APTN National NewsNunavut saw a second territory-wide protest over high food prices this week.As APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll found out, no matter the size or location of their community, people took to the streets with one message: Food in Nunavut is too expensive.
The Canadian Press WINNIPEG—An archive housing the national memory of residential schools is set to open its doors, but must balance concerns from survivors with educating the public about one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history.The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba will house millions of records collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The records _ some of which were sealed for decades _ include everything from school inspection reports to heartbreaking testimony from survivors who detailed graphic accounts of sexual and physical abuse.For survivors from across the country who have met with centre director Ry Moran, the archive is deeply personal and threatens to revictimize them if it isn’t handled carefully.Survivors who testified before the commission were allowed to dictate what part of their stories they wanted to be part of the public record. But government and church records in the archive contain personal medical information, racist language, details about family relationships and the names of survivors and their family members.“While we have a very pressing and very real mandate to make as much of the collection available as possible, we’re also being told to do no harm in the release of the information and do things in as respectful a way as possible,” Moran said in an interview.“What we’re hearing from survivors is, ‘We want Canadians to know what it was like for us in those schools, but we don’t necessarily want Canadians to have access to all of our personal, intimate details.’”About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their families and forced to attend the government schools over much of the last century in a bid to “take the Indian out of the child.”The last school closed outside Regina in 1996.The $60-million commission was part of a landmark compensation deal between Ottawa, the Crown and residential school survivors. It visited hundreds of communities and heard testimony from 7,000 survivors.The archive’s opening ceremonies are to be held next Tuesday and Wednesday. At the beginning, Moran said, the centre will be cautious about what records are publicly available.Public access may change over time but, for now, the wound of residential schools is still very raw, Moran said.“These, in many ways, are their records first, and it’s time to put them in the driver’s seat in terms of what happens with this material. For so long, they weren’t in the driver’s seat. It was disclosed by government agencies or not. It was locked up by the church archive or not.”Commissioner Marie Wilson said the centre’s goal is to further reconciliation—something that “can’t happen in sealed vaults.”She said there is no rush to immediately disclose all the commission’s government or church records. Names can eventually be redacted from government documents and the testimony from survivors will speak for itself.“Repeatedly, people say the most compelling part of all was hearing first-hand from survivors,” Wilson said. “We’ve got 7,000 statements. There is plenty there to satisfy the appetite of people just beginning to learn about all this.”Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, who represents northern Manitoba First Nations, said centre is an important part of the journey toward healing. But it will take time and care must be taken not to revictimize survivors.“There is healing in looking at atrocities right in the face and then moving past it,” said North Wilson, whose mother went to a residential school. “I hope that this will help a lot of people heal.”
NICOSIA, Cyprus — The chief of the Cyprus Association of Banks say Cypriot lenders are concerned that their adoption of some of the toughest anti-money laundering regulations in the world has not been fully recognized abroad.Association Director Michalis Kammas told The Associated Press Monday that banks are challenging “outdated perceptions” and are working to raise awareness about reform efforts.Kammas says more rigorous supervision and directives have led to the closure of a “significant number” of bank accounts since 2014.Prior to a 2013 banking sector crisis that brought Cyprus to the brink of bankruptcy, the east Mediterranean island nation, which is a member of the European Union, was hounded by allegations that it was a tax and money laundering haven.The Associated Press
Washington D.C. – Examples of Royal Air Maroc (Morocco’s national airline known as RAM) bad service and management incompetence have been in stark display at New York’s JFK airport.Videos of desperate and angry travelers stranded in the American airport continue to surface on social media hurting not only the image of RAM, but the reputation of Morocco as a tourist destination. Yet, neither the pleas of frantic customers nor the embarrassment and humiliation this “national” airline has brought to the country have moved a company official into action. RAM is now a national disgrace on the international scene.Will this incident be the breaking point that would compel the “power to be” shielding the company’s CEO from accountability to act and help save face? For now this will remain an open ended question. As the news speared around the airport that RAM flight number AT 203, scheduled to take off last Thursday from JFK to Casablanca, was canceled, protesters (AKA RAM customers who paid exorbitant amount for their tickets to Morocco) went into a frenzy looking for company representatives who were nowhere to be found.As it became clear