ScienceShot: An Icy Road to the Forbidden City

first_imgTwo thousand years after the Chinese began using wheeled vehicles, they turned back to a much more primitive method of transportation. In order to construct the Forbidden City, an imperial palace for the emperor, throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, workers slid giant stones—some weighing more than 300 tons—down artificial paths of ice that extended from Dashiwo quarry, 70 kilometers southwest of the city, to the Beijing site of the new palace. A team of engineers has for the first time examined the benefits that an ice path—created by freezing water spewed onto the ground from a series of wells—would have over other transport methods. Many of the giant stones, such as the central carving shown above, were above the capacity of wheeled vehicles at the time, so a pulled sledge would have been more reliable, the researchers found. What’s more, to pull a single 123-ton stone on a dirt road would have required 1537 men, they report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; to drag the same stone across frozen ice would take 338 men; and to tug the stone on ice lubricated with a thin film of fresh water: only 46 men.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

4-Star WR Gives Big Penn State Recruiting Update

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Texas A&M and Virginia are among the schools that have offered Lambert. He has a particularly strong link to the Hokies.Lambert is the nephew of former Virginia Tech and Seattle Seahawk star Kam Chancellor.In 2018, Lambert caught 60 passes for 1,035 yards and 14 touchdowns, the second-straight year he topped the 1,000-yard plateau and found the end zone double-digit times.He is the No. 4 player in the state of Virginia, per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Shot of Penn State coach James Franklin.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Norfolk (Va.) Maury four-star wide receiver KeAndre Lambert has set his first official visit. He will take a trip to Penn State early next month.On Sunday, Lambert tweeted that he set his official visit to PSU for June 6. The Nittany Lions are looking for their first wide receiver commit in the 2020 class and are considered one of the programs in the running for Lambert.Lamber is the 46th-rated wide receiver and the 245th-ranked recruit in the 2020 cycle, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Penn State official June 6!🦁🦁#WeAre— KDL² (@Klamb2_) May 19, 2019last_img read more

World’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel on the Horizon

first_imgzoom Artist’s Rendering of the VesselHaving won the bid to build an LNG bunkering vessel, the world’s first, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) announced that it has signed a contract for the construction of the LNG bunkering vessel (5,100㎥) with NYK in Japan. So far, a small bunkering vessel or barge has been used to transfer LNG fuel to a certain ship. It is the first time to use an LNG bunkering vessel for ship-to-ship transfer of fuel on the sea.LNG bunkering means the ship-to-ship transfer of fuel such as LNG on the sea. In general, fuel is supplied to a ship through LNG storage tank on the land or offshore LNG receiving terminal. If the LNG bunkering vessel is used, however, LNG fuel can be supplied on the sea.“LNG-fueled vessel and bunkering market to change the paradigm of global shipbuilding industry?”The LNG-fueled vessel can save fuel expenses by 20-50%, compared to conventional oil-fueled ships. In addition, it can dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions such as exhaust fumes and sulfur oxides.Therefore, the environment-friendly and economically efficient LNG-fueled ships have become more popular. At the same time, bunkering-related industry has considerably grown.According to industry reports, LNG price has been stable due to stricter restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and increase in the production of natural gases in the North America and Australia. Therefore, it appears that LNG-fueled vessel and bunkering market would change the paradigm of global shipbuilding industry.Many ports around the world (especially those in Europe) have expanded related facilities to take the initiative in the upcoming LNG bunkering era. In Korea, unfortunately, there have been few discussions on LNG bunkering, and there hasn’t been a basic plan for this new field yet.In particular, this bunkering vessel is capable of fueling 5,000㎥ LNG at a time without additional charging. With propellers and auxiliary propellers (two units each), it has great maneuverability and berthing capacity.Therefore, it can transfer LNG to another ship on the sea without a separate berthing support ship. In terms of storage tank, it has two IMO’s independent pressurized LNG tanks. In addition, operating efficiency has been maximized using LNG/MGO bi-fuel.An official from HHIC said, “LNG-fueled vessel and LNG bunkering market is a next-generation green ship and blue ocean in LNG industry.“Press Release, July 15th, 2014last_img read more

