Obama Names Energy Science Team

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has added two academic researchers to his new science team at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).Obama yesterday announced his intention to nominate chemical engineer Franklin “Lynn” Orr, a professor and administrator at Stanford University in California, to fill the newly created position of undersecretary for science and energy. The same announcement tapped physicist Marc Kastner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge to lead DOE’s Office of Science, which manages a $4.6 billion research portfolio. Last week, the White House picked physicist Ellen Williams, chief scientist at energy giant BP and a former longtime professor at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, to run DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).If approved by the U.S. Senate, the trio will round out Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s leadership team for DOE’s civilian research programs, which include 10 national laboratories run by the Office of Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Orr would be the first person to occupy the new undersecretary’s slot, which Moniz created after a number of groups recommended revamping DOE’s management structure. In addition to science, it oversees fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy research programs and electrical grid and technology transfer issues.Orr, 66, has taught at Stanford since 1985, starting in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, and has directed its Precourt Institute for Energy since 2009, according to a statement posted on the university’s website. He also served as dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002 and as the founding director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford from 2002 to 2008.”DOE is a critically important sponsor of energy research for the nation, and I look forward to the opportunity to help strengthen that effort,” Orr said in the statement. “I am very grateful to my many Stanford student and faculty energy colleagues for all they have taught me about the importance of the energy challenge and the opportunities we have to change our energy systems in a very positive way.” He said he will retire from Stanford if confirmed by the Senate.Kastner, 67, has served on the MIT faculty since 1973 and as its dean of the School of Science since 2007. “Obama made an inspired choice,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said in a statement posted on the university’s website. He is “ideally suited to manage DOE’s basic science portfolio and its network of national labs.”Last week, colleagues applauded the choice of Williams to head ARPA-E, the government’s lead agency for transforming edgy ideas into breakthrough energy technologies. She taught at UMD College Park from 1991 through 2009 before joining BP. “She is analytically one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met, and knows technology inside and out,” says particle physicist Drew Baden, chair of UMD’s physics department.Williams has the management experience to help ARPA-E get the most out of its $230 million portfolio of high-risk but potentially high-reward commercialization projects, he adds. “She’s the one if you want ARPA-E to make an impact, and not just chip around the edges.”If confirmed, Williams would become ARPA-E’s second director, succeeding Arunava Majumdar, who left the post last June after serving as ARPA-E’s inaugural director for 2.5 years. Kastner would succeed Patricia Dehmer, who has been acting director of the Office of Science since the departure this past April of William Brinkman.last_img read more

