Govt wants to turn every ‘paan’ shop into gambling den: Cong on legalising betting on sports

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Congress today said the social implications of legalising betting on sports were “enormous” and asked the government whether it wanted to convert every ‘paan shop’ in the country into a ‘gambling den’ with the move.Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said at a time when the economy was in distress, the government was legalising betting on sports.”If you legalise betting on sports, not only will you destroy sports, but turn every paan (betel leaf) shop of this country into a Juye Ka Adda (gambling den),” he told reporters.”The reason why most of the Indian states do not have lottery or the fact that lottery is banned, is because of the extremely negative social implications of gambling,” the Congress leader said.It is high time the NDA-led central government realise the consequences of their “mal-governance and mal-administration”, the opposition party said.The Law Commission had yesterday recommended that gambling and betting on sports, including cricket, be allowed as regulated activities taxable under the direct and indirect tax regimes and used as a source for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).PTI SKC SRY SRYlast_img read more

Sudirman Cup: Japan beat Malaysia to advance to last 4

first_imgTop-seed Japan, who defeated Russia 3-2 and edged Thailand 4-1 during the group stage, swept Malaysia 3-0 to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing Sudirman Cup, here on Friday.The opening men’s doubles was the only match with some suspension as Malaysian pair Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, the runners-up at Malaysia Masters 2019, played all out to take the first game before conceding the next two to the second-ranked Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda 13-21, 26-24, 23-21 after one hour and 35 minutes, reports Xinhua news agency.Then both the women’s and men’s singles became the sure bet for Japan as the second-ranked Nozomi Okuhara extended its lead to 2-0 with an easy win over Soniia Cheah 21-16, 21-13 in the women’s singles, and world number one Kento Momota sealed the victory in the men’s singles by defeating the 21st-ranked Lee Zii Jia 21-18, 21-16.For the semi-finals on Saturday, Japan who has never won the Cup before will meet the winner between Chinese Taipei and Indonesia, who were still playing their decisive fifth match, while China takes on Thailand, hoping for a record 11th title from the biennial tournament which was initiated in 1989.Also Read | Sudirman Cup: Denmark beat Indonesia, both advance to last 8Also Read | India knocked out of Sudirman Cup after 0-5 loss to ChinaAlso Seelast_img read more

Abandoning a boat in Canadian waters will no longer be legal Garneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada is no longer going to give a free pass to boat owners who dump their dirty old vessels in Canadian harbours and waterways.Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s new Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act, introduced Monday in the House of Commons, would make it illegal to abandon boats in Canada, while empowering the government to go after the owners of the 600 derelict vessels already polluting the country’s waterways.Right now, owners who dump and run from their boats are not subject to any penalties, and some see abandoning it as the cheapest, easiest route when a boat is no longer operational, Garneau told a news conference.“This has to stop,” he said.Abandoned boats are an environmental hazard, sometimes sitting for years in harbours or abandoned along coast lines with fuel still in their tanks — “a blight on the countryside,” as Garneau put it.The legislation, which was promised as part of the federal government’s Oceans Protections Plan, brings into Canadian law the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, a 10-year-old international agreement that establishes uniform rules for removing abandoned and derelict vessels from international waters.Canada will also require owners of large commercial vessels to carry insurance to cover the potential cost of disposing of the ships, and there will also be significant penalties in place to go after those who do abandon their vessels.Garneau acknowledged that while the bill gives the government new powers to try and force owners of existing derelict vessels to remove them safely, it packs a less powerful punch for those boats.There will be no fines or penalties imposed on the owner of a boat which has already been abandoned, said Garneau. The ownership of some of them can’t even be determined, he noted, which is why Canada is also working with the provinces and territories to establish better rules for identifying boats.The government is going to establish an inventory of the existing vessels with a goal to try to remove them all.B.C. NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson said the number of abandoned boats is actually “in the thousands,” according to her unofficial conversations with Coast Guard officials. After 15 years of urging federal governments to do something, it’s nice to see some action, she added.“This is absolutely a breakthrough for coastal communities,” Malcolmson said.She said she needs some time to go through the 120-page bill to see if it fills all the gaps she believes have been identified by coastal communities. Garneau has committed to working with provinces to establish better licensing and registration systems for pleasure craft and launch a study to find the gaps in federal commercial vessel registration systems.Malcolmson said the system for registering boats has become so lax it is fairly easy for someone to abandon a boat without it being traced back.The town of Ladysmith, B.C., in her home riding is dealing with the effects of an abandoned vessel that sank in the harbour Oct. 21, spewing oil and gas into the water. The Coast Guard managed to contain the leaks, but Malcolmson said the federal government identified the boat as a risk three years ago.It would have been a lot easier and cheaper to remove it before it sank, she noted.Removing old boats can be prohibitively expensive. Last year it cost more than $1 million to remove the Viki Lyne II from Ladysmith’s harbour, four years after it was abandoned nearby.The government of Nova Scotia spent nearly $20 million to remove the MV Miner, a shipping vessel that ran aground in Nova Scotia in 2011 while it was being towed to a scrap yard in Turkey.— Follow @mrabson on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version wrongly indicated that Ladysmith, B.C. was the hometown of MP Sheila Malcolmson.last_img read more

