Epic Gas Secures Financing for 7 LPG Newbuildings

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of pressurized gas carriers Epic Gas Ltd. has closed USD 50 million private placement and syndication of USD 120 million credit facility.The company said that it would use the net proceeds from the transaction to partly finance the construction of 7 pressurized LPG carriers under construction at shipbuilding yards in Japan.The company’s outstanding new building program consists of three 7,500 cbm vessels and four 11,000 cbm vessels, plus an additional 11,000cbm new building to be delivered under a bareboat charter to Epic Gas.The 22.2 million primary shares issued in the USD 50 million private placement are registered with the Norwegian Securities Depository. Following the transaction, the company has 51.9 million shares outstanding.  Epic Gas has mandated ABN AMRO Bank N.V. to serve as lead arranger and coordinator for up to USD 120 million in post-delivery senior secured financing for the 7 vessels under construction.The company said it expects the financing to be completed during the third calendar quarter of 2015.The company controls a fleet of 45 vessels, out of which 37 pressurized LPG carriers on the water with an average size and age of 5,608cbm and 8 years, respectively.last_img read more

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan part of new GFL Environmental investor group

first_imgTORONTO – GFL Environmental Inc. is getting new investors including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and private equity firm BC Partners in a deal that values the waste-management company at about $5.125 billion.Under the agreement, GFL founder and chief executive Patrick Dovigi will maintain his role and leadership of the Toronto-based private company as well as a significant ownership stake.“Having founded the company, it was very important to me to find partners that shared the same principles, values and vision, along with having significant capital to fund our ambitious growth plans,” Dovigi said in a statement.Financial details of the transaction weren’t disclosed.The BC Partners-led investor group, which has worked with other Canadian pension plans in the past, will acquire the interests of funds managed or associated with HPS Investment Partners, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III and Hawthorn Equity Partners.HPS Investment Partners acquired a non-controlling interest in GFL in November 2014. The Macquarie fund became an equity investor in GFL in February 2016 when GFL bought the Matrec solid waste business from Montreal-based Transforce, now called TFI International.“We think there are more and more opportunities to continue the geographic expansion, both in Canada — really coast-to-coast — but also select markets in the U.S.,” said Paolo Notarnicola, a senior partner at BC Partners, who led the investment.BC Partners typically invests in “defensive growth” opportunities that includes resilient market sectors plus the potential for mergers or acquisitions and organic growth of the underlying business, he said.In the GFL situation, there will likely be an initial public offering in a few years that will provides BC Partners with a gradual exist from the company — but only time will tell which route the management and investors will decide to take, Notarnicola said.There had been an unconfirmed report in January that GFL had hired advisers to lead an initial public offering, which would have sold GFL shares to be listed on a stock exchange.Ontario Teachers’ didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday.The transaction is expected to close by June 30, subject to customary closing conditions.GFL has more than 5,000 employees and provides local services to more than 2.5 million households under municipal contracts and to more than 60,000 industrial, commercial and institutional customers.A report by Moody’s Investor Services in February indicated GFL had about $1.35 billion of revenue last year, with 72 per cent coming from solid waste management, 17 per cent from soil remediation and 11 per cent from liquid waste.Canadian markets accounted for 80 per cent of GFL’s revenue, with 20 per cent from the United States, Moody’s said.Moody’s also said at the time that GFL’s long-term debt rating was B2, which is below investment-grade, with a negative outlook — mostly because of its high debt-ratio.On the other hand, Moody’s said GFL has a well-diversified business with margins comparable to its peers.last_img read more

Zimbabwe UN rushes in lifesaving aid additional funds needed

18 September 2008The United Nations and other organizations are rushing to provide basic life-saving aid to millions of Zimbabweans following the recent political settlement in the southern African country and urgently need additional funds, the top UN humanitarian official said today. “This is a critical moment, which comes immediately after the peaceful resolution of the political stalemate in Zimbabwe and the lifting of the restrictions on field operations of non-governmental organizations (NGOs),” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said in a statement.“Already, NGOs and UN agencies are re-establishing operations to provide basic life-saving assistance and expect to reach nearly 3 million people across the country by October.“During this period when humanitarian needs are particularly acute, we – the United Nations, the Government of Zimbabwe, the humanitarian and development communities and regional countries – must work more closely than ever to ensure that these needs are met,” he added.In June, Zimbabwe suspended all field operations by NGOs, often the UN’s main implementing partners in delivering aid, in the run-up to presidential elections that led to the political crisis, now resolved through a power-sharing agreement.The 2008 Consolidated Humanitarian Appeal for Zimbabwe is currently funded at 60 per cent of the $394 million required. Critically under-funded sectors include emergency agriculture and education. Funding in health, water and sanitation also remains low. “This is worrying at a time when the people of Zimbabwe urgently need food, seeds, fertilizers and essential drugs, among so many other priorities,” Mr. Holmes said. “While the humanitarian community must urgently step up immediate interventions, I call on the donor community to step up its funding in parallel, particularly to priority sectors and projects.”The Government must also ensure safe, unfettered access by the humanitarian community as it undertakes its critical work. “For our part, we will continue close cooperation with the Government of Zimbabwe, regional countries and organizations as well as development partners to support humanitarian efforts and recovery initiatives,” he added. read more

