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first_imgNew Delhi: The Bimal Jalan committee, which is looking into the size of capital reserves that the RBI should hold, will have one more meeting before finalising its report to be submitted to the apex bank by month-end.The six-member panel under former RBI governor Jalan was appointed on December 26, 2018, to review the Economic Capital Framework (ECF) for the Reserve Bank after the Finance Ministry wanted the RBI to follow global best practices and transfer more surplus to the government. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe RBI has over Rs 9.6 lakh crore surplus capital with it. “The ECF panel will meet one more time and will submit the report by month-end,” an official told reporters here after the meeting. The ECF panel was mandated to submit its report to the RBI within 90 days of its first meeting which took place on January 8. Following this, the panel was given a three-month extension. Asked about the reason for delay in finalisation of the report, the official said, “There may be differences of opinion, but that is being discussed”. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe other key members of the panel include Rakesh Mohan, former deputy governor of RBI as the vice-chairman, finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, RBI deputy governor N S Vishwanathan, and two RBI central board members — Bharat Doshi and Sudhir Mankad. The panel has been entrusted with the task of reviewing the best practices followed by central banks worldwide in making assessment and provisions for risks. The government and the RBI under its previous governor Urjit Patel had been at loggerheads over the Rs 9.6 lakh crore surplus capital with the central bank. The finance ministry was of the view that the buffer of 28 per cent of gross assets maintained by the central bank is well above the global norm of around 14 per cent. Following this, the RBI board in its meeting on November 19, 2018, decided to constitute a panel to examine Economic Capital Framework. In the past, the issue of the ideal size of the RBI reserves was examined by three committees — V Subrahmanyam in 1997, Usha Thorat in 2004 and YH Malegam in 2013. While the Subrahmanyam panel recommended for building a 12 per cent contingency reserve, the Thorat panel suggested it should be maintained at a higher 18 per cent of the total assets of the central bank. The RBI board did not accept the recommendation of the Thorat committee and decided to continue with the recommendation of the Subrahmanyam committee.last_img read more


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first_imgGurugram: As Haryana police prepared to formally get one of its biggest catch, gangster Kaushal to India from Dubai, the process for law enforcement officials is not easy as it seems.This is because he fled to Dubai on a fake passport, using the name Narender Yadav aka Montu, and Dubai police have now asked their Haryana counterparts to prove that the person in their custody is actually Kaushal. Sources said Dubai police have not even allowed the Haryana Police team to interrogate Kaushal. “The police team has not yet been able to meet the gangster. Haryana Police is now trying to get fingerprints taken at the time when Kaushal was arrested in India to prove he and Narender are the same person.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Haryana Police got the first crucial lead about the gangster in August 2018, following the arrest of his brother Manish. During interrogation, Manish told cops that Kaushal got the fake passport made from Jaipur, using the name Naresh Yadav and a Jaipur address. Kaushal first fled to Thailand and subsequently moved to Dubai from where he had been running his extortion business. Sources said Kaushal used a Thailand number as well as the Internet to stay in touch with his gang members in Gurugram, who would, in turn, make extortion calls to businessmen in Gurugram. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFor a man known for unleashing terror on the businessmen of the city, Kaushal had also devised a unique way of extracting funds. According to sources thirty percent of of the extortion money was distributed among the gang members, another 15-20 percent was given to the family members of Kaushal in India and the remaining money was routed to the gangster through the hawala channel. The money was routed to Dubai through two to three countries, including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. A hawala trader in Delhi was involved If Kaushal is brought back to Gurugram and prosecuted in cases of extortion and murder across the state, it could well be one of the biggest achievements of Haryana Police in recent memory. Kaushal (37) has often been described as the “new face” of Gurugram underworld. In December 2016, he jumped parole after coming out of Bhondsi jail and has been absconding since.last_img read more


