Worlds 1st Icebreaking LNG Carrier Joins Sovcomflot

first_imgImage Courtesy: DSMEThe world’s first icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Christophe de Margerie has been delivered to its Russian owner, shipping company Sovcomflot, according to South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).Under the USD 320 million shipbuilding agreement signed between the parties in 2014, DSME constructed the ship which features a length of 299 meters and a width of 50 meters. The vessel has a capacity to carry 173,600 cubic meters of LNG.The ARC-7 class icebreaking LNG carrier, which recently completed its ice trials, will be deployed at a gas field on the Yamal Peninsula, in the western part of Siberia.A representative from DSME said that the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the remaining 14 icebreaking LNG carriers, currently on order at the yard, by 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Pedestrian Struck Killed By Trolley in Chula Vista

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Pedestrian Struck, Killed By Trolley in Chula Vista Posted: May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transit System trolley Monday morning in Chula Vista, police said.Dispatchers were notified shortly before 5:25 a.m. that a trolley car had struck a pedestrian near the intersection of L Street and Industrial Boulevard, Chula Vista police Lt. John English said.The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, English said. No details about the victim were immediately available.The Blue Line trolley was delayed by about 20 minutes due to the investigation, but service returned to normal around 7:40 a.m., according to MTS.MTS was investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

DOD Not Taking Advantage of Opportunities to Reduce Dependence on Leased Space

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR DOD may be missing opportunities to reduce its leased space because the department has not considered the impact of force reductions on existing leased facilities, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).The agency found six Army leases for administrative space within 50 miles of installations slated for reductions in force structure. The annual cost of the leases totals about $4.1 million for 249,000 square feet.“It is important that DOD plan ahead when it anticipates force reductions, in order to properly assess its future infrastructure requirements,” GAO stated.Army officials told the agency it would take two years to conduct an assessment to determine whether DOD-owned property, other federal property or a leased facility is the best solution to meet a DOD organization’s space requirements.In its comments to the report, DOD noted that a new Army execution order requires commanders to plan and implement footprint reductions and emphasizes the need to move Army activities out of leased space.The congressional watchdog agency found that officials do not share information on underutilized space that potentially could be used when there is a new lease requirement. It previously reported that officials at the DOD, service and installation levels do not conduct outreach regarding the availability of underutilized space on installations because it would be an administrative burden, especially if there is not a significant amount of surplus space.DOD officials cited a number of factors that must be considered before deciding to move an activity from leased space onto an installation, including the condition of the underutilized space, whether the installation’s infrastructure could accommodate additional personnel and whether a new activity would interfere with the installation’s mission.While those factors need to be evaluated when making a decision to vacate leased space, GAO concluded that some opportunities to reduce reliance on leased space may exist given the possibility that force structure reductions will occur in the future.DOD did not concur with GAO’s recommendation that the military departments look for opportunities to relocate DOD organizations in leased space onto installations with underutilized space, however, as existing policy already requires the efficient use of real estate. The department also pointed to recent initiatives by the services to reduce their reliance on leased space.last_img read more

Coast Guard to Make Budget Gains in House Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Democrat-led House Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee advanced its fiscal 2020 defense appropriations bill Wednesday that would total $63.8 billion in discretionary DHS spending, CQ reported.“With this bill, House Democrats continue fighting to strengthen our national security while reflecting our American values,” Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.The panel’s draft includes $12 billion in funding for the Coast Guard, $162 million more than in fiscal 2019, and $894 million more than the administration’s fiscal 2020 budget request. A bill summary detailed that the Coast Guard would get $2 billion for procurement, construction and other service improvement.Photo by Michael Darcylast_img

Frank Sinatra To Billie Holiday New Yorks Cabaret Law Is Out

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Frank Sinatra gets ‘best welcome he’s ever had’ Email News New York Cabaret Law On The Chopping Block frank-sinatra-billie-holiday-new-yorks-cabaret-law-out Frank Sinatra To Billie Holiday: New York’s Cabaret Law Is Out Facebook Twitter Since 1926, New York City’s bars and clubs have been subject to the Cabaret Law, which made it illegal to host “musical entertainment, singing, dancing, or other form of amusement” without a proper license. New York Times reports the law actually required performers and employees of the cabaret to register and carry “cabaret cards” in order to perform in clubs, which also had to have a cabaret license.A host of legendary musicians were denied “cabaret cards” due to their legal records, including Holiday, Charles, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker. Sinatra refused to perform in New York for years rather than allow himself to be fingerprinted.More recently, the law has caused business owners to live in fear of the antiquated law, and justifiably so. In the 1990s, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani revived the law, using it to shut down dance clubs. Opponents of the law have pointed out that this trend led to more dance parties in unsafe, unregulated environments such as abandoned warehouses.Now, Rafael Espinal, a councilman from Brooklyn, says he has the votes necessary to pass a repeal of the law, a motion supported by current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to spokesman Ben Sarle. The mayor instead plans to emphasize retaining and improving security measures so New Yorkers can safely get back to the music.Neil Portnow Talks 60th GRAMMY Awards Return To New York The law that barred the likes of Ray Charles and Charlie Parker from performing in New York is on the way outNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 1, 2017 – 5:20 pm After nearly a century, a law restricting performances in New York is finally going away. Enacted during Prohibition, The Cabaret Law prevented Billie Holiday and Ray Charles from taking the stage, and even drew protest from Frank Sinatra.last_img read more