Côte dIvoire UN peacekeepers receive arms collected in Abidjan after political crisis

Sophie Da Camara, the Director of UNOCI’s Division of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), stressed the importance of the registration of the weapons to identify their model, serial number and date of manufacture, according to a UNOCI press release issued today. “The DDR division, with the help of the Force, will collect and safeguard the weapons and ammunition, while the embargo unit will, in turn, identify the source of the weapons to ensure that they are not [acquired in contravention of the weapons embargo] and that they have not entered in Côte d’Ivoire illegally,” she said. According to Jérome Millot, the Joint Post Commander of the Force Licorne, more than 100 weapons of various models and boxes of ammunition of different calibres were collected during patrols in the suburbs of Abidjan. The refusal by former president Laurent Gbagbo to stand down after he lost the UN-certified run-off poll in November plunged the West African country into four months of violence, with his troops pitted against forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized President. Mr. Gbagbo surrendered last month and was taken into custody. Cote 19 May 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today announced that it has received crates of weapons and ammunition collected by French Licorne forces during patrols in the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan, in the days after the end of the post-election crisis in the West African country. read more

Menon TNA discuss mechanism to return Tamil refugees

Menon has said that he will discuss the issue with the Indian government, the Tamil Nadu administration and other officials. The TNA, which is on an official visit to India, also met the Indian opposition leader Sushma Suvaraj last evening.Suvaraj had said that India stands united on the position that a political solution must be formulated for the Sri Lankan Tamils. Thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils who fled the fighting in Sri Lanka during the war are living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. India’s National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have had talks on formulating a mechanism to return Tamil refugees living in camps in Tamil Nadu back to Sri Lanka.The TNA says during the talks it had impressed upon Menon on the need for the Indian government to take full responsibility when sending back Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka. The TNA delegation led by R. Sampanthan, had this week met the Indian Prime Minister and also the External Affairs Minister. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Amid rising toll UNICEF struggles to create better future for Iraqs young

“The children of Iraq have suffered enough. They have gone through three wars, 12 years of sanctions and live in extraordinarily difficult circumstances – often living in fear of violence,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a message on the eve of the anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack against UN headquarters in Baghdad. UNICEF staff member Christopher Klein-Beekman was among the 22 people killed on 19 August, 2003. Paying tribute to his commitment, Ms. Bellamy pledged that the agency would continue carrying out its humanitarian mission. “Chris’ energy, drive and commitment to Iraqi children will never be forgotten. Events since this tragedy have only reinforced our sense of determination to meet the needs of Iraq’s children – now more than ever,” she said. Almost half of Iraq’s population is under 18. Even before last year’s war, many children were highly vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and exploitation and the country had one of the world’s worst child mortality rates, with one in eight children dying before their fifth birthday. Insecurity is exacerbating the already difficult situation. Schools are sometimes closed and many parents keep their children at home out of fear that they will be hurt or kidnapped on their way to school. Yet despite these fears, many children still make the journey to school, with parents or other family members escorting them to try to ensure their safety. But violence in Iraq is a daily reality throughout the country. In April, more than 100 children were reported killed in Fallujah and Basra as a result of fighting, some on their way to school. Children are often killed or maimed by landmines and unexploded ordnance as they are “attracted” by the sometimes colourful and curious designs of these weapons. Despite the security constraints, UNICEF national staff are working tirelessly to help meet the needs of Iraq’s children. Working with Iraqi authorities, the agency has immunized thousands of children, provided education kits for primary schools, repaired water and sewage plants, delivered tankered water to Iraqi communities, provided essential supplies to community-based recreational centres for children and distributed mine-risk education leaflets to residents of Fallujah to warn them of the dangers posed by unexploded ordnance. read more

