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Finnlines Design Underway for NextGeneration RoPax Concept

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Finnlines Finnish RoRo and passenger services operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, is designing and developing a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) concept. The new class of ships, named Superstar, will be bigger than the company’s existing Star class which represents the largest ships in the Finnlines’ fleet, as disclosed by Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO of the group.In addition, the new vessels will meet the highest technical and environmental standards. The target of the planning is to create the most environmentally friendly ship design ever operated in the Baltic Sea. Automated berthing solutions for these vessels are also under investigation.In autumn 2018, Finnlines revealed plans to order the new series of RoPax ships. The ongoing concept development means that the company is now a step closer to building the vessels.Some USD 1.5 billion will be spent on new RoPaxes as well as other projects such as Grimaldi’s multipurpose ships, the group earlier said.Last year, Finnlines embarked on a EUR 200 million green roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) investment program by ordering three new green 5,800-lane-meter ships. Being built in China, they are scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021.With these investments, the company aims to contribute to reducing fuel consumption as well as CO2 and other emissions.“In order to survive in an industry facing public pressure on business operations to put the environment first, demands from customers for smarter business processes and, above all, vast regulations designed to reduce emissions, Finnlines has to constantly upgrade its fleet and make use of technological advances throughout the supply chain,” Grimaldi noted.“Saying this we have invested over EUR 1 billion during the past decade. And even more – we will continue to implement our strategy with determination and with consistency by investing over EUR 500 million more in the coming three to four years,” he continued.A strategy to increase efficiency of the capital employed on the Finnlines’ fleet and continue investing in sustainable development is paying off as 2018 was a successful year for the company, according to Grimaldi.The Finnlines’ January–December 2018 result increased by 15.1 percent to EUR 95.1 million in 2018 from EUR 82.6 million seen a year earlier.Revenue also rose by 9.9 percent to EUR 589.4 million in 2018 from EUR 536.3 million posted in 2017.last_img read more

Renzi challenges Italys Democrats over support for 5Stars

first_imgROME – Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Tuesday challenged members of his defeated Democrats to publicly declare if they’ll support the populist 5-Star Movement, throwing down the gauntlet as he tries to prevent his party from fracturing and backing its political nemesis.Analysts say he has reason to worry. Given both the numbers and ideologies, a 5-Star government supported by elements of the Democratic Party may be the most stable and logical solution to Italy’s inconclusive elections.Renzi has said he would resign as party chair given the Democratic Party’s disastrous showing of less than 23 per cent of the vote — the worst result ever for the left.And he pledged the Democrats wouldn’t align with either the 5-Stars, which emerged from the election as the single-biggest party with 32 per cent of the vote, or the centre-right coalition, led by the anti-immigrant League, with 37 per cent.In a Facebook message Tuesday that suggested defections were a real threat, Renzi reminded his supporters that both the 5-Stars and the League “represent the opposite of our values.”“They’re anti-European, anti-political and have used a language of hatred,” Renzi wrote. “They said we were corrupt, mafiosi, and that we have blood on our hands because of immigration. I don’t think they’ve changed their mind overnight.”“For me, the Democratic Party has to be where the people put us: in the opposition,” Renzi wrote. “If anyone from our party thinks otherwise, let him or her say so,” either in an upcoming party meeting or in Parliament.The success of the 5-Stars, a grassroots internet-based movement that only was launched nine years ago, came in great part at the expense of the Democrats, including in their onetime stronghold of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy.Researchers at the Bologna-based Cattaneo Institute, analyzing data from a select number of cities, concluded that of the 2.6 million voters the Democrats lost since the 2013 general election, “relevant numbers” went to the 5-Stars, as well as to a lesser degree the League and a new left-wing party.“All this indicates that the 5-Stars are the Democrats’ competitors, offering electors a ‘truer’ left than that embodied by a leader like Renzi,” the researchers said.As a result, analysts say, Renzi has reason to be concerned about the rank-and-file’s intentions.“I always start from the numbers. And the numbers tell me there are not many coalitions available,” said Roberto D’Alimonte, a political scientist at Rome’s LUISS University. “Today it looks very strange. But after a few weeks of useless searching, I think … it won’t look so strange.”Paolo Magri, director of the ISPI think-tank in Milan, said precisely because many of the 5-Stars’ new voters hailed previously from the Democratic Party, “a tie-up with the (Democrats) is more acceptable than with the League.”“The 5-Star program is so malleable that it allows different readings,” he told The Associated Press. “The legitimate choice of the 5-Stars was to water down themes more crucial to the program so they would be appealing to both ends of the spectrum.”The 5-Stars call themselves a grassroots “direct democracy” movement, with members voting for candidates and platforms via its online platform. The 5-Stars defy typical left-right ideology, espousing a platform that is green and anti-bank, and for the campaign, included a proposed monthly payment to Italians just for being citizens.The 5-Stars have evolved since the last parliamentary election when they refused to deal with any party, and want to become “the new establishment,” D’Alimonte said.“From anti-establishment to new establishment, and they want to gain credibility,” which they can do more effectively with the Democrats than with the extremists of the League, D’Alimonte said.Indeed, while both the League and the 5-Stars often share the euroskeptic and populist monikers, such labels paper over their differences.“The League is ideologically euroskeptical. The 5-Stars are tactically euroskeptical,” Magri said.Silvio Berlusconi, the three-time premier who dominated Italian politics for the past quarter century, was left in the dust of the election aftermath. In a major upset, his Forza Italia party came in second to the League within the centre-right.In his first comments since the election outcome, the 81-year-old Berlusconi said the results would have been different if he hadn’t been prevented from running as a candidate because of a tax fraud conviction. But he insisted he was still the head of Forza Italia, the “director of the centre-right and the guarantor of the cohesiveness of the coalition.”___Colleen Barry contributed from Milan.last_img read more

