Last week, a 50-year-old conservation organization dedicated to preserving the Ecuadorian Galápagos Islands that Charles Darwin made famous looked like it was on its last legs. This week, the future appears only a little less gloomy. The Ecuadorian government has offered a clear endorsement of the Charles Darwin Foundation, and negotiations to reopen a revenue-producing souvenir store continue. Yet the government has not promised to provide the money the foundation needs to make it through the end of 2014.According to a statement issued by the foundation after its General Assembly met yesterday, the Ecuadorian government, and in particular the director of the Galápagos National Park, called the foundation “essential” and said it wanted to strengthen ties with the organization, which facilitates visits by foreign researchers to the islands. The government and the Charles Darwin Foundation agreed to form a working group to work out plans for 2016 and beyond. 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Located on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galápagos islands, the store was closed by local officials in July because other Santa Cruz storeowners had complained that their businesses were being harmed by the new shop, which was on target to bring in $400,000 per year. The shutdown made donors wary, says Swen Lorenz, the foundation’s CEO, and put the foundation in a financial bind as it was depending on those revenues to get through 2014.Negotiations to reopen the store had bogged down, but new talks on Friday offered encouragement, says Dennis Geist, president of the foundation’s board of directors. “There was no agreement, but the parties are working toward a mutually beneficial solution, and we hope the store will open under some terms shortly.”“That said, the CDF remains in dire financial condition,” he notes. Geist and Lorenz say they must still find a donor to help get the center back on its feet.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Quarters: 22-14, 39-31, 59-48, 87-64. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cignal now awaits the winner of the Flying V-CEU series for its date in the best-of-three Finals.Robbie Herndon paced Marinerong Pilipino in the losing effort with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jeff Javillonar also got 17 markers and four boards.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 87 – Jose 24, Raymundo 18, Villarias 16, Uyloan 15, Bringas 8, Perkins 4, Cahilig 2, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Belencion 0, Sara 0, Sumalinog 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 64 – Herndon 17, Javillonar 17, Javelona 7, Subido 7, Isip 6, Alabanza 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Publico 2, Sargent 2, Gabriel 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Moralde 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pamboy Raymundo shot 4-of-7 from rainbow country to wound up with 18 markers, four assists, and three rebounds, Byron Villarias fired 16 points built on three treys, and Jonathan Uyloan dropped 15 markers on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc as Cignal’s three-point shooting was on point all game long to keep the order despite rallies from Marinero.“We’re happy that we made it to the Finals,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “It was a tough conference for us. We played seven straight in three weeks, but we’re here and hopefully, we’ll finish it with a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite Marinero’s best efforts, it could not break through the eight-point barrier in the second half as the troika of Raymundo, Villarias, and Uyloan all connected from downtown, with the team shooting 11-of-31 from three. That allowed the Hawkeyes to gain a lead as high as 24, 84-60, courtesy of Jose’s freebies in the final 2:19.“It’s about time that we made our three points. We really practiced hard on that. It just came out in this game and I’m really thankful to my players because coach Koy (Banal)’s adjustments were on the spot, but the kick out passes were there and I told them that if they’re open, they should take it and I’m happy that they made their shots,” said Fernandez. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand MOST READ LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose could not be denied as he steered Cignal HD to a return trip to the championship round with an 87-64 win over Marinerong Pilipino in Game 2 of their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The SEA Games-bound forward made the most of his time for the Hawkeyes, pouring 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to aid his side’s quest for back-to-back titles.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
A new roof was all the rage when the U.S. Open began two weeks ago but it was the crowning of a new world number one and two first-time champions that left their mark on a tournament that came to an emotional close on Sunday with a tribute to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.At a tournament where trainers had nearly as much court time as weary players, Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka were the last two standing in their respective draws as they each captured their first U.S. Open titles.Wawrinka played with energy and desire as he tamed defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5 6-3 in a victory that was a testament to his will as much as skill and earned him his third grand slam title. (Also read: Stan Wawrinka outclasses Novak Djokovic for maiden US Open title, third Grand Slam)Djokovic, contesting his sixth U.S. Open final in seven years, benefited from one of the easiest passages to a