Secondhand Ultramax Joins Genco Shippings Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk specialists Genco Shipping & Trading Limited has taken delivery of the recently acquired 61,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.The Genco Weatherly is the first of six vessels to be delivered to Genco as part of its recent agreements to acquire the secondhand ships.Besides the 2014-built Ultramax, the company reached a deal to purchase two 2015-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels and another 2016-built 60,000 dwt Ultramax vessel.In addition, Genco entered into another agreement to acquire two 2016-built 180,000 dwt Capesize vessels.All of the units are expected to be delivered to Genco in the third quarter of 2018.last_img

31st Mango Festival Celebrating the king of fruits

first_imgDelhi Tourism’s much-awaited Mango Festival, is back this summer season. The three-day festival will be organised from July 5 – 7, 2019 at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.Delhiites can look forward to another fascinating display of more than 500 varieties of traditional and rare mangoes from across the country. The festival will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Dy Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, Govt of Delhi on July 5, at 5:00 pm. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIndian summers are incomplete without mangoes and the Mango Festival comes as a refreshing reminder of the love of Indian households for the fruit. An inseparable part of the Indian culture, from cuisines to ceremonies, it has always played an important role. With the passage of time, the festival has become a major cultural event of Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Mango growers across the country including Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh will gather here to display traditional and hybrid varieties of Mangoes. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWith over 500 varieties on display at the festival, this journey of mangoes from the orchards to Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, makes for a refreshing experience for the visitors. The various types of Mangoes on display will include Langra, Chausa, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika, and Amrapali and other assorted varieties. To indulge in the experience offered, and a chance to witness Mangoes ranging from the size of a grape to that of papaya, the 31st Mango Festival is the place to be at. Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to savor the mangoes, the Mango Festival will also offer a package deal of fun and frolic for both children and family members. Some major highlights of the Mango Festival are display of rare as well as commercially popular mangoes, Mango eating competition for women and men, Mango quiz and slogan writing competition for children, band performances, stand-up comedy, cultural performances, sale of Mango and Mango based products and much more. Delhi Tourism organises the Mango Festival each year, with an aim to provide exposure to the domestic Mango Industry by exploring the evergreen love for Mango harboured by every Indian household. The Festival also provides agro industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products.last_img read more

Aritzia sees 13th straight quarter of comparable sales growth net revenue up

first_imgVANCOUVER – Aritzia Inc. (TSX:ATZ) reported its 13th consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth in its most recent quarter.The Vancouver-based women’s fashion brand says its comparable sales grew 6.3 per cent for its third quarter ended Nov. 26, 2017, due to continued momentum in its e-commerce business. In the third quarter of 2016, it reported 15.1 per cent growth.Its net revenue rose 9.6 per cent to $204.4 million, compared to $186.5 million in the same quarter last year. The company mostly attributed the increase to seven store openings, as well as five expanded or repositioned stores since the third quarter.The company says its adjusted net income rose 11.4 per cent to $30.6 million, or 26 cents per share, from $27.5 million, or 23 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2016.While its net revenue fell below analyst expectations, its earnings per share outperformed estimates, according to data from Thomson Reuters.last_img read more

Transcontinental profits plunge despite higher revenues

MONTREAL — Transcontinental’s profits plummeted to $8.1-million in the third quarter as soft national advertising outside Quebec, lower educational book sales and costs related to its acquisition of Quad/Graphics Canada hurt the bottom line.The Montreal-based media company and printer said Thursday that it earned 10 cents per share for the period ended July 31. That compared to 39 cents per share a year earlier when net income was $31.5-million.Adjusting for one-time items, profits dropped 23% to $24.9-million or 31 cents per share, compared with $32.5-million or 40 cents per share in the year-ago period.Revenues were $517-million, up 8% from $479.4-million due to the acquisitions of Quad/Graphics and Redux Media, new printing contracts and community newspaper launches in Quebec.The increase was partially offset by reduced educational book sales following the end of school reform in Quebec, printing contract incentives and lower community newspaper ad revenues.Organic revenues fell by three per cent, but were down 9.5% in the media sector, with about 45 % of the drop due to the impact of school reform last year.“The third quarter results demonstrate the resilience of our printing operations and the adverse impact of difficult market conditions on some niches in the media sector,” said president and CEO Francois Olivier.He said the company is on track to generate more than $40-million in synergies over the next 18 months from the acquisition of Quad/Graphics’ Canadian plants that once belonged to Quebecor World.Drew McReynolds of RBC Capital Markets said the results were below expectations, with adjusted EPS falling below his estimate of 45 cents per share.“Not unlike other media companies in calendar second quarter, the remaining decline was due to weak national advertising spending in newspaper publishing and year-over-year declines in digital revenue,” he wrote in a report.McReynolds said the printing results largely in line, with organic revenues up one per cent mainly due to new book and flyer contracts.The analyst said the loss of Zellers will be a drag on a cautious outlook next year with most of the impact in the first quarter.Transcontinental is the largest printer in Canada and fourth-largest in North America. It is a publisher of magazines, French-language educational resources and community newspapers in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. It also has a digital network of more than 3,500 website.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Transcontinental shares were off 40 cents, or 4.32%, at $8.85 in afternoon trading Thursday. read more

