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Clarksons Boxship Deliveries Entering Moderate Era

first_imgzoom As containership deliveries dropped from the record 1.7 million TEU in 2015 to just 0.9 million TEU in 2016, the boxship sector could enter a new era of less robust fleet growth if deliveries remain at moderate levels, Clarksons Research said.The slowdown in boxship deliveries in 2016, alongside record levels of demolition, led to fleet growth of just 1.2% during the year, down from 8.1% in 2015. The volume of containership capacity delivered in 2016 was the lowest since 2004 and dropped by 46% y-o-y to 127 vessels of 903,662 TEU.Deliveries in 2016 were concentrated in the larger sizes, with 89% of delivered capacity accounted for by the 8,000+ TEU sector, the highest level on record. However, delivered capacity in the 8-12,000 TEU sector declined 53% y-o-y, while deliveries in the 15,000+ sector dropped by 50%.In the sub-8,000 TEU sector, deliveries declined 52% y-o-y to just 102,536 TEU in 2016, reflecting limited ordering in this size range in recent years, and overall in 2016 the sub-8,000 TEU fleet declined by 4.8% in terms of capacity.Clarksons Research said that current projections suggest that deliveries in 2017 may accelerate from 2016 levels, boosted by the surge in mega boxship contracting in 2015. Deliveries in the 15,000+ sector in 2017 are expected to be fairly similar to 2015 levels, which is likely to present continued challenges to operators managing capacity on the mainlanes.However, overall delivered capacity is projected to remain below the 2015 level, with very limited deliveries projected in the mid-size sectors. Deliveries into the smaller sectors are projected to rise y-o-y, although remain at a historically subdued level. In 2018, total boxship deliveries are projected to remain relatively steady y-o-y, Clarksons Research said.last_img read more

Netflix and CBC team on new series Anne

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Netflix is teaming up with CBC and showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier’s Northwood Entertainment for the new television series Anne. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic novel Anne of Green Gables, the series will consist of eight one-hour episodes and will stream globally on Netflix and broadcast in Canada on CBC in 2017.Anne is the story of an outsider who, against all odds and numerous challenges, fights for acceptance, for her place in the world and for love. The series centers on a young orphaned girl in 1890, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Spanish Eggs on Moroccan Plates This Ramadan

Rabat – During Ramadan, eggs are an essential component of ftour in Morocco and can be found on family tables at every Moroccan household each evening when the daily fast ends.Due to this year’s spread of the NH1 virus, eggs will be imported from neighboring Spain.According to the newspaper Akhbar Alyaoum, which cited Spanish sources, an official agreement has been signed between Morocco and Spain in order to import eggs. The terms of this agreement have not yet been made public. Morocco must import eggs to make up a deficit caused by the spread of the avian flu virus in Moroccan chicken farms at the start of the year. Moroccan authorities recently announced a decrease in the importation tax for eggs from 40 to 10 percent in order to encourage egg imports.Government publications estimate that during Ramadan, Moroccan demand for eggs will reach approximately 4,000 tons. Morocco previously exported eggs between 2010 and 2011.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

Gannett shareholders rebuff attempt to replace board

MCLEAN, Va. — Shareholders of USA Today owner Gannett have rebuffed an attempt to overthrow its board.Gannett, which also owns dozens of other newspapers, says its slate of eight directors had beaten opposing candidates nominated by a media group vying to revive its previously rejected takeover bid for Gannett .The results were based on a preliminary count of a vote held Thursday at Gannett’s annual meeting.MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, had been angling to install directors that would support its offer to buy Gannett for $12 per share, or $1.36 billion. Gannett’s board rejected that bid as inadequate in early February, when the company’s stock was trading around $11.Gannett’s shares fell 11 cents to $8.76 in Thursday afternoon trading.The Associated Press read more

