Gallery: Offshore Energy Ready to Start

first_imgzoom Finishing touches are under way for this year’s edition of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands scheduled to start on Tuesday, October 13th.As the exhibitors prepare for an exciting two-day experience over 14,000 visitors are expected to come to the exhibition halls featuring over 650 company stands showcasing their latest technological solutions intended for the offshore oil and gas industry and renewables.Stay tuned for more.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

65 Rohingyas found shipwrecked in Thailand

first_imgBangkok: A group of 65 Rohingya Muslims have been found on a shipwrecked boat off the coast of southern Thailand, Navy officials said Wednesday as authorities investigated whether they had been trafficked. The boat was discovered early Tuesday in the Tarutao Marine National Park in southern Thailand, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the border of Myanmar. Some 740,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a brutal military crackdown in 2017 against the stateless minority in the Buddhist-majority country. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Most have escaped into overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh, while others have fallen prey to human trafficking rings as they seek better lives in Malaysia or Thailand. A Thai Navy spokesman said there were 31 women and five children among the Rohingya on the shipwrecked boat. One Thai man and five Burmese citizens were also in the group. The men said they were fishing in the area and had no link to the Rohingyas. The six men “were detained for questioning because of their suspicious behaviour,” Thai Navy spokesman, vice admiral Khan Deeubol, said Wednesday. A provincial official said the group was initially investigated for illegal entry but the probe had broadened. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”Authorities are not ruling out other issues such as human trafficking,” an Internal Security Command (ISOC) source in Satun province said. Photos from the Thai Navy showed the group on a beach, some eating rice near the marooned ship. Bangladeshi authorities have intercepted several suspected traffickers seeking to transport refugees from squalid camps in Cox’s Bazaar, where nearly one million Rohingyas are living — almost all refusing to go back to Myanmar out of fear for their safety and rights. Myanmar has said the 2017 crackdown was aimed at rooting out insurgents who attacked military posts. It has signed a repatriation agreement with Bangladesh to return Rohingya refugees, but so far virtually none have volunteered to go back. United Nations investigators have said the violence amounts to “genocide” and called for the prosecution of top generals.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline work to resume in August Kinder Morgan Canada boss

first_imgEDMONTON – The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says work is to resume next month to prepare a route for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ian Anderson says the company will secure, survey and prepare the right of way in coming months, and First Nations will monitor the work to look for traditional artifacts and medicines.Anderson says the plan is to start laying pipe early next year in British Columbia and Alberta.A completion date is to be announced in 2019.Anderson made the comments alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at an event on the Enoch Cree Nation, just west of Edmonton.Enoch Cree land will be used as one of the staging grounds for the line and will stockpile at least 40 kilometres of pipe.The project will expand the existing Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to the B.C. coast to allow more oil from Alberta to be shipped to foreign markets.The line has been the focus of fractious debate and confrontation — the B.C. government, environmental activists and some Indigenous groups all oppose it.Earlier this year, the federal government agreed to buy the $4.5-billion pipeline to ensure it gets built, but the Liberals insist they don’t plan to be the long-term owner.last_img read more

Horgans natural gas framework announcement meets praise criticism

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Officials on both sides of the political spectrum have reacted to B.C. Premier John Horgan’s announcement for a new provincial framework for natural gas development with both praise and criticism.The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association’s president Chris Gardner said his organization supported today’s announcement, calling it a positive step forward for the province’s Liquefied Natural Gas industry.“We are thrilled with this big leap forward for LNG,” said Gardner. “LNG Canada’s potential investment in the B.C. would be the largest private sector investment in the history of our province. At more than $40 billion in private capital, it would be one of the largest projects every undertaken in Canada, it would create thousands of construction jobs, and it would generate opportunities and positive economic spinoffs for communities across B.C.” Gardner pointed out that with the NDP and BC Liberals both on board, a provincial LNG industry has broad political support. “By unlocking our world class energy asset, B.C.’s LNG industry will play an important role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by helping many Asian countries transition off coal,” he  added.Meanwhile, the Wilderness Committee said that the province is giving a massive tax break and otherwise lowering corporate costs in a bid to lure LNG Canada into building a huge liquified natural gas facility in Kitimat.“Greenhouse gas emissions are going to go through the roof with a project of this kind,” said Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director Joe Foy. “From escaped methane at the drill sites to the massive carbon emissions required to cool the gas, to more escaped methane on the long trip across the ocean to Asia and then the emissions from burning the gas. It all adds up to a big bad climate changer. How would B.C. ever meet our climate commitments with this LNG plant chugging along?”The Wilderness Committee is concerned that the proposed LNG plant would be supplied by fracked gas. Over the past decade, the Wilderness Committee has spent time in northeast British Columbia, listening to First Nations and community members’ concerns over both the massive use of and risks to freshwater resources from the fracking industry.“How can B.C. commit to ramping up this dangerous, polluting industry when the province has just announced that they will be looking at the environmental impacts of the fracking process through their scientific review?” said Foy. “Why does the government keep consulting the public and experts if they plan to go ahead as is anyway?last_img read more

