Stars Attend Playground Of Dreams Event

first_imgPlayground of Dreams (POD), a new innovative non-profit mentoring program that teams entertainment industry influencers with children to help foster their creativity, confidence, leadership skills and unique purpose in the world is proud to announce that its first-ever “Coolest Variety Show on Earth” raised $30,000 in funds for the charity.The donations from the benefit will flow directly to the Los Angeles-based organization in bringing in a new team of children, advancing its current team into their community service initiative, growing their national presence, and make it possible for the maximum number of children to participate and realize their dreams.For its first-ever full-scale benefit, POD saw an overwhelming amount of support from the community. More than 500 people attended the sold out “Coolest Variety Show on Earth,” including a slew of celebrities such as actress Vanessa Williams, actress Frances Fisher, E! News correspondent Catt Sadler, actors Aldis and Edwin Hodge, NBA great Joe Smith, actor Ernie Hudson, actress Sharon Lawrence, actor Dash Mihok, actor Martin Kove, and actress Erin Cahill.The main event at the benefit was an impressive variety showcase starring the children of Playground of Dreams expressing their number one passions through song, dance, science, spoken word poetry and other talents.“I have never seen so many standing ovations in one place in my life,” says Brian Larrabee, Co-Founder of Playground of Dreams.” “What was intended to be a day of our Playground of Dreams kids expressing and fulfilling their dreams, turned into a celebration of everybody in the theatre experiencing what it is like to live the life of their dreams.”Special performances by The School of Rock, actor Dash Mihok, actor Travis Van Winkle, actress Sharon Pierre-Louis, international recording artist Kandace Lindsey, bands COED and Mosaic also wowed the crowd. In addition to the live acts, the event included a “Dream Panel,” featuring Catt Sadler, Sharon Lawrence, Frances Fisher, Martin Kove, two time Oscar-winning sound engineer Ron Judkins, and talent manager Michael Greenwald. The event also included interactive “dream clinics” such as a build-your-own-superhero station, “Michael The Baker” baking station, E! News hosting clinic by Women Like Us foundation, an artistry station with live music and painting and hosted by World Peace Project 24 Peaces.“Our sincerest gratitude and thanks for the contributions of all of our sponsors, kids, volunteers and attendees – all of which made this possible,” says Anna Herbert, Playground of Dreams Co-Founder. “Everyone was 100% invested in creating this magnificent event, and we really appreciate their commitment, patience, giving, and love. We are excited to work with all of them in the future!”Event attendees enjoyed food, drinks and prizes donated by sponsors including Lacoste, Village Pizzeria, Level 3 Design Group, Sweet Crush Ice Bar, Duff Goldman’s Cake Mix, EarthBar, Hint Water, Ice Link, KB Covers, Chef Richie Million, Cinema Secrets, Blue Ice Vodka, Corozon Maya Tequila and Kickin’ Foods.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Western Sahara Morocco Hails Swedens Decision on SelfProclaimed SADR

Rabat – Moroccan authorities have been quick to react to the decision of the Swedish government not to recognize the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).“The decision by Sweden not to recognize the pseudo “SADR” is “in accordance with international law and consistent with the political process conducted within the framework of the United Nations” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation on Friday.The Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, said Friday that her country does not intend to recognize the “Western Sahara” as a state, reaffirming Sweden’s support to the ongoing negotiations process under the aegis of the United Nations. The Swedish government “does not intend to recognize the Western Sahara and it is position consistent with the assessment of previous governments in this regard,” Wallstrom in a statement.“This is a position in accordance with international law and consistent with the political process conducted in the framework of the United Nations, with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable to the dispute which has lasted too long,” the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement carried by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Ministry emphasizes that Morocco “took note of the presentation this Friday, the conclusions of the “Assessment” report carried out by the Swedish Government on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.”“Beyond some questionable assessments, Morocco notes that the analysis conducted by the Swedish Government for 18 months, led to the inexorable conclusion that the chimeric “SADR” cannot be recognized while “under international law, the requirements for recognition are not met,” it added.The Foreign Ministry stressed that Morocco is convinced that “the constructive position of the Swedish Government on the various dimensions of this regional dispute, including the economic dimension, will promote the peaceful and substantial development of bilateral relations.” read more