Trans Mountain pipeline approval prompts anger promises to protest in BC

by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2016 6:21 pm MDT VANCOUVER – British Columbia First Nations, environmental groups and politicians opposed to the $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are promising to continue their battle against the contentious project.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement that he was “profoundly disappointed” by the federal cabinet’s decision to approve the expansion on Tuesday, calling it a “big step backwards” for Canada’s environment and economy.“I — along with the tens of thousands of residents, local First Nations, and other Metro Vancouver cities who told the federal government a resounding ‘no’ to this project — will keep speaking out against this pipeline expansion that doesn’t make sense for our economic or environmental future.”The project would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels a day, and would add 980 kilometres of new pipe along the route from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.It would also increase the number of tankers leaving Vancouver-area waters from five to 34 per month, prompting fierce opposition from local mayors and First Nations who say any risk of a diluted-bitumen spill is unacceptable.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the project would be approved with 157 conditions at a news conference. He said he expects the decision to be “bitterly disputed” by a number of people, but said the project is in Canada’s best interests.“If I thought this project was unsafe for the B.C. coast, I would reject it,” he said.Premier Christy Clark has insisted her government would not allow new pipeline construction unless five conditions were met, including a “world-leading” marine spill response regime. Earlier this month, Trudeau announced a $1.5-billion ocean-protection plan.B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak said the province will continue to work to ensure each of its conditions are met.“Because we have taken that clear and principled approach to stand up for our province, we have seen the proponent and the federal government take actions, including Ottawa’s recent Ocean Protection Plan,” she said in a statement.Clark wasn’t available to comment on Tuesday, but Trudeau issued a statement saying he spoke with the premier on the phone after the announcement and they agreed on the importance of a balanced approach for the development of natural resources along with environmental protection and the creation of jobs.The premier’s office later said Clark invited Trudeau to come to B.C. to make the case for the decision.John Horgan, Leader of B.C.’s Opposition NDP, said Clark had failed to protect the province’s coast. The project undermines climate change goals and threatens endangered orca populations, he said.North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the City of Vancouver already have legal challenges before the courts.Delegates from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation travelled to Ottawa on Monday to urge Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr to reject the project.On Tuesday, Charlene Aleck, a spokeswoman for the First Nation, accused Trudeau of breaking his promise of a “renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous peoples.”“They are making a big mistake. We will not allow this pipeline to be built,” she said.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said he was “disappointed and depressed.” He said his city remains adamantly opposed and was seeking legal advice on how best to continue to fight the expansion.Sven Biggs of the environmental group Stand.earth said a new phase in the struggle against pipelines would now begin, with the movement escalating to the streets, the courts and the ballot box.An “emergency rally” was planned for Tuesday evening in Vancouver. A recent protest against the project in the city attracted thousands.The business community in B.C. was pleased. Ian Black, president and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, said the project will generate more than $1-billion in construction spending and create thousands of high-paying jobs.Kinder Morgan Canada called the approval a “landmark decision that affirms both the strength of the project and the rigour of the review process it has undergone.”Trudeau also announced his government has rejected the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and formalized a moratorium on crude oil tankers on B.C.’s north coast. The news was met with celebration from those First Nations opposed and environmental groups.The West Coast Environmental Law Association said the rejection proves communities can stop pipelines.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trans Mountain pipeline approval prompts anger, promises to protest in B.C. read more