that the flight will not make it in time for the passengers to celebrate Al-Eid (a Muslim holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan) with family and friends, some went into a riot mode making so much racket and commotions at the international airport that the police had to intervene to calm furious customers.This was not a flight delay but rather numerous cancelations of flights with little or no notice and no clear explanations. As seen on many videos, Moroccan and American travelers were anxiously looking for airline officials to get information but to no avail. Flyers paying $1500 a ticket were left rotting at the airport with no information or guidance in violation of American Federal law.RAM is not only inconveniencing customers who paid high prices for their tickets but rather relegating its duties under the Warsaw Convention, “an international convention which regulates liability for international carriage of persons, luggage, or goods performed by aircraft for reward”. In fact, U.S. and Moroccan consumers have every right to file a complaint.Videos of such incidents should alone lead to the resignations of some RAM officials. Yet, as we have seen in the past this shameful images will not lead to any changes to the organization’s irresponsible leadership or adjustments in the cavalier attitudes of some of the company’s employees. In short, RAM does not care.Regardless of whether or not we fly Royal Air Maroc, the way this airline has handled its customers should be of a concern to the flying public. While I seldom fly RAM, the actions and behaviors of the national airline is a reflection on the nation and thus is a source of apprehension to me and to other Moroccans. Many of the unfortunate RAM customers who “willingly or unwillingly” fly the airline have few alternatives and hence need the support and the indignations of all of us.Most of RAM customers got used to a degraded service over the years. In recent years, Moroccans and foreigners have endured frequent broken-down planes and snappier gate agents and flight attendants. However, the recent carelessness of the Moroccan national airline at JFK has pushed its customers to unprecedented indignation and outrage. Leaving dozens of travelers stranded in an airport for days is indeed a major blow to the image of Morocco.If history is a judge, the JFK fiasco will have no impact on the culture of indifference and bad service plaguing RAM. Moroccans and visitors will have to suffer RAM or take longer flight to visit the Kingdom.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch spoke at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) on Saturday in Berlin about the potential of digitizing Moroccan agriculture.Akhannouch said Morocco has made progress, including using satellite imagery, the internet, and mobile phones in agriculture. Morocco’s agricultural products are sold in France and elsewhere but “Morocco should double down on efforts to promote them in the demanding German market,” he added.Read Also: European Parliament Passes EU-Morocco Agriculture AgreementAgriculture digitization is a priority in the Ministry of Agriculture’s strategy, he said, citing the 2017 World Bank study on farming digitization in Morocco as supporting this trend. Fruits and vegetables make up 90% of Moroccan agricultural exports, according to the agriculture ministry. The European Parliament passed the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement on January 16. Read Also: El Othmani: EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement Required Intense EffortsThe 11th GFFA took place in Berlin from January 17 to 19 and discussed the subject “Agriculture goes digital – Smart solutions for future farming.”
TORONTO — The International Monetary Fund has raised its estimate for Canada’s economic growth rate for this year and 2018, putting it at or near the top of the heap among advanced economies.The Washington-based IMF is now estimating Canada’s gross domestic product for 2017 will be 3.0 per cent — half a percentage point higher than its July estimate.That would put Canada ahead of all the other Group of Seven countries, with the United States coming second at 2.2 per cent growth from last year.The IMF’s world economic outlook is similar to estimates issued last month by the Paris-based OECD, which also said Canada would top the G7 countries this year.The International Monetary Fund says Canada’s pickup in growth reflects reduced drag from lower oil and gas prices with assistance from government spending and central bank policies.It expects next year’s Canadian year-over-year growth rate will slow to 2.1 per cent in 2018, but that’s still 0.2 per cent above the IMF’s July update and second-highest among the G7 behind the United States at 2.3 per cent.The IMF also raised its estimate for world economic growth this year by one-tenth of a point to 3.6 per cent.
(Report by Indika Sri Aravinda for the Colombo Gazette) The family home of First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa located in Mount Lavinia, which is occupied by a relative, was robbed, police sources told the Colombo Gazette.According to the police no one was in the house at the time thieves had broken in and stolen over Rs. 10 million worth of items. The police said that a relative of the First Lady, Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe, is residing at the house but he was away at the time of the robbery. Finger prints have been taken from the house following the robbery and the Mount Lavinia police have launched a special investigation.A separate team has also been appointed to probe the incident, police sources told the Colombo Gazette. Initial investigations revealed that jewelry and foreign currency worth over Rs. 4 million had been stolen by the thieves.