RioCan REIT reaches 132million deal with Target regarding leases

TORONTO — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust has reached a deal with Target Corp. regarding leases the retailer disclaimed as part of its retreat from the Canadian market.The real estate trust says Target has paid $132 million, including $92 million which belongs to RioCan, under the agreement.In return, RioCan and its partners have released Target from its obligations.RioCan says the settlement cash will be used to mitigate losses caused by Target Canada’s departure.Investors rights at most REITs not up to standards, governance group warnsTarget Corp’s hasty retreat still haunting Canadian REITs nine months laterWhen Target Canada announced it would close all of its Canadian stores, RioCan had 26 locations that were under lease to the retailer.Seven locations were assigned to new tenants, while RioCan has been working to fill the remaining 19 properties representing some two million square feet.The trust has been splitting up many of the former Target stores into smaller units and leasing those locations to new tenants.RioCan said it has signed 14 leases totalling approximately 448,000 square feet and two conditional offers to lease space totalling 50,000 square feet.In addition, the trust said it is advanced talks for another 16 leases. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7945 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Friday was 79.45 cents US, up 0.38 of a cent from Thursday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2586, down 0.61 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6197, down 0.93 of a cent, and US$1.2869, down 0.12 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4787 down half-a-cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

Senators unveil compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

WASHINGTON — Two senior senators — one Republican, one Democrat — are unveiling compromise legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs.Staffers for Iowa Republican Charles Grassley and Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden said Tuesday the bill would for the first time limit drug copays for people with Medicare’s prescription plan, capping patients’ total out-of-pocket costs at $3,100 a year starting in 2022.It would also require drugmakers to pay a “price hike penalty” to Medicare if the cost of their medications goes up faster than inflation.Senators are hoping for a committee vote Thursday.The White House encouraged the Senate negotiations.Democrats controlling the House want to go farther by granting Medicare legal authority to negotiate prices.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press read more

Liberia UN envoy calls on newly elected officials to rise above partisan

The top United Nations envoy in Liberia today called on the newly elected officials to fulfil their obligations to bring peace and democracy to the war-torn West African country, which the world body has been helping to nurse back to health since a 2003 ceasefire ended a decade and a half of strife. “We ask you, the elected leaders and representatives of the people, to discharge that responsibility with wisdom, diligence and integrity,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss told the certification ceremony for the officials elected last month, including President Elect Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “We ask you to rise above partisan politics and narrow interests, and put the welfare of this nation in first place.” He told the participants, who included the new senators and representatives, that the recent elections clearly demonstrated Liberians’ desire for a vibrant and healthy democracy and for continued peace. “In assuming office, you have assumed a sacred responsibility to protect and serve the people of Liberia. In this, you will have the full support of the United Nations and other international partners as you address the many difficult and complex tasks that lie ahead,” he declared. “The international community stood by the people of Liberia in 2003, when together we started the process of bringing peace and stability to a nation torn by conflict; the United Nations will be at your side to consolidate the foundations of democratic governance that can ensure enduring peace and growing prosperity,” he concluded. read more

Yellen promises clear communication of interest rate policies to minimize market disruptions

