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TOTAL Invests in AVEVA’s Solutions

first_imgApril 18, 2014 zoom TOTAL E&P Nigeria Ltd (TEPNG) has adopted AVEVA’s Engineering & Design solutions as part of an Integrated Engineering & Design approach.TEPNG is the operator of a joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The company has invested in licences for AVEVA PDMS™, AVEVA Instrumentation™, AVEVA Electrical™, AVEVA Engineering™, AVEVA Diagrams™ and AVEVA Review™ and has fully implemented the software across its local site modifications and repair projects.“This investment in AVEVA’s solutions demonstrates the value our products deliver to Owner Operators engaged in complex engineering projects,” Fredy Ktourza, Senior Vice President, Western Europe and Africa, AVEVA. “This important deployment will help us to increase our footprint within Nigeria, not only with the IOC’s, but also with the local engineering and construction contractors that are engaged with projects throughout the country. AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design approach gives a flexible and effective 3D design and engineering environment that increases project efficiency and enables real-time collaboration, across the TEPNG organisation and with its local contractors. We greatly value the trust they have placed in our technology and service.”AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design approach increases project efficiency and reduces engineering and design costs by offering complementary products that draw on common processes, disciplines and deliverables, through a single managed information model.last_img read more

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Annova LNG to Build Brownsville LNG Export Terminal

first_imgzoom Houston-based construction company Annova LNG has filed an application with US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorization to construct and operate new liquefaction and export facilities on the Brownsville Ship Channel in Cameron County, Texas, according to data provided by FERC.The project would serve as a mid-scale natural gas liquefaction facility for exporting natural gas.Annova said that the project would include six liquefaction trains, each with a nameplate capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), for an aggregate nameplate capacity of 6 mtpa and a maximum output at optimal operating conditions of 6.95 mtpa.“The mid-scale size of the facility would meet the requirements of multiple foreign purchasers whose annual demand is best met with increments of 1 mtpa,” the application notes.The project consists of two principal parts, the LNG facilities, which will be designed to receive 0.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of feed gas via an intrastate natural gas pipeline, and the associated marine transfer facilities.“The feed gas will be treated, liquefied, and stored on-site in two single-containment LNG storage tanks,” FERC said, adding that the LNG will then be pumped from the LNG storage tanks to the marine transfer facilities, where it will be loaded onto LNG carriers for export.Annova plans to start site preparation in the second quarter of 2018, while the construction of the facilities could begin in the third quarter of 2018.last_img read more

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Feds looking at longer deadlines for answering veterans requests for service

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is looking to extend the amount of time that officials have to respond to veterans seeking various different types of benefits and support for their service-related injuries.The move follows years of criticism after Veterans Affairs Canada consistently forced former service members to wait months longer than promised to access support — or even find out whether they qualify.Those delays have been found to add further stress and frustration on injured veterans as they wait for medical or financial assistance.Veterans Affairs Canada says it wants to give veterans a more “realistic” idea of when they can expect to hear back when they request assistance, and that many of the new timelines will be rolled out before the end of the fiscal year.But Virginia Vaillancourt, acting national president of the Union of Veterans Employees, said the solution isn’t to make veterans wait longer — it is investing more resources to keep them from having to wait in the first place.“With more staff in the office, it means that the veterans are actually going to get the service, the benefits and the care that they deserve — and that the government has promised them,” Vaillancourt said.“Whether you’re telling them it’s going to be eight weeks or 24 weeks, they still have that stress of waiting and not knowing if they will be approved for services and benefits.”Veterans Affairs has struggled to provide timely benefits and support to former service members for years, in part because of Conservative-era budget cuts and layoffs from which the department still hasn’t fully recovered.Compounding the problem has been a sharp increase in demand for services in recent years, which has created a backlog of applications for disability benefits and slowed response times in the provision of support.The Trudeau Liberals promised during the last election to fix the problem by hiring more staff, and most recently committed $42 million over two years to address a backlog of applications for disability benefits that had reached 29,000 files.But performance continues to lag; while injured veterans are told they can expect to know within 16 weeks whether they simply qualify for disability benefits, ombudsman Guy Parent found the average wait remains 23 to 29 weeks.The department has also consistently exceeded its own targets when it comes to providing veterans with quick access to long-term care, career training services, income-replacement benefits and rehabilitation services.It has also routinely failed to quickly respond veterans’ phone calls within two minutes.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information show officials have taken a close look at changing when the clock starts running on requests for some types of services — and extending the promised delivery times outright in others.A more realistic timeline than the current 16-week target for approving applications for disability benefits would be between 20 and 30 weeks, officials say in the documents, depending on the applicant’s medical conditions.Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Emily Gauthier confirmed in an email that the department is revising the timelines for various services, which she said was “to provide realistic timeframes for veterans and others we serve.”The department “continues to strive to provide faster, more efficient, higher quality service,” she added. “We will review our service standards on a yearly basis and revise them when we’ve made significant improvements to our actual performance.”Parent indicated last month that he supported providing veterans with a more realistic assessment of when they can expect to hear from the department, which would ease their stress and frustration at being forced to wait.But Vaillancourt disagreed with that assessment, saying veterans are applying for support because they require financial or medical assistance and that simply telling them that they can expect to wait longer won’t help address their needs.Afghan veteran Aaron Bedard, who led a high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful legal challenge against the government over lifetime disability pensions, blasted the department’s plan to ease its service targets, calling it a “step backwards.”While providing timely access can be a challenge when it comes to veterans, it should always be a priority, said Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada, which focuses on helping former service members with mental-health injuries.“Ultimately, the goal is to ensure when an ill or injured member of the Canadian Armed Forces reaches out to access the help they deserve, that the access is timely,” Maxwell said. “That’s got to be the objective always.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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QUEBECOR FUND ANNOUNCES LIST OF PRODUCERS FUNDED UNDER ITS TELEVISION PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE

first_imgTom Sawyer is a 26-episode animated series about a group of kids growing up by the riverside in the late 19th century. They must use all their cunning to evade the strictures of the adult world. The series is targeted at children aged 6 to 10. The televised adventures continue on the web with games featuring the show’s rich characters and plotlines. To reach a wide audience, the games will adapt the content of the animated series to the ages and interests of young viewers.La Voix (season 7)La Voix Télévision inc. (Les Productions Déferlantes inc.)Canadian broadcaster: TVA La Voix, Québec’s favourite television show, will be back in February 2019 with Marc Dupré, Lara Fabian, Éric Lapointe and Alex Nevsky sitting in the armchairs again and selecting the contestants – without peeking. The audience will get to vote again in the live segment and ultimately decide who becomes The Voice of Québec in 2019. Season 7 of La Voix will have an interactive component tailored to audience viewing habits. The website and mobile site will optimize the viewer experience on all devices with user-friendly navigation and compelling, engaging content, including a surprising webcast, an online-only Christmas special, and a special digital gift from each of the teams during the live shows.Quebecor FundQuebecor Fund was established through Videotron Ltd., which provides over $7 million annually in broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the Canadian industry. Its mission is to support the development, production, marketing and export of high-quality content and its exploitation on various platforms. To date, Quebecor Fund’s programs have paid out a total of nearly $102 million.The Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions pertaining to the Fund, including its priorities, and is entirely and exclusively responsible for its funding decisions. The date of the next round of funding under the Television Production Assistance Program is Monday, April 1, 2019. For reasons of environmental responsibility and efficiency, all applications for all program must now be submitted electronically. For more information, please visit www.quebecorfund.ca. Counting this 4th round of the Television Production Assistance Program’s new Support for the Creation of Intellectual Property component, launched in March 2017, Quebecor Fund has provided repayable grants totalling nearly $4.6 million to support development projects in all genres that have received a financial commitment from a recognized French-language broadcasting programming undertaking (BPU).Quebecor Fund also has an Export Assistance Program (EXAP), which supports export initiatives by funding the development of audiovisual content adapted for non-Québec and international markets as well as marketing efforts. Since its inception in March 2014, more than $8 million has been invested in 29 export business models with 22 partner companies. In its 12th round, EXAP will invest a total of $500,000 in the business models of two companies, Carpediem Film & TV inc. and Di-O-Matic inc.PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER THE TELEVISION PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, SUPPORT FOR CONVERGENT PRODUCTION COMPONENT:L’Agent Jean (interactive installation) Productions Version 10 inc. / Happy Camper Media (Frima Studio inc.)  Canadian broadcasters: ICI Radio-Canada, TFO, CBC LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img MONTRÉAL – The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors today announced the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive funding in the 37th round of the Fund’s Television Production Assistance Program following October 1, 2018 submissions. In this round, the Fund will disburse a total of more than $1.9 million. Of that amount, nearly $825,000 is being granted under the Support for Convergent Production component to the following producers: Productions Version 10 inc. / Happy Camper Media (Frima Studio inc.), PVP Animation IV (2018) inc. (Groupe PVP inc.), and La Voix Télévision inc. (Les Productions Déferlantes inc.). The three selected productions will air on the Canadian broadcasters ICI Radio-Canada, TFO, CBC, TV5 Québec Canada, and TVA Group. Under the Support for the Creation of Intellectual Property component, nearly $1.1 million is being granted to five projects from Productions Pixcom inc., Oasis Animation inc., DATSIT Sphère inc., Duo Productions inc., and Blachfilms. The broadcasters supporting the development of these projects are TVA Group, AMI, ICI Radio-Canada, TFO, Bell Media (Canal Vie), and Télé-Québec.Since its inception in 1999, Quebecor Fund’s Television Production Assistance Program has supported 267 projects involving 82 production companies, 46 Canadian broadcasters and 34 foreign broadcasters with grants totalling nearly $81 million.Under the Convergent Production component, Quebecor Fund has distributed more than $68.4 million to support the multiplatform side of the funded projects (which accounts for 72% of the total sums invested in multimedia by the participating production companies) and more than $7.8 million to support the television side of the same projects, for a total of more than $76.2 million. Of the funding granted to date by Quebecor Fund to support television and multiplatform production, 26% has gone to programs for children/youth, 24% to documentaries, 39% to variety/performing arts, and 10% to drama (rounded figures). The mini-series L’Agent Jean : comment sauver le monde en 90 secondes is here at last! Follow Agent Jean’s zany adventures as he and his friends employ unorthodox methods to save the world in 90 seconds. It seems impossible. To do it, they must redefine the secret agent concept as only they can. CBC Kids will bring the interactive installation from La Tournée / Zone Jeunesse to English Canada and new games based on L’Agent Jean will be developed for the LÜ platform.Tom SawyerPVP Animation IV (2018) inc. (Groupe PVP Inc.)Canadian broadcasters: ICI Radio-Canada, TFO, TV5 Québec Canada Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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At Least Three Moroccans Killed in Nice Attack