At 50 UN development programme revamps itself to tackle new sustainability goals

Singapore women workers at a wig factory (1972) Back in the 1970’s Singapore struggled to provide employment for it’s rapidly expanding population and labour force. The government established several industrial estates and created an Economic Development Board with an Industrial Research Unit offering facilities for applied technological research and industrial testing. UNDP, together with the International Labour Organisation, helped the government establish a Light Industries Service Unit to assist private entrepreneurs and government-sponsored industrial estates. UN Photo/R. Witlin UNDP and Nile Hope hand over market shed in Mingkaman IDP Camp The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), working with its implementing partner, Nile Hope, hands over a market shed with 48 stalls in Mingkaman’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Aerial County, Lakes State, South Sudan.Community residents make use of the new bore hole next to the market shed (2015). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Trainees at the Kissy Trade Centre in Freetown undergoing practical training in motor mechanisms (1980) The principal goal of the Second UN Development Decade was to help millions of people who are poor, sick, hungry and illiterate earn enough money to achieve a minimum standard of living consistent with human dignity. UNDP assisted this vocational training centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which trained about 300 students at a time. UN Photo/Redenius A technician conducts vacuum distillation at the Technological Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand (1963) In 1963 the Government of Thailand created the Applied Scientific Research Corporation to coordinate scientific research with the assistance of UNDP. They created three research institutions specialized in industrial technology, agricultural and medical research. The first was the Technological Research Institute that specialised in industrial technology. UN Photo Women test a solar cooker in India (2009) With the support of UNDP, India’s Ministry of New and renewable Energy in India, has been developing and promoting solar concentrators to reduce and replace the use of conventional fuels that degrade the environment (2009). UN Photo ‹ › Given the ambition and breadth of the 2030 Agenda, UNDP must be ever more proactive, responsive, and innovative, she said, urging ministers and other participants to share their visions on how UNDP can better support Member States.More specifically, she asked them to discuss the measures which lead to inclusive growth and the eradication of poverty in all its dimensions; the importance of balancing economic growth and improved livelihoods with the need to protect the environment; ways to ensure that governance, peace and security are durable and benefit all parts of society; and how to identify risks and take appropriate action to prepare for disasters and adapt to climate change.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a video message to the meeting, said that UNDP’s strengths included its global presence and programmatic reach, its pioneering analysis and forceful advocacy, and a strong commitment to the most vulnerable members of society.“UNDP also plays the key coordinating role in the UN development system,” he said, stressing that this role will become even more important as the Organization supports national efforts to achieve the SDGs.Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the UN General Assembly, said that it is through UNDP that Member States have most explicitly sought to fulfil the Organization’s core objective of “advancement of social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”UNDP has a geographical footprint corresponding to the multi-polar world, and a mandate that reflects the complexity of the global challenges of today, he noted.Citing its function as resident coordinator at country level, its presence in over 170 of the world poorest and most vulnerable countries, and its role as chair of the UN Development Group, he said “a dynamic UNDP will be and must be at the very heart of a dynamic response from the UN development system.”“Together, you must deliver as one, advocate loudly for SDG action, work hand in hand with Member States and other partners, and promote accountability for last year’s commitment,” he concluded. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with its presence in more than 170 poor and vulnerable countries, must rise to the challenge of advancing a “big, new, more complex, and transformational” sustainable development agenda, the head of the agency said today at a ministerial meeting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding. “For fifty years, UNDP has been working on the frontlines of development, advocating for change and connecting countries to the knowledge, experience, and resources they need to help people build better lives,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark told the special meeting at UN Headquarters. “The world has changed immeasurably in that time, and UNDP has changed with it,” she added.But UNDP’s core mission remains more relevant than ever, she stressed, citing its mandate to support countries to eradicate poverty in a way which simultaneously reduces inequality and exclusion, while protecting the planet. The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by 193 Member States last September, provide the framework for the next phase of UNDP’s work.“We have already taken steps to ensure that UNDP is fit for purpose in the SDG era,” she said, noting that a more focused Strategic Plan includes the restructuring of headquarters to eliminate duplication and improve efficiency and effectiveness, as well as a shift of policy, programme, and other support closer to the field. UNDP also implemented measures which led to the agency being ranked among the most transparent development organizations in the world. read more

Is Deshaun Watson Better Than Lamar Jackson Depends On What Skills You

Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson stirred up some mild controversy last week when he declared that he — not Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won this year’s Heisman Trophy — was the best player in all of college football.“I’m the best player in the country,” Watson told reporters on Dec. 19. “That’s how I think. That’s how I feel. You know, people have their own way of voting.”Although Watson won his second straight Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding QB this season, he ended up second behind Jackson in the Heisman voting. And the O’Brien-Heisman split — “best quarterback” vs. “best player” — is pretty much the heart of Watson’s rivalry with Jackson.In the traditional sense of the QB role, Watson was probably a better pure passer than Jackson this season. Watson threw for 524 more yards, had a higher passing efficiency rating (according to the NCAA’s formula) and contributed many more expected points added (EPA) in the air than Jackson did. More to the point, Watson had a vastly superior completion percentage (68 percent to 58 percent), threw fewer of his passes off-target (11 percent vs. 15 percent), and was notably better in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He beat Jackson in Total QBR (81.2 to 76.9) on passes that traveled 15 or fewer yards through the air — plays that accounted for about three-quarters of each QB’s total attempts — and a higher percentage of Watson’s passing yards also came after his receivers caught the ball, a healthy indicator in the type of quick-passing game Clemson employs.As a result of all that controlled passing, Clemson’s aerial attack was more efficient than Louisville’s this year. The Tigers ranked fifth among Power Five conference teams in passing EPA, piling up about 40 percent more expected points per game via the pass than the 12th-ranked Cardinals.Still, Jackson made up the difference as an all-around QB. He generated nearly 70 more yards of total offense per game than Watson, thanks in large part to his mobility — Jackson rushed for an incredible 1,538 yards, the most of any Heisman-winning quarterback ever (as well as the second-most by a 3,000-yard passer).1That is, since at least 2000, which is as far back as Sports-Reference.com’s Play Index can search — but also probably even earlier, since I couldn’t find a season in their earlier data that even came close to matching Jackson’s 2016 output. Watson’s no slouch as a runner — he gained 524 yards on the ground, which ranked 15th among qualified FBS QBs — but Jackson probably had the best dual-threat season in college history. When we factor in Jackson’s huge workload in the running game, he had a slightly better Total QBR than Watson on the season, and he generated about 31 percent more total EPA per game than Watson did.Jackson even had Watson beat in a couple of important passing categories. First, Jackson threw 24 percent fewer interceptions per attempt than Watson did. (Despite his accuracy, Watson has had a problem with picks all year — though his overall game is still so good that it’s hard to say even the picks are a real problem.) And although Watson had the superior overall passing numbers, Jackson had a better year throwing the ball deep. Not only did he do it more — 14 percent of Jackson’s throws traveled at least 25 yards in the air, versus 9 percent for Watson — but he also had a better QBR (77.8 to 71.1) on those long tosses. Watson was more surgical in his deep strikes, with a sterling 8-0 TD-INT ratio on throws of 25 or more yards (Jackson’s mark was a more pedestrian 9-6), but he also spent a significant amount of his time setting up bubble screens with passes at or behind the line of scrimmage. Twenty-seven percent of Watson’s passes were for zero or fewer air yards, compared with 17 percent for Jackson.All told, many of the differences between Jackson and Watson simply come down to the trade-offs a QB makes playing in different offenses. While both teams call their share of zone-read plays, Louisville’s offense asks Jackson to keep the ball and run with it more than Clemson’s does of Watson. (There’s also a school of thought that says this was by design, and that Watson will be unleashed as a runner in the College Football Playoff, so stay tuned.) The Cardinals are a more run-oriented team than the Tigers anyway, and that allows them to exploit defenses for more big plays down the field when Jackson does throw. Clemson, meanwhile, is more set up to control the field through short passing and the selective use of Watson’s running and deep-throwing skills.The big takeaway, then, is that although the two quarterbacks played pretty different styles this season, they both arrived at a similar place in terms of overall production. So the question of who is the nation’s true best player might just boil down to preference: Do you like running QBs who throw a bunch of deep bombs, or do you prefer more pocket-oriented accurate passers who can also run when necessary?If I were starting a team, I’d flip a coin. read more