Bell Canada to pay 125million penalty stop posting positive reviews of its

OTTAWA — Bell Canada has reached a deal with the federal Competition Bureau involving the anonymous posting of favourable reviews of company apps by Bell employees.Under the deal, in which Bell also agreed to a $1.25-million administrative penalty, the company has “affirmed its commitment not to direct, encourage or incentivize its employees or contractors to rate, rank or review apps in app stores,” the bureau said Wednesday.The issue came to light in November 2014 when certain Bell employees were encouraged to post positive reviews and ratings of the free MyBell Mobile app and Virgin My Account app on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.BCE Inc sells 15% stake in Globe and Mail to Thomson family companyBCE Inc boosts second-quarter income despite sluggish economyThe did so without disclosing that they worked for Bell, the bureau said.The apps allow Bell customers to manage existing mobility accounts directly from their mobile devices.In announcing the agreement, the bureau praised Bell’s top management for having acted quickly to have the reviews and ratings removed “as soon as it became aware of the matter.”“Nevertheless, the bureau determined that these reviews and ratings created the general impression that they were made by independent and impartial consumers and temporarily affected the overall star rating for the apps,” it said. read more

UN health agency seeks to curb debilitating skin disease in Afghanistan

“We must act now if we are going to have any chance of controlling the situation,” said Dr. Philippe Desjeux, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) leishmaniasis control programme. “This is a unique opportunity to stop a debilitating disease in its tracks, and make gains in a country where people so deserve to see improvements to their health.” Cutaneous leishmaniasis leads to disfigurement usually on the face and hands, and social stigma, particularly for women and children. The rapid intervention by the WHO and its partners, the Massoud Foundation and HealthNet International in Kabul, the Afghan capital, made possible by a donation from the Belgian Government, should dramatically reduce the disease in less than two years. Kabul is the largest centre of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the world, with an estimated 67,500 cases – a third of the 200,000 cases in all of Afghanistan. The provision of first-line drugs has been secured by WHO in collaboration with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health. At the same time, 16,000 insecticide-treated bednets will be distributed throughout Kabul and will help to protect nearly 30 000 people. As a result of the €200,000 (euro) Belgian grant, the initiative is a timely intervention that aims to curtail the peak transmission season from September to October, the first phase of a one-year plan to implement a national control programme. If the initial initiative is successful in Kabul, it will then be replicated in other parts of Afghanistan. While effective control programmes once existed in the country, the past two decades of ongoing conflict has gravely weakened much of the health infrastructure. read more