South Sudan UN confirms looting of homes hospitals as civilians face more

“The Mission continues to call on all parties to respect the work and inviolability of UN premises and protection of civilian sites,” a UN spokesperson told journalists in New York. Also in the Upper Nile, a UN patrol yesterday in Baliet observed that “most houses, as well as a hospital, have been destroyed and looted”, the spokesperson added.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Toby Lanzer, raised concerns about civilian protection in meetings with Government and security officials this week in Unity state.Mr. Lanzer also visited a hospital in the town of Leer, and met with community representatives and humanitarian partners. “Much of the town, including the market and hospital, has been looted and destroyed,” he said. The senior UN official was also told of alleged accounts of sexual and gender-based violence.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to airlift food assistance to hundreds of thousands of people to avoid “a hunger catastrophe” in areas isolated by the conflict, spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said. Four million people – roughly one-third of the population – need urgent humanitarian aid, especially food in the next three months. “The number of severely food insecure people has risen to nearly 1.3 million persons, an increase of 200,000 since January,” Ms. Byrs briefed reporters in Geneva.The situation is most dire in the three conflict-affected states of Jonglei, Upper Nile, and Unity, where three-quarters of the population is currently food insecure – a figure that was likely to rise to 85 per cent in the next three months.“The situation is worrying and concerning, but it could be avoided if we had access,” urged Ms. Byrs. “WFP appealed to all parties taking part in the conflict to facilitate unimpeded access before conditions deteriorated further.”The UN agency has appealed for $475 million until the end of the year to counter enormous logistic challenges during the rainy season.In addition, Ms. Byrs said that a convoy of barges carrying 1,200 metric tons of food had been sent from Juba and would sail to Malaka on 9 June. read more

Wealthy tree surgeon under arrest in hospital after girlfriend is found stabbed

first_imgNeighbours told how the couple had been in a relationship for several months, following the death of Mr Rough’s first wife from cancer two years ago.The couple were understood to have recently enjoyed a holiday together in the Lake District.Three cars belonging to Mr Rough remained parked on the driveway of his home and neighbours said they understood he also owned an ocean-going boat.Forensic officers were continuing to examine the property, while police were also at Mrs Pattenden’s nearby home in Elgar Avenue, Crowthorne.A spokesman for Thames Valley Police confirmed that the death was being treated as murder but said that the victim had not yet been formally identified.The spokesman said: “Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation in Crowthorne, Berkshire,“Police received a call shortly before 11.30pm on Sunday night reporting that a woman had died inside a property in Ellis Road.“A man in his mid-50s was found injured at the property and was taken to hospital with what is believed to be stab wounds where he remains in a critical condition.“Officers attended the property and a woman, aged in her early 50s, was found deceased inside the property. Her next of kin has been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.“A scene watch is currently in place in Ellis Road and officers will be conducting inquiries in the area as part of the investigation.”Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ailsa Kent, from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “A murder investigation has begun following the discovery of a woman’s body in a house in Crowthorne.“Although we are in the early stages of conducting inquiries, this is thought to have been an isolated incident and it is believed the victim was known to the offender.“I would like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in that area at around the time of the incident.“Officers will be present in the area of Ellis Road and anyone who has any information or concerns can approach an officer to speak to them.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A company director has been arrested in hospital after his girlfriend was found stabbed to death at his home in an upmarket village in Berkshire.The 55-year-old, who runs his own tree surgery and landscaping business, was rushed to hospital suffering from a number of stab wounds and was placed under ‘technical arrest’ by detectives investigating the murder of his 53-year-old partner.Paramedics and police rushed to Michael Rough’s £500,000 detached home in Ellis Close, Crowthorne, following a 999 call.Officers discovered the body of a 53-year-old woman, named locally as Jackie Pattenden, inside the property, along with Mr Rough, who was suffering from stab wounds.He was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where his condition was described as “critical”.Police are not believed to be looking for anyone else in connection with the double stabbing.Police said that a 55-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder but was under “technical arrest” in hospital.last_img read more