Paris – At least three Moroccans were killed in Nice attack, said Friday a consular source, which noted that this provisional toll must be confirmed by the French authorities.The same source told MAP that the victims include a 13-year-old child and two women, aged 43 and 49, noting that the French authorities are facing difficulties to identify the victims.Another Moroccan child was seriously wounded in the attack, the source said. The toll of the Moroccan victims was confirmed by Moroccan associations established in Nice.A monitoring structure was put in place at the General Consulate of Morocco in Marseille to gather information on the possible existence of Moroccan victims in Nice attack, which left 84 dead according to a provisional toll.The structure is working closely with the authorities on site to gather evidence on the existence or not of Moroccan victims, and is also in constant contact with the embassy of Morocco in France.With MAP read more

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Polisario Defies Resolution 2440 Ahead of UN Talks on Western Sahara

Rabat – Last week, Polisario’s proclaimed minister of national defense, Abdellah Lahbib, made a tour of Tifariti and Mehriz, towns east of Morocco’s berm wall in Western Sahara, according to Polisario’s “official news agency” SPS.The visit may escalate tension in the conflict, coming two weeks ahead of a UN roundtable scheduled for December 5-6 at the request of the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General, Horst Kohler.The pro-Polisario news platform said Lahbib’s visit to what it calls the “liberated zones” marked the “inauguration of several facilities and inaugurating numerous facilities and laying the foundation for construction of others.” The Sahrawi “People’s Liberation Army,” the outlet said, “achieves security and stability thanks to its readiness, professionalism and thwarting of all schemes of the Moroccan enemy aimed at flooding the region with drugs.”The Polisario Front is violating UN Security Council Resolution 2440, which called on the front to “fully adhere to its commitments to the Personal Envoy with respect to Bir Lahlou, Tifariti, and the buffer strip at Guerguerat.”Read Also: Former Polisario Member: Security Council Resolution 2440 Thwarts Polisario’s PlansThe areas refer to towns in Western Sahara east of Morocco’s defense wall. The Security Council adopted the resolution on October 31.The resolution also warned the front to withdraw from any intention that might change the status quo of the region or hamper the UN-led political process.The UN also banned any meeting between foreign representatives outside of the Tindouf camps in Algeria, and urged Polisario to refrain from relocating or constructing any facilities in the areas that Polisario has long claimed as “liberated zones.”The separatist group also defied the UN’s orders when it carried out similar actions in the region this year. Polisario organized a military parade in Tifariti in May, defying the previous resolution, 2414, adopted on April 28.Read Also: Making Sense of Security Council Resolution 2440 on Western SaharaThe UN Security Council expressed serious concerns then about Polisario’s intention to relocate its administrative functions to Bir Lahlou. read more

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Solutions to Unemployment in Morocco Lie in Threefold Commitment to Industrialization

