first_img Posted by LONDON — Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.Popular ports include the Caribbean’s St. Maarten, which receives visits from lines including P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay which is visited by a number of cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line.For the British Isles and Western Europe awards, Amsterdam, which sees calls from the likes of Regent Seven Seas and Azamara Club Cruises was rated top, while Cork’s Cobh and Glasgow’s Greenock ranked second and third respectively.UK travellers rated Baltic destinations in their top three, with Stockholm first, followed by Tallinn and Copenhagen.Here’s a list of First Place Cruise Destinations:More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTop-Rated British Isles and Western Europe Port: AmsterdamTop-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier BayTop-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery IslandTop-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: SydneyTop-Rated Private Islands Port: Castaway CayTop-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. PetersburgTop-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. MaartenTop-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: BonaireTop-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: CozumelTop-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: VeniceTop Rated European River Port: ParisTop Rated Western Mediterranean Port: BarcelonaTop-Rated Hawaii Port: KauaiTop-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port:  Puerto VallartaTop-Rated US & Canada Port: San FranciscoFor the full list of winners, go to cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/destination-awards/. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 What are the world’s top cruise destinations? Cruise Critic says Amsterdam, St. Maarten & more << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Michael Smith last_img read more

first_imgCunard’s 4th ship: 113,000 tons, 3,000 passengers Share << Previous PostNext Post >> VALENCIA, CA — Cunard is adding a fourth ship to its fleet, with a scheduled delivery date in 2022.Carnival Corporation & plc signed the memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A., Italy, to build the new Cunard vessel, as part of the company’s plans for the future of Cunard globally.The as-yet-unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, marking the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand has had four ships in simultaneous service.Cunard has invested over US$172 million refurbishing the flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria.Alongside a lineup of new itineraries featuring new destinations and special event voyages for 2018 and 2019, Cunard has also added new bar and dining signatures, entertainment offerings and brand partners across the fleet.“Cunard continues the legacy of our liners with the commissioning of a magnificent new ship. It’s an especially fitting time with the recent 50th anniversary of the beloved Queen Elizabeth 2 marking the occasion,” says Josh Leibowitz, Senior VP, Cunard, North America. “We are proud to share Cunard’s enduring luxury liner experience with future generations to be enjoyed the world over.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureCunard says it will be revealing details about the new ship during the course of 2018 and through to the ship’s launch. To see an animated video of the new ship click here.Cunard has also released a few fast facts about the new build:The new 113,000-ton ship will carry 3,000 guestsThe new cruise ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag since the company’s founding in 1839It’s Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years, since the launch of Queen Elizabeth in 2010Travel agents interested looking for more information are asked to call their BDM, visit OneSource or call Cunard at 1-800-528-6273. Monday, September 25, 2017 center_img Posted by Tags: Cunard Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Timescenter_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Marijuana advocates marched Saturday in San José to encourage legalization of the drug for medical, industrial, alimentary and recreational purposes. About 70 people marched from San José’s central park to the Plaza de la Democracia where leaders of the movement and pot users gave speeches to the crowd.The groups Movimiento Cannábico Costarricense and Cannabis Medicinal Costa Rica organized the march with the help of other legalization supporters. Gerald Murray, director of Cannabis Medicinal Costa Rica, told The Tico Times that the group supports medical use of the plant with full liberties, including home growing, dispensary sales and use of the plant to treat diseases like stress, depression, AIDS and cancer.“The fact that the board of directors of the Costa Rican Social Security System said recently that cannabis is medicinal is very important because now we can show lawmakers all the scientific proof there is out there,” Murray said.Long-time users of the plant also talked about the benefits they had received from it. Others spoke of its multi-faceted potential.“It’s very important to mention the other uses of the plant, not only its use as a drug but also its use for food and industrial purposes,” said José Trejos, a legalization supporter. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Medical marijuana proposal in Costa Rica gets Health Ministry review Cost of drug war in Costa Rica too high, says former police officer Canada’s next big move? It may be legalizing pot. Colombia legalizes medical marijuanalast_img read more

