RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian President Michel Temer announced a handful of measures late Sunday aimed at getting truckers to end a crippling strike that has had a wide impact in Latin America’s largest nation.Temer, a lame duck president who is deeply unpopular, said the price of diesel fuel would drop by 0.46 reals (US$ 0.13) per litre for 60 days, about a 10 per cent drop compared to the price before the strike began. Temer said the government would pay the difference between the price set by state oil company Petrobras and the reduced cost.Temer also said he was crafting measures to reduce some tolls and establish minimum freight rates, key demands by truckers whose shutdown has brought much of the country to a halt. Congress this week was also expected to debate various measures aimed at ending the shutdown.Whether the changes will be enough to get truckers back to work remains to be seen. An announced “agreement” between the government and transportation unions last week was ignored by thousands of truckers, who continued striking.While Temer spoke late Sunday, in Rio and Sao Paulo the banging of pots could be heard, a form of mass booing of unpopular politicians in Brazil.Over the last week, thousands of schools have cancelled classes, many flights have been grounded and gas stations have emptied, bringing much commerce to a halt.Through it all, Temer’s administration has struggled to confront the stoppage, exposing a yawning gap between politicians in the capital of Brasilia and thousands of truckers who are key to keeping Brazil running, in part because the commodity-rich nation has no significant rail or canal system to move goods.On Friday, Temer said he would have the army and police use force if necessary to remove thousands of truckers who parked along highways and roads nationwide. That prompted more hackles than fear from truckers. Soldiers made no moves against truckers, though they did serve as convoys for some fuel shipments.On Sunday, Gen. Eduardo Villas Boas, head of the Army, even tweeted that negotiation was the best way to avoid conflict.The price of diesel has risen sharply in recent months as world oil prices have gone up and the real has devalued against the U.S. dollar.The shutdown comes at a time when Brazil is struggling to recover from a deep recession and many people are furious at much of the political class because of a massive corruption scandal that involved inflated construction contracts and billions of dollars in kickbacks.
Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, and Ibrahim Jaafari, leader of the Da’wa party, discussed issues related to the current transition and explored how to advance the political process.Mr. Jaafari told Mr. Vieira de Mello that the Iraqis needed the UN to assist them in achieving their legitimate rights and they agreed to continue their consultations.Yesterday, the UN envoy met with Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim, senior member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). On Monday he saw Hamid Al-Bayati, a member of SCIRI’s Central Committee, and on Sunday Adnan Pachachi, a former Foreign Minister.In other meetings today, Mr. Vieira de Mello met with resident diplomats of France and Italy and received a delegation from Amnesty International.On the humanitarian front, a new shipment of emergency reproductive health supplies provided by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has arrived in Baghdad to help meet the urgent needs of Iraqi women, including obstetric care material, clean delivery equipment, contraceptives, syringes and essential drugs.This was UNFPA’s second such shipment of supplies since the end of the armed conflict in April, after a first delivery almost a month ago to the northern city of Mosul.The agency is currently conducting an emergency assessment of 18 hospitals and 30 primary health care centres providing reproductive health and family planning services around Baghdad.
TORONTO – Canadian Solar Inc.’s battered stock got a boost Wednesday after its first-quarter results beat analyst estimates and senior executives raised their revenue outlook for the full year by US$100 million — with room to grow even further.“We see more megawatt shipments in the second half (of 2016) than the first half,” Canadian Solar’s chairman and chief executive, Shawn Qu, told analysts on a conference call Wednesday.The company, based in Guelph, Ont., announced that its 2016 annual revenue estimate has been raised to a range of US$3 billion to US$3.2 billion as a result.Most of that revenue would be from the sale of modules used to turn sunlight into electricity and from power sales.Qu said a further $200 million to $400 million could be added to 2016 revenue if the company (Nasdaq:CSIQ) decides to sell some of its generating capacity — one of several options under consideration.“We believe that our solar power plant assets, in low-risk OECD countries, are valuable and very liquid (sellable),” Qu said.The outlook and first-quarter results — both better than analyst estimates although down from a year ago — helped Canadian Solar’s battered stock price on Wednesday.The issue closed up $1.92 or 12.42 per cent at US$17.38, although that was still less than half the US$40 it fetched a year ago.Investors have been wary since some big American and Chinese companies ran into financial trouble as they attempted to cash in on a widespread shift to alternative energy sources, particularly solar.For example, Missouri-based SunEdison filed for bankruptcy protection in April after a string of acquisitions left it cash-poor. Its stock last traded at 34 cents on April 21 — down from US$33.45 last summer.Qu said Canadian Solar has a combination of strengths — including a balanced global manufacturing and sales network that can adjust to local changes in market demand.