Israeli arms company shows off new Stars Warslike defence system confident of

SINGAPORE – An Israeli state-owned arms company developing a laser-based missile shield that evokes “Star Wars” style technology says its deployment over the country is closer to becoming a reality.Rafael Advanced Defence Systems said development of the system was advanced enough for the company to be comfortable with publicizing it at this week’s Singapore Airshow, which is Asia’s largest aerospace and defence exhibition.The laser technology behind the missile shield called Iron Beam is not that far removed from fiction.“It’s exactly like what you see in Star Wars,” said company spokesman Amit Zimmer. “You see the lasers go up so quickly like a flash and the target is finished.”Iron Beam is designed to intercept close-range drones, rockets and mortars which might not remain in the air long enough for Israel’s current Iron Dome missile defence system to intercept.Iron Dome batteries have shot down hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip at Israeli cities. With no peace deal in sight and also threatened by Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel wants to beef up that system and develop further protection.Avnish Patel, an expert in military sciences at the Royal United Services Institute, said Iron Beam is potentially an effective addition to Israel’s defences rather than a drastic change.“Essentially, its military and tactical utility will be particularly useful in complementing the already proven Iron Dome system in tackling very short range threats such as rockets and mortar fire and in close quarter engagements,” he said.Rafael Advanced Defence Systems said test data show Iron Beam lasers are blasting away more than 90 per cent of their targets. The new system can also be modified so that multiple lasers can be used to hit a target, according to the company. But officials remain tight lipped as to when and how the Iron Beam will be deployed.Zimmer, the company spokesman, said it took 15 engineers about five years to work on the technology involving solid-state lasers. It works by shooting laser beams at targets which are heated so rapidly they disintegrate in an instant.“It’s very accurate and will help avoid collateral damage,” Zimmer said at the company’s booth at the airshow exhibition hall. “When you use lasers, you have an unlimited magazine.”Besides Iron Beam and Iron Dome, Israel is also developing the next phase of its Arrow system which can intercept missiles in space and the upcoming David’s Sling, which shoots down short and mid-range ballistic missiles.But some feel Israel, which gets significant funding from key ally the U.S. for missile defence capabilities, is going overboard.Fanar Haddad, a research fellow from the Middle East Institute in Singapore, said Israeli military superiority in the region was so firmly established that Iron Beam was unlikely to change anything in the short or medium term.“The development of another layer says more about Israeli paranoia,” he said. “The possibility of a conventional attack against Israel is next to nil and there is hardly a need for five layers of missile defence systems.”Rafael Advanced Defence Systems would not comment on how much Iron Beam would cost or how much has been invested in it so far.“It’s very hard to say. We’re still testing and it can be modified in many different ways,” Zimmer said.Other nations and private companies may be keen on using the laser based technology to protect against attacks.Israel has become one of the world’s leading weapons exporters. Israeli arms companies often point out that they bring with them years of firsthand experience from conflicts with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, jihadi militants in Egypt’s Sinai desert and Hezbollah guerrillas. by Satish Cheney, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2014 2:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Israeli arms company shows off new Stars Wars-like defence system, confident of deployment read more

Stocks tumble amid disappointing Chinese data selloff in health tech stocks

TORONTO – North American stock markets sold off Thursday as weak trade data from China raised fresh questions about the pace of growth in the world’s second-largest economy.The declines were also fuelled by a fresh round of disenchantment with formerly high-flying biotech and technology stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 127.58 points to 14,308 as China’s exports fell 6.6 per cent in March from a year earlier, well below analyst expectations of single-digit growth. Imports to China contracted by 11.3 per cent.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.48 of a cent to 91.5 cents US.U.S. markets tumbled while biotechnology companies fell sharply as Biogen Idec, Gilead Sciences and other biotech companies extended a recent slump. After making big gains last year, biotechs have been crushed in recent weeks as they come under pressure to lower prices for their drugs.The Dow Jones industrials plunged 266.96 points to 16,170.22 while a selloff in tech stocks deemed too rich ahead of their first-quarter earnings pushed the Nasdaq 129.79 points lower to 4,054.11. The three per cent drop was the worst since November 2011.“What is interesting is we are still seeing the Nasdaq pulling back more than the others so people are still retrenching out of the real high flyers,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior markets analyst at CMC Canada.“Tech does not look good and is looking like it’s in a major correction.”Facebook dropped 5.2 per cent while Google retreated 4.1 per cent.The S&P 500 index lost 39.09 points at 1,833.09, giving up its gains for the year.The Chinese trade data raised worries the world’s second-biggest economy will have trouble meeting its official target of 7.5 per cent growth this year. It also pushed some analysts to lower already reduced expectations for growth.Barclays lowered its first-quarter gross domestic product forecast to 7.2 per cent year over year from 7.3 per cent.Negative investor sentiment on U.S. markets spread to the TSX where the health care sector gave back 3.35 per cent with Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX) down $5.29 or 3.76 per cent to $135.36 .Canadian tech stocks also helped push the TSX lower with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 28 cents to $8.38.Financial stocks were also a major weight, down 1.06 per cent amid reduced earnings expectations for the big U.S. banks. Analysts at Thomson Reuters expect financial sector earnings to decline by 2.8 per cent and revenue to fall by one per cent.The energy sector was 0.13 per cent lower while the sluggish Chinese data helped push the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 20 cents to US$103.40 a barrel.Copper was up a cent to $3.05 a pound. The metal has already fallen 11 per cent this year amid lower expectations for Chinese economic growth. The base metals sector gave up early gains to move down 0.76 per cent.The gold sector dropped about 1.4 per cent while bullion prices headed higher with the June contract up $14.60 to US$1,320.50 an ounce.Shares in Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) dropped after it upped its offer for Montreal-based Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK), in an attempt to trump the gold miner’s friendly deal with Yamana Gold announced last week. Goldcorp said its revised offer values Osisko at $3.6 billion or $7.65 per Osisko share. Goldcorp fell $1 to $26.84 while Osisko edged up three cents to $7.58. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 10, 2014 6:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks tumble amid disappointing Chinese data, selloff in health, tech stocks read more