grand slam final as he was handed a walkover and two retirements but it was the Serb who was ultimately worn down by Wawrinka.The nine hours Djokovic spent on court to reach the final were half the 18 hours logged by the battle-hardened 31-year-old Wawrinka, who added a U.S. Open title to a grand slam collection that also includes French Open and Australian Open trophies. (Also read: Never expected to win US Open, says Stan Wawrinka)advertisementKerber, another player with a deep well of stamina, tapped into those reserves on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court to defuse big-hitting Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-4 to capture her second grand slam title.And while Kerber may be a new U.S. champion, the 28-year-old German is hardly a new face in the world of tennis.She has become one of the game’s most recognisable figures in a season that has included an Australian Open triumph, a run to the Wimbledon final, an Olympic silver medal in singles and ending Serena Williams’s 186-week reign as world number one. (Also read: Angelique Kerber wins US Open for second major title of breakthrough year )While the buzz at the start of the U.S. Open was about the $150 million retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium it was the Flushing Meadows wall that Williams ran into for a second consecutive straight year that drew the most attention.A year ago, on the cusp of a rare calendar-year grand slam, Williams was felled by 300-to-1 longshot Roberta Vinci.This year her quest for a record-breaking seventh U.S. Open title was again undone in the semis, this time by Pliskova, who arrived at Flushing Meadows as a grand slam underachiever who had never been beyond the third round of any major. (Also read: Amazing to be world No.1, says Angelique Kerber)Flushing Meadows did not exactly witness a passing of the torch this year but the winds of change did blow through the Billie Jean Tennis Center.Djokovic was the only member of the so-called ‘Big Four’ in men’s tennis to reach the semi-finals while the women’s draw produced a first-time champion for the second straight year following Flavia Pennetta’s magical run in 2015.Since 2005 when Rafa Nadal won his first French Open title, the Spaniard, Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have accounted for 42 of 46 grand slam titles.There were fresh faces like 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh, who upset fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, but it was another false dawn for U.S. tennis.At the start of play, 39 Americans were in the main draw, one fewer than the record set by local players in 2005, but by the second week all were gone except the aging Williams sisters, Madison Keys and Jack Sock.The American flag, however, did wave proudly over Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday as the U.S. Open staged a remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. (Also read: All my dreams have come true, says new world No.1 Angelique Kerber)With 9/11/01 stencilled onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium court, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands paid her own tribute by wearing Stars and Stripes knee-high socks and wrist bands.”It is an emotional day,” said Mattek-Sands, who won gold at the Rio Olympics in mixed doubles with Sock. “I was going to retire my American flag socks after the gold medal match.”I said, You know what? For the final of the U.S. Open, 9/11, have to bring them out.advertisement”It was really special for me to win it here today in New York.”
New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today took a dig at the government over the record fall of the Indian rupee against the US dollar, saying he was still looking forward to the BJP’s ‘achhe din’, a slogan coined by Prime Narendra Modi before the 2014 general election.Continuing its free fall for the fourth straight session, the Indian rupee yesterday hit a record closing low of 68.79, showing a fall of 18 paise against the US dollar.”Looking forward to BJP’s achhe din when the US dollar will trade at One dollar = Rs 40!,” Chidambaram tweeted.The beleaguered Indian rupee crashed to breach the key psychological level of 69 in the early trade yesterday and slipped further to hit a life-time low of 69.10, a fall of 49 paise during the volatile session. It finally closed at a record low of 68.79.The fall of rupee was attributed to multiple headwinds like weak global cues and concerns related to inflation and fiscal slippage.The domestic currency’s previous all-time closing low was 68.73, touched on November 24, 2016.Referring to the ongoing football world cup, the senior Congress leader said in separate tweets that small nations can be rich and successful in such international sporting events.”Small nations can be rich and successful in football #WorldCup. Examples: Uruguay and Croatia. Uruguay: population 35 lakh, per capita USD 15,230. Croatia: population 42 lakh, per capita USD 12,130,” he said. PTI ACB AARAAR