Yellen promises clear communication of interest rate policies to minimize market disruptions by Greg Keller And Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 8:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Fed is striving to clearly communicate its intentions on interest rates in order to minimize surprises that could disrupt financial markets both in the United States and globally.She said central bank policymakers understand that moving from a period of very low interest rates to more normal rates will lead to more volatility in financial markets.But she said the normalization of rates will be an important sign that economic conditions are “finally emerging from the shadow of the Great Recession.”Yellen’s comments came in a speech at a conference sponsored by the Bank of France. The Fed last week ended its bond-buying program but its first increase in rates is not expected until mid-2015.“As employment, economic activity and inflation rates return to normal, monetary policy will eventually need to normalize too, although the speed and timing of this normalization will likely differ across countries based on differences in the pace of recovery in domestic conditions,” Yellen said.“For our part, the Federal Reserve will strive to clearly and transparently communicate its monetary policy strategy in order to minimize the likelihood of surprises that could disrupt financial markets, both at home and around the world,” Yellen said.Yellen spoke after the Labor Department in Washington reported that the U.S. unemployment rate dropped in October to 5.8 per cent, the lowest point since July 2008, while the economy added a solid 214,000 jobs.During a question-and-answer session following her remarks, Yellen was not asked about Friday’s unemployment and she made no comments during her appearance about the current state of the U.S. economy or the possible timing of Fed interest rate moves.Yellen said that among the lessons learned from the crisis is that central banks need to be prepared to employ all available tools, including unconventional policies such as bond buying, to support economic growth and achieve optimal inflation rates.In response to a question, Yellen said that before the 2008 financial crisis hit, the Fed had spent a great deal of time studying the prolonged period of weak economic growth and deflation in Japan in an effort to learn how to deal with similar problems.She said among the lessons U.S. policy-makers drew from the Japanese experience was the need to quickly get banks on a sound footing and to guard against inflation persistently falling below the Fed’s 2 per cent target.“That was an important lesson from the Japanese experience that we have tried to learn from,” Yellen said.Last week, the Fed announced the end of its bond-buying program, which had been designed to keep long-term interest rates low, and upgraded its outlook for the U.S. labour market. The massive bond purchases have pushed the Fed’s balance sheet up by more than $3 trillion to nearly $4.5 trillion.In a statement after a two-day meeting, the Fed reiterated its plan to maintain its benchmark short-term interest rate near zero “for a considerable time.” The Fed statement noted that the job market is strengthening. The statement dropped a previous reference to “significant underutilization” of available workers.___Crutsinger reported from Washington. read more

Stock market plunge marks gloomy start to first trading day of 2016

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 8:57 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets got off to a tumultuous start in the first trading day of the year as a sharp decline in China triggered a sell-off that spread worldwide.It started with a nosedive in Chinese stocks — the main index sliding seven per cent — after the world’s second-largest economy posted the 10th consecutive month of weaker manufacturing data.As traders reacted to that and other uncertainties affecting the country’s economy, the drop in prices enacted a new “circuit breaker” mechanism that closed trading early to limit losses. The Shanghai index shed 6.9 per cent to 3,296.66 before the market was closed early to avert steeper falls.The uncertainty appeared to set off a panic across other global markets as questions arose about the fallout’s repercussions to other economies.Toronto’s main stock market emerged less scathed than most others, losing about 0.6 per cent for the day, helped by a rally in gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.80 points on Monday, taking the index to 12,927.15, after falling as much as 262 points earlier in the day.Wall Street didn’t fare quite as well.The Dow Jones average marked its biggest loss in two weeks, closing down 1.6 per cent, or 276.09 points, at 17,148.94. The broader S&P 500 index declined 31.28 points to 2,012.66 and the Nasdaq lost 104.32 points to 4,903.09.“This is really an affirmation to the market that China is going to continue being the central global risk,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Fehr said after years of stimulus from central banks, investors need to become more accustomed to relying on economic data to stand on its own.This year, the markets could feel the impact of the shift as traders respond to good news and bad news “more sharply,” he suggested.“I think this is going to be more the norm than the exception moving forward,” Fehr said.The Canadian dollar ended at 71.73 cents U.S., down 0.52 of a cent from Thursday’s close before the New Year’s holiday.In commodities, gold prices settled at their highest level in more than a week, helping the sector lead gains on the TSX, rising 3.7 per cent.The February contract rose $15 to US$1,075.20 an ounce. Gold is often seen as a safe haven in times of political or economic uncertainty.Fresh political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran left traders questioning the outlook for oil prices.The February crude contract was originally up but eventually gave way to close 28 cents lower at US$36.76 a barrel, while the February contract for natural gas was unchanged at US$2.33. Stock market plunge marks gloomy start to first trading day of 2016 read more

