NASA boss in Ottawa fuels speculation about new Canadian spacestation role

first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the U.S. space agency says Canada’s knack for artificial intelligence will be useful for exploring the moon, if we want in.Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says Canada has developed crucial artificial intelligence-based robotics technology that could help operate the next-generation outpost the United States is planning to send into lunar orbit.He started a two-day trip to Ottawa today by taking part in a demonstration at Carleton University by Mission Control, a Canadian company working on robotic technology that can be used to test soil samples.Bridenstine says he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new “Lunar Gateway.”Bridenstine is to give a keynote address on Wednesday at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, where speculation is running high that Canada’s participation in the Lunar Gateway — NASA’s next-generation space project — is expected to be announced.In September, the Canadian Space Agency issued tenders for projects designed to position Canada to contribute to future space missions involving human and robotic exploration.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN marks anticorruption day with plan to recover stolen funds for Nigeria

On the first anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the UN anti-crime office said it would help two developing countries recover whatever amounts were exported of the nearly $11 billion looted from both governments.In the 1990s, corrupt local officials stole $7.7 billion from oil-rich Nigeria, of which at least $2.2 was exported, and more than $3 billion from Kenya, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).Corruption and the transfer of illicit funds have been a major factor in the flight of capital from Africa, with more than $400 billion having been stolen and hidden in foreign countries and around $100 billion of the total to have come from Nigeria alone, UNODC has estimated.”The recovery of stolen assets is one of the most promising and concrete aspects of the fight against corruption,” UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa told journalists at the UN complex in Vienna, Austria, on what is also the first International Anti-Corruption Day, marking the Convention’s signing conference in Mérida, Mexico.So far 114 countries have signed the Convention and 13 have ratified it. It will enter into force when 30 countries have amended their laws according to its requirements. UNODC offers technical assistance for upgrading national legal systems.”Even before the Convention enters into force, it allows us to help countries to retrieve monies plundered from their national treasuries. These nations urgently need funds for development,” Mr. Costa, flanked by Kenyan Ambassador Julius Kiplagat Kandie and Nigerian Ambassador Biodun Owoseni, said.The Convention binds UN Member States to criminalize corrupt practices, including money laundering, help one another determine money trails, seize and freeze illicit funds, deny safe haven to corrupt officials, and, as a “fundamental principle,” return stolen funds to their rightful owners.UNODC said it would assess the two countries’ legal and institutional frameworks and recommend measures to facilitate the return of any recovered assets. read more

Canadian dollar lower amid falling housing starts worries over US debt crisis

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2013 6:46 am MDT Canadian dollar lower amid falling housing starts, worries over U.S. debt crisis TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Monday amid a worse than expected reading on building permits and worries about the potential damage from the U.S. debt crisis.The commodity-sensitive loonie lost 0.2 of a cent to 96.96 cents US as Statistics Canada said municipalities issued building permits worth $6.3 billion in August, down 21.2 per cent from July.The decline followed a 21.4 per cent jump in July, but economists had expected a drop of only 15 per cent for August.The loonie was also lower as worries about the economic fallout of the U.S. government shutdown and reaching the debt ceiling pushed down crude oil prices.The bitter argument over the U.S. budget stretched into its second week as the country looked ahead to an Oct. 17 deadline for raising the debt limit.The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 81 cents to US$103.03 a barrel.December copper was unchanged at US$3.30 a pound while investors looking for safety pushed December gold bullion ahead $15.20 to US$1,325.10 an ounce. read more

Court lets Purdue Pharma court records be made public

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The secret testimony from former Purdue Pharma President Richard Sackler and other records in a Kentucky opioids lawsuit must be made public after the state Supreme Court declined to review an earlier ruling.The court record was sealed in 2015 as part of a $24 million settlement between Purdue and the state of Kentucky.- Advertisement – Health news website STAT sued to open the records. In ruling for the publication, the Court of Appeals reasoned there was a strong public interest in disclosing records that involved a settlement with a government agency.On Monday, the 17 million pages of documents were being shipped from Frankfort to Pike County, where the case originated. Officials in the Pike County Circuit Court Clerk’s office could not immediately say how and when they would be available.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) read more