Car explosion in Central Cairo kills 17 injures 32

first_img Car explosion in Central Cairo kills 17, injures 32 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:35Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Seventeen people have died and 32 have been injured in an explosion outside Egypt’s National Cancer Institute in central Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said early on Monday.A car driving against traffic on Cairo’s corniche collided with three other cars, causing the explosion, Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement.Egypt’s public prosecutor is investigating the cause of the incident, sources told Reuters, but there was no official statement indicating that the explosion was an attack. People extinguish a fire from a blast outside the National Cancer Institute, Cairo, Egypt August 4, 2019.Reuterscenter_img Closelast_img read more

Bangladesh raising funds delaying Rohingya repatriation Myanmar

first_imgMore than 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to Bangladesh since late August. Prothom Alo file photoMyanmar has blamed Bangladesh for delaying the start of a repatriation process for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees, saying it feared Dhaka could be stalling until it receives multi-million dollars of international aid money.More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since late August to escape ethnic violence that accompanied a brutal military counter-insurgency operation after Rohingya militant attacks on security posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.Zaw Htay, a spokesman for Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said Myanmar was ready to begin the repatriation process any time, based along the lines of an agreement that covered returns of Rohingya to Myanmar in the early 1990s.He said Bangladesh had yet to accept those terms.“We are ready to start, but the other side did not accept yet, and the process was delayed. This is the number one fact,” Zaw Htay, director-general of the ministry of the state counsellor’s office, told journalists on Tuesday.A memorandum of understanding on border liaison posts was signed with Bangladesh hme mnister Asaduzzaman Khan following talks in the Myanmar capital, Naypyitaw, last week, but there was no progress on reviving the old agreement.Zaw Htay linked the delay by Bangladesh to the money raised so far by the international community to help build gigantic refugee camps for the Rohingya.“Currently they have got $400 million. Over their receipt of this amount, we are now afraid of delaying the program of deporting the refugees,” he said in comments carried in a front-page article in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Wednesday.“They have got international subsidies. We are now afraid they would have another consideration as to repatriation,” he said.The Bangladesh government issued a statement on Thursday saying that Myanmar had not agreed to 10 points put forward by its minister at last week’s talks, including the full implementation of the recommendations of an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, chaired by former UN scretary gneral Kofi Annan, for a sustainable return of Rohingya.Khan told Bangladesh media on Friday that the two sides were unable to form a joint working group but said it should be set up by the time freign mnister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali goes to Myanmar for talks on 30 November.The Myanmar government has said it would accept the Rohingya once it was established that they had lived in Myanmar.Zaw Htay said Myanmar was awaiting a list of Rohingya refugees from the Bangladesh side.last_img read more

Bangla new year Victory day allowance for freedom fighters

first_imgFinance minister AMA Muhith has proposed introduction of Bangla New Year festival and victory day allowance for freedom fighters.Allowance of an amount of Tk 2,000 each has been proposed for Bangla New Year in addition to monthly honorarium and festival allownace for the freedom fighters.If the proposal is rubberstamped by parliament, the freedom fighters will also be entitled to Tk 5,000 each as special victory day allowance.Muhith said the liberation war affairs ministry is preparing a mechanism to support insolvent war-wounded and sick freedom fighters or their wives, children or grand children.The government has allocated Tk 4 billion in the budget for the purpose.The finance minister proposed widening of the beneficiary coverage of old-age allowances to 4 million from 3.5 million and the beneficiary coverage of the allowances for widow and poor women to 1.4 million from 1.2 million, in the coming fiscal year.last_img read more

Alleged gunfight kills 2 in Sundarbans

first_img.Two men were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kalagachhia Khal of Sundarbans’ Satkhira range in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased were members of a robber gang, claimed the law enforcement agency.The deceased are Saheb Ali, 35, chief of Saheb Ali Bahini and his second-in-command Habibur Rahman, 28, the RAB said.Acting on secret information, the RAB team conducted the drive in the area, said lieutenant colonel Jahidul Kabir, commander of RAB-6.Sensing the presence of the force, the robber gang opened fire on them, forcing the them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.After an-hour-long gunfight, the team arrested two robbers with bullet injuries and recovered three arms and 32-round bullets from the spot.The injured were taken to Shyamnagar Upazila Complex where physicians declared them dead.Two constables — Arif and Shakil — were injured in the gunfight, Jahidul added.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of those incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.According to the human rights group, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January 2019, the number of such killing was 23, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