Clerical officer sacked by public body after missing almost 300 days in

first_img Friday 13 Sep 2019, 4:34 PM Workplace Relations Commission Image: Google Maps https://jrnl.ie/4808744 Image: Google Maps Share23 Tweet Email4 Workplace Relations Commission By Gordon Deegan Fri 4:34 PM center_img No Comments A PUBLIC BODY dismissed a ‘work shy’ clerical officer in March of last year after he showed up for work for only 10 days in 2018 after missing 400 work days during 2017 and 2016.In the case before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), the worker – who missed almost 300 work days alone in 2016 – sued for unfair dismissal.However, WRC Adjudication Officer, Davnet O’Driscoll found that the decision of the public body to dismiss the worker “is within the reasonable band of responses given the gravity of the conduct, the length of time over which it extended and impact on the service”.Ms O’Driscoll said that the public body “accepts that the absences were not monitored as carefully as they should have been the case”.She said, however, that there were substantial grounds for the worker’s dismissal which were wholly or mainly related to his conduct.The public body dismissed the worker on 9 March 2018 due to his absences, his failure to comply with the sick-leave policies and his inability to provide regular and effective service to his employer.The public body told the WRC that the officer – employed since 2006 – had taken significant amounts of unauthorised uncertified leave where sick-certs were never furnished.As a result, there were substantial overpayments of salary to him which was over €19,000 through sick pay at the date of his dismissal.To deal with the scale of sick leave, the public body put the worker on a a scheme in September 2017 where he was paid only on attendance, which caused an administrative burden for his managers.According to the public body, the worker consistently failed to attend work and repeatedly failed to inform his managers when he was on sick-leave, not making contact or providing certificates.His absences began to increase significantly in 2014 and the employer stated that he regularly requested holiday pay and uncertified sick-pay be used after the event.According to the employer, the worker had absences from September 12th 2016 to February 19th 2017 and from 11 September 2017 to 17 November 2017.In September and October 2017, Human Resources (HR) contacted him on six occasions. The worker indicated he would return to work on five dates in September and October 2017 but failed to do so.In November 2017, the employer wrote to the worker telling him that it proposed to hold a disciplinary meeting to address excessive sick-leave, unacceptable attendance levels and unauthorised absences – however due to ongoing absences by the worker this meeting did not take place.‘Disciplinary meeting’The worker eventually returned to work and a disciplinary meeting was held on 16 January 2018.At the meeting, the worker attributed his poor attendance to stress, depression and some personal tragedies. He said that he was taking anti-depressants and getting counselling.He said that he would mend his ways, sought another chance and promised a fresh start. He was advised his attendance was being monitored and any slip would be looked at very severely while this was under consideration.However, on 30 January 2018 the worker went out on sick-leave with a similar pattern of notifying return dates but not adhering to these.At this stage, a recommendation to dismiss was given.The worker did not make representations about the sanction or appeal to the Appeals Board and he was dismissed on 9 March 2018.In evidence, the worker said that his sick-leave dramatically increased following an assault on him on 10 February 2012.In the assault the worker sustained a head injury and broken bones and he then suffered from stress.He also suffers from alcoholism and addiction which were exacerbated by the assault and sick-leave.The worker’s representatives claimed that the employer made no attempt to treat the worker’s condition as a disability pointing out that his  GP says he suffered from low mood and anxiety.The worker’s representatives claimed the employer failed to recognise the worker’s disability before dismissing him.It was argued on behalf of the worker that dismissal on grounds of excessive sick-leave is discrimination on the grounds of disability.  Short URL 94,515 Views Clerical officer sacked by public body after missing almost 300 days in one year The WRC said there were substantial grounds for the worker’s dismissal. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Soterious appeal rejected

first_imgVicky Soteriou, a woman who arranged for her lover to kill her husband on the day of his 44th birthday celebration, had her appeal against the conviction for attempted murder rejected by Court of Appeal justices. Soteriou, 46, had been jailed in November 2011 for 12 years with a non-parole period of nine years. After being married to her husband Chris Soteriou for 18 years and having three children together, Mrs Soteriou arranged for her lover Ari Dimitrakis to stab her husband and slash his throat, on January 2, 2010. The victim, Chris Soteriou, didn’t know his wife had been having an affair with Dimitrakis, and that she even had his name tattooed on her finger, hidden behind a wedding band, and a letter ‘A’ tattooed on her neck. Dimitrakis was jailed for seven years with a non-parole period of five years. Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Senate Trying to Move Forward on Tax Extenders Package

first_imgAs communicated in an American Soybean Association (ASA) Action Alert earlier this week, the full U.S. Senate is considering the tax extenders package passed by the Senate Finance Committee in April. The tax extenders package includes a two-year extension of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax incentive, and a reinstatement of the pre-2014 expensing amounts for farm infrastructure and equipment under Section 179. Both issues are among ASA’s key policy priorities.The first procedural motion passed easily to allow the Senate to move to debate on a bill (HR 3474) that would be the vehicle for the Senate tax extenders bill (S 2260). Revenue measures must originate in the House of Representatives, thus the Senate must attach the tax extenders to a bill that came from the House. However, efforts by some Senators who oppose the measure, or wish to offer amendments, continue to pose a threat to the bill going forward.  One dispute centers on whether the cost of extending the tax credits should be offset with funding cuts or increased revenues elsewhere. The Senate has been stalled by procedural battles on other measures as well, as Senators seek to offer and vote on amendments addressing contentious and often unrelated issues.The biodiesel tax credit expired on Dec. 31, 2013 and the biodiesel industry’s production has stalled in the absence of this tax credit.The reinstatement of Section 179 expensing at previous levels would enable farmers and other small business owners to expense investments made in new technology, equipment and infrastructure in their operations. Given the land-based and capital-intensive nature of farming, not to mention the ever-advancing technology we need to farm sustainably and competitively, this program helps us to stay on the cutting edge of our industry.On the House side, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., is planning to address the extenders individually rather than as a package. The fate of the biodiesel tax credit under this process is uncertain.We ask that ASA members continue to contact your U.S. Senators to urge their support for final passage of the tax extenders package that includes the biodiesel tax credit and the Section 179 expensing provisions.last_img read more