Mohali Test: Match evenly poised after Sehwag’s fifty

first_imgRiding on a brutal, swift counter attack by Virender Sehwag, India raced to 110 for two at stumps, in reply to visitors’ challenging first innings total of 428, on the second day of the first Test at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.At the end of day’s play, Rahul Dravid was batting on 21 and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was on zero.Sehwag batted in a manner only he is capable of and was also dismissed in a manner which is pretty similar to some of his earlier dismissals.He smashed the Aussie bowlers to all corners of the park scoring 59 in 54 balls with the help of 10 boundaries before Mitchell Johnson banged one short but ball arrived late on Sehwag as he had closed the face of the bat. It was Michael Clarke who took a dolly at extra cover.Sehwag with this 23rd Test half-century, now, has 50 plus knocks in 11 consecutive Tests and also shares the world record for most of number of 50s with Gautam Gambhir and Vivian Richards. Courtesy Sehwag’s blistering innings, India trail by 318 runs.Sehwag stamped his authority as he hit Ben Hilfenhaus over third man, punched Doug Bollinger through covers, steered Mitchell Johnson to deep thirdman and heaved Nathan Hauritz over extra cover for boundaries that made the pitch, which till then seemed a difficult one, look easy to bat on.He added 81 with Gautam Gambhir (25) in only 13.2 overs before the latter fell leg before to a Johnson delivery that kept low.Earlier in the day, India were dealt a ‘Paineful blow’ as rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine scored a gutsy 92 to defy the Indian bowlers from wrapping the Aussie innings quickly.advertisementPaine, who was dropped on nought by the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Zaheer Khan on Friday, cashed in on the opportunity as he shared three important partnerships of 53, 82 and 54 runs with Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus respectively. That helped Australia bat for 151.4 overs and reach a score which looks imposing on a slow track.Playing only his third Test, Paine showed a lot of composure on a difficult track as he hit 12 boundaries in his 196-ball knock. He was unlucky to miss what would have been a well deserved maiden Test ton, being caught by VVS Laxman in the slips off Zaheer.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Our mission is to gain full majority in Rajya Sabha, says Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgVenkaiah NaiduFlaying Congress’s “negative role”, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP is embarking on a mission aimed at giving “total power to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for development” by getting full majority for the party and its allies in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.   Instead of playing the role of constructive opposition, which is the need of the hour to put the economy back on track, Congress is “blatantly playing out a negative role,” Naidu alleged at a press conference.   To rejuvenate economic growth, the Modi government wants to take forward certain legislations, including those that were initiated by the previous Congress-led UPA government, that enable increased flow of investments, he said.   “Ironically, Congress is playing delaying tactics without any valid reasons. They are objecting to their own legislative proposals. How does one explain this?” he asked.   “Questionable conduct of Congress party gives out only one message that NDA government led by Modi should have clear majority in Rajya Sabha also so that development-oriented legislations are not obstructed by our opponents,” the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.   The Congress is shouting “Nahi Chalega, Nahi Chalega Modi” in Parliament, he said.   “If the writ of Modi does not run, whose writ will run? Is that of the ‘divisive and disgusted’ defeated Congress party and its co-travellers? Congress is adopting ‘obstruct Modi in Parliament mission’,” he alleged.   The Congress wants to hold NDA government responsible for some communal incidents not in any BJP-ruled state but in Uttar Pradesh, ruled by its political “co-traveller”, Samajwadi Party, he said.   “We can expect desperate and frustrated Congress and its fellow travellers to more intensely pursue divisive politics based on caste, creed and religion in pursuance of their goal of ‘stop the march of Modi’.   “Now, BJP’s mission should be ‘total power to Modi for development’. Strategy to achieve this mission would be victory of BJP and its allies in all the Assembly polls that are going to be held from now on so that NDA government gets full majority in Rajya Sabha. This is essential to translate the Lok Sabha verdict of growth and development into reality,” Naidu said.   He said cadres of BJP and its allies in poll-bound states should seek two votes – one for local government and another for ‘Modi government’ – to accomplish Modi’s “Mission of development”.advertisementlast_img read more

Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship

first_imgJordan Spieth hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.J. — Jordan Spieth’s third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself.Spieth didn’t talk to the media.ADVERTISEMENT Minutes after signing his scorecard on a scrambling round of 2-over 72, the 25-year-old Texan refused a request by The Associated Press for an interview.A man with Spieth said no one in the media had asked to talk to the player after the round and he was not going to do a one-on-one interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpieth, looking to become the sixth player to win the career Grand Slam, spent five minutes signing autographs for fans around the putting green at Bethpage Black. He then started to walk to the clubhouse when he was approached again by the AP, once more asking for an interview.He was polite in his refusal, but he would not discuss his round that included two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He will enter the final round tied for eighth place with Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele at 3 under, nine shots behind Koepka, who has a seven-shot lead. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the eight stroke-play events this year when he played on the weekend, Spieth on average has finished 14.5 strokes behind the winner. He has yet to finish in the top 20, with his best result a tie for 21st at the Masters. Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan’s MLS goals record Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I did eight (interviews) yesterday and I think I have said most everything to be said,” Spieth said as he turned and walked away. “I’m good.”Spieth, who shot 69 and 66 in his opening two rounds, said he would talk after the final round.His third round was all over the place on the 7,459-yard public course. He hit seven of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens and needed 30 putts. His main problem was he couldn’t get anything close to the pin. His birdies putts came from 13 and 7 feet on Nos. 12 and 13. His double bogey on No. 9 resulted after he found a greenside bunker from the fairway, had his bunker shot land 47 feet from the hole and three-putted.A shot from the fairway to a greenside bunker also cost him a bogey at No. 4. Missing the fairway led to a bogey at No. 16.Spieth is winless since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He had chances on the back nine of two majors last year and failed to capitalize.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Pranab Bardhan, Shibhnath Sarkar win gold in bridge men’s pair