Former Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando crossed over to the opposition benches in Parliament today.President Maithripala Sirisena had recently sacked Fernando from his post of Deputy Tourism Minister. Arundika Fernando has in recent times had a very close association with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)
In a statement issued late this afternoon, the 15-member Council “strongly encouraged” all participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue “to positively consider” the proposals contained in the fourth draft of the political agreement which emerged from the most recent round of talks held in Morocco from 8 to 9 June.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya and that reaching a Political Agreement leading to the formation of a Government of National Accord is critical to ending Libya’s political, security and institutional crises, and to confront the rising threat of terrorism,” the statement continued.Delegations represented in the Libyan political talks recently met in Germany’s capital for UN-led discussions hosted with senior officials from a number of States, including the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom. According to UN Special Representative on Libya, Bernardino León, who was in attendance, the meeting saw representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council send a “very strong message” of unity and support to Libya and its parties. That broad message of support was echoed in today’s statement which said the Council welcomed the efforts made by all participants of the political dialogue and of the other tracks of the peace process, including civil society contributions, local-level ceasefires, prisoner exchanges, and the return of internally displaced persons.In addition, the UN body noted it was prepared to sanction those who continue to threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security while reaffirming their strong commitment to the North African country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Meanwhile, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq reported today that Mr. León continues to engage with the Libyan parties on the agreement he put forward for their consideration on 8 June. “Discussions are continuing, and we were pleased to see that Tripoli has favourably responded to the agreement. We expect the same from the parliament in Tobruk in the coming days,” he said, adding that as the UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has made clear, the agreement offers the best chance for Libya to overcome the current crisis and set a path forward for the remainder of the transition that is consistent with the goals of the 2011 revolution.
After she suffered stroke four months ago, Brazilian star, Daniela Piedade is back to handball! Player of Krim Mercator already made some minutes in the Slovenian league, but the first goal came against old rival from Croatia, Podravka Koprivnica with whom Slovenian champion played two friendly matches last weekend (two victories – 28:27 and 31:20).photo: Ivo Čičin Mašanskerhttp://www.rk-podravka.hr ← Previous Story Iman Jamali will be Hungarian – New Perez is born? Next Story → Sanja Damnjanovic out for 4 to 6 weeks Daniela Piedade
POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE already begun to select their candidates for the local elections this year, with many independent candidates throwing their hat in the ring ahead of the upcoming local elections in May.Local GovernmentThere has been radical reform announced for local government over the last year, with new local election boundaries announced last year, meaning counties will have roughly one councillor for every 4,830 people, with one additional councillor for every town council being merged into the counties – subject to a maximum of four.In light of the wheels getting in motion for May, we want to know in today’s poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections? Yes (1402) Poll Results: No (1794) I don’t know (399) I can’t vote (198) YesNoI don’t knowI can’t voteVote
It seems like every week a hot new Mac app bundle launches. Despite the recent release of the Mac App Store developers are pushing bundles, exactly because they are so popular and they get users such good deal on software they might not have used in the past. So, OS X fans, ready for another bundle?The Supercharge OS X bundle (Mac Month Bundle 1 of 4) includes 4 pieces of software for a reasonable $14. The best part is that buyers will save $41 off the retailing pricing. The bundle includes:Cinch: A window management system designed to optimize space ($7 retail)TotalFinder: Adds tabs to OS X’s Finder ($15 retail)SpeedDownload: A download manager ($25 retail)Breeze: A session manager for your windows ($8)Those looks like four pretty solid apps. I have to admit that none of them are on my system at the moment, but they seem useful enough. And considering that two of them individually cost more than the price of the complete bundle, you can’t really go too wrong now can you?By the way, none of these apps are available through the Mac App Store, so bundles like this one remain the best way to pick them up.Anyone out there use those apps? Do you recommend them? While we are on the subject got other apps you’d recommend people try out?You can get the bundle from App Sumo.