Police arrest three in Five Corners drugtrafficking case

first_imgThe Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force has arrested three people allegedly connected with a drug-trafficking operation based out of Five Corners. After learning that residents at 8707 N.E. 89th Ave. were allegedly selling drugs out of the house, the task force began investigating, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators eventually arranged to purchase drugs from the house and obtained two search warrants, the release said. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the task force served the search warrant and searched the residence, finding drugs, drug packing materials and records related to drug trafficking. A second search warrant carried out Wednesday, on a vehicle connected to the case, also uncovered drugs and related items, according to the news release.Drugs seized included heroin, methamphetamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, morphine, ecstasy, fentanyl, suboxone, dilaudid, oxycodone, adderall, methadone and lidocaine. Two residents at the home were booked into the Clark County Jail. John R. McKee, 27, was arrested on suspicion of delivering a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possessing a controlled substance. Lauren A. Marshall, 25, was suspected of two counts of possessing a controlled substance. Christopher D. Nichols, 49, of Vancouver was visiting the home at the time of the search warrant. He was arrested and booked in jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.“Several types of drugs were located as a result of the two search warrants we served in this case,” said task force Cmdr. Mike Cooke. “The list of drugs seized really speaks to the level of addiction and suffering that’s impacting families all over Clark County. Drug addiction is not a joke; families and neighborhoods suffer when people traffic these substances.”last_img read more

Reports Of Broken Glass Found At Three Friends Dog Park

first_imgAnyone with information is encouraged to contact the Soldotna Police Department. According to Connie Hocker, park organizer and coordinator this is the second time this year, the first was back in May, that this type of vandalism has occured at the dog park. When you’re in the park be aware of broken glass and if you locate anything suspicious or harmful contact SPD. According to Hocker, it seems to be concentrated more in the large play run area upfront. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Patrons at Three Friends Dog Park found shards of glass spread throughout the grass of the park on Wednesday morning. Hocker and volunteers picked up the glass and contacted the Soldotna Police Department to report the incident: “We will not tolerate this! We will be putting up cameras. This is such a shame that someone would intentionally try to harm these dogs.”last_img read more

Hanley Wood Lays Off 19 Staffers

first_imgPrint still plays a role, but Hanley Wood has committed to a future based on digital media, data services and events. As such, the company is “shifting resources” toward those ends and away from print.The b-to-b publisher focused on the professional construction and design markets has laid off 19 employees from across various disciplines that will impact two of its top titles, Builder and Remodeling.CEO Peter Goldstone confirmed the moves in comments to FOLIO:.”[Hanley Wood] is making significant investments in digital and data solution platforms, increasing headcount across the board,” he says, noting that the company has made 70 hires in the last 12 months. “The shift in resource deployment is from print to digital and data. Our digital and data businesses are up 20 to 30 percent [year-over-year]. We are fueling the growth businesses with additional resources.” Goldstone says frequency and size of the print products will remain unchanged despite the cuts. Print and digital editorial operations began merging in 2011.”We are very committed to print as we still have over 20 print brands that are performing well against our core audience sectors,” he says. “Our core asset is our construction audience database. Print is still 50 percent of our overall media expense and critical to feeding the database.””Instead of wide and thin, which is the old magazine model,” Goldstone continues, “we are expanding vertically and deep within our core audiences. This specialization requires new talent and new skills and new training.”Hanley Wood has emphasized digital- and data-first approaches with several of its smaller brands and in many of its senior-level hires—the company brought on dedicated presidents of content, digital and market intelligence—but hadn’t made major changes to its primary print products until now.Two of the company’s three biggest magazines, Builder has a total qualified circulation of 111,716, while Remodeling has 102,035 qualified subscribers, according to the most recent BPA audits from the first half of 2013. The brands’ web properties attract 161,235 and 87,621 unique visitors each month, respectively, per their media kits.Broadly, the titles’ sector has declined, but is slightly outperforming industry averages in ad pages and ad revenue, according to the latest BIN report from ABM. Building, engineering and construction magazines declined 5.9 percent in pages and 3.7 percent in revenue through the first quarter of 2013.The layoffs are the latest in a series of changes Hanley Wood has undergone as it transforms its business model. The company has been sold twice since 2005 and drastically reduced its debt through restructuring early 2012. Goldstone, who had been president of Hanley Wood from 2009 to 2010, was named CEO last year.**Editor’s note: A prior version of this article incorrectly stated that Goldstone had served as Hanley Wood’s CEO from 2009 to 2010.last_img read more