first_imgPranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar won the men’s pair event in the bridge competition to take India tally of gold medals to 15 at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.The 60-year-old Pranab and 56-year-old Shibhnath finished at the top after scoring 384 points in the finals.The Chinese pair of Lixin Yang and Gang Chen won the silver with a score of 378 and the Indonesian combination of Henky Lasut and Freddy Eddy Manoppo bagged the bronze scoring 374.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSAnother Indian pair of Sumit Mukherjee and Debabrata Majumder finished at the ninth place with a score of 333. Earlier, India won two bronze medals in the debut sport of bridge on Sunday.India earned the bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.The men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.There is no bronze medal play-off in bridge sport at the Games.After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot.The super mixed team, however, had failed to qualify for the semifinals.The six-member men’s team comprised Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani, Debabrata Majumder and Sumit Mukherjee.The mixed team is made up of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal.The men’s team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57.The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heats

first_img India Today Web Desk DohApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 17:10 IST Dutee broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand set a new national record with 11.28sHima Das suffered an injury in her 400m heatsHima had won a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships last yearDutee Chand proved worthy of medal expectations as she broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals on the first day of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, on Sunday.Dutee timed her personal best of 11.28s in the heats, breaking her national record of 11.29s, to emerge the fastest qualifier in Doha.Dutee was the fastest qualifier as she clocked 11.28s in the heats, breaking her own national record of 11.29s set in Guwahati last year.That’s Dutee Chand after improving her own National Record with a timing of 11.28s this morning in 100m (W) heats at #AAC2019 #DohaAll the best champ for finals!#AsianAthletics @qatarathletics @sports_odisha@ pic.twitter.com/AhwegDyjUdAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019In 2018, the Indian sprinter had won silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games, gifting her country its first in this event since 1998.Elsewhere, another medal hope for India, Hima Das, pulled out halfway through women’s 400m semi-finals owing to an injury. However, her counterpart MR Poovamma qualified for the 400m final, finishing second with a time of 52.46.Junior World champion and Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das suffered a back pain to crash out of the tournament.Official statement on @HimaDas8″She had spasm at L4 and L5. The Doctor who attended her said informed us and he said nothing serious. She will be OK within a day or two”- Radhakrishnan Nair, Deputy Chief Coach #India.#AAC2019 #AsianAthleticsPC- @rahuldpawar pic.twitter.com/Lvry9j4KT7advertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019The 19-year-old came in lighlight in 2018, winning a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships. Hima is currently also the national holder with 50.79s clocked in the 2018 Asian Games.In men’s 400m category, Muhammad Anas finished third in his heat with a time of 46.36s to make it to the semi-finals.In other events, Asian Games silver medallist Jinson Johnson finished second in his heats with a time of 1:53.43s to qualify for the 800m semi-finals while Gomathi Marimuthu clocked 2:04.96 to finish second in her heats and qualify for the 800m finals.In 400m, Arokia Rajiv qualified for the semi-finals, winning his heats with a timing of 46.25s.This Asian Championships is crucial as the gold medallist gets the automatic qualification for the World Championships. This competition is also an ideal platform to accumulate ranking points if an athlete fails to achieve the stiff entry standards prescribed by the international federation.Also read | Sri Lanka serial blasts: Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar condemn ‘act of terror’Also Read | Riyan Parag, the boy who almost became IPL’s youngest half-centurion, loves soft toysAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Hima DasFollow Jinson JohnsonFollow Dutee ChandFollow Asian Athletic Championship Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heatsIn a major setback to the Indian team, junior world champion Hima Das pulled up with an injury to crash out of the Asian Athletics Championships.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Mise à jour sur la circulation et les routes fermées