“We never aim to be just the No. 1 shipment company in solar. We aim to be a Tier 1 solar module provider with a combination of strengths,” Qu said. “I think that separates the winners from the losers.”Revenue for the first quarter, which Canadian Solar reports in U.S. dollars, was $721.4 million — down 16.2 per cent from US$860.9 million a year earlier, but much better than the analyst consensus of US$663.7 million.Net income was US$22.6 million or 39 cents per share, down from $61.3 million or $1.04 per share in the first quarter of 2015 but also above an analyst estimate of 13 cents per share. by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2016 6:44 am MDT Last Updated May 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Solar raises 2016 revenue estimate, says Q1 decline less than expected
Today, SMMT released figures for December pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in December 2015 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the December 2015 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
A survey of current NFL players done by USA Today finds that players are more concerned about leg injuries than they are about head injuries.The survey of 290 players who were on rosters in December indicated that 46 percent were most concerned about a knee or leg injury compared to 24 percent who were most worried by the prospect of head or neck injuries. The knee injury suffered by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on a low hit by Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward was cited by several players as an illustration of their concern, including Ward’s teammate Shaun Lauvao.“You saw what happened to Gronkowski,” Lauvao said. “That’s because of a rule change. The way it was before, he would have just got hit in the head. He would have been there for the next play. It’s a Catch-22. I know they’re trying to make it safer, but some rules changes just take away.”NFL senior V.P. of health and safety policy Jeff Miller said that the league took the players’ concerns seriously, but that they wanted to have more hard data before making any decisions about new or different approaches.“When we look at the number of injuries and the types of injuries and the breakdown as to when and where and how those injuries occur, that’s going to inform the decision-making in terms of the health and safety measures that we take,” Miller said. “So if it turns out that the concern that is expressed in your survey is well-founded as we look at the number at the end of the year, then that’s something we’re going to have to address.”It’s a delicate balancing act to pull off in a game that’s going to produce injuries as long as it’s played by excessively large men moving quickly into one another and it figures to be one that the league addresses often in the years to come.
After winning the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, the Ohio State men’s soccer team earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. “[Our four seed] is recognition of the season,” coach John Bluem said. “The run we had at the end of the season, winning the Big Ten regular season championship, the Big Ten conference championship, beating the teams we did. At the end of the season our RPI kept getting better and better.” Because of that run put together by the Buckeyes, they earned the highest seed in program history, guaranteeing them a bye in the first round of tournament play.Bluem marks an Oct. 25 2-0 loss to Wisconsin as one of the games that was important in going forward. “We lost that game at Wisconsin. Then we won four straight games since then against the best teams on our schedule,” Bluem said. “The team found a nice rhythm and the wins have just improved the confidence and belief this team has in itself.” OSU has been playing well in its last four games, starting with a win against Indiana and ending with a win against Penn State for the conference tournament championship.The Buckeyes also beat archrival Michigan to grab the Big Ten regular season title and defeated Indiana once again in the semifinals. With that win they became the first team ever to defeat Indiana twice in one season. OSU must now sit and wait until its game, which will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes will await the winner of Drake vs. Western Illinois matchup on Thursday night. “We’ve been working with them to keep their heads on straight [and] take it one game at a time, which they’re going to need to do.” Bluem said. “Anyone in the tournament is going to be good enough to beat you. You’re going to have to respect all your opponents and it will be very important to get a hold on this team’s ego and keep it in check.” For the Buckeyes, it’s their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh in program history. All appearances have come under Bluem’s coaching. He has been with the Buckeyes for 12 seasons. Elsewhere in the tournament, Akron earned the overall No. 1 seed, followed by Wake Forest and Virginia with the second and third. The top four teams in the tournament will have home-field advantage throughout the tournament, assuming they continue to win. At the end of the 48-team playoff, the four remaining teams will advance to the College Cup held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The farthest the Buckeyes have ever advanced in the tournament was in 2007, when they lost to Wake Forest in the College Cup Final.