TMobile Sprint Merger Gets DOJ Approval With Sale of Assets to Dish

first_imgCharlie Ergen is poised to get into the wireless phone biz as part of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger getting the regulatory green light from the Justice Department.Ergen’s Dish Network entered into a $5 billion deal to acquire Sprint’s prepaid wireless businesses and a 14-MHz slice of spectrum in the 800-MHz band. That transaction was a requirement of the DOJ’s approval of T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed $26.5 billion merger, announced Friday. The T-Mobile/Sprint tie-up combines the third and fourth biggest U.S. wireless carriers, and the new entity will serve around 80 million customers.The announcement clears a huge regulatory hurdle in the companies’ 15-month saga to win approval for the deal. T-Mobile and Sprint first announced their plans to merge in April 2018, and execs have argued that by joining forces they would be much better equipped to compete with industry leaders AT&T and Verizon. But the DOJ and the Federal Communications Commission were concerned the deal would reduce competition and sought to establish a “fourth” carrier — a role that now falls to Dish, whose core offering to date has been satellite TV. “Today’s settlement will provide Dish with the assets and transitional services required to become a facilities-based mobile network operator that can provide a full range of mobile wireless services nationwide,” Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, said in a statement.The companies involved are acting as if the deal is ready to roll forward — however, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger and the sale of wireless assets to Dish still face opposition from several state attorneys general. AGs from 13 states and the District of Columbia sued to block the deal in June. On Friday, the DOJ said it had the support of of five of the state AGs (from Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota).New York Attorney General Letitia James, for one, signaled that the legal challenges to the deal are not finalized. “The promises made by Dish and T-Mobile in this deal are the kinds of promises only robust competition can guarantee,” James said in a statement. “We have serious concerns that cobbling together this new fourth mobile player, with the government picking winners and losers, will not address the merger’s harm to consumers, workers and innovation.”T-Mobile and Sprint said they expect to receive final regulatory approval in the third quarter of 2019 and currently anticipate that the merger will close in the second half of the year.Under the terms of the deal, as approved by the DOJ, Dish will obtain Sprint’s Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and other prepaid businesses — representing 9.3 million customers total — and enter into a “mobile virtual network operator” deal with the New T-Mobile for seven years. Additionally, T-Mobile and Sprint must make available to Dish at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. Dish will pay about $1.4 billion for the prepaid mobile business and roughly $3.6 billion for spectrum (the latter expected to be completed in three years), according to the companies. Dish is barred from selling or transferring the assets or MVNO agreement for three years. Related Critics Charge That T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Raise Wireless Bills, Questioning Dish’s Ability to Compete Popular on Variety “Our goal was to ensure that the DOJ’s concerns were addressed while enabling us to deliver on every aspect of the synergies we promised to unlock… and we did it,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “It may have taken longer than expected by some, but today’s results are a win-win for everyone involved.”The DOJ’s thumbs-up on the deal comes after the department this week announced a broad antitrust investigation into big tech companies, which are widely presumed to include Facebook, Google and Amazon.For Dish, the entree into wireless phones comes after it spent some $21 billion to acquire wireless spectrum licenses over two decades. Previously, Dish has announced plans to deploy a 5G-capable network, focused on supporting narrowband internet-of-things applications, with the first phase scheduled to be completed by March 2020. On Friday, Dish announced that it had made new commitments to the FCC to use its spectrum holdings to deploy a nationwide 5G broadband network covering at least 70% of the U.S. population by June 14, 2023. If it fails to hit the deadlines, Dish will pay the U.S. government up to $2.2 billion.Analysts are bearish on Dish’s deal with T-Mobile/Sprint, which had previously been reported by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. The problem: With Dish getting into the wireless business, its spectrum holdings will be valued as an operating asset — not, as some had anticipated, assets the company would sell to the highest bidder.“The biggest loser here is Dish Network, or rather, Dish Network’s investors,” MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett wrote in a note Thursday. He downgraded Dish to a “sell” rating and set a $30 price target on the stock. Moffett noted that it will be extremely costly for Dish to build out a competitive 5G network, saying that “the idea that Dish might spend $10B (their own estimate on previous conference calls) and then somehow be finished is, well, just silly.”Ergen, Dish’s chairman, positioned the company’s foray into becoming a facilities-based wireless provider as akin to its launch into the pay-TV business in 1995, taking on cable TV. “As we enter the wireless business, we will again serve customers by disrupting incumbents and their legacy networks, this time with the nation’s first standalone 5G broadband network,” he said in a statement. T-Mobile and Sprint execs have claimed the “New T-Mobile” will invest nearly $40 billion to combine their respective spectrum, sites and assets to launch a nationwide 5G network and services sooner than otherwise possible. Deutsche Telekom will be the single largest shareholder in and will control the new company (with a 42% stake) alongside Sprint majority owner SoftBank Group (which holds 27%). Legere would become the CEO of the new entity.In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he supported the merger after the companies agreed to stepped-up guarantees. Those included enhanced 5G buildout commitments — covering 97% of the U.S. population within three years of the closing of the merger and 99% within six years — and an agreement to spin off Sprint’s Boost Mobile. T-Mobile and Sprint also have promised that 90% of Americans would have access to mobile broadband service at speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and 99% would have access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps.In addition, T-Mobile and Sprint pledged that the combined company would roll out in-home 5G broadband within three years to at least 9.6 million eligible households, of which at least 2.6 million will be in rural areas.“I am pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with T-Mobile and Sprint,” Pai said in a statement Friday. “The commitments made to the FCC by T-Mobile and Sprint to deploy a 5G network that would cover 99% of the American people, along with the measures outlined in the [DOJ’s] consent decree, will advance U.S. leadership in 5G and protect competition.”T-Mobile and Sprint had already committed to not to raise prices for three years following their merger. The companies would face billions of dollars in fines if they fail to follow through on their commitments, according to the FCC’s Pai.Pictured above: T-Mobile CEO John Legere (l.) and Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing about their companies’ proposed merger in March 2019. Dish Loses 31,000 TV Subscribers in Q2 as It Gears Up to Enter Mobile Phone Business ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