Rabat – On October 2, nearly 30 journalists and NGOs, representing several African and Middle Eastern countries, gathered in Dubai for the fifth annual Citigroup Media and Community Summit. The summit, which is usually held in London, strayed from solely focusing on the European market. Instead, the meeting highlighted Citibank’s achievements in Africa, the Middle East, China, and Pakistan.Karim Seifeddine, head of public affairs and government relations of the Middle East and Africa at Citigroup said: “[These represent] areas of focus and growth for the bank and that is why Citigroup is present in 25 of 28 countries of the region to fulfil the needs of the different categories of consumers in the region.” Unemployment WoesOn the sidelines of the summit, Morocco World News spoke with Andrew Baird, Global CEO of Education for Employment, and David Cowan, Managing Director Economist for Africa at Citibank, on their views of Morocco’s economy and unemployment.“The government’s role is not necessarily to create jobs. It’s to create an environment where jobs can be created to attract both foreign and local investments,” said Baird. However, Morocco’s recent unemployment experience is primarily a story of government attempts to create jobs.For years, Morocco has struggled to strengthen its economy, but it has had difficulty overcoming high unemployment rates and increasing the quality of its poorly performing educational system.As in most countries in the MENA region, unemployment is a major concern in Morocco, especially among university graduates. Between 2016 and 2018, the national rate of unemployment rose from 9.9 to 10.5 percent, according to Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP). Morocco’s Economic, Social, and Environmental Council (CESE) stated in its 2017 report that young people suffer the highest unemployment rates. High youth unemployment hinders economic growth through the inefficient use of human capital.Although the economy is growing, it is not growing fast enough to match population growth and the increasing number of university graduates. “The number of degree holders increased from 43,000 in the last five years to 120,000 this year,” Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said in August. Morocco’s economy is characterized by small and medium-sized enterprises, many of which do not need university graduates. Fifty-two percent of the actively employed population does not hold a university degree.The state has traditionally absorbed university graduates by hiring them into the public sector, but economic austerity measures, coupled with the growing supply of degree-holders, has prevented the state from continuing to play this role. Some university graduates have turned to the private sector; however, employment in the private sector is volatile, offering few social protections and low job security when compared with the public sector.  Those who cannot find work in the public sector and do not wish to brave the uncertainty of the private sector often leave in search of opportunities abroad. Ninety-one percent of Moroccan professionals aged 35 and younger wish to work abroad.Brain drain has further fueled the unemployment problem by eroding talent from the supply of job seekers and contributing to a mismatch between the skills of university graduates and those demanded by the job market. CESE’s report confirmed that employers often prefer to hire experienced workers over university graduates. Young people also graduate with skills ill-suited to the needs of the market.The report also mentioned corruption and nepotism as contributors to a system where merit is less important. Inevitably, young people lack confidence in the labor market.The Moroccan government has sought to address unemployment through an Industrial Acceleration Plan. The plan created 89,884 jobs in 2017, with an increase of 13,657 jobs compared to 2016, according to Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid El Alamy.Morocco’s Secretary General to the Ministry of Industry, Othman El Ferdaous, announced in June 2017 that 300,000 new jobs will be provided in the following three years with the industrial plan.Foreign Involvement in Growing the WorkforceMorocco has attempted to create job opportunities by partially relying on foreign investments in the automotive and aeronautics industries. The country has received, in the first eight months of 2018, approximately MAD 16.5 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI). Although Morocco received a large amount of FDIs, it is still facing the mounting issue of absorbing the growing workforce.Baird was optimistic about Morocco’s economy, predicting it would generate more jobs in the coming years.“It’s hard to predict because it depends on a number of factors that are not in control,” Baird told MWN. “But as long as there is a more or less stable economy, I anticipate that more employment [will be] generated.” He added that “because of demographics, in order to even stay stable you have to increase the rate of job creation, more and more jobs, year after year, just to absorb what’s coming in.”However, the BMI research group forecasted in May 2018 that unemployment would remain high throughout the next decade, due to the expanding workforce, unmet demand for technical positions, and a decline in job creation in traditional professions.Education is KeyBaird believes that the Moroccan government should strategically wed the private sector’s needs with the educational system. King Mohammed VI chaired a meeting with an education committee on Monday, October 2, to discuss the ways to increase youth employment through vocational training centers. The sovereign gave the government three weeks to draft a plan to adapt training in the “traditional professions.” These professions are mostly in the fields of service, construction, agriculture, fishing, water, energy, and crafts.Automotive Silicon ValleyIn an attempt to balance its economy, Morocco has increasingly focused on developing the automotive industry. Baird recognized Morocco’s efforts to promote to cultivate its image as a hub for the industry.The Moroccan government offers investment incentives for automotive industries, including a five-year corporate tax exemption and a 25-year exemption if most of the products are exported. The government also offers VAT exemptions, land purchase subsidies, and rebates of up to 30 percent on investment costs.As a result, some renowned international automotive companies have built plants for producing car parts in Morocco. Companies such as PSA, Nexteer, Novares, and Fiat’s Magneti Marelli established plants in the free zones of the northern city Tangier and Kenitra, which is  near Rabat.These companies, along with Moroccan government, have set ambitious goals to increase automotive production. PSA Group’s Kenitra plant, which is expected to produce 100,000 cars in 2019, announced in September that it would double its annual production capacity to 200,000 in 2020.“Morocco [has done] a nice job lately in the automotive sector, and that was a very concentrated, deliberate effort that needs to be replicated across other industries,” Baird commented.BMI Research predicted in its latest report that vehicle production in Morocco will reach 468,389 units in 2018. It also predicted an average annual growth of 19.8 percent between 2018 and 2022, with an annual production of 988,477 units.The Wall Street Journal reported that Morocco has become a continental leader in the automotive industry, surpassing South Africa with 345,000 passenger vehicles produced in 2017 above South Africa’s 331,000.Invest in AgricultureCowan believes that Morocco should focus on developing agriculture across the country, especially in rural areas. “Go back to investing in agriculture. You can’t have industrial growth everywhere. You create industrial corridors,” he said. While Morocco suffers from some water shortage, agriculture is considered one of the pillars in Morocco’s economy.A piecemeal approach to reforming these sectors and alleviating the crushing weight of unemployment has proved unsuccessful thus far.  Morocco needs to concentrate its efforts on diversifying its focuses–something that both Baird and Cowan advocate for–to allow for across the board growth, sustainable relief for the unemployed, and security for younger generations. read more

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Ramanathapuram court extends remand of Lankan fishermen

The Ramanathapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court has extended the judicial remand of three Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen till January 18 after they were produced before the court, The Hindu newspaper reported.After A. Kannan, Judicial Magistrate II, who was in-charge of CJM court refused to extend the judicial remand and ordered the production of the fishermen before the court at the earliest after the court staff failed to produce them through videoconferencing on December 30, the three fishermen were produced in the court on Wednesday. Though the Magistrate had directed the police to immediately produce the fishermen without specifying any date, they were produced only on Wednesday. After recording their production in the court, CJM Jayaraj extended their remand. The fishermen – R. Arulnesan (25), his brother R. Devanesan (23) alias Thambu from Kalikulam in Vavuniya and V. Viji (25) from Talaimannar were arrested by the Marine police of the Coastal Security Group (CSG) on October 22, when they were found to have strayed into the Indian waters at Arichalmunai, off Dhanushkodi after running out of fuel. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… Source: Louise Hegarty via TwitterIRELANDTwo women are being held after a man’s body was found in an apartment in Dublin.A 34-year-old man was stabbed in Sligo and a 73-year-old man was seriously assaulted in Donegal.A woman was killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Dublin.The Quinn family has said allegations they may be hiding gold and cash are “absolute, scurrilous lies”. [RTÉ]Martin McGuinness said the murders of ‘The Disappeared‘ were “one of the worst things to happen” in the Troubles.St Vincent de Paul warned that water charges will be a bill too many for households with one or more jobseeker.Today, the nation said a final goodbye to Brian O’Driscoll. These pictures sum up his incredible career with Leinster.WORLD Source: US Army/Associated Press#AFGHANISTAN: Sergeant Bow Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban five years ago, was released today. [Associated Press]#SUDAN: David Cameron described the death sentence given to a pregnant woman in Sudan because of her religion as “barbaric”. [AFP]#TURKEY: Turkish police used tear gas on protesters on the first anniversary of the deadly anti-government protests [BBC]INNOVATIONScientists have explained why exactly bacon smells so good. So good. [Gizmodo]Researchers in the Netherlands have come one step closer to Star Trek teleportation. [Digital Trends]PARTING SHOTThis slow motion video shows you how a cat’s body is designed to manage a fall and how they move to land on their feet – every time. We’re sure no cats were harmed in the making of this video… [Telegraph]last_img read more

