Seanergy Maritime Buys Capesize Duo

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping company Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. confirmed that it has purchased two secondhand Capesize bulk carriers, each with a cargo-carrying capacity of around 180,000 dwt.Built at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in 2010, the vessels were bought for a price of USD 20.75 million each.The company said that the new bulkers are expected to be delivered between mid-November 2016 and early January 2017, subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions.Seanergy Maritime expects to fund the gross purchase price by secured loans from financial institutions and financing arrangements with its sponsor.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the ships in question are the ER Bayern and ER Bavaria, which feature a length of 292 meters and a width of 45 meters.The vessels are a part of Hamburg-based ship management company E.R. Schiffahrt’s fleet of 20 bulk carriers which have a total carrying capacity of 2.2 million dwt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Nova Scotia Liberals block attempt to have bureaucrats discuss web breach

first_imgHALIFAX – Liberals on the Nova Scotia legislature’s public accounts committee have again blocked attempts to have officials from the Internal Services Department appear to discuss what the government maintains was a breach of the province’s freedom of information web portal.Progressive Conservative committee member Tim Houston moved a motion Wednesday to have senior bureaucrats appear before the committee, but was voted down by the Liberal majority.It was the third time the Tories have tried to get witnesses to appear on the issue.Liberal member Gordon Wilson says it’s important the province’s auditor general Michael Pickup conclude his investigation of the matter before any potential examination by the committee.But Houston says there’s nothing preventing the committee from hearing testimony and he believes the Liberal government simply doesn’t want to talk about the state of security around its computer systems in public.A 19-year-old man was arrested after a dramatic raid on his family’s home on April 11, after it was alleged he downloaded 7,000 documents from the public website, but police dropped the case earlier this month saying there was no criminal intent and “no grounds to lay charges.”Both the Opposition Tories and NDP say the onus has shifted to the government to take responsibility for what the auditor general has warned were lax security measures around the portal.The web portal is still not back in operation after being taken down six weeks ago.last_img read more

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BC herring fishery ends for another season controversy over catch continues

first_imgDirk Meissner, The Canadian Press VICTORIA — Commercial fishing boats on the B.C. coast have returned to their home ports after a successful spring herring roe fishery in the Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, but opponents of the catch are already gearing up for next season.The threat of overfishing and the impact a herring population collapse could have on British Columbia’s marine ecosystem, particularly chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales, has conservation, environmental and some Indigenous groups demanding an indefinite suspension of the fishery.“It’s just a matter of time before the Strait of Georgia herring collapses and all those boats are forced to wait at the dock,” said Ian McAllister, executive director of Pacific Wild, which called for the suspension of the roe herring fishery this year.“If you left that 20,000 tons of herring in the water it could be the catalyst to rebuild stocks to allow chinook salmon to recover, to allow the starving southern resident killer whales to have enough food.”But Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists say the herring population in the Strait of Georgia is the healthiest it’s been in almost 70 years, which is the major reason it approved a roe fishery this year.“I’m looking at a time series that goes back to 1950,” said Neil Davis, the department’s resource management director. “They’re as high as they’ve been in that whole time series.”Herring roe is a sushi delicacy in Japan, but the tiny silver fish is also ground into food for farmed salmon and other fish, as well as fertilizer. Herring also feed the marine ecosystem as a diet staple for salmon, seals, sea lions, sea birds and humpback whales.The Fisheries Department heard the concerns of conservation and citizens groups about over fishing of herring and protecting the marine ecosystem, but the scientific data and meetings with industry and local advocates resulted in the decision to open a roe fishery, Davis said.“Other things feed on herring: seals, sea lions, salmon, who in turn are prey for things like killer whales,” said Davis. “That’s one concern we’ve heard from a number of groups. My response to that is that our first job in managing the resource is to make sure we’re managing it in a fashion that’s sustainable and conserves the resource long term.”Commercial roe fisheries on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the central coast, and off the Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert coasts were not held this year due to insufficient stocks.But Fisheries and Oceans projected a spawning biomass in the Strait of Georgia for 2019 of about 138,000 tonnes and set the total allowable catch for commercial fisheries at just under 29,000 tonnes. The total catch to date in the Strait of Georgia roe fishery for both seine and gillnet fishery combined is about 15,800 tonnes, Fisheries said Wednesday.Commercial fisherman Darrel McEachern of Maple Ridge said the season went well for him.“We got ours. We were pleased. DFO does a good job, what else can you say,” he said.McEachern, 72, said he has been fishing herring since 1973 and this spring they were abundant and the roe catch will be profitable. He said he spent about seven days aboard a 17-metre gillnet packer chasing herring in the Strait of Georgia with other members of his family.Grant Scott, president of Conservancy Hornby Island, said he could see the seine boats and gillnetters pulling in herring last month from his home on the island, about 200 kilometres north east of Victoria.Scott said the community celebrates the arrival of the herring with a festival in March, but he views the fishing fleet with concern.“This is the last one of the five or six major spawn areas really from Alaska to Mexico,” he said. “To think they are managing the last one the way they managed the other five, and it all resulted in over-fishing and the eventual collapse, we just find it sad and a tragedy.”He said 75,000 people signed a petition calling for an end to the herring fishery in the Strait of Georgia.Scott said the disappointment of this year’s roe fishery will not deter his group from pushing for changes during the coming federal election campaign and prior to a new herring season.“We’re going to write an alternate, truly ecosystem-based herring management plan that we hope to have put together by scientists that we want to present to the public next year when DFO brings out their herring forecast,” he said.Jaclyn Cleary, head of the Pacific region’s herring stock assessment program for Fisheries and Oceans, said there are differing opinions, even among scientists, about whether there should be a fishery for forage species, such as herring.She said much of the debate she heard this year from people opposed to the herring fishery involved comments about the connections between herring and declining salmon populations.“We know the importance of herring for chinook based on diet studies,” Cleary said. “We also know that adult herring aren’t in the Strait of Georgia year round. If the science were that simple there wouldn’t be a debate. It’s not that simple. We don’t see these clear relationships between chinook biomass and herring biomass in the Strait of Georgia.”Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, said there was no commercial herring fishery on the west coast of Vancouver Island and her Indigenous groups has suggested on ongoing closure for the next three to five years to allow stocks to rebuild.last_img read more

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Canada introducing digital charter to combat hate speech misinformation

first_imgPARIS — The federal government says it will launch a new digital charter that will dictate how the country will combat hate speech, misinformation and online electoral interference in Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement today in Paris during a speech at the VivaTech conference, an international summit that brings together startups and technology leaders.The announcement was short on details, which Trudeau says will be revealed in the coming weeks.Prime Minister of #Canada, @JustinTrudeau, calling for tech leaders and governments, to rally together against online terror.This follows, the #ChristchurchCall that was introduced yesterday at @Elysee.#VivaTech pic.twitter.com/ABpBiQ8GNZ— #VivaTech (@VivaTech) May 16, 2019But the prime minister says he’s confident the proposed framework will restore the faith of citizens while holding platforms accountable.Trudeau met with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier in the day and held a working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.He was set to meet Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales later Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Clash of the smartphones How Samsungs latest Galaxy handset could throw a

The launch of BlackBerry’s new smartphones in the United States later this week, following its debut in several other countries, will put the company in direct competition with hype for a new device from one of its biggest rivals.Samsung is expected to unveil the latest version of its top-selling Galaxy smartphone series on Thursday, just days before the new BlackBerry Z10 becomes available through wireless carriers AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile.[np_storybar title=”BlackBerry Z10 to go on sale in U.S. on March 22″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/11/att-confirms-blackberry-z10-to-go-on-sale-in-u-s-on-march-22/”%5DBlackBerry fans in the United States will be able to get their hands on the Canadian smartphone maker’s new Z10 device on March 22 via AT&T Inc., according to a release on the telecom giant’s website.Continue reading . . . [/np_storybar]These close releases could leave smartphone buyers asking themselves, should I go with the new BlackBerry (TSX:BB) or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4?An early 2013 launch had reassured that the BlackBerry Z10 had breathing space before other new phones hit stores later this year, including an expected new iPhone from Apple. But the anticipated clash of the two phones could spell out another challenge for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company, which formerly called itself Research In Motion.Though details of the new Samsung phone won’t be revealed until Thursday during an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York, rumours already suggest it will be slightly larger than its earlier version.Another is that it will feature technology that tracks the user’s eye and automatically scrolls through a website at the same pace as the user reading the page.The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to be released sometime this spring.Meanwhile, AT&T Inc. said it would begin presales of the BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone on Tuesday, leading up to an official release on March 22. The company said on Monday that the phone will sell for US$199.99 under a two-year contract.Fellow U.S. carrier T-Mobile said it will carry the BlackBerry device for its business customers as early as the end of this week, though it did not provide details on the availability for non-business customers.The phone is already available in the U.S. by Solavei, a smaller no-contract carrier, for about $1,000.The keyboard version of the new BlackBerrys still does not have an official release date in any country.BlackBerry shares gained 14% on Monday.A perceived success in the U.S. smartphone market is seen as crucial for the new BlackBerrys. The U.S. is where Apple’s iPhone is most dominant and where Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 are gaining traction.Last month, Samsung stepped up a campaign aimed directly at the BlackBerry enterprise customers, which are the business clients that have come to rely on the smartphone.The advertising spots, which include one starring movie director Tim Burton, feature employees at a gaming company who deride older BlackBerry models for having a noisy keypad and an outdated camera.Anecdotal evidence for the new BlackBerry sales continue to suggest that demand remains strong across various regions.Jefferies analyst Peter Misek published a note on Monday which said the BlackBerry Z10 continues to sell well, with his retail outlet checks showing that it is sold out in many new markets.“India has been particularly strong,” he wrote.“And we believe AT&T will heavily support the (new BlackBerrys) with it possibly becoming AT&T’s preferred mobile device management partner across all channels.”BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins also has said the BlackBerry Z10 is selling well in various markets, though he hasn’t released any hard data. At a conference in Waterloo last week he pointed out that sales in India were surprisingly strong to the point that the company was running out of stock.“We have shipped into the channels what we thought would be good for five days, and then you would normally replenish those channels,” he said.“And I got an emergency call from my manager from India saying, ’I’m sold out after two days.’ So now we’re scrambling to reload those channels and replenish those channels.”The company’s latest quarterly results are expected to be released on March 28. read more

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Howlin I wish this government hadnt come in when our economy was

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rboryjPtJNAPUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has said that he is not happy about any cuts that the government has had to make.Speaking to reporters prior to this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Howlin said he wished this government had not come into office “when our economy was broken”.He said this is the reality that faced the government when it came into office but said it is well on the way to achieving “our path to solvency”.Also speaking outside Government Buildings this morning, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said there would be no reversal of the cuts implemented in last week’s Budget:Videos: Nicky Ryan at Government BuildingsLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?WATCH: Tánaiste and Howlin insist: James Reilly is doing a very good joblast_img read more

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Fabinho stakes claim for Liverpool starting spot

first_imgFabinho is ready for his Liverpool debut and he proved with an excellent performance in his fifth Brazil cap.Fabinho was the first player Liverpool signed, days after the conclusion of last season. The Reds paid €45 million to acquire him too, which makes it strange he hasn’t made his Liverpool debut yet.It has taken longer than usual for the versatile Brazilian to adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s system. In addition, both right back and defensive midfield positions he can play are covered by at least two other players in the squad.As a result, the 90 minutes Fabinho played against USA were his first competitive minutes since Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies. Considering the lack of regular first-team exposure, his performance was exceptional. Tite gave Fabinho his fifth national team cap and put him at right back, a position he played in his early days at Monaco. The 24-year-old took it in stride.“It’s not the first time it’s happened so I’m used to it. I’ve done it a few times for my old club (Monaco).” (Liverpool Echo)Fabinho was directly involved in Brazil’s second goal. He charged down the right flank and was tripped inside the box following a one-two with Liverpool teammate Roberto Firmino, forcing the referee to show on the penalty spot. There was a debate after the game whether the penalty was deserved. You be the judge:Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Fabinho started the game at right back & won a penalty with a surging run into the box (Firmino laying it into his path)pic.twitter.com/4TCdhXf1oX— The Red Debate (@TheRedDebate) September 8, 2018Overall, he was satisfied with his appearance.“At the beginning of the game you have to have patience and I tried to keep things simple to build confidence, but overall it went well.”Sharp and fit, Fabinho proved he is ready to go and he should be, considering Jurgen Klopp has already confirmed the Sao Paulo native will take the pitch quite often with Liverpool facing seven games in 22 days after the international break.last_img read more

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David Luiz could leave Chelsea due to clubs over30 policy

first_imgDavid Luiz’s future at Chelsea is still in doubt as the club remains adamant about not changing their policy of only offering one-year contract extensions to players over 30.David Luiz, 31, who scored in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Manchester City, might not be their star defender for much longer if they don’t offer him a better deal. He, like Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, is in the final six months of his deal at Stamford Bridge and has expressed his desire to continue with the Blues.“I am just trying to enjoy myself like I do every single day,” the Brazilian defender said, according to The Guardian.“Then, for sure, we will do the best thing for me, for Chelsea, for everybody. We are still talking, let’s see. Let’s see what the future brings. I love this club, everybody knows I want to stay.”Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, and N’Golo Kante all signed a new contract with Chelsea already, and the club hopes Antonio Rüdiger and David Luiz follow their lead. The 31-year-old central defender, however, could leave by the end of the season if Chelsea doesn’t review its policy.It is expected that David Luiz will start receiving offers from other teams come January when he can begin negotiating a summer transfer. Most clubs would love a defender with the qualities of Luiz, and he knows other teams will offer him a better and longer deal.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Regarding his goal in Chelsea’s win over Man City to give Pep Guardiola’s team their first loss of the season, Luiz said he hopes to have opened a wound in the “best team in the world.”“I hope, I hope, I hope so,” David Luiz told BT Sport in the post-match interview. “But I also know they are a fantastic team and they accept to lose sometimes too because they have experience of that. But I hope we hurt them and we can move up the table and be closer to them.“At the moment they are the best team in the world, more than three years together. It is never easy to play against them, but I think we had the right humility and right plan to win the game.“When you play this type of game, it is a time to give everything and understand how far you can go. So this was an amazing game and we beat the best team in the world.”last_img read more

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Andres Iniesta unsure about becoming Barcelona manager one day

first_imgAndres Iniesta admits he doesn’t know what lies ahead of him in the future once his playing days are overThe 34-year-old playmaker left Barcelona in the summer for Japanese club Vissel Kobe after making 669 appearances and winning 31 trophies in 16 seasonsNow Iniesta has finished his first league season in Japan and is now back in Barcelona for his winter vacation.The World Cup winner stated in May that he would like to return to his beloved club some day in a coaching capacity.But, seven months later, Iniesta is unsure of what to expect after playing away from Barcelona for the first time in his career.“I don’t know what the future will hold,” Iniesta told Mundo Deportivo on whether he would like to coach Barcelona.“I’m not saying that I would like to be a Barça coach but I can’t say it’s something I’m considering either.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Yes, it’s true that – with the passage of time – I’ll wake up the vision of a coach or being there and I’ll see but I suppose when I leave football, and everything’s different, we’ll see what the way is.”The Catalan giants have been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot along with a return for Neymar.But Iniesta doesn’t think they should really need to splash out cash on some high-profile signings.“But Barca needs to be clear that there should be a base of people here, because there are people trained to play in the first team, and then bring the best players,” said Iniesta.“There have been moments that we’ve played many home-grown players and haven’t spent anything.“Money helps, but it doesn’t make the team champions. In the end, it’s the players who must understand what they have to do and do it.”last_img read more

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University of Exeter enhances paid parental leave benefits

first_imgThe University of Exeter has enhanced its paid parental leave benefits to offer male and female employees six months of maternity and paternity leave at full pay as a day one benefit.The new parental leave arrangements, which come into effect this month, are part of a range of family-friendly benefits that are being implemented to better support working parents at the university.The maternity and paternity leave arrangements, which are also available for adoptive parents, allow new parents to take six months of leave at full pay, followed by a further 13 weeks of leave at statutory pay. The policies are both available for employees as soon as they start work at the university and parents can choose to share their leave entitlement, if they so wish.Previously, employees were entitled to maternity, adoption and shared parental leave at full pay for eight weeks, followed by 16 weeks at half pay as well as statutory maternity pay. This was replaced by the new arrangements on 6 April 2018.In addition, female employees undergoing fertility treatment will also be able to take five days of leave a year on full pay, while partners of those taking fertility treatment will be able to take two days of leave in order to attend relevant appointments.The University of Exeter is opening a new £3 million nursery for its employees’ children in September 2018 as part of the improvements to its family-friendly benefits. The new nursery will have more places available than the university’s existing provision and it will also have extended opening hours, and extra outdoor space for the children to use.The enhanced family-friendly benefits will join the benefits the University of Exeter already has in place for working parents. This includes the ability to claim for additional childcare costs if attending conferences away from home, designated breastfeeding rooms at all of the university’s campuses, the ability to request a phased return-to-work after maternity, paternity or shared parental leave and a staff network for parents and carers to support staff to manage their work and family responsibilities.The university also provides a flexible and home working policy for employees with caring responsibilities and emergency leave for employees whose child becomes ill.Currently, 100% of academic staff at the University of Exeter already return to work after maternity or paternity leave.Jacqui Marshall, deputy registrar and director of people services and global partnerships at the University of Exeter, said: “Gone are the days when staff, including early career researchers, feel they have to choose between having children and career progression. This package of measures shows not just a long-term commitment by the University of Exeter to our employees, but our dedication to investing in staff at crucial periods of their career.“By investing in new parents so they can take maternity and paternity leave on full pay from their first day at work, we are demonstrating the depth of our commitment to family-friendly working.”last_img read more

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Uber redesigns app to make pickups quicker

first_img(WSVN) – Uber has announced a redesign to its app — and its aimed at quicker pickups.According to the ride-sharing app, riders will now be able to set their destination to a friend’s phone rather than a place for the first time.Riders will also be able to link their device’s calendar to the app for Uber to suggest destinations to future events and even pickup areas for the quickest route.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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AK Anthropologists excavate 13000yearold secrets near Fort Greely

first_imgAn overlook of the archaeological site near Fort Greeley. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Anthropologists with the University of Alaska Fairbanks say a site they’re excavating near the Delta River west of Fort Greely was first inhabited by people some 13,000 years ago – not long after humanity crossed over a now-submerged land bridge that connected Asia and North America. The anthropologists say that’s just one of the many discoveries they’ve made at the Delta River Overlook. And they say they’re just beginning to uncover its secrets.Listen nowIt takes a half-hour Jeep ride to get to where the road peters out several miles into an Army training range west of Fort Greely, where you have to get out and hike. Then another half-hour or so on foot before you reach the site that sits atop a ridge overlooking the Delta River.That’s where UAF anthropology professor Ben Potter and a dozen workers spent much of last summer excavating material that he said suggests the Delta River Overlook site is among the oldest known human-occupied places in North America.“Ten different times people came to the site and laid material down,” Potter said. “The earliest is around 13,000 years ago – so (they were) some of the earliest people to the continent. So, very exciting.”One of the Delta River dig site workers (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Potter said the site would’ve been the perfect vantage point for ancient hunters to scan the Delta River plain for such big game as bison, which ranged throughout the area during warmer periods between mini ice ages. The elevated location also led the Army to bulldoze the spot in 1978, to carve out an observation point for soldiers to use during field-training exercises. Later that year, the gravelly material exposed by the ensuing erosion caught the eye of Chuck Holmes, a grad student surveying the area under contract with the Army.“We saw lag deposits – that’s where the sand had blown away, and erosion was down to where the silt occurs,” Holmes said. “And so in this lag deposit there were artifacts and bones and things.”Holmes is now an affiliate research professor of anthropology at UAF who’s helping the next generation of anthropologists scrape their way to artifacts. But he can’t help but notice the irony in the fact that if the Army hadn’t bladed the area, it may never have been discovered.Potter points out a dark line in the stratigraphy that shows the location of a firepit used about 9,500 carbon-dated years ago. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)“This is what got it all started,” Holmes said. “The Army comes out to do an observation point. Otherwise, who knows if anyone would’ve come back here and looked.”Julie Esdale is an anthropologist with Fort Wainwright’s Environmental Division, and she’s helping Potter’s team coordinate the excavation with the Army. She said there are many more such sites around the 600,000-acre Donnelly Training Area.“There’s about 450 archaeological sites just in the eastern part of Donnelly Training Area that have been identified,” Esdale said.Potter, the project’s principal investigator, said many of the sites have the same sort of soils and conditions that preserve artifacts for thousands of years.“That’s kind of unparalleled record,” Potter said. “There’s nowhere that I’m aware in all of North and South American where you have that density of sites.”Potter said the artifacts reveal the site was used by the early inhabitants to process the game they harvested. He said he and his team were thrilled last year when they came across the jawbone of a juvenile bison. And he said an analysis of the teeth showed the animal was killed in midwinter, which in turn proves that in some years, humans inhabited the site year-round, even during the cold season.“As far as my knowledge, this is the first winter occupation that we’ve found in Beringia, east or west,” Potter said.Beringia is the region that encompasses most of Alaska, eastern Siberia and the land bridge that once connected the two continents and which is now submerged below the Bering Sea. Potter said he and his team have been working in earnest at the site two summers ago. And he says they’re just getting started.“It looks like a big excavation,” Potter said. “But it’s maybe 2 percent, 5 percent of the overall area. So we’re just scratching the surface. No pun intended.”Potter and his crew of mainly UAF anthropology students did appear to be scratching away at the site, using only hand tools – mainly trowels, which they used to extract what seemed like a tablespoonful of soil at a time. Others, like Cassidy Phillips, were screening soil through wire mesh in search of tiny relics.“Um, well, I’m looking for little flakes like this, or bigger,” Phillips said. “Any type of tools.”As Phillips gently shook and scraped the soil around on the screen, a flat fleck of stone a bit bigger than a grain of rice became visible.The fleck of stone Cassidy Phillips found is about the size of a grain of rice. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)“This is a small one, right there,” Phillips said.The flakes are a byproduct of the cutting tools that early humans were fashioning here. And UAF anthropology post-doc Holly McKinney said they’re all over the place.“I have found flakes,” McKinney said. “A piece of ochre. Bone.”The camaraderie, music and occasional outbursts of laughter might make lead a visitor to conclude the site at times seems like the ultimate archaeological sandbox. Potter said his crew enjoys the work, but he says they’re serious about the science.“As we look around with people with shovels and trowels, it’s hard work,” Potter said. “On the one hand, it’s intellectually very stimulating and exciting. But, we’ve got to move a lot of work to get it done. And we use tiny tools.”Potter said the tiny artifacts those tools uncover are helping him and his colleagues make big discoveries about the first inhabitants of this part of the world.last_img read more

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Gunkalam to become 100th digital village in Vizianagaram

first_imgVizianagaram: State Bank of India has planned to transform Gunkalam village in Vizianagaram district as complete digital village. With this, the people of the village won’t use any currency for their daily expenditure, and they would use only biometric machines for payments and receipts of cash. Participating in a programme organised at Gunkalam, SBI Chief General Manager Mani Palvesan said they were planning to transform the village as 100th digital village by completely banning cash transactions. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said “We have encouraged public to open bank accounts and at free of cost we have distributed 88 biometric machines, which are linked with their bank accounts. From tomorrow onwards every payment like milk, electric power bill, vegetables, cable bill, purchasing of groceries and medicines would be through those biometric machines only. If anybody wants cash, they can withdraw Rs .2,000 from the machine. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us This would be the pioneer in the State and we should encourage the digital transactions for reducing black money and malpractices too. DRO J Venkata Rao said it was very easy to adopt digital payment method and it’s good for society. SBI DGM K Satyanarayana Prasad stated that Gunkalam would be the pioneer in this aspect and many villages in this district would walk in the footsteps of this village.last_img read more

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Texans Are Getting February Food Benefits Early As The Federal Shutdown Continues

first_imgGabriel C. Perez/KUTTexas health officials say they’re going to provide next month’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early due to the federal government shutdown.“Texas and other states received guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture instructing them to issue benefits early because of the shutdown,” Texas Health and Human Services Commission said in a statement issued Sunday evening.SNAP, which used to be called food stamps, serves more than 3 million Texans.“We are relieved that the government shutdown won’t affect benefits for SNAP recipients in February,” Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas, said. “SNAP helps 3.6 million low-income Texans feed themselves and their families. Any disruption in this assistance would create immediate hardship for these households that could have lasting consequences.”Health officials said recipients should see their February benefits “automatically loaded onto their Lone Star Cards by Jan. 20,” which should hold them over through February. In the statement, officials also warned that SNAP recipients should “space their food purchases out throughout the month of February” instead of making mass purchases.Texas officials said people who were already deemed eligible for SNAP don’t have to do anything to receive these benefits. However, they urged people who are in the process of renewing or applying for benefits to submit their documents as soon as possible.State health officials say federal officials notified states that they can issue benefits “until federal funds are no longer available.” It’s unclear how long that will be.The partial shutdown is the longest in U.S. history. President Trump has said he is unwilling to reopen the government without funding for a wall on the country’s southern border.This article was originally published on http://www.kut.org/ Sharelast_img read more

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Watch Beyoncés New Lion King Song

first_imgStay on target Disney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN BundleA Reminder That ‘The Lion King’ Is One of the Best Movies Ever Beyoncé Knowles is clearly a very talented musician, to say the least. But you don’t become an absolute art goddess without also making a ton of brilliant career choices, too. And to me one of the smartest things she does is not appear in that many movies.For starters, the contrast between Queen Bey and the Bond girl parody of Austin Powers 3 would be too unflattering. And also now whenever Beyoncé does make a rare film appearance, whether it’s a concert documentary dedicated to HBCUs or voicing Nala in the upcoming ‘live-action’ CGI remake of The Lion King, it becomes an even bigger event.If you want to get even more hyped for the upcoming Disney blockbuster, listen to ‘Spirit,’ Beyoncé’s rousing new song from the film. (Now with video!)The song is so full of life it makes you forget how weird and unnatural the talking lions are going to look. Along with covers of classic Lion King tracks, this new song is set to make an appearance during a key Nala scene.However, ‘Spirit’ is just one track off of Beyoncé’s tie-in album The Lion King: The Gift which drops the same day as the movie on July 17. Like Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther album, these other songs won’t appear in the movie but provide a nice complementary vibe. Also like that album expect a lot of dope African sounds performed by Beyoncé and other artists she’s curated.This is just further proof that big movies should go back to having flashy soundtrack albums. Get Lady Gaga in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for some more tragic love songs with Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon. I still think about that Daft Punk music from Tron Legacy way more than the movie itself. For more on The Lion King watch this duet between Beyoncé and Donald Glover as Nala and Simba, respectively.last_img read more

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TMC BJP workers clash at Patrasayer

first_imgKolkata: A major clash broke out at Patrasayer in Bankura on Saturday morning, between the workers and supporters of Trinamool Congress and BJP. To control the situation, police allegedly fired a few rounds, which hit three persons including a school student. However, police have denied the allegations.According to sources, Trinamool had organised a rally on Saturday morning under the banner of Jansanyog Yatra, led by senior Trinamool leader Suvendu Adhikari. Near Kankardanga in Patrasayer, some BJP supporters shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’. When Trinamool workers protested the act, the BJP supporters allegedly attacked them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSoon, the area turned into a battlefield as Trinamool workers tried to resist the attack. Meanwhile, police tried to control the situation but failed. It has been alleged that BJP workers also hurled crude bombs during the clash. Later, police fired teargas shells and initiated lathi charge to control the violent mob. While doing so a few rounds were fired, which hit three persons including a school student. BJP alleged that police had fired rubber bullets, which injured the trio. However, police have denied the allegation. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn Saturday night, police arrested local BJP leader Tamal Kanti Guin for allegedly creating the situation. Protesting against Guin’s arrest, BJP workers on Sunday put up blockades and held agitation at several places across Bankura. To avoid any deterioration of law and order, adequate police forces were deployed. Due to the incident, tension spread all over Patrasayer. Trinamool leaders alleged that BJP is trying to instigate violence as they had done earlier in Bhatpara. The three injured are still undergoing treatment at the Bankura Medical College and Hospital.last_img read more

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These 5 Blockchain Solutions Could Restore Your Optimism in the Technology

first_imgOctober 17, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Since blockchain technology broke into the scene, opinions have been largely divided over the long-term value of the technology to business and individuals. More so, as cryptocurrency has struggled, many have waved aside the blockchain technology as well.However, there is new light dawning for blockchain technology in the business arena. CNN’s Richard Quest sat down with Claus V. Hemmingsen, vice CEO of Maersk, on the 24th of September to discuss, among other things, their joint venture with IBM on their new Tradelens blockchain Shipping solution.This is the first in hopefully many other public adoptions of the blockchain technology by the big hitters in the business sphere. This new optimism in the technology has been largely enhanced by the increasing utilization of blockchain by governments in many nations.If the proof is in the pudding, then we must supply the pudding before we eat it. Blockchain as a technology has captured our imagination, but has it really delivered the goods? These few instances where blockchain has been considered and used effectively just may be enough to awaken a spark of interest in you as well.1. Administrative servicesThe role and duties of public administration have not changed for centuries. What has changed dramatically is the amount of data and the way public institutions process it. And while there are digital technologies in place that help collect and process the data, some issues are left unsolved — anonymization, transportability and immutability of this large array of data.“What public administration lacks at the moment is a more convenient user experience (UX) to work with the data,” says Sasha Ivanov tech, entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Waves Platform and the Vostok project. “What could improve the UX is the introduction of a certain layer, a trusted common environment that will anonymize and store the data transparently and unalterably.”Governments are slowly recognizing these issues by launching programs such as a U.S. Federal Blockchain program for federal agencies and businesses. The U.S. hosted its first Federal Blockchain Forum in July 2017, and the GSA currently has a repository of more than 200 use cases. “Distributed systems could indeed help create such a trusted environment, improve our work with Big Data and even serve as a glue bringing all emerging technologies together including artificial intelligence and Internet of Things,” explains Ivanov. “Every time you deal with any technology, it is always the sum of some others.”It is essential to demonstrate not theoretically but practically now that blockchain-backed systems can work, that all that experts claim is possible. In other words, more production-ready solutions are needed.Related: These 6 Industries Are Using Blockchain to Gain a Competitive Advantage2. Payment servicesGovernments need to make transactions, and many of these involve an exchange of funds with the citizenry. Blockchain technology has potential applications in reducing the cost overhead in funds transfers. This can be done either with the help of launching new cryptocurrencies that are based on blockchain or by using blockchain as a means of transfer of funds itself. If this is perfected, the possibilities for businesses are endless, particularly for those that transact internationally or over the internet.Project Jasper has been developed by Bank of Canada to provide them with insights as to how central bank and other financial institutions can complete interbank payments on a distributed ledger. Bank of Canada has also developed its own variant of digital currency called “CAD-coin” for testing the feasibility of using a national currency on the blockchain.An interesting conclusion of the project has been the rejection of public PoW systems. In a paper titled “Project Jasper: Are Distributed Wholesale Payment Systems Feasible Yet?” the authors observe that “PoW systems are ill-suited for these types of large-value systems because they operate under the assumption that all transactions in the system are, at a certain level, publicly observable.”We may not be there yet, but the exciting possibilities are virtually calling out to the private sector and businesses.Related: 5 Ways Blockchain Technology Will Change the Way We Do Business3. Digital and intellectual property rights.Governments have the responsibility to maintain copyright records and databases. These records prove the ownership of intellectual property. A blockchain-based system can allow for time stamping of work by various performers, artists and writers, etc. This type of system can, in theory, sniff out copyright violations and also enable the permanent record keeping of rights. Governments are making a move toward this already.Iran recently announced that it would deploy the technology. The Financial Tribune of Iran quoted Morteza Mousavian as saying, “The Ministry of Culture’s digital media department has forged a deal with a blockchain company to devise a system which can be used to preserve online copyrights.” He added, “The procedure will be fast and user-friendly.”This is still in the early stages of implementation, but it opens up possibilities for businesses to duplicate the technology for record-keeping as well. Theoretically, businesses can use blockchain for accounting purposes and to sniff out errors in real time.Related: 15 Crazy and Surprising Ways People Are Using Blockchain4. Distribution of benefitsIt is the responsibility of the government to create a level playing field for the citizenry. Underprivileged or economically disadvantaged citizens need governmental support and help so they can sustain themselves and get the strength to thrive. However, benefits distribution is not simple or straightforward. There are real-world issues, like corruption and impersonation, that mar various programs run by governments.In China, the National Council for Social Security Fund is conducting early research about how blockchain can be used to improve the transfer of state benefits to the citizens. India, too, is in on the action, with the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana using blockchain to buttress their civil supply system.This same technology has been rumored to be considered by companies including Microsoft, which have international reach as per staff and functions, and may soon become available to smaller businesses when perfected.5. TendersIn order to build public infrastructure or to deliver services, governments want to benefit from economies of scale as well as competitive bidding. However, the bidding process is not always fair or transparent. Public procurement has long been a victim of rampant corruption in different parts of the world. Transparency International indicates, “Contracts to suppliers can be awarded without fair competition. This allows companies with political connections to triumph over their rivals. Or companies within the same industry can rig their bids, so each gets a piece of the pie. This increases the cost of services to the public. We’ve found that corruption can add as much as 50 percent to a project’s costs.”So how can blockchain fix tendering? According to Ivanov, “Unlike scattered centralized systems, a single ledger powered by blockchain can refine the tendering or any other process where financial tracking needs to be as transparent as possible. The adoption of blockchain will help to track how funds are being spent and ensure the expenses are made as was intended and within the permitted time.”Blockchain-based tendering systems have already been announced by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication and are a ray of light for small to medium-sized enterprises in business spheres dominated by heavily connected companies.A majority of these cases are far from complete, but they do present a lot of possibilities for businesses and governments. Of course, the key is in implementation, but we can certainly bear to have some optimism that this often misunderstood technology just may be finding places of permanent usefulness.Hopefully, IBM and Maersk’s Joint Venture is just one of many. Register Now »last_img read more

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Man in critical condition after crash involving car and moped

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA man in his 60s remains in critical condition after an accident involving a car and a moped in North Staffordshire. Police and paramedics were called to the junction of Southlands Avenue and Sparch Avenue in May Bank at around 4.30pm yesterday (Wednesday July 24). The air ambulance was also sent to the scene. This afternoon police have confirmed the man remains in a critical condition in hospital. Anyone who witnessed the collision should call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 548 of July 24. Read MoreCCTV released as man withdraws ‘large amount of cash’ from Hanley bank after card stolen from hotel Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Driver named following fatal collision The Air Ambulance in May Bank (Image: Bethany Grainger) A West Midlands Ambulance Service  spokesman confirmed they had been called to the scene at 4.32pm. He said:  “We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire. “The rider of the moped had suffered potentially serious injuries.  On arrival we found a man in his 60s some distance from his bike who had suffered multiple injuries. “He was taken on blue lights by land to the major trauma centre  at Royal Stoke University Hospital with a critical care paramedic travelling with the crew.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

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