first_imgThe majority of BBC staff are now based outside of London for the first time in the corporation’s history, with the shift to the regions occurring one year ahead of target. The BBC set a 12-year target in 2004 to have half its staff working in regional offices, with staff moves to Media City in Salford and Pacific Quay in Glasgow, as well as the closure of TV Centre and other London premises, designed to change the geographical bias of the BBC and make it more representative of the UK as a whole.Announcing the milestone, the BBC said that In 2007 London accounted for 58% of BBC staff, whereas now this figure has fallen to 49%.Of the non-London based staff, 17% of the corporation’s workforce is now in Salford. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland account for a further 18%, while 15% are spread throughout the rest of England.“We have sold off costly London buildings like Television Centre and moved more of our staff and programmes into the regions. It is all part of our plan to make the BBC ever more efficient and reflective of the country, with more than half our staff based outside London. The savings we are making mean more of the licence fee than ever is going on producing the best quality shows,” said Anne Bulford, the BBC’s managing director of finance and operations.last_img read more

first_img With the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passing a recommendation to bomb Syria, including McCain’s amendment to directly support the rebels, we are moving toward a new rise in the war spending trajectory. For a historical perspective, below you see a chart I developed in 2007. It calculates the inflation-adjusted costs of the Vietnam War and estimates that the war with Iraq would cost over $1 trillion or 37% more than the Vietnam War. Expenditures in Vietnam led to a self-reinforcing cycle of higher interest rates and inflation during the 1970s—leading in no small part to Nixon’s decision to remove the $35 per ounce gold exchange rate for the dollar, and to interest rates eventually rising to almost 20%. This article is about why I think interest rates are heading higher, viewed through the context of the politics of the US government’s next war. While I’d prefer to convince the world to change its course toward a more peaceful future, given the futility of trying to do so, I’ll use my time with you today presenting data, analysis, and a few opinions about the economic consequences of the march toward war that US policy is now set upon. The chart below combines defense, veterans benefits, homeland security, the State Department, and defense-related interest payments, to create a more comprehensive picture of our military spending. The chart shows the dollars spent each year; no correction is made for inflation or the relative growth of our economy and population. Such re-jiggering would make World War II and earlier wars appear more dramatic. The key point is that the US is spending a huge amount of money on its international security. With each war, or rumor of war, that came along, military spending increased. Following Iraq, we added another war in Libya and extended the war in Afghanistan far longer than planned. The combined costs, by my calculations, have now reached around $3.4 trillion. My method is simple: I add up the military spending that exceeds the 2002 level for all the years since then. If we hadn’t been facing significant international conflicts, I believe the military spending baseline of $507 billion in 2002 would have remained fairly static. The $3.4 trillion is just the increase over that baseline to date. Using the modest projections from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), my estimate is that by 2018, all future increases combined could easily add up to another $2.5 trillion. It could be much more, and it might even be less, but the most reasonable expectation is that the current crop of politicians will spend at least at that level. Those who want war seem to be able to get war. That is my basic assumption. Along the way, Congress is supposed to deal with its self-imposed ceiling on federal debt, now set at $16.73 trillion. In fact, the operations of government have already exceeded that level, but the federal government is adept at playing Enron-like games. Current Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew says he can hold off hitting the ceiling until mid-October, when the government would hypothetically shut down without Congress’ authorization for a raise. For the record, Newt Gingrich actually forced such a shutdown to happen under the Clinton presidency, which resulted in the government being forced to actually take tangible measures to cut spending at the time. The chart below shows the amount of current outstanding government debt as reported by the Treasury. The flat line at the right of the chart is the suppression of debt financing the government is now undertaking in the attempt to avoid a shutdown. Being completely distracted by the situation in Syria, Congress is not addressing the fiscal issues, and time is running out. The last time this crisis became important was in 2011, when the stock market dropped, our government debt rating was downgraded by S&P, and Congress legislated the sequester on spending that only slowed but certainly didn’t reverse the government’s accumulation of debt. Of course, this debt crisis will be resolved, as it has been in the past, by raising the ceiling. The focus on war probably means that the immigration bill won’t reach final approval, that efforts to derail Obamacare won’t reach