10 things in tech you need to know today There is physical proof of Robertson’s birthplace, collected in dramatic fashion onscreen; a tearful meeting in Vietnam with a soldier who was trained by Robertson in 1960 and said he knew him on sight; and a heart-wrenching reunion with his only surviving sister — 80-year-old Jean Robertson-Holly — in Edmonton in December 2012 that left the audience at the Toronto screening wiping away tears.Jorgenson encountered so much resistance from the US military making his film that he says he’s convinced one “high-placed government source” was telling the truth when he said, “It’s not that the Vietnamese won’t let him (Robertson) go; it’s that our government doesn’t want him.”Wringing out the details and talking to Robertson’s American family seems to have been a gut-wrenching affair. The children whose names he couldn’t recall declined DNA testing at the last minute with no explanation.None of that mattered to Roberston who says he fulfilled his wish of coming to America and seeing his kids one more time before he dies.Robertson’s now back in Vietnam, with no desire to leave and Unclaimed opens in the USA on 12 May, at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington, DC.- Robert JohnsonUS noted Ireland’s ‘tendency to identify with North Vietnamese’ in 1973>Agent Orange clean-up launched in Vietnam decades after war ends> A NEW DOCUMENTARY called Unclaimed claims to introduce the world to former Army Sergeant John Robertson, lost over Vietnam in 1968 and left behind for over four decades.The Toronto Star reports Edmonton filmmaker Michael Jorgenson found Robertson, 76, living in a rural Vietnam village stooped with age, unable to speak English, remember his birthday, or names of the children he left behind in the U.S.It’s a story difficult to understand considering the US military places such a priority on bringing every service member home, whenever possible.Jorgenson told the Toronto Star that he was also skeptical when Vietnam vet Tom Faunce came to him and explained a man he’d found in Vietnam was a former “Army brother” listed as killed in action and forgotten. He says he became convinced only after going to Vietnam and meeting Robertson himself.What he found was revealed to filmgoers in an invitation only screening of “Unclaimed” at a Toronto theatre earlier this month.From The Toronto Star: A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change
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https://twitter.com/SFMFoodBank/status/999374123120803840 Facebook News Email The metal titans split the Swedish award’s prize money between three good causesNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 18, 2018 – 8:09 am GRAMMY-winning metal pioneers Metallica have a huge heart. After receiving the Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm on June 14, the band promptly announced they’d be donating the prize money to three charities.The prize amounts to just over $130,000, and 50 percent of it will go to the Stockholm City Mission, which supports the homeless. The World Childhood Foundation founded by Sweden’s Queen Silva and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, who also received a Polar Music Prize this year, will receive 25 percent each of Metallica’s prize money.”Many of the Polar Music Prize laureates over the years have donated their prize money to charity,” managing director of the Polar Music Prize Marie Ledin told Billboard. “It’s not something we ask of them, but we appreciate their generosity.” Metallica have been giving back a lot lately. In May, the group participated in their first All Within My Hands Foundation “Day Of Service,” volunteering at food banks and encouraging their fans to do the same. The foundation is the band’s new charitable branch, “dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger and other critical local services,” according to its website. Metallica Donate Polar Music Prize Money To Charity Metallica Donate Polar Prize Money To Charity metallica-donate-polar-music-prize-money-charity Twitter “Our primary thing for the last year has been, all over where Metallica goes to, to support local food banks,” says Ulrich. “We write checks in every city. We just played a 39-day European tour where we wrote checks to the local food banks.”The band returns to the road Sept. 2, kicking off a U.S. tour with a sold-out show in Madison, Wis., before trekikng across the country through March 2019. For a full list of dates and ticket information, visit the band’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will depart Wednesday for Mexico City to hold talks with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico aimed at bolstering Washington’s security ties to its neighbors.Hagel’s three-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala will underline “America’s commitment to this region,” spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.The visit follows a Pentagon announcement for a planned sale of 18 Apache helicopters to Mexico.Kirby said the helicopters would “improve the security of a strong, strategic partner in Mexico, both in terms of combating organized crime and drug trafficking.”The Pentagon has informed the U.S. Congress of the planned arms sale, officials said.Hagel was due to begin his trip with a stop at Ft. Bragg, in North Carolina, to meet with special operations troops who lead training missions in Latin American countries. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is briefed on the ATLAS ROBOT, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built, on April 22, 2014, at the U.S. Pentagon by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) personnel. Paul J. Richards/AFPHe will then fly to Mexico City to attend the second gathering of defense chiefs from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.“This ministerial, which first met in 2012, provides an opportunity to expand our bilateral defense ties with Canada and with Mexico,” as the countries “confront shared security challenges,” Kirby said.While in Mexico, Hagel will lay a wreath at the monument for the 201st Mexican Air Force Squadron that fought alongside U.S. forces in the Pacific campaign during World War II, he said.After Mexico, Hagel will travel to Guatemala, in the first visit to the country by a U.S. defense secretary since 2005.Hagel was due to visit U.S. troops carrying out medical training with the Guatemalan military, Kirby said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal OAS chief urges new approach to failed ‘war on drugs’ Costa Rica’s Solís flies in former drug plane to El Salvador US arrests relatives of Venezuela first lady over drug-trafficking allegations