US industrial production climbs 06 per cent in November

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production climbed 0.6 per cent on surging output at mines and utilities. But manufacturing production was flat.The Federal Reserve says that utility output rose 3.3 per cent as power companies were busier because of unusually cold weather. Mining output rose 1.7 per cent on higher production at coal mines and oil and gas drillers.But manufacturing was flat in November after falling 0.1 per cent in October. Factories are contending with a stronger dollar that makes their products more expensive in foreign markets, slowing global growth and import taxes that raise their costs.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN and partners working to manage influx of Tunisian refugees into Italy

15 February 2011The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are assisting authorities in southern Italy to manage the recent influx of Tunisians, many of whom have come seeking employment while others have fled citing fear of violence and a breakdown of law and order in their homeland. The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are assisting authorities in southern Italy to manage the recent influx of Tunisians, many of whom have come seeking employment while others have fled citing fear of violence and a breakdown of law and order in their homeland. Over 5,200 people have arrived since mid-January, according to the Italian Government, with the vast majority – 4,400 – having arrived during the past few days. While most are young men, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it knows of at least 20 women and over 200 minors, many unaccompanied.“Described by the Italian Government as a humanitarian emergency, we appreciate the sensitive approach that has been taken so far, with all actors recognizing that among this mixed group there may be some who need to apply for asylum,” UNHCR’s spokesperson in Geneva, Melissa Fleming, told reporters.“From discussions with new arrivals it is clear that while most are coming in search of employment, others are citing fear of violence and a breakdown of law and order in their home regions,” she added.Efforts are continuing to restore stability to the North African nation, whose President, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, fled the country last month amid the growing protests and violence by protesters reportedly angered by rising prices of essential commodities, lack of employment opportunities, alleged corruption and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms. UNHCR said it is concerned that smugglers in Tunisia are exploiting youth by promising them a better life in Europe. The agency has received unconfirmed reports that at least four people have drowned while making the short but perilous journey across the seas. Ms. Fleming noted that the large number of people arriving over such a short period has put a significant pressure on the small Italian island of Lampedusa. A reception centre there designed for 800 people is currently holding over 2,000, and other reception centres in Italy are also reaching capacity.“We appreciate all efforts being made by the Italian Government to provide shelter and assistance for the new arrivals and hope that a solution is found quickly to relieve the pressure on Lampedusa,” she stated.UNHCR welcomed the Italian Government’s commitment to providing access to asylum procedures for those who are seeking international protection, and urged solidarity with Italy as it faces this new chapter of mixed migration. read more

Sears Canada employees and pensioners say the 529 million spent on insolvency

TORONTO — Sears Canada pensioners, former and current employees say the nearly $52.9 million in professional fees paid by the shuttered retailer during the insolvency process is alarming and concerning, their lawyers told an Ontario court today, noting they reserve the right to challenge them at a later date.Andrew Hatnay, a lawyer representing Sears pensioners, told Justice Glenn Hainey that his clients are concerned about the breadth of the fees. Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former employees, echoed a similar sentiment.Sears Canada closed its remaining stores on Jan. 14, after filing for creditor protection last year, to leave it with just 70 employees by the end of this month, according to the court-appointed monitor’s report.The lawyers’ comments came during an Ontario Superior Court hearing in Toronto as Hainey approved the monitor’s fees of roughly $14 million, that lawyers for the employees and pensioners did not oppose.The judge also approved an extension of the retailer’s creditor protection until April 27 to allow the company time to, among other things, work out disputes with certain landlords over unintentional payments made by Sears. read more

Rogers deepens connection with Europeanbased Vodafone telecommunications group

by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2014 11:05 am MDT Rogers deepens connection with European-based Vodafone telecommunications group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Vodafone Group of telecommunications companies has signed an exclusive Canadian partnership agreement with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B).Rogers chief executive Guy Laurence, who headed Vodafone UK until he joined Toronto-based Rogers, said the new partnership will be a big benefit to its customers.“We will draw on expertise and best practices from operators around the world to improve the products and services, like roaming and unified voice solutions, that we offer our consumer and business customers,” Laurence said in a statement Tuesday.A Vodafone spokesman says the agreement with Rogers is deeper than roaming deals it has with other Canadian carriers, AT&T in the United States and elsewhere as part of the industry norm.“With Rogers we’ll do more than just roaming,” said Simon Gordon, a Vodafone spokesman, in a phone interview.“For example, if we had a multinational customer that had offices in all around the world and a satellite office in Toronto, then we’d work jointly with Rogers to service that customer.”Gordon said Vodafone also has expertise in fourth-generation wireless technologies and the ability to buy network equipment in bulk because of its size so “if Rogers then comes in at the same time, they can realize some discounts.”Vodafone’s Partner Market group includes about 30 telecommunications companies in 50 countries, not counting Vodafone’s own wholly or partly owned companies, which are predominantly in Europe.-Follow (at)DavidPaddon on Twitter. read more