political mass, and we already know that gun control has pretty much seen its day and gone away. But war spending and government deficits are here to stay. The attitude of our leaders is clear: they don’t care what the people think, they will be moving ahead with more spending on wars, continuing to worsen the deficit, ultimately leading to further debasement of the currency. That means higher prices, leading to inflation, and higher interest rates. On that last point, as you can see in the chart here, the rate on the benchmark 10-Year Treasury is now just two basis points below 3% and moving higher as I write: There is, of course, much more to this discussion than time and space allow for here. In the next edition of The Casey Report, I’ll go into details on what’s coming and the specific actions you can take to successfully invest in an environment of rising interest rates. As it is standard policy at Casey Research to offer risk-free 3-month trials with money-back guarantee for all our publications, you can sign up to read my deeper research in the next edition of The Casey Report by clicking here.last_img read more

first_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,569.92 15,187.71 12,845.06 Oil 93.29 97.38 108.37 Rock & Stock Stats Last Gold 1,268.80 1,284.60 1,372.60 One Year Ago Dear Reader, We want to know what you think. In his article below, Jeff Clark outlines several reasons to be bullish or bearish on precious metals. You know what we think, but we’re interested in your take—and your intentions. If you’re game, please send an email to subscribers@caseyresearch.com and in 25 words or fewer, tell us your position and reasoning. For example: BOLD: Wall Street is due for a fall, and gold will rise in response. HOLD: Phony government numbers have fooled the public into thinking all is well, so gold may not rise for some time. FOLD: Obama saved us all, and you guys don’t know what you’re talking about. I only subscribe because I think Jeff Clark is cute. We may quote some of the more interesting remarks (light editing for grammar/spelling only), but will include only a first name and last initial to respect your privacy. Note that we recognize various points of view, which is why we have some bets on metals other than gold and silver—our platinum-palladium miner has worked out quite well this year, for instance—and we’ve taken out a new “gold insurance policy” via puts on GLD, in case the market turns against us for a while. The latter is already in the black, as of last week. Remember also that Doug Casey always says that smart speculators don’t put all their eggs in one basket, which is why these dispatches focus on metals and mining on Mondays and other market sectors on other days. Our colleagues in other Casey departments have some great opportunities shaping up. The right tech specs, for example, could hedge your mineral exploration specs. Some of our tech picks have already yielded triple-digit returns this year. As it happens, we’re offering subscribers our best bargain on a subscription package deal, but only for a limited time. When you upgrade your subscription to a Casey OnePass, you get ALL of our monthly newsletters for $1,749 per year. That’s over $2,000 off. Special discounts for Alert subscribers apply. Check it out, diversify, and don’t miss out. Sincerely, Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Gold Producers (GDX) 25.07 26.10 27.53center_img Silver 19.20 19.83 23.21 Silver Stocks (SIL) 12.75 13.70 15.09 Copper 3.16 3.20 3.24 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 39.30 41.33 46.07 One Month Ago TSX Venture 994.89 993.87 947.78last_img read more

first_imgA disabled lawyer could seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s draft budget, which he claims discriminates against disabled people by cutting hundreds of millions of pounds from local authority funding.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), director of Legal Spark Law Centre in Glasgow, is discussing a possible legal action with disabled people and their organisations concerned about the implications of this month’s budget.He said Legal Spark was being contacted by increasing numbers of disabled people who have faced “unfair reassessments” of their support packages by cost-cutting councils, even before the SNP budget saw proposed cuts of £350 million to council funding, a reduction of 3.5 per cent.Donaldson said: “We cannot see how the Scottish government’s current budget complies with their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.“It is reasonably foreseeable that if you cut services within the public sector, that the people who rely the most on those services will be adversely affected.“Disabled people and the carers of disabled people rely on the support they receive from the public sector.“It is therefore arguable that the budget proposed by the finance secretary discriminates against both disabled people and their carers.“No-one should have to face discrimination, or have their dignity violated as a result of cuts in the public sector.”Donaldson pointed to last week’s statement by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), which described the budget cuts as “totally unacceptable” and “catastrophic for jobs and services within Scottish local government”, including those for older and disabled people.He is hoping to avoid a judicial review by obtaining a written pledge from finance secretary John Swinney that support for disabled people and carers will not be cut as a result of the budget.A Scottish government spokeswoman said its budget “does not discriminate” and that its budget equality statement had been an “integral part” of the budget process.She said: “Despite ongoing cuts to our budget as a result of the UK government’s continuing austerity programme, the Scottish government is continuing to protect people and treat local government very fairly with settlements maintained on a like-for-like basis over 2012-16.