Tankers Alarmed by Demand Shift in Fuel Oil Trade

first_imgzoom A significant demand shift across the barrel is expected in less than two years’ time as the industry prepares for IMO’s 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020.While scrubbers will only play a minor role by the implementation date, the demand shift will also affect the fuel oil trade and paint an alarming picture for tankers with large volumes of fuel oil demand set to be stripped from the market, according to Gibson Shipbrokers.Yet, very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) will be carried on dirty tankers, reducing the demand shift to clean from dirty products to 1 million b/d, a report from International Energy Agency (IEA) showed.Furthermore, the IEA estimate that from 2020 to 2023, VLSFO will claw back market share from marine gasoil (MGO), with eventual VLSFO demand of around 2 million b/d, complimented by 1 million b/d of ‘scrubbed’ high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) demand. In effect, this returns the clean/dirty bunker demand split to where it was prior to 2020, but with VLSFO having taken share from HSFO.IEA estimated that spare capacity in the power generation sector could absorb nearly 0.5 million b/d of HSFO demand, predominantly to destinations in the Middle East and Africa which would support longer voyages. Furthermore, by considering HSFO and VLSFO as dirty products, the total market share lost to MGO is just under 1 million b/d, which is likely to be reduced to 0.5 million b/d when new sources of demand are considered.Over time refinery upgrades will gradually come online, suggesting more VLSFO will be produced at the expense of HSFO.Assuming compatibility issues are overcome by this stage, higher availability of VLSFO should support a demand shift from MGO to VLSFO. In time this would see the volume of dirty bunker fuel cargoes being transported on tankers move close to pre-2020 levels.last_img read more

Architects Act Introduced

first_imgA new Architects Act is being introduced to modernize legislation governing architects and harmonize it with legislation in other jurisdictions. “This new legislation will help ensure Nova Scotia has up to date legislation governing architects,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “The Nova Scotia Association of Architects has conducted thorough consultation regarding the new legislation.” The Nova Scotia Association of Architects has been involved in a process of updating its governing legislation, regulations and by-laws for several years. The amendments are based in part on model legislation developed to facilitate the mobility of architects working across jurisdictions. The new act will substantially strengthen the powers of the association to uphold member requirements and conduct. It will also enable the association to deal more effectively with those practising architecture without being duly licensed. The Nova Scotia Association of Architects has consulted its membership and key stakeholders in the development of the new legislation. —————————————————————– FOR BROADCAST USE The province is introducing a new Architects Act to modernize legislation governing architects. It will also bring Nova Scotia’s legislation in line with other jurisdictions. The Nova Scotia Association of Architects has been involved in a process of updating its governing legislation, regulations and by-laws for several years. The new act will substantially strengthen the powers of the association to uphold the member requirements and conduct. It will also enable to deal more effectively with those practising architecture without being duly licensed. The association has consulted its membership and key stakeholders in the development of the new legislation. -30-last_img read more

Norton shares warm affectionate bond with Emma

first_imgLos Angeles: James Norton says he shares a warm relationship with his “Little Women” co-star Emma Watson both on and off-screen. Norton and Watson are paired opposite as John Brooke and Meg March in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the coming-of-age period drama by Louisa May Alcott. “We had our own little world of Meg and John. It was a lovely warm affectionate relationship both on and off the camera which was great,” he told Variety. The ensemble cast includes the likes of Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet and the Grantchester star said having great talent on the sets was inspiring. The upcoming film of the duo also stars Laura Dern, Florence Pugh and Bob Odenkirk.last_img