Lahlimi: One-Third of Moroccan Graduates Are Unemployed

Rabat – One in three Moroccan graduates are jobless due to a sluggish economy and failing education system, according to HCP.Ahmed Lahlimi, the head of the High Commission for Planning (HCP), Morocco’s leading institution for economic forecasting and institutional planning, sat down recently for an interview with Reuters. Lahlimi pointed out the country’s underperforming and down-sliding economic activities. Despite increased efforts in recent years to reduce investment hurdles and attract more investors to some promising sectors, including renewable energies, aeronautics, and automobile manufacturing, Morocco’s labor market has been unable to absorb many young graduates, keeping the unemployment rate at 9.1 in 2018. “In the last five years, an average 60,000 people have graduated annually from Moroccan higher education institutions, of whom 20,000 can’t find a job,” Lahlimi said.Disconnect between education and market demandsMorocco’s unemployment rate in 2017 was 9.3 percent. And while that number has slightly decreased this year, the slim improvement has been due to the farming sector rather than any formal or state measures to make labor and education sectors more responsive to the country’s increasing needs, he explained.According to Morocco’s chief planner, part of the reason for the underperformance of the country’s labor market is the great disconnect between the increasingly demanding labor market and school curricula. Moroccan universities have not kept pace with technological advances and do not currently equip their graduates with the skills needed in an evolving job market, Lahlimi suggested.Most worryingly perhaps, vocational and training schools, which Lahlimi said were supposed to bridge the gap between labor market and the education sector, have only attracted “failed students” in recent years. On average, graduates’ motivation does not match the country’s highly demanding and increasingly shifting labor fabric, he noted.“Education is the social ladder that could lift people out of poverty, reduce disparities and fight social inequalities,” he said of Morocco’s underperforming education sector.Grim economic prospects for 2019Speaking of how vocational schools could make up for the mismatch between university graduates and Morocco’s evolving job environment, he added: “It should attract people who are motivated to do jobs that meet the needs of the job market in tandem with technological improvements.”Lahlimi also mentioned some of the economy’s systemic inadequacies, especially decreasing economic output and sluggish GDP growth.He said that a predicted low agriculture level in 2019 is expected to bring the country’s GDP growth rate lower than its current level. From 3.1 percent this year, Morocco’s GDP is forecasted to decrease to 2.1 percent in 2019, according to HCP’s chief.“With such slow growth, Morocco is not doing enough to curb unemployment and bridge social disparities. The impact of growth on job creation has continued to diminish since 2000.”Given such prospects that worry Lahlimi—slowing growth, high unemployment, and a widening trade deficit (7.8 percent in the first half of 2018)—he said, “Morocco needs to strengthen the competitiveness of its economic fabric, notably small and medium-sized enterprises.” read more

21 billion grains of rice generated by popular UNbacked Internet game

7 March 2008With between 300,000 and 500,000 people playing it daily, an Internet game that to date has generated 21 billion grains of rice for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is proving to be an online sensation. With between 300,000 and 500,000 people playing it daily, an Internet game that to date has generated 21 billion grains of rice for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is proving to be an online sensation. Launched six months ago, is an interactive vocabulary game in which players donate 20 grains of rice to WFP every time they answer a question correctly, allowing children to simultaneous bolster their vocabularies and help feed the world’s hungry. The money raised from advertising is used to underwrite FreeRice’s donation to WFP, and so far, enough rice has been generated to feed 1.1 million hungry people for one day. The first recipients of the website’s aid went to refugees from Myanmar taking shelter in Bangladesh. “This rice I receive from WFP allows me to feed my family adequately,” said Gool Bahar, 39, a widow supporting her family in the Nayapara refugee camp by growing vegetables. Additional rice has also gone to Ugandan schoolchildren and pregnant and nursing women in Cambodia. The next batch will be distributed to Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. “I never imagined that things would move this fast or that it would be such a success,” said the game’s creator John Breen, an online fundraising pioneer from the United States. “Quite apart from the actual amount of rice generated, FreeRice is a fantastic way of spreading the message about world hunger.” A new audio function lets players hear how words are pronounced, and Mr. Breen said a team of lexographers is working to expand the database of 10,000 words. To scale up the game’s appeal to younger and non-native English speakers, visitors can now select the level of difficulty to start out at. Teachers have voiced their appreciation for a vocabulary game that has the power to draw their students in. “You cannot imagine the joy in my heart when I look out and see 25 kids doing vocabulary homework and enjoying it,” one teacher from California told the School Library Journal. The appeal of the online game to children is such that ‘communities’ have blossomed on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. “Wow this is so great! You prepare for English tests AND help out others. My total count so far is 6,100 grains,” a New York high school student said in a comment on Facebook. read more

ExPresidents son Namal Rajapaksa arrested again by FCID

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa was arrested today by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).Rajapaksa was arrested after being questioned over shares he had acquired from Hello Corp. Namal Rajapaksa was arrested earlier this year as well but was later released on his bail.He produced in court today and was remanded till August 22.

