. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMeanwhile, Binay Tamang, president, GJM (Binay faction) has condemned BJP leader Mukul Roy’s statement that the BJP is not in favour of Gorkhaland and the bifurcation of West Bengal. “BJP leader Mukul Roy made this statement in a press conference flanked by the Darjeeling BJP MP Raju Bishta. At the time of elections Bishta and BJP MLA of Darjeeling Niraj Zimba had appealed for votes emotionally blackmailing the Hills in the name of Gorkhaland. Even Bimal Gurung is answerable to the Hills on the wake of BJP’s anti Gorkhaland stance,” retorted Tamang. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe stated that not even 18 days have passed since the declaration of results and the BJP has started showing its original colors with the anti-Gorkhaland stance. “BJP leaders, including Dilip Ghosh, Kailash Vijaywargia and Rahul Sinha, have stated in the past that they do not support the bifurcation of Bengal. Only during elections they play with the emotions of the Gorkhas in the name of Gorkhaland,” alleged Tamang. He stated that with the anti-Gorkhaland statement Mukul Roy has once again betrayed the aspirations of the Gorkhas residing throughout India. “Who will take the moral responsibility of this- will it be Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri or Bishta and Zimba or the 17 councillors of the Darjeeling Municipality who have joined the BJP?” questioned Tamang. Tamang further stated that in a few days the BJP and allies will be embarking in victory rallies in the Darjeeling Hills. “What will the victory rallies commemorate — the end of the Gorkhaland demand?” questioned Tamang. Meanwhile, Amar Singh Rai, former MLA, Darjeeling took charge as the Chairman of the Uttar Banga Unnayan Parshad at Uttar Kanya, the mini secretariat on Monday. “We will use this as a platform for public welfare and development. I will visit the districts that come under the purview of the Parshad, talk to people and work according to their requirements,” stated Rai. An office will be opened in Darjeeling (for the people of Darjeeling Hills and Kalimpong) where Rai will hold office twice a week. The other three days he will be at the Uttarkanya office.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday lambasted the party leaders from Nadia and held infighting responsible for the party’s poll debacle in the district in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.Banerjee held a meeting at Trinamool Bhavan which was attended by TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee and all the leaders of Nadia district upto the block level on Friday afternoon. Of the two seats in Nadia, the Trinamool Congress has retained the Krishnanagar seat while BJP has won the Ranaghat seat. Banerjee had nominated Rupali Biswas, widow of Satyajit Biswas, party’s MLA from Krishnaganj who was murdered in February. The Trinamool Congress even lost the by-election to the saffron party. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee said due to infighting, the people had rejected the party despite tremendous development which had been carried out in the district. She said she had told the party leaders repeatedly to give up infighting and put up a united fight against the BJP in the Lok Sabha poll. “But despite my warning, the leaders continued with the infighting and the result was reflected in the result,” she said. Earlier, Partha Chaterjee, who is the observer for Nadia, read out the report on the party’s poll debacle in the district. She asked Rajib Banerjee and Shankar Singh, two observers in Nadia, to introduce new leaders replacing the idle ones. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee also maintained that the party will not spare the leaders who have taken “cut money” and instructed them to return it. “I am not going to spare those who had taken money. Return the cut money immediately,” she said. The TMC chief once again urged the leaders to bury the hatchets and work together to stop BJP’s onslaught. She asked why the party leaders had failed to stop the communal politics of BJP. She also added that the leaders have lost contacts with the masses and urged them to renew the ties immediately. The Trinamool Congress on Friday appointed five leaders to look after the Lok Sabha constituencies in North 24-Parganas. Though Jyotipriya Mallick, the state Food minister, who is the president of the party’s North 24-Parganas unit has not been removed but at the same time, five leaders have been asked to look after five Lok Sabha constituencies in the district. Of the five Lok Sabha seats, Trinamool has retained Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat and lost Bongaon and Barrackpore seats to the BJP. Moreover, there has been tremendous violence in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara. Trinamool has lost control over Bhatpata,Halisahar and Noapara municipalities after the councillors switched over to BJP. An administrator has been deployed to look after Naihati municipality. It has been decided that Govinda Das will look after Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency while Sujit Bose will look after Basirhat, Tapas Roy will oversee Dum Dum, Rathin Ghosh will look after Barasat and Nirmal Ghosh will look after Barrakpore Lok Sabha seats.
Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the launch of “a new type of tactical guided weapon” as a “solemn warning” to the South, state media said Friday, a day after the North fired two missiles into the sea. Kim personally organised and guided the firing of the “state-of-the-art weaponry system” on Thursday and was “gratified” with the outcome, KCNA said. It was Pyongyang’s first missile test since an impromptu June meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThat meeting produced an agreement to resume a working-level dialogue on denuclearisation with Washington but those talks have yet to begin. The North has previously warned that upcoming US-South Korea joint military exercises could affect the resumption of the talks. There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea and their annual manoeuvres with South Korean soldiers have always infuriated Pyongyang. Japan’s defence minister called the launches “extremely regrettable” while Seoul’s National Security Office said it expressed “strong concern” and the US called for an end to such “provocations”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsKim accused the South of “double-dealing behaviour” by talking peace, but then “behind the scene, shipping ultra-modern offensive weapons and holding joint military exercises”, KCNA said. South Korea’s leaders “should not make a mistake of ignoring the warning from Pyongyang”, it added. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the two missiles were launched just after dawn from Wonsan on the east coast. A military official in Seoul said one of the two weapons flew more than 430 kilometres (270 miles), while the other travelled 690 kilometres. Seoul’s National Security Office said the launches were of a “new type of short-range ballistic missiles”. The US said it wanted to continue talking with the North but called for a halt to such “provocations”. “We want to have diplomatic engagement with North Korea, and we continue to urge the North Koreans to resolve all the things that the president and Chairman Kim have talked about through diplomacy,” US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. “We urge no more provocations, and that all parties should abide by their obligations under (United Nations Security Council) resolutions,” she said. Japan’s defence minister stressed that the missiles had fallen short of his country’s exclusive economic zone. Pyongyang carried out similar short-range launches in May, which Trump dismissed at the time as “very standard stuff” that would have no impact on his relationship with Kim. Thursday’s launches came a day after US National Security Advisor John Bolton — an arch-hawk regularly vilified by North Korean state media — spoke with senior South Korean officials in Seoul.
Shazam!, the newest entry in the ever-changing DCEU, has begun production, and with it comes an official synopsis. Director David F. Sandberg helms the film which focuses on a young boy who is suddenly blessed with super powers.Production has officially begun on Shazam!, a new DCEU film that will bring the superhero formerly known as Captain Marvel (before Marvel’s Captain Marvel took that tile for good) to the big screen. Asher Angel stars as seemingly ordinary kid Billy Batson. Billy’s ordinary life is turned upside when he suddenly finds himself blessed with super powers thanks to a wizard. These powers enable Billy to transform into the adult superhero Shazam, played by Chucki star Zachary Levi. Now that production is under way, an official Shazam synopsis has been released. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
BERLIN — A senior German official says neighbouring countries are closely watching Germany’s political debate on phasing out the use of coal.Brandenburg governor Dietmar Woidke said Wednesday that “it’s really important to create positive examples” of countries taking decisions to curb climate change.A panel of experts, including Woidke, has been discussing how and when to close down Germany’s remaining lignite mines. It is expected to deliver its recommendations to the government this month. A key question is what kind of financial support affected regions will get to tackle the transition away from coal.Woidke said Europe has 41 regions where coal is mined, including in less prosperous countries such as Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria, and “they are looking to us to see whether we can tell a positive story.”The Associated Press
Casablanca – The first industrial Cluster in Solar Energy “Solar Cluster” was launched Monday in Casablanca, in the presence of a number of government officials, personalities from the business and academic world, and Moroccan and foreign professionals. Created thanks to a partnership with professional associations and academic institutions of education and research, the Solar Cluster aims to complement the actions made as part of NOOR solar plan, and to deepen coordination among the stakeholders in order to foster the emergence of a competitive solar industrial sector in Morocco.Speaking on the occasion, CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), Mustapha Bakkoury, stressed that the creation of this cluster is an important landmark on the path toward the development of renewable energy, mainly solar energy. With the start of this cluster, he continued, “we are making an important step to consolidate the different actions within the solar plan NOOR, leveraging greater synergy and cooperation between the various stakeholders.”
