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HudongZhonghuas VLEC Gets AIP from ABSHudongZhonghuas VLEC Gets AIP from ABS

first_imgzoom U.S. classification society ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a new very large ethane carrier (VLEC) concept developed by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co.“As demand for different types of liquefied gases increases, concepts like this will expand the infrastructure and enable more efficient transportation to get products to market,” ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens, said.The novel VLEC is equipped with a specialized membrane cargo containment system suited to carry liquid gas cargoes such as ethane and propane. Designed with a minimum cargo temperature of -94℃, the concept supports a low cargo boil-off rate.Distinct features of the design include multiple cargo re-liquefaction lines to liquefy vapor gas, a powerful cargo handling system that maintains a stable tank pressure and a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system that supports compliance with MARPOL Tier III and USCG requirements for non-US Flag vessels operating in the U.S.“We chose ABS because of their extensive experience in gas-related projects and their leading position in very large gas carriers,”Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Vice President Jin Yanzi said.“We are pleased to receive this approval from ABS which validates our early design work and helps us advance this concept.”last_img read more

Boy George Selects Safe Kids Worldwide As His Charity On The NewBoy George Selects Safe Kids Worldwide As His Charity On The New

first_imgBoy George, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist for the pop band Culture Club, will compete to raise money and awareness for Safe Kids Worldwide on “The New Celebrity Apprentice.”The show will premiere January 2 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and ends with the finale on February 13.“We’re very excited that Boy George selected Safe Kids as his charity on ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice.’ The show will certainly be entertaining to all, with the added benefit of raising awareness of just how important it is to protect kids from injuries,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “An accidental injury is the number one cause of death of children in the United States. Boy George – as one of the most iconic artists of our time – will help us reach millions of families with the information they need to protect their kids on the move, at home and at play.”“My heart breaks every time I hear a story of a child dying from a preventable injury,” said Boy George. “These types of tragedies do not have to happen. That’s why I want to work with Safe Kids to protect kids everywhere.”The eighth season of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” will be hosted by former California governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sixteen celebrities are set to compete for their favorite charities and the title of Celebrity Apprentice. Over the course of the series, “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will receive a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.last_img read more

UN launches web portal to help young women pursue technology careersUN launches web portal to help young women pursue technology careers

24 January 2012The United Nations launched a new web portal today focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. The United Nations launched a new web portal today focusing on helping girls and women access job opportunities, training and career advice in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.The website – girlsinict.org – was designed to inspire and help young women between the ages of 11 and 25 prepare for and pursue careers in technology by providing them with useful resources such as links to scholarships, internships, ICT contests and awards, tech camps and online networks where they can interact with other women working in an industry that is largely male-dominated.“It’s a little-known fact that women were the original programmers of ENIAC, the US Government’s first ever computer. But while teenage girls now use computers and the Internet at rates similar to boys, they are five times less likely to consider a technology-related career,” the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a news release.“Research consistently shows that girls tend to choose careers where they feel they can ‘make a difference’ – healthcare, education, medicine. With this new portal, we’re trying to show them that there’s much more to ICTs than writing computer code,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. “As we move towards an ICT-based knowledge society, the rise of apps and the explosion in telemedicine, remote learning systems and research and development make the ICT industry the most exciting choice any young person can make,” Mr. Touré said. “I hope our new portal will serve as a showcase to attract the many talented girls and young women in countries worldwide to this booming sector,” he added.ITU stressed the need for a change in attitudes towards ICT jobs, which according to experts, girls usually see as unfeminine, too challenging or just plain boring. However, the demand for these jobs worldwide is steadily increasing with not enough qualified individuals to fill the gap in the job market. The European Union, for example, calculates that in 10 years there will be 700,000 more ICT jobs than there are professionals to fill them. Globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million.The website seeks to inspire women to consider ICT as a career option by offering them information on the range of options available in the sector as well as provide them with real life examples of how women are already changing the industry. “We hope our new Girls in ICT portal with its profiles and videos of women in ICTs will be a major catalyst in creating exciting and rewarding new choices for women worldwide,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “Encouraging girls into the technology industry will create a positive feedback loop, in turn creating inspiring role models for the next generation.” read more