UN remains concerned over Uzbek refugees staying in camp on Kyrgyzstan border

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the group of 540 – including 91 women and children – arrived at Barash camp on the bank of the river that marks the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border after hundreds of people were reportedly killed 10 days ago in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan when Government troops opened fire on a protest march.”Such close proximity to a border is always a concern for UNHCR, and also there is no water or sanitation at the camp,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said in Geneva. “We have a three-person emergency team in the area closely monitoring the situation at the camp and the border.”UNHCR gave out emergency relief items last week, and another round of relief supplies is due to be distributed shortly. Over the weekend, two UNHCR trucks from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, arrived in Osh after crossing one of the highest mountain passes in the world, carrying 160 tents, over 1,000 blankets, 500 kitchen sets and emergency health kits.”We are asking the Kyrgyz authorities for permission to move the asylum-seekers to a site further away from the border,” Ms. Pagonis said, adding: “Meanwhile, the Government has given us assurances that asylum seekers would not be forced back to Uzbekistan against their will. All the asylum-seekers who registered at Barash are still at the camp.”The agency again welcomed the Kyrgyz Government’s prompt action to help the asylum-seekers, and reiterated its call for the border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to be kept open on both sides. read more

Climate change could endanger the global gains against poverty UN conference warned

Kenyan Environment Minister Kivutha Kibwana opened the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi today with a warning that climate change could endanger whatever gains have been made against poverty. He urged countries to work together to ensure that real action is achieved on the issue of adaptation to climate change.“Climate change is rapidly emerging as one of the most serious threats that humanity may ever face,” said Mr. Kibwana, who is also the President of the conference.More than 5,000 participants from 178 countries are in Nairobi for the two-week meeting, which will focus on adaptation to climate change, developing market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, and the future of post Kyoto cooperation. The Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012. This is the twelfth Conference of the 189 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the second meeting of the 166 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The conference is the first UN climate summit in sub-Saharan Africa.“We face a genuine danger that recent gains in poverty reduction will be thrown into reverse in coming decades, particularly for the poorest communities on the continent of Africa,” Mr. Kibwana warned. He added that scarce resources that would otherwise be channelled into essential projects to further economic development would instead be used for other emergencies, such as health care crises, water shortages or food stock failures.The UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer called for specific activities to be agreed within the five-year work plan on impact, vulnerability and adaptation. “We expect countries to take decisions in Nairobi that will enhance action on adaptation on the ground,” he said. “Ministers meeting in Nairobi have an opportunity to reach agreement on critical elements of the governance and management of the Adaptation Fund.” The Adaptation Fund is financed by a share of proceeds generated by the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism that permits industrialized countries which are members of the Protocol to invest in sustainable development projects in developing countries, and thereby generate tradable emission credits.While there may not be pressure to conclude an agreement on future, post-Kyoto policies, Mr. de Boer said “there is a strong sense of mounting international consensus on the urgent need to act to avoid serious consequences of climate change.” He added that a recently released report clearly suggests that the price of inaction will be much greater than the costs of addressing the problem. read more

Outgoing UN police adviser stresses critical need for more female officers

“Our goal is to have the most professional UN police service possible. However, one cannot be a modern, professional police organization without encouraging equal participation of women and men,” Ann-Marie Orler, the outgoing Police Adviser, told a news conference in New York.A lawyer and police officer by training, Ms. Orler worked with the Swedish National Police for almost 20 years before joining the UN as Deputy Police Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in 2008. She was promoted to Police Adviser in March 2010. As the world body’s “top cop,” Ms. Orler oversaw a police force totalling some 12,398 personnel serving in 18 missions worldwide. In 2009, the UN launched an initiative known as the “Global Effort” to increase the number of female police officers in its ranks to 20 per cent by 2014. “While we have increased our numbers in the past three and a half years, currently we remain at only 10 per cent female officers,” Ms. Orler reported. “Much more should be done. I again call upon all Member States to send us more highly-qualified women.”She noted that Rwanda, for example, just last month sent a contingent of 15 female officers to Côte d’Ivoire. Along with Bangladesh and India, Rwanda is one of the UN’s top three police-contributing countries for female officers.The Police Division, too, must do its part, she added. To that end, her office has recently engaged in a project to train and test at least 150 female officers on the UN minimum requirements for language, driving and firearms proficiency. It is rolling out the project this year with the support of the United States Government.In a recent interview with UN Radio ahead of her departure, Ms. Orler highlighted the critical role women police officers play in addressing the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence. “In the context of peacekeeping we do have a lot of sexual and gender-based violence, and it’s usually women and children who are the victims, and the perpetrators are very often a man in uniform,” she stated. “So asking these women to trust another man in uniform is a little bit difficult. So female police officers have a possibility to reach out into villages to understand and learn more about what they have gone through, and to tell their stories, etc.”Ms. Orler added that women police officers are also role models for young women in the countries where the UN is carrying out peace operations. read more