Alumnus and exdiplomat to donate rare map collection to Brock archives

Brock University’s map collection is about to get much more historic.On Friday, Oct. 7, Brock alumnus and former Canadian ambassador Dan Livermore will donate 25 valuable antique maps — some dating to the 17th century — to the University’s Special Collections and Archives department.The maps range in size and age, but all feature Canada in some way, said David Sharron, Head of Special Collections and Archives at Brock. A number of them show Niagara at various points in history.“Without using text, the maps show an evolution of Canada,” said Sharron. “Maps have a way of communicating history without a lot of words.”Sixteen of the maps pre-date anything in Brock’s collection. The oldest map currently housed at the University dates from 1766, showing the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon off the coast of Newfoundland.Brock’s staff will digitize these pieces and post them online, so people can access them and see the geographical changes that have taken place over time.Sharron said the donation of such a rare collection underscores the fact that Brock has the proper environmental and security controls to house historic materials. He hopes this will encourage other alumni to consider donating artefacts to the Brock archive.Livermore graduated from Brock in 1969 with a BA in history and politics, then went on to serve three decades as a Canadian diplomat and specialist in international affairs. Besides being Canada’s ambassador to Guatemala and El Salvador, he had postings at the United Nations in New York, as well as in Chile, and Washington, D.C. From 2002 to until his retirement in 2007, Livermore was Canada’s Director General of Security and Intelligence. He is a longtime donor and supporter of Brock University.Brock faculty and staff are invited to attend Friday’s event, which will take place at 10 a.m. in Special Collections on the 10th floor of Schmon Tower. read more

Okada Manila numbers soar in July more hotel rooms set to open

first_imgOkada Manila operator Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc (TRLEI) posted a 48% year-on-year increase in gross gaming revenue and 212% increase in adjusted segment EBITDA in July with strong growth across all segments, according to parent company Universal Entertainment.GGR for the month was Php3.27 billion (US$62.7 million), with VIP turnover up 26.3% and revenue by 50.2% to Php1.44 billion (US$27.6 million). Mass table drop grew 21.7%, with revenue rising 51.4% to Php825 million (US$15.8 million), while slot revenue also enjoyed a 38.6% increase to Php999 million. Adjusted segment EBITDA reached Php562 million in July. RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August July’s results, which saw consolidated revenue at Okada Manila reach Php3.50 billion, was the second strongest month on record at Okada Manila.Universal also said it is expecting further growth in the coming months as it prepares to bring more hotel rooms online at Okada Manila. The company revealed that “a number of rooms within Coral Wing (Tower B) have started simulations and are now in operation” which will “further strengthen the ability to attract more customers.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Daniel Keane Graduates From ColbySawyer College

first_imgNEW LONDON, NH — Colby-Sawyer celebrated its 180th Commencement on Saturday, May 5, awarding approximately 265 undergraduate and graduate degrees and recognizing students and other individuals for academic excellence, outstanding contributions to society, and service to the college and community.Daniel Keane, of Wilmington, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in environmental science.About Colby-Sawyer CollegeColby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The college’s faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in an engaged teaching and learning community that fosters students’ academic, intellectual, and personal growth. With a strong emphasis on learning outcomes, including breadth and depth of knowledge, self-growth, creative and critical thinking, and effective communication, Colby-Sawyer prepares students to thrive post-graduation and make a positive impact upon a dynamic, diverse and interdependent world.Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Learn more about the college’s vibrant teaching and learning community at The above announcement is from Colby-Sawyer College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Clark & Scurto Graduate From Colby-Sawyer CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bischoff & Clark Named To Dean’s List At Colby-Sawyer CollegeIn “Education”Anderson & Figucia Graduate From Colby-Sawyer CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Best affordable sports cars in 2019