buildOn Announces Celebrity Ambassadors

first_imgInternational nonprofit buildOn is proud to announce that actors and philanthropists Travis Van Winkle, Katharine McPhee, and Fatima Ptacek will be the first group of buildOn Ambassadors for the organization.buildOn Ambassadors are members of the entertainment industry who are lending their voices as leaders in the buildOn movement to help break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.Travis Van Winkle, who currently stars on TNT’s THE LAST SHIP, is a long time supporter of buildOn. He has dedicated himself to service by fundraising, serving and advocating in support of buildOn’s International School Building Programs and U.S. Service Learning Programs. Over the last three years, he has constructed schools with buildOn in Malawi, Haiti and Nicaragua and has lent his time to lead treks abroad as support staff.“I’m so grateful buildOn has become a major part of my life over the last couple of years and serving as the Global Ambassador is an absolute honor,” Travis Van Winkle says, “What I love about buildOn is that everyone involved is given an opportunity to rise above their limitations and stand up into their best selves.”Katharine McPhee, who currently stars on CBS’s SCORPION, launched buildOn’s school building program in Burkina Faso, West Africa in 2014. Since the launch in Burkina Faso, buildOn has built 21 schools with 32,837 Volunteer Work Days. This past December Katharine matched donations for buildOn’s 2015 Holiday Campaign to fund another school in Burkina Faso. In addition, Katharine will be co-chairing buildOn’s 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Campaign in March and will be funding another school to be built in 2016.Katharine stated, “I’m excited to continue to work with buildOn as their International Ambassador. The organization has a brilliant way of guiding ‘our own youth,’ here in the US all while helping abroad. It’s important, from my experience, to find something to get involved with and give back – it gives people a sense of purpose. It helps people see outside of their own world and the current issues around the world. That alone gives reflection and perspective on life.”Fatima, known as the voice of ‘Dora’ in Nickelodeon’s DORA THE EXPLORER and for her lead role in the Oscar winning short film CURFEW, has recently joined the buildOn family as the U.S. Service Learning Programs Ambassador. She has been dedicated to community service in New York City since she was in elementary school. Fatima has jumped in head first spearheading social campaigns throughout 2015 and attending buildOn’s annual Gala in New York City. Fatima will be lending her voice and time doing community service here in the US and also abroad.Fatima said, “I cannot be more proud to join the buildOn family and support its movement which works hard to promote the importance of education, the dedication to build schools internationally, and the knowledge necessary to be successful. I am so thrilled to help spread awareness about the education crisis in the US, to support youth globally, and to emphasize how essential service is to make our communities stronger.”last_img read more