Senior UN officials pledge Organizations support to Central Asian region

“The UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) is an important part of this picture,” Mr. Eliasson said in his opening remarks to a high-level meeting on the world body’s efforts in the region, which was held on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual general debate that opened on Monday and wraps up on 1 October. The UNRCCA is a special political mission established by the world body in 2007 at the initiative of the Governments of the five Central Asian countries – Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Headquartered in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the Centre serves as a platform for dialogue and exchange of views among the countries of the region.It promotes dialogue between the governments in finding solutions for emerging problems and eliminating potential threats; keeps regular contacts with international organizations, operating in the region, to stimulate their peace-making efforts and initiatives; and cooperates with other UN agencies working in the field of sustainable development and conflict prevention. “The Centre has made valuable contributions to finding solutions to Central Asia’s challenges, in particular issues related to the sharing of water and energy resources, as well as counter-terrorism,” Mr. Eliasson said, urging cooperation on water to avoid conflict and telling participants that the UN stands ready to help “hydro-diplomacy” reach acceptable solutions.He also said that while the Central Asian region is understandably apprehensive about the possible impact of the security and civilian transitions in Afghanistan that are expected to be completed next year with the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the UN will continue to support an environment conducive to peace in Afghanistan, including through technical assistance for next year’s elections. “We will also continue collaborative efforts to tackle the illicit economy and counter the cross-border trade in narcotics and precursors to improve security in Afghanistan and throughout the region,” Mr. Eliasson said, adding that the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UNRCCA will also continue to promote regional cooperation on trade, transport, energy and infrastructure.In a statement issued by his spokesperson at the conclusion of the meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the holding of the meeting, which featured the participation of the countries of the region, as well as his Special Representative for Central Asia and Head of UNRCCA, Miroslav Jenca, and the Assistant Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Cihan Sultanoðlu. Water scarcity and the fight against terrorism in Central Asia featured prominently in the statement delivered to the General Assembly today by Erlan Abdyldayev, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan. He said his country’s main strategic resource – water – was under serious pressure due to global warming.“Kyrgyzstan’s glaciers have shrunk by 30 per cent. According to preliminary expert forecasts, unless urgent measures are taken, there will be practically no glaciers and snowfields on the country’s territory by the year 2100; and these melting waters are the primary source of the rivers of Central Asia,” he said.Mr. Abdyldayev said it is important that the international financial and ecological organizations continue to assist the countries of Central Asia in addressing this problem. Such assistance is particularly important in the transition to a sustainable use of both water and natural ecosystem resources. The development of hydro-energy is strategically important for the sustainable socio-economic development of the region. “We are confident that this will contribute to an integrated solution of many current and future challenges.”On terrorism, extremism and other transborder threats such as drug trafficking, he said these issues are most acute in the region because of the current situation in Afghanistan. “Despite some progress in advancing the political process in Afghanistan, there is still a threat to stability and security in the country,” he said, underscoring Afghan drug production as fuelling a full range of threats.“We believe that in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and other security challenges generating from Afghanistan, regional organizations that have proven to be effective should now be more involved,” Mr. Abdyldayev said, noting in particular the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.He said that it is also important to involve Afghanistan in the development of regional cooperation and implementation of major joint socio-economic and infrastructural projects such as the export of electricity, and the creation of road and railroad communications. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse to put 3game win streak on the line

Senior midfielder Jesse King (right) carries the ball during a game against Robert Morris on Feb. 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 10-6.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has its sights set on a Big Ten title for the first time ever.Fighting to fulfill that aspiration, the team is now four games into its non-conference schedule before the inaugural Big Ten season.The Buckeyes (3-1) have tallied three straight wins, but earned individual recognition for outstanding performances by senior midfielder Jesse King, senior defenseman Evan Mulchrone and freshman midfielder Trevor Hodgins. The trio won the Big Ten Offensive, Defensive and Freshman Players of the Week, respectively.Currently the third-highest scorer in the Big Ten, King brought his season goal tally to 12 by scoring a total of 10 in his last two games. He credited his success to remaining flexible as a player and focusing on the overall needs of his team.“Obviously the best shot you can get is the one right in front of the net,” King said. “But a big thing for us is not settling on offense, taking those outside shots … trying to make those positions longer, which ultimately helps our defense out, too.”And with that help from his offense, Mulchrone led the Buckeyes’ defense against Dartmouth, allowing only two goals in the final three quarters of play and now individually leading the Big Ten in forced turnovers with 1.75 per game.His father played football at Illinois and his brother swam at Wisconsin, making Mulchrone no stranger to the Big Ten and his conference award that much sweeter.“It’s a tremendous honor,” Mulchrone said. “I just come out with a smile on my face and try to make this team as good as it can be … being able to represent the ‘Block O’ and have that Big Ten logo on your jersey is really exciting.”And while Mulchrone maintained his modesty, coach Nick Myers did not hesitate to sing his praises for the senior defenseman.“Both on and off the field, Evan is a leader,” Myers said. “He’s an incredible competitor. He’s a young man that’s grown in a tremendous way since he first arrived here.”Mulchrone admitted he grew into his role as a Buckeye over time, even referencing his freshman playing time as “zero.” But after earning the “most improved” award between his freshman and sophomore seasons, the now-senior captain credited the leadership above him.“Freshman year was definitely a struggle getting used to college lacrosse,” he said. “But there were a lot of really talented guys to show me the ropes and how it was done.”Now on the other side, Mulchrone and the rest of the seniors each mentor a freshman and enjoy seeing a young player like Hodgins earn not only his first goal as a Buckeye, but also conference recognition, Mulchrone said.“It’s awesome to see the young guys get in,” he said. “They’re pushing us every day.”OSU premiered its big/little brother tradition this season, coinciding with its introduction into the Big Ten. Although its first conference matchup remains weeks away, Myers said the team scheduled this weekend’s upcoming games against Bellarmine and Marquette with a potential conference tournament in mind.“It’s an opportunity to play in a situation where it’s two games in three days,” Myers said. “Our ultimate goal is to do our job down the stretch of our conference games … This mirrors that a little bit, as a road game, it’s a great challenge.”The Buckeyes aim to bring home their first road win of the season against Bellarmine on Friday. The game is set for 6 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. read more