first_img 64 Photos Ford Mustang EcoBoostFord’s Mustang is one of the most affordable ways to get over 300 horsepower from a sports car. A 2019 EcoBoost Fastback starts at a mere $26,395, while a convertible starts at $31,895.The EcoBoost comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. An available performance pack includes a limited-slip rear differential, a larger radiator and rear sway bar, as well as beefier front springs. The Mustang coupe is still very usable as a daily driver — certainly more so than a Subaru BRZ or even a Chevy Camaro. Plus, lots of new tech including available Sync 3 infotainment makes it appealing to a wider range of shoppers. –Jake Holmes Nissan 370ZIt’s a bit long in the tooth, but the Nissan 370Z’s beefy 332-horsepower V6 engine still feels very potent and puts its power to the rear wheels via a manual gearbox, just like God intended. The SynchroRev Match transmission makes every shift a perfectly timed one, but the feature is easily disabled if you prefer to blip your own throttle when shifting. And hey, it starts under $30,000.This generation Z-car has been around forever, so its architecture is fairly simple and the aftermarket for modification is very mature. Want a supercharger? Twin-turbos? Race-ready suspension and brakes? The sky is the limit. –Antuan Goodwin Subaru BRZ STI Sport is the best kind of momentum car Tags 54 Photos More From Roadshow Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Chevrolet Ford Honda Mazda Nissan Porsche Subaru Dodge We can’t all afford to drive a McLaren or a Ferrari. But that doesn’t mean we should drive something boring. There are plenty of cars out on the market today that are fun behind the wheel and easy (-ish) on the pocketbook. Here are nine of our editors’ favorites.Chevy Corvette Grand SportThe C7 Corvette already has exotic lines that make it look far pricier than it is, but the Grand Sport adds enough handling bits to make it easily able to embarrass far more expensive, and more exotic, machines. Plus, you get 460 horsepower delivered to the rear wheels through a proper manual transmission, for a starting price of $65,495.The Grand Sport seats two beneath a removable roof, which sounds like a recipe for an amazing drive. Sure, it adds $4,000 to the bottom line, but there’s nothing like cruising in a ‘Vette with the wind in your hair. –Tim Stevens Dodge Charger HellcatSure, the Charger Hellcat costs north of $67,000, but when we do the math, each of the 707 available horsepower only costs $96.17. Compare that to the $275.94 per horsepower for the Porsche 911 Carrera T and the Hellcat is an indisputable bargain.The current-generation Charger has been around for a while, but that doesn’t matter. It’s as goofy and lovable as ever, and offers tremendous muscle-sedan thrills. You could buy a Challenger, but the four-door Charger Hellcat means it’s easy to load up passengers for high-spirited runs to the soccer field. And it flies a little more under the radar — sort of. –Emme Hall 69 Photos Share your voice Porsche 911 Carrera TOK, no one ever specified a cost ceiling, so I’m going with the 911. It’s not really affordable, per se, but it is the most iconic and beloved sports car ever, and really, can you put a price on that? The Carrera T starts at $102,100, although a base 911 will set you back $91,100, and you’ll be happier with this car than supercars costing more than twice as much. See, affordable.Why the T? It has all the stuff you want in a driver-focused 911 and nothing you don’t. With just a couple options, it becomes perfect. With the standard seven-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel steering and a modicum of talent, you’d be hard-pressed to find something more fun on a winding road. –Kyle Hyatt 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 30 Photos 31 Photos 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star The 2018 Honda Civic Type R is a very capable daily drivercenter_img 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T: There’s beauty in the simplicity 10 Photos 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy 0 20 Photos Sports Cars 60 Photos 2018 Ford Mustang ditches the V6, replaces it with more tech 10 Photos The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is a wild modern muscle car Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack485 horsepower for $40,000. ‘Nuff said.If you like tech, the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack isn’t light on that either, thanks to a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a whole lot o’ capability.If you want to spend more, even though you don’t have to, you can kit the car out with a wild Shaker hood scoop that acts like a paint mixer gone awry. Plus, 2019 model year Scat Packs can be had in awesome widebody guise. –Andrew Krok 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview Subaru BRZLike the Mazda MX-5, the Subaru BRZ offers one of the purest and most fun driving experiences available in a new car today, all for a starting price of $25,795. The 205-horsepower boxer four-cylinder, slick manual gearbox and eager chassis even makes regular drives around town quite entertaining without having to reach speeds that will draw unwanted attention. It’s been around for a bit now, but the BRZ is still a sharp-looking coupe with clean, flowing lines and subtle rear shoulders. If you want tighter handling dynamics, the BRZ is available with Performance Package that adds upgraded Sachs dampers and Brembo brakes. –Jon Wong Honda Civic Type RHonda’s Civic Type R has the power and poise to hang with much more expensive sports cars, yet it starts at under $35,000. We never get tired of chasing down 911s on canyon roads in this hot hatch.With the Civic Type R, you get a full smattering of tech and comfort features standard, for a lower MSRP than many of its key competitors. Plus, the Honda-quality interior and functional hatchback shape means this is a car you can drive daily with ease. It’s useful and comfortable. You’ll learn to love the wing. –Steven Ewing The 707-horsepower 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat gets a fresh grille 2019 Nissan 370Z: A distilled sports car Mazda MX-5 MiataStarting at under $30,000, if there’s more fun available per dollar in a new car, we haven’t found it. The MX-5 Miata offers modest power combined with a willing chassis and shifter, which means you can have huge fun at sane speeds, even while commuting. For 2019, the Miata got a number of improvements, including a little more power and a longer list of standard equipment. The Mazda Connect system comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and controls a nine-speaker Bose audio setup, navigation, satellite radio and Bluetooth.And don’t forget, while the Miata is available in iconic roadster guise, you can also have it as the equally awesome, folding-hardtop RF. –Chris Paukert 2016-2019 Mazda Miata: A return to formlast_img read more