North American markets close higher as increased oil prices drive the TSX

first_imgTORONTO – Investors shrugged of ongoing trade risks to send North American markets higher on Thursday, raising the potential for a larger eventual correction, says an investment expert.By not pricing in uncertainties, equity markets are becoming inflated and overvalued as trade issues have so far not hurt corporate earnings, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“What that means is two to three quarters from now, if these trade wars actually hit the bottom line of corporations, they’re going to have a real surprise and selloff because you weren’t pricing it in along the way,” he said in an interview.“If it was a five-per-cent selloff, it’s not out of the question to see that traditional five-per-cent selloff now be a 10 or 15 per-cent selloff because the market does not price it in at all along the way.”He said the market is pricing in perfection even though they are late in nearly a 10-year positive cycle.“A correction this week, next week or next month should not be a surprise to any investors,” Pashootan said.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 35.34 points to 16,204.62 after hitting a high of 16,262.84 on 223.8 million shares traded.The index was led by the energy sector, which rose 1.77 per cent on the back of higher oil prices.The November crude contract was up 55 cents at US$72.12 per barrel.Also gaining were the information technology, telecom, consumer discretionary and industrials sectors.The healthcare sector led on the downside on the back of large decreases by cannabis stocks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 54.65 points to 26,439.93. The S&P 500 index was up 8.03 points to 2,914, while the Nasdaq composite was up 51.60 points to 8,041.97.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.66 cents US compared with an average of 77.07 cents US Wednesday.The decrease in the loonie came a day after the Federal Reserve again raised interest rates and signalled that further hikes are likely. The Canadian dollar was hurt because those increases will come at a faster rate than Canada will be able to adopt because of the country’s high debt, said Pashootan.Uncertainty about NAFTA negotiations is also weighing down the Canadian dollar, he added.“It’s difficult to see a scenario where NAFTA gets settled and Canada negotiates a better deal than the one that’s in place now.”The November natural gas contract was up 7.6 cents at US$3.06 per mmBTU.The December gold contract lost US$11.70 at US$1,187.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 4.5 cents at US$2.78 a pound.last_img read more

Canada Post workers continue strikes await word on request for mediator

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Post workers took their rotating strikes to Alberta and British Columbia today after rejecting the Crown corporation’s latest offer and asking that a mediator be appointed to help end the ongoing labour dispute.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says they have pickets set up in just two locations — Edmonton and Kelowna, B.C. — following a request late Saturday to bring in a third party.It came after the union let pass a time-sensitive proposal from Canada Post meant to stop strikes affecting about 42,000 urban employees and 8,000 rural and suburban carriers.A spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu wouldn’t say whether Ottawa would oblige the request for a mediator, but indicated it was a good sign that both sides remain committed to finding a solution.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a last-minute plea to the two sides late Saturday to resolve their differences, just hours before the midnight deadline on the Crown corporation’s offers expired.The strikes have created a huge backlog of undelivered mail, prompting some businesses to issue pleas for a resolution ahead of the busy Christmas shopping season.The Retail Council of Canada urged Ottawa to “bring an immediate end” to the rotating strikes through back-to-work legislation.Last week, eBay also called on the government to legislate an end to the dispute in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events tied to the American Thanksgiving.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Two Arrested For Flying RemoteControlled Helicopter Over Royal Residence

first_imgCasablanca – The last place you want your remote-controlled helicopter to fly over is a royal residence. A French and a Moroccan men were recently arrested after their remote-controlled helicopter was intercepted flying over the royal residence in Dar Bouazza, Casablanca.A Moroccan and a French citizen mobilized security services in Casablanca by sending their remote-controlled helicopter over the royal residence, all out of curiosity, according to daily Al Massae.After their flying toy was intercepted by security services, the two suspects were immediately arrested after they were found to hold its remote control. Police interrogation of the suspects, reports Al Massae, was anything but a customary one.Their remote-controlled helicopter was one-meter long and was equipped with a camera that filmed anything it flew over, according to the same source.Police interrogations of the two suspects aimed to determine whether the helicopter’s owners had been next to the royal residence or were intending to film what was inside it.According to Al Massae, the two suspects were subsequently released. Their helicopter, on the other hand, was confiscated and the memory card it contained was sent to a laboratory to verify whether it had recorded anything inside the royal residence.Yet, police investigations are still ongoing to determine the links between the French and the Moroccan.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

UN hears leaders from Europe and Africa stress role of mediation in

21 September 2011Leaders from Europe and Africa used the opening day of the General Assembly’s annual session today to stress the important role that mediation can play in resolving conflicts before they become intractable. Finland’s President Tarja Halonen said UN capabilities in conflict mediation must be strengthened to give the world body a greater role in the prevention and settlement of disputes, calling for mediation to be deployed at every phase of a conflict in an effort to stop it starting or continuing.“We need to enhance the capabilities of the UN in this field. Training and guidance are pivotal,” she said, adding that non-governmental organizations (NGOs), women and grassroots activities also have an important role to play in conflict mediation.This year’s theme of the general debate is the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, and earlier this year the General Assembly adopted a resolution – the joint initiative of Finland and Turkey – calling for a greater role for mediation.Ms. Halonen said that peace processes must also be more inclusive, stressing the need for women to play a more prominent role.“The record is far from impressive at the moment as the number of women around the negotiation tables continues to be strikingly low.”President Abdoulaye Wade of the Republic of SenegalPresident Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal noted the use of mediation both in internal conflicts and in inter-State disputes. Among the former examples he cited the efforts of the presidents of Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal in resolving a serious internal crisis in Guinea-Bissau several years ago, and mediation initiatives under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Niger and Guinea.He also called for Security Council reform with a permanent seat with veto rights being awarded to Africa.President Armando Emílio Guebuza of the Republic of MozambiqueMozambique’s President Armando Emilio Guebuza stressed that mediation cannot be started “assuming that we have all the answers. The mediation process should be conducted in an objective, impartial and neutral manner, ensuring the involvement of stakeholders at all stages and their ownership of the process,” he said.He, too, called for UN reform, with an enhanced General Assembly endowed with necessary authority to take the most important decisions on the international agenda, and an enlarged Security Council that assumes its vital role in building the credibility of the UN as a universal entity. read more