Ohio State womens hockey swept by St Cloud State drops to 59

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternIn search of points to climb up the standings in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team instead fell further back of the pack, losing two games at St. Cloud State over the weekend to drop its record to 5-9-0.On Friday, the Buckeyes lost 3-2 despite outshooting the Huskies 26-18. Junior forward Claudia Kepler and her linemate, senior Kendall Curtis, scored in the first and third periods, respectively.On Saturday, the Buckeyes lost 4-1 to complete the St. Cloud State sweep. Senior defender Cara Zubko scored on the power play for OSU’s only tally of the night.  Only one of the combined five goals scored was at even-strength. The Huskies recorded power-play goals on three of their five man-advantages.Redshirt freshman netminder Alex LaMere started both games for the Buckeyes, allowing six goals.  She has now started seven straight games in goal for OSU.Stat sheetWith an assist on Saturday, Kepler has now recorded a point in four of the Buckeyes’ last five games.With a goal on Saturday, Zubko now has nine points in her final season as a Buckeye, eclipsing her previous high of seven points set in her sophomore season. Her four goals so far in 2015-16 lead all OSU defenders and is fourth-highest overall on the team.The Buckeyes will reconvene in Columbus for practice and spend Thanksgiving on the road.  They are scheduled to travel to Burlington, Vermont, to participate in the inaugural Windjammer Classic, hosted by the University of Vermont. They are slated to drop the puck against Vermont at 4 p.m. on Friday and Boston University at 1 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Avoidable deaths of at least seven babies at NHS trust where midwives

first_imgHe accused the trust of pushing women to a natural birth when it was not safe, and of failing to learn from repeated mistakes.The trust said it had made improvements and that its mortality rates are in line with the national average.Dr Edwin Borman, medical director, said: “When I look at the perinatal mortality rate at our trust compared to the rest of the NHS, we are at an equivalent level to the rest of the country,” he said.”In the case of foetal heart rate monitoring, we have identified a number of cases where learning has not been fully implemented. We’ve put systems in place to make improvements.The trust has asked anyone concerned about their maternity services to contact them on 01743 261691. Two months later, Kyle Hall died aged just four days. An inquest found the failure to listen to his heart rate contributed to the death.Four months on, Graham Scott Holmes-Smith was born stillborn. The trust later acknowledged that the baby would have been likely to have been born alive if his heart rate had been properly monitored. The same failing was implicated in the death of Ivy Morris in May 2016.Her mother, Tamsin said that if the trust had learned from earlier failings, her daughter would be alive today.The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust delivers about 4,700 babies each year.Its maternity services were severely criticised last year in an official report following the death of baby Kate Stanton-Davies in 2009.It took seven years for an investigation into the death which established that the trust’s failings contributed to their daughter’s death.The report found a “lack of a safety culture” at the trust in 2009, saying the trust had not held any staff accountable for the failures, nor learned lessons.A separate analysis of all NHS trusts in England last year rated Shrewsbury and Telford as one of the worst in the country when it came to learning from mistakes and incidents.Last night James Titcombe, who uncovered a string of deaths and an attempted cover-up at Morecambe Bay, after the death of his baby son Joshuan in 2008, said the situation at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital trust appeared to show clear parallels with the first scandal. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Credit:PA An investigation has been ordered into the avoidable deaths of at least seven babies at one NHS trust.Mothers said their children had died because midwives “couldn’t be bothered” to fulfil basic monitoring tasks, or to act on warnings that babies were in danger.The Health Secretary has ordered an investigation into a string of deaths at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trust.A failure to properly monitor the baby was a factor in five of the deaths, coroners have found.In total nine babies died between September 2014 and May 2016, the BBC reported.Seven were found to be avoidable, while two more were never properly investigated, families say. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt center_img 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. Graham Scott Holmes-Smith – 2015. The trust failed to properly monitor the foetal heart rate during labour Ivy Morris – 2016. Ivy was born 10 days after Graham but died four months later in May 2016. The coroner ruled her death could have been prevented if appropriate monitoring of the heart rate had taken place during labour Pippa Griffiths – 2016. An inquest concluded one-day old Pippa’s death could have been prevented if an infection had been spotted earlier Families have raised questions about two further deaths over the period. They say there was no investigation into the death of Jack Stephen Burn in 2015, who died within days of Oliver Smale, or of Sophiya Hotchkiss in 2014.The same trust saw the avoidable death of a baby in 2013. The coroner concluded Jenson Christopher Barnett’s death could have been avoided if forceps delivery or Caesarean section had taken place.Jeremy Hunt has now asked NHS England and NHS Improvement to review a series of deaths and other incidents at the trust, to ensure they were properly investigated.Kelly Jones, said her daughters Ella and Lola were stillborn in September 2014 because midwives “couldn’t be bothered to do their job” and failed to listen to her warnings.The mother of two said she repeatedly told staff that she was in pain and needed proper assessment.But medics failed to act in time.  A letter from the trust says their investiagion found “both babies had died from severe hypoxic ischemia (oxygen starvation to the brain) contributed to by delay in recognising deterioration in the foetal heart traces and missed opportunites for earlier delivery.” Many of the avoidable deaths involve a failure to properly monitor heart rates.Last night safety campaigner James Titcombe, whose child died in the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal, in 2008, said the disclosures suggested history was being repeated, with the NHS failing to learn crucial lessons.The avoidable deaths which are known about between 2014 and 2016 involve: Ella and Lola Greene – 2014. The twins were stillborn after the trust failed to properly read and interpret their heart rates Oliver Smale – 2015. He died after his shoulders became stuck during a natural birth after his mother was refused a y Caesarean section Kye Hall – 2015. His death was “caused or contributed” to by the trust, said the coroner, who failed to classify his mother as a high risk pregnancy or to listen to his heart beatlast_img read more