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall by Tom Krisher, Joan Lowy And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 10:19 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Tesla Motors Inc. won’t face a recall or fine as a result of a fatal crash involving its Autopilot system, but U.S. safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday it found that the system had no safety defects at the time of the May 7 crash in Florida, and that it was primarily designed to prevent rear-end collisions rather than other crash scenarios.Bryan Thomas, the agency’s chief spokesman, said automated driving systems still require a driver’s full attention. He warned that automakers need to keep tabs on how drivers use the technology and should design vehicles “with the inattentive driver in mind.”The probe began June 28, nearly two months after a driver using Autopilot in a 2015 Tesla Model S died when it failed to spot a tractor-trailer crossing the car’s path on a highway in Williston, Florida, near Gainesville.Tesla’s Autopilot uses cameras, radar and computers to detect objects and automatically brake if the car is about to hit something. It also can steer the car to keep it centred in its lane. The company has said that before Autopilot can be used, drivers must acknowledge that it’s an “assist feature” that requires both hands on the wheel at all times and that drivers must be ready to take control.The agency’s criticism is likely to influence how automakers market semi-autonomous systems. Just about every company has or is working on similar systems as they move rapidly toward self-driving cars.The investigation “helps clarify that cars are still supposed to be driven by attentive people, and if people behind the wheel aren’t attentive, it’s not the technology’s fault,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book. That will help avoid the stigma that the technology causes accidents, he said.NHTSA released guidelines last year that attempt to ensure safety without slowing development of semiautonomous and self-driving cars. The agency says self-driving features could dramatically reduce traffic deaths by eliminating human error, which plays a role in 94 per cent of fatal crashes.Thomas said NHTSA wants to encourage innovation “to get the best answer to how we use these automated systems to the best effect and saving the most lives.”In its probe, NHTSA evaluated how the system functions and looked into dozens of other crashes involving Teslas, including a July one on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that injured two people.The Florida crash killed former Navy Seal Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio. Tesla said at the time that the cameras on Brown’s Model S sedan failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and that neither the car nor Brown applied the brakes.Thomas said Brown set the car’s cruise control at 74 mph — 9 mph over the limit — less than two minutes before the crash. NHTSA’s crash reconstruction showed the tractor-trailer should have been visible to Brown at least 7 seconds before impact, enough time to react.Detecting vehicles that cross in its path were beyond the capabilities of the Autopilot system, Thomas said on a conference call.In a statement Thursday, Tesla said it appreciated NHTSA’s thoroughness in reaching its conclusion.When Tesla released Autopilot in 2015, some safety advocates questioned whether the Palo Alto, California, company and NHTSA allowed the public access to the system before testing was finished.Consumer Reports magazine called on Tesla to drop the “Autopilot” name because it can give drivers too much trust in their car’s ability to drive itself.In September, Tesla updated Autopilot software to rely more on radar sensors and less on cameras. The update also disabled the automatic steering if drivers don’t keep both hands on the wheel.Another federal agency, the National Transportation Safety Board, has opened a broader investigation into the Tesla crash. It could be months before a final report that provides a probable cause for the collision is issued.The company that made the camera and computer system for Tesla said in September that the company ignored its warnings about possible safety problems.Israel-based Mobileye that before the release of Autopilot, it warned Tesla not to allow drivers to use the system without their hands on the steering wheel. Mobileye NV, a huge player in the self-driving business, has stopped supplying components to Tesla.Thomas said investigators got information from Mobileye and evaluated the company’s statements, but still reached the no-defect conclusion. He wouldn’t comment on the company’s statements.Tesla said at the time that Mobileye’s statements were inaccurate and stem from Tesla’s plans to develop its own vision system._____Durbin and Krisher reported from Detroit. FILE – In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board via the Florida Highway Patrol, a Tesla Model S that was being driven by Joshua Brown, who was killed when the Tesla sedan crashed while in self-driving mode on May 7, 2016. A source tells The Associated Press that U.S. safety regulators are ending an investigation into a fatal crash involving electric car maker Tesla Motors’ Autopilot system without a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scheduled a call Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, about the investigation. (NTSB via Florida Highway Patrol via AP, File) read more