first_img Cloverville Road entre Walsh Post et South Lakevale Road, fermé MacMaster Road près de l’adresse 212, fermé West Side Lochaber, fermé Le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure avise les automobilistes que des sections de routes sont fermées ou partiellement fermées dans certaines régions à l’échelle de la province après la pluie abondante et les vents forts d’hier. On demande aux conducteurs de faire preuve de prudence, d’utiliser les détours prévus et de faire attention aux débris sur les routes et aux accotements qui pourraient avoir été emportés par les eaux. On demande également aux conducteurs de respecter les barrages. Veuillez signaler au 511 toute route endommagée ou inondée où il n’y a pas d’affichage avisant les gens. Les équipes travailleront sans arrêt pour réparer les routes endommagées et continueront de surveiller la situation au cas où des fermetures supplémentaires sont nécessaires. Une liste des routes touchées se trouve au http://511.gov.ns.ca/en/text_report.html. Voici une liste des fermetures causées par la tempête en date du mardi 11 octobre à 9 h 45 : Comté d’Antigonish New Harbour-Lundy Road, fermé Starks Road, près de Fox Island Road, fermé Little Passage Road, Arichat, fermé Grand River Falls Road, Loch Lomond, fermé Comté de Victoria MacKeigan Road, fermé Pont Marion, fermé Brickyard Road, fermé Route 255, de Dearns Corner à Port Morien, fermé Marconi Towers Road, fermé Beachmont Road, fermé Coxheath Road près de Burton Drive, fermé Route 216 à Benacadie Pond, fermé New Boston Road, fermé Barra Glen, Iona, fermé Gillis Point Road entre Washabuck et Iona, fermé Comté de Richmond -30- Comté Cape Breton Comté de Guysborough Crandall Road, Port Hawkesbury, fermé South Side River Deny’s, fermé Comté d’Invernesslast_img read more

Youth sentence for accused in killing of Regina 16yearold Hannah Leflar

first_imgREGINA – A judge who sent a teenager to rehabilitative custody Tuesday for taking part in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old girl said his behaviour was abhorrent but did not merit an adult sentence.The teen, now 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Hannah Leflar, who was found by her stepfather in a pool of blood in the family’s Regina home in January 2015.She had been stabbed multiple times with a hunting knife by another boy she had recently dumped.All three teens were 16 at the time.Justice Lian Schwann said the Crown failed to meet the test of “diminished moral blameworthiness” that would be required for an adult sentence.She noted he did not plan nor become actively involved in the murder and concluded he is a low risk to reoffend. Schwann said his best chance would be under intense rehabilitation available under a special Youth Criminal Justice Act sentence.Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision consists of a period of custody with mandatory treatment followed by conditional supervision and support in the community. The maximum time in custody for second-degree murder is four years.The teen will not receive credit for 33 months he spent in a youth correctional facility.The defence had argued that the teen had made bad choices, but was remorseful and should be sent to a youth facility. The Crown had said an adult sentence would balance risk, public safety and rehabilitation.“She seemed to be quite swayed by the potential for the success with a (rehabilitative) sentence. I’m not entirely sure that the evidence bore that out,” prosecutor Chris White said outside a Regina court.“A lot of what we thought was the actions of a sophisticated killer were better described in her view as immaturity.”White suggested the sentence provides no closure for Leflar’s family.“They were certainly hopeful that there would be an adult sentence for this individual,” he said. “They’re certainly disappointed.”Defence lawyer Greg Wilson said he understands the family is upset.“I get that it’s not a popular sentence. I get that a lot of people aren’t going to like it, but Canadian law is based on consistency. It’s based on principles. It’s based on the Youth Criminal Justice Act and, at the end of the day, this is what we felt was going to be the appropriate outcome.”A lengthy sentencing hearing in September heard that the teen lured Leflar to her home, then watched as her former boyfriend stabbed her to death.Skylar Prockner was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.He is serving his sentence at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert and has launched an appeal.The teen said at his hearing that he didn’t think Prockner had a knife and was only hitting Leflar. He said he followed Prockner’s orders about destroying evidence out of fear he might be harmed.But he changed his story to say he knew they were going to Leflar’s house that day and he didn’t try to talk Prockner out of it.He admitted he looked forward to murdering Leflar, who had also been his friend.Leflar’s mother told the sentencing hearing that the youth “ushered (Hannah) to her death.”(CJME, CKRM, The Canadian Press)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had Justice Schwann’s first name spelled incorrectlylast_img read more