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Argentina wants to sue the US for forcing them into a default

first_imgARGENTINA IS SEEKING to sue the United States at the world court over US court rulings that last week forced the country into a default.The International Court of Justice, commonly known as the world court, said in a statement today it has received a request from Argentina to take on the case. There is a major hurdle though: the US must agree to grant the international court jurisdiction if the suit is to proceed.Sovereignty In a statement, the Hague, Netherlands-based court said Argentina’s filing asserted that US court rulings amount to “violations of Argentine sovereignty.”The dispute stems from a US court’s order for Argentina to pay in full a group of bondholders led by a New York hedge fund who refused to accept lower payments for restructured bonds following the country’s default in 2001.The US court, in a decision upheld by the Supreme Court, ordered Argentina to pay the holdout investors about $1.5 billion. It blocked the country from making $539 million in interest payments to bondholders who did accept the restructuring, leading the country into a new default on July 30.Argentine officials have repeatedly argued that the US court decisions violate its sovereignty.Default The default, the country’s second in 13 years, adds increased uncertainty to an economy already in recession.The International Court of Justice is the United Nations’ court for resolving disputes between nations. In its statement today, it said it has passed on Argentina’s filing to the US government.It said that no action will be taken in the proceedings “unless and until” the U.S. agrees to grant the UN court jurisdiction.Read: Ukraine hits back with sanctions on Russian companies and citizens>Read: Jonestown victims’ remains discovered at disused funeral home 35 years after tragedy>last_img read more

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Gmail gets organized with Smart Labels

first_imgWhen Gmail was first launched it was a revelation for a lot of users as to how e-mail should be done. No more offline mail application you had to worry about keeping under 2GB, a new conversation style of mail organization, loads of additional functionality through Gmail Labs, and the ability to access your account from anywhere and on multiple devices.It was all great until email started piling up and you sat there sifting through tens or hundreds of new ones every day. It didn’t matter how good your e-mail service was, too much mail ruined the experience. So Google introduced Priority Inbox as a way of solving the problem, and to a large extent it worked, managing to automatically sort through and select the mail you really need to look at first.Today Google has given Priority Inbox a new complimentary feature called Smart Labels. As any long-time Gmail user knows, they already have labels at their disposal. This allows mail to be organized into the equivalent of folders, either manually or with filters created based on criteria such as mailing address. Smart Labels take that functionality one step further by automatically filing specific types of e-mail as they arrive.Three new labels come under the tag of Smart Label, and they are called Bulk, Forums, and Notifications. The type of mail that gets filtered into them breaks down as follows:Bulk – mass mailing items such as newsletters and promotionsNotifications – account statements, receiptsForums – group mailing listsIf you are already an organized Gmail user that automatically filters e-mail into labels, then don’t worry, Smart Labels works alongside them, not against them, by allowing you to adjust their rule set so as not to conflict.To try using Smart Labels just navigate to the Labs in Gmail and scroll down to the Smart Labels setting and click the Enable option. After that your inbox should have a lot less mail in it everyday other than the most important.Read more at The Official Gmail Bloglast_img read more

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LGs Prada 30 phone gets official hours after leak

first_imgIn the wee hours of the morning, LG‘s latest collaboration with the fashionable folks at Prada was revealed: the Prada Phone by LG 3.0.One of the most noteworthy features of the Prada 3.0 is its 4.3-inch (800 x 480) NOVA Plus display. At 800 nits, it’s almost 50% brighter than a Super AMOLED screen. It’s also bright enough to cross the threshold for outdoor visibility, would should make the Prada 3.0 easy to use even in direct sunlight. One final advantage of the NOVA Plus display is that it’s designed to work in power-saving tandem with a TI OMAP processor, which, of course, you’ll also find inside the phone.It’s a 1GHz TI OMAP 4430, to be precise — the same chip you’ll find in the Motorola Droid Bionic. Rounding out the Prada 3.0 spec sheet is 8GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion port, an 8MP rear camera, a 1540mAh battery, NFC support, and Android 2.3.7. The OS has been skinned with a monochromatic theme and LG says that an update to Ice Cream Sandwich is on the way “in the future.”A handful of Prada-branded accessories will also be made available, including a docking stand and a Bluetooth hands-free headset. While it’s not runway model thin, the Prada 3.0 is still relatively slender at 8.5mm — almost a full millimeter slimmer than the iPhone 4S.The Prada 3.0 also looks fairly similar to leaked renders we’d seen earlier this year of the Prada K2 (LG P940). A set of benchmarks from the K2 showed up on the web just last week, so it might be a good bet that this is, in fact, the Phone LG just announced.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