Somalia UN partners welcome new Cabinet note inclusion of women

“The participation of women, youth and minority groups and the commitment to work in an accountable way will remain vital as we move forward,” said a statement issued by the UN, African Union (AU), European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Kingdom and the United States after the Cabinet was approved yesterday by Somalia’s Parliament.The statement said “2015 is a critical year to ensure continued success on the road to sustained security and stability in Somalia and to improve the lives of ordinary Somalis.”The UN Security Council yesterday issued a statement to the media welcoming the Cabinet and “stressed the need for the Federal Government to accelerate delivery of the milestones of the Federal Government’s ‘Vision 2016.’”The 15 members of the Security Council “underlined the importance of the new political leadership in Somalia quickly delivering in priority areas, including the passage of key legislation to establish the National Independent Electoral Commission, progress towards the establishment and strengthening of interim regional administrations, the stabilization of areas recovered from Al Shabaab, and resuming the implementation and review of the Provisional Constitution, without further delay.”Both statements welcomed the enhanced participation of women in the new Government.The statement by the international partners also condemned the murder on Monday of a Member of Parliament, Abdullahi Qayad Barre, who was killed by armed men in Mogadishu while on his way to Parliament. read more

Children in State care being placed in danger of abuse and exploitation

first_imgFrom the moment they reach what the State deems adulthood, they are left to fend for themselves. Source: Focus Ireland/Twitter THERE ARE ALMOST 6,500 children in State care right now. Many of them do not have a social worker assigned to them, some are on long waiting lists for services and others live in poor accommodation or are homeless.This week, Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, who co-founded Focus Ireland, warned that the placement of homeless children in bed and breakfasts and the growing waiting lists for our of hours supports have opened them up to exploitation.“As we gather this evening it is a harsh reality that a child found in urgent care tonight, whether as the result of living on the streets, a family row or simply falling out of the system, will not get the support of an out of hours social worker – not only does no such service exist but it is not a priority for government,” she said on Tuesday.Figures from 2013 found 569 children in the care of the HSE did not have a social worker. One third of the people living in asylum accommodation centres are children and some were born and have spent their entire lives living in these centres or hostels.Homelessness In Dublin alone, one family a day is becoming homeless and across the country around 200 families bed down in hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation.Kennedy said these kinds of figures raise questions about whether we have learned anything form the mistakes of the past, noting that “children regarded as troublesome, illegitimate or from another background being not only institutionalised but being placed in danger of abuse and exploitation”.Leaving State careShe also noted that children who have been in State care are being “sent out into the world without any supports or services upon reaching the age of 18″. An emergency response to the growing crisis of homelessness among young people leaving State care is required…— Focus Ireland (@FocusIreland) June 15, 2014center_img Each year, around 450 children leave the care of the State on turning 18. Earlier this week, Focus Ireland pointed to a growing homelessness crisis among young adults who were previously in State care. Dónal O’Malley, chair of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) told that the State, “which takes on the legal role of parent to children in state care, expects some of its most vulnerable young adults, from their 18th birthday, to manage with the scarcest of resources, many without the support of a social worker, aftercare worker or a resourced aftercare plan”.He said supported and semi-independent accommodation services continue to close, pushing already vulnerable young people into homelessness.“Insecure, unsafe and unpredictable living exacerbates underlying mental health, learning difficulties and other needs,” he explained.Last year, a report on the deaths of children in care gave examples of young adults with mental health or drug issues, known to the HSE, who had died. One had been in care from a young age after alcohol misuse by his parents and domestic abuse in his home. After reaching the age of 18, his own drug problem escalated resulting in his death.Another, who came to the attention to the HSE after an allegation he was sexually abused took his own life after leaving State care, though he had been in contact with aftercare services.SolutionsIn the area of social work, additional services can not be provided with existing staffing levels, according to O’Malley. He also called for a system that would allow rent caps to be relaxed for care leavers and deposits fast-tracked.Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Charlie Flanagan said recently that a decision has been made to strengthen legislation regarding aftercare. However he said there was no funding available from his department to assist a not for profit organisations who are currently filling in the gaps by delivering services to children who have left State care.Related: Why do children end up in care in Ireland?>Read: Garda Commissioner says media reports on Roma child cases “not accurate”>last_img read more