Liverpool Salah & Firmino exorcise ghosts of misses past as Liverpool come alive again Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 04:44 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Maribor v Liverpool Maribor Opinion The Reds duo made amends for their recent profligacy by finally clicking during a historic 7-0 Champions League victory over Maribor For centuries, the area around Stadion Ljudski vrt was used as a burial ground but, on Tuesday, it represented Liverpool’s attacking rebirth as they exorcised the ghosts of misses past.Having registered 29 more shots than Sevilla and Spartak Moscow in their opening Champions League games only to infuriatingly draw both, a first Group E win arrived at Maribor wrapped in swagger and authority. 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Jurgen Klopp’s side had been stuck in a cycle of creating much but converting little, leading to weeks of frustration, what ifs, and calls for the club to recruit a genuine No.9.Against the Slovenian champions, the man wearing that shirt swatted away such shouts with a performance packed with verve, characteristic intelligence and a ruthless edge.Mohamed Salah, his partner in torturing Maribor’s rearguard, was equally relentless in ensuring this was the night it finally went ‘click, click, bang!’ in the final third for Liverpool.The pair shared a laugh as they both pounced for the club’s fourth goal of the evening, but there will also have been a great sense of relief too, given both have been guilty of wasting good opportunities recently.Klopp had been convinced that the displays he witnessed during a run of just one victory in eight across all competitions meant that the Merseysiders would soon see reward for what they’d been “investing” in the fixtures.Robbie Fowler had predicted as much too, telling Goal: “Going forward, the finishing hasn’t been what the club would’ve liked, but I’d be way more concerned if they weren’t creating chances because that tells me a lot more.“Eventually, it will click for Liverpool and they will be converting more. It will definitely turn and a few goals will be struck against an opponent because there’s definitely the players capable of doing that and the qualities of pace, guile and intelligence.”That happened here in the 12,702-seater arena, where the noise from the home ultras – Viole Maribor – and those swirling scarves in the away end was incessant.By the 19th minute, the Reds were already 3-0 to the good before adding another ahead of the interval to become the first English club to score that many away from home in the tournament.The first was created by Salah’s pace and persistence as he beat Marko Suler to a loose ball and sped into the box before supplying Firmino, who sidefooted in.Firmino 13/8 to score v SpursThe pair combined again with the Egypt international being fed by the Brazilian and then sliding a pass through to James Milner, who was marking his first Champions League start of the season. The midfielder crossed towards Philippe Coutinho, who didn’t need to take a touch to smash in from 15 yards.It was the fourth consecutive game on the road the playmaker has scored in, rendering him the only player to achieve that feat for Liverpool since Steven Gerrard in March 2014.The Firmino-Salah combination struck again with the former turning provider after winning possession and playing in the winger. He closed down goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic and curved the ball around him and in with his left foot.Coutinho then slipped in Alberto Moreno and his low cross was attacked by Liverpool’s livewires-in-chief, with Salah getting a touch before Firmino for the fourth.The 26-year-old wouldn’t be denied his second of the night, though, heading in Coutinho’s free-kick on 54 minutes to exacerbate Maribor’s nightmare.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened his account for the club, after Daniel Sturridge unselfishly played him in, before Trent Alexander-Arnold’s effort from distance hit the arm of a sliding defender and flew past a wrong-footed Handanovic and into the net to make it 7-0 and a milestone as the biggest margin of victory for an English side away from home in Europe.Naturally, a triumph like this will be marked by comments such as ‘it’s only Maribor’, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that in their previous home match against a Premier League outfit on the continent, the Vijolice held Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in 2014-15.In fact, the hosts offered a reminder of their unbeaten run against clubs from England on Monday night, but Liverpool never allowed them to exude confidence once the encounter kicked off.It was imperative that Klopp’s charges reversed their miserable trend in front of goal, while ensuring they didn’t let in any again at the other end. To do it in such an assertive manner in an away Champions League tie sans Sadio Mane while Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are still unavailable is deserving of plenty of credit regardless of the name of the opposition.“We scored the first goal from a pressing situation and a few other goals were after a counter-pressing situation, so it helped a lot,” Klopp explained post-match. “Then, how we finished these situations were also good. A lot in this season already [we have been] too alone in the box to make a cross or a pass, but were no relaxed enough to play the right pass. Tonight it was different. Always when we went let them play, they played immediately and were around our 18-yard box and that only showed how good they could be.”But we never gave up in this game, especially in the second half. It was good – all-round a really, really good performance otherwise you cannot win 7-0 so we are really happy about that.”I think, really, the boys deserved that because they really kept on going. It’s just good to work together but the only problem is that you always have to explain why you didn’t win. It’s probably not the most difficult thing to explain, especially after our games because you see we create the chances but we did not use them. That’s not enough for you, how you know, and then you put the finger on all the other problem we sometimes had.”The challenge for Liverpool is to further augment this triumph by making sure it is only the start of their turnaround and not a rare occurence of being clinical when it counts. “We try to use the result