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Scott Hall talks NXT and being part of WrestleMania 31

first_img WhatsApp Videos Articles Google+ Facebook WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Triple H Shawn Michaels and Triple H Defeat The Undertaker and Kane at Crown Jewel 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Triple H Returning To The US Following Injury At Crown Jewel Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events center_img Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Kevin Gill sent this in.Kevin Gill Show Episode 54Scott HallScott talks about Wrestlemania 31, Bullet Club, his aspirations in NXT, Cody Hall, HHH, Xpac, Seth Rollins, Positive Mental Attitude, Sean Waltman, Zybysko Vs Bruno, Diamond Dallas Page, AWA and WCW memories and how a chance encounter with Barry Windham changed his life and so much more!NXT:“I’m a huge fan of NXT. Believe me, my goal is to someday have a position there. So I’m throwing it out there to whoever is listening, like Triple H”“I watch NXT all the time. I’m more involved in wrestling currently, then I have been in a long, long time. Because I have a son who’s on the scene, so now we gotta watch NXT because those are his peers, those are his competitors, those are his co-workers, and maybe his buddy’s down the line. That’s who he’s gonna be doing business with. We watch stuff from Japan, from the UK, so I am immersed.. I feel more immersed in the wrestling scene than ever before. And it feels really cool because Cody is so excited and so young, and I get to vicariously live through him, and say whenever you have a question, I’m here!”Wrestlemania 31:“I was so happy to be a part of Mania, and to see the level of performances by guys and then to be there at Raw to go to see some of these young guys and talk to them and go BRO!”Curt Hennig:“To me, Curt (Hennig) is a magical guy. He was so unselfish, and he was influenced by Pat Patterson who is a genius. So a young Curt was around a young Pat Patterson, and these are guys who all come from the school of helping guys.. especially if the guy has a clue! Teach Em! Team Em! Teach Em! If you’re winning, some guys are like ok, I’m gonna kick out on three. The school of Pat Patterson and Curt Hennig and then later me, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty and all these guys were like NO BRO. If you are going over, its your night. Bro, your gonna make a hell of a comeback on me, then beat me with your finish, and I’m gonna lay there for 20 while you stand there and let your music play. If it’s your night, it’s your night. Let the people get what they want!”Helping:“Ive always felt like, what we do in our industry is help. The guys who know help the guys who don’t know. I always tell any young guys, particularly my son Cody, I’m his biggest fan… I say listen to everybody, then make up your own mind, Do your own thing!”Life:“I didn’t always make a lot of good decisions, but my kids still talk to me, and my kids still love me, so I couldn’t of been that bad of a dad. I know that the trade off of being on the road and being a pro wrestler is that your entertaining a lot of people’s kids, while your kids are sitting at home. I did what I had to do, i was trying to to score while i could, when I was young, and then I could retire.”The Kevin Gill Show is available to Play, Stream, or Download to any computer or device easily from www.KevinGillShow.Com Also available for free download or free subscription through iTunes and Stitcher RadioKevin Gill Show on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kevin-gill-show/id788371911?mt=2 Kevin Gill Show On Stitcher http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/kevin-gill-show Kevin Gill Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/kevin-gill-show The Kevin Gill Show is a 100% independent, self produced/funded weekly interview/conversation series with icons of wrestling and music. Past guests on The Kevin Gill Show have included pro wrestling superstars Mick Foley, Sean Waltman, Rikishi, Kevin “Steen” Owens, Scott D’Amore, Colt Cabana, Shane Helms, Chris Hero, Matt Striker, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, Greg Valentine, Brian Kendrick, Rhino, Vampiro and Zach Gowen; and musicians including Violent J (ICP), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), Andrew WK, Freddy Madball, Agnostic Front, Craig Ahead (Sick Of It All), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Toby Morse (H20/OLOC) and multiple Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) winning musician Madchild. All interviews are recorded in person.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipTriple H Returning To The US Following Injury At Crown JewelVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterestlast_img read more

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Wanted for murder in Bahamas man caught in Haiti

first_img Bahamas Police looking for “Pitbull” for murder Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 29, 2017 – Nassau – A wanted murderer was two weeks ago found hid out in Haiti by law enforcers there and now Bahamian Police are processing him for return to face the serious charge.   #TicoOmarLightbourne is believed to be behind the March 2017 killing at a bar on Quintine Alley and Wulff Road, where 32 year old John Hutcheson was one of two shot.ACP Clayton Fernander confirmed the man’s detection in Haiti and that paperwork is being done now for his extradition home.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TicoOmarLightbourne Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Venus flytrap sea anemone is exactly as awesome as it sounds

first_img Nautilus wonders Comment All of the critters in the video are incredible, but there’s something extra compelling about the Venus flytrap anemone, which is an animal and not a plant. Like its earthbound plant counterpart, it welcomes food into its maw. The Nautilus team posted the video on Thursday. It’s one more highlight in a line of undersea sightings that have included a freaky gulper eel and a super-cute dumbo octopus.This makes me glad I’m not a tiny sea creature wandering into the anemone’s stinging tentacle trap.  3:11 20 Photos A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Explorers spot mysterious purple orb on ocean floor Rare giant red jellyfish snuggles up to ocean expedition cam Watch a record-setting dive to the bottom of the ocean Enlarge ImageThis anemone resembles a Venus flytrap, but it’s a sea creature, not a plant. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET My favorite mood boosters on the internet are videos from the E/V Nautilus, a sea exploration and research vessel full of scientists who deliver delightful commentary on the underwater feed from a remote-operated vehicle deep beneath the waves. My latest delight: a Venus flytrap sea anemone. The Nautilus crew spotted this unusual anemone while checking out the eastern ridge of Ta’u Island in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in the Pacific Ocean.The anemone appears in a greatest-hits compilation showing the wild and wonderful animals Nautilus saw along the seafloor. First up is a shrimp, then the anemone makes an appearance. “I’ve never seen this before. This is so cool,” one of the crew members says. Tags Review • LG Venus Share your voice 1 LG Venus Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Techlast_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi named Indias Congress president