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first_imgTORONTO — Health authorities in Canada are closely monitoring increasing reports in the United States of respiratory illnesses in hundreds of people, mostly teenagers, potentially linked to vaping.There have been at least 450 possible cases, including five deaths, identified in the U.S. this year and many said they had been vaping THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its high.There have been no reports of the same sickness in Canada, but Health Canada issued a warning recently, urging people who vape to watch for symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. It also said that health-care professionals should ask patients about their use of e-cigarette products if they have respiratory symptoms.The Public Health Agency of Canada has asked provincial officials to report any possible incidents of pulmonary illness associated with vaping.Alberta has started legally requiring health-care professionals in that province to report suspected cases under their public health act.Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said in light of the cases in the U.S. she is reinforcing a message that there a risks to vaping.“Vaping is a relatively new technology that we don’t know what all the health implications might be and we’re adding to that message of course with the recent events in the States to remind people that vaping is not without risk,” she said.“Young people, pregnant women and those who don’t use tobacco products should not vape and also that any vaping products that are bought on the illicit market or if people are altering their own vaping devices, that those kinds of things could increase the risk.”In Ontario, Health Minister Christine Elliott is looking to bring experts together through informal roundtables to understand what is happening and look for potential solutions.“We take this issue very seriously,” Elliott said in an interview. “This is a situation that appears to be growing, not abating…We are looking at what the situation is here in Ontario and what can and should be done.”Vaping was also recently added as a new topic in Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum for elementary students. The risks are explored as part of the Grade 4 curriculum on substance use and addictions, but it is also listed as an example of behaviours that can be harmful to a person’s health in the curriculum starting in Grade 1.Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health has said he is sending informal email inquiries to respiratory specialists and intensive care units at Nova Scotia hospitals to see if there are any similar cases to what is happening in the U.S.British Columbia’s health ministry said it has been preparing a response to the issue, including education and awareness as part of a strategy to reduce the number of youth vaping in the province.American officials have urged people to stop vaping until they can figure out the case of the mysterious illnesses. No single vaping device, liquid or ingredient has been tied to all the illnesses.Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the body apparently reacting to a caustic substance that someone breathed in.The Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. said it doesn’t know if the illness is new or just newly recognized.New York state has focused its investigation on an ingredient called Vitamin E acetate, which has been used to thicken marijuana vape juice but is considered dangerous if heated and inhaled. State investigators have found the substance in 13 cartridges collected from eight patients.— With files from The Associated PressAllison Jones, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada last Wednesday because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.Last week, officials with the Ministry of Environment said that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming from any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia. “The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.” A map of the current fire danger rating in B.C. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the current fire danger rating in B.C. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between very low and moderate.Of the fires that have started in Northeast B.C. recently, most are either in unpopulated areas or are less than ten hectares in size.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.last_img read more


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By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – The Moroccan government launched a new web-based portal on Friday which maps the location of over 14,000 centers of public service, on a website and accompanying iOS and Android mobile applications.The website’s official launch ceremony was conducted by the Ministry of Civil Service and Modernization of Administration. President Abdelilah Benkirane and Mohamed Moubdi, Minister of Civil Services and Modernization, were present at the ceremony in Rabat, along with several other members of government and presidents of the country’s 12 regions. “This initiative is part of efforts made by the government to simplify administrative procedures for citizens and provide access to basic public services quickly and with reduced costs,” according to a statement by the Ministry.The site – which can be accessed in both French and Arabic at maps.service-public.ma – classifies the country’s public buildings into 19 categories based on their primary function and then locates the buildings on an interactive and easy-to-navigate map.Users can further specify the locations they are searching for in the many subcategories that are listed. The physical address, phone number, and email address associated with each mapped location are also listed and easily accessible.The “institutional and strategic project” also allows users to mark their “favorite” or most visited locations, calculate routes between two points on the map and locate public services and transportation near their current position.The mobile application, named “Idarati Map” in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store, provides similar services on-the-go to “put at the disposal of users the necessary information to conduct administrative procedures,” the statement read. read more


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FORT WORTH, Texas — The flight attendants’ union accuses American Airlines of discriminating against its mostly female group by imposing a stricter attendance policy that can result in employees being fired quickly.The Association of Professional Flight Attendants asked the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday to investigate its charge. About 75 per cent of American’s flight attendants are women.Union President Lori Bassani says in an interview that American is discriminating against women because the airline’s mostly male pilot workforce does not have a similar attendance policy.Flight attendants are given points for things such as calling in sick during the holidays or after being asked to replace another absent flight attendant. Bassani says 10 points gets a flight attendant fired, and “a few” have been terminated.American didn’t comment immediately.The Associated Press read more