now, but the next game is against Tottenham so it’s pretty likely it will not be a similar result,” Klopp added.”But no problem, we have four or five days to recover and prepare for the game, so that’s good and we are already looking forward to it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea Morata feeling like a ‘No. 1 striker’ for the first time at Chelsea Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 07:27 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chelsea Morata Premier League The Spain international has graced the books at Real Madrid and Juventus but has finally become the focal point of an attack at Stamford Bridge Alvaro Morata admits that he feels like a “No. 1 striker” for the first time after he joined Chelsea for £70 million from Real Madrid.Morata 11/1 to be PL top scorerThe Spain international has represented some of the biggest sides in world football, having also spent two years with Italian champions Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He won Serie A and graced the Champions League final while in Turin, while conquering Europe and La Liga with Real.Morata netted 20 times for the Blancos last season, but made just 14 league starts and believes it has only been since moving to England that he has finally been recognised as a leading man.The 25-year-old told FourFourTwo: “This is perhaps the first time in my senior career that I’ve started five matches in a row, or felt like the No.1 striker at a club.“It’s a big responsibility being the main centre-forward at Chelsea, because you’re the team’s ‘referente’ – the reference point. You support every attacking move, because they look to get the ball into your feet or into the channels.”Morata settled quickly into life at Stamford Bridge, netting seven times in eight appearances – including a hat-trick against Stoke.He has, however, suffered a similar dip to fellow big-money frontman Romelu Lukaku of late, matching the Manchester United striker’s six-game run without finding the target.Morata is, however, still feeling upbeat and believes that he was always destined to work with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte again having previously been taken to Juve by the Italian coach.He added: “After bringing me to Juventus before he joined Italy in 2014, I always thought that we would get back together. He’s gone to the death for me.“His is a huge assist, if you like, for me coming to Chelsea, because I really wanted to renew that relationship with him and repay all the faith that he’s shown in me. I’ve already improved so much under him.”Morata will be hoping to further justify the faith shown in him by Conte in his next outing, with Chelsea set to welcome Lukaku, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola a fan of Gasperini and Atalantaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he’s a fan of Champions League opponents Atalanta.City host Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta on Tuesday night.“What I said about (Maurizio) Sarri I could say about Gasperini, I was lucky enough to meet him before,” said Guardiola.“Having seen what Atalanta did last year and what they’re doing this season is incredible.“It’s a great joy to watch his team play, they’re brave, they respect their supporters. The way they play is unusual, they take quite a few risks.“In this match both teams are very brave, and they will try to impose the game, we will have to adapt and they will do the same.“I hope it will be an open match, both teams score and concede. I hope it will be a lively match.”
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger has not played in the second half tonight against Iowa State after injuring his shoulder late in the second quarter.It appeared that Ehlinger hurt his right shoulder on a scramble late in the first half. When the second half began, he was not on the sideline.Shane Buechele started the third quarter for the Longhorns.Iowa State’s Greg Eisworth literally slammed into Sam Ehlinger’s right shoulder on that QB run. It was right on the button. Still waiting on word from Texas.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 18, 2018Ehlinger emerged from the locker room as the third quarter was underway and began throwing on the sideline. It looked like he might be going back in.However, the official word from Texas is that Ehlinger is still being evaluated and is “questionable” to return.Injury update from Texas: “QB Sam Ehlinger (shoulder) continues to be evaluated. His return to tonight’s game is questionable at this point.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) November 18, 2018Ehlinger completed 12-of-15 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He also rushed for Texas’ other score.Buechele has plenty of experience, so the Longhorns are still in good shape tonight. Still, having Ehlinger healthy moving forward is crucial.No. 15 Texas leads No. 16 Iowa State 17-3 in the third quarter on the Longhorn Network.