Short URL By Murray Kinsella 18,494 Views Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 2:15 PM Subscribe Ireland captain Best ‘fairly certain’ he will retire after this year’s World Cup The 36-year-old will play his final home Six Nations game tomorrow against France. Mar 9th 2019, 12:48 PM Best will hope to finish with World Cup glory this year. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO“I suppose in the early part of my career, I thought that every home game was going to be my last home Six Nations game!” said Best.“It’s something I haven’t really given a whole lot of thought to, but it has been in the back of my mind that this will be my last home Six Nations game.“With the World Cup coming up and having aspirations to play there, you hope that my last game for Ireland isn’t going to be until the very start of November.“Now that we’re upon this, the captain’s run, being out there with the sun shining for the first time this week, it just reminded me how special this championship has been, for me personally, but also to be able to do captain’s runs, play out there, pull on that jersey in the Six Nations.“It’s been incredibly special for me and it’s very hard to believe that in just over 24 hours, you’ll potentially not get that opportunity again to play in a Six Nations here.“It’s a little bit sad but you also have to understand how incredibly lucky and special it’s been, and how lucky I’ve been to play for Ireland in so many Six Nations games.“Whenever the game finishes and I get a little bit of time to reflect on it, it will be [special]. For me and my career, it’s always been about making sure that we do everything we can as a team to make sure we can perform.“Especially with this group, when we perform, we win games by and large, and I think if I make it into something other than that, I’m not doing a service to how I feel rugby should be played in the team environment, but also my duty as a captain.”And will there be a swarm of post-match photographs, as when other players have had their last big outing for Ireland in Dublin?“I don’t think there will be too many kids in the crowd or too many kids who need to see that,” said Best. “It would be like a scene out of Shrek, maybe leave that one off!” Andy Dunne joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey to discuss Joe Schmidt’s undroppables and how France might attack Ireland’s predictability in The42 Rugby Weekly. https://the42.ie/4532210 Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 63 Comments IRELAND CAPTAIN RORY Best has officially indicated that he is planning to retire from playing rugby after this year’s World Cup.While the 36-year-old says he hasn’t 100% finalised his decision, he gave the strongest public indication yet that he will hang up his boots after the global tournament in Japan. Best led Ireland to the Grand Slam last year. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBest, who is set for his final home Six Nations game for Ireland tomorrow against France, will hope to finish in style by leading Ireland to their best-ever World Cup performance. “I think it’s fairly certain that the World Cup will be the end for me,” said Best today after Ireland’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium.“I think that I feel really good, I don’t feel I’m playing any worse, I’m really enjoying rugby. I haven’t 100% made the decision but I’m fairly sure it will be, and part of the reason I’m enjoying rugby so much and I hope playing well is because there’s that weight lifted off.“When you’re playing, you start to get fixated with what’s coming, or if you’re playing well in this Six Nations, can you put yourself in the window for the World Cup.“And if you play well in the World Cup there’s two more Six Nations and you’re in the window to the Lions tour, and you start to get bogged down with things that don’t really matter.“I’m feeling very relaxed now that the body feels that it’s happy to go on and at the minute, mentally, I’m really enjoying the rugby.“But I’m in a really lucky position at the minute that the way I’m feeling, I can go to the World Cup and be at the top of my game. And for me, the way I’m thinking at the minute, that will be a really good time for me.“And plus Joe said he didn’t want me to keep going without him!”Best, who has won 115 caps for Ireland so far, will lead the side out tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium for the final time in the Six Nations.While the Ulsterman is focused on the collective performance, he admits he has had some thoughts about the occasion. Share99 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale doctor said, Thursday, he is treating a patient who has contracted the Zika virus.Test results for the 54-year-old woman indicate she has contracted the virus, according to the doctor. The North Miami resident said she has not traveled to the active transmission zones of Wynwood or Miami Beach.“She mentioned she had traveled to some farms out west, here in Fort Lauderdale with her daughter,” said Dr. Martin M. Roche of Broward Medical Urgent Care. “There were a lot of mosquitoes, and she felt she got bit by the mosquitoes here, so it’s more likely she contracted it here.”The Florida Department of Health has said there are no active Zika zones in Broward. However, this case will be investigated.The patient is expected to speak about her situation, Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at Monday night’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen meeting:#1) FARMERS MARKET SEASON APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Farmers Market Association President Dana Burnham to conduct the Farmers Market on Sundays, from 10am to 1pm, from June 16, 2019 through October 23, 2019, on the Swain Green.#2) BAND PARENTS’ REQUESTS APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved two requests from the Wilmington Band Parents Association — (1) selling coffee, donuts, popcorn, cold drinks, pompoms, and balloons during the Memorial Day Parade and (2) selling popcorn, cotton candy, hot pretzels, soda, and water during the Recreation Commission’s Summer Concert Series.