MatSu takes up pot codes

first_imgA Matanuska-Susitna Borough marijuana ordinance had its first reading before the Borough Assembly Tuesday night. But even if the ordinance gains approval, it may be overshadowed by a future Borough election.A seventeen member Borough committee worked to write the legislation, [ordinance 16-003] which regulates retail marijuana sales in the Borough. The ordinance defines marijuana, marijuana retail and commercial growing operations, standards of operations and permitting.The Assembly took no action on the legislation on Tuesday, but heard an unusual request from former Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss.“I’d like to remind you that there is a voter initiative on the ballot this fall. And I’d like you to consider to hold permits on commercial marijuana until after that election.”  DeVilbiss said during the audience participation portion of the meeting.A Borough voter initiative on retail marijuana is scheduled for the Borough’s October ballot. DeVilbiss told the Assembly that Borough voters need to weigh in on commercial sales,  as have voters in city elections in the three cities within the Borough.  And he  predicted that the October vote this time could have a different outcome than the recreational marijuana initiative on the 2014 state ballot.“It’s a very different question from Ballot Measure Two. You are moving from the privacy and the very limited quantities of personal use out on to main street with totally unlimited quantities.”DeVilbiss sponsored the city legislation  banning pot sales in Palmer that gained approval there last year. Ironically, voters in Palmer approved Ballot Measure Two in 2014.Borough Assemblyman Jim Sykes calls DeVilbiss’ request “surprising”.“It was he who actually started the whole process rolling. I wrote the legislation to create the committee, and he appointed everybody on it. I think that people are very well aware, and anyone who applies for a permit will be aware that a permit could be rescinded if the public vote goes the way the former mayor predicts it.”Sykes says the point of the Borough’s legislation is to ensure that  Borough codes are in line with state statutes and to have Borough regulations in place before the state begins accepting permit applications in April.Sarah Williams, chair of the Borough’s Marijuana Advisory Board, said Borough permits should be issued before October, since businesses would likely accept the risk of a voter ban on retail sales.“So, holding permits until election, is not necessarily the best way to go.  As a business owner, they need to make awareness to themselves as ‘hey, do I want to take that risk or not.’ Our industry is already mobilizing, and we will be educating the public.”Of the cities within the Borough, Wasilla and Palmer have banned commercial marijuana operations within city limits, while Houston has approved them.The Mat Su Borough Assembly will take public testimony on the Borough’s pot retail regulations ordinance on March 1.last_img read more

India tweaks export priorities as USChina trade wars shape new global order

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shake hands on the sidelines of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen. India’s commerce ministry has identified several products that can be exported to the US and Chinese markets to replace imports as the global commerce patterns change because of the US-China trade wars. ReutersIndia is moving swiftly to take advantage of the emerging global order as the trade wars between the US and China are worsening with tit-for-tat tariff increases. The Commerce Ministry under Piyush Goyal has realised the importance of the nation preparing for a prolonged trade conflict with US President Donal Trump raising to 25 per cent from 10 per cent tariff on imports worth $200 billion. After Chinese President Xi Jinping retaliated with 25 per cent tariff on imports from the US worth $60 billion, Trump has threatened another round of tariff revision that could hit $300 billion more of imports from China.The ongoing trade war between the US and China offers an opportunity to boost exports of as many 350 products such as chemicals and granite to the two countries, a study by the Commerce Ministry has said. The study says the tariff wars present a big window of opportunity for enhancing India’s exports to these two nations, media reports say.On the Chinese front, the study suggests as much 151 domestic products including diesel, X-ray tubes, and certain chemicals can displace the US products from the Chinese markets. On the other hand, 203 Indian goods like rubber and graphite electrodes can easily displace Chinese exports in the US markets, PTI says.The ministry study has identified specific products in which India has potential to immediately expand exports to China based on its strengths and available market access and has shared the list with the ministries concerned to take follow-up action. The study also lists products that may require more efforts to acquire market access. President Donald Trump arrives for a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. An Indian commerce ministry study shows India has the potential to displace China as a supplier of hundreds of products in the backdrop of the raging US-China trade wars. ReutersThe ongoing trade war may change the global trading patterns due to spillover effects and displacement of the bilaterally traded commodities to other countries, the study says. Among the Indian products that will have a definite advantage in the Chinese market are copper ore, rubber, paper/paperboard, equipment for transmission voice/data in a wired network, tubes, and pipes. Similarly, the goods which can explore the US market include industrial valves, vulcanized rubber, carbon or graphite electrodes, and natural honey.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s is aware that India must take every opportunity to narrow the widening trade deficit with China which was $50.12 billion from April 2018 to 2019. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President Ganesh Kumar Gupta said India could benefit on both fronts from the trade war between the US and China. India’s exports to the US rose by 11.2 per cent in 2018 and those to China by 31.4 per cent in the same year, the report says.last_img read more