SAN FRANCISCO — In a first-of-its-kind experiment, San Francisco prosecutors are turning to artificial intelligence to reduce racial bias in the courts.They are adopting a system that strips certain identifying details from police reports and leaves only key facts to govern charging decisions. District Attorney George Gascon announced Wednesday that his office will begin using the technology in July to “take race out of the equation” when deciding whether to accuse suspects of a crime.Criminal-justice experts praised the idea as a bold effort to make charging practices more colorblind.Prosecutors will make an initial charging decision based on the redacted police report. Then they will look at the entire report to see if there are any extenuating reasons to reconsider the first decision.Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. — Online brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. reported Monday that its fiscal third-quarter earnings jumped 23% and said it’s searching for a new CEO.The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said that it earned $555 million, or $1 per share, in the quarter. That’s up from $451 million net income, or 79 cents per share, a year ago.When adjusted for one-time gains and costs, Ameritrade earned $1.04 per share, which topped Wall Street expectations.The seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected earnings of 97 cents per share.Ameritrade’s current CEO Tim Hockey said Monday he has decided to leave the firm in February.“In discussing the best path forward, the board and I decided that it was time for a new CEO to lead the company,” Hockey said.He declined to say exactly why he and the board decided that, but he said he is not leaving for another job or to spend more time with family.Hockey agreed to stay that long to help with the transition after a search for the new chief executive is conducted.Hockey has led TD Ameritrade since the fall of 2016 and oversaw the integration of rival Scottrade after that acquisition.The online brokerage said its revenue grew 8% to $1.49 billion. The four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.46 billion.Ameritrade’s asset-based fees helped generate enough revenue growth to offset a slight decline in its trading-based revenue.TD Ameritrade shares slipped 30 cents to $52.10 in after-market trading following the release of the earnings report._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on AMTD at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AMTDJosh Funk, The Associated Press
EDMONTON — Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta’s carbon tax has about two weeks to live.Kenney says the Carbon Tax Repeal Act is to be introduced during next week’s legislature sitting and will have a proviso to end the tax by the end of the month.“By May 30th there will no longer be an Alberta carbon tax,” Kenney said Monday at a news conference outlining some of the legislation coming from his new United Conservative government.An end to the tax brought in by the former NDP government will put an estimated $1.4 billion a year back in the pockets of taxpayers, he said.The levy is charged on home heating using fossil fuels and on gasoline at the pumps.Ending the tax would open the door to the federal government imposing its tax, as it has done with four other provinces that wouldn’t bring in their own carbon pricing: Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in Edmonton last Friday, wouldn’t say if his government would immediately charge the federal tax if Alberta ditched its own, but stressed that no province will be exempt.Opposition Leader Rachel Notley said the repeal “sets the stage for a made-in-Ottawa, a made-by-Justin-Trudeau carbon plan to be imposed on Albertans.“I don’t think it’s wise,” the NDP leader said. “And we will certainly make the case vigorously that it’s not wise.”Getting rid of the carbon tax was a central policy pillar in Kenney’s successful campaign last month to win the election. He defeated Notley’s party, achieving a strong majority.Kenney ridiculed the NDP carbon fee as a thinly veiled tax grab that penalizes consumers while having no effect on greenhouse gas emissions. He also held the levy up as a symbol of what he has said was an interventionist NDP government that was stifling economic recovery by imposing additional fees and red tape.On the campaign trail, Kenney promised to file an immediate court challenge on the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax if he won the election.He promised to file the court papers by April 30; however, his cabinet was not sworn in until that day. In the two weeks since, no challenge has been filed.Kenney said Monday the lawsuit has been delayed and may not be filed at all.He said his government wants to review court decisions in Saskatchewan and Ontario before it decides if it will challenge the federal tax in court.The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently ruled in a split decision that the federal tax imposed on provinces without a carbon price of their own is constitutional.The Ontario government is waiting for a decision on its court challenge.“The right thing for us to do is wait and see what the Ontario Appeal court decides,” said Kenney.“We can take both of those decisions into account as to whether or not to launch our own separate challenge or whether just to support (the) Saskatchewan and Ontario governments in what will be inevitable appeals to the Supreme Court.”Kenney’s platform promised he would create jobs and move Alberta’s oil- and gas-based economy forward by reducing regulations and cutting taxes.On Monday he said a bill to cut corporate income tax by one-third will also be rolled out next week.It is likely to follow Kenney’s plan to reduce the 12 per cent corporate tax by one percentage point on July 1, and then cut it again by one point in the first days of 2020, 2021 and 2022, to ultimately bring it to eight per cent.His government also aims to bring in a bill to reduce the current $15 an hour minimum wage for workers 17 and younger.