Key foreign currency quotationsKey foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Thursday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Thu Wed 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2831 1.2771 1.2505 1.3382 British Pound 1.6908 1.6924 1.6331 1.6367 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0112 0.0112 0.0128 Euro in U.S. 1.1697 1.1803 1.1653 1.0902 Euro in Cdn 1.5009 1.5073 1.4572 1.4589Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

Its Canada and UK v US airplane giant at trade tribunal hearingIts Canada and UK v US airplane giant at trade tribunal hearing

WASHINGTON — The Canadian and British governments appeared before a U.S. tribunal Monday arguing against the imposition of duties on Bombardier planes, in a hearing highlighting the more aggressive use of trade remedies in Donald Trump’s America.Canada’s ambassador to Washington said potential duties of up to 300 per cent on Bombardier’s C-Series jet are illegitimate as he urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to cancel them in its final impending determination.First, David MacNaughton said the case that imports of the Bombardier jet would cause material injury to rival Boeing is based on speculation and conjecture — prohibited not only under U.S. law but also by World Trade Organization rules.Moreover, he told the commission there’s no evidence Bombardier planes will be exported to the U.S.; that the C-Series does not compete with Boeing aircraft; that Boeing has a seven-year backlog in sales, invalidating its claim of an injury; and that duties would ultimately hurt Americans, as Bombardier accounts for 23,000 jobs in nine U.S. states.The British ambassador to the U.S., Kim Darroch, made a similar case, and added another shot at Boeing: He argued that it has benefited from billions in government support via different U.S. mechanisms, while it complains about subsidies elsewhere.MacNaughton said the case has broader implications. Speaking to reporters outside the hearing, he said anti-trade rhetoric in the U.S., not just from the Trump administration, has emboldened companies to launch commercial attacks on their foreign rivals.“What we are seeing is because of, in large measure, the rhetoric that exists in the United States at the present moment — and I’m not just referring to one source of the rhetoric, I’m talking broadly of the anti-trade rhetoric — it has given U.S. companies the permission to take action they wouldn’t have taken before,” MacNaughton said.“The real danger of this is it’s going to have a negative impact on U.S. jobs.”The Trump administration itself has boasted about how trade complaints like Boeing’s have surged since it took office.Boeing argued that Canada is the one practising unfair trade.The company said government subsidies have allowed its Canadian rival to infringe on potential markets; that C-Series sales are already hurting orders; and that the recent Bombardier-Airbus partnership to build in Alabama is a ruse that would disappear if duties are rescinded.The president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister, said it’s hard to compete against a company with a bottomless reservoir of support from foreign taxpayers.“Boeing makes the best airplanes in the world. But we can’t compete with companies funded and backed by governments,” McAllister said.“In a fair competition, I’ll bet on Boeing, our U.S. employees, and the U.S. industry every time. But we should only have to compete against private companies — not governments and the airplanes they create and produce through endless subsidies.”He cited some examples of competing against a government. For example, he pointed out that the Canadian government recently cancelled a big military contract for Boeing Super Hornets, in retaliation for its trade complaints against Bombardier.He also argued that Delta was poised to buy used planes in a package being assembled by Boeing — before Bombardier swooped in with an unbeatable offer, its unrealistically priced planes backed by government subsidies.“Essentially Bombardier offered new airplanes at used airplane prices. And it worked,” McAllister said.He also cast this fight as something bigger. The Boeing executive explained how he grew up in Bethlehem, Pa., and saw the iconic Bethlehem Steel company shut down a generation ago, killed slowly by a variety of factors including dumped foreign steel.In his closing remarks, he said he now keeps a painting of the old plant in his office.“This left an impression on me.” read more