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22 December 2010The Security Council today called for a 50 per cent increase to 12,000 troops in the United Nations-backed African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia, which has been trying to bring stability to a country torn apart by 20 years of factional fighting. In a unanimous resolution authorizing deployment of the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 30 September 2011, the 15-member body called on Member States and international organizations to contribute funds and equipment “generously and promptly” to enable the force to fulfil a mandate that ranges from restoring peace to helping the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) develop national security and police forces.It asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide UN logistical support to the enlarged force with equipment and services, while continuing his good offices for reconciliation in a country where Al Shabaab, other Islamist militias, factional groups and foreign fighters control vast tracts of territory in a fight to oust the internationally recognized TFG, based in Mogadishu, the capital.Somalia has not had a functioning central government since the overthrow of the Muhammad Siad Barre in 1991, and the Council reiterated its serious concern at the impact of the continued fighting on the civilian population, stressing the terrorist threat that the armed opposition, particularly Al Shabaab, constitutes not only for Somalia but for the international community.Citing human rights violations against civilians, including women and children, and humanitarian personnel, it voiced concern at “the worsening humanitarian situation” and “the significant decline” in humanitarian funding for Somalia and called on all Member States to contribute to current and future appeals.The Council also reiterated its intent, mentioned in past resolutions, to set up a UN peacekeeping operation when conditions permit. At present the UN maintains a political office for Somalia (UNPOS) in Nairobi, capital of neighbouring Kenya, because of the poor security situation inside Somalia.As in the past, the resolution called on all parties to support the Djibouti Agreement, a UN-facilitated peace process that began in 2008 and has been joined by one of the rebel groups.On piracy, which has plagued shipping off the Somali coast, including vital supplies from the UN World Food Programme (WPF) to scores of thousands of hungry civilians, the Council called for a comprehensive international response to tackle both the scourge and its underlying causes. read more


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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Retailers will turn to technology to combat their biggest online competitors by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 3, 2014 3:47 pm MDT TORONTO – Canadian retailers are taking steps to counteract what they see as the ultimate betrayal — customers who browse and inspect items in their stores before they buy online from a competitor for less.It’s a practice called “showrooming,” and analysts expect the industry to shift more energy this year towards reshaping the role that bricks-and-mortar stores play in getting customers to spend money.“This is the year of action,” said Jim Danahy, chief executive at CustomerLAB, a retail advisory firm, and a veteran retailer himself.“All these retailers are now struggling to hit that balance.”Danahy has watched the traditional retail space fall out of favour with some customers and says executives have been searching for new ways to keep people both walking into their stores and walking out with product.A survey released last fall by consulting firm Accenture found that nearly two-thirds of respondents planned to visit traditional stores to browse gifts over the Christmas shopping season, but then ultimately buy them online.What retailers want is to stop those shoppers in their tracks and ease them towards the cash register with incentives.One of this year’s first steps comes from telecom giant Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), which will unveil a partnership on Tuesday with mall operator RioCan that uses location-based smartphone technology to send customers special offers.The Mobile Shopper application marks an early step in the process of intercepting customers during the shopping process. The voluntary program lets customers sign up to receive targeted offers and gives them the ability to pay for products directly from the device.“Down to an individual section in the store, we can trigger something different,” said Mansell Nelson, vice-president of advanced business solutions at Rogers.“It’s about how we give retail businesses in Canada a platform to better communicate with their customers when they’re in-store and out of the store.”Mobile Shopper will launch at select RioCan malls in Ontario by the middle of this year, Nelson said.The perception of exclusive offers and discounts now is expected by shoppers, who have grown accustomed to chasing the lowest price amid the deep discounts at big-box stores and constant sales at overstocked clothing retailers.Already, retail chains such as Best Buy and Target Canada have jumped on aggressive price strategies that not only match competitors, but also tack on an extra five to 10 per cent discount.While customers used to fumble to present ad flyers as evidence of a lower product prices, a growing number of retailers now accept a quick glimpse of a competitor’s website by a staff member to match the price.Those types of discounts will only be part of the strategy.Other major changes will affect the design of stores and the number of employees who work at each location, said Daniel Baer, a retail analyst at Ernst and Young.“People who are buying online are not going to stores as much, and that means revisiting the business model,” he said.“Retailers won’t look at their store as a traditional bricks-and-mortar store, but as a distribution centre, or part and parcel of their e-commerce strategy.”During the past few months, evidence of the changes have become apparent at big names such as Best Buy Canada and Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A).Last week, Best Buy announced it would show 950 employees the door as it reduced its layers of management at Best Buy and Future Shop locations. The retailer has put more energy into its “reserve and pick up” strategy which allows customers to buy items online before they swing by the store.Meanwhile, after years of staying out of online retail all together, Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) plans to launch an e-commerce website later this year that allows customers to buy items on the Internet before they pick them up at the store.“You’re going to see more hiring in technology and systems and IT and distribution centres,” said Brian Yarbrough, a research analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis.While naysayers have suggested that retailers will continue to lose market share to online retailers like Amazon, not everyone is convinced the situation is so dire for traditional retail.Shipping packages to a customer’s home can still be very expensive and it delays the instant gratification that comes from buying online and then picking up the item in a nearby store, said Danahy.“The last mile in the e-commerce world — delivery to home — is what has defeated most purely online (companies),” he said.“At some point it becomes more expensive to ship it then you actually make on the goods, and that’s especially true with perishable products.” read more