British skier misses Winter Olympics opening ceremony after complaining Korea is absolutely

first_imgThe US team also sported specially heated jackets to accompany them through the ceremony, which reportedly cost $2,500 each.Australian freestyle skier Lydia Lassila turned down the opportunity to carry her nation’s flag into the opening ceremony to avoid the cold before competition.Reports earlier this week said that the extremely cold conditions were turning skis to “garbage”.At the inaugural event at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in November, seven people were treated for hypothermia. On the bobsleigh and skeleton track, if temperatures are too low it can make the ice sticky, ultimately slowing the sleds down. On Twitter he wrote: “It’s only about -5 degrees, but the wind makes if feel absolutely Baltic. Hate to think how cold it will feel if the temperature drops to -20 like it was here last week.”Cross country skiing rules say that at -20C racing will be postponed – but that’s base temperature and doe not include the windchill factor.Many previous Olympic events have been postponed because of wind, too much snow, or fog but never purely because it’s too cold. A Team GB skier missed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics after complaining that it was “absolutely Baltic” in South Korea. Andrew Musgrave opted to stay at the athletes village whilst the ceremony got underway, saying he “didn’t think it’s the best prep for my race on Sunday.”The cross-country skier is due to take part in the Men’s 15km skiathlon on Sunday as well as participating in the 30km skiathlon and team sprint relay. The 27-year-old took to his social media to praise his “windproof boxers” after high winds made temperatures feel close to -15C.“Pyeongchang isn’t half bad when it warms up a bit and you remember your windproof boxers”, the Olympian joked, adding that he should have worn two pairs. Olympic British cross-country skier Andrew Musgrave posts on social media in the run up to the Pyeongchang  A Team GB spokeswoman said that it was highly common for athletes not to attend the opening ceremony if they were competing in the following days. The spokeswoman added: “They use this time to rest and prepare as best they can. It’s very common and happens in the summer Olympics as well as the Winter Olympics, hot or cold.” Musgrave is hoping to win Britain’s first cross-country medal in the 15km event and the 30km skiathlon.For the opening ceremony the Olympian was not the only one to pass on the event. The Italian team told any staff with existing health issues to skip the curtain-raiser and had reminded their athletes to keep moving at all times. center_img The low temperatures being felt in Pyeongchang are considerably different to those athletes were faced with in the Russian city of Sochi in 2014. The games there were deemed the warmest ever as temperatures hit a high of 20C. Olympic British cross-country skier Andrew Musgrave posts on social media in the run up to the Pyeongchang winter olympics Olympic British cross-country skier Andrew Musgrave posts on social media in the run up to the Pyeongchang winter olympics Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