Warriors shine in final practice match

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDelport ready for battle as peaking Amazon Warriors square off against dwindling Stars tonightAugust 24, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Warriors practice game shows promising resultsAugust 7, 2018In “Sports”Hemraj, Bacchus among the runs on opening dayNovember 1, 2016In “Sports” Guyana Amazon Warriors skipper Shoaib Malik warmed up with some runs as his XI defeated a Guyana XI by five wickets when the final practice match concluded under lights on Tuesday evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The Pakistan star hit a classy 37 while New Zealand big-hitting opener Luke Ronchi spanked an unbeaten 48 as the Malik-led XI big players warmed up for Thursday’s opener versus the St Kitts Patriots under lights.Chadwick Walton looked good for his 15, playing a few pulls and cuts while all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford also scored 15.The Warriors bowlers on the opposition team also got their form going, with the off-spinner Chris Green grabbing 2-20, including the wicket of Malik, while South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir looked good during his spell bagging 2-33, and Keemo Paul 1-21.Earlier, it was the Warriors spin twins Devendra Bishoo (2-32) and Veerasammy Permaul (3-24), who did the damage as Rayad Emrit’s XI were bowled out inside 20 overs for 110, with the Malik XI being made to chase a much higher total (155, after 45 bonus runs were added).Trevon Griffith hit 14 while Anthony Bramble chipped in with 16, but it was Chris Barnwell’s 36 which powered their side to the above-average total.Roshon Primus, who batted twice, hit 13 not out as his top score as Malik grabbed a wicket along with national pacer Clinton Pestano who claimed 2-31. In the end, the Warriors’ key players all had excellent sessions with either bat or ball, thus adding to their confidence ahead of the big game.Strike bowler Sohail Tanvir was wicketless, but maintained his discipline as a pack leader while Shimron Hetmyer, fresh off a Man-of-the-Series performance in the ODI series versus Bangladesh, smashed an aggressive 17 as he too got into form for the first game, as the Warriors broke their encampment on a high note.Thursday’s opening game of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Guyana leg will bowl off at 18:00h at the National Stadium, Providence with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots looking to upset the Warriors in their backyard. read more

Duro Felguera adds to mining references with Algeria iron ore project order

first_imgThe DF (Duro Felguera) Mining & Handling business division has won a contract for bulk handling equipment at a new iron and steel complex in Bellara in the north-east of Algeria, after reaching an agreement with customer Algerie Qatar Steel (AQS), the owner of the project. The shareholding structure of AQS consists of the company Sider and Qatar International, a joint venture between Qatar Steel and Qatar Mining.The purpose of the project is to supply local demand for finished products and the plan is to reach a production figure of 2 Mt/y of steel. DF will deliver the project as a turnkey contract, including the engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction and commissioning of the equipment necessary for the bulk handling package. The contract value is $109.4 million, and is in two different parts. Firstly, the port terminal facilities at the port of Djen Djen, for the reception of 3.5 Mt of iron ore pellets per year; and secondly, the equipment for pellet storage before they are sent to the direct reduction plant (DRI) within the new iron and steel complex at Bellara.The equipment will include ore ship unloaders, conveyor belts, stackers and reclaimers, train loading and unloading, and service equipment to support these facilities. This will be the second project that DF has implemented in Algeria, as the DF Energy division is currently building a gas-fired combined cycle power plant at Djelfa (300 km south of Algiers). This power plant will have four gas and two steam turbines and will be the largest built yet by DF, at over 1,250 MW. The Djelfa project, awarded by the Algerian company Societé de Production de Electricité, a subsidiary of the Sonelgaz group, is also an EPC turnkey project. “With this new project announced today, DF reinforces its commitment to the market in Africa, where the various different business lines are currently carrying out projects. More specifically, the DF Mining & Handling division is building two iron ore processing plants in Mauritania and a bulk port terminal in Egypt.” In addition, the subsidiary Felguera IHI has implemented two projects for the design, engineering and procurement of LPG storage terminals: an 8,500 m3 spherical tank in Nigeria and eight 64,000 m3 vertical tanks in South Africa.last_img read more

HMV opens another new Irish store today — this time online

first_imgMUSIC RETAILER HMV will open a new online store today in its latest expansion since reopening in will be launched this afternoon at 3pm. The music retail chain says it will be a “fully transactional website”, and will offer express delivery and collection options for products.This online store will be in addition to their four high street shops in the Republic of Ireland.The company says that the launch of will be closely followed by, its Northern Irish counterpart, and where the chain currently have just one store.In a statement, Hilco Capital Ireland CEO Larry Howard said that it was important for HMV for the store to go ahead of the Christmas period as it is “traditionally one of the busiest times of year for online retailing”The retailer entered receivership last February with 300 staff being made redundant. It reopened in September following extensive restructuring by Hilco Capital, who bought the struggling chain in a deal worth around €59 million.Another digital venture by HMV, an iOS app, was suspended from the Apple App Store last month soon after its launch. No reason has yet been given for the suspension, a spokesperson for HMV Ireland said.Its UK counterpart was suspended due to the ability to download MP3s within the app and bypassing iTunes, ComputerworldUK reports.Read: New owners promise to honour old HMV gift vouchers >More: Apple removes HMV music app from App Store >last_img read more