Indians at Welikada ready for transferIndians at Welikada ready for transfer

The process warrants coordinated effort from the Indian High Commission here and the State governments concerned. It is learnt that the Indian mission here, on its part, has completed all the paper work, which included verifying the identity of the prisoners and making arrangement for their transfer.Now, it is for Tamil Nadu police to respond, for prisons is a State subject, sources said, according to The Hindu. Eleven prisoners from India lodged at the Welikada prison could be just one step away from being transferred to Indian prisons, if the Tamil Nadu government acts swiftly, the Hindu newspaper reported.Until 2010, the prisoners, all from Tamil Nadu, nurtured no hope of meeting their families ever since they were apprehended here and sentenced to life imprisonment for possessing narcotics. As per Sri Lankan law, persons caught with narcotic substances are given a life sentence and convicts usually serve the entire life term in jail. However, the India-Sri Lanka bilateral Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons signed on June 9, 2010, gave them reason for optimism. While it in no way reduces their sentence — the 11 prisoners will still serve their terms ranging from five to 15 years — the agreement enables a transfer to a prison in India, and family members of the prisoners would then be able to meet them. The 2010 agreement made such a transfer possible for as many as 20 prisoners and they were sent to prisons in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in March 2013. The remaining 11 prisoners, however, are now pinning their hopes on officials of Tamil Nadu police, for they would have to come, complete procedural formalities and take the prisoners along with them. read more

UNAfrican peacekeeping force reports two missing blue helmetsUNAfrican peacekeeping force reports two missing blue helmets

On 20 August, the two UNAMID peacekeepers were declared missing in the town of Kabkabiya, located approximately 140 kilometres west of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state. In a news release, UNAMID said the incident was being investigated by both the Mission and the Government of the Sudan. Darfur has been wracked with conflict since 2003, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups. Millions of civilians have been either internally displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. read more

Dog Owners Sexier Than Smartphone Owners StudyDog Owners Sexier Than Smartphone Owners Study

first_imgApp stores and touchscreens are all well and good, but when it comes to cruising for the ladies, dogs are still man’s best friend. According to a new study from Retrevo.com, women find guys with dogs sexier than guys with smartphones. “Want to attract more women?” the site asked in a blog post. “Get a dog! More women under 35 say they are attracted to a dog walker than someone using a cool smartphone.”Men apparently find the use of “cool phones” more attractive than do women. Fifty percent of the men surveyed said they find people with cool phones more attractive–36 percent of women answered the same. The male/female split breaks down to 46 and 38 percent for “cool laptops,” 42 and 30 percent for book reading, and 36 and 29 percent for iPad ownership.Interestingly, women find wearing Bluetooth headsets slightly more attractive–at 33 to 31 percent. As for phone holsters, no one finds those attractive, so stop doing that, if you ever want to get some again.last_img read more

The Smithsonian Will Premier 4 New Space Documentaries in March and AprilThe Smithsonian Will Premier 4 New Space Documentaries in March and April

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target We’ve had a lot of major wins for space flight recently, including but certainly not limited to the monstrous Falcon Heavy launch last month. In an apparent nod to the endless march of astral discovery, the Smithsonian Channel will be airing two pairs of back-to-back documentaries in March and April. The first of which, “Billionaire Space Club” is about exactly the people you think it is.Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos all feature prominently, as the film looks at the big push the private sector of space flight has seen thanks, in large part, to billionaire visionaries. The film probably won’t be looking at the seedy things these folks did to make their stacks, but I digress.  Brian Cox hosts the premier, which will run March 25 8 pm EDT and PDT.After that, at 9, comes “Earth from out Space.” Focused on how our planet looks like to those whipping around above, it shows off the many changes we’ve made to our planet over the past few decades. For years the adage that something can be seen from space was held as a statement of monumentality. But, as Smithsonian Channel’s mini-doc explains, there are countless ways that we’ve been tweaking our planet that we may (or may not) be aware of.The week after, the Smithsonian will air “Finding Life in Outer Space” on (hyuk-hyuk) April 1 at 8 pm EDT and PDT. This documentary focuses on the extremes of life on our own planet, and understanding how so many different forms of it can survive in so many inhospitable environments — as well as what that may tell us about how to find life elsewhere.Finally, at 9, the late Stephen Hawking hosts “Leaving Earth: Or How to Colonize a Planet,” wherein he lays out why he believes humans must move off of earth and begin colonizing space in the next 100 years. It’s not quite clear, but with this morning’s news that Professor Hawking has passed, this may be one of his last official appearances, so be sure to catch it if you can.center_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