Montreal hit with rotating Canada Post strike 6000 workers walk off job

first_imgMONTREAL – About 6,000 Canada Post employees in Montreal have walked off the job, along with postal workers in several other cities as ongoing rotating strikes continue across the country.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said the Montreal walkout began at 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, joining several other cities participating in the 24-hour strikes.CUPW says walkouts are being held in five B.C. cities, including Fraser Valley West, Prince George, Squamish and Royal City.Workers are also out in Weyburn, Sask., and seven Ontario communities, including Cobourg, Deep River, Fort Frances, Peterborough and Kapuskasing.Last week, 9,000 workers in the Toronto area walked off the job for two days, forcing delays in shipments of tens of thousands of letters and parcels across the country.In a statement, Canada Post warns that the Montreal walkout will have a significant impact on operations, since it is an important processing hub.“Canada Post will make every effort to minimize the impact, but customers well beyond Montreal may see delays for parcel and mail delivery,” the Crown corporation said.CUPW and the postal service have been unable to reach new collective agreements for the two bargaining units in 10 months of negotiations.“We outlined our major issues to Canada Post at the very beginning of the negotiation process … and clearly stated that we would not sign any agreements that don’t address overwork and overburdening, equality and full-time jobs,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our position hasn’t changed. We aren’t just bargaining for today, we are bargaining for the future — for our members and everyone who relies on the postal service.”Last Tuesday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu appointed Morton Mitchnick, a former chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to help the two parties resolve their contract differences.last_img read more

Predator Oil Gas Make Major Gas Discovery in Morocco

Rabat – Predator Oil & Gas have announced that four wells in its Guercif permit in northeastern Morocco have “enormous potential of natural gas.”The company owns a 75% stake in the exploration area, while the Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mining (ONHYM) owns 25%.The company’s finding on the Guercif permit shows “recoverable prospective resources of 474 billion cubic feet for the Moulouya and Tagi prospects, targeting the Miocene and Triassic,” according to Morning Star. Miocene and Triassic are two gases discovered in the area. The net value of the Miocene gas and Triassic gas is $642 million and $207.7 million, respectively.Paul Griffiths, CEO of Predator described the finding as a “very positive step for Guercif.”Predator also hired an outside company, SLR, to provide a report on the wells’ potential. Griffiths said the “this third party prospective resources audit by SLR validates the significant volumetric and recoverable gas resources potential whilst importantly indicating too there is no significant impediment to monetising discovered gas.”He added that the finding also “references additional hydrocarbon potential over the entire Guercif area demonstrated by multiple prospective leads in diverse geological settings in the Miocene, Jurassic and Triassic.”The British news outlet added that the high forecast is estimated at 943 billion cubic feet of gas.The positive finding represents an “important tool and catalyst for attracting potential drilling partners necessary to advance rapidly a multi-well drilling programme to fully evaluate the large inventory of prospective leads developed in Guercif,” said Griffiths.The Moroccan government approved Predator Oil’s license for gas exploration in December 2018.The government granted an eight-year license, which started with an initial 30 months of exploration across 7,269 square kilometers “to the east of producing gas fields and northwest of Sound Energy PLC’s Tendrara gas project,” Proactive Investors wrote back in December. read more

The Latest Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law

NEW YORK — The Latest on federal judge’s ruling against Qualcomm (all times local):10:40 a.m.A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out rivals in the cellphone chip market and charged excessive royalties.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, is siding with the Federal Trade Commission in the antitrust case.She ruled Tuesday that Qualcomm must renegotiate licensing deals with customers. The San Diego company must license its patents to rival chip makers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive supply agreements with smartphone makers like Apple that block competitors from access to that market.Under the FTC decision affirmed by Koh, Qualcomm Inc. must submit to monitoring for the next seven years to make sure it follows the order.Qualcomm says it will appeal.The chipmaker’s stock is down 11% in morning trading.___8:25 a.m.Qualcomm’s stock is tumbling before the opening bell after a federal judge ruled that the company unlawfully stifled cellphone chip market competition and charged excessive licensing fees.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California found Tuesday that Qualcomm violated antitrust law, charging high royalties and squeezing out rivals, according to Wall Street Journal report.Koh ordered Qualcomm to negotiate or renegotiate licensing deals with customers. The company must also license its patents to rival chip makers at fair prices and can’t sign exclusive supply agreements with smartphone makers like Apple that block competitors from access to that market.Qualcomm Inc. must submit to monitoring for the next seven years to make sure it follows the order.Shares are down 12% in premarket trading Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Terror attacks on US should galvanize international action General Assembly told