The AusIMMs new CEO – Michael Catchpole

first_imgThe Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (The AusIMM) new Chief Executive Officer is Michael Catchpole, who brings extensive experience in business and association management and in government, media and community relations. He was previously Chief Executive of the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA). He had previously worked as a political journalist and producer in ABC TV news and current affairs and with metropolitan daily newspapers. He also worked with global mining company BHP (as it was then) and, as an independent consultant, has provided project and issues management services to the private sector and to government departments and agencies.The President of The AusIMM, Peter McCarthy, said Michael’s experience with a range of clients and stakeholders and with another influential industry body would provide an excellent base for his new role. “Our members are spread across industry, government and academia, and work with companies ranging from the major global mining groups to sole consultancies. They share a commitment to professionalism, a passion for the minerals industry and the desire to use their knowledge and skills for the benefit of the industry and the community. Michael has the experience and skills needed to ensure that The AusIMM continues to fulfil its members’ aims, and to further enhance the organisation’s influence with key decision makers and its engagement with communities.”McCarthy paid tribute to the achievements of the previous CEO Don Larkin, who has retired after nearly nine years with AusIMM.Catchpole says he is excited at the opportunities presented by his role as CEO of the pre-eminent organisation representing professionals in the minerals sector. “I see The AusIMM’s role as being to provide opportunities for professionals to advance their technical excellence and best practice, and to communicate their learned opinions to key decision makers. The future of the mining industry is inextricably linked to global environmental, economic and social sustainability. The positive impacts our members can have as we seek a sustainable industry extend far beyond the mining sector.”He said the previous CEO, Don Larkin, had implemented many changes during his term to improve services to members and increase the influence of the organisation. One of the most recent innovations was the installation of a new IT system that would enable The AusIMM to better service and represent its increasingly mobile and global members.last_img read more

Column If Ethiopia started to develop its coffee industry it could trade

first_img Share207 Tweet Email6 720 Views Column: ‘If Ethiopia started to develop its coffee industry, it could trade its way out of poverty’ About 100 million people rely on coffee for their livelihood but they’re not always getting a fair deal, writes Killian Stokes. Mar 6th 2017, 6:30 AM 34 Comments Monday 6 Mar 2017, 6:30 AMcenter_img By Killian Stokes Short URL WHEN WE THINK about the products on supermarket shelves, there isn’t a level playing field. Take wine and coffee for example.The French don’t export green grapes. They export bottled and branded wine and consumers actually pay more for premium French brands such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.As a result, more jobs, income and profits stay in France and France makes about €12bn a year from its wine exports.At the same time, a big coffee-producing country like Ethiopia only earns €760m from coffee. Both are premium products, so what’s the problem?Fairtrade FortnightFairtrade has been fantastic for raising awareness but it was supposed to address this imbalance.Fairtrade is marking Fairtrade Fortnight at the moment and after 20 years of Fairtrade products on our shelves in Ireland, has it achieved its aims of addressing poverty in developing countries?Short answer? Not really. Fairtrade in the UK announced sales of £1.64bn this week for products with their certification. That gave farmers £30m in “premium payments” for their products. After 20 years of campaigning, that’s not a lot of added value for producers.A Problem Worth Solving – A Look at Coffee Agegnehu and Genet in Moyee’s Roastery in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Coffee has become the world’s favourite drink. It’s bigger than wine, beer and booze put together. Each day we drink 2 billion cups of coffee and the global coffee industry is worth almost €100 billion a year.Across the developing world about 100 million people rely on coffee for their livelihood, that’s the coffee farmers and their families. But these are amongst the poorest people on the planet. 90% of coffee farmers earn less than €2 a day while 90% of coffee growing countries still need international aid to survive.While 100% of coffee is grown in the coffee belt, 99.9% of all coffee we drink is roasted in Europe or America. Coffee is exported out of the coffee belt as raw green bean and so even if coffee farmers earn slightly more with Fairtrade premiums, most of the jobs, income and profits from coffee are exported out of the coffee belt. This has to change.Ethiopia, which I mentioned earlier, is the birthplace of coffee, the home of Arabica and the producer of some the finest beans in the world including Harrar, Sidamo and Yirgacheffe beans.It is Africa’s largest producer of coffee, coffee accounts for 30% of its exports. 1 in 4 Ethiopians rely on coffee for their income. That’s about 20 million people.Ethiopia should earn enough to power its economy, but as that value’s being added in the West, it has to rely on about €3 billion in foreign aid per year.A Better Deal for the Coffee Belt – Trade over AidIf Ethiopia started to develop its coffee industry, with roasting, packaging and quality control taking place at origin, it could create millions of jobs and triple the country’s income from coffee to €2.5 billion a year. It could begin to trade its way out of poverty.At Moyee Coffee we call this approach FairChain. We now roast 85% of our coffee in Addis Ababa, as well as packaging and quality control jobs. By roasting locally, we create more jobs and ensure more profit stays with the people who contribute most to the coffee chain.We think that’s an idea worth talking about this Fairtrade Fortnight. Let’s move the conversation beyond supporting farmers and look at supporting entire industries in developing countries.We believe this FairChain revolution can spread throughout the coffee belt and make a real difference in the fight to tackle poverty.Killian Stokes is an adjunct lecturer on Business and Global Development at the Quinn School of Business in UCD and the co-founder of Moyee Coffee Ireland (, the world’s first FairChain coffee.Good or evil?: McDonald’s and low cost airlines opened up eating out and travel to us all>Opinion: ‘Taxpayers who earn significantly less than Bus Éireann drivers are being asked to foot the bill’> Killian Stokes Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Harris County Requests Delay To Implement Judges Bail Order UPDATE

