Nova Scotia fines Northern Pulp mill about 700 for failing stack test

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia pulp mill has been fined nearly $700 by the province after flunking a stack test in June, but the amount has the premier questioning whether it’s enough of a deterrent.Environment Minister Iain Rankin said Tuesday that Northern Pulp received the $697.50 summary offence ticket for failing to comply with the terms of its industrial approval.Rankin said the fine is part of a ministerial order requiring the mill to address the issues with its power boiler.“They have been in and out of compliance. There were three tests out of the last 10 were they were not in compliance, and I believe the time is now to step it up to the next level,” said Rankin.Rankin said the fine was appropriate, but he wouldn’t say whether he thought it was minuscule given the province is dealing with a large multi-national company. He said under current regulations, ministerial summary offence fines could run as high as $1,200.Premier Stephen McNeil wasn’t as reluctant to question the amount.“I think the first question, regardless of who it is, is $750 enough of a fine?” he said.McNeil said he has asked the department to review its summary fines as a result.“I think it’s an important time to look at those because there needs to be a deterrent. There needs to be a financial deterrent and I fully expect to hear from the minister and the department… Let them do their work and we’ll go from there.”The mill’s industrial approval requires it to operate within a measure of 150 milligrams per referenced cubic metre of particulate matter when stacks are tested, and the June test showed the power boiler tested at 224 milligrams.Under the minister’s order, the company will also be required to post stack test results on its web site.The Northern Pulp mill, located in Abercrombie Point near Pictou, is to undergo a scheduled shutdown this month and the order also requires it to provide detailed reports about planned maintenance and how it plans to bring the power boiler into compliance.Rankin said the order gives him the power to revoke the mill’s industrial permit. He was asked whether that was a possibility.“If they don’t come into compliance with the order of course that’s a possibility,” he said.The Environment Department issued directives and warnings for emissions from the mill’s power boiler that were over the limit in 2015 and 2016.The mill was also fined $697.50 in June of last year, but that was withdrawn after it was revealed there were technical errors with the tests, according to the department.Northern Pulp spent $35 million in 2015 on a new electrostatic precipitator to help deal with particulate in its stack.last_img read more

Enbridge reports 765M thirdquarter profit revenue up from year ago

first_imgCALGARY – Enbridge Inc. says it earned $765 million in its latest quarter compared with a loss a year ago.The pipeline company says the profit amounted to 47 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a loss of $103 million or 11 cents per share in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Enbridge says it earned $632 million or 39 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $437 million or 47 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter amounted to $9.23 billion, up from $8.49 billion.Enbridge (TSX:ENB) says the largest driver of growth for the quarter were the natural gas, liquids and utility assets acquired in its takeover of Spectra Energy earlier this year.The company says it was also helped by stronger crude oil throughput on its Mainline system, new projects coming into service and stronger realized foreign exchange hedge rates.last_img read more

Greek central bank crisis not over with bailout exit

first_imgATHENS, Greece – Greece’s central bank chief says that the eight-year bailout program may be ending in August, but the crisis will only be over when the country can borrow from bond markets at sustainable rates.Yannis Stournaras also notes that bailout creditors’ decision in June to further ease Greece’s debt and bind future governments to fiscal sobriety will serve that purpose by boosting investor confidence.The yield on Greece’s benchmark 10-year bonds was just below 4 per cent Monday, from above 30 per cent at the height of the crisis.But Stournaras warned in a central bank report that Greece’s obligation to maintain high budget surpluses through 2060 will prove a major challenge.That, he added, was the price two future generations of Greeks must pay for past fiscal policy mistakes.last_img read more