Body found in freezer is identified as missing mother of three

“I would appeal for anyone who knew MJ and may have information about what happened to her and in particular her association with the address in Vandrome Road where she was found to come forward.”Did you see her just before or maybe even after she was reported missing? What was she doing? who was she with?”Police were called to a in Vandome Close, Canning Town, last Friday following concerns for the welfare of a male resident.When officers managed to gain entry the flat they made the grim discovery.Police said the property where the bodies were found was known to be frequented by drug users and transient members of the local community who moved from address to address.Zarhid Younis, 34, of Vandome Close, has been charged with preventing the lawful and decent burials of two dead bodies and is due to appear before Kingston Crown Court on 29 May.A 50-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday, 29 April, has been released under investigation. Police are continuing to investigate the grim discovery Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police are continuing to investigate the grim discoveryCredit:PA Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “We are now confident that one of the females found is MJ. As you can imagine, this is a devastating time for her family and we would ask for their privacy to be respected.“MJ was reported missing in May 2018. As yet we don’t know when she died; a post-mortem examination is ongoing. One of the bodies found in a freezer in a flat in east London has been identified as, mother of three, Mihrican Mustafa.The 38-year-old had been missing for a year when her remains were found alongside the body of another woman in a chest freezer in a property in the Canning Town area.Detectives are still working to establish the identity of the other dead woman and have still not established how they both died.Post mortems have begun but police said it could be several days before they are concluded.Miss Mustafa, who was also known as MJ, was reported missing to police in Newham on 10 May 2018.Family members said she was heading for the shops when she went missing and only had £3 in her pocket and her mobile phone.Because she was a registered missing person, the Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. read more