Scientists propose a new type of dark matter and how we can

first_imgA simulation of dark matter filaments across the universe.  Zarija Lukic/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Dark matter is an enigmatic beast. We can’t see it, yet we know it makes up most of our universe. Finding the mysterious particle (or particles) the exotic matter is composed of has puzzled and intrigued scientists for decades. On June 6 at the Planck 2019 conference, an international meeting highlighting frontier physics research, John Terning and Christopher Verhaaren, theoretical physicists at the University of California, Davis, presented a new theory for what makes up dark matter and how we might detect it. A preprint paper of their study was uploaded to the arXiv directory on May 31. Dark matter and dark energy, two theoretical forms of matter, are thought to make up more than 85% of the known universe. When we look out into space, the evidence for the existence of dark matter is plentiful — we can see the effect it has on gravity and the expansion of the universe. We know something, an invisible particle perhaps, is lurking out of sight and responsible for the way our universe works. Scientists have long struggled to find the elusive, exotic particle that makes up dark matter, and more theories abound every year. In December, an Oxford scientist proposed that the universe was made up of a dark fluid. Others have suggested hunting for dark matter in cutting-edge new ways. Still, we have failed to detect it.Which brings us to Terning and Verhaaren’s idea. They argue for a new “type” of dark matter and a way to detect it, a one-two punch of theory and experimental validation. However, the authors of the study caution that verifying it could take quite some time. The new type of dark matter is different from previous theories, which suggest the exotic, invisible particles may be made up of weakling interacting massive particles, or WIMPs. No experiments have been able to find these particles, though scientists have built large, shielded laboratories that hope to reveal them. “We still don’t know what dark matter is,” said Terning in a press release. “The primary candidate for a long time was the WIMP, but it looks like that’s almost completely ruled out.”   The private rocket company trying to send Australia to… See SLAC, a two-mile particle accelerator next to Stanford 2 3:17 Share your voice Commentscenter_img The researchers looked at an opposing theory for dark matter with an equally fantastical name: “dark electromagnetism.” It says there’s a subatomic particle known as a dark photon which sometimes interacts with regular photons that we can already detect. The duo added their own spin to the idea by showing dark matter might be caused by “dark monopoles,” which are based on quantum theory.It all gets very tangled here, especially for us mere mortals struggling with everyday physics. The bottom line? We’ve got a new theory which proposes the “dark monopole” could be detected in an experiment thanks to its interactions with regular photons and the Aharonov-Bohm effect, which has been proven experimentally. However, the observable effect would be incredibly small — even smaller than gravitational waves — and we don’t yet have the technology to detect such minute signals right now. Alan Duffy, a dark matter researcher at Swinburne University in Australia, notes how the first detection of gravitational waves (itself only a theory until recently) took “a century of heroic scientific and engineering effort” suggesting that might be “a worry for the testability of the [new] prediction.”Where does that leave Terning and Verhaaren’s theory? Well, as a theory, of course. But that’s where all good science starts. Tags 33 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Techlast_img read more