Court of Auditor Morocco Must Reduce Deficit and Spending

Rabat – Three months after giving his annual report, President of the Court of Auditor Driss Jettou has once again warned Morocco about the risk of social disparities and debt challenges.On Tuesday, Jettou gave a presentation about Morocco’s financial performance and social disparities in a meeting chaired by the speakers of the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives, Abdelhakim Benchamach and Lahbib El Malki, respectively.Jettou said that despite Morocco’s efforts in the social sphere and its numerous social programs, Morocco has not yet been able to reduce the disparities and poverty across the country. Read Also: Court of Auditors: Serious Irregularities in Morocco’s Hospital CentersJettou’s warning speech comes at a time when the government is pledging new reforms to curb social challenges, including employment.It also followed the passing of the 2019 Finance Bill, on which King Mohammed VI emphasized the need to prioritize social programs during a ministerial council.Dealing with the deficit: Raise taxes, cut spendingJettou also urged the government to reduce the treasury’s debt, which reached MAD 692 billion by the end of 2017, according to Jettou’s report on the activities of the financial jurisdictions.He called on the government to broaden the tax base, control spending,  accelerate growth to reduce debt, and ensure the ability to meet the debt burden over the medium and long-term.Jettou said that both internal and external debts increased significantly between 2016 and 2017. According to Trading Economics, Morocco held MAD 492 billion in external date by this summerJettou added that public sector debt rose from MAD 918.2 billion in 2016 to MAD 970 billion in 2017, representing an increase of MAD 51.8 billion.On Monday, Minister of Finance and Economy Mohamed Benchaaboun proposed measures to increase revenues and to help reduce the budget deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP in 2019.Read Also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill Increases Subsidy Fund by 35%Benchaaboun proposed the privatization of public companies and an increase on tobacco taxes to reduce the budget deficit.The Court of Auditor suggested that investments might also help reduce social disparities and lack of resources. Jettou said that in 2017, the volume of public investment amounted to MAD 188.3 billion. The state had contributed MAD 66.8 billion, public companies MAD 106 billion, and territorial communes MAD 15.5 billion.End arbitrary, ineffectual distributionJettou called for the end of the arbitrary distribution of resources, saying that budgets should take into consideration the direct impacts of the allocation on the social sphere.Jettou called for a “mobilization and an optimal management of these resources” to meet the demands of citizens and prioritize social plans.He recommended strong measures to support school enrollment, medical assistance, social protection, and purchasing power to fight poverty and inequality in Morocco.Jettou’s 2017 annual report underscored problems in Morocco’s education and health.The report found serious irregularities in Morocco’s health sector. Several hospitals operated without strategic objectives and organizing the supply of care, equipment, and infrastructure, according to the report.For education, the court found that Morocco’s schools do not achieve even basic standards.At the request of King Mohammed VI, who called for reforms in the sector, the government has slightly increased the budget for the two sectors in the 2019 Finance Bill.The budget has allocated MAD 68 billion for education, an increase of MAD 5.4 billion from 2018.For the health sector, the government allocated more than MAD 16.3 billion, up 1.6 billion from the 2018 bill. read more

Senior UN rights official exhorts nations to focus on landmine victims

“The way has been paved for a true mine-free world,” Kyung-wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, said yesterday at a landmine conference in the Colombian city of Cartagena.“Yet, there is little doubt that there are still many challenges ahead that require urgent and firm action.”The international community must focus its attention on the victims of the weapons, she underscored at the Second Review Conference of the State Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, also known as the Ottawa Convention.Last year, there were more than 5,000 casualties from landmines which continue to kill and maim decades after they are laid.Ms. Kang’s address yesterday coincided with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.“Every day, countless victims of landmines worldwide struggle to restore their lives and dignity,” she underscored.She urged States that have signed onto the Ottawa Convention to consider the negative effects of landmines on civilians, including infringements on their economic, social and cultural rights.“We hope that the number of victims will drastically decrease every year, and that State parties will adopt the necessary measures to ensure that all survivors will be able to reconstruct their lives with dignity, respect and hope for the future.”During her week-long visit to Colombia, which wraps up today, the Deputy High Commissioner visited the south-eastern department of Putumayo, on the border with Ecuador and Peru, where she saw first-hand the impact of landmines on civilians.She also held talks in the capital, Bogotá, with senior officials to discuss human rights and boost cooperation over the coming two years. 4 December 2009States must step up efforts to help landmine victims – including women, children and indigenous populations – in especially vulnerable situations, a senior United Nations human rights official has said. read more

Ten suspects arrested over killing of leopard further remanded

Ten suspects arrested over the killing of a leopard in Kilinochchi have been ordered to be further remanded till July 5th.Villagers in Kilinochchi had recently captured and killed a leopard after it attacked 10 people in the area. The villagers hunted down the animal after accusing wildlife officers of failing to do their duty. Wildlife officers had arrived at Ambalkulam in Kilinochchi to capture the animal but they had failed to locate it resulting in agitated residents deciding to look for the animal themselves. The hunt for the leopard was captured on video and visuals showed the leopard being captured and brutally attacked and killed by the residents.The dead animal was later dragged along the streets and displayed to the public. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Japans exports fall in June hit by global trade wars

TOKYO — Japan says exports declined in June as shipments of goods were hit by global trade wars.The data released by the Finance Ministry Thursday show Japan’s exports declined 6.8% compared to the same month last year, while imports fell 5.2%.The ministry also reported that the trade surplus for the month totalled 589.5 billion yen ($5.5 billion).For the first six months of this year, Japanese exports slipped 4.7% while imports edged down 1.1%, with the nation logging a trade deficit of 888.8 billion yen ($8.2 billion).The Japanese economy is dependent on exports and has been hurt by the conflict between the U.S. and China.President Donald Trump has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports. Beijing has countered by taxing $110 billion in U.S. goods.The Associated Press read more