Tough Enough winner receives backlash from WWE talentTough Enough winner receives backlash from WWE talent

first_imgFacebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WWE Tough Enough winner Josh Bredl, now going under the name Bronson Mathews in NXT, received backlash from WWE stars Kevin Owens and Stardust on Twitter on Monday night after Bredl sent out a tweet regarding The Social Outcasts group on RAW.Bredl – in a tweet that has since been deleted – referred to the group as “#SocialJobbers.” This didn’t go over well with Owens and Stardust who quickly responded to the Tough Enough winner who collected a $250,000 contract with WWE earlier this year.Stardust (Cody Rhodes) wrote, “Enjoy dressing in the hall dick. Not blocked. Banned.”Owens said Bredl was not a peer and in response to a tweet (also deleted) by Bredl trying to laugh it off, Owens added, “Let him LOL. People like him fizzle out by themselves pretty quick anyway.” Owens quickly blocked Bredl and mocked his use of “insider terms.”Source: @StardustWWE, @FightOwensFight, @BronsonWWERecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His BloodVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood Stephen Amell Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Twitter Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Cody Rhodes WWE Smackdown Live Preview: King of the Ring continues, Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphylast_img read more

Commitment finalized for construction of new primary school in New ProvidenceCommitment finalized for construction of new primary school in New Providence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 3, 2018 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas has begun to address the infrastructural deficit that is faced in certain areas of the country with regards to education, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Thursday (February 1).  The process is expected to get underway in the southwest area of New Providence with the finalization of a commitment to construct a new primary school.“The Government is actively positioning itself for an aggressive construction and upgrade programme for the public school system, which will better enable learning,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Delivering the keynote address at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s Power Breakfast at Baha Mar, Prime Minister Minnis also announced that the new leadership team at the Ministry of Education is addressing the national skills deficit and the critical need to improve sub-standard literacy, numeracy and communication levels.“The Government recognizes that the education and training of Bahamians are key factors in the progressive and sustainable economic development of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Recognizing that staff skills and competencies have a direct correlation with educational results, the Ministry of Education has embarked on the mandatory training and professional development exercise of its entire staff complement.“The Ministry has also refocused on a specific goal to increase the graduation rate,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister said officials have been working to enhance education via technology and experienced-based learning.  As a part of that programme, the government has launched the eLearning Pilot Programme in eleven schools throughout the archipelago.“The goal of this initiative is to modernize the way Bahamian youth are educated, using tablets for interactive learning and using software that allows parents and teachers to better monitor a child’s performance.”Prime Minister Minnis said similarly, the National Training Agency (NTA) is committed to building its capacity and has a number of objectives in mind.  These include identifying, developing and promoting industry standards for occupation and training programmes and developing assessment instruments that meet national, regional and international standards.The objectives also include clearly establishing the NTA as the agency for certification and accreditation of certain skills-based training programmes; preparing and implementing additional plans for workforce vocational training in accordance with national policies, economic need and industry demands, and designing and developing a tracking and monitoring system to measure the results of the agency’s activities.“I ask for your assistance in working with the National Training Agency to help reduce the skills and training deficit in the country,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Photo caption: Prime Minister Minnis (centre left) with Cabinet members and commerce executives at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s Power Breakfast at Baha Mar, February 1, 2018.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)last_img read more

Santa visits children at Miami SeaquariumSanta visits children at Miami Seaquarium

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of South Florida children got the chance to see Santa Claus at Miami Seaquarium.The Hispanic American Firefighter Association hosted their 25th annual Children’s Holiday celebration, Thursday.The event welcomes nearly 700 special needs children from Miami-Dade Public Schools.Volunteers were grateful to bring some holiday cheer to the kids.“It’s a wonderful event. It’s a heart-warmer. It’s a tear-jerker,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Leo Hernandez. “It’s a great thing to do.”The children also enjoyed a special Flipper Dolphin show, lunch and gifts from Santa.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Marvels ShangChi star Simu Liu first asked for the job on TwitterMarvels ShangChi star Simu Liu first asked for the job on Twitter