Mr. Riza arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday, and was briefed by United States officials responsible for the security of the UN compound. On Wednesday, he met with local and international staff working for UN organizations and agencies currently operating in Iraq, including the senior national staff member of each agency who kept UN humanitarian operations running during the war when international staff had to be evacuated.He also toured the Canal Hotel bomb blast site and was briefed on the events of 19 August, the day of the terrorist attack that killed top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other people. He also paid courtesy calls on the United States Administrator, L. Paul Bremer, and this month’s President of the Iraqi Governing Council, Ahmad Chalabi.Yesterday, he talked to people at UN headquarters, including medical personnel and staff counsellors.Mr. Riza, who arrived in Amman, Jordan, later today, is expected to be back at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 12:55 pm MDT Alberta could save money, cut greenhouse gas emissions with incentives: report EDMONTON – A report says Alberta could save money and cut greenhouse gas emissions if it offered people and businesses financial incentives to become more energy efficient.The report was put together by the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and submitted to the provincial government.“The No. 1 action that we would like to see right now is for the provincial government to put some of their climate change emission management fund dollars into energy efficiency programs,” Jesse Row, the alliance’s executive director, said Tuesday.The alliance includes the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, Suncor Energy (TSX:SU), Atco Gas (TSX:ACO.X), the Pembina Institute, the Canada Green Building Council and other businesses and groups.The report also recommends the province should do more to raise awareness about how people and small- and medium-sized businesses can become more energy efficient.“Energy efficiency programs typically have two components — one is incentives and two is information and capacity building. We want the government to be doing both.”Row said such measures would save Albertans $1.5 billion a year by 2020 and achieve half of Alberta’s climate change reduction targets.The report does not give specific examples of what kind of incentive programs the government should offer, but lists broad areas where savings could potentially be achieved such as in residential buildings, industrial projects, commercial buildings and transportation.Under the heading residential buildings, the report mentions heating and cooling, lighting, appliances and water heating.“In the residential sector, what has been found is that incentive programs for efficiency upgrades have been successful in increasing energy efficiency,” Row said.The report recommends the government pay for incentive and awareness programs with a fund it has for climate change and emissions management.The money in the fund comes mainly from big energy and power companies in Alberta that exceed their greenhouse gas emission targets.Since 2007 the province has collected $398 million in the fund. About $380 million has been set aside for research on greenhouse gas reduction projects, but more money is collected each year.Alberta’s Environment Department received a preliminary copy of the alliance report before Christmas and was given the final version on Monday.Department spokesman Jason Maloney said the province is reviewing the report and plans to take action. But there was no immediate word on what exactly the government plans to do, or when.“Right now we are looking at energy efficiency efforts across all sectors but the details have not been finalized yet,” Maloney said.Under Alberta law, large industrial greenhouse gas emitters must reduce their emissions intensity by 12 per cent below their 2004-2005 baseline intensity.Companies that can’t meet this requirement must either buy carbon credits from other Alberta-based organizations or pay $15 into the fund for every tonne over the limit. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2016 12:38 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FAA writing rules for commercial drone flights over people WASHINGTON – Federal aviation officials said Wednesday they will work quickly on regulations that would permit small, commercial drones to fly over people and crowds.The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits most commercial use of drones over people. Recommendations from an industry advisory committee, as first reported by The Associated Press over the weekend, would create four categories of commercial drones. Drones weighing about a half-pound or less would be allowed to fly over people virtually without restriction.Drones larger than a half-pound in the other three categories would have to maintain a distance from people of at least 20 feet overhead and 10 feet laterally. Manufacturers would have to crash-test drones and certify that they are unlikely to cause serious injury if the drones struck someone.The FAA has worked for years on rules to give commercial operators of small drones — defined as weighing 55 pounds or less — greater access to fly without going through the current case-by-case approval process. Those rules, probably coming this summer, are expected to prohibit flights over populated areas, especially crowds. That could prevent their use for tasks ranging from inspecting cellphone towers to news reporting.In February, the FAA established a 27-member committee of drone manufacturers, companies that want to use drones and more traditional aviation interests such as airline pilots and airports. Their mission: develop rules that would permit flights over people.Earl Lawrence, the head of FAA’s drone office, and Nancy Egan, general counsel for 3D Robotics, a drone technology company, told reporters in a conference call that there was broad consensus among the committee members in support of the recommendations.At least one organization that served on the committee, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, which represents drone hobbyists, said the recommendations, if followed, could provoke a public backlash.