State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Folkes Abrahams, says there will be limitless opportunities for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) when the Government’s Global Logistics Hub is developed. “Among the many advantages of the development of a logistics hub are job creation and small business development. In most cases, the bulk of the transportation and logistics centre is actually made up of small and micro enterprises,” Mrs. Folkes Abrahams said. She was addressing the 17th Anniversary function of the Kiwanis Club of Central Portmore held on Wednesday, April 24, at the McMaster Centre. The Government’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to be completed in 2015. Jamaica is deemed ideally positioned for this undertaking, based on the country’s location, midway between North and South America, and in relatively close proximity to the Panama Canal. The State Minister asserted that the hub will transform businesses in a number of ways, including improving the environment with less bureaucracy and more efficient government processes. She further noted that there will be more businesses to supply goods and services and existing ones will be able to expand. In addition, there will be increased export facilitation with more effective and efficient/transport links; and greater opportunities for access and presence in overseas markets. “With the development of the logistics hub, the many opportunities for MSMEs will be almost inexhaustible,” she noted. These include areas such as: aerospace and aviation: maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) for airplanes; biotech and pharmaceutical; fashion and apparel; Information and Communications Technology(ICT); chemicals and petrochemicals; entertainment and media; marine and offshore – dry docking: ship and oil rig repair; food, beverage and hospitality; and logistics and shipping. In terms of job creation, the Minister pointed out that there will be opportunities in areas such as: warehousing and warehouse management; security; drivers/trucking services; customer support; supply/value chain management services; ICT support, including programmers; human resources supply (job placement agency) and management; assembly of consumer goods, for example, electronics; intellectual property monitoring and management services; engineering; and food preparation and food processing. Mrs. Folkes Abrahams noted that in Singapore, for example, where one of the current three global hubs is located, the logistics and transportation sector contributes about eight per cent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs more than 200,000 workers. “We must now prepare ourselves for the opportunities to come. We must now prepare ourselves with the necessary training and the acquisition of the necessary business skills, knowledge and technologies that will allow us to be more competitive. The Jamaica Global Logistics Hub, I assure you, is not a dream – it is a reality,” she asserted. The key elements of the initiative are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
zoom German shipyard Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG has been selected by Crystal Cruises to build three new Exclusive Crystal Class ocean cruise vessels.Namely, owner of the company Genting Hong Kong has signed a letter of intent with Lloyd Werft to build the polar ice class vessels, which will have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 passengers, boasting over 100,000 tons each. The first ship is expected to deliver in late 2018. “With an impressive 100 tons of space per guest, the average space ratio for luxury cruise ships being 60 tons per person, our new ships’ guest-to-space rations will be vast in comparison to past, current and under-construction luxury ships, reaching all corners of the world safely, smoothly and in the utmost style and comfort,” said Crystal’s president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez.“Our intent is to make Crystal Cruises the core of what will become the world’s premier luxury hospitality and lifestyle brand portfolio, not only for the immediate future but for years to come,” said Chairman Genting Berhad, the holding company of the Genting Group, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay.Lloyd Werft has also been selected for the construction of a new class of river vessels for the new brand Crystal River Cruises.“We are allowed to bring in our experience in building and converting luxury cruise vessels and private mega yachts into these fantastic ships in a very close partnership with Crystal Cruises,” said Lloyd Werft in a press release.Crystal Cruises announced that, in addition to the Crystal River Cruises™, over the next three years the company will establish Crystal Yacht Cruises™, the Crystal Exclusive Class™ of ocean vessels, and introduce Crystal Luxury Air™.In May 2015, Genting Hong Kong, the owner of Star Cruises and the company with a major equity interest in Norwegian Cruise Line, acquired Crystal Cruises brands for USD 550 million from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven
zoom Bermuda-headquartered ship manager Norbulk Shipping is having five of its vessels retrofitted with exhaust gas scrubbers (EGS) at Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard in November.Using EGS, shipowners can continue operating on heavy fuel oil instead of more expensive marine gas oil to meet IMO rules on SOx emissions that came into force in Sulphur Emissions Control Areas on January 1, 2015.Gibdock’s workload included the 37,500 dwt product tanker Great Eastern, the third of the five Norbulk vessels being fitted with ‘PureSOx’ main engine, auxiliary engine and boiler EGS units from Alfa Laval.The hybrid PureSOx system removes over 98% of SOx emissions from exhaust gases and up to 80% of particulates, according to Gibdock. EGS installation work onboard Great Eastern included 90 tonnes of newly fabricated steel, the laying of 12,386m of electrical cabling and 1,134m of GRE pipes involving 800v flanges and elbows.“This is a significant project for Gibdock in 2015. We have added dedicated EGS facilities and expertise to our natural competitive advantages of location and weather, and our hard-earned reputation for quality work delivered on time and on budget,” Richard Beards, Gibdock Managing Director, said:The five vessels, operated by Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon, are also undergoing special survey drydocking.