Could Turning Coastal Communities Into Sponge Cities Make Them Less Likely To

first_imgCoffee/Pixabay (CC)Houston’s Johnson Space Center campus retains soil and green space that can absorb rainwater.A full account of the lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey is still being tallied. But at least one thing is certain: planners will have to rethink the concrete bones upon which Houston is built. And not just Houston, but any coastal city at risk of serious flooding.For so long, the main strategy of such a metropolis has been to fight against incoming water with pavement and pumps. It appears the latest thinking on the subject flips things around – embrace the water, don’t just repel it.Sophie Knight is a freelance reporter and a design researcher based in Amsterdam, who has a new article in The Guardian on the idea of the flood-proof city.Modern cities manage water primarily through the ‘pave, pipe, and pump’ technique. But Knight’s article examines a few concepts that go in the complete opposite direction. She outlines two theories that researchers and architects have come up with to make cities less susceptible to flooding by working with nature and the hydrological cycle.“One [theory] is that any water that is put into a pipe becomes useless in the normal, natural hydrological cycle,” Knight says. “Water should be feeding plants and be heading back to a river through ground-rock and all the layers beneath the ground. But when it’s stuck in a pipe, it’s useless to the plants, it’s useless to animals, and then it’s very prone to floods. The other idea would be that when you have a huge amount of rainfall, as you did during Harvey, that the water needs to be whisked out of the ground to a larger body of water that’s not underground, a lake, a pond, or something like that.”Knight spoke to a landscape architect for her story who said that these ideas are very simple, but also very difficult for people to grasp. Knight says this has to do with a certain 20th century tendency to eschew nature, rather than embrace it.“The idea was that we could dominate nature and control water and put it wherever we wanted it, and now that’s seeming a little heuristic. It’s not quite true. And it’s a really expensive endeavor to rebuild towns in a way that manages water responsibly and safely,” she says.Knight describes the idea of a “sponge city.” The term, Knight says, comes from China, where rapid growth has caused architects and city planners to overlook the effect of covering entire cities with impermeable surfaces, which leads to frequent flooding. The “sponge city” idea is a reaction to that.“It’s the idea to absorb rainwater through a lot of greenery, a lot of permeable pavements, trap it down in the ground-rock and then reuse it as drinking water or water for industry,” she says.Knight says prioritizing the creation of green spaces to create this sponge-like effect should be a priority of flood-prone cities going forward.“I like the idea of densifying buildings on safe areas and then using wetlands and marshes, bringing back this kind of forestland that we haven’t seen in cities for a 100 years or so, and using that in dry times for recreation and then during storms,” she says.But even with a plethora of parks and spongy wetlands, could a city like Houston withstand the 50 inches of rain it got during Hurricane Harvey without some flooding and property damage? It’s not likely, says Knight.“But it must be said, there’s a huge spectrum of things you can do and you can start in your backyard, by digging up the paving stones, and removing anything that basically blocks water around your immediate surroundings,” she says. “If everyone starts doing that, that really can contribute quite a lot.” Sharelast_img read more

Global Gas Liquid Argon Market Will Reflect Significant Growth Prospects

first_imgThe Global Gas & Liquid Argon Market is projected to reach USD 489.9 million by 2025 and is expected to register a significant growth rate of 5.20% during forecast period 2018-2025, reveals a recent research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.Request for a Sample Copy of this Report @ report offers detailed segmentation of the global Gas & Liquid Argonmarket based region. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.The research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Gas & Liquid Argon industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:PraxairLindeSABICMiddlesex GasesAMCSIngascoSASOLFangdaEuro chemThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Gas & Liquid Argon Market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Gas & Liquid Argon Industry has achieved extensive growth since 2025 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts.To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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first_img Epsilon’s EchoInsight software helps analyze cardiac function by evaluating wall motion strain.  August 12, 2008 – American HealthChoice Inc. (AMHI), a medical services company with medical clinics in Texas and Tennessee, said today the FDA approved its OmniBody Scan, an infrared thermal imaging camera that will be able to detect patterns of abnormality within the human body. In conjunction with existing technologies, the OmniBody Scan will be able to identify problems early enough for prevention and treatment, according to the company. “Our initial focus will be the worldwide problem of breast cancer,” said Pat McGlashan, president of RehabCo, a division of AMHI. “The dilemma that all women have is that having X-rays to detect breast cancer may cause breast cancer. The OmniBody Scan is a noninvasive tool that will have no harmful side effects. The earlier that breast cancer is detected equates to a much higher chance of survival, especially with Inflammatory Breast Cancer.”The OmniBody Scan is manufactured specifically for American HealthChoice by an infrared imaging manufacturer. Efforts have begun to solicit resellers to penetrate the U.S. market with both the OmniBody Scan and the company’s adjunct support system of providing high quality interpretations of the infrared images, said AMHI.Five years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention, examined data from numerous clinical trials and estimated that screening mammography every one or two years in women in their 40s resulted in a 15 percent decrease in breast cancer mortality after 14 years of follow-up. But, analyses also made note of the potential harm of screening, including radiation exposure, procedure- associated pain, false-positive results, over-diagnosis and potentially unnecessary treatment.The OmniBody Scan, a noninvasive technology reportedly with no side effects, is available immediately. 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Amid postelection chaos in Haiti diplomat Kenneth Merten defends US policies