Let Kids Grow Foundation To Honor Usher Nick Cannon And More

first_imgThe Let The Kids Grow Foundation will honor Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard, Usher, Kirstie Alley, Romeo Miller and Nick Cannon at their Black Tie Celebrity Dinner on December 1.The Let The Kids Grow Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop youth and their families through out-of-school time and family strengthening programs in their communities. Founder Percy Miller has discovered a way to help keep inner city youth off the streets away from drugs and gang violence by providing a safe haven for kids to express themselves with positive energy through music, film and dance. The foundation also offers an after-school program where the kids have access to academic support and guidance counseling.The organization promotes healthy relationships, provide valuable life experiences through performing arts, film, photography, field trips and strengthen families through activities that encourage family education and togetherness. Their goal is to help kids and their families break negative cycles, have the power of vision and to follow their dreams, giving youth a safe haven and the opportunity to grow and develop a positive future.Find out more about the event and charity here.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Ensign acquires majority of Trinidad shares to take control of drilling company

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Ensign Energy Services Inc. says it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. after acquiring a majority of the company’s shares by its Tuesday deadline.The Calgary-based drilling company says 56.38 percent of Trinidad shares have been tendered. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 percent.Each Trinidad shareholder will receive by Thursday $1.68 per share for a total of about $470 million, with the offer price representing a 17.2 percent premium over the all-share proposal by Precision Drilling Corp., the largest driller in Canada. With all conditions of its offer satisfied or waived, Ensign has extended the deadline until Dec. 10 for Trinidad shareholders who have not done so to tender their shares.Ensign had given Trinidad shareholders less time to consider its hostile takeover bid by pushing its offer deadline ahead of a planned Dec. 11 meeting where Trinidad shareholders will vote on the merger with Precision.If that meeting isn’t cancelled, Ensign says it will use its majority to vote down that offer from Precision.last_img read more

No EU monitors for north

The visit by the EU delegation comes as provincial council polls are scheduled to be held in the North in September.The EU, had earlier this year, said it wants an independent investigation and evaluation into the final years of the war in Sri Lanka, in addition to the national inquiries. The European Union (EU) will not be sending monitors for the provincial council elections in the North, a visiting EU delegation said today.Jean Lambert, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia, said that the EU usually monitors major elections and in the case of the elections in the North there was not enough time to prepare for it. Lambert, who together with her delegation, visited the north during her current trip to Sri Lanka, said that there still remains a lot to be done in post war Sri Lanka. The EU had said it remains concerned about reports of threats and attacks on human rights defenders and journalists in Sri Lanka, and encouraged authorities to hold those responsible accountable.The European Parliament had also passed a resolution ahead of the UN Human Rights Council session in March, re-emphasising the need for accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking at a social gathering at a hotel in Colombo, Lambert said she hoped the elections will further help the reconciliation process in the country. read more

Parts of Brock to go dark this Saturday for Earth Hour

Parts of Brock University will go dark tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in support of Earth Hour.Brock’s most visible contributions to the annual worldwide event includes turning off all lights in parking lots T, U and V, as well as the lights on the main entrance sign.These activities will be co-ordinated by Facilities Management, Parking Services and Campus Security Services. Staff, faculty and students are also being invited to help out by switching off all unnecessary lighting within their areas during this time.The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) first launched Earth Hour in Australia in 2007. The annual event uses the simple action of turning off non-essential lighting for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.An enhanced Campus Security and Facilities Management presence at the University will be maintained to monitor those areas that have been darkened for Earth Hour.Due to a number of activities taking place tomorrow evening at the main campus, all other parking lots, walkway and street lighting, as well as indoor public, common area and hallway lights will remain on for safety and security purposes.Visit the Earth Hour website. read more