first_img 0 Culture Thanks for getting back to me https://t.co/FFRuM03p20— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) July 21, 2019 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained See the best Marvel Avengers cosplay from San Diego Comic-Con 2019 “OK @Marvel, are we gonna talk or what #ShangChi,” Liu tweeted in December. On Saturday after the announcement, he quoted the tweet and jokingly added, “Thanks for getting back to me.” For good measure, he also replied to the tweet, “Well shit.” Comic-Con Marvel Share your voice Marvel on Saturday made a big splash at Comic-Con with a slew of announcements for upcoming projects, including new films for Thor and Dr. Strange, and TV shows for Loki and The Falcon and Winter Soldier. The Shang Chi movie, set for release Feb. 12, 2021, will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and will also star Awkwafina and Tony Leung. Lui will be first Asian lead in a Marvel movie.  30 Photos Tags Well shit.— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) July 21, 2019 In December, Simu Liu tweeted to Marvel about his upcoming role. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Simu Liu, the star of Marvel’s newly announced film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, proves there’s truth to the adage “Ask and you shall receive.”The Disney-owned movie studio revealed Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con that Liu will be one of its newest leading men. But it turns out Liu asked for the job months ago on Twitter.  3:04last_img read more

SC upholds HC bail of Khaleda ZiaSC upholds HC bail of Khaleda Zia

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday upheld six-month bail granted to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia by the High Court in two defamation cases filed against her in Narail and Dhaka over her ‘derogatory remarks’ about freedom fighters and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.A three-member Appellate Division bench, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting petitions filed seeking stay on the bail orders.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Khaleda while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam for the state.The High Court granted a six-month bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in defamation cases filed against her in Narail and Dhaka on 13 and 14 August respectively.On 21 December 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh here raised a question about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs saying, “There are controversies over how many were martyred in the Liberation War. There’re many books and documents on the controversies.”Reacting to Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati in Narail filed the case with the Cognisance Court on 24 December 2015.On 5 January 2016, AB Siddiqui, president of Jananetri Parishad, filed the case with Dhaka’s chief metropolitan magistrate court.last_img read more

Study shows people died from body fluid vaporization due to pyroclastic flowsStudy shows people died from body fluid vaporization due to pyroclastic flows

first_img Explore further A team of researchers at the Federico II University Hospital in Italy has found evidence that suggests many people living in Herculaneum during the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius were killed by the extreme heat characteristic of pyroclastic flows. In their paper published on the open access site PLOS ONE, the group describes telltale signs of heat damage they found in the remains of people living in the ancient Roman city at the time. © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: PLoS ONE Thermal effects in human victims’ skeletons. A. Skull of an older-aged adult male showing a dark stained and cracked parietal bone (ind. 11, chamber 12). B. Skullcap affected by a “stellate” fracture consisting of several cracks which radiate from a common center, characterized by charred outer margins (adult male, ind. 31, chamber 10). C. Exploded skull showing a partly dark stained inner table (right side, adult male, ind. 6, chamber 12); charring of the fractured margins is evident (white arrows) (bar scale 10 cm). The skull of this victim was lying in the ash bed on its left side. Credit: PLOS ONE (2018). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203210 Most people learned in grade school that Mt. Vesuvius erupted back in 79 AD and covered cities such as Pompei in ash. So sudden was the disaster that many people were killed and buried in ash, leaving their “frozen” remains to be discovered by archaeologists approximately 1700 years later. Extensive research has shown that most of the victims in Pompei died from injuries or suffocation due to the thick ash. But this was not the fate of many people living in the nearby city of Herculaneum. The researchers with this new effort have found that many of them were killed by the extreme heat of pyroclastic flows.Pyroclastic flows are flows composed of gas and volcanic material—prior research has shown that they can flow downhill away from an eruption at speeds of up to 450 mph—and temperatures are as hot as 1000 degrees C. When a person is overcome by such a flow, the result is instant death. The researchers found evidence in the remains of many people who had sought refuge in a boathouse near the sea in Herculaneum. The team began their investigation after learning of reports of evidence of people dying from thermal shock.Upon taking a closer look at some of the remains, the researchers found red and black residue on parts of some of the bones. Prior research suggested that such residue typically occurs when bones are burned in the vicinity of coins or other metal objects—the residue typically consists of iron particles. Prior research has also shown that such residues can also be caused by blood being boiled away leaving behind suspended iron. Study of the residue showed that it was iron, though the researchers could not say for certain if it came from blood or metal objects. The researchers also found evidence of burst skulls, likely due to vaporizing brain matter. Fuego volcano—the deadly pyroclastic flows that have killed dozens in Guatemala More information: Pierpaolo Petrone et al. A hypothesis of sudden body fluid vaporization in the 79 AD victims of Vesuvius, PLOS ONE (2018). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203210 Citation: Study shows people died from body fluid vaporization due to pyroclastic flows from Vesuvius (2018, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-people-died-body-fluid-vaporization.html 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. Red and black mineral incrustations detected in the victims’ skulls. A. Child’s skull showing a round area of thick red mineral residues encrusting the right parietal bone (ind. 18, chamber 12); A1. Inner bone surface of parietal fragments encrusted by red mineral residues (sporadic skull fragments, adult, chamber 10); B. Skull showing dark staining and black residues encrusting (white arrow) the parietal and temporal bones (B1) (adult male, ind. 31, chamber 10); C. Skullcap of a young individual displaying spotted dark stained areas and charred open sutures (black arrows) (ind. 29, chamber 12). The intracranial cavity (C1) shows a clear boundary (black and white arrows) between an inner table of unchanged color (a) next to a black stained one (b) (scale bars in cm). Credit: PLOS ONE (2018). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203210last_img read more