first_imgRelated posts:The bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Haitians Haiti elections: A vote without violence in a field of 54 presidential candidates Haiti election postponed amid street violence Haiti opposition presidential candidate won’t participate in election WASHINGTON — One month after Haitians went to the polls to choose a new president, Haiti’s electoral council has announced the official results — triggering violent protests by supporters of Moise Jean-Charles, who finished third in the Oct. 25 election.Banana exporter Jovenel Moise, the favorite of outgoing President Michel Martelly — who cannot run again — came in first with 33 percent, while Jude Celestin finished second with 25 percent. Since neither man won a majority, a runoff will be held Dec. 27.The protesters accuse Martelly of rigging the election in favor of Moise, yet the U.S. special coordinator for Haiti, Kenneth Merten, refused to condemn the election when asked during a Nov. 23 event in Washington why neither the White House nor the Organization of American States have issued any statements criticizing the race.“It would be nice to see some senior person at the OAS like the secretary-general say something about the first round of elections in Haiti, [regardless of] whether things have really gone off track or if we’re uncertain,” said Peter Hakim, president emeritus of Inter-American Dialogue, which co-sponsored the discussion with George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. “Why has the United States and the OAS been so quiet? It gives credibility to all those who question the process.”But Merten shot back that it’s still simply too early to tell.“We’re in a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ position,” he said. “This is a Haitian election. We can’t say the elections were great and the outcome was perfect because we don’t know yet. It would be premature for us, in my view, to prejudge this election as terrific or awful until we see this process run its course.”Merten served as U.S. envoy to Haiti from 2009 to 2012, a period that coincided with the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince; He was then appointed ambassador to Croatia. In mid-August, the State Department named him Haiti special coordinator and deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.“I’ve been fortunate enough to serve in Haiti three times since the late 1980s. I’ve been there through three coup d’etats, two hurricanes, an earthquake and three or four elections,” he said. “I’m very proud of what the U.S. has done regarding Haiti over the past 30 years. We have worked very hard, sometimes using some very heavy, blunt tools, to ensure that the democratic tradition continues to live on in Haiti.”Merten added: “We would like to see Haiti more fully in charge of its own destiny, a country where people feel economically empowered. We want to make sure our partnership supports the goals of the Haitian people and the government they elect.”Yet Bob Maguire, director of GWU’s Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program, ruffled a few feathers when he noted that Pamela White — who succeeded Merten as ambassador in Port-au-Prince and served there until late September — “was roundly criticized as being too close to Martelly.”He asked Merten why this situation was allowed to fester.“I’m not going to opine on what some other people’s observations may be on the way she chose to do her job,” Merten responded. “We all approach a job like that with different talents and personalities — and frankly, in some cases, different instructions.” Kenneth Merten, Haiti special coordinator and deputy assistant secretary at the State Department’s Breau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, speaks Nov. 23 at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs on Haiti’s recent elections. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesOn Oct. 29, The Nation magazine reported in an article titled “Can Haiti’s Corrupt President Hold On to Power?” that “before the election, President Martelly’s strategy was clear: frighten Haitians into letting his candidate win. His thugs violently disrupted voting in legislative elections back in August. The U.S. Embassy said nothing, aside from feeble admonitions.”Merten did say that Peter Mulrean, who became the new U.S. ambassador to Haiti on Oct. 6, will be “excellent” at his job.“The role of the U.S. ambassador in Haiti is to execute U.S. foreign policy and work with the Haitian government, not just the president and foreign minister but also the parliamentarians and people of Haiti,” he said, noting “an immense USAID mission” there.Haiti’s 10 million inhabitants are the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, with an annual per-capita income of only $824 last year, according to World Bank statistics. Haiti ranks 145th out of 169 countries in the U.N. Human Development Index.“Haiti desperately needs to increase foreign investment,” Merten said, noting the 7.5 percent growth likely to be achieved this year by the Dominican Republic, with which Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola. “I’m convinced Haiti can be in that position, too. There’s no reason for Haiti to be underperforming economically. The next government needs to make it easier for businesses to invest and create jobs and opportunities.”Pressed for details, he said Haiti must simplify the process of forming businesses.“Haiti currently has one of the most complex and drawn-out procedures in the hemisphere. They need to develop an agency which actually has the authority to grant permits, so you don’t have to go from ministry to ministry to get a thousand signatures — a one- or two-stop shop, not just for foreigners but for Haitians as well,” he said.“They could make the tax process more transparent than it is. There are a lot of things they could do to capture more revenue which they are not doing,” he said, adding that the government “should also make it easier to start industrial parks or free zones.”Merten said Caracol Industrial Park, a 607-acre project along the northern coast at Cap-Haïtien, now employs 8,500 people; the goal is 60,000 jobs over a 10-year period.“This park has been open only since 2012. We’re not quite on track, but we’re almost at 10,000 jobs,” he said of the park, which has been widely criticized for falling short of expectations. “That’s pretty good for a region that had zero employment before.” A Guatemalan soldier and member of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) peacekeeping force patrols a street in Port-au-Prince. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesAsked how long the United Nations peacekeeping force known as MINUSTAH — a multinational operation blamed by Haitians for everything from sexual abuse scandals to a deadly cholera epidemic — will remain in place, Merten said that depends on how quickly Haiti’s police force can ramp up to 15,000 officers from the current 12,000.“MINUSTAH was envisioned to be temporary and will probably be disappearing in the not-too-distant future,” he said. “It will run its course and there will be an assessment this coming year, after a new government is seated, to see whether MINUSTAH needs to be extended beyond its current mandate.”The State Department official said a much more urgent issue than MINUSTAH is reform of Haiti’s judicial system, which he concedes “is desperately crying out” for help.“Quite honestly, we have worked for years through USAID and the U.S. Justice Department to address this, and we have had very little success in getting those suggested reforms to take root,” Merten said. “What good is it to have a police force if criminals aren’t getting a fair trial, or if the guilty aren’t getting locked up?” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Housing Starts Strongest Year Since 2007