Prince William apologises for bringing hospital to standstill

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge tours Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital Speaking to 72-year-old Ken Morgan and Alison Perks, 73, William said: “I’m sorry I brought the hospital to a standstill today, it wasn’t my intention.”I hope you’re not waiting for anything important.”Mr Morgan, who said he was happy to have met the Duke, replied: “You’re the only thing that’s important.”William also spoke to seven-year-old Anna Kape who was in for an X-ray after breaking her arm when she slipped at school.Her mother Stephanie said: “We had no idea, he would be here. It was very unexpected but great that he stopped to speak to Anna.” The Duke of Cambridge tours Basingstoke and North Hampshire HospitalCredit:PA The Duke of Cambridge joked that he unintentionally brought a hospital to a standstill when he paid a visit to learn more about a scheme supported by his Royal Foundation.William arrived to a warm welcome from dozens of nurses who gathered to greet him at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital – and the excitement continued inside as workers stood along the corridors, watching eagerly with their camera phones.Patients told of their delight at meeting the surprise royal visitor, who stopped to chat at various points as he walked through the building.center_img William was at the hospital to meet ex-military who are now working in healthcare.He met both veterans who have gone on to work in health as well as those preparing for life outside the Forces by attending information days run by Step Into Health.The scheme, supported by the Royal Foundation of which he, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are patrons, aims to recognise the transferable skills possessed by those in the military – which can be useful for a career in the NHS.The programme provides placements in sectors ranging from catering to administration as well as clinical roles. 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

What if Carl Sagan did the new Old Spice Commercials

first_imgBesides being famous for being one of the most popular astronomers and cosmologists of his time, did you know that Carl Sagan, widely known for his best-selling book Cosmos and television series of the same name, was also a spokesperson for Old Spice?Don’t believe me? Just check out this animated GIF and see for yourself how Carl could have easily switched places with Isaiah Mustafa who is infinitely more recognized for the funny and eclectic Old Spice Commercials.Okay, sure. Since Sagan passed away back in 1996, we fully admit we are stretching things quite a bit and Carl didn’t really appear in any TV ads for men’s personal hygiene products. But this GIF paying homage to Sagan’s book, “Pale Blue Dot” is still funny. And for those of you who remember Carl’s unique way of talking, if you imagine him speaking the words in the GIF, it makes the joke even more amusing.See more via Friendly Atheist, via @rebeccawatson.last_img read more

Inde les serpents des charmeurs doivent désormais être munis dune puce électronique

first_imgInde : les serpents des charmeurs doivent désormais être munis d’une puce électroniqueLes autorités de New Delhi ont récemment instauré un système de puces électroniques visant à cadrer les activités des charmeurs de serpents en répertoriant officiellement leur animal.Désormais les serpents des charmeurs devront posséder une puce électronique. La campagne lancée par le gouvernement indien a pour objectif de protéger ces reptiles en les répertoriant à l’aide d’un code d’identité unique pour chacun. Au total 42 puces électroniques ont été injectées dans la peau de serpents différents, notamment des cobras roi, des cobras commun, des couleuvres obscures et un boa des sables. Dès à présent, les propriétaires n’ayant pas déclaré leur animal seront réprimandés pour leur infraction.À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasBien qu’ils représentent une des principales attractions touristiques du pays, les charmeurs de serpent exercent une activité illégale interdite depuis la fin des années 1990. Une amnistie a toutefois été concédée en 2003 pour les charmeurs de la région de Dehli. Actuellement, leur activité doit s’exercer sous certaines conditions comprenant l’enregistrement de l’animal. Une directive que seulement 10 d’entre eux ont appliquée.Deepak Shukla est directeur du département des forêts de Dehli, il explique à The Independent, l’objectif des nouvelles initiatives : “L’idée derrière ce programme est de limiter la collecte aléatoire de serpents vivants pour les charmeurs traditionnels”. Il précise que dans la plupart des cas, ces animaux se retrouvent en très mauvaise santé : “Je demande aux charmeurs de renoncer à leur profession parce qu’ils ne sont pas capables de s’occuper de leurs serpents”. En effet, les reptiles subissent régulièrement des sévices physiques lors de leur apprentissage. Les charmeurs de serpents leur arrachent les crochets et les nourrissent de lait. Après un tel traitement, les reptiles incapables de capturer une proie meurent en retournant dans leur habitat naturel.Le 23 avril 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Family frantic about missing Ridgefield teen father says