Fourtry Munster go top with comefrombehind victory in Treviso thriller

first_img 69 Comments 39,024 Views Apr 12th 2019, 9:21 PM Subscribe Friday 12 Apr 2019, 9:21 PM The southern province have replaced Glasgow atop Conference A, at least temporarily. Image: Elena Barbini/INPHO Short URL Benetton Rugby 28Munster 37John Fallon reports from Stadio MonigoAN UNDERSTRENGTH MUNSTER side came from behind to carve out a bonus-point win in a highly entertaining Guinness Pro14 clash with play-off chasing Benetton in northern Italy.Johann van Graan’s men came from 11 points adrift with JJ Hanrahan leading the way as they put a dent in Benetton’s hopes if making it to the knockout stages.The lead changed hands four times in the opening 26 minutes of a cracking encounter in front of a full house of around 7,000 on a perfect night for rugby in Treviso. JJ Hanrahan was man of the match in Treviso. Source: Elena Barbini/INPHOBenetton had the home fans on their feet as they raced into a 10-0 lead after just eight minutes with Italian centre Tommaso Benvenuti getting the opening try as Fijian winger Ratuva Tavuyara thrilled the crowd with an array of skills.But Munster hit back with Rhys Marshall getting over for a try after going to the right corner with a penalty and they hit the front after 14 minutes after Dan Goggin intercepted after a big hit by Sam Arnold in midfield had initially created the opening.JJ Hanrahan converted both tries to lead 14-10 but two penalties from Tommaso Allan edged the Italians back in front before a penalty from Hanrahan restored Munster’s lead after 26 minutes.But it was Benetton who led at the interval after a superb break from Jayden Hayward send Monty Ioane away down the left and the Australian cantered home to leave the score at 21-17.Munster suffered a massive double blow after 45 minutes with Darren Sweetnam binned for a deliberate knock-on and referee Ben Whitehouse awarded a penalty try to make it 28-17 to Benetton.But two Hanrahan penalties and a yellow card for Benvenuti — who was fortunate to remain on the pitch after a high challenge on Stephen Archer — cut the gap to 28-23 heading into the final quarter. Tommaso Benvenuti scored a try, but was later lucky to stay on the pitch. Source: Elena Barbini/INPHOMunster drew level when Goggin put Shane Daly over for his first Munster try after 61 minutes, with Hanrahan edging them 30-28 in front with his sixth successful kick of the night from the left touchline.Man of the match Hanrahan then combined with Alby Mathewson for the scrum-half to race through for the bonus-point try before the out-half pushed the lead out to 37-28. Munster were never threatened after that and move two points clear of Glasgow in top spot in Conference A, with the second-placed Scots in action in Dublin tomorrow.Scorers for Benetton Rugby:Tries: Tommaso Benvenuti, Monty Ioane, Penalty tryPenalties: Tommaso Allen 3/3Conversions: Tommaso Allen 1/2, Penalty try The southern province have replaced Glasgow atop Conference A, at least temporarily. Image: Elena Barbini/INPHO Share58 Tweet Email2 By John Fallon Four-try Munster go top with come-from-behind victory in Treviso thriller Van Graan’s men overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to win by nine against Benetton. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Scorers for Munster:Tries: Rhys Marshall, Dan Goggin, Shane Daly, Alby MathewsonPenalties: JJ Hanrahan 3/3Conversions: JJ Hanrahan 4/4Benetton Rugby: Jayden Hayward; Ratuva Tavuyara, Tommaso Benvenuti (Antonio Rizzi ’69), Marco Zanon, Monty Ioane; Tommaso Allan, Dewaldt Duvenage (Tito Tebaldi ’62); Nicola Quaglio (Cherif Traore ’51), Luca Bigi (Hame Faiva ’51), Marco Riccioni (Simone Ferrari ’51); Irné Herbst (Marco Lazzaroni ’56), Federico Ruzza; Giovanni Pettinelli (Marco Barbini ’58), Abraham Steyn, Toa HalafihiMunster: Mike Haley; Darren Sweetnam, Sam Arnold (Alex McHenry ’78), Dan Goggin, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan (Bill Johnston ’78), Alby Mathewson (Neil Cronin ’72); Jeremy Loughman (Liam O’Connor ’62), Rhys Marshall (Kevin O’Byrne ’62), Stephen Archer (Ciaran Parker ’52); Fineen Wycherley (Darren O’Shea ’62), Billy Holland; Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Gavin Coombes (Dave O’Callaghan ’62)Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Laporte reveals Schmidt as top target before French club referendumlast_img read more