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on December 6, 2017 shows (L-R) the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru in India in 1946; Nehru`s daughter Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister of India, on an official visit to Paris in November 1971; her son Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India, in New Delhi on May 20, 1991; his wife Sonia Gandhi, long-time president of India`s Congress Party, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013; and Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi`s son Rahul Gandhi, Indian Congress Party leader, in Ghaziabad on February 8, 2017. AFPIndia’s opposition Congress party Monday named Rahul Gandhi as its new president, capping years of speculation that the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty would take over from his mother Sonia.“I hereby declare Sri Rahul Gandhi elected as the president of the Indian National Congress,” Mullappally Ramachandran, a senior Congress leader, said at a press conference in New Delhi.last_img
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African and Caribbean Countries Score Big at Embassy Chef Challenge

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins,Special to the AFROThe Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge was a culinary smack down for the ages, netting several winners from the Caribbean and Africa who displayed their vision of culinary diplomacy to more than 1,200 guests.Embassy chefs were vying to win the celebrated People’s Choice and Judges Choice awards at the 10th anniversary contest on May 17 – judges hailed from diplomatic, culinary, cultural, and media circles.From left, chef Creig Greenidge, mixologist Philip Antoine and chef Sade Farrell all of the Embassy of Barbados, won the Best Beverage Award at the Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge May 17. (Courtesy Photo)Chef Francis Otoo from the Embassy of Ghana won the second place People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards for his Lamb Jollof Rice. Meanwhile, Chef Jouvens Jean from the Embassy of the Republic of Haiti scored third place in the Judge’s Choice category for his Kabrit (goat) Kreyol served with Haitian cinnamon water.Africa and the Caribbean cleaned up in the 10th anniversary contest’s two new categories too. The Best Dressed Embassy Award went to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco.The Best Beverage Award went to the Embassy of Barbados’ Chef Craig Greenidge and Mixologist Philip Antoine for their Drunken Bajan Lemonade. The sparkly purple lemonade, glows in the light and was incredibly popular, with people spending more than 20 minutes in line to try the drink. That prompted one guest to wonder if Rihanna was in the building (she wasn’t). Antoine told the AFRO he concocted the drink out of rum, butterfly pea flower, fresh mint, all spice, coconut extract and lots of love.The trophies were shaped like pineapples, the international symbol of hospitality. The event, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, allowed guests to eat their way through 28 countries, including Jamaica, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ethiopia.Siyabulela Mandela, 25, a grandson of Nelson Mandela, the first Black president of South Africa, commended organizers for using food and drink to unite people from different cultures. He called the cook-off a nontraditional means for cultural diplomacy.“Today we can be able to celebrate unity all in the name of cultural diversity,” Mandela told the crowd as he donned Xhosa traditional attire from the one of the largest Black ethnic groups in South Africa. “I thank you, Wakanda forever.”Mandela is spending four months as a visiting scholar at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where he’s working on his doctorate in preventative diplomacy and the causes that give rise to violent conflicts. Like his late grandfather, the younger Mandela envisions an Africa at peace with itself. So, he’s educating himself to build on his grandfather’s legacy and will “probably fulfill his vision for Africa.” Mandela is also a professor for peace, security, and reconstruction and a doctoral candidate at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.After stuffing their faces with international food and drinks, about two dozen people kept the party going at an after party. The soundtrack was extensive and included songs from Jay-Z, Rihanna, Shaggy and late Cuban salsa queen Celia Cruz.last_img read more

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Biologist describes optimized cellular replication as a systems engineering problem