first_imgAn 18-year-old Ridgefield woman’s parents are increasingly worried because she left home more than two weeks ago and hasn’t tried to contact them.“We’re absolutely frantic about it,” Rachael Blakely’s father, Dave Blakely, said Thursday afternoon. “We just want to know that our child’s safe.”Rachael, the father said, has been missing since Aug. 4, when she left saying she was going for a walk.Ridgefield police have investigated, and have seen Rachael in a security video made a couple days after she disappeared, at the WalMart in Hazel Dell. But there’s been no indication of any foul play and, because Rachael is an adult, police have no authority to make her return home, a police employee said.Dave Blakely said it’s unlike Rachael to not call home, and said she had no friends that he’s aware of. He said the family moved to Ridgefield only recently, and Rachael was being home-schooled, soon to finish her last year.“We’ve put out fliers by the hundreds” all over the Vancouver area, including at convenience stores and bus stops, he said.Asked where he figures Rachael might be, he said: “I haven’t got a clue, unless she knows someone we’re not aware of.”last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on from 26 November-3 December 2015:The Autumn Statement’s impact on employee benefitsRangers Football Club to pay staff living wageAre employers returning to a paternalistic benefits approach?GHD launches employee engagement platformShould employers wake up and smell the bacon?Consultation opens on income tax and national insurance alignmentRicher Sounds offers unusual benefits to look after employeesEXCLUSIVE: Callcredit uses communication to boost staff engagement with flexEXCLUSIVE RESEARCH: 76% view financial education as essential for all staff60% of housing associations offer defined contribution pensionslast_img read more

Hunter nets 350 for catching 15foot10inch python in Everglades

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Snake hunters have been making colossal captures in the Everglades as part of the Python Challenge.Patrick Campbell made the biggest catch of all, trapping a 15-foot-10-inch Burmese Python this week. The 135-pound kill netted the hunter $350.RELATED: 2 hunters catch 15-foot python during Everglades’ Python ChallengeThe South Florida Water Management District is paying hunters to get rid of the invasive species over a 60-day period.The group has already removed 10 pythons and, according to one hunter, they’re saving the lives of other animals in the process.“Every one pulled out is one less out there, and every time we go out there and pull out another one, it’s one less mammal, one less native mammal, native bird, or native whatever that’s being taken out by one of these guys,” python hunter Omar Gomez said.Nicholas Baños and Leonard Sanchez have made the second biggest catch so far, a 15-foot-2-inch python, weighing 144 pounds. last_img read more

Police search for driver involved in fatal NW MiamiDade hit and run

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a driver involved in a fatal hit and run collision.A bicyclist was struck, police said, near Northwest 17th Avenue and 125th Street on Tuesday night. Fifty-five-year-old Charles Taylor was then rushed to Aventura Hospital, where he died due to his injuries.Investigators said the driver left the scene in what might have been a 2001 Ford F-150.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Is highspeed rail in the US ever going to happen