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“The likely impact would be an unfortunate reduction of support to school children, refugees and returnees,” WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, told journalists in Geneva. The UN agency will be forced to scale back its area of coverage in some provinces as it has received only half of the funding it needs to continue its planned relief operations in the country over the next six months.Unless new funds are quickly confirmed, WFP will be unable to continue meeting the needs of 300,000 internally displaced people in the eastern North Kivu province, who had already been receiving half rations for the last six months, Ms. Byrs said. Prices of food have increased in the DRC since May 2013, especially the price of maize flour, and particularly in insecure areas such as Goma which registered an eight per cent spike.WFP said it is prioritizing life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable groups, such as displaced women and children, and would strive to maintain those activities.Fighting over the past year in eastern DRC has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which already includes 2.6 million IDPs and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid. read more


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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAircraft engineer injured during plane explosionJune 20, 2016In “latest news”Parts from recent plane crashes heading overseas as investigations continue- GCAASeptember 15, 2017In “latest news”Roraima Airways honours 7 staffers for their heroic acts of ‘courage and bravery’June 30, 2016In “Local News” The Britten Norman trislanderRoraima Airways on Friday commissioned its third Britten Norman trislander aircraft into commercial service at the Eugene F Correia International Airport at Ogle on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), which will aid the tourism, mining and health sectors.The aerodrome was filled to capacity as many caught a glimpse of the new aircraft which costs approximately US$700,000 (approximately GY$140 million). It is the second of its kind in Guyana and was assembled by engineers attached to Roraima’s Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO).Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia shared his remarks as he highlighted the fact that this aircraft boasts three engines, which is most suitable for short landing strips that are found in Guyana’s hinterland. He added that the aircraft is equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), to improve safety and the improved acquisition means more fly time.“Because of the length of this aircraft’s fuselage, we are now able to transport pipes and other mining supplies without the need to cut the pipes or dismantle the equipment. We fly into the far reaches of Guyana’s hinterland day and night, saving lives and helping to build Guyana one day at a time,” said Gouveia.The CEO also stated that the trilander planes now form the backbone of the company’s operations and its customers have been expressing high levels of satisfaction as it relates to safety.“We have been the first to fully equip all of our planes with the ADSB flight tracking systems which allow not only our own operations centre to watch and track our planes in real time but also allow the air traffic controllers to see and follow our planes from take-off to landing.”Minister within the Public Infrastructure Minister, Annette Ferguson emphasised the continuous growth of the aviation sector as she congratulated Roraima Airways on its achievements in the aviation industry.Guyana’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) rating has moved from 44.4 per cent to 64.4 per cent, with another scheduled evaluation in November.The Britten Norman trislanderAlso speaking at the launching ceremony, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Desmond Sears indicated that the new addition to Roraima’s fleet addresses the growing need for air services in a developing Guyana.“These flights will enhance our physical links with the hinterland and open up new business opportunities,” Sears said.Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field, commended the aviation company for utilising local content to assemble the aircraft as he said the GCAA is working to ensure more local engineers get access to job opportunities in the industry. read more