Mens tennis No 3 Ohio State has a target on its back

OSU junior Mikael Torpegaard (left) and senior Herkko Pollanen (right) celebrate a point against Georgia on Feb. 12. OSU won, 4-0. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s tennis team is firmly positioned as a national championship contender. Following success against nationally ranked opponents, the Buckeyes hope to use that experience with Big Ten play looming in the near future.OSU was ranked No. 1 in the country, but after its recent 4-3 losses to Texas and Wake Forest, the Buckeyes are now No. 3 in country. Wake Forest has since taken the No. 1 spot and Texas is ranked sixth, nationally.The Buckeyes are 8-3 against nationally ranked opponents, which is the kind of schedule OSU coach Ty Tucker said he wanted his team to face coming into the season.“We try and build the hardest schedule we can build,” Tucker said. “The guys realize, when they come to Ohio State, that that’s what we are going to do. When you play some top-10 opponents, you get a little more juiced up.”With constant challenges against some of the best teams in the nation, senior Herkko Pollanen feels like his team can now go up against anyone.“When you know that you can compete against the best teams, you have a lot of confidence going against those guys,” Pollanen said.OSU boasts the No. 1 ranked player in the nation in junior Mikael Torpegaard. In the middle of a 16-match winning streak and having won 16 of 18 matches against nationally ranked opponents, he said team success all depends on the team’s mindset going into the match.“You just have to go into each match thinking that your opponent is good,” Torpegaard said, “Knowing how to play them and treating every match the same way, never underestimating anybody. Going in with the same kind of mindset helps you.”However, becoming the best team in the nation brings its own challenges for players.“As the season progresses, you got to try and not think about playing with a target on your back,” Torpegaard said. “Everyone wants to beat you.”With such a high level of success against the best in the NCAA, Tucker knows that the teams coming in are going to step up and play at the highest level against championship-caliber teams.“As a coach, you know that teams are going to bring it,” Tucker said. “Maybe they get complacent sometimes in other matches, but when they come to Ohio State or when they play Ohio State, we know we are going to see their best shot. They want to have a shot.”With motivation to keep that top spot, OSU is relying on what got it to this level.“It brings motivation, for sure, to keep on practicing hard and putting (in) all of the practice hours,” Torpegaard said. “That’s essentially what got us up there. I think we are one of the hardest-working teams in the country.”The amount of time spent on the courts is what Tucker thinks sets OSU apart.“They have been put in positions and they keep answering the bell,” Tucker said. “That’s what you have to be most proud of, as a coach. They bring it every match that they play.”Coming off two losses against top competition, OSU will try to prove that it’s worthy of the No. 1 ranking again with conference play beginning Friday against Michigan State. read more

La Penitence man gets 2 years jail for wounding

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan given 2 years for stabbing reputed wifeDecember 7, 2018In “Court”56 months jail for men found guilty of trafficking MarijuanaJanuary 10, 2015In “Crime”Man charged for unlawfully wounding wife over $3000 doctor’s feeJuly 10, 2017In “Court” A Middle Road, La Penitence man who attacked and wounded another at the Stabroek Market area in November of 2017 was today jailed for two years.Shawn GriffithShawn Griffith,50, of Lot 137 Middle Road had the sentence handed down to him by Magistrate Annette Singh.The charge read to him in November alleged that he wounded Kenton Vallet.Griffith was jointly charged for the offence with his son who was visiting from the United States.However after offering the Virtual Complainant (VC) compensation of $10,000, which Vallet accepted, the matter was dismissed against Griffith’s son.Griffith however, had originally denied the allegation and was granted $30,000 bail.He had been on trial since. read more