“This is part of an overall budget which has protected the third sector and equality budgets, maintained welfare mitigation funding, invested in energy efficiency and fuel poverty measures, and will see us boost the supply of affordable homes and homes for social rent.“Local government in Scotland starts from a healthy base, especially compared to the position in England where councils faced a significant real terms cut in funding.“This funding proposal delivers a strong but challenging financial settlement for local government which will be strengthened by our joint working to improve outcomes for local people through health and social care integration.”But Donaldson said that the Scottish government’s Fly the Flag for Human Rights campaign and its consultation on implementing the UN disability convention were meaningless unless it took positive action to give “tangible meaning” to words such as “equality, human rights, dignity and respect”.He is now hoping to hear from more disabled people interested in taking legal action against the Scottish government*.*Daniel Donaldson can be contacted via email at contact@legalspark.co.uklast_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to depart Earth next summer and make its way to the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, about 4 million miles from its surface. 4 min read NASA NASA Preps to ‘Touch’ the Sun With Parker Solar Probe Add to Queue Chloe Albanesius June 1, 2017 Executive Editor, PCMagcenter_img Image credit: NASA via PC Mag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Plans are being made to shuttle humans to Mars in the next decade or so, but NASA is also eyeing a much hotter endeavor — touching the sun (sort of).The space agency’s Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to depart Earth next summer and make its way to the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, about 4 million miles from its surface. While that’s not exactly “touching” the sun, NASA explains, it’s more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before, and will hopefully help answer key questions scientists have long had about the sun. “These questions are so simple,” Nicola Fox, mission project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said during a Wednesday event in Chicago. “Why is the corona hotter than the surface of the sun? That defies the laws of nature. It’s like water flowing uphill; it shouldn’t happen. Why in this region does the solar atmosphere suddenly get so energized that it escapes from the pull of the sun and bathes all the planets?”NASA also expects to gather information that will “allow us to better forecast how our Earth’s environment responds to the sun [and] better predict space weather,” Fox said.Today’s event was in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker, a pioneer of solar wind research. When it takes off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center next summer, the solar probe will bear Parker’s name, NASA announced today, the first time the agency has named a spacecraft for someone who is still alive.”The solar probe is going to a region of space that has never been explored before,” Parker said in a statement. “It’s very exciting that we’ll finally get a look. One would like to have some more detailed measurements of what’s going on in the solar wind. I’m sure that there will be some surprises. There always are.”At this point, the Solar Probe team is building and testing the spacecraft. Several instruments are already integrated and most of them should be attached by the end of the summer, Fox said. By year’s end, it will move to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where the probe will be put through its paces and make sure it can withstand the type of heat it will encounter in the sun’s corona. It will then move to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Those scorching temperatures are the main reason it’s taken so long for this type of mission to get off the ground. When Parker first started his research nearly 60 years ago, “the materials didn’t exist to allow us to be able to do it,” Fox said.Now, the team has created heat shields that can largely handle the sun’s heat. The corona’s temperatures can soar to a couple million degrees Fahrenheit, and while the Parker Solar Probe won’t get that close, the corona will still be about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. With the heat shield, though, the instruments tucked in its shadow will be room temperature, according to Fox.The probe will also encounter very cold temperatures as it uses Venus’s gravity during seven flybys over nearly seven years to gradually bring its orbit closer to the sun. “Getting something that will withstand that kind of thing is really revolutionary,” Fox said.The launch window is currently set for July 31 to Aug. 19, 2018. Register Now » Next Article last_img read more