Weir Minerals – total comminution to tailings solutions

first_imgAdding a partnership with technology group Andritz to its range of Trio® crushing equipment, Enduron® screens and other established brands, Weir Minerals Africa is further entrenching its position as a total solution provider to process plants. General Manager Comminution at Weir Minerals Africa, Vernon Steenbok, says: “Our offerings to mines now span all processes from the run-of-mine tip to the tailings dams including equipment such as crushers, conveyers, screens, feeders, pumps, cyclones, linings, hoses and valves.”Steenbok emphasises that the company has been expanding into the comminution space as a vital part of its total integrated solution provided to customers across Africa and the Middle East, from the gold mines of West and East Africa to the copper mines of Central Africa. Infrastructure development in the Middle East has also been important driver of the aggregate business, with resultant demand for Weir Minerals’ crushers and screens.As regulations governing the management of mine tailings become more onerous, the solutions available from Weir Minerals now includes a range of mechanical separation technologies such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges and vacuum belt filters.“To ensure the effective application of our growing equipment range, we place experienced process engineers at the centre of our relationship with customers,” says Steenbok. “This is key to helping customers drive down their cost of ownership while raising efficiency, productivity and profitability.”This involves building local capacity by actively developing mineral processing and other related skills in-country, nurturing young engineers in Weir Minerals Africa’s service-centred performance culture.“Our team of process engineers brings years of experience from the mining sector, and through training and mentoring prepare the next generation of engineers for their role in supporting and building a sustainable mining sector,” he says.Weir Minerals Africa’s talent pipeline includes 89 black learners – one third of them women – and this programme is set to grow to 115 learners participating in 2018. They are trained and prepared through a range of initiatives from bursary students and graduates to internships and apprenticeships.“We are here for the long haul,” says Steenbok, “and our investment in developing and acquiring leading brands, alongside our commitment to world class expertise, shows our commitment to the future of our customers and the mining industry as a whole.”last_img read more

Sandvik and IBM hail ushering in of a fourth Industrial Revolution in

first_imgJoint clients of IBM and Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology like Barminco, Hindustan Zinc, Petra Diamonds and Vedanta Zinc, are tapping the powers of IoT, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to realise safety, maintenance, productivity and operational efficiency. Sandvik states: “mining and rock excavation industry is under growing pressure to increase the global supply of minerals to meet the needs and expectations of a rapidly rising world population. This often requires extracting from increasing greater depths, which can make it difficult to communicate and act as necessary when equipment fails or needs to be serviced.”“OptiMine® Analytics transforms data into process improvements via predictive insights and actionable dashboards embedded into operation management systems. Using the analytics capabilities from IBM Watson IoT, this information management solution allows mining companies to combine equipment and application data from disparate sources in real-time, analyzing patterns in the data to help improve availability, utilisation and performance.”Through a series of IBM Design Thinking workshops, IBM and Sandvik work with clients to develop a framework to shape offerings around data driven productivity and predictive maintenance. Using the Watson IoT technology, Sandvik and IBM have jointly created a platform able to comply with the stringent reliability and security requirements of mining operations. Predictive maintenance technology leveraging IoT sensor data has also been introduced as part of this platform.“Proactively identifying maintenance needs before something breaks is leading to huge cost and time savings,” said Patrick Murphy, President, Rock Drills & Technologies, Sandvik. “Our award-winning OptiMine® Analytics with IBM Watson IoT solutions offer our customers a more complete view of their operations for smarter, safer and more productive work.”Sandvik and IBM clients such as Petra Diamonds and Barminco are using IoT to help reduce miner exposure to hostile work environments and increase safety. “Our top priority is the safety of our employees and if a machine fails underground we need immediate insight into what is happening in that tunnel,” said Luctor Roode, Executive Operations at Petra Diamonds. “With the solution from Sandvik and IBM, we have real-time data that allows us to immediately identify the root cause of the problem and act accordingly.”“Leveraging data is becoming increasingly valuable across the mining sector. Through analytics, machine learning and AI, we are seeing new possibilities for increased operational efficiency,” said Paul Muller, Chief Executive Officer, Barminco. “Our partnership with Sandvik’s OptiMine® Analytics allows us to fast-track our efforts, leveraging Sandvik’s whole-of-fleet data and innate machine knowledge.”OptiMine® Analytics will also be used by Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain Mining (BMM) operations in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, to accelerate data-driven operations for safety, efficiency and productivity for trucks, loaders and drills. Additionally, Hindustan Zinc, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of zinc, lead and silver has tapped Sandvik to implement a major digital transformation at its Sindesar Khurd Mine, India, to ensure all required infrastructure and platforms can achieve world-class mining safety, efficiency and productivity.“Sensors and tracking systems for asset management is only the beginning when it comes to how artificial intelligence will disrupt the mining industry,” said Jay Bellissimo, General Manager, Cognitive Process Transformation, IBM Global Business Services. “Creating a solution that turns the data into actionable insights is a delicate matter. It requires an interdisciplinary effort spanning across mining technology, software engineering and data science. IBM and Sandvik are now on course to help transform the mining value chain with the fusion of cognitive capabilities into miners business and operating processes.”Sandvik has been delivering solutions in the mining automation business for decades, with autonomous operations in more than 60 mines on six continents. This footprint is a major asset to the process optimisation solutions in higher and higher demand. For its part, IBM has been working with leading mining clients to infuse cognitive capabilities in their business and operating processes, creating the Cognitive Value Chain for Mining. This multidisciplinary approach leverages and expands on the concepts of the fourth industrial revolution by helping miners achieve new efficiency savings, without having to make large-scale capital investments.last_img read more