Moon recommends extension of UN mandate for Cyprus

first_imgUN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has recommended that the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) be extended for six months, until 15 June 2011.In his report on the United Nations Operation in Cyprus that will be issued as a document of the UN Security Council, which covers developments from 21 May 2010 to 20 November 2010, Ban noted that during the reporting period, the situation in the buffer zone remained calm and relations between UNFICYP and the opposing forces remained good and cooperative.“The overall number of violations has declined. Low-level exercises near the cease fire lines unnecessarily cause tensions and should be avoided,” Ban said and expressed hope that discussions on military confidence-building measures initiated by UNFICYP will enjoy the support and cooperation of both opposing forces and produce tangible results.”Ban said that both communities have continued to rely on UNFICYP’s assistance in areas ranging from humanitarian, social and economic matters to a variety of bi-communal issues affecting the everyday lives of Cypriots and UNFICYP continued to work closely with the two communities in solving practical day-to-day issues, including the civilian use of the buffer zone.“These efforts are important in building confidence and positive relations between the communities, and I call on both sides to continue to support UNFICYP in this regard,” Ban underlined.He noted that UNFICYP has been instrumental in facilitating cooperation between the sides in the field of cultural heritage and crime and criminal matters, including the implementation of concrete measures agreed in the respective Technical Committees. In the area of cultural heritage, it is important that all parties lend their full support to the implementation of agreed measures aimed at preserving the rich common cultural heritage of Cyprus, he said. He welcomed the increase in exchange of information between the two sides with regard to crime and criminal matters, not only as a reflection of a growing mutual trust but also as a significant contribution towards producing tangible results for the common security of all Cypriots.Referring to the opening of the Limnitis crossing point, Ban said that “this important and long-awaited development is a tangible confidence-building measure and will improve the daily life of many Cypriots. The creation of a joint committee to consider the establishment of other crossing points is a welcome sign of political will to bring the communities closer together. It is important that efforts in this direction be pragmatic and results-oriented, with a view to enabling further social and economic interaction between the two sides,” Ban noted.He expressed satisfaction that the humanitarian work of the Committee on Missing Persons continues largely unhindered and urged all parties concerned to continue all efforts to prevent the work of the Committee from being politicized.He also underlined that complete access to military areas in the north for the purposes of exhumations remains crucial and urged the Turkish Forces to adopt a more forthcoming approach, given the humanitarian dimension of the issue.With regard to the de-mining in the buffer zone he said that “having continued apace and now nearing completion, is at a critical juncture.Access to the last four mined areas in the buffer zone has not yet been granted by the National Guard or the Turkish Forces,” he noted and called upon the parties to release those areas so that a mine-free buffer zone may be delivered for all Cypriots within the timeframe of the current project.The United Nations stands ready to further assist the parties in their aspiration to achieve a mine-free Cyprus.“It is my firm belief that UNFICYP continues to play an important role on the island, all the more so at this sensitive juncture of the talks. The Mission works closely with the Office of my Special Advisor and other United Nations agencies and programmes, which are actively engaged in promoting an atmosphere conducive for the negotiations. I recommend, therefore, that the Security Council extend the mandate of UNFICYP for six months, until 15 June 2011,” Ban continued. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Close to half a million raised

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the help of more than 850 people at a dinner fundraiser in March, the Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Foundation has raised close to $400,000 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. The dinner was the culmination of a number of fundraising events including a radiothon to help raise money for the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. Kostas and Poppy Gribilas started the foundation to give back to the hospital that had helped them through a very difficult time in their lives. Their infant daughter Konstantina Angelique passed away suddenly from heart troubles at the hospital in 2013, but the care she and the family received pushed them to do whatever they could to help the hospital. The family raised an impressive sum of $47,000 in their radiothon, but surpassed all expectations at the dinner fundraiser on March 20.Hosted by Greek Australian comedian Mary Coustas, the dinner saw the community open their pockets to help the hospital.More than $150,000 was raised from the ticket price alone, while the auctions on the night helped push the sum up towards the half a million mark. The hospital hopes to purchase lifesaving new equipment for the ICU.CEO of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Leanne Warner says they will be buying new defibrillators and pacemakers, and looking into purchasing a new laryngoscope, humidifiers and specialised mattresses for young patients. “There’s been a whole array of quite desperately needed equipment that this particular event has been able to fund,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“Normal hospitals have more adult-sized equipment and it’s important in intensive care and a paediatrics department that the equipment suits all sizes.”With more than 900 children entering the ICU every year, the equipment will be integral in ensuring quick diagnoses and a higher rate of survival.“It’s an amazing gift that they’ve left for all those families that are yet to visit us,” Ms Warner says.Those wanting to donate can deposit at: St George Bank Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Fund BSB: 112879 Account number: 493957854last_img read more

Moorabbin kicks off carnival season the Greek way

first_imgIn what was a hot day out and lots of fun for the whole family, the Annual Greek Festival of the Hellenic Community of Moorabbin preceded Lent celebrations with an ‘Apokriatiko’ twist.Undeterred by Sunday’s high temperatures Greek Australian carnival-goers attended the event held at Heatherton, prepared to dance and party hard before the 40-day period of strict fasting in preparation for Greek Orthodox Easter.This year’s carnival featured the Big Carnival Parade, and best dressed awards for the best carnival outfit with the unique Manasis School of Greek Dance and Culture costumes stealing the show.Some very rare costumes, worn only during the traditional carnival season known as Apokries, were spotted at the festival featuring decade-old animal skins, masks and bells.“Although the ritual varies from village to village, country to country, the essence of the koudounoforoi, rogatsia, rougatsaria, kalikantzaroi, maskarades and karnavaloi remains the same,” Manasis School director Dimosthenis Manasis explained.“It is one of the oldest known folk traditions still in existence, shared right throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La narcolepsie serait bien une maladie autoimmune