Related posts:Costa Rica, China to explore creation of ‘special economic zones’ Costa Rica’s relationship with Nicaragua is complicated, says Solís Regulatory hurdles, inexperience contribute to China-Costa Rica trade imbalance Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry President Luis Guillermo Solís called for a substantive shift in Costa Rica’s relationship with China seven years after the Central American country opened diplomatic relations with the world’s second-largest economy, according to an audio statement recorded in Beijing Monday evening local time.“[Costa Rica wants] a political exchange that is deep and sincere, but also has results in the medium and long term beyond immediate gestures, like police cars, soccer balls or a beautiful stadium, like the National Stadium,” Solís said, referring to the 35,000-seat $100 million stadium and 450 police cars China donated.“Seven years is a short time, [but] it’s time to change the dynamic of this relationship,” the president said, hours before his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Solís said he wants to see the Costa Rican and Chinese economy more closely linked, listing special economic zones, infrastructure investment, technology sharing, and greater educational and cultural exchanges as some of his goals for the future of the relationship.These goals are lofty when compared to the current trade relationship between the small, peace-loving country and the ascendent superpower. Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora acknowledged in a recent interview with The Tico Times that much work is needed on both sides of the relationship in order to create greater investment and economic opportunity. According to the Foreign Trade Ministry’s 2013 figures — the most recent year available at the time this article was published — China invested just $6.1 million in Costa Rica that year, less than Guatemala, which invested $8.2 million. More than $1.2 billion in foreign investment flowed into Costa Rica from the United States in 2013.Following the global financial crisis of 2008, Costa Rican exports to China plummeted, while Chinese imports continued to make strong inroads in Tico markets, leading to a significant trade imbalance.https://infogr.am/the-sloth-and-the-dragonCosta Rica is the only country in Central America that formally recognizes the People’s Republic of China instead of the Republic of China in Taiwan. Former President Óscar Arias (1986-1990, 2006-2010) established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 2007.This is the second time the two world leaders have met since Solís took office in May 2014. The Costa Rican leader previously met briefly with Xi during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States-China meeting in Brazil last year.“Costa Rica wants its relationship with China to be holistic, strategic, and constructive, which ranges from local issues for Costa Rica to the global, recognizing the important role that China plays in the world today,” Solís said, “Costa Rica wants more.” Facebook Comments
How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The Israeli and Egyptian armies have worked closely in recent years to contain the common threat posed by al-Qaida-linked groups operating in Sinai. These groups have stepped up their activities since Mubarak was toppled, and even more so since Morsi was deposed.In the latest attack, militants ambushed and killed 25 Egyptian policemen on Monday on a road in northern Sinai, Egyptian officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. The militants forced two vehicles carrying policemen on leave to stop, ordered the men out and made them lie on the ground before they shot them to death, the officials said.Early this month, Israel briefly closed its airport in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, next to the border with Sinai, in response to unspecified security warnings. The following day, five men believed to be Islamic militants were killed in what Egyptian security officials told the AP in Cairo was an Israeli drone attack. The site of the strike was about five kilometers (three miles) inside Egypt. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief journalists.Israel has maintained official silence about the strike, likely out of concerns about exposing Egypt’s military to domestic public backlash over a strike on Egyptian soil. Egypt’s government celebrates its battles fought against Israel over Sinai and despite the 1979 peace deal, many in Egypt still view the Jewish state with suspicion. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of “They have no interest in engaging in another conflict they have neither the time nor the energy for,” he said. “They need us now, with or without American aid.”Later Monday, Israel issued a new travel warning for Sinai, urging its citizens to “refrain from visiting” the peninsula and to “leave the area immediately.”The Sinai desert, with its pastoral coast, is a favorite vacation spot for Israelis.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel is quietly and carefully watching the turmoil in neighboring Egypt while maintaining close contacts with the Egyptian military amid concerns that the escalating crisis could weaken their common battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.As the week’s death toll in Egypt rises, this alliance has put Israel in a delicate position. Wary of being seen as taking sides in the Egyptian military’s standoff against Islamist supporters of the ousted president, Israel also needs the Egyptian army to maintain quiet along their shared border _ and to preserve a historic peace treaty. “For us to sit by and watch this happen is a violation of everything that we stood for,” the Republican senator told CNN. “We’re not sticking with our values.”Obama has not made a decision. But suggestions like McCain’s have raised concerns in Israel that tough U.S. action could shake the alliance with Egypt _ and even prompt Egypt to retaliate against Israel.