first_img Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. March 25, 2016 Add to Queue Next Article Television You may think social-media-obsessed millennials aren’t plunking down to watch television,But in fact, according to Nielsen’s latest Total Audience Report, on average, people ages 18 to 34 spent two hours and 45 minutes watching live TV each day and one hour, 23 minutes with TV-connected devices. That’s a total of four hours, eight minutes in front of the small screen.Related: Millennials ‘Are Great Problems to Have’Still, compared to older generations, millennials spent the least amount of time with traditional methods of media consumption, such as cable or satellite.However, as researchers broke down the group into different categories — dependent, independent and starting a family — the numbers changed a bit.For example, for those starting a family, they were more likely to have cable or satellite. Dependents spent less time watching TV and more time outside and independents watched more from streaming services and spent the least amount of time in the great outdoors. The group also had more on-the-go devices.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemOverall, millennials are going to find a way to consume media and watch TV no matter what stage they are in life. But is that really surprising? Besides, what millennial is going to pay for cable when they could watch almost anything online whenever they want for less or free?See the full report at Variety. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Millennials’ TV Habits Contrast Sharply Based on Where They Are in Life Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Lindsay Friedman Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Image credit: Shutterstock –shares Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 14 2019Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory disease of the small airways in the lungs, affects 16 million Americans and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Identifying small airway disease in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable, could potentially lead to new drug therapies for those with COPD, researchers say.However, it has been difficult for physicians to identify abnormalities of the small airways non-invasively; the tiny bronchioles that are first damaged in COPD, which are less than 2 mm in internal diameter, are simply too small to be visualized on CT imaging, and are not well-reflected by pulmonary function tests.In a landmark study funded by the NHLBI, an international team of researchers led by Michigan Medicine confirmed the ability of a non-invasive imaging biomarker to identify small airway damage in COPD.In the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the researchers report on the ability of a relatively new technique, called Parametric Response Mapping (PRM), to identify small airway abnormality in COPD. Invented at Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan’s academic medical center, by Brian Ross, Ph.D., professor of radiology and biological chemistry and Craig Galban, Ph.D., associate professor of radiology, PRM is a non-invasive technique that measures lung density during inhalation and exhalation.The team examined lung tissue from patients with COPD undergoing lung transplantation as well as those with healthy donated tissue. Researchers then mapped those samples back to the CT scans taken before surgery.They confirmed that PRM was able to non-invasively identify small airway loss, narrowing and obstruction. This technical feat required the collaboration of large, multi-disciplinary teams of radiologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and pathologists in multiple locations across two countries, all activated around the clock due to the unpredictable nature of transplant surgery.Related StoriesNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behavior3D mammograms increasing in popularity for breast cancer screening in the USASenior author MeiLan Han, M.D., a lung specialist and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, says, “Now we have confidence in our ability to identify airway disease when imaging COPD patients. PRM is already clinically available and used by University of Michigan clinical teams to assess patients with COPD. This is what we mean by bench to bedside medicine.”While these studies were performed in patients with severe disease, in another NHLBI funded study, COPDGene, the PRM-defined small airway abnormalities have been detected on CT scans of patients with milder disease and help to predict patients who will lose lung function. Han notes, however, “We still need to validate the type of airway disease the PRM technique identifies in patients with milder disease. That type of lung tissue is more difficult to obtain, but we are working on techniques that would allow us to use smaller amounts of lung tissue to make such studies feasible.”Currently, there is no cure for or way to reverse COPD. Lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking, and treatment with bronchodilators and inhaled steroids can help expand airways and reduce inflammation. Surgery to remove damaged lung tissue and lung transplantation are options for some patients with severe disease. By helping to identify patients at risk for disease progression, PRM can serve as a non-invasive measure to aid clinical trials of new therapeutics, the researchers concluded.”These results illustrate the importance of developing non-invasive techniques for improving diagnostic capabilities and advancing new therapies needed to tackle this devastating disease,” says James Kiley, Ph.D., director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “The refinement of this and similar approaches could also advance the study of COPD at its earliest stages of development.” Source:https://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201903/non-invasive-imaging-technique-valid-identifying-smalllast_img read more