Extract 8848 metres and Im sitting on the summit of the world

first_img5.07 pm ‘Everest calling Rongbuk. Come in please, over … Dermot, the altimeter is reading 8,848 metres and I’m sitting on the summit of the world.’Somers sat motionless on the stool by the radio. For a second, there was silence. Then whoops, shouts, hugs, many, many tears. Asha Rai rushed out of the tent to join the excited yakmen. There were half a dozen of them, but it seemed as if the whole of the valley had broken into a cheer. “8,848 metres and I’m sitting on the summit of the world”At 5.07 p.m. on Thursday 27 May 1993, those were the words uttered by Belfast architect Dawson Stelfox as he made history by becoming the first Irish person to reach the summit of Everest. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the summit, Lorna Siggins, western and marine correspondent of The Irish Times, brings the story up to date in, Everest Calling: The Irish Journey.Day 71, 26 May‘At the speed you’re going, it’s better than watching the Grand National!’ Camp Two was empty now. Robbie, Tony, Mick and Dendi had been awake since 5 am, breakfasting on Complan and a short burst of oxygen, and leaving for the third camp at around 9 am. By noon, Robbie reported that he and Tony were at the Chinese camp at 7,800 metres. Dendi had a bad headache and Mick was about an hour behind. They were keen to support Dawson and Frank in every way they could, but it was becoming obvious that all three climbers would not have enough oxygen. A decision would have to be made fairly soon.Gasping for lungfuls of airHigh on the ridge, Frank Nugent was in trouble. He had been enjoying himself early on, kicking and digging through the powder. Now, crampons squealing as they crossed the slabs, he just could not catch his breath. Every so often he tore his mask off, gasping for lungfuls of air. Both had set their flow rates identically, but he was forced to turn his dial up. His first bottle was empty after only five hours.Now he was clawing his way up the slope to the Second Step. His partner was breaking the trail, and Nugent felt that he was slowing him down. His mind ran ahead. What if he was still in trouble over the difficult rock step, the most technically challenging section of this route? He would need a rope to get back down. They had only one between them. There seemed to be no choice left. Stelfox was aware of Nugent’s discomfort, his fear of losing control on awkward ground:It was already obvious that we wouldn’t make it to the top and back down before running out of oxygen and probably daylight; as we moved on across a narrow slabby ramp that turned the next pinnacle, Frank could see his control slipping away. He was constantly forced to remove his mask and gasp in the thin harsh air, and finally had to take the only option open to him and turn back, urging me to carry on without him. He stayed to photograph me as I traversed on towards the foot of the 60-metre-high crag that forms the Second Step, the most formidable barrier on the ridge and the gateway to the summit.He then turned to begin the slow, cautious, descent.Changtse, Manaslu, Carol, his lads – all sorts of thoughts passed through Frank’s mind. Here he was, on his own, living his own lesson again: ‘You have to know when to turn back from a mountain.’Turning backDawson transmitted the news on the radio at about 1.30 pm that Frank had turned back. Some 20 minutes before, Mick Murphy had also made a decision. Robbie and Tony waited for him at the Chinese camp, and he gave the pair his oxygen. They would continue on to 8,300 metres that evening.The Second Step – the psychological as well as the physical barrier. Did Mallory and Irvine climb it in 1924? Unlikely. Did the Chinese climb it in 1960? Almost certainly, and the first man up later lost both his feet to frostbite after removing his boots to climb the last overhanging crack. The Chinese were back in 1975 and neatly avoided a repetition of this by carrying up and placing a 20-foot aluminium ladder. It’s still there, swinging wildly on loose rusty pitons.Reaching the ladder wasn’t easy. Stelfox climbed a short, ‘chockstoned’ and snow-filled gully leading up to a series of ramps that led in turn to the foot of the first rung.First bottle nearly empty but turned up full, I gasped my way up, one rung at a time, body held vertical and pressed flat against the rungs to stop the swinging, eyes avoiding the protruding and vibrating pegs. End of the ladder, still steep. I sweep away the choking powder snow and search for holds. A long step out right, a lunge forward and I’m up, gasping from an empty bottle and on easy ground. Change bottles, mind clears.Radio on and talk to Base Camp – Dermot, John, Richard, Lorna, Kathy and Leslie huddled round the set, eager for news, eager to help, willing me on. If we were all willing him on, Somers was talking him up, while O’Neill-Dean was marking out his route as best he could. The next obstacle should be a third step, he told Stelfox, marked by a dogtooth of a rock. ‘You should pass this on your right, losing a little height. You should find a little ramp there, about the width of a boot I guess.’A lone climberThe lone climber had been on 2 litres of oxygen a minute and now he was turning the dial up to fpur. ‘I’ve one full bottle left now,’ he said. ‘That should get me up and down … I’m reasonably happy, but not too sure about fit and healthy.’That was 2.15 pm. An hour later, Robbie was on air. He and Tony had reached Richard’s rucksack, still clipped to an old fixed rope. It was snowing very heavily at that height, and conditions underfoot were ‘terrible’. At 3.40 pm, Stelfox was ‘somewhere on the rocks to the right of the summit snowfield’ in ‘mid to good Scottish winter conditions’. Somers seized the radio microphone at base.You’re there. You have it in the bag. Make sure when you get there you don’t fall down the other side!It’s not in the bag till I get down,’ the voice replied. Here was a mind still thinking rationally, clearly, despite the altitude. ‘Hopefully my next broadcast will be from the summit.’Somers took up the tin whistle again, and broke into an air from Carolan. Frank was stumbling down, still gasping, still tearing at the mask. His rucksack pulled at his shoulders. He had seen it, he had smelt it, and now he was leaving it behind. The first ten steps had been so difficult: there was no adrenaline to bear him down. No relief, no joy, no elation: his mind was numb. There was nothing in reserve. But at least he had daylight, and he wasn’t alone. ‘Don’t look back, don’t look back. You don’t need to be up there.’4.37 pm: Fenlon to Base Camp. He had just seen Frank Nugent descending the ridge. It was clearing up, there was no wind. ‘We’re all snow and ropes here, it’s pretty hard and very hot.’ Somers’ thoughts were with his climbing partner.‘Robbie, the rest of your life will be a whole lot easier after this!’‘I don’t think so, Dermot!’Easy ground now – a vast boulder-strewn plateau. The afternoon closes in, a light breeze picks up and it begins to snow. Keeping well down from the ridge to avoid the cornices, I plod on, searching out hard snow patches, stumbling into drifted holes between the rocks. Across the top of the Great Couloir, eyes straining through the cloud for the route ahead up the summit tower.A steep rising traverse across the upper snowfield, crossing a vertical windslab breakline to a rocky ridge, out onto more steep slabs. Forced rightwards, towards the West Ridge, looking for a break in the steep buttress above.It stopped snowing, the sun burnt through from above and the cloud descended into the valleys. A broad ramp led back left onto the summit ridge. Steep, with a few short steps, it was an unexpected last problem but with the summit close I swarmed up the steps, clambered out onto the ridge again and … there it was, 200 metres away along a gentle snow ridge, a minor bump, the crown overhanging the Kangshung face, topped by an aluminium pole.last_img read more