“The Israeli and Egyptian security establishments are operating inside a bubble and, for the time being, there are no signs that relations between them have cooled,” wrote Alex Fishman, a military affairs commentator for the Yediot Ahronot daily. “But the Egyptian street is beginning to press, and the current regime is going to have to toss it a bone. Regrettably, it is going to be an Israeli bone it tosses.”Israeli officials say the peace accord remains intact, and dismiss speculation that it could be threatened.Eli Shaked, a former Israeli ambassador in Egypt, told the AP the scenario of the Camp David accords unraveling was highly unlikely. He said it was highly doubtful the United States would cut off aid to Egypt and even if it did, he could not envision Egypt canceling the peace treaty. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The 1979 peace treaty, Israel’s first with an Arab country, has been a cornerstone of regional security for three decades. It has allowed Israel to divert resources to volatile fronts with Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. For Egypt, it opened the way to billions of dollars in U.S. military aid.Although diplomatic relations have never been close, the two militaries have had a good working relationship. These ties have only strengthened since longtime President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising two and a half years ago. With both armies battling extremist Jihadi groups in the Sinai Peninsula, near the Israeli border, Israeli security officials often say that relations with their Egyptian counterparts are stronger than ever.With so much at stake, Israel has remained quiet since the Egyptian military ousted Mubarak’s Islamist successor, Mohammed Morsi, in a coup on July 3. Morsi, who became Egypt’s first democratically elected president, hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group considered the parent organization of militant Palestinian Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip and is a bitter enemy of Israel.Israel has not commented on this week’s bloodshed, in which the Egyptian troops killed hundreds of Morsi’s supporters who were rallying against the coup and demanding that he be reinstated. Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Israel does not have to support the (Egyptian) regime, especially not publicly. It is not our place to defend all the measures taken, this is not our business,” said Giora Eiland, a former chairman of Israel’s National Security Council.At the same time, Eiland suggested that international condemnations of the Egyptian military’s actions have been excessive. He said Israeli and Western interests are “much closer” to the interests of Egypt’s military leader, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi and his secular allies.“Even if we don’t share the same values, we can share the same interests,” he said. “The Israeli interest is quite clear. We want a stable regime in Egypt.”“In the end of the day, the U.S. has to realize the real potential, reliable partner is the combination of the coalition of secular people in Egypt and the current military regime,” he added.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office declined comment but Israeli defense officials confirmed to The Associated Press that security cooperation with Egypt has continued over the past week.The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were discussing classified information, said the topic was discussed last week with the visiting chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of State, Gen. Martin Dempsey. They refused to discuss the content of the discussions. A week after the suspected drone strike, Israel intercepted an incoming rocket fired from Sinai at Eilat. An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.Under the terms of the peace accord, Egypt must coordinate its military operations in northern Sinai with Israel. The Israelis are believed to have granted every request by Egypt to bring additional forces into the region, as long as all operations were closely coordinated. An international force helps monitor the terms of the treaty.Israeli lawmaker Shaul Mofaz, a former defense minister and military chief of staff, said it was essential that peace and order be restored in Egypt.“The issue of the peace treaty with Egypt is Israel’s highest interest. As long as the violence, and the confrontation between the army and the civilians and the bloodshed there increases, it endangers the peace treaty. We have an interest that life there is quiet,” he told Channel 2 TV.The U.S. and European Union have criticized Egypt’s crackdown on Morsi’s supporters.President Barack Obama has suspended a planned military exercise with Egypt, and U.S. Sen. John McCain has led a chorus of voices urging a halt in the $1.3 billion in military aid the U.S. sends to Egypt each year.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineMOONMACHINE by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva is both the first of the MB&F Performance Art pieces by a watchmaker and the first to endow an MB&F Machine with a new complication. With MOONMACHINE, Stepan has taken a specially configured HM3 Frog and transformed it with his iconic moon-face moon-phase indicator set in a scintillating firmament of northern stars.The MOON: Around 4.5 billion years ago when the young Earth was still forming, Theia, a proto-planet the size of Mars, is thought to have struck our planet and disintegrated in a ‘Giant Impact’. Some of the debris was attracted by the Earth’s gravity and the rest – consisting of material from both Earth and Theia – went into orbit around the Earth. Within 12 months this orbiting debris coalesced to form the Moon.Over the next 4.4 billion years, the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun was stabilised by the gravitational pull of the Moon, which provided regular relatively mild seasons over much of the planet’s surface – ideal conditions for life to form and evolve.Without that cataclysmic event, we would not be here. You might say we are all Children of the Moon.And no sooner did modern man start walking the earth than he stared up at the night sky in wonder and awe at the biggest and brightest orb in the heavens. Perhaps none more so than the inhabitants of Finland – including Stepan Sarpaneva – because the less romantic and less well-known counterpoise to the summertime Land of the Midnight Sun are extremely long nights in winter, which gives the population more time than most to study the moon and stars.MOONMACHINE: While considerably less cataclysmic than the formation of our Moon, MOONMACHINE was also forged from the creative collision of two worlds: MB&F’s HM3 Frog and independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva.Before launching his own brand Sarpaneva Watches in 2003, Stepan Sarpaneva worked with some of the most prestigious Swiss brands including Piaget, Parmigiani – where he worked alongside Kari Voutilainen – Vianney Halter and Christophe Claret.