first_img Share Housing Completions Housing Permits Housing Starts 2017-01-19 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News January 19, 2017 721 Views center_img Housing Starts: Strongest Year Since 2007 A substantial December increase made 2016 the best year for housing starts since 2007, according to the New Residential Construction Report for December 2016 jointly released by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.The annual rate for privately-owned housing starts in December rose by 11.3 percent from November and 5.7 percent from December 2015, up to a rate of 1.22 million. For single-family housing starts, however, the annual rate dropped by 4 percent over-the-month down to 795,000.Even with the increase, and the best year for housing starts in nearly a decade, more is needed in order to overcome the ongoing shortage of available homes for sale.“For the year as a whole, housing starts of 1.17 million units were the strongest since 2007 as home builders try to keep up with rising demand—pushed up by low (if rising) mortgage rates, solid job growth, rising wages, and faster household formations (especially from millennials),” said David Berson, Chief Economist with Nationwide. “Even with stronger home construction in recent years, more increases in the supply of new homes will be needed to balance out the market, reflected in rapid house price appreciation in recent years.”Housing starts overall experienced a solid month in December, considering the 19 percent over-the-year decline in November following October’s spike.“Housing starts increased in December, but much of the increase was due to a mild recovery from November’s large drop,” said Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist with Trulia. “Despite the modest bump, housing starts in 2016 were the best since 2007 and represents promising growth for the sector in 2017.”According to the Census Bureau, the annual rate for privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits remained largely unchanged both over-the-year and over-the-month in December, at 1.21 million units. Single-family permit authorizations rose by 4.7 percent from November to December up to an annual rate of 817,000.“Although housing permits were little changed in 2016 from the year before, there was a shift toward single-family permits away from multifamily—which should be reflected in 2017 with a further pickup in single-family starts (and probably with relatively flat multifamily starts),” Berson said. “We project total housing starts to climb by around 10 percent this year.”Privately-owned housing completions were down by 8 percent over-the-month to an annual rate of 1.12 million, but were up by 8.7 percent over-the-year, according to the report.“Nationwide’s Health of Housing Markets (HoHM) report shows that the vast majority of regional housing markets should see sustainable growth over the next year,” Berson said. “The only key negative for housing is that tight demand-supply conditions in several markets across the country are helping to push up house prices far above average – a negative trend for housing affordability in those areas.”McLaughlin stated, “While some of the challenges that homebuilders face are cyclical, stemming from an historically abhorrent fiscal recovery from that started with the Great Recession, many of the challenges are also structural. Decades in the making, the latter originated from the sea change of strict land regulations that swept much of the country during the 1970s and ‘80s. So while there is much room for growth in starts as the economy continues to grow, the recovery in new construction will be slow and steady because of these structural challenges.”last_img read more