Ohio State should make the Final Four even if Penn State winsOhio State should make the Final Four even if Penn State wins

first_imgThe College Football Playoff is coming down to the final week to decide the Final Four. Ohio State is creating a potential nightmare for the committee by forcing their hand to include them in the Final Four, despite not winning their conference championship, and losing the head-to-head matchup to potential champion Penn State. Colin doesn’t believe in qualifiers, and disagrees that Penn State should get in just because they win the conference. If it comes down to the two-loss Nittany Lions or the one-loss Buckeyes, Colin is taking Ohio State because they’re the better team.“I don’t  believe the Penn State/Wisconsin winner should get in the Final Four. Penn State got boat raced by Michigan and lost to Pitt. That’s two ugly losses. Ohio State’s got one loss.”The Panthers don’t trust Cam Newton. They didn’t come out and say it, but their actions tell you exactly that. Yesterday, on a 4th and 1 with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the game tied at 32, the Panthers punted instead of going for it. Colin thinks that after six years, the Panthers hesitancy to try to get one yard against a weak defense, in a make-or-break game for their season shows the Panthers still don’t trust Cam.“Wow, does that tell you what Carolina, by there actions, think of Cam. Forget the words. I don’t care about the words. Your actions are ‘I don’t trust him.’ Six years in.”Tom Herman is the new head coach at Texas, and Colin thinks it’s a home run hire. Herman was the offensive mastermind under Urban Meyer during Ohio State’s national championship run, and energized Houston’s program in his short time there. At Texas, he inherits several of Charlie Strong’s highly ranked recruiting classes and brings his own impressive Texas recruiting ties. He should win a lot of games of Austin.“I’m very happy for Tom Herman. He’s arguably Urban Meyer’s best assistant coach ever. He is young, he is MENSA. He is smart. He’s clever. He’s creative. He has been a head coach. He’s won games. He’s been a top assistant, and helped them win games. I think he’s gonna win a bunch of football games.”Notre Dame just got their golden domes kicked in by USC, and are a complete disaster sitting at 4-8. Brian Kelly is taking the heat for a bad season, which is only compounded by his abrasive personality and caricaturish sideline rants and recent academic cheating scandal. Some are calling for his head, others think it should just be chalked up to a bad year, and Kelly deserves the chance for a turnaround next season. Colin realizes that Kelly is having a bad year, but is still a solid college coach. Notre Dame has worn him out. If Notre Dame fans think that someone like Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck is going to be an upgrade over Kelly, they’re completely clueless.“Jim Harbaugh yells, but it’s usually at officials. Brian Kelly yells at players.”Guests:Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss the biggest stories from NFL Week 12, whether Gary Kubiak should take the blame for the Broncos’ loss last night, if Jim Harbaugh whining over a spot is bad form, and his thoughts on Marcus Mariota.Shannon Sharpe – NFL Hall of Famer, 3-time Super Bowl champ, and co-host of Undisputed is in-studio to discuss Gary Kubiak’s decision to attempt a 63-yard field goal in last night’s loss to the Chiefs, why Jim Harbaugh should have gone for 2 in overtime on the road against Ohio State, and whether Ryan Tannehill’s recent play changes his big picture opinion of the quarterback.Peanut Tillman – Former NFL Cornerback and co-host of Fox NFL Kickoff Sunday is in-studio to talk NFL Week 12, Cam’s struggles, whether his critics are off-base, what it’s like to face a rookie quarterback as a veteran NFL cornerback, and how he would play Jared Goff if he got the chance to face him.Ian Rapoport – NFL Network Insider joins the show for his weekly appearance ot break down the latest NFL buzz after Week 12, how he sees Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota developing in year two, how the Kirk Cousins contract situation will play out in Washington, and if Jay Cutler has a future as an NFL starting quarterback.last_img read more