“Stepan has an incredible sense of design and a real sense of detail. His work and everything he surrounds himself with is extremely coherent.” Maximilian BüsserStepan Sarpaneva: Stepan’s three signature themes are all celestial: his very distinctive moon face; the northern stars and constellations; and the crenellated form of his Korona case – the korona/corona is the plasma atmosphere of the Sun – and all three have been incorporated in MOONMACHINE. Sarpaneva’s two moon faces indicate the phase of the moon through a Korona shaped aperture, while the mystery winding rotor is actually steel and 22k gold disc with laser-pierced stars forming stars and constellations visible in the northern sky.“The visible movement at the top of HM3 Frog added a technical aspect that provided a serious counterpoint to the playfulness of the bulging frog-eyed indications. In covering the movement, the moon phase and sky hides this and makes the timepiece more poetic. With MOONMACHINE, HM3 is transformed into a fairy tale.” Stepan SarpanevaHM3 Frog: The Frog was chosen as the MOONMACHINE platform because the large visible movement opening in the dial side provides space for the watchmaker to play and the bulbous indication domes of the Frog are reminiscent of how science fiction buffs have long imagined habitable domes on the Moon. The Frog differs substantially from HM3 in that it is the aluminium domes that rotate under the sapphire crystals in the Frog, whereas it is the hour and minute hands that rotate around their respective stationary cones on HM3. And this is no ordinary HM3 Frog – if such a thing can be said to exist – the domes of the MOONMACHINE are unique in that they are perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the wrist.Rotating the large indicator domes posed a number of technical challenges. The domes are machined from solid aluminium to a paper-thin wall thickness of just 0.28 mm to reduce energy requirements to an absolute minimum. The semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes have to be meticulously machined and polished as the slightest imperfection might create disconcerting magnification effects. And the Frog’s unusual method of indicating time necessitated the development of a new gear train for the HM3 engine as the aluminium hour dome of the Frog rotates in 12 hours compared to the 24-hour revolution of the HM3 hour hand.MOONMACHINE may portray the time in a playful manner, but there is nothing but serious and meticulous attention to detail and care regarding the fine hand-finishing of the high-tuned engine purring within. Northern Sky Rotor: The multi-layered northern sky rotor adds a stunning background to the twin hand-finished moon faces. It also both disguises the potentially distracting HM3 gold winding rotor and makes use of its motion to add vivacity to the moving stars. The stars are laser-pierced allowing light to reflect from the movement underneath and are not simply placed at random: They form the seven brightest stars in Ursa Major, more commonly known as the Big Dipper/Big Plough/Big Bear, plus the seven brightest stars of Ursa Minor, more commonly known as the Little Dipper/Little Bear, which includes Polaris, the North star.And in a detail watchmakers will appreciate, one of the stars is strategically positioned to allow access for a servicing tool.The turning star-filled night sky of the rotor not only brings metaphoric life to the MOONMACHINE, but also literally provides life as it generates the power for both the functioning of the moon complication and the movement. The iconic MB&F battle-axe sits in pride-of-place between the two moon faces at the axis of the rotor.“With MOONMACHINE, HM3 doesn’t just look like it travels through space, it is now a part of space. 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by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 1:27 pm PDT Director Evan Tsitsias poses for a portrait during a rehearsal of the production “Kiss of the Spider Woman” playing at the Old Don Jail in Toronto, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Former Don Jail gets first theatrical event with ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — In setting the mood for a new Toronto production of “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” about two men in a prison cell, the creators didn’t have to look much further than the space around them — the former Don Jail.Running Wednesday through Sunday at the historic site, the musical from the new Toronto-based Eclipse Theatre Company (ETC) is meant to be an immersive experience set in a venue that once housed judicial hangings and infamous criminals including the Boyd Gang, who broke out of the jail twice.“It’s definitely creepy, and a little sad as well,” ETC co-creator and artistic producer Chilina Kennedy said in a phone interview from New York, where the Oromocto, N.B.-born stage star has the lead role in Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”“Some awful things happened in that jail, so there’s a lot of history there, but it’s also very beautiful. They’ve turned it into an art gallery, it’s a heritage site. I don’t think they get nearly enough people in there or know about it, so hopefully this will also bring more people to the jail and maybe spark some interest in the building.”Based on the novel by Manuel Puig, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” centres around a gay window dresser imprisoned during Argentina’s Dirty War who, in order to escape his dark reality, shares stories about a glamorous actress with the Marxist revolutionary he’s locked up with.ETC co-creator Evan Tsitsias directs the production that’s billed as the first theatrical event ever produced at the Don Jail. The cast includes Kawa Ada, Tracy Michailidis, and Jonathan Winsby.“Because it is an actual prison space, we couldn’t ask for more atmosphere,” said Toronto-born Tsitsias, who is ETC’s artistic director.