Podcast The Pats HomeField Advantage Djokovic The GoAT Cespedes For The Rest

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 15, 2015), we discuss the allegations that the Patriots interfered with the Steelers’ communications in their Week 1 matchup. Then, Carl Bialik breaks down whether it’s time to start thinking of Novak Djokovic as the best men’s tennis player of all time — even though everyone seems to root for Roger Federer instead. And, can Yoenis Cespedes win National League MVP even though he’s only been in the National League for a few months? Plus, an update from FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey on our crowdsourcing Madden challenge to win the Super Bowl using his avatar. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on a turnaround for Kansas City’s women’s soccer team.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of what we discussed on the show:Want to win Madden with Walt Hickey as your quarterback? Here’s how to take part in our crowdsourcing project.ESPN’s list of injuries in the NFL.The Patriots’ home and road records in the Belichick era as compared to the rest of the league.When the Giants decided to pass on third down near the end of their Week 1 game against Dallas, they doubled the Cowboys’ win probability.Djokovic and Federer are vying to become the greatest of all time.Carl Bialik found that Roberta Vinci’s upset of Serena Williams was the biggest in modern women’s tennis.FanGraphs breaks down the argument for Yoenis Cespedes for MVP.The full archive of Baseline podcasts from Carl Bialik.Significant Digit: 4 — the number of teams that FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League leapfrogged to finish the regular season in third. FC Kansas City will face regular-season champion Seattle Reign FC in a repeat of last year’s National Women’s Soccer League final. Hot Takedown read more

Pupils should be taught that some children have two mummies or two

She went on to explain how even faith schools, where their religion does not permit same sex relationships, manage to fulfil their requirements under the equalities act in a “sensitive and careful way”.  “The essence of democracy is that we don’t all get our way. The essence of democracy is that we accept majority decision,” she said.“There will always be things that we don’t like which if we were running the country we wouldn’t do. That is the very essence of it, accepting that we can’t have 100 per cent of what we want.”Andrew Moffat, the assistant head at Parkfield Community School, designed the “No Outsiders” programme which aims to teach children about issues such as gender, identity and sexual orientation during Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) lessons.Mr Moffat, who has been awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education, said he has received threats from parents who oppose the course.While parents are allowed to withdraw their children from RSE lessons, they are only permitted to do so for the sex education part, and not for relationship education.Learning about same sex couples would be part of the latter section, meaning parents who disagree with this are not able to remove their children from classes. 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.  Amanda Spielman’s intervention comes amid a row at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham Pupils should be taught that some children have “two mummies or two daddies”, the head of Ofsted has said, following protests by Muslim parents at a school in Birmingham.Amanda Spielman’s intervention comes amid a row at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, where parents launched a petition against the primary school’s “No Outsiders” programme where children are taught  about same sex couples and gender identity.She said that parents need to learn that “we don’t all get our way” and must accept that “we can’t have 100 per cent of what we want”.Hundreds of parents have protested outside the school in recent weeks, saying that teaching children about LGBT rights and homophobia contradicts their Islamic faith.But Ms Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, has weighed in to support the school, saying that children need to be taught about same sex relationships irrespective of their religious background.“It’s about making sure they [children] know just enough to know that some people prefer not to get married to somebody of the opposite sex and that sometimes there are families that have two mummies or two daddies,” she told the BBC.“It’s about making sure that children who do happen to realise that they themselves may not fit a conventional pattern know that they’re not bad or ill.” Ms Spielman said if there is a disagreement, parents must engage in “rational discussion” and “proper conversation” rather than protest to establish a “middle ground”. Fatima Shah, who has taken her 10-year-old daughter out of the school, has said that the lessons were “inappropriate””Children are being told it’s OK to be gay yet 98 per cent of children at this school are Muslim,” she told Birmingham Live.“It’s a Muslim community. I’ve taken my daughter out and other parents have too. Enough is enough.”The school has defended the programme, which they said had been fully explained to parents. They added: “No Outsiders allows us to raise awareness of these differences so that children are able to tolerate and accept differences in our society.”A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Parkfield Community School is an outstanding school with a leadership team and staff committed to ensuring pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain.“The Department trusts headteachers and teachers to develop a curriculum and whole school approach that ensures personal as well as academic development of their pupils.”  Amanda Spielman’s intervention comes amid a row at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham read more