World Record Six siblings in one Galway family reach 100

first_imgWorld Record: Six siblings in one Galway family reach 100 The family were awarded a Guinness World Record for having the most family members reach 100 years of age. Jan 14th 2017, 8:30 AM 64,189 Views Share Tweet Email25 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 19 Comments center_img Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 8:30 AM By Christina Finn SIX MEMBERS OF this family from Loughrea in County Galway lived to see their 100th birthday, which relatives hope will mean another world record is on its way.In 2014, the family were awarded a Guinness World Record for having the most family members reach 100 years of age.Last week, Sheila Burns nee Clarke from Castlenancy, Mullagh, Loughrea, celebrated her 100th birthday. She is the youngest of her family of thirteen. Madge and Sheila (2012)Five of her family members previously reached 100 with Madge Fanning (Clarke) celebrating the milestone birthday last year.Her brother Joe Clarke was the first to reach the milestone in 2001. His brother Charlie followed in 2002, then Pat in 2003, Jimmy in 2006 and Madge in 2014.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Madge’s son Joe Fanning said they have filed documents with the Guinness World Records again to update their award, which he was told would be pretty straight forward.“This time around it is a lot easier, as it is only one set of marriage, birth certificates etc I need to send away.”Fanning says the family were very close and led full lives. The Clarke family is made up of nine boys and four girls, six in the 100 club, four in the ninety, one in the eighty club, one in the seventy club and one in the fifty club.Charles Clarke (1902 – 2002) was taken by the Black and Tans in 1921 and was kept in the Curragh for over a year. “He was a founder member of An Garda Siochana in 1922, and was presented with his 100th birthday cheque from the Garda Commissioner in a ceremony in his honour,” explained Joe.Joe Clarke (1901 – 2002) died just one day after celebrating his 101st birthday, while his brother Pat Clarke (1903-2005) died seven months after celebrating his 101th.James (Jimmy) Clarke (1906-2009) emigrated to New York in 1927. “He left and Hubert, his brother followed. They knew that the small farm they had in Galway could not sustain the whole family so they did what many people did and left. Jimmy died in New York four months before his 103rd birthday.”Madge was born in 1914. She met her husband, a Dublin man called James and moved to Dublin to live in Skerries in 1937 where she opened a seaside shop.Sheila, the latest to enter the 100-year club was married and later moved to Portumna.She ran a grocery and butcher shop. She has lived in Portumna Retirement Village for the last eight years. Last weekend she celebrated her birthday with close family there. Margaret Clarke (Coen) – Sheila’s mother who died in 1975.The Clarke family go one step further, with Sheila’s mother also living until she was 101. However, she sadly died as a result of a motor crash.So what is their secret?Joe Fanning told TheJournal.ie he would also like to know.He said he has written to specialists in DNA testing to see if it is possible to see why his family have such longevity.My granny, (Madge’s mother who lived to be 101) always said everything in moderation is good for you,” he said, who said that tragically his grandmother died at 101 in a motor accident while out shopping for an outfit for one of her grandchildren’s weddings. At the time of her death she had seventy nine grandchildren. http://jrnl.ie/3185510 Clarke Family 1998 – Sheila, Madge, Cias, Jack and Cha, Hubert, James, Pat and Joe(Joe, Cha, Pat, James, Madge and Sheila – all reached the age of 100) Source: Eamon O’Daly“They were all just very easy going,” explained Joe, who added that his mother has no real answer to give as to why they live so long, other that they never got overly-excited or stressed out,” said Joe.Madge also said none of them were big drinkers, with some of them never touching a drink. The Clarke family.Read: ‘I forgot to give them a receipt’: James Reilly referred to gardaí by Sipo over €1k election donation>Read: John Halligan says he’s secured a mobile cath lab for Waterford hospital>last_img read more