first_imgLa narcolepsie serait bien une maladie auto-immuneSelon des chercheurs américains, la narcolepsie serait bien une maladie auto-immune. Une découverte qui permettrait d’établir le lien entre le vaccin contre la grippe A et cette pathologie du sommeil.La narcolepsie est un trouble neurologique caractérisé par le besoin irrépressible de dormir. Cette nécessité apparaît à n’importe quel moment de la journée et n’importe quel endroit comme au travail ou dans la rue. Elle s’associe à une cataplexie, c’est-à-dire à une perte soudaine de tonus musculaire qui peut aller de la faiblesse musculaire à un effondrement total. Le langage et la vision peuvent aussi être troublés.Généralement, cette maladie se manifeste à l’adolescence. Elle concerne deux fois plus d’hommes que de femmes et affecte environ 30.000 Français. Néanmoins, à l’heure actuelle, les origines exactes de cette pathologie sont assez mystérieuses. Selon les recherches menées, elle serait liée à des anomalies génétiques mais d’autres causes notamment environnementales pourraient aussi intervenir. C’est en cherchant à en apprendre davantage que des chercheurs de l’université Stanford (Californie) ont réalisé une avancée intéressante.Des lymphocytes T anormauxSelon leur étude publiée dans la revue Science Translational Medicine, la narcolepsie serait liée à une réaction inappropriée du système immunitaire qui se retournerait contre l’organisme. Autrement dit, il s’agirait d’une maladie auto-immune. Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs sont partis des résultats obtenus lors d’études précédentes qui ont montré que la narcolepsie était en partie due à la mort de certains neurones. Or, les cellules cérébrales détruites produisent de l’hypocrétine, un neurotransmetteur qui stimule l’appétit et surtout l’éveil. En explorant les mécanismes impliqués, les scientifiques américains ont découvert que les narcoleptiques présentaient un taux élevé de lymphocytes T anormaux qui réagissaient à l’hypocrétine. Lorsque ce peptide est libéré par les neurones, l’organisme réagirait comme s’il s’agissait d’un agent étranger à éliminer. Il activerait alors le système immunitaire et les lymphocytes T qui s’en chargeraient.La narcolepsie serait donc bien une maladie auto-immune. Une hypothèse qui ne date pas d’hier mais qui n’avait jamais été confirmée avec certitude. “Jusqu’ici, l’idée que la narcolepsie est une maladie auto-immune n’était qu’une hypothèse convaincante, mais ceci est la première preuve directe de l’auto-immunité. Je pense que ces cellules sont la preuve irréfutable”, a expliqué Elizabeth Mellins, immunologiste de l’équipe cité par Nature.Un lien avec le vaccin anti-grippe Mais la découverte ne s’arrête pas là. En 2011, suite à la pandémie grippale, plusieurs pays ont constaté une hausse du nombre de cas de narcolepsie chez les individus vaccinés (avec le Pandemrix) contre la grippe H1N1. Un lien qui a ensuite été confirmé par plusieurs études dont une française publiée en juillet dernier. Or, les chercheurs américains ont constaté que le vaccin contenait un fragment d’une protéine grippale proche de l’hypocrétine. Le vaccin aurait donc pu favoriser l’apparition d’une réponse inappropriée du système immunitaire et déclencher la maladie chez certaines personnes. Toutefois, seules quelques unes sont devenues narcoleptiques suite à la vaccination. De plus, le vaccin anti-grippe A n’est pas le seul à contenir la protéine. Il est donc possible que d’autres éléments soient à prendre en compte dans l’apparition de cette maladie, notamment des facteurs génétiques comme l’ont suggéré les précédentes recherches. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs vont donc poursuivre les travaux afin notamment de mieux comprendre comment les lymphocytes T s’attaquent à l’hypocrétine. “Ils n’ont pas montré comment les cellules T tuent les neurones à hypocrétine. C’est comme si nous avions un mystère autour d’un meurtre et que nous savions pas qui est le vrai meurtrier”, Thomas Scammell, neurologue de la Harvard Medical School. Vers un meilleur diagnostic ? Selon ce spécialiste, les cellules T pourraient ne pas être les responsables directs mais faire appel à un intermédiaire. “Les résultats sont très importants mais ils doivent réaliser une nouvelle étude dans un groupe plus large de patients et de contrôle. Si les découvertes se confirment, la première retombée importante pourrait être le développement d’un nouveau test de diagnostic”, a ajouté Gers Lammers, neurologue du Leiden University Medical Center.Le 27 décembre 2013 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Weather Eye Cold front moving in unsettled weather forecast all week

first_img A severe thunderstorm crossed the Columbia River through downtown Vancouver and moved up through Minnehaha and Walnut Grove and then onward to Five Corners and the Orchards and Covington area.What appears to be a small tornado touched down in several places, ripping fences down, gardens sheds and small limbs and trees. The National Weather Service rated it an EF0 with winds 65 to 85 mph.The storm dumped hail closer to downtown, turning the ground white and sent rivers of water down the streets.Another cold front moves through today with showers Monday. The unsettled weather is in the forecast all week. March could go out like a lamb with a dry day Friday. More cool and unsettled weather is shaping up for early April.With the heavy downpours Friday, Vancouver surpassed the six-inch mark in the rain department. I think we will surpass the seven-inch mark by midweek. Overnight lows will be warmer but highs cooler than average this week.We usually see funnel clouds here and there in spring, especially after a strong cold front moves through. We call these cold-core funnels. Occasionally like Friday, they touch down briefly and cause some damage. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

CRC foes take case to state transportation panel

first_imgThe Washington State Transportation Commission heard an earful from Columbia River Crossing opponents during a visit to Vancouver on Monday. But the daylong meeting ended abruptly after Chairman Dick Ford cut in to say their complaints, however valid, were misplaced.“We’re the wrong people to talk to,” Ford said after the meeting. “This is going to be decided by the legislatures of the two states and their governors.”Ten people signed up to address the seven-member commission, mostly about the $3 billion-plus CRC project that would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, bring light rail to Vancouver and rebuild the freeway on both sides of the Columbia River. Residents raised familiar objections to the project’s design, its cost, and what they felt is a lack of transparency and public involvement in the planning process. The CRC’s final environmental impact statement was approved by local agencies earlier this year, and is awaiting federal approval.Among those who spoke was Vancouver forensic accountant Tiffany Couch, who was hired several months ago by local businessman and CRC critic David Madore to look into the project’s finances. Couch said Monday she has uncovered “significant questionable transactions.”Ford stopped her there.“Are you accusing these people of fraud?” he asked.Couch said she was simply raising questions she thought the commission should be aware of. But Ford suggested she take them to the state attorney general, state auditor or another authority.last_img read more