Zeitz like a bomb for Kiel win over PSG

He wasn’t a part of serious TOP handball for a while, as he was sleeping almost two seasons in Veszprem. It looked that THW Kiel brought him back as a mascot beside Vujin and Weinhold, but just last 10 minutes was enough to show how big maestro of this game he is – Christian Zeitz. The 36 years-old German lefthander smashed PSG Handball 28:27 (15:15) with his atomic feints and four goals from the same number of shots in the finish of the derby match at the VELUX EHF Champions League start.PSG Handball had attack to level the score at the end, but Karabatic, Hansen and Stepancic didn’t make proper action to avoid defeat at the start of the European season. Obviously, Zvonimir Serdarusic has still a lot of job to do in the City of Light on the way to Cologne.Young Swedish left back Lukas Nillson netted five goals for the winners, while Uwe Gensheimer was the TOP scorer for PSG with 10 goals.STANDINGS:FC Barcelona Lassa 2THW Kiel 2Bjerringbro Silkeborg 1Telekom Veszprem 1SG Flensburg 1Kadetten Schaffhausen 0PSG Handball 0Orlen Wisla Plock 0PHOTO:THW Kiel ← Previous Story New Barca win in Plock! Next Story → EHF TV Best 7 players of the Week 1 Christian ZeitzPSG HandballTHW KielVelux EHF Champions League read more

Russian forces storm Ukraine airbase Reports of soldier shot

first_imgUpdated at 4.19pmSoldiers in unmarked uniforms sit atop APC at the gate of the Belbek base [Ivan Sekretarev/AP/Press Association Images]ARMED FORCES BACKED by armoured vehicles have broken inside a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea on Saturday, firing from automatic weapons into the air.There are reports one Ukrainian soldier has been shot. The base commander confirmed one person had been wounded.An armoured vehicle rammed through the gate of the base, and an ambulance was also seen approaching with sirens blaring, as armed men went inside and pointed guns at Ukrainian soldiers.A man in camouflage and sunglasses then dismantled a camera that provided a live feed of the front gate to the base.At least three armoured personnel carriers enter the complex(Youtube: Mary Greeley)Earlier today, the Belbek base wrote on its website that troops inside had received an ultimatum from Russian forces to lay down their weapons and surrender or prepare to be stormed.“There have been explosions, blast bombs, one Ukrainian soldier has been shot,” Sky’s Stuart Ramsay reported from the scene.Ramsay said the troops who stormed the complex were believed to be special forces. “They are all balaclaved and have slightly different uniforms to regular Russian soldiers.”The Ukrainian commander of the base, Yuliy Mamchur, said there was at least one injury. He called his men together, they sang the Ukrainian national anthem and then stood at ease. He said they were going to turn over their weapons.Russian forces have been seizing Ukrainian military facilities for several days in the Black Sea peninsula, which voted a week ago to secede and join Russia.NovofedorivkaElsewhere — around 200 pro-Russian protesters stormed a Ukrainian base in western Crimea, forcing the soldiers to leave as the Ukrainian flag was taken down.The unarmed crowd yelling “Russia! Russia!” broke through to the base in the town of Novofedorivka and started smashing windows.Ukrainian servicemen barricaded themselves inside buildings and threw smoke bombs at the intruders from the roof.Some of the people threw the smoke bombs back at the soldiers.Russian officers stood outside watching as the protesters took down the Ukrainian flag and put up the white and blue flag of the Russian navy.“It’s my unit and I have to protect it!” a Ukrainian soldier yelled to the Russian officers from the roof.A Russian military officer then went inside the building to negotiate with the Ukrainians as the crowd of protesters were told to leave. Several dozen soldiers were later seen walking out of the base, leaving it empty, with Russian soldiers standing outside.The spokesman of the Ukraine defence ministry in Crimea, Vladislav Seleznyov, cited sources at the base as saying that the attackers were mostly non-locals.“There are some locals among the attackers, but a lot of non-locals. We do not recognise these faces,” the source from the base said, according to Seleznyov.The developments come a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation incorporating Crimea into Russia.Includes reporting from AFP & Associated PressFirst posted at 4.11pmRead: Welcome to Russia… Putin plans firework display to mark Crimea accessionRead: Fitch downgrades Russia rating as EU adds sanctions to 12 more peopleRead: US and Russia impose sanctions on each other over the crisis in Crimealast_img read more