Alaskas draft climate action plan includes carbon tax on page 43

first_imgThe Trans-Alaska Pipeline runs alongside the Dalton Highway near the Toolik Field Station on June 9, 2017, in the North Slope Borough. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Governor Bill Walker’s Climate Action Leadership Team has been discussing a robust draft plan to tackle climate change. The draft mentions a number of ways to go about that: from beefing up efforts to monitor ocean acidification to better educating the public on the causes of warming.Listen nowBut the state is going to need a way to pay for it all, and the plan addresses that, too: Alaska should consider a carbon tax.Task force member, Luke Hopkins, lives in a home in Fairbanks built on permafrost. As the climate warms, he says his own foundation is changing.“I would say that if I put a ball on the floor, one aspect of my house, it would roll a little bit,” Hopkins said.It’s not a problem Hopkins sees going away. He thinks Alaska needs to update its engineering and design standards to better respond to homes like his on melting permafrost.The draft climate action plan includes language to do that, but those efforts require more research and that requires money.“Where’s that going to come from? Hopkins said. “Well, carbon pricing has been used elsewhere in the country and in the world. And so we think we think we ought to look at it.”At least seven states have proposed carbon pricing legislation. Carbon pricing is basically this broad term for putting a price on CO2 emissions. It includes things like a carbon tax or a cap and trade program.Alaska’s draft plan recommends the state should think about endorsing a national strategy to put a price on carbon while also taking steps to implement its own carbon tax. The most commonly talked about ways that could work is, as fuel comes out of the ground, oil and gas companies would pay a fee.And that cash would be used to help fund various energy efficiency projects and more studies to better understand the impacts of climate change — like, how can homeowners like Hopkins stabilize their house as the permafrost thaws?Hopkins says thinking long term about some form of carbon pricing is a good idea.“Many of these things have to be looked at in-depth,” Hopkins said. “We’re just putting out what our recommendations would be for the goals that we have.”Chantal Walsh with the state’s department of natural resources co-chaired a committee with industry representatives. The group has been providing some feedback to the governor’s climate action team.As for a state or national carbon tax, Walsh says there’s more that needs to happen before they have that discussion.“It doesn’t make any sense to do individual states by any means,” Walsh said. “And there’s also the question of: does it do any good to be one nation doing this?”Instead, Walsh thinks scoping out some kind of policy for putting a price on carbon around the world makes the most sense.In a letter submitted to the climate action team, BP expressed strong reservations about a state carbon pricing program.Luke Hopkins believes there’s still a lot that could change in the draft plan before it’s submitted to the governor by September.But something about carbon pricing will likely be in the final version.“I think it will stick in the plan,” Hopkins said. “I don’t think there’s an overwhelming consensus in the group recently that says we don’t want to put anything about carbon pricing. That’s why it’s in the plan right now.”The Climate Action Leadership Team will be looking at the draft policy statement on carbon pricing when they go through the plan at their in-person meeting on Thursday in Anchorage.last_img read more

Plaintiffs In White Oak Music Hall Lawsuit Target City Of Houston

first_img– / 4The original lawsuit was filed in December, naming White Oak Music Hall and its partners as defendants.The plaintiffs, neighbors of the music venue, have now added the city to it, alleging it’s not properly enforcing its noise ordinance.Cris Feldman, the attorney representing the residents, said the city is supposed to measure the noise right at the property line. “Instead, what the city of Houston has been doing is taking random sound measurements far away from the venue,” he said, “making enforcement incredibly difficult.”He also said the city isn’t putting enough resources into the area.Theresa Cavin, one of the plaintiffs who lives just across a field from White Oak Music Hall, said she has complained at city council meetings to no avail. “The only solution that I was given was, what if White Oak puts up a soundproof net?” she said. “Well, that’s not really going to help me in my situation because I have to deal with my son who has special needs and the sound vibrates my house.”Earlier this year a judge issued a temporary injunction limiting the number of outdoor concerts.White Oak has said the majority of its events are indoors and not affected by the litigation.The city declined comment on the lawsuit. Share 00:00 /01:08 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

8×8 Inc Is Awarded VoIP Patent Allowing Standard Internet Connection

first_img 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. The Santa Clara, Calfornia based company 8×8 Inc. has been awarded a patent for the arrangement of a telephone and an interface unit that interfaces with a standard switched system and Internet communication network. The Santa Clara, California based company 8×8 Inc. announced today the award of a patent on its new VoIP. The distinguishing features of this new patent relates to the arrangement of a telephone and an interface unit which interfaces the telephone to both a standard switched tele-communication system and an Internet communication network. The U.S. Patent 7,289, 491 was issued by the U.S. Patent Office on October 30, 2007. Since its inception in 1987 8X8 Inc. has been awarded 70 patents. It is known for its original development of the Packet8 Voice Over Internet Protocol and video communication services for residential and business customers. Their proprietary patents include a range of voice, video and storage technologies.The company offers telephony solutions for small to medium businesses and residential customers as well. 8X8 Inc. has a variety of VoIP service plans that suit the needs of small businesses and residential customers. One plans offers unlimited calling throughout the United States and eight additional countries.Another plan offers a video terminal adapter with a service plan. There is also a Packet8 Virtual Office that provides business solutions for budget conscious small and medium side businesses. There is a Packet8 Complete Contact Center that is a hosted multimedia call center distribution and management platform that works on any broadband network. The new patent announced today will provided business and residential customers with additional flexibility and resilience in meeting the challenges of the future in telephone communications. center_img Citation: 8×8 Inc. Is Awarded VoIP Patent Allowing Standard & Internet Connection (2007, October 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-8×8-awarded-voip-patent-standard.htmllast_img read more