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first_img I’m undecided about him (4194) Yes (421) YesNoI’m undecided about himVote No (4266)center_img JAMES REILLY HAS emerged as one of the ministerial losers in this year’s Budget.Reports this morning suggest the Minister for Health is under increasing pressure from his Government colleagues and the public over his management of the Department and the ill-chosen €666 million Budget cuts due to be implemented.The Department of Health has long been considered one of the most difficult in Government, and Reilly has repeatedly said that he wants to protect the health service during his time in office.So today we’re asking: Do you have confidence in Minister for Health James Reilly? Poll Results:last_img


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first_img https://jrnl.ie/4500549 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 18th 2019, 8:30 PM By AFP Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 56 Comments Monday 18 Feb 2019, 8:29 PMcenter_img 18,889 Views Image: Nicolas Landemard/Le Pictorium/PA THE TÁNAISTE AND Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney expressed annoyance today at Britain’s continued failure to ratify a deal on its orderly withdrawal from the European Union.“Of course there’s frustration,” Coveney told reporters after more talks in Brussels with EU colleagues.Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May thinks she might be able to get a deal signed with EU leaders in November past the British parliament if it is reworded.But EU leaders, as Coveney noted, insist this is a non-starter and that, in particular, a guarantee of no hard border between Ireland and the UK must stay.“My job is to try to protect Irish interests and the Irish people through Brexit which is not an Irish policy,” he said after the ministerial meeting.“We are spending hundreds of millions of euro in Ireland preparing for a no-deal Brexit to try to protect Irish citizens,” he added.“We don’t want to have to do that. Of course we want a solution here. And yes, there’s frustration,” he said.“We have less than 40 days to go until the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union and we still don’t know what the British government is actually asking for to actually get this deal ratified.”Earlier, Coveney had met chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for an update on the talks.Later, Barnier was due to meet Britain’s latest minister for Brexit, Stephen Barclay, who is preparing the ground for May to return to Brussels later this week.British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt had insisted on arriving at the meeting that Britain’s support for the Northern Ireland peace deal was “unconditional”.Both London and Brussels would have to show flexibility to find a reworked Brexit deal that could get past the House of Commons, he said.“But what we need is trust and vision on both sides, because what’s at stake here is Britain’s relationship with its European neighbours for the next 25 years.”- © AFP 2019 Share191 Tweet Email1 Coveney: ‘We are spending hundreds of millions of euro preparing for a no-deal Brexit’ Coveney met with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels today. Image: Nicolas Landemard/Le Pictorium/PAlast_img read more