first_img Speeding to the future The myriad benefits of high-speed rail go far beyond the strict monetary alternative to cars and planes. For one thing, most high-speed trains are electric, and as energy generation moves away from fossil fuels, this means rail becomes significantly greener than airplanes or cars — which is why Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez included it as part of the Green New Deal. Then there are the benefits to the communities along the route, and the jobs created during construction and during use. These benefits are something many other countries have seen, not least China, which in 10 years has gone from essentially no high-speed rail, to more high-speed rail than the rest of the world combined. No doubt these are expensive projects, and historically, only public money and support has made them possible. It will be interesting to see, as the projects above progress, if that’s still the case or if private investment is indeed possible. Best case, they all come to fruition and there will be multiple options for cities and states to add high-speed rail. Worst case? They don’t, or the government has to nationalize them (again). As a big fan of trains, I’m obviously hoping for the former. Count me in for a ride on opening day on each and every one. Share your voice Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai California Both alphabetically and monetarily, this is the first project we should discuss. Running, in theory, from Northern California to Southern, linking Sacramento and San Francisco to Los Angeles and a few points in between, the California High Speed Rail is already well over budget and behind schedule. Despite my love for high-speed rail, and being a California resident, I was never impressed or optimistic about this project. Having now researched it significantly more for this article I’m… well, more neutral I guess. The pros probably outweigh the cons, mostly.The issue is there are lots of easily identifiable negatives. High-speed rail detractors love to point this project as a glowing example of why the whole idea of high-speed rail is bad. I suppose that’s true of any new rail project, and more so with this one given how expensive it’s become. On the negative side, even at the very high speeds the project is hoping for, it will still take 2 hours, 40 minutes to get from Union Station in LA to downtown San Francisco. It’s only 1.5 hours to fly, so even considering travel to and from airports, that’s nearly a wash. It’s hard to believe they’ll be able to keep ticket prices low enough to compete with airfare, which is often around $60 (roughly £45 or AU$85) each way. California HSR Authority says they’re aiming for an average price of $93 to get from San Francisco to LA, in today’s dollars. This is about 50 percent higher than a flight, but still in the “ballpark.” Personally I’d pay an extra $30 not to fly, and hopefully others will find the premium acceptable too.  Now playing: Watch this: Tags 29 Photos Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard For more about why it’s so challenging to have higher speeds on this route, and really why high-speed trains are difficult throughout the US, check out this previous explainer about why US trains are so complicated. Texas The Texas Central Railway is another private venture, this time aiming to connect Dallas and Houston in under 90 minutes. Driving would take at least 3.5 hours. The most interesting aspect of this project is the rolling stock: Japanese Shinkansen trains. Specifically, a variant of the N700 Series already in use throughout Japan. Most recently, the TCR has selected Spain’s Renfe to be the train operator (PDF). Initially it’ll offer technical advice on design and construction of the system, then once it’s up and running, it’ll “run the trains; maintain system components, such as the engines, signals and other equipment; oversee ticketing, passenger loyalty programs and other services.”It’s hoping for departures every 30 minutes, a top speed of 200 mph, ticket prices lower than airfare, and to open in the mid-2020s. Since, barring unforeseen delays, that will beat California’s high-speed rail by years, this will likely be the first “true” high-speed rail system in the US by any definition.   Railroads need land, however, and so far Texas Central is having problems procuring it. The project is involved in a legal battle that could prevent it from being able to conduct surveys and acquire property. Referring to the problems, a Texas Central representative told CNET “Texas Central disputes that, saying it is having increasing success in securing land options.” See All Are US trains really that bad? It’s complicated Charger into the future: Inside Amtrak’s new 4,400 hp locomotive I crossed 3 countries in 14 hours on 4 trains and a bus. And I’m not dead. Here’s what it’s like to travel 8 hours across Japan by train From steam to Shinkansen: The massive machines of the Kyoto Railway Museum 28:48 Politics Sci-Tech Roadshow Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints 47 Commentscenter_img Read more about trains Japan has the Shinkansen. France has the TGV. Spain has AVE. China has more high-speed rail than the rest of the world combined. America has… the Acela Express. All 16 stops of it in one section of the country. It reaches its top speed of 150 miles per hour (241 kph) just for a few minutes in one short section, and even that speed is pokey compared to other countries. The Shanghai Maglev reaches 268 mph.But things are changing. Despite significant uphill battles, high-speed rail is coming to other parts of the country. Even the Acela is undergoing improvements that should make the service faster and more convenient. And high-speed rail is one of the principal pillars of the Green New Deal drafted by liberal House Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It proposes to overhaul the “transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible,” with high-speed rail as one of the main investments. This article doesn’t speculate on lofty goals like that. It’s not about proposed dream projects, like maglevs and hyperloops, nor is it a list of feasibility studies or “hey, we should check out high-speed rail” legislative initiatives. Instead, I’m going to tackle actual projects either in progress or seemingly about to begin. How high is high-speed? The answer to this question isn’t as obvious as it seems. Title 49, subsection V, Part D, Chapter 261(c) of the US code says “sustained speeds of 125 mph or greater.” Other countries would call that “adorable” and “200 kph.” Even other portions of the US government say 150 mph or greater. For our purposes, we’ll go with anything above 125. This is faster than traditional trains, and given the limitations of the tracks throughout the US, a pretty reasonable increase in speed. Also, an article just about US trains capable of over 150 mph would be super short. Other parts of the country are working on improving their “regular” rail so that it’s a bit faster, like Chicago and elsewhere, but that’s for another article. Nevada (and California) A rail link between Los Angeles and Las Vegas has been in the works, on and off, for years. A company called XpressWest got the