Smart Tools for Listing Products

first_img 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After collecting ’60s music and memorabilia for threedecades, René Klaassen is using eBay to turn all thosememories into money. Key to his efforts are market research toolsthat help him determine what’s likely to sell and for how much,what the best dates and times are to list certain items, and othervaluable information.Case in point: a Pink Floyd 45 rpm record he recently decided topart with. “I didn’t know what to expect,” saysKlaassen of Los Angeles. “I was hoping for something in thehundred-dollar range.” Typing “Pink Floyd” into amarket analysis tool from Terapeak revealed to Klaassen that Sundaylistings did better than Tuesday listings, listing an item at 10a.m. beat listing it at 5 p.m., and 10-day auction-style listingsfared better than those lasting only seven days.Klaassen (eBay User ID: heineken) fine-tuned his listingaccordingly. The result: He sold the record for $285.”It’s quite nifty,” Klaassen says of hismarket-research capabilities. “Rather than just grabbing an LPor 45 off the shelf [to sell], I immediately go to Terapeak andlook for sales history.”Similar market research tools, both from eBay itself and fromthird parties that license data on sales closed on eBay, can helpmany businesses on eBay outperform expectations. Victoria, BritishColumbia-based Terapeak starts with data licensed from eBay andallows sellers and buyers to conduct research such as looking backat completed items over extended periods of time to find pricetrends for specific products. “If you sell Nike Air Jordans oneBay, you can go to www.terapeak.com, type in ‘Nike Air Jordans,’and find out how they have been doing [over] the past 30days,” says Dave Popowich, Terapeak’s marketingcoordinator. The online subscription service costs $16.95 per monthand provides trend data going back as far as a year in somecases.HammerTap’s DeepAnalysis market research software runs on auser’s own PC. For $17.95 monthly or a $179.95 annual licensefee, HammerTap can do a number of powerful analyses, suchas studying how starting prices relate to bids and determiningwhich category is best for an item based on the number of bids orselling prices in different categories, says Jen Cano, director ofPR at the Orem, Utah, company.Other popular research tools come from ándale, a MountainView, California, company whose products help eBay sellers identifywhat’s been hot in the past six weeks, determine prevailingselling prices, count the number of sellers of specific items andmore. ándale’s $7.95 per month Research tool even givesusers recommendations on such crucial criteria as the price,category, day and time for a given listing.The new kid on the block is eBayMarketplace Research. John Bodine, eBay product marketingmanager, says, “Marketplace Research can help you understandsales and price trends within categories, as well as provideinsight into new products you may wish to source andsell.”Specifically, Marketplace Research provides consolidated metricson up to 90 days of completed listings. That’s a considerableimprovement over the previously available eBay completed listingsinformation, which only showed 15 days’ worth of data.Marketplace Research allows for more sophisticated analyses oflong-term data. Users can, for instance, see how completed listingsof collectibles related to the Chicago White Sox Major LeagueBaseball team rose steadily until the end of the 2005 World Series,then, following the White Sox victory, fell sharply. Those kinds ofinsights can help a seller decide whether to sell White Sox-relatedproducts now.Marketplace Research is priced in three tiers. Fast Pass isdesigned for the casual user, who will pay $2.99 for two days’worth of unlimited access to the subscription services. Fast Passusers can tap into 60 days of historical data and see an item’saverage sold price, sold price range, average Buy It Now price, BuyIt Now price range, last sold price, number of completed items andother metrics. Basic level, at $9.99 monthly, offers additionalmetrics, such as information on an item’s start price range,number of successful sales and average shipping costs. Both theFast Pass and Basic packages allow users to save up to 10 searches.At $24.99 a month, Pro level allows users to search 90 days ofhistorical data, save up to 100 searches and research internationaldata. It also includes more charting options and advanced filters.All three provide information on the top searches performed bybuyers on the site.The world of market research on eBay has come a long way in ashort time, and it’s still evolving. One significant limitationis time. For example, eBay Marketplace Research is initiallylimiting its data to 90 days, Bodine says, in part because of themassive computing power required to analyze millions of dailylistings over a long period. However, given the annual cycles onwhich many businesses live and die, year-long market trends are ofvital interest.Even with their limitations, market research tools are wellworth the cost to most sellers, who find that using them oftenresults in faster sales at higher prices. “Prior to Terapeak,I didn’t have a way of seeing what the market could bear,”says Klaassen.That cuts both ways, Bodine notes: Market research makes eBaymore useful for both vendors and purchasers. “Research beforeyou buy,” he says, “and research before yousell.”Mark Henricks writes on business andtechnology for leading publications and is author of Not Just a Living. Enroll Now for Free March 24, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Get Amazing Discounts On The Lifetime Subscriptions Of Streamza Torrenting – Limited

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