Des renseignements supplémentaires sur les prix et les récipiendaires se trouvent au http://www.artsns.ca/creative-ns-gala/creative-ns-awards-gala-2018 (en anglais seulement). anna sprague, artiste de la scène, Musquodoboit Harbour Sara Coffin, chorégraphe et professeure de danse, Halifax Derek Charke, compositeur et flûtiste, Wolfville Stephanie Clattenburg, scénariste et directrice, Halifax Anne MacMillan, artiste visuelle, Halifax Une célébration de l’excellence artistique en Nouvelle-Écosse a eu lieu aujourd’hui 10 novembre, dans la salle Olympic Hall, à Halifax. Le thème artistique du gala des Prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse 2018 était « Flux », et son but était l’exploration du concept de l’eau comme métaphore pour les artistes et leurs créations. Le Prix du chef-d’oeuvre du lieutenant-gouverneur de la Nouvelle-Écosse, d’une valeur de 25 000 $, est le prix annuel le plus important remis pour la création d’une oeuvre en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il a été décerné à la pièce « Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story », créée par Christian Barry, Ben Caplan et Hannah Moscovitch. « J’applaudis Arts Nouvelle-Écosse et le Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse pour l’organisation de cet événement afin de célébrer nos artistes extraordinaires, affirme Leo Glavine, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Le talent dont ils font preuve fait de notre province un centre d’excellence dans l’industrie prospère de la création. » L’auteur-compositeur francophone primé Ronald Bourgeois d’Halifax a reçu le prix Portia White, d’une valeur de 25 000 $. M. Bourgeois a reçu une somme de 18 000 $, et le solde de 7 000 $ a été décerné à un organisme de son choix, soit la Société Saint-Pierre de Chéticamp. Il s’agit d’une société historique dont le mandat est de promouvoir et de préserver la langue française et la culture acadienne. La Ville de Shelburne a remporté le Prix communautaire pour les arts et la culture, d’une valeur de 10 000 $, pour son intégration fructueuse des arts et de la culture à la vie communautaire. Le Prix de mérite pour un artiste autochtone, d’une valeur de 5 000 $, a été remis à Rebecca Thomas, militante et poète mi’kmaw distinguée, pour l’utilisation de son travail comme un outil convaincant pour raconter l’histoire et la culture des peuples autochtones. L’artiste visuel Claude Chaloux de Belliveau Cove, dans le comté de Digby, a remporté le Prix Grand-Pré, d’une valeur de 5 000 $. Ce prix est décerné aux artistes dont le travail reflète les valeurs culturelles acadiennes. « Je remercie sincèrement tous les artistes, les créateurs et les producteurs culturels qui participent au gala cette année, ainsi qu’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse, notre bailleur de fonds provincial pour les arts, et notre partenaire de production, Zed Events, souligne Eryn Foster, directrice artistique du gala. Ce gala célèbre les artistes de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui sont primés pour leurs réalisations artistiques exceptionnelles, mais il offre aussi l’occasion de réfléchir à l’importance de la communauté dynamique, résistante et diversifiée d’esprits créatifs et de visionnaires artistiques dans la province. » Trois artistes ont reçu un Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi, d’une valeur de 5 000 $, qui souligne les réalisations d’artistes professionnels qui sont à mi-carrière : Deux artistes ont reçu le Prix de la relève, d’une valeur de 5 000 $. Ce prix est remis à des artistes qui sont au début de leur carrière dans le domaine de la création :
Los Angeles: Taylor Swift shut down a sexist question about turning 30 during an interview with a German radio station. The singer, who turns a year older this December, was asked if it were a milestone moment for her when it comes to settling down, getting married to boyfriend Joe Alwyn and starting a family. “I really doubt men get asked the same question when they turn 30. So I’m not going to answer that question now,” Swift pointed out to RTL station, as quoted by Billboard. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’However, the singer went on to shed some light into how she believes her 30s would be better than her 20s. “I hear others say that one in his thirties no longer has as much stress and anxiety in life as in my twenties,” she said. “And I can join in the observation that we are in our twenties looking to gain experience, try things out, fail, make mistakes,” she added. They have almost had a relationship of over two years now.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook In the first two weeks of January, Toronto music venues seemed to be dropping like flies.First there was the announced insolvency of favourite folk hangout Hugh’s Room and the DIY punk venue Soybomb HQ, and then last week, dance club and indie band venue The Hoxton announced that it’s closing its doors at the end of January.While the overall impression is that the 2017 Toronto live music scene is hurting due to dwindling attendance and interest, the reasons behind each venue’s closure seems to be more complicated than simply attributing them to audience apathy. Twitter Advertisement For example, businessman Richard Lambert, who co-owns the Hoxton with Toronto concert promotion firm Embrace and has hosted a wide variety of acts, DJs and after-parties ranging from The Chainsmokers to Skrillex to Zedd at the 627-capacity venue over the past five years, said that it wasn’t financial considerations that resulted in its closure.
Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsTwo years ago, Statistics Canada reported that the Northwest Territories had the highest number of people in the country who reported heavy drinking.Fast forward to today, a national study is suggesting the Territory also has the highest rates of alcohol-related hospital visits.More hospital beds are being taken up by patients dealing with alcohol harm.According to a new report 475 hospitalizations in the NWT last year were caused entirely by alcohol.That’s five times the national rate – more than anywhere else in the country by per capita.“Often I am contacted to go to the hospital probably once or twice a week to go up and see someone who has had problems and is in need of treatment,” said Rick Alexander, a substance abuse councellor.The study, Alcohol Harm in Canada, was completed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.It shows residents were hospitalized for issues such as alcohol poisoning, withdrawal, liver disease and chronic alcohol abuse.And that men are more likely to be hospitalized because of alcohol – but there were more teenage girls admitted to hospitals over teenage boys.The trend extends across theNorthh – Yukon comes in as second highest in Canada followed by Nunavut per captia.Where one lives in the territories also had an impact on hospital visits.Higher hospitalization rates were seen in lower-income, remote and northern areas.“We surveyed a number of Canadians and asked them over a two year period how often do you havea conversationwith your primary healthcare provider about your smoking habits or drinking habits,” said study author Geoff Haynes. “What we found was over 70 percent of Canadians had a conversation with their doctor about smoking habits whereas less than 30 percent had conversations about alcohol.”Similiarly, Alexander also sees strength in numbers when it comes to social service support.“Certainly we don’t need more money thrown at it. money is not the issue. collaborative care and collaborating with other organizations in treating a very complex disorder is important. assessment and referral are important as well,” said Alexander.While many remote communities in the northare dry, it all-too-often that residents north of 60 hear of massive bootleg busts.“The more available it is, the more likely people are going to drink. particularly people who are at risk of drinking,” said Hayes. “The government is trying to balance the economic benefits of alcohol with limiting the health and social harms.”The way that you access services differs depending where you live.Admidst the startling numbers – the Northwest Territories has no detox or rehab centres. Neither does Nunavut – anyone struggling with alcohol dependency must travel south for rehab services.Many First Nation leader’s here are calling for a northern recovery email@example.com
Mumbai: With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in red-hot form, Chennai Super Kings will start favourites against the slightly off-colour Mumbai Indians when the IPL’s two most successful teams have their first showdown of the season here Wednesday. The Super Kings, three-time winners of the T20 League like the hosts, have been on a roll with three wins on the trot that have boosted them to the top of the table. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, had a familiar stuttering start with a victory sandwiched between two defeats. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Recent history in head-to-head clashes is in MI’s favour, as the Rohit Sharma-led home team has beaten their rivals in four out of the last five contests. Overall too Mumbai holds a 14-12 advantage over CSK, including once in the defunct Champions T20 League. However, CSK seem to hold the edge this time around, especially with Dhoni rolling back the years with a typically robust 75 off 46 balls that lifted his team from 27 for three to 175 for five against Rajasthan Royals at home in their last match. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later And with Dwayne Bravo holding off Rajasthan’s charge at the end with the ball, CSK maintained their 100 per cent record. The Super Kings have the edge in batting depth and in spin bowling variety, while Mumbai have the better pace attack on a pitch that is bound to offer bounce and carry. Mumbai are over-dependent on openers Rohit and South African Quinton de Kock. The rest need to step up. The hosts will have the option of fielding new recruit, West Indian fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, or all rounder Ben Cutting in place of the off-boil Lasith Malinga. In the spin department, Mumbai are behind their opponents who have Harbhajan Singh, South African Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja to bank on after the power play. Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock. Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign.
Rabat – A number of activists gathered yesterday before the parliament building in Rabat to protest the continued existence of the death penalty in Morocco.Lawyer Abderrahim Jamai, the leader of the protest stated a profound reform of the Penal Code is needed” considering that injury to life itself is a crime and “violation of what is most sacred in human rights, the right to life.”Similarly, the president of the Association Marocaine des Droits Humains, Ahmed El Haij stipulates that there will only be justice when the government prominently considers the abolishment of the death penalty. The death penalty exists in the penal code of Morocco primarily as a punishment for crimes resulting in the death of another person, including aggravated murder, abuse, arson, and terrorism. Treason and espionage are also punishable by death.According to the Cornell Law School Death Penalty Database, there are currently 104 prisoners who have been sentenced to death in Morocco and are currently living on death row. Morocco has not carried out an execution since 1993 when Commissioner Tabit was convicted for many counts of rape, assault and barbaric acts.This large gap in executions may indicate an unwritten moratorium on carrying out death sentences since 1993, yet justices still sentence prisoners to death because the penalty still exists in the penal code.