5 Special Prosecutors being paid 20000 an hour in court retainer

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition seeking answers on Govt’s “unlawful” use of Special Prosecutors- NandlallJune 25, 2018In “latest news”AG Chambers defends decision to target, fire DSGOctober 14, 2017In “latest news”Over $1B approved for Legal Affairs MinistryDecember 12, 2017In “Local News” Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General, Basil Williams on Monday disclosed that five Special Prosecutors were hired and from January 2017 to March 2018, they have handled some 12 cases.Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Basil Williams“It should be noted that Agreement signed by the Special Prosecutors is dated June 7, 2017. Therefore, there would be no cases assigned before that date,” Williams said by way of written response. The disclosure was made in the National Assembly, following questions posed by former Attorney General and Opposition Member, Anil Nandlall. Moreover, Williams explained that the benefits for the Special Prosecutors included a retainer fee of two million dollars, to be applied to Attorney fees, and costs incurred by the Client, or expenses paid by the said Attorney on behalf of the Client. Additionally, the Attorneys also benefited from $20,000 per hour for legal services rendered in prosecuting matters in court on behalf of the state.Williams also mentioned in his written response that no travel and hotel costs have been incurred for the same period. Opposition Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil NandlallPrior to this most recent sitting at the National Assembly, Nandlall indicated his intention to scrutinize Government’s hiring of Special Prosecutors- a move which he has deemed unlawful.According to the Nandlall, Williams in response to questions during the Estimates of the Annual Budget Debates for the years 2017 and 2018, informed the House that $109M was allocated in sub-head 6284 under programme 523 Attorney General’s Chamber in the 2017 Budget and that in the same sub-head and programme in the 2018 Budget undisclosed funds were also allocated for the hiring of Special Prosecutors, including foreign lawyers.As such, he requested that the Attorney General provide the House with information on the number of Special Prosecutors that have been hired, their salaries and benefits, travel and hotel costs, incurred, and the number of cases they are/have been handling for the period January, 2017 – March, 2018. read more

Pebble EPA Inspector Generals report whitewashes serious bias at agency

first_imgNorthern Dynasty reports that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General released its report on EPA misconduct with respect to the Pebble Project last Wednesday, “only gently admonishing the federal agency.”Northern Dynasty President & CEO Ron Thiessen expressed disappointment at the narrow scope and limited findings of the Inspector General’s report. With litigation against EPA pending, a preliminary injunction in place, and several US Congressional committees pursuing investigations into EPA misconduct, Thiessen expressed confidence that the Pebble Limited Partnership’s (PLP) standoff with EPA will be resolved this year, leaving PLP free to initiate federal and state permitting unencumbered by any extraordinary development restrictions.The Pebble Partnership released the following statement to media: “PLP CEO Tom Collier expressed disappointment at the release of the EPA Inspector General’s (IG) report today, stating the federal agency continues to minimize the seriousness of its own misconduct with respect to the Pebble Project, while sweeping under the rug the complicity of it most senior officials. Collier called upon Congress to continue its oversight of the agency’s actions. “‘The EPA Inspector General’s report is an embarrassing failure on its part to understand what several congressional committees, an independent federal judge in Alaska, and an independent review by a former Senator and cabinet secretary have already found – that EPA acted improperly with regard to Pebble and was biased in its actions,’ said Collier.  ‘We expect Congress will continue its investigation into the breadth of misconduct we have uncovered through the limited information that has been made publicly available.’ “Collier said Pebble has long been concerned that the Inspector General could ‘whitewash’ its investigation into EPA’s behaviour with respect to the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and subsequent action to veto Pebble under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. In anticipation of this outcome, PLP retained former US Senator and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen – a respected public figure with a national reputation for integrity in government – to conduct a private investigation into EPA’s actions last year. “‘Based on a limited number of documents received through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), we were able to place in front of the IG incontrovertible evidence that EPA had reached final decisions about Pebble before undertaking any scientific inquiry, that it had inappropriately colluded with environmental activists, that it had manipulated the scientific process and lied about its intentions and actions both to us and to US Congress. Just as importantly, our record shows that these abuses reach to the highest offices within the agency,’ Collier said. “Collier further noted that the IG only reviewed three employees’ emails, issued only one subpoena (to an attorney, which was not complied with) and has glossed over important portions of the record. For example, in stating EPA complied with peer review guidelines, the IG omits any acknowledgment or critique of the peer review of the 2nd Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment report, which clearly did not comply with agency Peer Review guidelines. “‘After an analysis of thousands of documents and discussions with more than 60 stakeholders, I conclude that EPA’s actions were not fair to all stakeholders,’ Cohen wrote in his October 2015 Report of An Independent Review of The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Actions in Connection With Its Evaluation of Potential Mining In Alaska’s Bristol Bay Watershed. ‘The statements and actions of EPA personnel…raise serious concerns as to whether EPA orchestrated the process to reach a pre-determined outcome.’ “Cohen concluded that EPA was wrong to undermine long-standing federal regulatory and permitting processes in seeking to veto Pebble before a project had been proposed or permits applied for. He also called the conduct of EPA officials into question, stating ‘…if I were responsible for leading this agency, and I speak from experience having been a Secretary of Defense, these issues would cause me to ask questions about the integrity of the process used here.’ “That the Inspector General has not investigated EPA’s actions at Pebble as deeply as Secretary Cohen recommended does not represent a final judgment in the matter. “A lawsuit brought by Pebble in US federal court charges EPA with violating the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) by inappropriately colluding with environmental activists in its scientific review and regulatory action against Pebble. PLP won a preliminary injunction in the FACA case last year, a judgment that reflects the federal court’s view that it has a ‘likelihood of success on the merits’ of its case, and is now preparing for trial. “In addition, a series of US Congressional committees – including House Science, Space & Technology and House Oversight & Government Reform – continue to investigate EPA actions at Pebble, with additional committee hearings expected in the months ahead.  Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith issued a statement on the IG report today, citing its tendency to ‘draw misleading conclusions without having all the facts.’ “‘We are by no means through making our case that EPA acted inappropriately and perhaps illegally with respect to Alaska’s Pebble Project,’ Collier said. ‘We will have the opportunity to depose as many as 35 senior EPA officials, insiders and others in the environmental community as part of our FACA discovery, and we continue to gain new information and fresh insights through the investigative efforts of Congress. This issue is just too important to be swept under the rug – not only for us and for the State of Alaska, but for the integrity of objective, science-based decision making in this country.’” Northern Dynasty is a mineral exploration and development company based in Vancouver, Canada. Northern Dynasty’s principal asset is the Pebble project in southwest Alaska, USA, an initiative to develop one of the world’s most important mineral resources. www.northerndynasty.comlast_img read more