#3) GIANT YARD SALE APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents Association to use the Swain School parking lot to hold a Yard Sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 7, 2019.#4) ANNUAL FOOTBALL CAR WASH APPROVED: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Nancy Roberts, President of the Wilmington Touchdown Club, to use the parking lot of the Fourth of July Building for the annual WHS Football Car Wash on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 9am to noon.#5) SELECTMEN APPOINT DESIGNEE TO SERVE ON FINANCE DIRECTOR SCREENING COMMITTEE: Selectman Jonathan Eaton was unanimously appointed to serve as the board’s designee on the Finance Director/Town Accountant Screening Committee. The position was posted earlier this week.BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Articles on the Town Economic Development Committee; the Town Meeting Review Committee; the 2019 Town Meeting Warrant; and Unaccepted Ways are forthcoming.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”
When the tundra freezes, the North Slope gets busy. It’s the travel season, the time of year when oil producers can put in ice roads and move heavy equipment over the frozen ground.But before any of that can happen, one task comes first: looking for polar bears.Download AudioOn the North Slope, bears have the right of way.(Photo courtesy Justin Blank)Each winter, pregnant females den in snow drifts to give birth – and federal regulations require all human activity to remain at least a mile away.Cubs are born small and blind. If a mother is disturbed and leaves her den early, the cubs likely won’t survive.That means, every winter, millions of dollars of work on the North Slope must be routed around any known dens.And that’s where Justin Blank and Steve Wackowski come in. The pair work for Fairweather LLC, which has carved out a niche providing unconventional services to the oil and gas industry, from remote medics to polar bear guards.Blank and Wackowski fly surveys each winter on the North Slope, looking for dens near any planned projects.They do this using an infrared camera. At his Anchorage office, Blank pointed out a photo.“It looks like R2D2 upside down, right?” he said.The camera rotates on the underside of the plane, controlled by a joystick.Waldholz: “It looks like a video game controller!”Blank: “I tell me mom this: You always said that video games wouldn’t help me in life – and you were wrong, mom.”The sensor can pick up a fraction of a degree difference in heat, and it produces images that look like black and white TV. White means hot. Warmer regions – like a road, or a river – show up as bright spots in a muddy gray landscape. Tracks where a vehicle or even a bear has passed will linger days later, just slightly warmer than the surrounding snow.(Photo courtesy Justin Blank)But it takes a trained eye to know what you’re seeing. Blank is one of the only people outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service good enough to identify a den.“What you’re seeing here is a vent hole,” he said, pointing out a bright spot in the footage. “The bear’s body heat and breath, and everything in there, is creating a nice, strong signature, that allows us to identify where it is.”Wackowski said it’s almost impossible to see while flying.Wackowski: “It glows like an orb and it catches your eye. But when you’re in an airplane, and you’re on hour three, looking at three hours of black and white video, everything kind of blends together, right?”Blank: “Yeah.”The pair will fly for three hours in the morning, and three hours in the afternoon, averaging 800 miles a day for a couple weeks. Most days, they won’t find anything. In a big year, Blank said, he’ll log maybe eight suspected dens — total.That’s a lot of time and expense for eight polar bears. But, Blank said, for companies on the Slope, it’s worth it. If a den turns up in the way of an ice road, it’s the ice road that has to move. That’s time consuming and costly.All those hours in the air mean that when you do find something, it’s pretty exciting.Wackowski: “Is that it?”Blank: “I don’t think so…”Wackowski: “Yeah that’s it! Oh, tell me that’s not my first den! There’s tracks there, there’s a hole.”Blank: “That’s a good maybe, man.”Wackowski learned to operate infrared sensors flying unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Air Force. The technology the team uses was originally developed by the military to see at night.“I’m using some of the skills I learned in the military to go find bad guys, and now I get to use it to protect wildlife at home, these incredible critters that we share the environment with,” Wackowski said. “To me, it’s a really fulfilling mission.”That mission has gotten more important in recent years, because there are more bears than ever denning onshore.Christopher Putnam oversees the den surveys for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“The pattern of polar bear denning has completely reversed itself within a matter of a few decades,” he said.Thirty years ago, two thirds of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears denned on sea ice. Now, two thirds are denning on shore, according to research from the U.S. Geological Service. That means more contact with people – both local communities and the oil industry.Waldholz: “Why is that? What’s driving them inland?”Putnam: “Who knows. There’s something about the sea ice they don’t like.”Bears usually den where there’s jumble ice to catch snow drifts, Putnam said, and it might be that those spots are no longer stable enough to last through the three or so months of the denning season. But one thing is clear.(Photo courtesy Justin Blank)“This is one of the observable impacts of climate change,” Putnam said. “It’s not a model, it’s not a prediction. We’re seeing it happen.”Back at Fairweather, Blank called me over to watch one last piece of video.Waldholz: “That spot, is that a bear? That looks like bear!”The video showed a big empty, gray field, with one bright spot – a bear, loping along over the landscape, alone.