first_img 00:00 /00:00 X Listen Share UPDATE 5/11/2017 4:41 p.m.: Federal Judge Lee Rosenthal issued new instructions Wednesday for Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to make changes to the county’s bail system starting on Monday, May 15. The sheriff says he supports the changes and is ready to enact them, which could mean the release of hundreds of misdemeanor defendants from jail.However, Harris County Commissioners are still appealing the judge’s ruling that the bail system is unconstitutional.PREVIOUSLY: U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal says the county’s bail system violates the Constitution by jailing those who cannot afford bail. District Attorney Kim Ogg agrees with the judge’s viewpoint. “We should not be incarcerating people on low-level offenses before they’ve been convicted of anything simply because they don’t have the money to bond out. Conversely, I hate the practice that our judges currently employ of releasing even dangerous defendants when they can make bail.”   Ogg says the practice has been to follow a bail schedule crafted heavily by the bail industry. But she says decisions need to be based on risk to public safety. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wants a delay implementing the ruling. Robert Soard with the Harris County Attorney’s office says the jail processes 130,000 people each year. “We’re talking about huge numbers, huge volumes. That’s one reason, I think, that the sheriff has had to ask for additional time. The system is incredibly complex with lots and lots of different people.” Soard says the issue seems to be over the 5 to 10 percent who are high-risk and the procedure for dealing with them. The Harris County Commissioners were asking for a delay to allow more time to craft a new bail system. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

British oceanographers find new species in Indian Ocean hydrothermal vents

first_img © 2011 Explore further Expedition heads for world’s deepest undersea volcanoes Yeti crab. Image: Andrew Thurber ( — A research team sailing on the vessel James Cook has been studying the unique habitat surrounding deep sea vents in the Indian Ocean far off the south-east coast of Africa. The vents, created by under-the-sea-floor volcanic activity, spew black cloudy liquid and create a hot hostile environment. One of them, known as the Dragon Vent, was the main focus of cameras fixed to an aquatic robot that captured the existence of some of the exotic animals that are able to live in the distinctive environment. One of those creatures, a type of yeti crab, may even be a species unknown to science.center_img 你需要安装能够查看此内容的 Adobe Flash Player。Please click here to continue.The expedition, sponsored by Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council and led by Dr. Jon Copley, a marine biologist, set sail from South Africa early in November and concluded its voyage this past week. During the middle part of that trip, the team sent down a robot called Kiel 6000 which has both cameras and a means for collecting samples of marine life, to the vents to see what sorts of animals might be living down there. Other such ventures to other vents in the Indian Ocean, as well as in other oceans have shown that truly unique types of creatures have evolved that are able to flourish in such a strange part of the planet. What’s not clear, however, is how such creatures manage to move the vast distances between such vents, as the vents, just like volcanoes on land, tend to go dormant between periods of activity.Other types of sea life found around vents include sea cucumbers, which are long and skinny and are related to sea stars and unique types of snails, shrimp and mussels.The vents in this latest study, are part of the South West Indian Ridge, and were first noted in 2007 by a team of Chinese researchers. Vents, or fissures in the sea floor, in general were first found to exist back in 1977 and have attracted attention since that time due to the unique life forms that call such areas home, and the fact that such vents tend to create tall mineral spires that look like chimneys which also quite often contain precious metals. It’s the existence of these metals though that could pose problems for the aquatic life as humans are apt to destroy the unique ecosystem in extracting them. The Dragon Vent, for example, is likely to be impacted soon as China has just recently been granted mineral exploration and extraction rights by the body of the United Nations responsible for doling out such permission. Citation: British oceanographers find new species in Indian Ocean hydrothermal vents (2011, December 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy

first_img Toward a low-cost ‘artificial leaf’ that produces clean hydrogen fuel More information: Liping Liu. “Feasibility of large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/12/123019 Liping Liu, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, envisions that thermoelectric power plants would look like giant barges sitting in the tropical ocean, where electricity is generated by heating cold, deep water with warm, shallow water heated by the sun. Liu has published a paper in the New Journal of Physics in which he analyzes the feasibility of such power plants.”This work is about the new idea of large-scale green power plants that make economic use of the largest accessible and sustainable energy reservoir on the earth,” Liu told, speaking of the oceans. This is because the sun heats the surface water to a temperature that, in tropical regions, is about 20 K higher than water 600 m deep. Essentially, the surface water acts as a giant storage tank of solar energy.As Liu explains, thermoelectric power plants would work by harvesting the energy of ocean waves to pump cold water from a few hundred meters deep up through a long channel. As the cold water nears the surface, it enters a heat exchanger where it is heated by surface water on the outside. The heat exchanger acts as an electric generator, as its tubes are made of thermoelectric materials that can transfer heat through their walls and directly convert temperature differences into electricity.Large-scale, ocean-based thermoelectric power plants would have many advantages. For one, the “fuel” or temperature differences are free, unlimited, and easily accessible. Also, the plants do not take up space on land. Because they have no moving solid parts, they would have low maintenance costs. In addition, the power output does not depend on the time of day or season. And finally, the method is green, as it does not release emissions. In the new paper, Liu shows that large-scale thermoelectric power plants wouldn’t need to operate at extremely high efficiencies to be economically competitive; instead, the key would lie in engineering simple structures such as laminated composites in order to support mass production. These improvements focus on the conversion capacity, which, unlike efficiency, can be improved by orders of magnitude. In other words, because the fuel is free and in limitless supply, large-scale thermoelectric power plants could make up with their sheer size what they lack in efficiency.The cost of generating electricity varies by source. According to the US Department of Energy, the estimated cost per year of one megawatt of electricity in 2016 is about $0.83 million for conventional coal plants, compared to $1.84 million for photovoltaic power plants. Liu’s analysis estimates that a thermoelectric power plant could generate electricity for less than $1.84 million, although an exact estimate is difficult at this stage. This estimate is for a thermoelectric generator that lasts for 20 years and uses ocean water with a 10 K temperature difference as fuel. If water from geothermal sources is used instead, the temperature difference could be 50 K or more, resulting in an even higher power gain and lower cost per watt.Overall, the analysis shows that thermoelectric power plants look very promising and could contribute to solving the world’s energy problems. Liu plans to work toward this goal in future research.”We are currently working on experimentally validating the predicted power factor of the thermoelectric composites,” Liu said. “Once this is validated, we will seek to fabricate a table-top prototype of the generator that uses ice water and hot water as ‘fuel.'” Citation: Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy (2014, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A thermoelectric power plant can also use geothermal sources to produce the temperature gradient. Here, hot water is pumped up to the heat exchanger/generator, where it is cooled by air. Credit: Liu. (CC BY 3.0) Small-scale thermoelectric generators are already used commercially in applications such as microelectronics, automobiles, and power generation in remote areas. In these designs, the conversion efficiency is the most important factor because the fuel accounts for the largest portion of the cost. Most commercial devices have a conversion efficiency of around 5% to 10% of the ideal Carnot efficiency, with state-of-the-art devices achieving efficiencies of up to 20%. Although research is currently being done to further improve the efficiency, there are still limits to how high it can go. 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. Journal information: New Journal of Physics (—A new study predicts that large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects, such as small temperature differences in ocean water, could generate electricity at a lower cost than photovoltaic power plants. A thermoelectric power plant might use energy harvested from ocean waves to pump cold water up through a heat exchanger/generator near the surface. The heat exchanger is made of thermoelectric materials which can use the temperature gradient between the warm and cold water to generate electricity. Credit: Liu. (CC BY 3.0) © 2014 Explore furtherlast_img read more

From DF to CDMX Mexico City changes name and status

first_imgRelated posts:Missing Mexico students not among 28 in mass grave Mexico’s Peña Nieto pledge to find students falls short for families Slaying of Mexican journalist, activist and 3 others a professional hit, says victim’s family lawyer Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s sprawling capital changed its official name on Friday as it launched steps to become virtually like a federal state.For the past two centuries, the city has been known as “DF” from its official name of Mexico Distrito Federal, or Federal District.But now the city of nearly nine million will be known as Ciudad de Mexico, or CDMX.That is the Spanish version of what the city is already called by English speakers: Mexico City.Just like the U.S. capital of Washington,  Mexico City is distinct from the various states that make up the rest of the country, and it is closely controlled by the federal government which is based there.Under its new status it will acquire some of the same functions as Mexico’s 31 regular states, with a constitution and congress holding legislative powers over public finance and security.It will also gain access to large sums of federal funding. Its mayor will become like a state governor in all but name.The transformation began on Friday when President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the reform into force.The process will be officially completed next year when the city’s new constitution is due to be approved.The federal government’s influence over the leadership of DF has been a source of controversy among city politicians.Peña Nieto’s rivals complain his allies will hold undue sway over the assembly that is due to start drawing up the new Mexico City constitution this year. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Maiden season for two ships in the Ponant Explorer