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first_imgEtats-Unis : un parc photovoltaïque doublé en 2011L’énergie solaire a le vent en poupe outre-Atlantique. Le parc photovoltaïque des Etats-Unis a plus que doublé en 2011. Avec une impressionnante croissance de 109% sur un an, il atteint désormais 1.855 mégawatts (MW).L’association professionnelle américaine SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) vient de publier les excellents chiffres du développement de l’énergie solaire aux Etats-Unis. Le pays a vu son activité photovoltaïque plus que doubler en 2011, enregistrant une progression de 109% par rapport à 2010, indique ce rapport.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La capacité installée de l’industrie de l’énergie solaire américaine atteignait ainsi fin 2011 1.855 mégawatts (MW), permettant d’assurer les besoins en électricité de plus de 370.000 foyers, souligne l’association. Le marché de l’énergie solaire représentait grâce à cette impressionnante croissance plus de 8,4 milliards de dollars l’année dernière.Pour la SEIA, cette rapide augmentation du parc photovoltaïque américain s’explique d’abord par “des prix des installations en baisse de 20% l’année dernière en raison d’une baisse des coûts des composants”, mais aussi “une amélioration de l’efficacité dans le processus d’installation, de possibilités de financement plus variées et d’une demande en installations plus importantes en taille”, souligne-t-elle dans son communiqué.Le 15 mars 2012 à 17:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_imgLynn Peterson Newly named state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson on Thursday announced a broad review of three active megaprojects, including the Columbia River Crossing.The “comprehensive program assessment” will look at the process used for key project decisions and how they are documented, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. In addition to the $3.4 billion CRC, the review will focus on two Seattle-area projects: the state Highway 520 bridge replacement and the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement.The review will be led by Ron Paananen of engineering firm CH2M Hill Inc., according to WSDOT. CH2M Hill, however, is a paid consultant that has received money from the CRC. And Paananen is a former WSDOT administrator who worked directly on both the Highway 520 and Alaskan Way Viaduct projects.Recommendations for improvements will be made by Sept. 30, according to WSDOT. Peterson will also receive weekly updates throughout the process, the agency said.The CRC would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, rebuild freeway interchanges on both sides of the Columbia River and extend light rail into Vancouver.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Navy needs to make a clear case to the public for a fleet of 355 ships, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, told reporters Wednesday at the Sea-Air-Space expo. “This wasn’t just a number just a number that was pulled out of the air, this was an objectively reached number, and we think that ought to be the central part of the discussion,” Wittman said, reported Defense News. His comments came in response to ones made earlier this week by Navy officials that did not embrace the goal of achieving a 355-ship fleet.The Navy completed a force structure assessment in December 2016 that determined the service would need 355 ships to meet combatant commander demand, but a subsequent Center for Strategic and International Studies report found the Navy would be unlikely to afford to operate a fleet of that size. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


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first_imgDue to a technical glitch evoked at the Jubilee Hills metro station, the metro train halted for 20 minutes at the station causing inconvenience to the commuters. The train did not move forward, though an alert from the staff was given that the train starts in five minutes. Passengers expressed dissatisfaction over the metro train services which caused them to wait for half-an-hour at the station. Meanwhile, passengers at the other metro stations too faced the trouble waiting for the train. Similar cases were reported in the past, the services were disrupted after a flexi fell over the power cables of the metro due to the heavy rain.last_img


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first_img Star Wars: Resistance premiered just last year and gave us the anime-esque Star Wars cartoon we never knew we wanted. Star Wars had already animated the prequel and original trilogy eras with Clone Wars and Rebels, respectively. But this show gave us a new perspective on the sequel trilogy we’re still in the midst of.However, that sequel trilogy, and the Skywalker Saga as a whole, ends this holiday when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. And before that happens, Star Wars: Resistance airs its second and final season which will help set up the events of that film. Take a look!There are so many new Star Wars characters now I can’t keep them straight. But this new season continues the tradition of bringing in famous faces from the movies to help (or harass) these new heroes. Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie return as Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma. And while he’s not voiced by Adam Driver, Kylo Ren does make an appearance. This season is partially set during the events of The Last Jedi so we’ll get to see how Kylo Ren flexes his muscle as new Supreme Leader of the First Order.I don’t know if there are that many fans of Star Wars: Resistance, but it’s a bummer for them the show is wrapping up so soon compared to other Star Wars cartoons that lasted for many more seasons. Maybe it just doesn’t make any sense to continue this story based on the way The Rise of Skywalker wraps up. And besides, there are other new Star Wars shows to look out for including a revival of the Clone Wars cartoon and the live-action Mandalorian show coming to Disney+.Star Wars: Resistance season two premieres October 6 on Disney Channel. For more on Star Wars check out this Galaxy’s Edge cookbook and limited re-release of classic Star Wars video game cartridges. Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie DollsA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on targetlast_img read more