Google search for body decomposition carried out on computer found in Patrick

first_img By Eoin Reynolds Google search for ‘body decomposition’ carried out on computer found in Patrick Quirke home, trial hears Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby Ryan. Image: Sam Boal via Mar 21st 2019, 9:40 PM 19,506 Views A GOOGLE SEARCH for “rate of human decomposition” was carried out on a computer that was seized from murder accused Patrick Quirke’s house, the Central Criminal Court has heard.The internet search was carried out in December 2012, 18 months after Bobby Ryan went missing and four months before his body was discovered on land then leased by the accused man.The user clicked on links to websites that contained articles called: “The five stages of decomposition” and “How the human body decomposes after death”.The trial also heard emails were sent from Quirke to on 12 and 13 May requesting records of all calls and texts to his phone from 2 to 5 June 2011.Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby Ryan.Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am.His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013.The prosecution claims Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).Computer searchesDetective Garda Paul Fitzpatrick of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau told prosecution counsel Michael Bowman SC that he examined computers, a thumb drive, an iPad, and a hard drive that were seized by gardaí during a search of Quirke’s property in 2013. Using forensic software called Encase he searched the contents of one of the computers labelled KKPQ1 which had no make or model and was registered to a “user” but not to any particular name.He discovered that on 3 December 2012 at about 3.30pm a user searched on Google for “human body decomposition timeline” and later another search was made for “rate of human decomposition”.Following the searches Google returned a number of pages and Garda Fitzpatrick said there was evidence the user clicked on pages contained within websites, and Detective Garda Fitzpatrick looked at those pages he found articles headed: “The five stages of decomposition,” and “How the human body decomposes after death.”Around the same time he said there was evidence of Youtube videos embedded into the webpages viewed but he couldn’t say if these videos had been watched.When Garda Fitzpatrick looked at the videos one was titled “Body Farm and Beyond” and the text associated with it stated: “Takes you on a tour of the body farm” and contained references to “human remains, skin slippage and DNA analysis.”The second Youtube video also related to the Body Farm and when Detective Garda Fitzpatrick looked at it, it was described as “a study of human decomposition on real corpses” and contained the note, “you will never forget the smell”. The third video had been removed. There was also evidence of an image from a Wikimedia page which contained a reference to “decomposition stages”.Half an hour after this activity the witness recovered an email in which Quirke discussed shares with another man.Detective Garda Fitzpatrick also found older files relating to an operating system that had been on the computer before 25 July 2012. On this he found a record of a website called which contained information on DNA evidence and its limitations.The witness also found a backup folder for an Apple computer which contained a cookie file which showed that someone had searched for “Trace Ireland Facebook Bobby Ryan” on 4 July 2012. News searchesBy June 2014 Detective Garda Fitzpatrick said the bureau had updated its equipment and so he examined the computer again. This time he found references to searches for a slurry tanker on the trading website DoneDeal in December 2012. There was also an email from to a named person which contained images of a slurry tanker. When he returned to KKPQ1 in May 2015 using a newer version of Encase he discovered a Word document called Mary.doc and an Excel document called Maryowe.xls.He also discovered that on 1 May 2013, the day after Ryan’s body was discovered, a page on the RTÉ website titled “man’s body found on Tipperary farm” was visited.At 8.09am there was a search for “newspaper headlines” and a few minutes later for “body found in Tipperary”.Another RTÉ page was visited and then at 9.34am there was a visit to a page on headlined: “Man’s body found in Tipperary farm yard.”There was also a visit to an Irish Times page titled: “Brother of missing man believes body found is him,” and another search for “body found in Tipperary”.At 16.11pm there was a visit to and a story titled: “Probe after body found in Tipperary.”The following day there was a visit to the where there was a story about a “Stalker linked to slurry pit body.” The user also searched for “Bobby Ryan” on the Herald website.There was a further visit to the Examiner website that night and a story relating to Bobby Ryan while on 5 May 2013 there was a search for “Bobby Ryan Tipperary break down”.Vodafone searchesThat evening there was also a request sent to Vodafone customer support asking for help with getting hold of “details relating to my account”. On May 12, the witness said, Quirke requested from Vodafone an invoice for June 2011. The following day there was a request from Quirke for a log of all incoming calls and texts to his phone from 2 to 5 June 2012.On 15 May 2013, there were various search queries including one on website for “Mary Lowry and Bobby Ryan”.The detective garda also carried out an examination of a computer belonging to Mary Lowry on which he found a missing person poster relating to Bobby Ryan. He got no hits when he searched for “murder” or “decomposition” and other key words given to him by the investigating team. Bernard Condon SC for the defence will cross examine the witness tomorrow in front of Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury of six men and six women.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Share2 Tweet Email1 center_img No Comments Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 9:40 PM Short URL Patrick Quirke arriving at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Patrick Quirke arriving at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Skyscraperscaling raccoon finally makes it to the top but its fate remains