first_img Explore further His firm behind the project—”The Boring Company”—wants to create tunnels that link up with existing subway lines to “complement the system”.During the presentation in Los Angeles Thursday, Musk showed a video explaining the tunnels. Passengers would embark at ground-level into an 16-person shuttle—an elevator of sorts, which then joins a high-speed, electricity-powered network that travels at up to 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour.)The idea is for the vehicles to offer a service somewhere between riding a subway and traveling in a private car—and for just $1, passengers could reach downtown LA from its international airport in under 10 minutes.The Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s long term vision is for the tunnels to also serve his Hyperloop ultra high-speed pod project—which he says would cut the six hour drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles to just 30 minutes.”We’re aiming to go over 300 miles an hour in a vacuum tunnel,” Musk said. Citation: Elon Musk presents underground LA tunnel project (2018, May 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-elon-musk-underground-la-tunnel.html Entrepreneur Elon Musk has given updated details of a project to build high-speed transport tunnels underneath Los Angeles in a bid to combat traffic and said he wanted to work with the city’s subway operator. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Elon Musk says LA-area test tunnel almost complete (Update) © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

first_img Journal information: Science of the Total Environment EPFL researchers have developed a simulator that can calculate the performance of wind farms over 30 years while also factoring in the need to preserve local biodiversity. Tested at a site in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, the simulator could be applied to the Swiss Jura region, which has a similar landscape. A wind turbine in the Romanian Carpathians. Credit: © 2018 University of Bucharest More information: Jiannong Fang et al. Shifts in wind energy potential following land-use driven vegetation dynamics in complex terrain, Science of The Total Environment (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.083 Three EPFL labs were involved in developing the model in partnership with the University of Bucharest in Romania. Researchers from the Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Laboratory (WIRE), the Ecological Systems Laboratory (ECOS) and the Laboratory of Geographic Information Systems (LASIG) pooled their data and models with those of experts from the University of Bucharest’s Centre of Landscape–Territory–Information Systems (CeLTIS) as part of a ground-breaking initiative in wind energy. Their aim is to provide the local authorities with a model they can use to simulate in a given landscape the wind energy potential in the long term, taking into account the evolution of the landscape and its biodiversity: the model allows to integrate for instance the role of agricultural land use. This is important for striking the right balance between arable land and pastureland, which can help to generate strong winds, and natural woodland, where the trees tend to reduce the performance of wind farms.This study was part of the WindLand project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, through a scientific partnership involving SCCER-FURIES, InnoSuisse and Romania. The case study simulated the impact of land use policy on wind energy potential and biodiversity in the Southern Carpathians, even though no such project is in the pipeline for the moment.Don’t shoot for maximum productionFor authorities interested in building a wind farm, the model provides data on how much wind energy can be produced and how heterogeneous the landscape has to be in order to preserve local biodiversity. According to the study, if the surrounding area is predominantly woodland, the wind farm will produce only 60% of its maximum capacity and biodiversity will be moderate. On the other hand, if the area is totally cleared for pasture and intensive farming, the wind farm will be at full production but biodiversity will be considerably reduced owing to the mundane landscape.When the right balance is struck between agricultural land and forest, the wind farm can maintain 70–80% of its production capacity, and biodiversity remains high because of the heterogeneous landscape and diverse habitats. Another advantage of this multidisciplinary coupled model is that it quantifies the wind farm’s energy production throughout its useful life. Citation: Striking the right balance between wind energy and biodiversity (2018, June 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-energy-biodiversity.html Explore further Impacts of windfarm construction on harbor porpoises Provided by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne The topography and landscape of the Carpathian Mountains are similar to those of Switzerland’s Jura region, with mountains – ranging from 930 to 1,400 meters – dotted with forests, fields and pastures, as well as isolated tress. The model could therefore be applied in Switzerland as well.Finding a compromise”Our findings show that it’s possible to reach a compromise between biodiversity and wind-energy production and that trying to achieve maximum energy output straightaway is an error,” explains Jiannong Fang, a researcher at the WIRE Lab and lead author of the study, which was published in the June issue of Science of the Total Environment, in partnership with Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).A physicist by