Pentagon issues new limits on transgender troops

first_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 53 Comments Share9 Tweet Email Pentagon issues new limits on transgender troops The latest action was swiftly condemned by Democrats and civil rights advocates. Short URL Mar 13th 2019, 9:30 PM THE PENTAGON TODAY announced a new policy that will bar enlistment of new recruits who have undergone a gender transition or intend to do so, and require most individuals to serve in their birth sex.Under President Donald Trump’s new rules, set to go into effect on 12 April after the Supreme Court allowed them to go forward, only transgender troops serving in their birth gender will be able to stay in the military after that date, and they will be barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery.The move was a reversal from a policy enacted under Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, who allowed military recruits to serve in their preferred sex rather than just the one they were assigned at birth.The latest action was swiftly condemned by Democrats and civil rights advocates.“The Trump administration is determined to bring back ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a policy that forced service members to choose between serving their country and telling the truth about who they were,” said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Centre, an independent research institute.Trump had announced the new ban by tweet in July 2017, pointing to the “tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”.After a flurry of legal battles, the Pentagon’s policy is not a complete ban. Transgender troops have until next month’s deadline to receive hormonal treatment or surgery, and service members who have already joined the military in their preferred gender will be able to continue to serve in that gender.After 12 April, however, no one who has transitioned to another gender or been diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” will be able to enlist — and currently enlisted troops will thereafter have to serve in their birth gender and renounce transition treatment.Around 9,000 people who self-identify as transgender individuals currently serve in the armed forces, out of 1.3 million in the active duty troops population, a Pentagon official said on condition of anonymity.Around 1,000 say they have transitioned to another gender or would like to do so.“Persons with a history of gender dysphoria — a serious medical condition — and who have undergone certain medical treatment for gender dysphoria, such as cross-sex hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery, or are unwilling or unable to meet the standards associated with their biological sex, could adversely impact unit readiness and combat effectiveness,” a Pentagon statement read.“For this reason, such persons are presumptively disqualified for service without a waiver.”© AFP 2019 By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 10:04 PM 14,799 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les deux manchots gays du zoo de Toronto ont rompu pour des

first_imgLes deux manchots ‘gays’ du zoo de Toronto ont rompu pour des femellesAu cours d’une conférence de presse donnée lundi 12 décembre, un responsable du zoo de Toronto a annoncé que l’un des deux manchots mâles Buddy et Pedro, qui ont partagé le même nid durant une année, étaient ‘officiellement’ séparés, le premier ayant trouvé une petite amie.Popularisés par Internet, Buddy et Pedro, deux manchots africains mâles, ont partagé le même nid pendant environ un an, depuis leur arrivée au zoo de Toronto, ce qui leur a valu la réputation d’être ‘gays’. Un ‘amour’ qui avait beaucoup fait parler d’eux sur Internet et qui avait même fait l’objet de plusieurs groupes Facebook et d’une pétition. À lire aussiQuand trois ours lippus se mettent à jouer avec un ballon roseTom Mason, conservateur du zoo, a ainsi annoncé lundi que, séparés par leurs gardiens le mois dernier pour qu’ils puissent se reproduire chacun de leur côté, les deux oiseaux avaient bien vite retrouvé des mœurs plus conformes au comportement habituel des manchots… La ‘romance’ des deux mâles, a précisé Tom Mason, n’était en fait que sociale, et non sexuelle. Buddy, âgé de 21 ans, qui a déjà eu une compagne durant dix ans ainsi que de la progéniture, a reconquis une femelle, nommée Farai, dès le 19 novembre. Pedro, âgé de 10 ans, n’a quant à lui aucune expérience dans ce domaine, ce qui explique peut-être que Thandiwey, la femelle avec laquelle il tente sa chance actuellement, est jusqu’à présent peu sensible à ses avances…Le 14 décembre 2011 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nintendo is Killing Miiverse in Japan This November

first_img As the old saying goes: “All good things must come to an end.” Nintendo has officially announced that Miiverse will be killed off in Japan this November. Wii U’s social network made its debut when the ill-fated Nintendo console launched in the country on December 8, 2012. We already paid our respects to Nintendo’s beautiful and awful social network when it was clear it wouldn’t be making the jump to the new Nintendo Switch, but after November 8 of this year it’s official. Miiverse will be as dead as the system that spawned it.This was officially announced by Nintendo on their Japanese site. In addition to Wiiverse, Wii U’s chat app and TVii television service will also come to an end on November 8. Once the service goes offline, Wii U and 3DS owners will be met with error codes. After Miiverse is no more, features related to the service on specific games will cease to work. This will affect 70 Wii U games and 20 3DS games in Japan.Below is an example of how games with Miiverse functionality will be affected.Nintendo stated it will allow users to download their own posts via the Miiverse website. That’s certainly good new for users since some of the posts were rather clever. A Twitter account called BadMiiversePosts regularly tweets out bad (and good) Miiverse posts. It is worth checking out if you’re a fan of Miiverse or are curious about the types of posts Wii U owners made. Follow this link to find out how to download and save your old Miiverse posts.Nintendo hasn’t given any official word on when Miiverse will be terminated in other regions, but it is only a matter of time. The Switch doesn’t have Miiverse so it makes sense Nintendo would kill the service off. There’s no telling if Nintendo will have a replacement for its social network, but it’s also entirely possible the Japanese gaming giant no longer feels the need to have such a feature in place.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG last_img read more