4 hurt in crash south of Chehalis

first_imgFour people, three from Vancouver, were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 south of Chehalis Saturday afternoon.According to the Washington State Patrol, Portland’s Javier A. Espinoza, 36, and Vancouver’s Brandon L. Walton, 43, were both heading north on about 16 miles south of Chehalis.Around 1:30 p.m, Walton slowed down for traffic, the state patrol said, but Espinozawho was behind him, couldn’t stop in time. His car struck a road barrier on the left and the rear of Walton’s pickup.Walton and two passengers, 40-year-old Jamie L. Walton and 51-year-old Tyrone D. Green, both of Vancouver, were hurt and taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.A passenger in Espinoza’s car, Portland’s Lynn R. Kneeland, 42, was also hurt and hospitalized.Their statuses were unavailable. Espinoza was not injured, the state patrol said.Troopers cited him for following too closely.last_img read more

Supply collections for Irma victims held in Miami West Palm Beach

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – As the Florida Keys continue to deal with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma, concerned South Floridians are lending a helping hand.Several local organizations such as the University of Miami Student Athlete Association, Checkers and many more participated in a two-day event over the weekend to help collect supplies in West Palm Beach for victims in dire need.A trailer loaded with water, clothing and whatever people asked for will be stopping in Marathon and Big Pine Key to drop off all the supplies collected at that event.Participants said they were just happy to give back. “When I heard that they were devastated with the hurricane, I felt kind of guilty that we didn’t get hit,” said event organizer Becky Prada. “We were fortunate. We dodged a bullet in South Florida, and they were hit so hard, and I wanted to help out and give them whatever we could.”South Florida churches are also stepping up to help out. The Archdiocese of Miami is collecting money and supplies for victims of Irma. Funds will go toward rebuilding and restoring communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Driver hospitalized after car plunges into Sunrise canal

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took one person to the hospital after their car plunged into a canal in Sunrise.Sunrise Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash on State Road 84 near Sawgrass Expressway, at around 6 a.m., Saturday.Officials said the person inside the car was able to get out of the car before crews arrived. There was no one else inside the vehicle.Paramedics transported the victim to Cleveland Clinic with injuries that were not life-threatening.The car was later removed from the canal.There is no word yet on what caused the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ambler Road access project scoping period extended

first_imgThere’s more time to provide input on what should be considered in an environmental impact statement for the proposed Ambler Road project. The Bureau of Land Management has extended the EIS scoping period for the over 200-mile state proposed mining access route in the southern Brooks Range.Listen nowThe BLM noticed the start of the scoping period at the end of February. Originally scheduled to run 90 days and end May 31, the BLM said scoping will now continue until January 31st, with public meetings happening in fall and early winter, to avoid conflict with spring and summer subsistence seasons.Scoping is the first step in the federal EIS process. The state owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is shepherding the road project, which would cross federal lands, including Gates of the Arctic National Park. The road is actively opposed by many area residents, concerned about environmental and subsistence impacts.last_img read more

SC goes on summer vacation

first_imgSupreme CourtThe Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Sunday went on a month long summer vacation.The SC will resume its regular work on 2 October.During the vacation from Sunday to Thursday the Appellate Division office will work from 8:30am to 3:30pm (except weekends and government holidays).last_img