first_imgMaiden season for two ships in the Ponant Explorers seriesThe northern summer 2019 season shines the spotlight on Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville. These exceptional new-generation ships in the Ponant Explorers series combine a smaller capacity (92 staterooms) and respect for the environment (Cleanship label awarded by Bureau Veritas). Equipped with a dynamic marina platform enabling guests to swim and engage in other activities directly from the ship, as well as a submersible mini-port providing easy access to a number of nautical activities (kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing and more), these new stars of the fleet also boast a multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye, offering guests a new experience of the subaquatic world.Forty-six cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, including five new itinerariesFrom the Adriatic to the Aegean Sea, and the Atlantic coast to the Baltic Sea, Europe represents a unique travel experience. For the April to November 2019 period, 46 cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe have been carefully designed by the Ponant experts, including five new itineraries and unique ports of call such as Gytheio, Syracuse and Brindisi. Culture or relaxation, landmarks or exceptional natural sites, Ponant offers itineraries for discovering little-known destinations that are inaccessible to larger ships, as well as the most beautiful sailing spots in theMediterranean: the Bay of Kotor, the Corinth Canal, Bonifacio and its white cliffs, or Stromboli. On board, the French touch is evident in the elegant design, the personalised service and the fine cuisine.An exceptional musical cruise programmeCombining the charms of music and the sea, be enthralled daily by concerts and guest speakers. With four cruises run in partnership with Radio Classique guests will be able to meet and engage with some of the most prestigious concert musicians and performers, including world renowned pianist Alain Duault. Jazz violinist Didier Lockwood and singer-songwriter Robert Charlebois will also be special guests on two cruises through the Adriatic.To see the new brochure, click here.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterPonant has released its brochure presenting Mediterranean & Northern Europe itineraries for the April to November 2019 season. The cruise company is offering the chance to discover or rediscover a unique heritage by sea aboard its ships, including the latest additions to its Ponant Explorers series, Le Bougainville and LeDumont-d’Urville.last_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – The Avakian jewelry company

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – The Avakian jewelry company is making a high profile entry into the exclusive world of fine watchmaking. Following the success of his jewelery lines, which have caught the eye of a growing number of international stars, Edmond Avakian is now launching his first watch for men, the Concept 1, designed and developed in collaboration with his son, Haig Avakian, who heads the company’s US operations. After launching its first men’s watch “Concept 1” during the opening night of the Avakian shop in Beverly Hills in December 2008, Avakian pursues its path and unveils its new watch in Russia. To celebrate its launch, a delightful event was held on the December 10, 2009 at the Ararat Park Hyatt hotel situated in the heart of the Russian capital, Moscow. Avakian continues its diversification of its product lines and international expansion and is also getting set to commemorate the company’ s 40th anniversary in 2010.With an avant-garde design, the new watch has a second time zone, large date display and instantaneous date change with quick correction, all assembled on an 11-1/2 line movement, with manual or automatic winding. The model is available in six formats in the following color combinations: white gold, brown gold, black gold, pink gold and titanium. An interchangeable bezel fits onto the case, and may be plain or diamond studded to suit both mood and contemporary trends.Rigorous workmanship and a commitment to perfection have always ensured that Avakian retains its independence and maintains an irrefutable quality of finish. Wishing to perpetuate the family tradition and preserve the authentic Avakian style, Edmond Avakian has enlisted the exclusive services of independent Swiss craftsmen to design and produce his new watch. The manufacture of the gold middle sections and the leatherwork required to make the straps have therefore been entrusted to a number of small workshops in Geneva, ensuring that the entire design and assembly process is purely Swiss.To pay homage to the watchmaking tradition of the Avakian brand and offer his clientele an increasingly extensive range of products, Edmond Avakian set himself the goal of launching his own model, an exceptional model to match the company’s image. Additionally, a new line of watches for women is planned for 2010/2011.For more information visit read more

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