Ocean conditions appear improving for salmon

first_imgOLYMPIA — Warm water temperatures in the north Pacific Ocean are starting to cool after three years, but their effect on Northwest salmon will persist for another year or two.“Strange times, but things are looking up, that’s the message,’’ said Marisa Litz of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Litz made her comments on Tuesday at the agency’s annual unveiling of Columbia River, coastal and Puget Sound salmon forecasts. She recently completed her doctorate from Oregon State University in Fisheries Science, focusing on how variable ocean conditions affect growth and survival of young salmon in the Northwest.Tuesday’s meeting began a six-week process that concludes with the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopting ocean salmon fishing seasons in mid-April.The “blob,’’ a huge pool of warm water in the north Pacific Ocean, formed in December 2013, Litz said. Sea surface temperatures were 2 to 4 degrees warmer than normal.last_img read more

Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech

first_imgWASHINGTON — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her an aircraft to visit troops abroad.The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinksmanship, with both flexing their political powers from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled.In dramatic fashion, Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on Thursday, just before she and other lawmakers were set to depart on the previously undisclosed trip to Afghanistan and Brussels. Trump belittled the trip as a “public relations event” and said it would be best if Pelosi remained in Washington to negotiate to reopen the government.“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative!” concluded Trump, who had been smarting since Pelosi, the day before, called on him to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union address due to the shutdown.Denying military aircraft to a senior lawmaker is very rare and Congress was caught off guard. A bus to ferry the legislators to their departure idled outside the Capitol on Thursday afternoon.Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said the speaker planned to travel to Afghanistan and Brussels to thank service members and obtain briefings on national security and intelligence “from those on the front lines.” He noted Trump had traveled to Iraq during the shutdown and said a Republican-led congressional trip also had taken place.last_img read more

Historic Israeli moon mission to ferry Holocaust survivors story to space

first_imgSpaceIL founders Yariv Bash, right, Yonatan Winetraub, center, and Kfir Damari put a time capsule into the Beresheet spacecraft on Monday.   Yoav Weiss If all goes according to plan, a Holocaust survivor’s story will land on the moon in 2019. So will Israel’s Declaration of Independence, flag and national anthem. The national symbols, plus a bible and a bevy of other books, will make their way to our lunar neighbor aboard unmanned Israeli spacecraft Beresheet, which is set to launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX rocket in coming months. Beresheet, Hebrew for genesis, will be Israel’s first spacecraft to the moon.israelmoonmissionEnlarge ImageThis Israeli spacecraft is expected to land on the moon next year. Eliran Avital Representatives of Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) placed the time capsule in the space vehicle Monday at an event outside Tel Aviv. The snapshot of a moment in time consists of three discs, each containing hundreds of digital files. “This is a very emotional moment,” Jonathan Winetraub, one of SpaceIL’s co-founders said. “We do not know how long the spacecraft and the time capsule will remain on the moon. It is very possible that future generations will find this information and want to learn more about this historic moment.”Beresheet is just about 5 feet (1.5 meters) high and weighs 1,322 pounds (600 kilograms). The Israeli team says it will be the smallest spacecraft to land on the moon. It will launch alongside other satellites as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9. Related stories Tags 1 Share your voice Israel plans to launch moon mission on SpaceX rocket this year Holograms of Holocaust survivors let crucial stories live on Sci-Tech Comment The launch date, originally scheduled for this month, was delayed as SpaceIL and IAI await final confirmation from the launch company.Israel hopes to become the fourth country to land a mission on the the moon when it launches Beresheet. It would join the US, the Soviet Union and China.  It’s not easy to get to the moon, but Beresheet’s time capsule is loaded with the traditional Jewish Traveler’s Prayer asking for holy help on the journey. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.last_img read more