Scientists create human stem cells by cloning for first time

first_imgWhile nuclear transfer breakthroughs often lead to a public discussion about the ethics of human cloning, this is not our focus, nor do we believe our findings might be used by others to advance the possibility of human reproductive cloning.Researchers noted that they did not use fertilised embryos – a source of heated ethical debates – for the research. Instead, they transplanted the nucleus (which contains the DNA) of one cell into an egg cell that had had its genetic material removed. The unfertilised egg cell then developed and eventually produced stem cells.The team at the university had previously run a number of unsuccessful studies involving both human and monkey cells. They said that their research had found that human egg cells are far more fragile than eggs from other species, which had made it more difficult to reprogramme the cells.The use of cloning techniques to create tissues which could help to someday cure illnesses such as Parkinson’s or diabetes has sparked ethical debates over the past two decades, ever since the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal in 1996.The research will be published in the academic journal Cell today.(Video: OHSU Video/Vimeo)Read: ‘Human brain cells in mice’ technique could help tackle Parkinson’s > Read: US pair share chemistry Nobel for cell receptors > SCIENTISTS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY reprogrammed human skin cells to become embryonic stem cells which are capable of making any tissue in the body for the first time.The breakthrough is the one of the most significant developments in the area of cloning since the birth of Dolly the sheep seventeen years ago. Researchers around the world had been trying unsuccessfully to create human stem cells for years.The cells could potentially be used to help diseases such as Parkinson’s, MS and spinal cord injuries, or to help replace cells damaged through injury.“While there is much work to be done in developing safe and effective stem cell treatments, we believe this is a significant step forward in developing the cells that could be used in regenerative medicine,” said Dr Shoukhrat Mitalipov  of the Oregon Health & Science University in the US.The scientists pointed out that the research does not mean that human clones are likely in the near future, pointing out that while it may work for cloning cells, “the same method would not likely be successful in producing human clones, otherwise known as reproductive cloning”. Dr Mitalipov said:last_img read more