“We are concerned that allowing some unmanned aircraft to operate over and within close proximity to people will heighten the anxiety of a society that is already hypersensitive to the introduction of ‘drones’ into our communities,” the academy’s executive director, Dave Mathewson, said in a statement.Some committee members representing airline pilots, crop dusters and other traditional aviation interests also wanted operators of drones of all sizes — including those weighing as little as a half-pound — to be required to take an FAA aviation knowledge test in-person and to receive a Transportation Security Administration security background check.Most on the committee felt those requirements were too burdensome for drones “the size of a cellphone” and would discourage their use, Egan said. Instead, the committee recommended that operators have to pass an online test. Those who disagreed were allowed to include a dissent in the committee’s report to the FAA.___Follow Joan Lowy at twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/joan-lowy
Updated 29 November, 9.57amFÁILTE IRELAND HAS named Kilkenny as the country’s Tourism Town for 2013.Mulranny in county Mayo was also honoured at an awards ceremony yesterday with the Best Small Town award.Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Town Award was launched last year to encourage more Irish towns and villages to work together to enhance their appeal to visitors.The winners were chosen from a shortlist of ten top tourism towns. Both locations will each receive cash awards of €10,000 and €5,000 to help promote their locality. The other eight towns will receive €1,000 and a certificate of merit.Last year’s inaugural winner was Portmagee in county Kerry. The awards were designed to promote Irish town and villages which are working hard to enhance their appeal to tourists visiting their area.Earlier, we asked readers to choose between the shortlisted towns. Here’s how you voted:Cobh, county CorkAnnie Moore was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through Ellis Island. She departed from Cobh, with her brothers Phillip and Anthony, on the steamship Nevada on 1 January 1892, her 15th birthday. Image: Cobh/ShutterstockDrogheda, county LouthImage: Drogheda/Shutterstock Ennis, county ClareEamon de Valera, addressing a meeting in Ennis just before his arrest in a 1923 photo. (AP Photo)Kenmare, county KerryThe French ‘Lasuma’ team rowing across Kenmare Bay at dawn in Ireland’s Turas adventure race, 2008. (Image: Val O’Sullivan/PA Archive/Press Association Images)KilkennyAlison Brierton and Donnacha O Connor, aged 2, from Kilkenny, watch the Irish Air Corps at the Bray Air Display on Bray Seafront, Wicklow. (Kenneth O Halloran/PA Archive/Press Association Images)Letterkenny, county DonegalImage: Letterkenny/Shutterstock Mulranny, county MayoImage: Mark Waters/FlickrMurrisk, county MayoImage: damiandude/FlickrTralee, county KerryImage: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesWestport, county MayoImage: Westport/ShutterstockWhich hotspot would you like to see named Ireland’s Tourism Town for 2013? Mulranny, county Mayo (469) Cobh, county CorkDrogheda, county LouthEnnis, county ClareKenmare, county KerryKilkennyLetterkenny, county DonegalMulranny, county MayoMurrisk, county MayoTralee, county KerryWestport, county MayoVoteRead: This year was the best summer for tourist numbers since 2008 Kenmare, county Kerry (1235) Poll Results: Westport, county Mayo (1441) Tralee, county Kerry (343) Drogheda, county Louth (825) Murrisk, county Mayo (260) Cobh, county Cork (616) Letterkenny, county Donegal (1102) Kilkenny (1722) Ennis, county Clare (578)
Cancer du poumon : une prise de sang pour repérer les anomalies génétiquesUne équipe de chercheurs français a mis au point une technique qui permettrait, à l’aide d’une simple prise de sang, d’identifier les patients susceptibles de bénéficier d’un traitement ciblé contre le cancer du poumon.Le cancer du poumon est celui qui entraîne le plus grand nombre de décès en France avec près de 30.000 morts en 2011. La survie à 5 ans est particulièrement faible puisqu’elle plafonne à 14% seulement. Mais les choses pourraient quelques peu s’améliorer dans les prochaines années grâce à une “biopsie liquide” mise au point par des chercheurs français. Plus concrètement, ceci consiste à réaliser une simple prise de sang qui suffirait à identifier les patients susceptibles de bénéficier d’un traitement ciblé contre le cancer du poumon. Les premiers tests se sont révélés concluants en détectant avec succès la présence ou l’absence d’une anomalie du gène ALK (3 à 5% des cas de cancer du poumon le plus courant) dans les cellules tumorales circulantes (CTC) du sang des 32 patients étudiés. Les patients présentant un remaniement de ce gène ont ainsi été rapidement pris en charge par un nouveau médicament (le crizotinib du laboratoire Pfizer) et ils ont vu leur taux de survie s’améliorer. Néanmoins, ce traitement reste inefficace sur les patients ne présentant pas cette mutation.Une technique moins invasive et plus facile à utiliser À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Selon les résultats des travaux publiés hier dans le Journal of Clinical Oncology, la biopsie liquide mise au point par le laboratoire de recherche translationnelle Gustave-Roussy (IGR)-Inserm se révèle donc fiable et présenterait aussi plusieurs avantages. En effet, elle serait “moins invasive et plus facile à utiliser qu’une biopsie solide, difficilement praticable dans certains cancers comme celui du poumon”, relève Françoise Farace, qui a dirigé les travaux repris par l’AFP. Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque cette technique devrait également permettre de dépister des anomalies génétiques présentes dans d’autres tumeurs cancéreuses comme la translocation Erg dans certains cancers de la prostate ou l’amplification du gène Her2 dans certains cancers du sein. Les cancers présentant ces remaniements génétiques particuliers disposent eux aussi d’un traitement ciblé. Enfin, selon Mme Farace, la nouvelle méthode devrait aussi pouvoir être utilisée “pour suivre l’effet d’un traitement et détecter de manière précoce l’apparition de résistances”.Le 16 mai 2013 à 10:09 • Maxime Lambert
LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took six people to the hospital with respiratory issues after they became sick inside a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Northwest 30th Street and State Road 7, Friday afternoon.Officials said the victims complained of itchy and watery eyes, along with sore throats.The store was temporarily evacuated while hazmat crews investigated the area.Officials believe cleaning chemicals may be to blame.The store has since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Sonata already has some… polarizing style, so slapping a bunch of AV kit on the roof barely changes it. Yandex The 2020 Hyundai Sonata isn’t even out yet, but already, one company has created a self-driving development prototype out of one. It’s nice to know people — or, in this case, it’s nice to know the parts and service arm of the greater Hyundai empire.Russian internet giant Yandex and Hyundai Mobis on Thursday debuted their jointly developed 2020 Hyundai Sonata self-driving development prototype. Based on a regular ol’ next-generation Sonata, the vehicle has been fitted with the hardware and software necessary to enable autonomy and continue development on the technology. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to create Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles, and this is the first step towards that end goal.According to Yandex’s Medium post, the company received its first 2020 Sonata at the end of May, just two months after inking the partnership with Hyundai Mobis. Engineers from both companies worked to adapt Yandex’s tech to the Sonata, and the result looks surprisingly sleek. The majority of the car’s hardware looks contained to the pod up top, which sports some recognizable lidar emitters. Cables run to the trunk, where there’s more hardware responsible for crunching all the data its sensors receive. So far, testing has been limited to Yandex’s testing grounds, but according to the company, it’s been operating completely autonomously in that closed environment, coming up against things like simulated weather and traffic. Yandex said its prototype will start operating on public roads in Moscow “shortly.”This is just the beginning for their partnership. Eventually, Yandex wants to have a fleet of 100 development vehicles, a feat it hopes to achieve by the end of 2019. Future prototypes won’t just be based on the Sonata, either. To prove its flexibility, Yandex wants to add its hardware and software to a multitude of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, although it declined to say which ones. 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings an extra dose of style to… More about 2020 Hyundai Sonata More From Roadshow News • 2020 Hyundai Sonata reveals striking new design ahead of New York Auto Show 1:42 Autonomous Vehicles Auto Tech Sedans Hyundai Share your voice 2019 Toyota Camry Review Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags Hyundai 0 Preview • 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 29 Photos 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings arresting style to New York
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowAnchorage to close year with 34 homicides and no clear solution Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIt’s been a deadly year in Anchorage. As of Dec. 29, there have been 34 homicides, more than in any previous year on record. 