Gardaí seize cash designer watches and cars in raids targeting Kinahan crime

first_img Short URL Share11 Tweet Email1 Feb 23rd 2018, 9:43 AM 25 Comments Updated 3.30pmTHE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau (CAB), assisted by local gardaí and a number of national units have raided 39 homes and businesses believed to be linked to the Kinahan crime gang.The searches took place in Dublin 1, Dublin 7, Dublin 11, North County Dublin and Limerick this morning.Twenty residential premises were searched along with 18 professional premises and a gym.Around €15,000 cash was seized along with five designer watches and five vehicles.“This CAB investigation into an Organised Crime Gang is continuing, today marks a significant development in the progress of this investigation,” Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin said. By Paul Hosford Gardaí seize cash, designer watches and cars in raids targeting Kinahan crime gang Homes, businesses and a gym were raided as part of the operation. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Irelandcenter_img The Criminal Assets Bureau are relentless in their mission to identify the criminally acquired assets of persons and to deny such people these assets. The motivation of these organised crime gangs is greed for wealth and we will do all we can to deprive them of this wealth.The watches were a Breitling, two Rolexes, a Cartier and a Legend. While the vehicles included an Audi Q7, a Mercedes Vito, two Volkswagen Golfs and a Honda motorcycle.A freezing order has also been made in respect of a substantial amount of money in a bank account.Documents and mobile phones are also being examined by investigating officers.No arrests were made. 28,900 Views http://jrnl.ie/3867554 Friday 23 Feb 2018, 3:00 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le bouton 1 de Google se répand avec succès sur le net

first_imgLe bouton +1 de Google se répand avec succès sur le netSelon une récente étude de BrightEdge, le bouton +1 de Google se serait considérablement répandu sur le net ces dernières semaines. Il serait aujourd’hui à la deuxième place du classement derrière le “J’aime” de Facebook, mais devant le “Tweet” de Twitter. Près de quatre mois après son lancement, le bouton +1 de Google fait une ascension fulgurante dans la vie des internautes. Ajouté à côté des résultats de recherche, ce petit bouton permet aux internautes d’indiquer les sites qu’ils apprécient et ainsi partager facilement des informations. Il est ainsi régulièrement associé au “J’aime” de Facebook ou encore au “Tweet” de Twitter. Mais si ces deux concurrents étaient jusqu’ici en tête du classement, Google +1 grappille rapidement du terrain. Selon une récente étude de la société BrightEdge, le bouton a en effet réalisé une croissance de 33% en quelques semaines, avec une pénétration qui atteint désormais 4,5%.Pour obtenir de tels chiffres, la société BrightEdge a analysé près de 10.000 sites web et a noté la présence des différents “boutons”. La progression du +1 serait alors tellement importante qu’il serait désormais passé à la deuxième place du classement dépassant Twitter qui n’affiche que 2,1%. Facebook reste néanmoins largement premier avec une présence du “J’aime” avoisinant les 10,8%. Alors vous êtes plutôt “Tweet”, “+1” ou “J’aime” ? Le 12 juillet 2011 à 09:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