Why are Canadian travel agents so important Heres one reason Canadian travelWhy are Canadian travel agents so important Heres one reason Canadian travel

first_img Kathryn Folliott Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Feature Story, Trend Watch Share This story originally ran in the August 10th, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — Canadian vacationers and their travel habits are still tailor-made for travel agents in an age when U.S. and European travel markets are embracing the book-it-yourself short getaway trend, and travellers from countries like China are boosting their travel budgets for non-commissionables like shopping.A new study says that Canadian travellers book longer vacations than the international average, more often outside the country than not, and still rely heavily on outside sources – like travel agents – for vacation advice and inspiration.Canada is one of eight international markets, along with the U.S., China, Japan, the UK, Germany, France and Australia, in Expedia’s Multi-National Travel Trends study.While Canadians take just 2.8 trips per year, well below the 3.9 annual average and the lowest of the eight countries in the poll, they vacation for about 8.7 days, topping the 7.9 day average. The U.S. has embraced the short getaway trend, driven in part by limited vacation time. Canadians on the other hand still gravitate to longer holidays, the kind more often booked by travel agents.Canadians are also more likely to travel outside their own borders, another boon for travel agents since so many made-in-Canada vacations are booked direct without an agent’s help. Over 60% of Canadians have a valid passport, compared to 36% to 46% of Americans, depending on who you ask. Not surprisingly, just 18% of Americans polled say they prefer to travel outside their own country. That figure is even lower, 14%, for Japan.At 59% Canadians have the third highest rate of travel outside their own country, after Germany (73%) and the UK (68%). They’re also more likely to travel by plane: 65% versus 28% who opt to drive and 2% who take the train.Hotel product still attracts the majority of Canadian vacationers, by a wide marginAt a time when buzz about ‘alternative accommodation’ options like Airbnb is seemingly everywhere, traditional (and commissionable) hotel product still attracts the majority of Canadian vacationers, by a wide margin. More than two-thirds (69%) say they book hotels and resorts on their holidays, compared to 17% who stay with family or friends and just 7% who book alternative accommodations. Canada’s pick-up on the alternative accommodations trend is on par with countries like the U.S. (4%) and the UK and Australia (6%), and well behind France where the booking rate for alternative accommodations is close to 1 in 5.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Not surprisingly price is top of mind with Canadian travellers and that’s true no matter what the Canadian dollar is doing, but especially recently as the loonie took a nosedive. Now trending around 80 cents to the U.S. greenback, it wasn’t that long ago that the Canadian dollar dipped all the way down to 68 cents, and many vacationers can’t shake the loonie blues or don’t realize how high the dollar has climbed since early last year.Three out of every 4 Canadian travellers say budget is a primary factor when researching and booking a vacation. Hardly a surprise for any agent who’s had a client go next door (or online) for the difference of a few bucks, the study confirms every stereotype of the budget-conscious Canadian traveller.94% of Canadian vacationers say they look for the best deals and most value for their dollarAlmost unanimously, 94% of Canadian vacationers say they look for the best deals and most value for their dollar, tied for first in the study with Australia. The top trip influencer for Canadians? Not outdoor activities, feeling pampered or even recommendations from family and friends, but rather “Deals and/or special offers”. Deals are even the top drivers for Canadians researching travel options on social media, with 60% – the most of any country – saying they’re most influenced by social media when they see a travel deal or promotion.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesSo often social media experts advise travel agents to share their own travel experiences and inspiration on social media, and not to post purely on price. But at least for the Canadian market, an agent’s Facebook post about a great rate could get the booking.Canadian travellers are also – happily for travel agents – more likely than other vacationers to be undecided on their destination and looking for advice and inspiration. More than half (54%) said they are typically deciding between 2 or more destinations, compared to 47% in Australia, 43% in Japan and 50% in the U.S.And more than two-thirds of Canadian vacationers (68%) agreed with this statement when in the initial stages of trip planning: “Pretty sure I know what to do, but may need some help and inspiration”. For travel agents who know just how adventurous Canadian travellers can be, with a few strategic suggestions (and a sale price, or at least good value), travel retailers here have a ready-made and receptive market. Thursday, August 17, 2017 Why are Canadian travel agents so important? Here’s one reason: Canadian travel habits About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. 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Strike stops classes in afternoon schoolsStrike stops classes in afternoon schools