Workers cover the cockpit window of a Jet Airways aircraft parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, on March 26.ReutersA consortium of employees of beleaguered Jet Airways faces an uphill task in its attempt for a role in the airline’s debt rescue plan that the lenders are trying to implement. The employees including some pilots, senior engineers and others claim that they can mobilize up to Rs 3,000 crore to keep the airline afloat.The lenders’ consortium headed by the State Bank of India (SBI) is awaiting financial bids from the four prospective investors who submitted their expressions of interest (EoI) before the deadline earlier this month. They have time until May 10 to come up with viable binding financial bids individually or in partnership with one or the other bidders. United Arab Emirates (UAE) national carrier Etihad Airways, which is the strategic partner of Jet Airways, is the only airline among the bidders. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier already owns 24 per cent stake in Jet and the rescue plan envisages the airline increasing this stake.There are two US-based private equity firms, TPG Capital and Indigo Partners, among the bidders trying their luck in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. Of them, Indigo Partners already has major stakes in two airlines in the Americas. The fourth bidder is the state-owned investment promotion entity, the National Investment, and Industry Fund (NIIF), which has little exposure to the aviation industry. In July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leave. ReutersThe Jet employees’ group has approached the SBI Capital Markets Ltd, which is overseeing the implementation of the debt rescue plan but is yet to get a response. Industry sources, however, think the more viable route for the employees would have been to tie up with one of the bidders had already submitted their EoI before the deadline.The primary concern of the lenders, who are desperate to recover at least a part of their loans to the ailing airline, will be the financial viability of any proposal. The lenders control 50.1 per cent stake in the airline after the debt-equity swap and are offering up to 75 per cent stake to prospective investors. Airline founder Naresh Goyal’s share is now about 21 per cent, which may finally be reduced to 9 per cent, according to some reports. The prospective investors have hit the lenders with suggestions that they accept up to 80 per cent haircut to ensure the financial viability of the resurrected airline.The Jet Airways share fell further on Tuesday in early trade, plummeting to around Rs 150 after opening the day at Rs 162.70. The share that closed last month at Rs 268, has steadily fallen as the drama has unfolded. It opened the year at Rs 280.
As Abbott notes in his study, global power consumption today is about 15 terawatts (TW). Currently, the global nuclear power supply capacity is only 375 gigawatts (GW). In order to examine the large-scale limits of nuclear power, Abbott estimates that to supply 15 TW with nuclear only, we would need about 15,000 nuclear reactors. In his analysis, Abbott explores the consequences of building, operating, and decommissioning 15,000 reactors on the Earth, looking at factors such as the amount of land required, radioactive waste, accident rate, risk of proliferation into weapons, uranium abundance and extraction, and the exotic metals used to build the reactors themselves.“A nuclear power station is resource-hungry and, apart from the fuel, uses many rare metals in its construction,” Abbott told PhysOrg.com. “The dream of a utopia where the world is powered off fission or fusion reactors is simply unattainable. Even a supply of as little as 1 TW stretches resources considerably.”His findings, some of which are based on the results of previous studies, are summarized below.Land and location: One nuclear reactor plant requires about 20.5 km2 (7.9 mi2) of land to accommodate the nuclear power station itself, its exclusion zone, its enrichment plant, ore processing, and supporting infrastructure. Secondly, nuclear reactors need to be located near a massive body of coolant water, but away from dense population zones and natural disaster zones. Simply finding 15,000 locations on Earth that fulfill these requirements is extremely challenging.Lifetime: Every nuclear power station needs to be decommissioned after 40-60 years of operation due to neutron embrittlement – cracks that develop on the metal surfaces due to radiation. If nuclear stations need to be replaced every 50 years on average, then with 15,000 nuclear power stations, one station would need to be built and another decommissioned somewhere in the world every day. Currently, it takes 6-12 years to build a nuclear station, and up to 20 years to decommission one, making this rate of replacement unrealistic. (PhysOrg.com) — The 440 commercial nuclear reactors in use worldwide are currently helping to minimize our consumption of fossil fuels, but how much bigger can nuclear power get? In an analysis to be published in a future issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, Derek Abbott, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide in Australia, has concluded that nuclear power cannot be globally scaled to supply the world’s energy needs for numerous reasons. The results suggest that we’re likely better off investing in other energy solutions that are truly scalable. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Nuclear waste: Although nuclear technology has been around for 60 years, there is still no universally agreed mode of disposal. It’s uncertain whether burying the spent fuel and the spent reactor vessels (which are also highly radioactive) may cause radioactive leakage into groundwater or the environment via geological movement.Accident rate: To date, there have been 11 nuclear accidents at the level of a full or partial core-melt. These accidents are not the minor accidents that can be avoided with improved safety technology; they are rare events that are not even possible to model in a system as complex as a nuclear station, and arise from unforeseen pathways and unpredictable circumstances (such as the Fukushima accident). Considering that these 11 accidents occurred during a cumulated total of 14,000 reactor-years of nuclear operations, scaling up to 15,000 reactors would mean we would have a major accident somewhere in the world every month.Proliferation: The more nuclear power stations, the greater the likelihood that materials and expertise for making nuclear weapons may proliferate. Although reactors have proliferation resistance measures, maintaining accountability for 15,000 reactor sites worldwide would be nearly impossible.Uranium abundance: At the current rate of uranium consumption with conventional reactors, the world supply of viable uranium, which is the most common nuclear fuel, will last for 80 years. Scaling consumption up to 15 TW, the viable uranium supply will last for less than 5 years. (Viable uranium is the uranium that exists in a high enough ore concentration so that extracting the ore is economically justified.)Uranium extraction from seawater: Uranium is most often mined from the Earth’s crust, but it can also be extracted from seawater, which contains large quantities of uranium (3.3 ppb, or 4.6 trillion kg). Theoretically, that amount would last for 5,700 years using conventional reactors to supply 15 TW of power. (In fast breeder reactors, which extend the use of uranium by a factor of 60, the uranium could last for 300,000 years. However, Abbott argues that these reactors’ complexity and cost makes them uncompetitive.) Moreover, as uranium is extracted, the uranium concentration of seawater decreases, so that greater and greater quantities of water are needed to be processed in order to extract the same amount of uranium. Abbott calculates that the volume of seawater that would need to be processed would become economically impractical in much less than 30 years.Exotic metals: The nuclear containment vessel is made of a variety of exotic rare metals that control and contain the nuclear reaction: hafnium as a neutron absorber, beryllium as a neutron reflector, zirconium for cladding, and niobium to alloy steel and make it last 40-60 years against neutron embrittlement. Extracting these metals raises issues involving cost, sustainability, and environmental impact. In addition, these metals have many competing industrial uses; for example, hafnium is used in microchips and beryllium by the semiconductor industry. If a nuclear reactor is built every day, the global supply of these exotic metals needed to build nuclear containment vessels would quickly run down and create a mineral resource crisis. This is a new argument that Abbott puts on the table, which places resource limits on all future-generation nuclear reactors, whether they are fueled by thorium or uranium.As Abbott notes, many of these same problems would plague fusion reactors in addition to fission reactors, even though commercial fusion is still likely a long way off. Of course, not many nuclear advocates are calling for a complete nuclear utopia, in which nuclear power supplies the entire world’s energy needs. But many nuclear advocates suggest that we should produce 1 TW of power from nuclear energy, which may be feasible, at least in the short term. However, if one divides Abbott’s figures by 15, one still finds that 1 TW is barely feasible. Therefore, Abbott argues that, if this technology cannot be fundamentally scaled further than 1 TW, perhaps the same investment would be better spent on a fully scalable technology.“Due to the cost, complexity, resource requirements, and tremendous problems that hang over nuclear power, our investment dollars would be more wisely placed elsewhere,” Abbott said. “Every dollar that goes into nuclear power is dollar that has been diverted from assisting the rapid uptake of a safe and scalable solution such as solar thermal.”Solar thermal devices harness the Sun’s energy to produce heat that creates steam that turns a turbine to generate electricity. Solar thermal technology avoids many of the scalability problems facing nuclear technology. For instance, although a solar thermal farm requires a little more land area than the equivalent nuclear power infrastructure, it can be located in unused desert areas. It also uses safer, more abundant materials. Most importantly, solar thermal can be scaled to produce not just 15 TW, but hundreds of TW if it would ever be required.However, the biggest problem with solar thermal technology is cloudy days and nighttime. Abbott plans to investigate a number of storage solutions for this intermittency problem, which also plagues other renewable energy solutions such as wind power, in a future study. In the transition period, he suggests that the dual-use of natural gas with solar thermal farms is the pathway to building our future energy infrastructure. Lack of fuel may limit US nuclear power expansion Citation: Why nuclear power will never supply the world’s energy needs (2011, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-nuclear-power-world-energy.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Derek Abbott. “Is nuclear power globally scalable?” Proceedings of the IEEE. To be published. Nuclear power plant in Dukovany, Czech Republic. Image credit: Petr Adamek. Explore further