DOT pilot program tests different speed limits for Seward Highway passing lanes

first_imgSoon there could be two speed limits on the Seward Highway, at least between mileposts 60 and 65. That’s from Hope Junction to the top of Turnagain Pass.The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities is doing an experiment to try to improve the flow of traffic and prevent accidents.DOT’s Regional Traffic Engineer, Scott Thomas said they already did a simulation of their plan at the University of Idaho, and now they’re testing it out here.“It is a continuation of past research we’ve been doing, and our goal is to improve passing lane speeds and make them more efficient,” Thomas said. “By doing that improve safety along the highway [and] relieve some of the pressure during peak travel times in July.”DOT officials say that on an average day, about 9,000 cars will travel the Seward Highway. However in the summer months, those numbers can more than double, which can create congestion.The DOT plans on creating two separate speed limits along passing lanes. In the study, the left lane, or the fast lane, has a speed limit of 65 miles per hour, the current speed limit. In the right lane, the speed is reduced to 55 miles per hour.“Two speed limit signs will be beside each other,” Thomas said. “So when you enter a passing lane, it will remind you that the left is 65 miles per hour. And then there will be a sign beside it that says 55 miles per hour in right lane, and if you’re going into the right lane you can see the sign on the right hand side that tells you your lane is slower during this peak season.”The University of Alaska Anchorage Engineering Department is helping DOT conduct the research. There will be a number of traffic counters along the section of highway that will record vehicle speed, distances between vehicles, and lane usage. At the end of the month, UAA will compare the data to previous years.“So that’s what we’re asking for here is for people to take it easy and let other people pass,” Thomas said.The study will run until the end of the month. If the experiment shows results, the DOT could make the seasonal speed adjustment for passing lanes on the Seward Highway permanent.last_img read more

Clam fossils offer 10000 year history of El Nino Southern Oscillation

first_img 50-million-year-old clam shells provide indications of future of El Nino phenomenon © 2014 The findings by the team also cast doubt on some theories that have been developed to explain why the ENSO occurs at all—primary among them are those that suggest they are due to a slight wobble in the Earth’s orbit. If that were the case, it would seem logical to conclude that an identifiable periodicity would emerge over the course of ten thousand years, but now, that doesn’t appear to be the case. A large shell midden from the Inca period at a study site in Peru’s Ica valley is shown. The climate is so dry that even wooden structures are preserved. Credit: M. Carré / Univ. of Montpellier This image shows a magnified cross-section of a shell. The lines in the outer layer come from growth during low tides, and help to put a time on the temperature measurements. Credit: M. Carré / Univ. of Montpellier Citation: Clam fossils offer 10,000 year history of El Nino Southern Oscillation (2014, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The middens are ancient dumping sites that typically contain a mix of mollusk shells, fish and bird bones, ceramics, cloth, charcoal, maize and other plants. Credit: M. Carré / Univ. of Montpellier Journal information: Science More information: Holocene history of ENSO variance and asymmetry in the eastern tropical Pacific, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1252220ABSTRACTUnderstanding the response of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) to global warming requires quantitative data on ENSO under different climate regimes. Here, we present a reconstruction of ENSO in the eastern tropical Pacific spanning the last 10 thousand years (ka) derived from oxygen isotopes in fossil mollusk shells from Peru. We find that ENSO variance was close to the modern level in the early Holocene and severely damped ~4-5 ka. In addition, ENSO variability was skewed toward cold events along coastal Peru 6.7-7.5 ka owing to a shift of warm anomalies toward the Central Pacific. The modern ENSO regime was established ~3-4.5 ka. We conclude that ENSO was sensitive to changes in climate boundary conditions during the Holocene, including, but not limited to insolation.Press release This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —A research team working in Peru, with members from France, Peru and the U.S. has found a way to track the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) going back as far as ten thousand years. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team reports that their study of clam fossils has revealed clear patterns of the ENSO and report that it has not been increasing in intensity over the course of the Holocene as some have suggested. People have been living on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Peru for a long time, and as they’ve done so, they’ve eaten clams, tossing the shells onto waste areas that grew to become huge mounds over thousands of years. In this new effort, the researchers dug down into several such mounds and extracted clam fossils they found, along with dirt and charcoal—remnants of ancient fires used to cook the clam meat. By taking measurements of oxygen isotopes in the clam shells, the researchers were able to calculate ocean surface temperatures at two to four week intervals throughout the lives of the individual clams, while radiocarbon dating of the dirt and charcoal revealed when the clams made their way into the mound. Examining multiple clams at different depths in the mounds allowed for creating a historical record of sea surface temperatures, and that allowed for charting the cycle of the ENSO going back ten thousand years.The charts created by the research team suggest that the ENSO cycle does not have a predictable cycle and also that it has not been increasing in strength over the course of the Holocene as others have suggested. They did find some patterns, however. During a period approximately 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, for example, the ENSO was relatively weak, and during another period, from 6,700 to 7,500 years ago, ocean temperatures along the coast of Peru appeared to have been skewed by the location of warm water from an El Niño (when trade winds push warm water into the Eastern Pacific.)last_img read more