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first_imgHoverit explains that sitting in the levitating lounger is “like floating on a cloud.” Credit: Hoverit, Ltd. Citation: Hoverit Unveils MagLev Chair (2008, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-hoverit-unveils-maglev-chair.html The company has not released many details about how the magic is done, but they confirm that the chair gives the sensation of floating on air. The product is hand-built, and designed with state-of-the-art CAD software. The base of the chair floats up and down on two guide bars, presumably so that it won´t float away. The base has castor wheels to make the two-piece furniture easy to move.The Lounger not only feels unique, but it looks stylish, as well. The magnetic furniture is made of clear acrylic which allows you to see every component. Although there is no word yet on when it will go on sale (or its price), each lounger comes with a clear anti-scratch mat and a limited edition certificate and serial number.Thanks to the magnetic field it exudes, perhaps the floating chair will also have health benefits, the company suggests. According to its Web site, “Permanent magnets can also help back, muscular problems and headaches, so our furniture not only looks good – it may make you feel good too.”Hoverit will be demonstrating its revolutionary magnetic furniture at the Ideal Home Centenary Show, which takes place March 14 – April 6 in Earls Court London.via: InventorSpot.comMore information:Hoverit.co.uk British company Hoverit, Ltd., has recently introduced “The Lounger,” a chair that defies gravity by hovering a few inches above its base. The Lounger uses permanent magnets in the chair and base to life the chair in the air. 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_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M The Hon Kevin Rudd MP Minister for Foreign Affairs with Jayson Westbury Chief Executive AFTA at Smartraveller Launch 25112011 Phase three of the Smartraveller programme was launched on Friday by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd MP, with AFTA Chief Executive, Jayson Westbury heralding the new initiatives as “a fantastic way to engage with travellers and the industry”. The $13 million Government funded campaign has been in development for over four years and was in need of a revamp following a surge of some 2 million Australian travellers to 7.6 million in the past five years, according to Mr Rudd. Calling the campaign “smarter”, Mr Rudd said it would push Australia to the forefront of consular services offered across the globe. The three pronged approach will see the roll out of various advertising to the public, including radio, print and digital ads, with television commercials already on air.  Each ad underlines specific advice , the first focussing on ensuring every Australian registers their details before departing, the second  requests travellers read and subscribe to travel advice notifications when abroad, and thirdly to take out adequate and proper travel insurance. “People who think (travel insurance) is an optional extra have rocks in their head  … It’s a dumb thing not to do,” Mr Rudd said. “If you can’t afford insurance, you can’t afford to travel.   It really is that simple.” This latest phase will also see the roll out of a new interactive website utilising social media, with separate portals for youth travellers.  Four clear levels of travel advice is displayed and can be accessed via smartphones, also allowing the traveller to register to updated alerts before departing. iPhone app is expected to be launched shortly, complimenting the DFAT Twitter account released earlier this year. The initiative also includes dedicated work some 30,000 travel agents across Australia. “Working with the travel industry, we have developed new interactive e-learning tools.  To make it easier to help people register their travel and to make it easier to give them advice about the country they are heading to,” Mr Rudd said. AFTA welcomed the developments for the travel industry in particular, saying it would assist the industry in learning about the program and what circumstances the Government can and cannot help their clients whilst overseas. “Travellers today get their information from a vast range of sources and to have the option to get up to date and reliable information from Smartraveller, no matter where in the world you are, is a major step forward in looking after our travelling Australians,” Mr Westbury said.last_img read more


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first_imgTen Queensland Flight Centre agents travelled to Egypt in December for a famil led by 2016 Tour Guide of the Year, Momo Saiid, and hosted by Kat Nitarski from On The Go Tours. Egypt remains the leading tour product since On The Go Tours began there 20 years ago.Experiencing the company’s top selling Egypt tour – the 9-day King Tutankhamun tour – the group was based in Cairo and travelled far and wide to temples and pyramids, including the Temple of Kom Ombo – dedicated to the crocodile-headed god, and took a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to see the romantic Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. The tour includes all manner of modes of transport, including sleeper train and a traditional felucca cruise. Additional excursions, such as seeing Abu Simbel, the famous temple of King Ramses II, at sunrise, are also available.“Now is a great time to visit Egypt,” says Kat Nitarski, Business Development Manager from On The Go Tours. “Travellers are confident in returning but numbers are not to the level we would have experienced pre-Arab Spring. The Egyptian government have taken great lengths to increase safety for tourists and, as a single female, I felt safe at all times. With the added expertise of our ground crew and amazing guide, Momo, we felt safe and welcomed in all parts of the country.” EgyptFamilsFlight Centre agentsOn The Go Tourslast_img read more