USDA Begins 49th Enrollment Period for the Conservation Reserve Program

first_imgInformation provided by USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded farmers and ranchers this week that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.As of September 2015, 24.2 million acres were enrolled in CRP. CRP also is protecting more than 170,000 stream miles with riparian forest and grass buffers, enough to go around the world 7 times. For an interactive tour of CRP success stories from across the U.S., visit www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30, or follow on Twitter at #CRPis30.”Over the past 30 years, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts have made CRP one of the most successful conservation programs in the history of the country,” said Vilsack. “Today, CRP continues to make major environmental improvements to water and air quality. This is another longstanding example of how agricultural production can work hand in hand with efforts to improve the environment and increase wildlife habitat.”Participants in CRP establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. At times when commodity prices are low, enrolling sensitive lands in CRP can be especially attractive to farmers and ranchers, as it softens the economic hardship for landowners at the same time that it provides ecological benefits. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish native plant species on marginal agricultural lands for the primary purpose of preventing soil erosion and improving water quality and related benefits of reducing loss of wildlife habitat.Contracts on 1.64 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2016. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.Since it was established on Dec. 23, 1985, CRP has:Prevented more than 9 billion tons of soil from eroding, enough soil to fill 600 million dump trucks;Reduced nitrogen and phosphorous runoff relative to annually tilled cropland by 95 and 85 percent respectively;Sequestered an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking 9 million cars off the road.Since 1996, CRP has created nearly 2.7 million acres of restored wetlands.For more information FSA conservation programs, visit a local FSA office or click here. To find your local FSA office, visit click here.The Conservation Reserve Program was re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing, and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, click here.last_img read more

TechRadar Sees Heavy Traffic While PTOM Closes Down

first_imgThe growth has been bolstered by what Considine calls a “soft rollout.”American Googlers were coming to the U.K. version in droves, she says, but the format wasn’t ideal for them There was opportunity to improve.Studying the patterns and conducting audience research, the U.S. site has changed obvious elements-pricing items in U.S. Dollars instead of British Pounds, for example-along with some more obscure features-“The word ‘flavor’ has a ‘u’ in the U.K., so we had to make sure we took that out,” Considine says.To this point, expansion plans have, of course, been based on market considerations, but location has been a factor as well. With an October launch in Australia-the third TechRadar site-the site’s network is now staffed 24 hours a day.Breaking stories originating in the U.K. will be passed off to TechRadar staff in San Francisco at around 7 p.m. GMT. In turn, the Australian staff will pick up where the San Francisco team left off when they go home at 7 p.m. PT, and so on.South America has been posited as the next market, although Considine could not confirm whether plans had advanced past the testing stage.PlayStation: The Official Magazine Shutting DownDespite the success of TechRadar, another Future property, Playstation: The Official Magazine, will shut down after the holiday issue is released this winter.An official statement will not be released.The shuttering of PTOM comes months after Future announced that it would also cease publication of Nintendo Power at the end of the year.”It’s not the space, I think that the space is amazing,” Considine says. “We’re just going through a console life-cycle change, so you’re really just seeing the space in general is evolving, and I actually think it’s only going to get better.”PTOM and Nintendo Power have been in publication since 1997 and 1988, respectively. PTOM has a circulation of 139,000, according to Future.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! It was a mixed week for Future plc who announced record growth for TechRadar’s U.S. website, while also revealing that it would close long-time gamer title, PlayStation: The Official Magazine.Just six months after its launch, Future’s U.S. incarnation of TechRadar.com reached 5.4 million unique visitors in September, surpassing the established U.K. site audience by more than 1 million. Although the size of the markets varies greatly, Rachelle Considine, Future U.S. COO, is happy with the results.”I don’t think we expected to grow this quickly,” she says.last_img read more