Millennials Finally Buying in

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Millennials Finally Buying in Homebuyers Millenials 2017-04-06 Seth Welborn Millennials are finally entering the market, at least according to Ellie Mae’s recent Millennial Tracker, which shows millennials accounting for 86 percent of all closed loans in February.Results of the Tracker also point to millennials’ overall time-to-close tightening, hitting just 44 days for the month—the shortest average time-to-close for this demo since March 2016. According to Joe Tyrell, EVP of Corporate Strategy for Ellie Mae, this is likely due to technology that allows lenders to automate some of their processes.“Purchase loans are increasing, indicating that Millennials are continuing to enter the first-time homebuyer market,” Tyrell said. “In addition, we saw time to close decrease from 49 days in January to 44 days in February, which indicates that our lenders are seeing more efficiency as they embrace mortgage automation.”Broken down by loan type, time-to-close was tightest on VA loans, which decreased from 57 to 41 days from January to February. Purchase loans dropped from 46 to 42 for the same time period, FHA loans dipped from 47 to 43, and refinance loans decreased from 58 to 52.On a market level, the most millennial purchases by percentage were seen in Texas, with Odessa, Midland, and Beaumont-Port Arthur coming in at the top. Odessa was one of the top markets in February as well.Overall, millennial purchases are on the incline, up 2 percent from January, as are FHA loans, which increased from 35 percent to 36 percent. Conventional loans remained stable, making up 61 percent of all loans for February. Refinances fell, however, dipping to 14 percent of all millennial loans—down 2 percentage points over the month.Also falling for the millennial demo in February were FICO scores, dropping from an average of 724 in January to 723 over the month. Millennial scores peaked in August through October of last year, when they averaged 726. FICO scores were higher on conventional loans (747) than on FHA loans (690) and VA loans (745).According to past iterations of the Millennial Tracker, millennial women—particularly those who are single—are more likely to choose FHA loans than their male counterparts.center_img Share April 6, 2017 823 Views last_img read more

San Anton Malta – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgSan Anton, Malta – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe World Travel Awards, known as the Oscars of the Travel Industry, named Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa Malta’s Leading Hotel for the third consecutive year. Held in Antalya, Turkey, the award ceremony recognizes brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence.Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa outshines in the latter quality. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was present at the 1968 inauguration of the hotel and company; the property was the first Corinthia hotel to open under the brand name, which now has nine properties worldwide.A Who’s Who of the travel industry was present at the World Travel Awards’ glittering gala, including CEOs of leading travel companies, government officials, and tourist board chiefs. More than 500 organizations across Europe entered this year’s competition, which spanned 125 categories. The evening’s explosive entertainment was provided by Turkish pop star Aydan Kaya and violin rock sensations Fuse.The World Travel Awards launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in international travel and tourism industries. Votes are cast by 183,000 travel professionals, including travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries. “During times of economic uncertainty world-class brands come into their own, continuing to grow market share whilst competitors flounder,” said Graham E. Cooke, president and founder of World Travel Awards. “This is amply demonstrated in the number of top honours won by the world’s top hotels and travel organisations this year.”www.corinthia.comlast_img read more

VANCOUVER – Bilingual Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonsp

first_img VANCOUVER – Bilingual Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau has won a lucrative award from the Women In the Director’s Chair program.Bonspille Boileau received the 2017 national WIDC Feature Film Award at an industry reception hosted by the Whistler Film Festival on Thursday.The award, valued at nearly $200,000, comes with cash as well as equipment and service to help toward the making of a film.It’s designed to encourage more feature films directed by women.The WIDC says Bonspille Boileau plans to use the award to complete her sophomore feature film, “Rustic Oracle,” a drama about an eight-year old Mohawk girl searching with her mom for her missing teenaged sister.Bonspille Boileau’s first feature was “Le Dep.” by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2017 5:45 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sonia Bonspille Boileau wins WIDC Feature Film Award for women directorscenter_img Sonia Bonspille Boileau poses in this undated handout photo. Bilingual Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau has won a lucrative award from the Women In the Director’s Chair program. Bonspille Boileau received the 2017 national WIDC Feature Film Award at an industry reception hosted by the Whistler Film Festival on Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, WIDC Feature Film Award *MANDATORY CREDIT* last_img read more