“We don’t need a lot, because just bodies in that space already animate it in a beautiful way.”The jail is located on the new Bridgepoint Active Healthcare Campus and has been restored as an administration building. But it still contains original features, including prison cells.Audience members will get a tour of the facility before being seated to watch the show in a rotunda with two balconies — an area that seats between 80-100 patrons.The show is part of ETC’s mandate to create events where the nature of the venue dictates which production will be staged within it.Such partnerships showcase Toronto landmarks and help offset the huge expenses involved in putting on a show, said Kennedy and Tsitsias, whose other co-creator at ETC is executive director Sara-Jeanne Hosie.“Shakespeare used to put on plays all the time without anything other than the sunlight and a bunch of really great actors,” said Kennedy. “So as long as there are great actors and a great audience, you’ve got theatre. And then on top of it, you’ve got an incredible location with all of this history and energy around it, and then also some great lighting and beautiful music.”The story in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” resonates as much now as when the novel was first written in 1985, added Tsitsias.“It is about change and revolution and also personal revolutions, not just political revolutions, which is what everyone seems to be going through right now in the world. It’s an amazing story about these two men who are forced to come together with completely opposing views and then, through communication, learn to change and through that change, learn to love each other.“As a gay man myself, I am drawn to the character Molina and his struggles and how relevant they are now as they were back then; how you think things change but actually how cyclical it is, and how those rights and what happened to those LGBTQ characters back then and people back then are still happening now in parts of the world.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
By Charles EllinasGreek oil and gas company Energean is seeking approval from the Cyprus government to build a pipeline from its Israeli offshore gas fields and import 0.5 to 1 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year to the island, Reuters news agency reported this week.Such a deal would help Cyprus meet its obligations to switch to cleaner energy such as natural gas and renewables by 2020 if it is to avoid hefty fines by the European Commission.This is not the first time such an offer has been made. An article released by Cyprus News Agency in December 2017 said that Energean had made an informal approach to the government to develop and take Aphrodite gas by pipeline to the FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading facility) it proposes to use to develop its Karish and Tanin gas fields in Israel, treat it and export it to Cyprus. The offer was not confirmed by the government.Given that Energean is offering gas to its Israeli clients at less $4.50 per million btu (about 1000 cubic feet), such an offer could have been interesting and possibly compete with Cyprus’ liquified natural gas (LNG) import plans. With Aphrodite running the risk of remaining stranded due to the low global gas prices, it merited consideration. Unfortunately, it was not considered and the offer lapsed.It now appears that Energean, emboldened by the success of its Tanin and Karish projects, has come back with a more direct and formal offer.“We submitted a proposal to sell gas from the FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) facility to Cyprus. We sent it last week,” Mathios Rigas, CEO of Energean, told Reuters on Thursday. This gas will be transported to Cyprus from its Tanin and Karish gas-fields in Israel by building a 200 km pipeline.Energean acquired the Tanin and Karish gas-fields from Delek Group in 2016 for close to $148 million. The combined resources of the two fields are 67 bcm of natural gas and up to 33 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of light hydrocarbon liquids.It submitted a field development plan which was approved by the Israeli government in August 2017. This is based on the development of the two gas-fields using an FPSO and a 90 km pipeline to connect to the Israeli natural gas transmission system.Energean has secured gas sales agreements to supply about 4.2 bcm/yr to a dozen companies in Israel and has confirmed that any gas it produces above that level may be exported. The average price of these deals is estimated to be less than $4.50 per mn btu, close to 30 per cent lower than the price that Israel Electric Corporation pays Noble and its partners for its gas.Energean signed a $1.27 billion financial agreement with Morgan Stanley and other banks and has also raised $460 million from a listing on the London stock exchange in March 2018, required to finance the development of Karish and Tanin. On this basis, it took a final investment decision in March, with first gas expected early 2021.Energean had more good news. A review in June 2017 of the potential gas reserves has shown that Tanin and Karish may hold another 69 bcm of gas resources and 71 million boe of light hydrocarbon liquids. Once this is confirmed, it will increase availability of gas from the two fields for additional gas sales to the domestic market and potentially export. As a result, Energean has the gas required to back up its offer to Cyprus.Cyprus’ plans to import LNGCyprus is planning to import LNG for power generation, as it must switch its electricity generation from burning heavy fuel oil to natural gas by 2020 to avoid the hefty EU fines.Another reason is that, by 2018, EU member states must make climate change commitments in support of the EU targets of at least 40 per cent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels), at least 32 per cent share for renewable energy and at least 32.5 per cent improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. Cyprus is nowhere near these targets and will not be able to achieve them without switching to natural gas, but also liberalising renewables for power generation.A third reason may be the realisation that the development of the Aphrodite gas field is not progressing and is receding well into the future, due to low global gas prices. As a result, the expectation that Cyprus will benefit from Aphrodite gas for its domestic needs is also receding. So, meeting the 2020 EU deadline can no longer rely on Aphrodite gas.As a result, a decision was made in 2017 to