“The United Nations must now capitalize on the groundswell of international solidarity emanating from recent crises to strengthen dialogue against international terrorism, as we all have in some way been touched by its many forms and manifestations,” said Fiji’s Ambassador, Amraiya Naidu. “This is our opportunity to seize the new culture of conflict prevention, driven by the Secretary-General, as a critical platform for Member States to chart our destiny much closer towards international peace and security in the new millennium.”Malta’s Ambassador, Walter Balzan, agreed that momentum was building for a global response to the attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. “Out of the debris of those events a new sense of common purpose has been born within the international community,” he said. “The remarkable expression of political will and decisive action that has been witnessed in the last three weeks inspires real hope that multilateral efforts to up-root the terrible growth of terrorism can make significant in-roads.”The Ambassador of Portugal, Francisco Seixas Da Costa, said, “this is a moment for action but, simultaneously, it is also a moment for reflection.” He emphasized the need to examine all aspects of the problem, and cautioned against “looking at the trees where a forest exists.” Priority should be given to achieving a comprehensive solution to the problem, he said. “With that aim, we must be prepared to act simultaneously in all the different areas that may be relevant.””There could be no better opportunity than now to address the question of convening a high-level conference under the auspices of the UN to formulate a joint organized response of the international community to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” said Clifford S. Mamba, the Ambassador of Swaziland. He said such a forum would facilitate consensus. “We are confident that with the collective wisdom of all its members, the Organization will achieve its goals and it will prevail.”Supporting this view, the Ambassador of Ghana, Nana Effah Apenteng, said his country “also looks forward to participating, at an appropriate future date, in the proposed high-level conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, to formulate the international community’s joint organized response to terrorism.” That forum, he added, “should carefully choose its priorities and agenda.”Canadian Ambassador Paul Heinbecker proposed strengthening the present anti-terrorism instruments. “Why not consider new bodies with strong and specific counter-terrorism mandates and adequate resources to lead and coordinate our efforts?” he asked. “Why not a high commissioner or a special representative of the Secretary-General for terrorism?”Iraq’s Ambassador, Mohammed Aldouri, said his country “had suffered and is still suffering” from acts of terrorism, including State terrorism. As a result, Iraq had empathized with the civilian victims of the recent terror attacks against the United States, and had “not rejoiced in what happened, as was mentioned by the Zionist circles in a clear provocative attempt.” He stressed that combating terrorism first requires an agreed definition of the scourge, “so that it would not be mixed up with acts that are not related to terrorism or would exempt clear terrorist acts for purely political reasons.”The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Hugo Tolentino Dipp, said terrorism was linked to multiple circumstances whose origins go beyond ideological concepts. “The persistence and increase of injustices, misery, starvation, drugs, exclusion, prejudices, despair for lack of perspectives, multiply delirium and irrationality, which many times shows up through uncontrolled violence,” he said. “The fight against terrorism must be, first of all, one of prevention, combat, and interdiction of such social illnesses.” read more