Maryland Wins Over Texas As Terps Play for McNairs Honor

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROA rainbow covered the skies following the game-stopping thunderstorms signaling a smile from the heavens, when Maryland and Texas returned to play after an unexpected weather delay in the fourth quarter at Fed Ex Field.  Perhaps it was the presence of the late Jordan McNair who needed to give the Terps a lift after they had blown a 22 point lead on an emotional day where his teammates remembered him from start to finish.McNair, the offensive lineman who passed away from heat stroke in June, was honored by his teammates with #79 decals on their helmets, a moment of silence with his image on the jumbotron, and by lining up with only 10 players for the game’s opening play. The late lineman may have been the intangible they needed to win.Jordan McNair was remembered by fans and teammates during a pregame moment of silence before their season opening game vs. Texas at FedEx Field.  (Photo by Mark Gray)Maryland is playing for more than wins and losses this season, they are playing for McNair. Emotion can take teams a long way in sports and perhaps this was the start of a special season in College Park.  The Terps had several chances to give in but ultimately pushed through a series of challenges that may have broken one of their lesser teams to beat Texas 34-29 for the second consecutive year on September 1.“We just stayed together which has been our motto through everything that’s happened,” said wide receiver Taivon Jacobs during the postgame press conference.  “Everybody in our building just packed our parachute and stuck together.”Any doubts that Maryland was up to this emotional challenge was put to bed on their first drive.  The Terps’ march downfield was choreographed better than the performance by their band.  With Kasim Hill starting at quarterback for the first time since his season ended last year in Austin the offense was almost flawless.Maryland football players honored his memory with his jersey on the field after their 34-29 victory over Texas at FedEx Field. (Photo by Mark Gray)“Its been a long time since we played a football game and it was good just to be back out on the field with your brothers,” said Hill.Maryland’s freshmen were massive.  The neophyte Terps contributed to every score. Jeshaun Jones, from D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate high school, was the star. He busted through the Texas defense for 28 yards and the game’s first touchdown to cap their opening drive. Jones also went deep against the Longhorn secondary for a 65-yard scoring reception. In the second quarter, Jones converted a jet sweep option by connecting with Tavion Jacobs for a 20-yard touchdown pass to give Maryland its biggest lead at 24-7.Jones scored three times in the first half placing himself in elite company.  He became the first college player to score on a rush, reception and pass in his first game in 20 years.The Longhorns used their uptempo, offense to change the game’s momentum and took the lead. Texas scored 22 unanswered points behind sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Texas’ defense also stopped Maryland’s Jake Funk in the end zone for a safety which closed the gap to 24-22 at halftime.   Ehlinger found Collin Johnson in the endzone on for a touchdown then Kyle Porter’s two-yard score gave Texas its only lead.Interim head coach Matt Canada’s leadership was tested also after both teams went to the locker rooms as the mini monsoon hit.  He first had to re-establish the Terps offense after overcoming an 86 minute weather delay and conservative play calling that kept Texas alive. The Terps went 75 yards in just under five minutes for the game’s final and decisive score while their defense produced three fourth quarter turnovers to seal the game.The adversity of their offseason seems to have prepared them for challenges of the season to come at least for one big game.last_img read more