Atlantis les astronautes se préparent pour lultime lancement

first_imgAtlantis : les astronautes se préparent pour l’ultime lancement Le 8 juillet prochain, la navette Atlantis décollera pour la dernière fois vers la station spatiale internationale (ISS). Les astronautes qui voyageront à son bord sont déjà arrivés à Cap Canaveral, en Floride, et se préparent pour un vol historique, le dernier des navettes spatiales américaines.Les quatre astronautes qui voyageront à bord de la navette Atlantis, et achèveront ainsi les trente années de bons et loyaux services rendus par les navettes de la Nasa, sont arrivés le lundi 4 juillet, jour de la fête nationale américaine, à la base de Cap Canaveral, en Floride. Le 8 juillet, Atlantis décollera pour la dernière fois vers l’ISS et réalisera l’ultime vol des navettes américaines alors que Discovery et Endeavour ont déjà tiré leur révérence. Ce mardi, le compte à rebours a déjà été lancé. Et vendredi, à Cap Canaveral, un million de personnes sont attendues pour assister au dernier décollage de la navette, prévu à 11h26.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe commandant Chris Ferguson, qui réalisera son troisième vol habité, est à la tête de cette ultime mission. Il sera accompagné du pilote Doug Hurley, de la scientifique Sandra Magnus, et de l’ingénieur de vol Rex Walheim. L’équipage a été réduit à quatre personnes car la Nasa n’a pas de véhicule de secours qui pourrait ramener les astronautes en cas de problème avec Atlantis. Devant la foule de journalistes venue accueillir les astronautes, M. Ferguson a assuré que les douze jours de la mission seront “bien remplis”. La navette Atlantis emportera avec elle le quatrième module logistique Raffaello, un conteneur de près de quatre tonnes de matériel destiné à l’ISS. Après cette dernière mission, la navette rejoindra un musée comme ses soeurs Discovery et Endeavour. Ce sont les navettes russes Soyouz qui prendront le relais et assureront le transport d’astronautes et de matériel vers la station spatiale dont la construction est désormais presque achevée.Le 5 juillet 2011 à 17:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

GDC Nominates seven candidates in North

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowThe Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) has filed nomination papers for seven candidates for all the constituencies of the Region at the Regional Independent Commission’s Office in Kerewan.The nomination papers were received by the Regional Independent Electoral Commission Returning Officer and who doubles as the Director of Operation IEC Mr. Ensa Baldeh. He accepted their submissions as valid describing them to be in accordance with the electoral laws of the country. The candidates are Modou Bobb for Lower Nuimi, Pa Omar Sonko for Upper Nuimi, Salifu Jawo for Jokadu, Mamut Touray for Lower Badibu, Momodou Lamin Jobe for Central Badibu, Papa Tunkara for Upper Badibu and Sheikh Gaye for Sabach Sanjal constituencies.Speaking to the press, the candidate for Badibou Central said, “I am not a known politician but a revolutionary”. He told this reporter that he took part in the past local government elections but lost. “That time it was personal interest but now I am unanimously chosen by my people and I shall win” he noted.    Mamut Touray said he was selected by his people who want improvement in agriculture so that they can have access to fertilizer and seeds on time and to bring unity, those principles, he said is what his mission is. All the candidates lamented the bad conditions of the roads, inadequate storage facilities, lack of good markets and inadequate viable seeds and fertilizer.last_img read more

LNG Bunkering Market Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast 20172023

first_imgLAMEAUAEBrazilArgentinaRest of LAMEA Europe dominates the LNG bunkering market, both in terms of volume and value, and is expected to maintain this trend throughout the forecast period. The LNG bunkering market is projected to reach $10,185 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 58.5% from 2017 to 2023.LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) is an attractive alternative fuel for seagoing vessels and inland vessels, as liquefied natural gas emits fewer polluting substances. LNG is a potential substitute according to IMO emission prerequisites, owing to its negligible sulfur content and low production of NOx contrary to fuel oil and marine diesel oil. LNG is clean burning fuel coupled with financial points of interest on a calorific value basis among other fuels.Download Sample Report@ global LNG bunkering market is driven by International Maritime Organizations regulations of sulfur emissions to 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) by 2020 in marine fuels, increase in sea-borne trade, particularly in terms of ton-km travelled, and low cost among ECAs. However, the demandsupply gap among LNG bunkers and vessels is expected to hamper the market growth.The offshore vessels & ferries segment accounted for more than one-third share of the total market share in 2016, in terms of volume, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period, owing to its ease of transportation and loading. However, bulk & general cargo vessels are also expected to grow with high rate due to rise in demand for low sulfur fuels.Key Findings of the LNG Bunkering Market:In terms of value, the offshore vessels & ferries segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 58.8% during the forecast period.In terms of volume, the global LNG bunkering market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 47.7% during the forecast period.In Europe, Belgium is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR of 59.6% during the forecast period, in terms of value.Tanker fleet as end users occupied around one-fourth of the global market share in 2016, in terms of volume.China accounted for over one-tenth of the global LNG bunkering market in 2016, and is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of 49.1%, in terms of volume.For Purchase Enquiry@ 2016, Asia-Pacific and Europe collectively accounted for over two-thirds of the global LNG bunker market, by volume, though Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at a faster rate during the forecast period. High trade frequency from the emerging countries, such as South Korea, India, and China, is estimated to drive the market growth.The major companies profiled in the report include, Skangas AS, Gasnor As, Statoil ASA, Barents Naturgass As, Engie SA, Bomin Linde LNG GmbH & Co. KG, Eni Norge AS, Harvey Gulf International Marine Llc., Polskie LNG SA, and Korea Gas Corp.LNG Bunkering Market Segments:By End UserTanker FleetBulk & General CargoOffshore Vessels & FerriesOthersBy GeographyNorth AmericaU.S.CanadaMexico Asia-PacificChinaJapanIndiaSouth KoreaRest of Asia-Pacific About us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: EuropeBelgiumSpainFranceUKThe NetherlandsRest of Europelast_img read more

Garuda postpones flights to London

first_imgSource = ETB News: NJ Garuda Indonesia has announced a shortage of runway capacity at Soekarno-Hatta Airport has forced the airline to postpone its flight service to London. As a result of the delay, the airline hopes to launch the direct Jakarta to London service from May 2014, with five times weekly non-stop flights between the two cities, departing Jakarta at 00.55 local time, arriving at London (Gatwick) at 8.30 local time and departing London at 10.00 location time and arriving in Jakarta at 06.15 local time the next day. “Consequently, the implementation of this flight with these conditions in this competitive world of air travel would have a serious effect on the operational and business requirements of this route,” a statement from the airline read. Meanwhile, this week the airline welcomed its second Boeing 777-300ER, which will be used to operate on the Jakarta to Jeddah route.center_img In order for Garuda to make the flight to London, it would have to take off with a restricted weight of 329,365 kilograms, which would mean a reduction of 39 passengers and a loss of cargo per flight. Flights were initially planned to takeoff on 2 November 2013, however, the runway at Soekarno-Hatta Airport does not meet the required level of strength needed for the full capacity of a heavy duty commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 777-300ER. Limited runway capacity at Soekarno-HattaAirport delays London services.last_img read more

FHFA Pushes Back on Eminent Domain Policy in California

first_img “”FHFA””: issued a notice Wednesday to warn of the controversial use of eminent domain recently proposed in San Bernardino County. [IMAGE]In San Bernardino County, officials are considering the use of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages. The mortgages would be taken at fair market value, and then restructured into new loans with terms reflecting the current market. Chicago and Berkeley are also exploring the proposed use of eminent domain.[COLUMN_BREAK]In the notice, which was sent to the Federal Register, FHFA stated it had “”significant concerns about the use of eminent domain to revise existing financial contracts and the alteration of the value of Enterprise or Bank securities holdings.””FHFA said that in relation to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the use of an eminent domain program could result in a cost to taxpayers. FHFA also stated it had significant concerns regarding a “”chilling effect on the extension of credit to borrowers seeking to become homeowners and on investors that support thehousing market.””As conservator for the GSEs and as a regulator for Federal Home Loan Banks, FHFA stated it may need to take action “”to avoid a risk to safe and sound operations and to avoid taxpayer expense.””Along with concerns, the agency also raised several questions, including the constitutionality of the proposed use of eminent domain; the effects on holders of existing securities; and the impact on millions of negotiated and performing mortgage contracts. FHFA said it is accepting input on topic through its Office of General Counsel no later than September 7, 2012. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing FHFA Processing 2012-08-09 Esther Cho August 9, 2012 445 Views center_img Share FHFA Pushes Back on Eminent Domain Policy in Californialast_img read more

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