first_imgThe education ministry announced on Monday that afternoon classes in all-day primary schools and kindergartens will be cancelled on Tuesday due to the 24-hour strike by teachers who take those classes.Although teachers of afternoon classes at high schools have declared they too will go on strike, the ministry insisted that these classes would not be affected, with the state Institutes of Further Education (KIE) operating as normal. If a teacher fails to show up for one of these classes, the education ministry said, students would be informed ahead of time.The association of KIE educators however, insisted on Monday that the strike is on. In an announcement following that of the ministry’s, the group told parents not take their children for class on Tuesday.KIEs are state-run afternoon institutes that offer preparatory lessons for the university entry and school leaving exams, consolidation lessons for high school pupils, accounting, information and communication technology courses, foreign languages and Greek for foreigners.Parents of children attending all-day kindergartens and primary schools should pick up their children from school at 1.05 pm.The ministry apologised for any inconvenience caused.Contract teachers who work afternoons in all-day schools, night schools, and KIEs said they would go on a 24-hour strike on Tuesday after Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris said on Friday there was no possibility of changing their status.The teachers are demanding to be made employees instead of working on contracts for the ministry. Working on contracts, they said, means that they have no unemployment benefits to fall back on during the four months or so each year they are not working. Also, they do not receive minimum credit for the purposes of calculating their pensions, as provided for by legislation for those who receive unemployment benefit, they said.The association of KIE educators said on Monday that even though they welcome the willingness of the ministry to discuss improvement to their salaries, they would like their standing demands to be resolved first.Primary teachers’ union Poed urged on Monday its members to participate in the 24-hour strike out of solidarity to the afternoon teachers of all-day schools.Representatives of parents of secondary school pupils urged teachers of KIEs to suspend the strike and asked them to “think about the children’s good and the difficulties they have to deal with during this period”.Parents also invited teachers to engage in dialogue with the education ministry which already said it is willing to discuss all outstanding issues.Teachers have warned that strike measures would escalate if there was no progress on their demands.You May LikeCar Accident AttorneyCheck Out The Most Successful Car Accident Attorneys In Rowland Heights CaliforniaCar Accident AttorneyUndoBrilliant Earth7 Engagement Rings That Are Works of ArtBrilliant EarthUndoFood World Magazine15 Amazing Foods That Can Help Prevent Heart AttacksFood World MagazineUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Missing man found dead foul play ruled outMissing man found dead foul play ruled out

first_imgA 68-year-old man reported missing on Tuesday from his home at the village of Lasa in Paphos was found dead in a field on Wednesday with police ruling out foul play.According to police, the 68-year-old was found dead in a field he owns at around 7 am on Wednesday.The scene was cordoned off by police who have ruled out foul play.The cause of death will be determined by a post-mortem scheduled for later Wednesday.Cause of death is still uncertain, though police have ruled out the possibility of a criminal act.The man had left his home on Tuesday, but when he did not return, his worried family reported him as missing.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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