State officials request mandatory ferry passenger list

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — State officials say they are pushing to make ferry passenger lists mandatory for all who travel between Playa del Carmen mainland and the island of Cozumel.The Fifteenth Legislature in the State Congress of Quintana Roo will issue an appeal to find the legal mechanisms and necessary steps to enforce an official passenger list for the operation of the federal route between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.Eduardo Lorenzo Martínez Arcila, president of the legislative chamber, says he considers it a serious failure that such a list has not been previously taken into account. Such a list would provide the identity of those who travel as well as if they are traveling for tourism or domestic purposes.He emphasized that ferry companies that continue to operate must adapt to this new implementation, which could be determined by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the Harbor Master’s Office or directly through the Secretariat of the Navy.“There is no mechanism where the authorities know who is getting on the ferries, something that is really serious and has never been addressed. It is basically a federal issue, but we will request the relevant warrant from congress.“I think it will be the port authority who will have to issue a memorandum so that for this type of crossing, an order for a passenger list will be put into place so we know who is boarding the boats,” said Martínez Arcila.He explained that the ferry companies will have to adapt and modify their promotion or sales strategies to be integrated into a identifiable passenger list for the benefit of obtaining security guarantees. Currently, the sale of tickets does not include any of this information.“With all due respect, you are not selling tickets to the discotheques. You are selling tickets to a federal concession that is the subject of maritime transport. There cannot be a justification that implementing a passenger list is too complicated because the companies use a variety of different promoters,” he added.Martínez Arcila stressed that extraordinary security measures that are being implemented in coordination with the armed and federal forces must remain permanently in the port facilities.The general director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo, Alicia Ricalde, says that within six months, the ports of Quintana Roo will be the first in Mexico to have the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) protocol.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand Bahama Islands Grand Lucayan reopens entire resort ready by Feb 2017

first_img Travelweek Group GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND — Grand Lucayan has officially reopened following temporary closure as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Beginning with the re-opening of Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan hopes to have the entire property operational by February 2017.“Our staff have worked tirelessly to get Grand Lucayan ready for our guests,” said Veronica Clarke, hotel manager. “We are so thrilled to be open and can’t wait for our guests to enjoy our pools, beach, spa, golf and dining options.”The 196-room Lighthouse Pointe, the traditionally all-inclusive portion of the resort, will temporarily play host to all guests, whether or not an all-inclusive package is booked. Venues including Waves Pool Bar, Portobello’s, Pizzeria Capri and Aroma Café are open. A new Sunday champagne brunch, served from noon until 4 p.m. is now offered along with a Fish Fry Party every Wednesday evening, featuring live entertainment, and ‘Welcome Back’ Bahamian Cuisine nights on Fridays.The Convention Center and wedding gazebos are also fully functional and ready to host weddings and groups. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Reef Course also fared well and looks forward to hosting players, said Clarke. The remainder of the resort, including Breaker’s Cay, the Lanai Suites and additional dining venues, will be open in the first quarter of next year.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthFor more information on Grand Lucayan see GrandLucayan.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, November 10, 2016 Sharecenter_img Grand Bahama Island’s Grand Lucayan reopens; entire resort ready by Feb. 2017 Posted by Tags: Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayanlast_img read more

TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows

first_imgTags: TravelBrands Posted by TORONTO — TravelBrands’ ‘G’Oh Canada’ Agent Appreciation 2017 road trip events will take place in five locations across Ontario this month and next.“Join us for an evening of food, fun and great information as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says the company. Agents will learn about new TravelBrands initiatives and tools, plus all attendees will have a chance to win prizes.Events are taking place at Fort Henry in Kingston on July 25, the Barrie Country Club in Barrie on July 26, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake on July 27, Elmhurst Inn and Spa on Aug. 1 and The Lake House in Pickering on Aug. 2.All of the shows are evening events, with registration from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and dinner, presentations and prizes from 6 – 8 p.m.“Space is limited so sign up today,” says TravelBrands. See surveymonkey.com/r/ZVSTVTF for details. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows Thursday, July 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more