Headmaster Fired for Secret Cryptomining Operation at School

first_img It can be tough to turn a profit by mining cryptocurrencies. High-end hardware is expensive and has a voracious appetite for electricity. If you really want to turn a profit, you need to look for ways to keep your costs down. For some miners, that means setting up mining rigs somewhere that all the waste heat they produce can be put to good use. Others might take a shadier approachThe headmaster of a school in China decided to boost his bottom line by plugging in to free power. Free to him, anyway. He decided to take his rigs to work and let the school foot the bill.While it saved on electricity, the move ultimately came with a substantial cost: his job. The headmaster was unceremoniously fired once his operation has discovered, according to BBC News.AdChoices广告Lei Hua, the head of Puman Middle School in China’s Hunan Province, reportedly started out with a single $1500 machine set up at his home to mine Ethereum. However, he quickly decided that he didn’t want to continue footing the bill to power the rig.Once the system was set up at the school it was time to scale up. Lei purchased another seven mining rigs. His deputy headmaster got in on the action, too, purchasing a ninth system. Never hurts to add more hashing power, right?Well, it doesn’t until the people around you start to notice all the fan noise. After a school employee had reported the unusually high electricity consumption to Lei, the headmaster tried to dismiss those complaints by blaming the school’s air conditioners and heaters, the South China Morning Post reported. He couldn’t blame network disruptions on environmental controls, however.The additional network traffic from the cryptomining raised suspicions. The mining setup started to cause bottlenecks on the school’s LAN and disrupting lessons.By the time it was busted, investigators believe that the mining operation had consumed more than $2,100 in electricity.And as crazy as this story might seem, it’s not even close to the craziest secret crypto operation that’s been busted. Back in February, Russian authorities found one running in a top-secret nuclear facility.More on Geek.com:German Museum Exhibits the Art of BlockchainBitcoin Mining Puts a Massive Strain on ElectricityOscar Mayer Trades Bacoin Cryptocurrency for Actual Bacon Facebook Is Making Cryptocurrency Because We’ve Learned NothingCops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation Instead Stay on targetlast_img read more

Red letter night for TSAX award winners

first_imgRising Star of the Year Award winner Emma Jones from Travelscene Mount Martha Travelscene American Express (TSAX) members painted Cairns red last night at their National Consultants Conference (NCC) Star Awards Dinner, honouring Emma Jones as Rising Star of the Year, and Amy Donald, Consultant of the Year.Amid cheers from an enthusiastic and supportive crowd who were dressed to the nines in the ‘touch of red’ theme, Emma Jones from Travelscene Mount Martha and Amy Donald from Lifestyle Travel Ballarat took the stage at the Cairns Convention Centre to accept their coveted awards. Travelscene American Express General Manager Jacqui Timmins said the Awards were an important opportunity for the network to credit its success to its members and their frontline consultants.“By celebrating the success of consultants’ contribution to our members’ businesses and our network overall, we are recognising the critical role that passionate and committed professionals play in converting inquiries into repeat business,” Ms Timmins said. “It’s the work of individuals like Emma and Amy that keep clients coming back to our Members time and time again.”The State Quantum Consultant Award winners were also announced in recognition of their support of the preferred partner reward program:Travelscene at South West Travel, NSWPulse Travel, QLD/Nthn NSWTravelcentre Bendigo, Vic/TasPhil Hoffmann Travel – Glenelg, SAThe Travel Emporium, WA Consultant of the Year Award winner Amy Donald from Lifestyle Travel Ballarat Jacqui Timmins with this year’s winnerscenter_img Check out pictures from the night here. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Award success for North West Tourism operators

first_imgSource = Australia’s North West Tourism The tourism industry of Western Australia honoured its high achievers at a gala event on Saturday at the Burswood Entertainment Complex, with many of the category winners coming from the State’s North.CEO of Australia’s North West, Glen Chidlow, paid credit to industry representatives of the region, saying “The tourism operators in the North West are excellent ambassadors for the Pilbara and Kimberley, and they continue to deliver a world class experience for the many visitors to the region.”The big winner on the night was the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, who commenced proceedings by receiving lifetime achievement awards in several categories, before finishing the evening with winning the prestigious Sir David Brand Award for Tourism. A family operated business, Willie Creek Pearl Farm has positioned itself as a must-do tour for visitors to Broome, and has helped greatly in providing a better understanding of the pearling industry and its importance to Broome.The recently re-constructed Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, located just to the south of Broome, also excelled in collecting 3 category awards; Indigenous Tourism, Unique Accommodation, and the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.Other North West category winners on the night included the Pinctada Cable Beach Spa Resort for Luxury Accommodation, The Kununurra Country Club Resort for Deluxe Accommodation, Kimberley Wild Expeditions for Tour/Transport Operator, Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises for Ecotourism, and the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster for Festivals and Events.The Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa also received a lifetime achievement award in the category of Luxury Accommodation. Other finalists from the region also received recognition for silver and bronze awards in their respective categories including Home Valley Station, the Kununurra Visitor Centre, Habitat Resort Broome and Uptuyu Adventures.“The North West may be rich in natural attractions but it is the operators themselves who have made the region such a sort-after holiday destination” said Mr Chidlow.“The success of the region as a world class destination is testament to their passion and expertise.”last_img read more