first_img For those of you worried about #mprraccoon: I’ve talked to wildlife experts, who say getting close to raccoon may invite attack or prompt it to leap or fall from ledge. Fire officials say they can’t in good conscience risk a life putting a FF over the side of bldg for a raccoon.— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018 Source: Tim Nelson/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 13th 2018, 7:43 AM 37 Comments Source: Evan Frost | MPR News Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 9:15 AM Share97 Tweet Email2 By Cianan Brennan 54,380 Views Updated Jun 13th 2018, 9:15 AM The raccoon taking a break on the 23rd floor of the UBS Plaza Source: APA RACCOON STRANDED on the ledge of a building in St Paul, Minnesota, has captivated onlookers and generated massive interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.Having scaled the UBS Plaza building, the animal then made a slow descent overnight, before clambering back up the walls and emerging onto the roof just before 9am Irish time.A livestream of the descent was broadcast live online – you can view it here. Short URL Source: Anna B/Twitter Skyscraper-scaling raccoon finally makes it to the top, but its fate remains unknown… The intrepid animal has spent most of the last 24 hours climbing up and down the outside of the UBS Plaza building in St Paul, Minnesota. The fate of the furry explorer is currently unknown. It’s understood that a number of raccoon traps are in place on the roof of the skyscraper, so it may well currently be incarcerated.The animal’s progress previously appeared to have been hampered by the television lights trained on it by local media. Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon. The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying: “I made a big mistake.” Many feared for the raccoon’s safety.The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge yesterday morning, just a few storeys up. St Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.- With AP Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter’s progress as it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday afternoon, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some. By yesterday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 storeys high. Haven’t we all taken a wrong turn in life at least once. #mprraccoon— Anna B (@ItsASwellLife) June 13, 2018last_img read more

Trying to Make Sense of Magazine Closings

first_imgNone of this makes recent numbers any more tolerable, really. Closings and the subsequent job loss in any situation are horrible. But the MPA is attempting to take a big-picture view and attach the numbers to the economy rather than a specific loss of consumer interest, which would be really bad.PIB revenue declines, for example, occurred only in recession years. ABC average circ dropped during these same periods, but by far lower percentages. Therefore, concludes MPA, advertising is the “dominant factor in magazine closings.”Yet looking at the Ulrich numbers only makes things more confusing. Yes, 2000 and 2001 saw unprecedented closure rates—125 and 166, respectively—but that recession period was an anomaly, if anything. The years between the indicated 1991 to 1992 and 2008 recession years experienced much higher closure rates, and are comparatively high even to 2000 and 2001 standards.In other words, Ulrich’s numbers don’t necessarily jibe with the idea that closures are tied to a recession—there are lots of closings every year. As I mentioned earlier, 2006, not a recession year, had 104 magazine closings—twice as many as last year.Plus, it would make a lot more sense to dig deeper and examine the kinds of magazines that close. Say, big mass-market mags versus smaller niche enthusiast titles. The MPA wants to make a few things clear about the unfortunate string of magazine closures we’ve been experiencing.It’s the economy, stupid. That’s not what they said, exactly, but they’d like to remind everyone that the readers are still there—it’s the advertisers that are jumping ship. A data sheet posted on MPA’s site in early August attempts to point out that consumer interest, via circ levels, is maintaining while advertising declines correspond with shutdowns.Also, last year wasn’t all that bad compared to other years. In fact, we didn’t even come close to 2000-2001 levels.The MPA cites closure metrics from Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory. Apparently, there were 54 magazines closed in 2008, which is 11 less than 2007 and, interestingly, 50 less than 2006, which was the peak for mag closings after 2001.last_img read more