training, Fang learned to speak the language of his ecology and geography colleagues in the ECOS and LASIG labs in order to integrate economic, agronomic, social, environmental and topographic data into his model. “Thanks to the models from those labs, I was able to improve my wind energy predictions and extend them over the long term,” says Fang. “I was also able to look at how the landscape and surrounding forest could be developed and how this would impact wind energy potential.”Since the fall of communism, large patches of wooded pastureland, which covered half of the Carpathian region, have been left abandoned. These areas used to be very biodiverse, and the strong winds would have made them an ideal spot for a wind farm. But today the forest is claiming back its territory. The simulator developed by EPFL aims to determine how the landscape can be used effectively for wind production while also preserving the region’s current biodiversity.Jiannong Fang is looking to further hone his model: “Climate change may have a slight impact on our findings. Adding various climate scenarios relating, for instance, to changes in humidity and vegetation would make our model’s predictions even more reliable and could be the topic of a future work.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Explore further Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said Wednesday that its 5G business has not been impacted by the recent US sanctions amid a prolonged trade war between the world’s two largest economies. US chip firm says it can ‘lawfully’ sell some items to Huawei The Trump administration has been pressing other countries to ban Huawei equipment from their networks “I can clearly tell everyone here that our current 5G technology solutions are completely unaffected by the sanctions,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s deputy chairman, during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.”For the contracts that we have signed and the ones that we are going to sign in the future, we can fully guarantee the supply to our customers.”The Trump administration has been pressing other countries to ban Huawei equipment from their networks, particularly in the coming rollout of super-fast 5G networks, a global project in which Huawei had been expected to play a leading role.Huawei said it has signed 50 commercial contracts for 5G with a majority of European clients and that it will continue to maintain or even increase investment in the next-generation wireless network.”Huawei has already invested $4 billion into 5G and our investment strategy will not change in the next stage,” Hu said.Huawei’s booth at the Mobile World Congress, decorated with signs saying “5G is on”, showcased its 5G technology used in mines in central China and electronic companies in South Korea.US semiconductor firm Micron Technology said Tuesday it had resumed some sales to Huawei despite the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds.Reports also emerged in recent days that the Trump administration was considering requiring 5G equipment in US networks to be made outside mainland China—a requirement that analysts said could reset the entire supply chain.”The Huawei issue already goes beyond 5G, it’s the whole telecommunications food chain ecosystem affected end to end,” said Stephane Teral, an executive director and telecommunications analyst with IHS Markit.Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said earlier this month that its overseas smartphone sales had fallen by up to 40 percent as a result of the ban.Trump’s administration fears Huawei systems could be used by Beijing for espionage purposes, allegations that the company has vigorously denied.center_img Citation: Huawei says 5G ‘business as usual’ despite US sanctions (2019, June 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-huawei-5g-business-usual-sanctions.html © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img PETALING JAYA: Limkokwing University of Creative Technology was informed of the death of its student Thomas Orhions Ewansiha on Thursday (July 11) while in custody over his visa status.UPDATE: Nigerian tried to flee during raid, says ImmigrationThe university said a request was made by a member of the Nigerian Embassy at 11.33am on Thursday (July 11) to share the student’s records.This was to confirm that he was indeed the person who died while being detained to verify his visa status. Related News “We immediately responded by making all files available to the embassy.“To our knowledge, Mr Thomas (Ewansiha ) was detained on July 5 at a public place in Kuala Lumpur during a raid,” the university said in a statement on Friday (July 12).Ewansiha, who was pursuing his PhD in management, was married with two young children.The university said Ewansiha was a member of its postgraduate centre.“He was an inspired young man. We offer our condolences to his family and many close friends.“We have no further information at this time. We are grateful for calm and understanding during this difficult time,” it said.On Thursday, a group of Nigerians reportedly held a protest outside the Nigerian high commission in Kuala Lumpur.The Star has reached out to the police for more information. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Culture 07 Jul 2019 The ‘Mona Lisa’ Is Coming To Kuala Lumpur Related News Limkokwing , Student , Death Tags / Keywords: Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/12/limkokwing-confirms-phd-student-died-in-custody/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:2401:24 last_img read more

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