Stay on target As a child, I had a recurring nightmare that my dad was being chased by a hungry shark, and all I could do was stand on the end of an empty pier and scream.It turns out I have two “dream genes” to thank for that (and countless other sleep-induced horrors).Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research and the University of Tokyo identified a pair of essential genes—Chrm 1 and Chrm 3—that regulate rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.Also known as paradoxical sleep and desynchronized sleep, the unique REM phase is marked by an active brain and inert body, as well as the tendency for vivid dreams.Nathaniel Kleitman and Eugene Aserinsky first defined rapid eye movement and linked it to unconscious fantasies in 1953.In the years since various studies have suggested that neurotransmitter acetylcholine and its receptor are important for the regulation of REM sleep; it was unclear, though, which receptor(s) was directly involved.In an effort to find out, researchers in Japan modified and screened mouse genes to identify those components that, when shut off, cause sleep abnormalities.After knocking out a number of genes encoding different acetylcholine receptors, they discovered the loss of two, in particular, had the greatest effect: Chrm 1 reduced and fragmented REM sleep, while Chrm 3 shortened non-REM sleep.“The surprising finding that mice are viable despite the almost complete loss of REM sleep will allow us to rigorously verify whether REM sleep plays a crucial role in fundamental biological functions such as learning and memory,” study co-author Yasutaka Niwa, a research scientist at RIKEN, said in a statement.When both genes were unplugged, the test mice achieved next to no REM sleep but survived nonetheless.“The discovery that Chrm 1 and Chrm 3 play a key role in REM sleep opens the way to studying its underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms,” according to team leader Hiroki Ueda, a professor at the University of Tokyo, “and will eventually allow us to define the state of REM sleep, which has been paradoxical and mysterious since its original report.”The full study was published this week in the journal Cell Reports.Good news, nappers: Sleeping twice a day is better, healthier, and more natural. Unless you are kept awake by a snoring partner. But if you are going to nap get comfy in a Snorlax Kigurumi. Stay well rested with all things slumber here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Google Fit Now Tracks Sleep, Adds Dark ModeStudy: Nighttime Smartphone Gazing Probably Won’t Disturb Internal Clock
Source is distributing 200,000 copies into U.S. and Canadian retailers for a 3-month period until the end of March. Distribution will include Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, drug store chains and grocery stores such as Kroger, Safeway and A&P. Cover price is $4.99 in the U.S. and $5.99 in Canada.Source took a similar newsstand-heavy focus with a spring 2010 launch, Bound by ink, an enthusiast title that chronicles the impact of art on tattoo culture. That title, however, has a close tie-in with Source’s stable of automotive and motorcycle brands. Source Interlink Companies’ publishing group, Source Interlink Media, has expanded its reach into the women’s market with the launch of a new title called Harmony. The magazine, which will feature content on balancing work, life and health for women, is currently planned as a newsstand-only special edition.In addition to its media distribution group, Source publishes about 70 magazines, all of which it purchased from Primedia in the heady M&A days of 2007 for $1.2 billion. Most of the titles are in the automobile, motorcycle, marine and home technology verticals. Harmony marks Source’s first solid entry into the women’s health and lifestyle market. Lynn Leahey, Harmony‘s editorial director, describes the magazine as more of a one-off, but if sales spike then the title could transition into a longer-term strategy. “We’re optimistic. If it works as well as we hope then you will definitely see more,” she says. The magazine straddles health, fitness, beauty, family and food coverage. It’s a crowded market, but Leahey says it offers a different point of entry, collecting content on all those topics in one title.
BSP supremo Mayawati took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty ImagesAhead of the last and final phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, politicians continue to mud-sling each other.Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati took a potshot at Narendra Modi after the Prime Minister accused her of “shedding crocodile tears” over the Alwar gang-rape. The BSP chief stated that women legislators in the Bharatiya Janata Party fear that if PM Modi meets their husbands, they will leave their wives as PM Modi did.Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “In BJP, married women leaders get scared when they see their husbands around PM Modi. They fear that this Modi will separate them from their husbands.” Mayawati said that Modi could not be expected to respect others sisters and wives when he had left his own wife for political gains.This is the first time that any political leader has criticised the Prime Minister’s personal life.Accusing Modi of playing politics over the Alwar rape case, Mayawati slammed the Prime Minister for showing sympathy for Dalits and said that his words rang hollow. “If Modi had genuinely been a backward caste person, he would not have objected to bungalows owned by Dalit and OBC people. He changes his caste every day for electoral gains,” she added.Mayawati said that Modi had tried to break the Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP alliance and would earlier address her as ‘behenji’ but when he realised that the alliance would not break, he has started addressing her as ‘bua’.”The ‘sanskari’ people in the country address me as ‘behenji’. Even my parents call ‘behenji’ and so does Akhilesh Yadav,” she stated.Earlier on Sunday, May 12, Prime Minister Modi asked why BSP supremo Mayawati did not withdraw support to the ruling Congress in Rajasthan after a Dalit woman was gang-raped in front of her husband in Alwar on April 26. Addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, PM Modi said: “A Dalit girl was gang-raped in Rajasthan which is being ruled by the ‘naamdar’ (Congress) with the support of BSP. Both the parties are trying to suppress the matter. The daughters of this state are asking ‘behenji’ why hasn’t she taken back her support to the Congress after the incident.”Meanwhile, Mayawati appealed to people to vote for the alliance in the final phase of elections. Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in the sixth phase on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.