first_imgTo complete a biosynthetic task, associated catalysts and production materials must be allocated. Assuming that there is an abundant supply of input materials, the problem lies in assigning tasks to processing units such that the completion time of the entire task is minimized. “In the noisy cellular milieu, we cannot expect scheduling algorithms to be precise,” Pugatch writes. “Instead, we ask what is expected from a randomized algorithm.” He finds that the result is “greedy scheduling”—in a condition of excess catalysts, demand for them is easily met as long as they are never idle if there is an available task. Thus, cells favor excess, though it comes at the cost of wasteful free energy, because the ready availability of catalysts results in fast replication.The replicative bufferHis study of E. coli bacteria growing exponentially in a stationary medium reveals a measured distribution of doubling times that corresponds with the predicted doubling times of an optimally scheduled von Neumann self-replicating factory. To make his analysis, Pugatch employs a systems engineering project graph to define the “replicative buffer”—that is, the number of basic self-replicating units within a cell. “A replicative buffer greater or equal to 1 allows a large class of random scheduling algorithms known as list algorithms to obtain optimal completion times,” he notes. The distribution of optimal completion times is derived via a special type of project graph representing balanced production.Closure and essentiality”Closure” and “essentiality” are two unique features of self-replicating factories, including cells. Closure occurs when all of the processing units have converted raw materials into the final product and each processing unit is present in duplicate.Examples of cellular processing units include metabolic enzymes, RNA and DNA polymerases, and ribosomes. Pugatch notes, “Like processing units in a factory, [these] are required for a production task (biosynthesis), consume input materials and free energy, are not consumed during the process, yet are essential for its successful completion.”The paper illustrates, as an example of closure and essentiality, the production of proteins by ribosomes. The ribosomes are themselves built from ribosomal proteins and ribosomal RNA. To synthesize proteins, ribosomes require a pool of processing units—in this case, charged transfer RNA and a family of auxiliary proteins. Additionally, they need the catalysts for tRNA charging. All elements are considered “essential,” as they are required for the production of members of another group of elements. All of the production elements are either synthesized by cellular mechanisms or imported from outside the cell by metabolic processes. Pugatch’s coarse-grained models of individual cellular processes are essentially identical to the von Neumann model, and characterize different temporal organizations of self-replication. By mapping the interactions between the sets of components and the catalytic reactions, Pugatch produces a reaction graph that allows analysis via the project evaluation and review technique (PERT), which is commonly used in systems engineering for scheduling important events in a project.This analysis reveals that the optimal project completion time can be derived by finding the duration of the longest start-to-termination path among cell processes; this is known as the “critical path.” The other, shorter paths have “slack,” describing a duration gap between their completion times and that of the critical path. This allows more flexibility in the scheduling of many cellular processes. “When fast completion time is a desirable goal, one can alleviate the constraints that cause a given critical path to be dominant, possibly creating a new (faster) critical path. Iteratively repeating this constraint elimination process until convergence results in a maximally balanced project,” Pugatch writes. The PERT analysis produced a periodic structure of self-replication that Pugatch found has a universal shape—a log-Frechet distribution. The paper describes the problem of task scheduling in cellular replication processes and ultimately produces a mathematical distribution that characterizes an optimal replication strategy for E. coli cells. The scope of Pugatch’s work encompasses individual cellular processes, algorithmic descriptions of optimized replication, systems engineering concepts, and even the history of the concept of the self-replicating factory.Interestingly, mathematician John von Neumann’s thought experiment regarding self-replicating machines, presented in 1948, predicted the cellular systems explained in the paper even before the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA. His model, which he called a “universal constructor,” described a factory machine that reads instructions and translates them into the assembly of every other machine in the factory, including itself, provided that all of the necessary substrates are available.Such a factory is called “non-trivial” if it includes a universal constructor as a component. The duplicative process is not considered to be complete until a copy of the instructions is provided. Instead of directing their own replication, the instructions are instead duplicated from a template by a separate dedicated machine that is not triggered until the completion of the factory replication phase. This is closely analogous to actual cellular processes.The scheduling problemHowever, in its scheduling of processes, this model assumes serial dynamics that do not correspond with the more complex parallel processes of cellular mechanics. Pugatch describes a “scheduling problem” in which cells must optimize the allocation of resources for self-replication in order to thrive in a competitive environment. If the number of processing units available is smaller than the number of cellular production tasks that require them, it is computationally difficult to find an optimal schedule. Explore further (Phys.org)—Biologist Rami Pugatch of Princeton’s Simons Center for Systems Biology has characterized the self-replication process of Escherichia coli according to a scheduling policy model derived from industrial processes. The paper, titled “Greedy scheduling of cellular self-replication leads to optimal doubling times with a log-Frechet distribution,” appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Research explores processes behind cell division More information: “Greedy scheduling of cellular self-replication leads to optimal doubling times with a log-Frechet distribution,” Rami Pugatch. PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print February 9, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1418738112AbstractBacterial self-replication is a complex process composed of many de novo synthesis steps catalyzed by a myriad of molecular processing units, e.g., the transcription–translation machinery, metabolic enzymes, and the replisome. Successful completion of all production tasks requires a schedule—a temporal assignment of each of the production tasks to its respective processing units that respects ordering and resource constraints. Most intracellular growth processes are well characterized. However, the manner in which they are coordinated under the control of a scheduling policy is not well understood. When fast replication is favored, a schedule that minimizes the completion time is desirable. However, if resources are scarce, it is typically computationally hard to find such a schedule, in the worst case. Here, we show that optimal scheduling naturally emerges in cellular self-replication. Optimal doubling time is obtained by maintaining a sufficiently large inventory of intermediate metabolites and processing units required for self-replication and additionally requiring that these processing units be “greedy,” i.e., not idle if they can perform a production task. We calculate the distribution of doubling times of such optimally scheduled self-replicating factories, and find it has a universal form—log-Frechet, not sensitive to many microscopic details. Analyzing two recent datasets of Escherichia coli growing in a stationary medium, we find excellent agreement between the observed doubling-time distribution and the predicted universal distribution, suggesting E. coli is optimally scheduling its replication. Greedy scheduling appears as a simple generic route to optimal scheduling when speed is the optimization criterion. Other criteria such as efficiency require more elaborate scheduling policies and tighter regulation. Citation: Biologist describes optimized cellular replication as a systems engineering problem (2015, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-biologist-optimized-cellular-replication-problem.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2015 Phys.org Escherichia coli. Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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VIDEO Gordon Hayward finds out hes having a third daughter reacts like

first_imgGordon Hayward has already hit the Powerball in life. He’s a multi-millionaire with a beautiful wife and two daughters. Hayward and the family are getting ready to welcome another addition to the crew and choreographed a little gender reveal to share the news.As soon as the pink balloons escaped the box Hayward saw his dreams of having his first son fly away, and ineffectively tried to hide his momentary disappointment. When his wife asked if he was happy, Hayward gave a very Paul Rudd in the Knocked Up “Daddy’s always happy” response.Gordon Hayward. Father of daughters. Advertisementlast_img read more