We face a critical turning point – UN chief says at Headquarters

“There are encouraging signs that the worst of the outbreak is behind us. This year has seen a significant decline in new cases. Surge efforts are under way to bring the outbreaks further under control ahead of the rains,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General in his remarks recalled his trip to the affected Ebola region last December, to assess the progress in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone.“I came back inspired by the courage of the survivors and those working selflessly at the front lines,” Mr. Ban said remembering that just “five months ago, the forecast was bleak.”“But today, we face a very different situation. We know that Ebola can be beaten. At the heart of the success has been the response of communities and local and national authorities,” he added.The world united in an unprecedented global coalition of governments, regional organizations, civil society actors, development banks and philanthropic foundations. Countries from near and far, of great and small states, have deployed experts, donated supplies and contributed funds, Mr. Ban said. The United Nations has played an important role, he said, highlighting the work of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response – UNMEER – the first-ever emergency health mission. Mr. Ban pledged UN commitment to reach the target set by the Presidents of the Mano River Union of no more new cases by mid-April.Today the European Commission held a high-level conference in Brussels to help focus global resolve on finishing the job of ending Ebola in West Africa. “The outbreak began with one case and will not be over until all countries are totally free of Ebola. And after the outbreak is over, there will be much work to do to help the affected countries recover and build back stronger and more resilient,” the Secretary-General said. The concert “Stop Ebola and Build for the Future” was organized by the Government of São Tomé and Principe, in part with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, the United African Congress and the Give them a Hand Foundation. read more

Man and woman found dead in Hertfordshire flat after being stabbed

first_imgPolice are investigating after a man and woman were found dead after being stabbed.Officers found the body of a woman after storming a flat in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.They also found a man also suffering from knife wounds, who died shortly after police arrived.A nearby bar manager claimed two children were inside during the incident.A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “When police arrived at the address they found a woman had been stabbed and had tragically passed away.”A man was also found to be at the property with knife wounds. He also tragically passed away shortly after at the scene.”At this early stage of the investigation, police do not currently believe they are looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”Investigations are on-going.”An air ambulance also flew to the scene, while pictures show police vehicles and a taped cordon surrounding the block of flats, which sits close to a roundabout linking Turners Hill and the High Street.A bar manager at The Old English Gentleman pub nearby, told The Hertfordshire Mercury: “I feel sorry for the kids. I heard there were two children in there as well. One was about six, same age as my child.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Signal failure delays could become complaint of the past as train company

Asked how soon we could see these prototypes become reality in the UK, Mr Ferrer said: “I don’t know but in Swizerland we have taken the control centre from one line and put that onto the cloud. It does sit on the cloud. So it is doable.”A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “In May we launched the new Digital Railway Strategy, which explains why modern forms of signalling and train control are required urgently to improve the passenger experience and bring down the operating costs of the network.”They added that some signalling systems are still based on Victorian technology and need to become obsolete in the next 15 years. Train delays caused by signal failures could soon be a frustration of the past, as one of the UK’s leading train manufacturers trial new ‘cloud’ technology.Siemens, which has 450 trains in service in the UK and recently won the contract to build new London Underground trains, hopes to move signalling to a digital space in ‘the cloud’ to reduce the chance of technical errors.Signal failures are caused by power cuts or a blown fuse in the train track circuit. Between 2016 and 2017, there were 19,000 signal failure faults which caused delays of more than 100 minutes or more to a train service.By removing computers and wires from the rail communication system, Siemens hope to avoid delays caused by broken or faulty equipment.]Cloud-based technology could also allow train operators to predict and avoid delays and overcrowding by collecting passenger data and storing it in one place. Mark Ferrer, the Operations Director for digital railways at Siemens told The Sunday Telegraph, said: “[Cloud technology is] just moving functionality and control from one place into another place – which is the cloud. What this gets you is the ability to have a greater level of analytics and prediction.”It gives you a better level of prediction across the entire system so it can run more smoothly. It’s about being able to predict what the future would look like in any given scenario too, for example increasing passenger demand.“Really it’s about taking the data out of the system, putting it into the cloud and using the data to improve capacity.”The UK plans are in prototype stage, but Siemens has already put one rail line onto the cloud in Switzerland.Mr Ferrer added: “Passenger use has gone up massively over the last 15 years, so if there is a failure of any part of the infrastructure, the impact of that failure is felt wider across the network.”The capacity challenge we face in the industry is mammoth – we need more capacity.”It is also about reducing infrastructure, so there is less that can go wrong, and therefore fewer delays. He added: “The objective would be to cut down on the amount of infrastructure that we have. The more there is, there more there is to go wrong so if you reduce it there would be less to go wrong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more