2015 also saw an exceptionally high number of violent deaths. But with no one factor responsible for the surge in homicides, there’s no clear solution to the problem.National Weather Service forecasts snow for much of AlaskaAssociated PressSouthcentral Alaska including Anchorage is bracing for a predicted snowfall that could be significant.In wake of impending snowstorm Golden Valley Electric preps for outagesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksWith heavy snow and wind in the forecast, Golden Valley Electric Association in Fairbanks is bracing for power outages.No missing people or property damage reported after avalanche scare over downtown JuneauJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAn avalanche came down Mt. Juneau yesterday. Juneau’s Emergency Programs Director Tom Mattice said there have been no reports of missing people, injuries or property damage.Winter fire pops up in Delta JunctionDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksState wildfire officials report a rare winter incident in Delta Junction. An Alaska Division of Forestry post said a 20 by 50 ft. fire was called in by passerby December 20th, who spotted the burn on trails behind the Delta High School.Continued unrest at Bogoslof volcanoZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaSeismic unrest continues at Bogoslof volcano. Scientists are watching the eruption around the clock — even though monitoring stations are far from the site.Alaska village renews push for road through federal refugeAssociated PressA remote Alaska village is renewing efforts to build a road through a national wildlife refuge so residents with medical problems will have land access to an all-weather airport.Anchorage schools taking proactive approach to security, safetyJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIncidences of gun violence at schools in the U.S. are increasingly dominating the national spotlight, raising questions about school security and what can be done to ensure the safety of students. Anchorage schools are taking a proactive approach.State monitoring spill at Tesoro pipeline facility near Cook InletRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauWorkers at a Tesoro facility on the Kenai Peninsula are cleaning up contaminated soil and snow after more than 120 gallons of oily water spilled out of a pipeline near Cook Inlet. The company notified the state of the spill at its Kenai Pipeline Facility on Dec. 18.Demolition begins on shuttered North Pole refineryAssociated PressDemolition has begun on a shuttered interior Alaska refinery that once produced jet fuel, heating oil, gasoline and asphalt from North Slope oil carried in the trans-Alaska pipeline.Galena to receive more than 1,000 acres of land from National Defense Authorization ActDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeOnce President Barack Obama signs the national defense authorization act into law, the City of Galena will acquire a hefty plot of public land. 1,290 acres of land where the Campion Air Force Radar Station used to be located will be conveyed to Galena for the purpose of preventing future flood damage to the City.Clamming halted on East Cook Inlet beaches due to low razor clam numbersEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA decline in the number of mature razor clams the past several years has prompted the state Fish and Game department to curtail clamming on East Cook Inlet beaches for the foreseeable future.Nome-based non-profit hopes to revitalize Inupiaq with ‘language nest’Davis Hovey, KNOM – NomeComing to the region at the start of the new year is a “nest” project focused on Inupiaq language revitalization. A Nome-based non-profit organization called Inuusiq Inc., which started up this year, is spearheading the project.
ReutersSalt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group’s steel wing—Tata Steel aims at achieving 20 percent women workforce by 2020 to ensure gender diversity in the company, a top company executive told Mint.”Gender diversity is essential, and not having it can be detrimental to business. A diverse workforce ensures that we have different mindsets dealing with challenges in different ways, and this helps us strategise better,” Mint quoted a Tata Steel chief diversity officer and chief group HR Atrayee S Sanyal.Sanyal of Tata Steel said that the company has set a target to increase women in its workforce from current 11 percent to 20 percent by end of this decade.”We are definitely planning to employ a large number of women in the coming years. Tata Steel, as an equal opportunity employer, believes that women can perform any role with equal competence as that of a man,” Sanyal explained.Sanyal said the company has not restricted itself in defining certain roles or levels where they will employ women. The firm’s diversity targets have been taken for the overall organisation and it is open in employing women across all roles and levels.”Our recent Take 2 policy aims at filling these gaps due to maternity and child care leaves by hiring women who are experienced professionals on project basis for short-term engagement. This is a mutual benefit as we have a good replacement resource for a woman and it also becomes a platform for those women looking to resume their careers,” the business publication quoted Sanyal as saying.On difficulties faced in hiring women employees with the required skills in core sectors likes manufacturing, mining and engineering, she said that availability is gradually improving.”It is supply-led demand to a great extent. Engineering institutes need to have more women and only then companies can recruit women in these areas. We engage early with various leading institutes that helps us capture the best women talent in the early years of engineering,” she added.Sanyal explained that a mix of people with diverse views encourages innovation and problem solutions, thereby leading to increased profitability and opportunities for business. “Our recruitment sensitisation handbook clearly mentions that at an equal level of merit and competence, we would prefer a female candidate but we consider merit as the ultimate criterion for selection,” she added.