farthest in the process, and in September it was purchased by Brightline (yep, same one). This is another hard sell, since the current plans only get them from Las Vegas to Victorville. Victorville is Los Angeles as much as Philadelphia is Manhattan. So your average LA resident would need to get to Victorville, nearly two hours by car, then board a train for Brightline’s estimate of two hours to Las Vegas. A flight takes just over an hour, or alternately, it’s a fantastic drive in the same amount of time. There are other desert cities near Victorville, of course, so the trains probably won’t be empty. But as you can probably guess, the idea is to link up to the California regular and eventual high-speed rail network and go all the way to LA’s Union Station. It expects to begin construction this year, with initial service in 2022. Seems optimistic, but I wish it luck.Though no rolling stock has been decided yet, it wouldn’t be surprising if XpressWest plans to use Siemens Chargers since that’s what Brightline is using in Florida, and Siemens is already building a bunch in its California plant for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route. Northeast Corridor (New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and DC) The Acela Express was America’s first, and arguably only, high-speed rail. I say “arguably” because in most parts of the world a top speed of 150 mph, and average speed less than half that, hardly qualifies as “high-speed.” It connects Boston to DC with 14 stops along the way, including New York and Philadelphia. The speeds are almost entirely due to limitations on the tracks and other infrastructure, which is why Amtrak has extensive plans for upgrading the tracks it owns, as well as working with states along the route to improve the non-Amtrak sections. The Acela trains were always far more capable than the tracks they were on, so even seemingly small improvements like raising speeds on a 30 mph section to 50 mph will reap big benefits overall. Many of the improvements will also benefit standard rail service in the area as well. Amtrak is also getting new trains, due in service in 2021. These high-tech models from Alstom are capable not just of higher speeds, but have better tilt capabilities, so they’ll be faster on the slower sections compared to the current trains. If the infrastructure improvements go as planned, new top speeds of 186 mph will be possible on some segments of the route. US Tech Policy US Tech Policy See trains from all over the world • As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does these tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.  You can follow his exploits on Twitter, Instagram and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.   Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says Going beyond the normal benefits for high-speed rail, California HSR Authority intends for the entire system to run on 100 percent renewable energy to power the trains. Since traveling on these trains would mean fewer cars on the road and fewer passengers on airplanes, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions should be sizable. With work progressing in the, admittedly easier, Central Valley sections, I’ll be curious to see how this plays out over the next decade(s). Especially since our new governor is far less enthusiastic for the project than our previous governor. Regardless of what happens with the overall project, numerous improvements to the rail infrastructure throughout the state are already underway and will be highly beneficial. Florida Florida has the only private passenger train company in the US: Brightline. In November 2018 it announced it was rebranding as Virgin Trains USA, after Virgin took a minority stake. Hopefully that will turn out better for everyone than what happened on England’s East Cost Main Line. Florida had initially received federal grants to create more high-speed rail, but then governor Rick Scott rejected them in 2011. Some of this route was developed into Brightline. Brightline/Virgin Trains USA currently connects Miami to West Palm Beach, but is too slow to qualify as high speed. However, it’s working on expanding its system north, connecting to Orlando airport via Cocoa. Part of this route will have new tracks on a new right-of-way, allowing speeds up to 125 mph. It uses Siemens Chargers, which we checked out extensively when they were unveiled for the Pacific Surfliner route in Los Angeles. Along with other funding, it’s going public to help get the money it needs. The company has plans to connect to Tampa eventually as well. reading • Is high-speed rail in the US ever going to happen? Travelling 2,600 miles across Europe in a VW camper 14 Photos High-speed trains in the USlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Oct 1 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowWalker would seek tougher penalties for drug and sex crimesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker’s administration announced today at the Atwood Building in Anchorage its support for tougher penalties for drug and sex crimes. It also plans to boost support for public safety in villages and schools.Head of Alaska State Troopers stepping downCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage The head of the Alaska State Troopers is stepping down after a little more than a year on the job, retiring from nearly three decades with the Troopers.In Northwest Alaska, Red Dog Mine plans pads, 10-mile road to access new prospectsNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe massive Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska has brought cash and jobs to residents of the region. But the mine is expected to run out of ore in less than 15 years.Man reported missing from Seattle-based fishing boatAssociated PressThe Coast Guard is investigating after a man was reported missing from a fishing boat in the Bering Sea near St. Matthew Island in Alaska.Hecla mine reports contract employee killed in fatal bear maulingJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauA company spokesman said this is the first bear-related injury the mine’s had since opening in 1989.Anchorage, cooperative finalize terms of $1B utility saleAssociated PressAnchorage and the Chugach Electric Association have worked out the terms for the $1 billion deal to buy the city-owned electric utility.Walker announces members of Roadless Rule committeeJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker had named a dozen Alaskans to weigh in on potential road building in Tongass National Forest. None of the appointees work in Southeast Alaska’s fastest growing sector.General’s visit signals a more robust National Guard in rural AlaskaRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaYears of ongoing international deployments — and even emergencies around the US — are drawing down the energy and manpower of the Alaska National Guard. Major General Laurie Hummel would like to change that.Petersburg voters to decide on senior sales taxAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgPetersburg voters will soon be asked to decide whether or not to end a senior sales tax exemption and replace it with a needs-based rebate program.last_img read more