proceed with the import of LNG, initially 1 bcm/yr, through two projects, one for natural gas procurement and a second for infrastructure development, including acquisition of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). The tenders for these projects should have been issued by now, but for reasons not made clear so far, they have been delayed.Excluding the cost of port facilities, the estimated cost of infrastructure development is €250 million. This excludes the FSRU, but includes the building of a jetty, as well as infrastructure, metering facilities and onshore pipelines to transport the regasified gas to the Cyprus Electricity Authority’s (EAC) power generation plants. Port facilities and emergency shelter for the FSRU in case of adverse weather conditions are estimated to add another €100 million to the cost of the project.The project attracted €101.5 million funding from the European Commission for the energy-related components of the infrastructure project. This does not include the construction of port facilities or the acquisition of the FSRU.Why Energean’s offer is worth consideringThe proposed import of LNG could contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, but not to the electricity price. It could be quite the opposite, due to the cost of LNG, which may reach $8-10 per million btu, and the cost of fixed installations which, even after the allocation of the €101.5 million grant by the EC, could add more than $1.50 per million btu. This would make the price of gas delivered to EAC exorbitant.This has been presented in Cyprus as necessary for the achievement of the new carbon emission reduction target beyond 2020. But such a reduction can be achieved efficiently by switching to renewable sources, which will also satisfy EU’s new renewables target and also result in a significant reduction in electricity prices.Energean’s offer is worth considering very seriously as it will achieve what LNG imports are designed to do, but at a substantially lower cost.With Energean selling its gas in Israel at less than $4.50 per million btu, adding the cost of the pipeline would mean that gas can be delivered to Cyprus at less than $6.50 per million btu. This is substantially lower than the cost of the proposed LNG imports. Based on 1 bcm/yr over 10 years, the saving could be as much as $1.4 billion. 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professorship at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in December 1972 The sacked professor could get back his position in the IIT in 1991 through a court order — long after Indira Gandhi had left the world for her heavenly abode The article goes on to point out how Indira was merely his first target Over the years he would pull the rug out from under several more feet Here’s a small sample: Swamy also basks in the glory that he had cornered through his exposes of J Jayalalithaa’s corruption A Raja’s 2G spectrum scandal Ram Krishna Hegde’s telephone-tapping saga Hashimpura massacre and the National Herald case Incidentally the Tamilian maverick is also known for his description of Sonia Gandhi Jayalaithaa and Mayawati as Lakshmi Saraswati and Durga He had managed to bring the three ladies together under one umbrella to pull down the Vajpayee government in April 1999 But let’s return to Tamil Nadu politics since it is here that he has picked up his latest trophy As thisCaravanarticle points out before going after Jayalalithaa and VK Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case Swamy enjoyed a good relationship with the AIADMK: In the 1990s Swamy first helped topple the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government in Tamil Nadu led by M Karunanidhi and then railed against Karunanidhi’s rival (Jayalalithaa) before finally partnering with her in an awkward pas de deux in both local-body and national elections When the first short-lived NDA government was formed in 1998 Swamy swallowed his bitterness against Vajpayee long enough to offer him the support of the AIADMK-Janata Party combine And now with Sasikala facing four years in jail we’ll have to wait and see which of Swamy’s targets is the next to fall New York: An experimental drug has shown promise in improving some bladder function after spinal cord injury raising hope of increasing quality of life of affected patients suggests new research The researchers tested the drug -which is currently available only for research- to gauge its potential to improve bladder function after spinal cord injury in mice After a month-long treatment of the spinal cord injury in mice the bladder volume decreased significantly to a level close to normal according to the researcher Representational image Reuters The study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that the experimental drug (LM11A-31) appears to help by blocking the dual activity of pro-nerve growth factor (proNGF) and a receptor called p75 ProNGF is known to be secreted from the cell after nerve injury the researcher said "There are no approved medications to treat bladder dysfunction brought on by spinal cord injuries something that is a major concern and diminishes quality of life for these patients" said lead researcher Sung Ok Yoon Associate Professor at the Ohio State University "This drug appears to help maintain near-normal bladder pressure and less unexpected expulsion of urine in mice" Yoon added In humans spinal cord injuries sever the communication between the bladder and the brain leading to the loss of the normal ability to urinate at will This leads to bladder over-filling which causes high pressure and bladder enlargement due to thickening of the muscular bladder walls This can cause urine to return to the kidney which can lead to kidney infection and disease the researchers said People with spinal cord injury typically rely on a catheter to pass urine they added Eventually a new circuit of nervous-system communication is formed within the spinal cord and it allows urine to be expelled unexpectedly causing incontinence according to Yoon Because the experimental drug does not restore normal communication between the bladder and the brain it is certainly not a cure Yoon said Based on the mouse study however patients are likely to experience reduced bladder volume which would lower the risk of bladder infection and reflux to the kidney and less incontinence Yoon added The Morton County District 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