More information: www.appliedanimalbehaviour.com … (15)00060-X/abstract Citation: Purring tempo, sliding notes grab cats’ attention (2015, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-purring-tempo-cats-attention.html Is there such a thing as cat-centric music, which is pleasing music to cats’ ears? Explore further Credit: Wikipedia Cat shelter findings: Less stress with box access The journal Applied Animal Behavioral Science has published online a study by a team from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and University of Maryland. They worked to produce cat-centric music and tried it out on domestic cats.”We looked at the natural vocalizations of cats and matched our music to the same frequency range, which is about an octave or more higher than human voices,” lead author Charles Snowdon said in Discovery News. “We incorporated tempos that we thought cats would find interesting—the tempo of purring in one piece and the tempo of suckling in another—and since cats use lots of sliding frequencies in their calls, the cat music had many more sliding notes than the human music.” The journal carrying their study is the official journal of the International Society for Applied Ethology. Their research approach involved observations of 47 domestic cats hearing two types of music—one type relaxing classical music pleasing to humans (Gabriel Fauré’s Elegie and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air on a G String) and the other type, specially created cat music. What were the results? “While the relaxing classical music did not freak out the felines, they basically ignored it, showing no interest whatsoever,” said Discovery News. The cat music grabbed their attention. “Cats possess scent glands along their tails, on each side of their head, between their front paws and on other parts of their body. When a cat rubs something or someone, prior research concludes this means the cat is claiming that thing or individual. In this case, the cats appeared to be trying to claim the music, represented by the speaker playing it,” said Discovery News. “They did not rub against the speakers when the Bach and Fauré pieces were played.”Most of the cats in the study were mixed breeds; it was not possible to examine if certain breeds liked music more than others. Also, the researchers discovered that younger and older cats responded more to the feline-specific music than middle-aged cats. Could the findings support useful applications? Cats experience stress in cat shelters. Their work may have relevance for shelter cats, especially those accustomed to human companionship. Snowden said in Discovery News that there was “some research showing that cats experience separation anxiety, which is greater in human-raised cats than in feral cats.” The authors in their study wrote that “The results suggest novel and more appropriate ways for using music as auditory enrichment for nonhuman animals.” Beyond cats, other animals have been explored for musical response, as researchers seek to learn more about responses to music by species other than human. Co-author of this cat study, David Teie, who is a musician and composer, has explored cognitive processes involved in music appreciation. Working with Snowdon at the University of Wisconsin, they have studied “species-specific music” and looked at its effect on tamarin monkeys. The website “Music for Cats” describes their work. They performed tests at the University of Wisconsin using response to human music as their experimental control. Included in observed behaviors were locomotion, vocalization, scent marking, female solicitation, foraging and speaker orientation. As for the tamarins, they showed a lack of interest in the human music. By contrast, the effect on them of the species-specific music composed by David Teie was reported as clear and convincing. “They displayed a marked increase of activity in response to the music that was designed to excite them, while the ‘tamarin ballad’ music induced a significant calming. This calming effect was measured against the baseline of silence; they moved and vocalized less and orientated more toward the audio speakers during and immediately following the playing of the tamarin ballad.” © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: Nineteen councillors of Kanchrapara Municipality rejoined the Trinamool Congress from BJP, Abhishek Banerjee, the Trinamool Youth Congress president, announced during a press conference on Saturday.Kanchrapara in North 24-Parganas is believed to be the fiefdom of Mukul Roy and his son Subhrangshu. The latter joined the saffron brigade after the result of the general election was announced on May 23. Nine councillors, including the chairman and vice-chairman of the Kanchrapara Municipality, Sudama Roy and Makhan Sinha rejoined TMC on Saturday. Last week, five councillors had returned to the party as well. Abhishek said taking advantage of the Model Code of Conduct which was still in force after the result of the general election was declared, BJP had unleashed a ‘Reign of Terror’ in Kanchrapara. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe councillors were threatened with dire consequences. The houses of some of them were attacked and the lives of their spouses and children were at risk. The councillors were taken to Delhi and forced to join the BJP. After coming back to Bengal, they got in touch with the Trinamool leaders and expressed their willingness to rejoin the party. Without naming Mukul Roy, Abhishek said: “A person who cannot control the councillors of his locality is dreaming to control 107 MLAs of the Trinamool Congress.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe added that the people in the state had kept faith in Mamata Banerjee and that was the reason why the poll percentage of Trinamool Congress had gone up. “It will be repeated in 2021 Assembly elections,” he said, adding: “By unleashing a ‘Reign of Terror’ it is difficult to take control over Bengal.” Meanwhile, three Zilla Parishad members in South Dinajpur rejoined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday. Arpita Ghosh, TMC’s South Dinajpur president, said three Zilla Parishad members had joined BJP shortly after the election. Three more will join shortly either before July 21 or immediately after that, she maintained.