Louvre museum reopens after machete attack

first_imgPeople walk in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris on February 4, 2017 a day after a machete-wielding attacker lunged at four French soldiers while shouting `Allahu Akbar` (`God is greatest`) in a public area that leads to one of the Louvre Museum`s entrances. AFPThe Louvre reopened its doors Saturday, a day after soldiers outside the Paris museum shot and wounded a machete-wielding attacker, suspected of being an Egyptian national.The incident on Friday thrust the issue of security back into the limelight three months ahead of elections in France, with authorities saying it was a “terrorist” assault.It also dealt another blow to Paris’ lucrative tourism industry which has been badly affected by a string of attacks since 2015.Saturday morning saw a crowd gathered outside the museum’s main entrance as it began welcoming visitors at 09:30 am (0830 GMT), just 24 hours after the attack.”I’m quite worried about coming today, but as we weren’t able to visit yesterday we decided to come back,” 28-year-old Russian visitor Elena Lordugen told AFP.As usual, soldiers with machine guns could be seen patrolling nearby with museum security staff carrying out routine bag checks.Ali Tali, a Turkish tourist in his 40s, shrugged off their presence. “We’re used these security measures in Turkey,” he said.Investigators say the attacker, who was carrying two machetes and wearing a black T-shirt with a skull design, lunged at four soldiers shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”).One of soldiers, who was struck on the head, was slightly injured and a second soldier opened fire, hitting the assailant in the stomach and leaving him seriously wounded.Based on his phone and visa records, he is thought to be a 29-year-old Egyptian national living in the United Arab Emirates, Abdallah El Hamahmy, who entered France legally on a flight from Dubai on January 26.’A simple guy’Held at a Paris hospital overnight, the suspect’s condition stabilised and by Saturday morning it was “no longer life-threatening”, a source close to the case said Saturday.Investigators from the police counterterrorism unit would begin questioning him on Sunday, the source told AFP.They believe the suspect rented an expensive apartment near the Champs Elysees, the source said.Police were examining the Twitter account of El Hamahmy after around a dozen messages were posted in Arabic just minutes before the attack.”In the name of Allah… for our brothers in Syria and fighters across the world,” he wrote, before referring to the Islamic State jihadist group in another tweet a minute later.Speaking to AFP in Cairo, retired police general Reda El Hamahmy said he believed the wounded suspect was his son, Abdallah, who was in Paris on a business trip.However he said there were no signs his son had been radicalised.”He went on a company trip and when it was over visited the museum. He was supposed to leave on Saturday,” he told AFP, saying his son was married and his pregnant wife was currently staying in Saudi Arabia with their seven-month old son.”He is a simple guy,” he added, describing his family as a “moderate household”.”I can show you pictures where he has no beard,” he said. Beards are often grown by devout Muslims.’Hateful crime’The government of the United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, condemned the “hateful crime” and assured France of its “full solidarity”.President Francois Hollande said that “there is little doubt as to the terrorist nature of this act,” an assessment echoed by Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.Over the past two years, France has suffered a string of terror attacks and has been under a state of emergency since November 2015.During that period, the Louvre, a former palace in the heart of the city, has seen annual visitor numbers fall to 7.3 million, a drop of around two million.Security, immigration and the economy are all major issues for voters ahead of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections which are expected to confirm the country’s shift to the right after five years of Socialist rule.last_img