New polymer can shapeshift into multiple forms w video

first_img 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. © 2016 Phys.org In the recent past, material scientists have come up with polymers that change from one shape to another when heated or cooled—the main drawback for them has been that they can only be programmed to take one or two shapes. In this new effort, the researchers have come up with a polymer that is capable of forming itself into many different shapes, by combing two ingredients—one that has elastic deformation properties and the other that has plastic deformation properties. Current polymers tend to have the former property, which is useful for some limited applications. But what has really been needed, the team notes, is a polymer capable of plastic deformation, where it is re-shaped permanently without having to resort to melting—due to covalent bond exchange.To make the polymer, the researchers added the chemical 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene to an elastic material known as crosslinked poly (caprolactone) , the result was a plastic that had a low transitive temperature (55˚C) and a high deformation temperature (130˚C). The new material can be programmed by physically pushing the material into different shapes at different temperatures. To make them come about on demand, the material is subjected to the temperature that corresponds with the shape that is desired. The group created several such polymers and demonstrated that it was possible to cause the same piece of material to fold itself into first one shape, then another—in one such example a material was first caused to revert to an origami boat and then to revert to an origami flower. New self-stretching material developed (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Zhejiang University in China has developed a new type of polymer that can be caused to revert to multiple different forms on demand. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they came up with the new polymer, how it works and the uses to which it might be put. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Science Advances Shape manipulation via thermally distinct elasticity and plasticity. (A) Smart origami structures. (B) Smart kirigami structure. Credit: Dr. Qian Zhao and Dr. Tao Xiecenter_img Play Recovery from an origami boat into an origami bird with infrared heating. Credit: Dr. Qian Zhao and Dr. Tao Xie The team reports that in addition to a high degree of programmability the polymer also demonstrated toughness—it could be caused to change in to multiple different shapes over and over again without cracking or degrading. They believe the new material could likely be used in medical applications, in shape-shifting electronics, or perhaps aboard spacecraft. Citation: New polymer can shape-shift into multiple forms (w/ video) (2016, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-polymer-shape-shift-multiple-video.html Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Recovery from an origami plane into an origami bird with infrared heating. Credit: Dr. Qian Zhao and Dr. Tao Xie More information: Q. Zhao et al. Shape memory polymer network with thermally distinct elasticity and plasticity, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501297AbstractStimuli-responsive materials with sophisticated yet controllable shape-changing behaviors are highly desirable for real-world device applications. Among various shape-changing materials, the elastic nature of shape memory polymers allows fixation of temporary shapes that can recover on demand, whereas polymers with exchangeable bonds can undergo permanent shape change via plasticity. We integrate the elasticity and plasticity into a single polymer network. Rational molecular design allows these two opposite behaviors to be realized at different temperature ranges without any overlap. By exploring the cumulative nature of the plasticity, we demonstrate easy manipulation of highly complex shapes that is otherwise extremely challenging. The dynamic shape-changing behavior paves a new way for fabricating geometrically complex multifunctional devices.last_img read more