Nusrat Jahan RafiThe plot was drawn up on 4 April. They bought kerosene the next day to set fire to Nusrat on 6 April. There were five of them. Nusrat was tricked into going to the roof of the madrasa where the perpetrators were waiting.They caught her, tied up her legs, doused her with kerosene and set her on fire. The five miscreants took only five minutes to do all, following the orders of the Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa principal, Siraj Ud Doula.Details of the attack were revealed by two of the accused involved in the murder of Nusrat, the madrasa student who was set afire for filing a case against the principal for sexual abuse.The two accused who made these confessional statements were Shahadat Hossain and Nur Uddin. They revealed all details about what had happened since 27 March, the day Nusrat was abused till 6 April, the day she was set on fire.The perpetrators informed the upazila Awami League president Ruhul Amin and ward councillor Maksud Alam about the attack. They were allegedly to take care of police investigations. Notably, Maksud Alam is in jail now for the Nusrat murder.It was also revealed that a certain private bank official, Kefayet Ullah, funded a 20-member committee formed to release the principal after he was arrested for sexual harassment.As many as 25 to 26 people were involved in the incident, according to police, lawyers and court. The two accused, however, were produced before the court of senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain of Feni on Sunday. Police recorded their confessions till midnight. Shahadat’s deposition was of 25 pages while Nur Uddin gave a 30-page statement.Nusrat Jahan Rafi was attacked on 6 April and she succumbed to her injuries at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College on 10 April.Police arrested 13 accused so far. Four of the five directly involved in the attack were caught by the police. Only Kamrun Nahar Moni is on run.The police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) confirmed that Shahadat Hossain alias Shamim, Jobair Ahmed, Jabed Hossain, Umme Sultana alias Poppy alias Tuhin and Kamrun Nahar alias Moni took part directly in the killing of Nusrat. Four people were arrested except Moni. Among them, Shahadat Hossain gave statement under section 164 at Feni court.Shahadat Hossain claimed to be the BCL president of madrasa committee unit. However, the general secretary of the upazila Awami League Rafiqul Islam said there is no committee of BCL in the madrasa.Principal Siraj is a rukon of Jamat e Islami, he also said.Shahadat’s depositionNusrat’s perpetrators held a meeting on 4 April night. Besides Shahadat, the meeting was attended by Nur Uddin, Hafiz Abdul Kader, Jabed, Jobayer, Mohiuddin Shakil, Shamim (2), Imran, Iftekhar Hossain Rana and Sharif. Shahadat, Nur Uddin and Quader presented the plan for killing. Shahadat had an old grudge against Nusrat as she rejected his overtures in the past.It was decided that she would be killed on 5 April, the day of the Arabic first paper exam, and this would be passed off as suicide.Maksud and Ruhul Amin were to take care of the police. They also planned the details of everyone’s role in the murder.In the statement, Shamim said, “I told councilor Maksud, Afsar sir, Selim Sir, huzoor’s (principal) two sons Nisu and Adnan, Moni and Popy about the matter as per the plan. We were in a room in the second floor.”Popy tricked Nusrat into coming to the roof and the other four grabbed her and set her on fire. All three male attackers were in burkha as well. Moni and Popy entered the exam hall while Jabed, Shamim and Jobair managed to run away from the spot.Shamim said that after the incident, he told Ruhul Amin and fled to Mymensingh and later was arrested in Muktagachha.Ruhul Amin claimed to be the vice-president of the madrasa management committee. He also claimed that he handed the principal to the police after the sex abuse charge against him.A bank official provided the money to form a committee to release the principal in the case of molestation. Apart from this, the principal’s two sons also knew about the plans.* This report appeared in Bangla in Prothom Alo print edition and has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat