Philly Shipyard Starts Building APTs 4th Product Tanker

first_imgzoom U.S. shipbuilder Philly Shipyard (PSI) has laid the keel for the final product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan subsidiary.When completed, the product tanker will be 600 feet long and capable of carrying 50,000 tons of crude oil or refined petroleum products.The Tier II 50,000 dwt product tanker is based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design which incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements, Philly Shipyard said.The tanker will be constructed with consideration for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for propulsion in the future.Philly Shipyard has delivered 25 ships in its 17 year history, including the first product tanker for APT in December 2016. The three remaining product tankers for APT are currently under construction and have planned deliveries throughout 2017.last_img read more

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NDP calls for emergency debate in the Commons on Sears liquidation

first_imgOTTAWA – The NDP is urging the Speaker of the House of Commons to allow an emergency debate on the fate of current and former employees of Sears Canada on Monday.New Democrat MP Scott Duvall says a debate is needed to give the Commons the chance to address the court ordered liquidation of Sears.The retailer is set to proceed with its plan to liquidate roughly 130 stores across the country after getting the green light from the Ontario Superior Court on Friday.Duvall says the liquidation will affect the well-being of current and former workers.He also says it the decision will adversely affect small businesses and other retail suppliers.Sears Canada had as many as 17,000 employees in June.last_img read more

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Condominium market still a lot better than normal in Vancouver suburbs

first_imgVANCOUVER — A tempting bright-red advertisement for a new condo development in a Vancouver suburb circulated online this fall, sparking excitement from first-time homebuyers and concern among long-standing real estate observers.The developers of The Landing, a 78-unit complex in Langley, were offering to pay the mortgages for a year of the first 20 buyers and give remaining buyers a $10,000 discount.It looked like a sign of the times: had provincial and federal government measures to cool the market been too successful? Were developers stuck with a glut of inventory as sales and prices dropped off a cliff?Not really, according to the marketer behind the promotion.“The way we run our sales programs is we run basically a different promotion almost every week. I’ve been working in suburban markets for a long time and honestly, what I’m seeing right now is it’s not even at a normal market. It’s still a lot better,” said Trevor Street, CEO of the Partners Marketing Group.“What’s normal for me is having four or five other sites that are active, that are open, that buyers can go to and shop around. I remember a time marketing developments when I ran out of registers to call in our database and started cold-calling rental buildings.”That was back in 2013 or 2014, he said, before Vancouver’s real estate market exploded and a ripple effect moved through its suburbs and the rest of British Columbia. By 2016, Street definitely didn’t have to run any promotions — he even told developers not to bother building sales centres.The Fraser Valley, east of Metro Vancouver, has long been considered a more affordable haven for first-time homebuyers.After prices and sales climbed across the Lower Mainland in 2015 and 2016, the B.C. and federal governments stepped in to attempt to cool the market. In the past nine months, sales have slowed and prices have curbed their meteoric rise. But while the market is softening, it’s not over-correcting, just returning to a more normal state after a wild few years, experts say.Street said he realized about six months ago that suburban developers needed to bring back promotions to entice buyers. But while amateur investors are sitting out, professional investors are jumping on board, he said.“They’re coming in right now and it’s a feeding frenzy,” he said. “These guys know this isn’t going to last. These downturns last nine months to a year, and we’re already nine months into it.”The average price of an apartment in the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board coverage area, which includes Surrey, White Rock, Langley and other communities, was $383,204 last month, still up from $359,053 in November 2017. In the same month in 2014, it was $200,952.As for detached housing, the average price was $1,017,754 last month, up from $1,011,787 in November 2017 and considerably higher than $653,426 in November 2014.The real estate board prefers to use a “benchmark” price, which adjusts for the high and low ends of the markets, and that figure was $976,200 for a detached house last month and $422,500 for an apartment.The market started really heating up in the beginning of 2015, said board president John Barbisan.Barbisan said he uses the sales-to-active-listings ratio, referring to the number of sales compared to active listings, as a thermometer. In a balanced market, the ratio sits around 18 per cent, meaning almost two in 10 homes are selling. The higher the ratio gets, the more advantage to the seller, and in 2016 it was 60 per cent, he said.Things began to cool in the spring of this year, he said, and now the sales-to-active-listings ratio is 14 per cent.“It was like a tap turned off,” he said. “It’s as if all the buyers got together in a hall one night and decided nobody’s going to make an offer anymore.”The federal mortgage stress test initiated in January appears to be a major factor, he said. The stress test requires mortgage-seekers to prove they would be able to make payments even if interest rates rose substantially, reducing borrowing power by as much as 20 per cent.“That has to come out somewhere. They’re either buying cheaper homes or they’re not making the offers they would be,” he said.Provincial government measures, including a 0.5 per cent speculation tax on secondary homes left vacant and a 20 per cent foreign buyers tax, have had a “negligible” effect compared with the stress test, Barbisan said.But he said he’s “not at all” concerned about the slowdown, noting that he has spoken with mortgage brokers who say relatively similar numbers of people are still coming to get pre-approved. People still want to buy homes, but they may not be finding what they’re looking for or are waiting for prices to decrease further, he said.“I’m not sure what they’re waiting for, but when you want to buy a home you’re only putting it off for so long,” he said.Barbisan added he hasn’t heard of anyone being underwater on their mortgage, as prices have still risen so much that owners have a fair bit of equity in their homes.Steve Saretsky, a Vancouver real estate agent, said the market across the region is going through a downturn but it’s not “major,” and it’s to be expected after the run-ups of the past few years.“Any time you have that kind of growth, eventually it’s going to swing the other way,” he said. “Has it gone too far? I think a lot of people who are complaining about housing affordability would probably tell you it hasn’t gone far enough.”Government policies have helped move the pendulum, but it was more or less inevitable, and global housing markets are also slowing down, Saretsky said. People are quick to criticize the stress test and new provincial taxes while forgetting how easy regulators have gone on the housing market for years, he added.“Everyone in the world talks about how indebted Canadian households are. There’s no question that it’s definitely been a pretty lenient borrowing spree over the last 15, 20 years,” he said. “Now, all of a sudden everybody’s upset because the punch bowl’s been taken away. But parties don’t go on forever.”He acknowledged that it’s hard on real estate agents because sales volumes are down and they’re making less money.“But, again, I think we’ve had it pretty good for a number of years.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Lululemon Q1 earnings outpace analyst expectations company ups 2019 guidance

VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s revenue rose 20 per cent during its most recent quarter, outpacing analyst expectations.The athleisure retailer says its net revenue for the first quarter totalled $782.3 million, up from $649.7 million in the same quarter the previous year.Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon expected $755.31 million for the quarter ended May 5.Its net income was $96.6 million for the quarter or 74 cents per share, up from $75.2 million in the same quarter the previous year.Analysts expected net income of $92.35 million or 70 cents per share, and adjusted net income of $92.74 million, also 70 cents per share.The company raised its guidance for the full financial year to between $3.73 billion and $3.77 billion in revenue or $4.51 to $4.58 diluted earnings per share.The Canadian Press read more

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Alaska oilwealth fund study group eyes weeks of work

JUNEAU, Alaska — A group of Alaska House and Senate members plan to meet over the next few weeks in hopes of making recommendations about the use of earnings from the state’s oil-wealth fund.Sen. Click Bishop, one of the group’s leaders, says 21 days is the target for the group to do its work.The group was created by the House and Senate as lawmakers have struggled to agree on the size of the dividend that should be paid to residents from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings and potential changes to the dividend program.Lawmakers last year began using fund earnings to help pay for government expenses, causing tension with the decades-old dividend program. They also passed a law seeking to limit what can be taken from earnings for dividends and government.The Associated Press read more

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Committee on torture reports on situation in seven countries concludes session

Committee on torture reports on situation in seven countries, concludes sessionThe United Nations committee of experts that monitors compliance with the Convention against Torture concluded its spring session today, issuing recommendations on the situation in Sweden, Uzbekistan, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation.During its three-week session, the Committee against Torture considered reports submitted by those countries and held dialogues with their representatives. States parties are required to report to the Committee periodically on their compliance with the Convention, which has been ratified or acceded to by 129 countries.Among its comments, the panel said that Saudi Arabia should re-examine the imposition by authorities of corporal punishments, particularly flogging and amputation, that were not in conformity with the Convention. It asked for Russia to ensure prompt, impartial and full investigations into many allegations of torture reported to the authorities, including in Chechnya, Russian Federation.The Committee also met in closed session to consider communications from individuals claiming that States parties had violated their rights under the Convention. That procedure relates to the situation in 46 countries which have recognized the Committee’s competence to hear such communications.Also during the session, the Committee, by a 9 to 1 vote, decided that its rapporteur charged with following up on recommendations to States parties should give attention, “in the course of general activities,” to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.At its next session, from 11 to 22 November, the Committee will consider periodic reports from Venezuela, Spain, Egypt, Estonia and Cyprus. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force on 26 June 1987. read more

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Opinion 2016 MLB season shaped by emergences of littleknown rookies

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker (41) reacts after reaching with a triple during the first inning on April 11 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn baseball, lower draft picks are rarely given much of a chance to have success in the big leagues. The 2016 MLB season has defied that logic, with multiple heartwarming stories of guys who weren’t even close to being on anybody’s radar before proving all doubters wrong and making big-league clubs out of spring training.This is baseball, so it only makes sense that at the two-week mark of the season, a 28-year-old career minor leaguer was leading all of baseball in batting average, a former 33rd-round pick was sixth in that same category and a 180-pound rookie who’s supposed to replace Troy Tulowitzki is leading the league in homers, right? That’s the beauty of baseball.Last May, Jeremy Hazelbaker was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers while he was in the minors. Hazelbaker was 27 years old and had not yet sniffed the big leagues. He considered retiring. But a week later, the St. Louis Cardinals called and signed him to a minor-league contract.The outfielder finished last season with the Cardinals, who ended up re-signing him to another minor-league contract with no guarantee he would make the big-league team. But Hazelbaker convinced them otherwise, hitting .304 with three homers and 10 RBIs in spring training, resulting in him earning a spot on the Cardinals’ opening-day roster. He didn’t cool off in meaningful games either, as he hit .481 with three homers and seven RBIs through the first nine games, though he is currently in the midst of an 0-for-16 slump.“To think you’re finally here, finally living your dream — it might have been a little tougher getting here, a little longer getting here for me than it was for most guys, but the fact of the matter is, I’m here,” Hazelbaker said to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. “I’m playing with an amazing group of guys and for an amazing coaching staff.”Another out-of-nowhere story garnering attention is that of Tyler White, a former 33rd-round pick of the Houston Astros. White played collegiately at Western Carolina University, hardly a baseball powerhouse, as a walk-on. The Astros sent a scout there and saw White. The notes they took on him warranted a 33rd round selection in the 2013 draft, and since then, all he has done is hit.In three years in the minor leagues, White hit .311 with 35 homers, continuing to prove all of the teams wrong who let him last all the way until the 33rd round of the draft. Similarly to Hazelbaker, White entered spring training with Houston with no guaranteed spot on the roster, with two of the Astros’ top prospects, Jonathan Singleton and A.J. Reed, competing with him for the first-base job.White hit .353 with three homers and 12 RBIs en route to securing the starting job, and he has continued his success in the regular season, hitting .348 — sixth in the American League — with four home runs and 11 RBIs through the first 14 games of the season.“It’s a great feeling,” White told Jason Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s what I’ve been working toward this my whole life and it’s a dream come true. It’s awesome.”Finally, the rookie getting the most TV time is Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. Story, the 45th pick in the 2011 draft, was expected to step in and fill in for Jose Reyes at shortstop while Reyes was suspended for off-the-field issues. Right out of the gates, however, it became clear that Story has taken the job and ran with it.His first hit was a three-run home run off Zack Greinke. He became the first player in baseball history to hit seven home runs in the first six games of the season. He currently leads the MLB with eight home runs through 15 games. He was also the first rookie ever to hit four home runs in his first four games. Story is helping Rockies fans everywhere forget about Tulowitzki, their previous star shortstop.It remains to be seen if these three will continue at this torrid pace, but one thing is for certain, rookies are shaping the path of the MLB season early on in 2016. read more

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Alabama tramples Notre Dame captures 3rd national championship in 4 years

Roll tide? Did they ever. In what was arguably one of the most-hyped title bouts in recent memory, then-No. 2 Alabama (13-1) routed then-No. 1 Notre Dame (12-1), 42-14, Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami. The win secured back-to-back national titles for the Crimson Tide and the program’s third national championship in four years. Alabama finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press top 25 poll while Notre Dame dropped to No. 4 behind No. 2 Oregon and the season’s only undefeated team, No. 3 Ohio State, which was barred from this year’s postseason because of NCAA sanctions. Coach Nick Saban’s squad dominated the Fighting Irish from the game’s beginning, including a 28-0 lead at the contest’s intermission. En-route to its 42 points against the nation’s best statistical  scoring defense, Alabama amassed 529 total yards of offense, 28 first downs and gained an average of 7.2 yards on each of the 73 plays they ran Monday. Junior quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-28 passes. Alabama’s propensity to successfully run the football, though, perhaps best exemplified the extent of its dominance. After all, Saban called for 45 rushing attempts against the nation’s fourth-best run defense. It paid off. Redshirt junior running back Eddie Lacy rumbled for 145 yards rushing and a touchdown while freshman running back T.J Yeldon ran for 110 yards and two scores on 21 touches. In total, the Irish surrendered 265 yards on the ground. Not to mention, Alabama secured 38 minutes of possession time compared to Notre Dame’s 22 minutes. Conversely, the Crimson Tide’s defense gave the Irish’s offense fits. Alabama stymied Notre Dame’s running game to 56 yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts. In total, coach Brian Kelly’s crew totaled 302 yards and 16 first downs, but a 35-point deficit with 7:34 to play in the game’s third quarter was too much to overcome. Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson threw for 270 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 21-of-36 attempts. The mobile signal-caller could only muster nine yards rushing against the Crimson Tide. It was the first loss of the season for Notre Dame While the win likely solidifies Alabama as the nation’s preeminent college football power, the Crimson Tide arguably will head into the 2013 season as the favorite to, again, win it all. read more

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Money launderer who claimed he had won lottery 123 times forced to

The POCA order of £472,740 was paid on 20 August 2019.In October 2009 the NCA caught Khan handing over a holdall to someone which contained £74,830 in cash.The following September Khan admitted money laundering offences and received a suspended prison sentence and was forced to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.In January 2012 Khan was ordered to pay £175,000 because of the conviction.Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have no records of him working, and despite Khan having no recorded legitimate income, he paid off the £175,000 in cash within 12 months.It later emerged he had paid off the confiscation order using dirty money.In 2013 Khan used cash from criminal activities to buy the Prospect Lane, Solihull property. During the previous year, there were a flurry of bank transfers from Dubai into Khan’s father’s UK account.Using his father, Khan used black-market prize bond dealers in Pakistan in a bid to fool investigators into believing he had won legitimate prizes. “The issue poses a priority threat for the NCA and we do everything possible to combat it.”This order is a warning to those who believe they can benefit financially from a criminal lifestyle – crime doesn’t pay.” A money launderer who claimed he had won the lottery 123 times has been forced to pay back almost half a million pounds after the National Crime Agency (NCA) hired an expert statistician to help prove he was lying.Kashaf Ali Khan, 45, of Prospect Lane, Solihull, bought a house in the town with money he claimed he had won in the Pakistan lottery.The convicted criminal said he bought the £412,000 house with cash he earned from winning tickets. But the NCA employed a statistician to prove he was lying, and the expert said his “haul” was as likely as winning the UK National Lottery jackpot 40 weeks running.As a result, the agency has now seized £472,740 from Khan under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).Khan, who later admitted money laundering by using criminal money to buy the house, has now had to sell the property to pay off the confiscation order.The 45-year-old made the purchase in his elderly father’s name, but it was actually Kashaf Ali Khan who was the real purchaser of the property.NCA investigating officer Phil Houghton said: “Kashaf Ali Khan wrongfully thought he could get away with funding his lifestyle by criminal means.”Offenders like Khan play an enabling role for other criminals to move and clean the proceeds of crime. They will be relentlessly pursued by the NCA. Winners of the Pakistan state lottery have to wait several weeks to collect their winnings. Because of that, some are willing to take a loss and sell their winning ticket to an agent for a lesser amount which they get immediately.The black-market agents then sell on the winning tickets – for more than they are worth – to criminals like Khan, needing to clean their criminal money who can then get prize organisers to issue payment in their name. 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

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US study offers hope to turn off cancer

first_imgA study conducted by Dr Panos Anastasiadis, a leading Greek American researcher into cancer treatment, has shed light on how cancerous cells can be transformed back into healthy tissue.Co-author of the study, Dr Antonis Kourtidis, told Neos Kosmos: “This is a basic biological discovery at the cellular level, that improves our understanding of how cells work and what goes wrong in cancer.”Following five years of experiments, the researchers found a new mechanism within normal cells which suggests that an adhesion structure – the ‘glue’ that keeps cells together – is responsible for suppressing cell growth through molecules known as ‘miRNAs’.Under normal circumstances, miRNAs prevent cells from dividing when they have replicated sufficiently, a process that fails in tumours, where cell growth becomes uncontrolled. The investigators discovered that, by restoring the adhesion structure, aberrant growth of the cells was reversed.According to Dr Anastasiadis the finding represents “an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer”.Published in the scientific journal Nature Cell Biology the study was the product of work undertaken by thirteen researchers based at the Mayo Clinic and contributors from the University of Geneva.The majority of the experiments to date have been performed on breast, kidney and bladder cancers.According to Dr Kourtidis, it will be several years down the road before their theory can be put into practice.“We need to go through a number of steps, which include testing our findings in pre-clinical models, identifying the miRNAs that are affected in each cancer, (since they differ from tissue to tissue), and develop delivery methods for miRNAs…”The breakthrough achieved by the team raises hopes that it could turn back the clock on cancer cells, and provide a roadmap for developing new therapeutics.“However, it may always be necessary to be used in combination with other treatments,” says Dr Kourtidis.Dr Anastasiadis and Dr Kourtidis began their academic careers graduating from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.Kourtidis, who emigrated to the US from Greece in 2004, says the brain-drain that has increasingly affected his crisis-stricken homeland, dates back in the pre-crisis era.He blames the negligence shown towards academic institutions and science from Greek political parties, and the society overall, stressing that no country can go forward in the modern world without seriously investing in science and technology. “There is no reason why Greece cannot be a scientific, academic or the technological hub of the Mediterranean and Europe; the human resource is of very high quality and strongly motivated,” says Kourtidis. “However, for this to happen, there has to be a new frame that will leave institutions free to work, devoid of any political interventions, and with a serious commitment from the state to invest strongly in academia and science.”Kourtidis’ advice to Greek students embarking on careers is “to follow their dreams and do the best they can to advance themselves, either in Greece or abroad. At the end of the day, Greece will benefit from having the best-trained personnel, either those that stay there, or get trained abroad but then return.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Worlds First AllWeather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in Finland

first_img Most autonomous vehicles require great weather and clear roads to function, which means they can’t drive during certain, less pleasant times of the year. But a new robot bus has been designed to drive even in heavy rain, snow, or fog — and it’s rolling out in Finland.The Gacha, which features tech by Finnish autonomous-driving company Sensible 4 and a design by Japanese retailer Muji, is the world’s first autonomous shuttle bus for all weather conditions.Gacha’s autonomous driving technology ensures the vehicle’s superior positioning, navigation, and obstacle detection performance thus allowing autonomous driving throughout the year regardless of the environment and conditions, according to a statement from the City of Helsinki.Gacha is 14.7 feet long, 7.8 feet wide, 9 feet high — it can seat 10 passengers with space for six additional standing adults.Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJIThe four-wheel-drive all-electric autonomous vehicle is capable of maximum speeds of 25 miles per hour, plus the electric motor has a range of 62 miles with wireless charging offered as an option.After its unveiling in Helsinki, Gacha is set to drive and take passengers in three Finnish cities as part of real-life traffic tests. Sensible 4 and Muji are finalizing plans for the first Gacha fleet, which is expected to roll out in 2020.Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJIIn Finland, weather has been an important factor in opening the market for autonomous buses or robotaxis. Sensible 4 has focused in testing and validating self-driving technology test in the arctic Lapland conditions.“We are developing these vehicles so that they can become part of daily transportation service chain. Autonomous vehicles can’t become mainstream until their technology has been insured to work in all climates,” said Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4.Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJIDesign-wise, Gacha boasts Muji’s minimalist aesthetic. Gacha is designed with no front or back, and features a LED light belt, made from the combination of the headlights and communication screen, while the seating follows the soft, rounded square shape of the bus.More on Geek.com:This $5 Million Solar-Powered Super Yacht Cruises in ‘Pure Silence’This Robotic Hotel on Wheels Might Be the Future of TravelElon Musk Unveils Tesla Model Y, Coming in 2020 Stay on target Never Miss Another Putt With Nissan’s Self-Driving Golf BallScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept last_img read more

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Bahamas Tourism Website hacked

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – Further to the announcement by Bahamas Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie from the floor of the House on Wednesday that the official website of the Ministry of Tourism had been hacked, the Ministry of Tourism wishes to update the public on the facts surrounding the incident and the immediate steps taken by the government to mitigate further national security breaches. The Bahamas government can confirm that several government-owned websites including the Ministry of Tourism websites, www.bahamas.com and www.bahamasfilm.com, were hacked on Wednesday morning apparently by members of a Tunisian Islamist activist group called the “Fallaga Team.”All defaced sections of the government-owned websites were quickly removed and a corrected version redeployed and with the restoration of ALL compromised pages, all affected websites are now back to normal modes of operation.The evidence collected has been turned over to the relevant local authorities and the matter is currently under active investigation.As a short term strategy and in an abundance of caution, all government websites have been checked for possible breaches, safeguarded and reinforced against potential vulnerabilities by the implementation of software patching.As a long term strategy and being cognizant of the fact that we live in an era where cyber-terrorism poses clear and present dangers to our national security, the government of The Bahamas will convene a meeting of industry experts to review the entire government owned internet related infrastructure with a view to determining what, if any, additional measures can be taken to deliver the strongest possible cyber-security protocol.It is the intent of the government to cause to be established a permanent public/private sector committee that will meet regularly, conduct regular audits of public internet infrastructure and advise the government on matters of cyber-security so as to inform public policy going forward.Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe underscored the importance of the internet as the dominant platform for global communications, trade and commerce. He also pointed out that such technological advancements attract the burden of opportunistic and unscrupulous individuals using these legitimate platforms for nefarious purposes, therefore the government of The Bahamas necessarily gave this breach its serious and immediate attention. “IT networks, websites and social media have become essential communications tools used to conduct business in The Bahamas as is the case globally” said the Tourism Minister. “We know that with today’s increasingly sophisticated malware, simply navigating to a compromised website or opening a document can unleash a whole slew of malware onto a user’s computer and can shut down entire networks, causing serious disruptions to government’s operations, to national trade and commerce and can sometimes cause serious harm to a country’s international reputation.“As a consequence” continued the minister, “hackers have special or invasive means of identifying weak spots for nefarious purposes. This matter has been given serious attention and we will spare no effort in protecting and safeguarding these valuable assets and as demonstrated this morning, we are ready with an immediate fix as we did yesterday morning.” Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:bahamas, hacked, tourism websitelast_img read more

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MP felicitates successful bizmen from RUDSETI

first_imgOngole: MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy participated as chief guest to the award presentation ceremony for successful entrepreneurs from the Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institute (RUDSETI) here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, he praised the institute staff for training and motivating the candidates. RUDSETI Director GS Murthy explained the MP that the institute was jointly established by the Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank and Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Educational Trust. He informed him that they were conducting various free training programmes on the premises and offers free boarding and lodging to candidates. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Srinivasulu Reddy presented the Successful Entrepreneur Awards to some of the former trainees from RUDSETI, including Suman from Samsung Authorised Servicing Centre in Prakasam District, P Krishnamurthy for operating ATM Studio Markapuram, Sunil for running a mobile servicing centre in Chirala, Rajani for establishing Siri Beauty Parlour in Ongole, M Kamala for establishing Dhatri Beauty Parlour in Ongole, V Tilak for running AC and Refrigerator Servicing Centre in Tangutur. The MP appreciated the successful entrepreneurs for being able to provide a livelihood to others also while making their own career.last_img read more

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This picture reveals why Ram Charan married Upasana Konidela Photo

first_imgUpasana Konidela is playing with lionsInstagramRam Charan and his wife Upasana Konidela are on a vacation to Africa, where there are having a gala time celebrating their eighth wedding anniversary. They have shared some photos taken with wild animals at Serengeti National Park.Ram Charan and Upasana Konidela got married at the Temple Trees Farm House on June 14, 2012, and the couple are celebrating seven years of togetherness. The actor will not be available to celebrate his eighth wedding anniversary as he will busy shooting for SS Rajamouli’s movie RRR.Ram Charan has completed the first schedule of RRR. The team recently kick-started its second schedule and he still had some time to join the shoot. He decided to use this time to go on a vocational trip andUpasana Konidela posted their photo on Instagram on May 29 and captioned it with, “Happy Anniversary to us! ❤️ (In advance) Every anniversary we promised to do something new together – diving , adventure sport , learn healing techniques, take culinary lessons etc. This time it’s all about wildlife! Absolutely love it! #wildinafrica Mr & Mrs C .”Actresses like Samantha Akkineni, Kajal Agarwal and Rakul Preet Singh replied to her post and wished, “Happy anniversary you lovely couple.” A day later, Upasana Konidela shared another picture showing Ram Charan taking a snap of a chirutha from very close angle. She captioned it with, “Untamed Africa As wild as it can get! Up close and personal with #chirutha #ramcharan.”This morning, Upasana Konidela took her Instagram account to share a picture in which she is seen playing with two lions. She also wrote, “Now u know why Mr C married me ! On a more serious note: #Africa taught us so many lessons -respect mother nature, observe & learn from the wild, follow ur animal instincts & respect nature & animals. Mr C & I were very fortunate to witness wildlife in its wildest format – we’re scared this experience might not last for the generations ahead.”Upasana Konidela added, “Time to get our act together. Small changes make a big difference. Everything adds up. It’s time for u to figure how u can help. The picture above is a #throwback form a lion conservation / rehabilitation centre / orphanage in Africa. Don’t encourage zoo’z. let the animals be wild – it’s their right. #ramcharan.”last_img read more

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AL concedes defeat before counting completes

first_imgAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. Prothom Alo File PhotoRuling Awami League on Thursday conceded defeat of its candidate in Rangpur civic polls even before votes of all polling stations are counted to declare the final results.Seeing the initial trend and presumably based on field-level information, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader made the move of accepting defeat to, however, none but its ally Jatiya Party.“The Awami League has lost in electoral battle in the Rangpur City Corporation elections but the party has earned a political victory,” he said addressing a press conference at the AL president’s Dhanmondi political office in the evening.Also road transport and bridges minister, Quader claimed that the most important thing was that the election was held in a free, fair and impartial manner.“I would say this is a victory of democracy. I think this will send a clear message to the BNP ahead of the parliamentary elections,” the AL leader said tacitly referring to the opposition’s demand for holding general elections under polls-time supportive government.Obaidul Quader also denied allegations made by the BNP about intimidation in elections.The AL leader congratulated the Jatiya Party’s mayor candidate who is most likely to win the elections.Asked if the AL lost popularity, he said the AL won elections in Narayangank but lost in Comilla city. “We see this politically.last_img read more

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Over 1000 Heart Transplants Performed At Houston Methodist

first_imgHouston MethodistDr. Erik Suarez (left) and Dr. Thomas MacGillivray (right) meet with heart transplant recipient, Tyler Wertz (center). Both doctors performed the 1000th heart transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital.Houston Methodist said surgeons there have now performed more than 1,000 heart transplants, since the first one was carried out 50 years ago, in Houston. Another hospital, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, told News 88.7 it reached that milestone mark back in February of 2006; and it’s now over the 1,450 mark. But, nonetheless, thousands of patients have benefited from what doctors call a revolutionary, effective treatment for end-stage heart failure. Dr. Thomas MacGillivray and Dr. Erik Suarez performed the 1,000th heart transplant at Houston Methodist, back in December. MacGillivray, the Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Transplant at the hospital, said, “The progress that has been made, in just 50 years, in allowing people with end-stage heart disease, who are not only dying, but crippled by their heart disease; to give them a revolutionary, effective therapy in a heart transplant… I mean, it is amazing.”MacGillivray said people who receive heart transplants have a miraculous recovery: they can go back to work and exercise. And doctors can also now take advantage of better technology, such as mechanical circulatory support devices for patients with failing hearts, and even 3-D printing.“Rather than just looking at pictures, we can actually take those X-rays and images, and make them into something we can touch and see and actually plan our operations, based on those models,” said MacGillivray.But, he said one thing hasn’t changed much over the past few decades: the limited amount of donor hearts.  “That’s been the only limiting step to offering this to more people,” MacGillivray explained. “There’s all kinds of ideas and legislation and outreach to try to get people to be donors. You know, you go to get your driver’s license, or you go to city hall. You see the applications and you check the box; that’s all well and good. But really what it is: at terrible time in family’s life, when there’s an awful tragedy, that’s when people get asked to be willing donate ‘the person who checked the box’’s heart. The person can’t offer it up, it has to be their family. So it’s an incredibly big ask. But, it moves me every time, quite honestly, that people are so thoughtful and generous and giving, at maybe one of worst times, if not the worst time, in their life,” said MacGillivray.According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, 358 patients in Texas are still on the waiting list to receive one.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated after original publication, to reflect Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center’s record of heart transplants. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listen 00:00 /01:01last_img read more

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The Made Man Honors 100 Black Men in DC

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, bmcadoo@afro.comThe 2018 U.S. Made Man Experience Tour is making its rounds to 11 cities in the nation where they are unapologetically celebrating Black men in all their excellence. This past week they made a stop at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C.Founded by Ky Dele in 2013, The Made Man Foundation aims to celebrate inspirational Black men and their accomplishments while simultaneously building a network and community amongst men where they can empower and create community with underserved men. The Rev. Dr. George E. Holmes and Dr. Renee Allen were the main hosts for the D.C. honors.The Made ManThe Made Man Experience Tour is an embodiment of the seven key initiatives of the organization. In every city the tour touches, there is The Made Man Honors, a location and national press conference, “Suit Up For Success-Clothing Drive”, “Boys 2 Made Men In-School Mentoring Excursion,” as well as “Global Think Tank”.Dele shared with the Huffington Post what made this tour unique.“While we normally honor 50 men per city on our tour, I felt it important to make a statement in our nation’s capital and recognize more than 100 men who are beacons of light and leadership at a time when racial tensions run high. The Made Man is a platform to bridge the gap between inspirational, aspirational and underserved men for greatness, legacy and leadership.”The Ghanaian embassy graciously opened its doors on Dec. 6 where a night of celebrating Blackness, uplifting Black men and strengthening community across diasporic lines was made possible.“I don’t want you to underestimate the power of this movement because it’s the power of you as well. The made man is you, your energy, your strength, your leadership, your courage, you bring that all to the Made Man, so as much as you bring your gonna get back and that is the power of The Made Man,” said Eric Guthrie. Guthrie is a member of the organization as well as the Region IV Vice President for the Morehouse Alumni Association.Some of the honorees were given an opportunity to share words of wisdom.Dr. Kim Wells, Director of Executive Programs at Howard University’s School of Business shared some of the challenges Black men face today.“One of the number one issues that keep our Black men down is confidence.”Amongst the honores for the 2018 Made Men Honors were Congressman Elijah Cummings, radio personality and activist Joe Madison, the Ambassador of Ghana to the U.S. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember Robert White and esteemed lawyer Donald Temple.Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, The African Union Ambassador to the U.S. said, “I’m counting on each and everyone of you; for a change, let’s unite. The legacy of slavery and the legacy of colonization must die within us.”To find out more information about the Made Man and their upcoming tour dates, visit https://themademan.org.last_img read more

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Group Run by Black Men Donates More Than 30000 Books to Children

first_imgBy AFRO StaffB.L.A.C.K. 2 Life, a nonprofit run by six Black men, has donated 30,000 books to children worldwide and is now seeking both financial support and more volunteers with an eye to spreading its mission of empowering underserved communities through education and mentorship.The acronym B.L.A.C.K. stands for Bringing Love And Conscious Knowledge 2 Life.Founded in 2017, the organization was created as a platform for Black men to  tackle issues that plague their communities, such as mass incarceration, particularly through education. It recruits Black men to sponsor and host events, such as free book drives, that are meant to promote childhood literacy and scholarship and community service.Founders of B.L.A.C.K. 2 Life distributing free books to children (Courtesy Photo)Highlights from 2018 include two national book giveaways in April and September and international collaboration with Golden Spoon, a nonprofit based in Trinidad and Tobago, to distribute about 1,000 free books to children at the Emancipation Day Celebration in the Caribbean country.Their most recent promotion, #100BlackMenRead, which was held in November, saw 75 Black men giving their time to read to children in their communities in Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, and Kentucky. They also had friends in Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago participating as well.For 2019, B.L.A.C.K. 2 Life plans on offering scholarship opportunities entering men aspiring to careers in education, supply grants for teachers, and more free book drives. B2L also plans to partner with the non-profit organization W.A.T.C.H. (What About The Children in Haiti) to send 1,000 books to children in Haiti and participate in the Little Free Library book exchange to build shared libraries in communities of color.To support B.L.A.C.K. 2 Life, visit www.black2life.org for a list of ways to donate or volunteer.last_img read more

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Core Mass Effect 4 details reportedly leak in massive survey info dump

first_imgWe haven’t heard much from BioWare about Mass Effect 4 in a long time. Back in November of 2014, the developer held a livestream roundtable to discuss the hotly anticipated title, and a few months prior we learned that the infamous, universally hated Mako vehicle from the original Mass Effect would make a return and try very hard to make up for its past mistakes. We also got a first-look preview back at E3 2014, the semi-teaser of which you can watch here. Now, according to a Reddit post over the weekend — mixed with a healthy dose of rumors and speculation — a survey was sent out that divulged a ton of potential details regarding BioWare’s upcoming installment.Previously, we knew that Mass Effect 4 would likely not feature Commander Shepard or main characters from the previous trilogy. The game would, however, be set in the same universe and feature similar races from previously installments; a human and a krogan were shown. BioWare also noted that the location in which the upcoming game takes place is a whole new region of space. If the details of the survey are to be believed, then the next game will take place in the Andromeda Galaxy in a region of space known as the Helius Cluster — a cluster of hundreds of solar systems — the playable area of which is reported to be four times the size of Mass Effect 3. Players will assume the role of a pathfinder, a combat-trained explorer leading an expedition to the Helius Cluster to find a new home for humanity. You’ll run into an ancient alien race called the Remnant along the way, whose mysterious technology will hold the key to humanity’s survival. Of course, you’ll also run into both alien friend and foe alike, with whom you’ll create alliances or begin wars.So far, the best official shot we’ve gotten.As far as gameplay details go, the rumored survey mentioned a crafting system supported by resource-gathering, recruiting a varied crew with their own explorable in-depth backstory like in the previous trilogy, and even AI-controlled strike missions where you’ll send out some of your squad and they’ll return later with rewards, similar to mobile city builder games or even World of Warcraft’s garrison missions. You can, however, take over the strike mission and play it yourself. The survey also describes a horde mode that sounds similar to Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, along with being able to establish settlements, and even raids through vaults of the Remnants.Though the details are promising, again, it must be noted that the descriptions are posted by a random user on Reddit — and even if the survey is legit, that doesn’t mean any of the described features would make it into the game. What may hold a bit of weight toward the legitimacy of the survey, though, is that a NeoGAF user who has provided accurate leaks in the past did corroborate not only the details leaked in the supposed survey, but that BioWare has deployed similar surveys for other games.If the survey details are to be believed — or find their way into the final game — it sounds like BioWare is taking pages out of Bungie’s Destiny book: strikes, raiding “vaults,” and a healthy dose of MMO elements. Considering Destiny made out like a bandit, a bit of imitation probably isn’t the worst idea.For now, BioWare hasn’t commented on the survey. So, if you’re into the details you can wait and hope, or if you don’t like the direction the report suggests the franchise is going, you can wait and brood. Either way, we’ll all be waiting to see where BioWare takes us next.Image credit: shinobi602last_img read more

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4 things you need to know before investing in a local startup

first_imgThe natural tendency to over-value the companies might be more accentuated here. Even at very early stages of the project (sometimes as early as the idea stage), entrepreneurs will have high hopes for their company’s valuations when it comes to letting equity go. Perhaps more common locally than in other startup ecosystems, you might find what we could call the “emotional premium on equity,” or the excess in price that the owner expects you to pay to compensate for all those nights he worked so hard, the time away from his family, and the uniqueness of his idea. The truth is that until proven out there in the market, ideas by themselves are rarely worth much, and surely 50% of a company is better than 100% of an idea, but since new entrepreneurs don’t always act (strictly) rationally, you might need to drive a hard bargain. Competition is low. On the bright side, venture capital is still in its infancy in Costa Rica, and although there are lots of people with money, there’s not a culture of investing in startups (most investors come from within families). Many local investors don’t understand the inherent risks and rewards of investing in startups and therefore ask for hefty conditions, such as outrageous percentages of equity that entrepreneurs rarely agree with. So if you keep your head cool and roll with the idiosyncrasies, you might strike yourself a good deal.Costa Rica might not be the Silicon Valley of Latin America (yet), but we’re moving ahead. There’s a very educated workforce that is now finding incentives and programs to help them innovate and turn their ideas into viable businesses. One piece of the puzzle that still seems to be unresolved is the investment, and that’s where many angel investors have an opportunity. Is it the right opportunity for you?Randall Trejos works as a business developer, helping startups and medium sized companies grow. He’s the Co-Director of the Founder Institute in Costa Rica and a strategy consultant at Grupo Impulso. You can follow his blog La Catapulta or contact him through LinkedIn. Stay tuned for the next edition of his new Tico Times column “Doing Business.” You might need to invest more than just money. Although many entrepreneurs will tell you that money is all they need, make sure you assess the young company’s needs thoroughly before taking the checkbook out. The team might not have all the skills required to run the company, there might be lack of understanding of the market they are trying to serve, or they might be over-optimistic about their cash flows. Either way, you might have to step in and invest your time, contacts and knowledge to make it take off. Although someone might argue that’s the job of investors everywhere, that type of active involvement might be even more needed in a country like Costa Rica. Facebook Commentscenter_img “By a show of hands, how many of you identify funding as the primary need of your project?” The room was filled with close to 80 eager, enthusiastic entrepreneurs ready to take on the world, and by the time I finished asking the question, more than 60 hands were up in the air. As co-director of the Founder Institute in Costa Rica, I constantly come in contact with aspiring entrepreneurs from all walks of life: from the 19-year-old college student working on her startup between classes, to the savvy engineer who just quit his job at Intel to pursuit his dream.Without a doubt, entrepreneurship in Costa Rica has been growing in the past few years, and there are many initiatives that have been contributing to it. From business plan competitions like Yo Emprendedor, to prototyping events like Startup Weekend, from structured entrepreneurship training programs like Founder Institute, to the emergence of dozens of incubators like Auge, Parquetec and UNA Incuba, to name a few, it would seem there’s never been a better time to take the leap and start your own business.Local startups today need many things besides funding, but it is this sole component that grabs most of their attention. They apply to incubators as a means to obtain seed capital from the Banking System for Development (Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo) or gain access to angel investment; they flock in masses to business-plan competitions in hopes of winning the prize of a couple thousand dollars; or, if they are brave enough, they go through the ordeal of navigating the bureaucracy of local banks in order to get flexible loans or microcredits.If you are a potential angel investor, there are many opportunities worth exploring in order to fulfill some of this capital demand, as long as you take some considerations and precautions before embarking on your journey. Before you invest in a local startup, make sure you prepare to cope with these four perks – and quirks – of our entrepreneurial ecosystem:Local entrepreneurs still have a hard time understanding the investor’s perspective. As a result of the lack of venture capital markets in Costa Rica and the fact that businesses here are rarely funded by third party investment (as opposed to savings, loans, and your uncle Francisco’s money), many entrepreneurs do not speak the same language as investors. There is still a notion that frames investment as a “help” or something that they should get out of good will. The enthusiastic founder in front of you might not think to discussrisk against return, investment horizon and exit strategy, , so you might need to create a common ground on which to negotiate. From my experience, showing entrepreneurs how other startups abroad got their funding helps them understand the tradeoffs associated with bringing an investor on board. Related posts:The different flavors of starting a business New ways to find the talent you need Want to launch an app startup in Costa Rica? Read this first Why changing too fast can hurt new businesseslast_img read more

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