Recreation in Dhaka not restful or relaxing

first_imgBanana peels and other litter is scattered all over the National Zoo in Mirpur, Dhaka. Shameem Reza took this photo on 29 June.Ibrahim Khalilullah works for a private bank in Dhaka. He visited the national zoo at Mirpur in Dhaka for the first time this June, along with his family, but didn’t find it an appealing place to spend a day off.“It so dirty and smelly,” said the 29-year-old banker, who lives in Mohammadpur of the capital.“Most of the cages are reeking with an unpleasant stench. It’s hard to even breathe around the cages, especially near the tigers, birds and some other animals,” he said.Any visitors to this zoo will agree with Ibrahim the moment they walk through the gates. Banana peels and other litter is scattered all over. A dustbin, spilling over with garbage, greets the visitors at the very entrance.Anyone who wants to spend a few serene and peaceful hours on their weekend, should certainly avoid this place, said Ibrahim.The hassle begins even before entering the zoo. Vendors crowd around the main entrance of the zoo, posing as a nuisance to the visitors.“The vendors harass us, insisting that we buy things like bottled water, peanuts, bananas or other things. We buy things just to get rid of them. Is there no one to take care of this problem?” a fuming visitor Monir from Savar asked.Thirty-eight-year-old Monir Hossain, who works for a private firm, had come to visit the zoo along with his wife and two children for the third time.“The glass windows of snakes’ cages are too dirty to look through. How can the children see the snakes?” he asked.He was happy that there were enough spots to rest when one gets tired from walking around the zoo, but was not satisfied with the quality. “The resting spots are recent additions but these won’t be enough if it rains now,” Monir said, pointing to the darkening sky.“The washrooms are also in a bad shape,” he added.The deputy curator of the zoo Md Nurul Islam does not agree with all these complaints. He said, “The bad smell around the bird cages and the cages of the big cats is an animal smell and you can’t totally remove it.”He said in the more developed countries the bad odour in the zoos was kept at a minimum by feeding the animals in a computerised way and cleaning up immediately after the animal is done with eating.The photo shows a washroom for the visitors of National Botanical Garden in Mirpur, Dhaka. There is no electricity in the washrooms except for one. (Inset: Shabby condition inside a toilet). Shameem Reza took this photo on 29 June.Admitting that the inside of the zoo was unclean and hawkers outside the main entrance were bothersome, Nurul Islam said “We are short of employees at the zoo. We need at least 250 people, but have only around 150 people right now.”“We don’t have the digital facilities. Besides, the budget is also a problem. We get inadequate funds from the ministry,” he said.Monir, however, had a few positive points. “I can enjoy sitting in the shade at least while the children play in the open space.”But his smile recedes when this correspondent asked about the national botanical garden. “There are problems there. Security is a big issue. Besides, it is hardly a place you can take your family to because of all sorts of obscene things going on there.”“I’ve given up visiting the botanical garden after certain embarrassing experiences there,” Monir said.This was reiterated by businessman Md Sohrab Hossain and his wife Farzana Islam Choity, who had come to visit the botanical garden with their five-year-old daughter.“There are so many species of trees, shrubs, plants and herbs, but it is so poorly maintained,” Sohrab said. “The tourism ministry could have earned a lot had it taken care of this wonderful place.”“There’s no electricity in the washrooms except for one,” Sohrab said, disappointed with the recreational facilities in the country.However, there were also people who were not quite so disheartened with things. Momotaz Khanam Koly, a student of Dhaka University, lives in Mirpur 6 and had come to the garden with her friends on 29 June. She said they had been visiting the garden for the last six years but hadn’t faced any such situation. “Maybe, those ‘anti-social’ activities take place deeper in the undergrowth.”“Around 7 or 8 of our security guards have recently retired. Besides, recruitment is on hold. Still, we’ve been trying our best to provide security with 15 to 16 guards,” National Botanical Garden’s forester Abdul Mannan said.Shaheed Zia Shishu Park in Shahbagh, the country’s national amusement park for children, is not much different.Established in 1979, the park’s heyday is a thing of the past, said one of the staff on 5 July.As the park opened at 2:00pm, around 40 to 50 visitors entered the park.Though the park is beset with various problems, it still attracts a fairly good number of visitors, said a ticket salesperson.“We have sold tickets worth of Tk 800,000 and Tk 1 million respectively during the two days of the Eid vacation,” he added.Some of the staff said that certain unscrupulous employees regularly let the visitors enter the park without tickets. The allegation was found true.Two persons standing at the entry gate were asking the visitors to enter without buying tickets. While the entry ticket was worth Tk 15, they were taking Tk 10 themselves.A torn bouncing pad for children at Zia Shishu Park, Dhaka. At least half of the mats of bouncing pads are in a bad shape. Galib Ashraf took this photo on 5 July.The two hurriedly left the scene after being asked why they were selling tickets in person while three ticket counters were already there.Asked if the authorities are aware of such corruption, the park’s manager Md Nuruzzaman said they take action against anyone involved in such misdeeds whenever there are complaints.“We also advise our visitors through loud speakers not to buy tickets from anywhere other than the counters,” he added.Of the total 12 rides, two are currently out of service and the functional rides were not in a good state.A bouncing pad for children, Lompho Jhompho, was risky. At least half of the mats were torn and in a bad shape.Shirin Akhter, a housewife from Shyamoli, said, her three-year-old daughter had been insisting on jumping around on Lompho Jhompho, but she wouldn’t let her. It was not safe.The washrooms of Shishu Park were in a bad condition too. Shubrata Adhikary, a university student, said that the toilets were dirty and smelly. There is hardly any water in toilets, he added.Manager of the park Md Nuruzzaman pointed to acute shortage in staff as the main setback of the park. “Currently we have only 30 to 35 staff members while we need around 90 to give people the best service.”He claimed that the condition of the rides was good enough to attract the visitors. “The park is to be completely renovated with 12 new rides. It will take on a new look as the work is likely to be completed within December,” Nuruzzaman said, with the hope that the park would get a new lease of life after the work is done.Apart from the rides, visitors were drawn to a side of the park where a large Banyan tree stands. A group of young children were climbing the tree and said they come regularly to the park as they enjoyed having fun around the tree.The park remains closed on Sunday. And it is certainly heartening that the park opens its gates from 1:30pm-5:00pm on every Wednesday only for the deprived, poor street children.last_img read more

Microsoft to Release DualScreen Foldable Surface That Runs Android Apps Report

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