BNP stages demo against gas price hike

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP on Tuesday staged demonstrations at different parts of the capital protesting the fresh price hike of gas, reports UNB.As part of their countrywide protest programme, BNP leaders and activists brought out processions in different thanas under the party’s Dhaka south and north units.BNP’s Dhaka south city unit took out a procession at Naya Paltan, led by party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.In a brief address before bringing out the procession, Rizvi said the government has increased the gas tariff at consumer level to “inflict sufferings” on people.He said the government is least bothered about public sufferings as it depends on law enforcers to cling to power ignoring people.The BNP leader said the gas price has been hiked to create an opportunity for ruling party men to plunder public money. “We strongly protest and condemn the unfair decision of the government.”He urged the government to revoke the gas tariff hike decision in the interest of people.Otherwise, Rizvi warned, their party together with people will wage a strong street movement.On Sunday, chairman of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) Monwar Islam said the average gas price has been raised by 32.8 per cent for the retail consumers in the country with effect from Monday (1 July).As per the new price hike, the household consumers having single burner will have to pay Tk 925 a month instead of the existing Tk 750 while the double burner users will have to pay Tk 975 instead of the existing Tk 800.On Monday, BNP announced countrywide demonstration for Tuesday protesting at government’s decision to hike gas tariff.last_img read more

Ubisoft And Mozilla Announce AI Coding Assistant CleverCommit

first_img Popular on Variety Mozilla is assisting Ubisoft by providing programming language expertise in Rust, C++, and Javascript. The technology will also help the company ship more stable versions of its Firefox internet browser.“We are very excited to work with Ubisoft and to contribute to the development of Clever-Commit,” said Sylvestre Ledru, lead of Firefox release and quality management. “Fixing bugs is a time-consuming and resource-intensive process. Even more so for large and complex bodies of code like browsers and AAA games. By incorporating Clever-Commit into our developer workflow, we will improve Firefox’s code-writing process by spotting bug patterns and flagging past patches earlier, at a stage when fixing a bug is a lot cheaper than upon release.” Video game publisher Ubisoft is working with Mozilla to develop an artificial intelligence coding assistant called Clever-Commit, head of Ubisoft La Forge Yves Jacquier announced during DICE Summit 2019 on Tuesday.Clever-Commit reportedly helps programmers evaluate whether or not a code change will introduce a new bug by learning from past bugs and fixes. The prototype, called Commit-Assistant, was tested using data collected during game development, Ubisoft said, and it’s already contributing to some major AAA titles. The publisher is also working on integrating it into other brands.“Working with Mozilla on Clever-Commit allows us to support other programming languages and increase the overall performances of the technology. Using this tech in our games and Firefox will allow developers to be more productive as they can spend more time creating the next feature rather than fixing bugs. Ultimately, this will allow us to create even better experiences for our gamers and increase the frequency of our game updates,” said Mathieu Nayrolles, technical architect, data scientist, and member of the Technological Group at Ubisoft Montreal.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Those WHO Swear More honest

first_imgAre you offended by people who use profanities? They may be more honest than others, say scientists who found that those who frequently swear are less likely to be associated with lying and deception. Profanity is obscene language which, in some social settings is considered inappropriate and unacceptable.It often refers to language that contains sexual references, blasphemy or other vulgar terms. It is usually related to the expression of emotions such as anger, frustration or surprise. However, profanity can also be used to entertain and win over audiences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs dishonesty and profanity are both considered deviant they are often viewed as evidence of low moral standards. On the other hand, profanity can be positively associated with honesty, researchers said. It is often used to express unfiltered feelings and sincerity. “The relationship between profanity and dishonesty is a tricky one. Swearing is often inappropriate but it can also be evidence that someone is telling you their honest opinion,” said David Stillwell, from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Just as they aren’t filtering their language to be more palatable, they’re also not filtering their views,” Stillwell said. Researchers set out to gauge people’s views about this sort of language in a series of questionnaires which included interactions with social media users.In the first questionnaire 276 participants were asked to list their most commonly used and favourite swear words. They were also asked to rate their reasons for using these words and then took part in a lie test to determine whether they were being truthful or simply responding in the way they thought was socially acceptable. Those who wrote down a higher number of curse words were less likely to be lying.A second survey involved collecting data from 75,000 Facebook users to measure their use of swear words in their online social interactions.The research found that those who used more profanity were also more likely to use language patterns that have been shown in previous research to be related to honesty, such as using pronouns like “I” and “me”.The study was published inthe journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.last_img read more