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Podcast: Floating paint pollution, hypoallergenic nuts, and why worms may be to thank for life on Earth

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first_imgWhat’s lurking in the very top layer of the ocean? Could scientists be on the way to creating hypoallergenic nuts? And did ancient burrowing worms save the world?Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Pumaren sees PBA potential in Espeleta

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “My teammates were just trying to find me cause I was hot I just had to keep shooting. They just happened to fall in,” he said as he went on a perfect 3-of-3 sniping from threes.Expected to take a bigger responsibility for the Falcons this upcoming collegiate season, Espeleta isn’t putting much pressure on himself or to even fill up the absence left by Manganti as he hopes to continue being a part of something great under the tutelage of Pumaren.“We know what were capable of doing. All of us are just looking to contribute every night,” he said. “There’s no star player. We’re just playing as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Fil-Am swingman on Tuesday showed a glimpse of what he can do, lighting up for Akari-Adamson with 19 points in the first quarter in the team’s 98-92 victory over Go for Gold in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Given the keys to the starting role, Espeleta made Pumaren look like a genius, leading his crew with 24 points, on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while also grabbing five rebounds and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Win-win situation for Macaraya as CEU, San Sebastian thrive in D-Leaguecenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The first time I took over Adamson, I really felt that he has a lot of potential. He has the PBA potential, but he just has to be in a better shape,” remarked the Falcons coach.The 21-year-old, though, shrugged off the praise and noted that his early explosion wouldn’t be possible if not for his teammates helping him as Akari-Adamson rode his blistering hands early. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESIt seems like coach Franz Pumaren didn’t really need much time to find a replacement for Sean Manganti.Left looking for someone to plug in the small forward position left by the senior high-flyer, Pumaren may have stumbled upon a gem in Jonathan Espeleta with the incoming third year ashowing signs of promise.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Christmas surprise! Santa Barack Obama wins hearts at children’s hospital

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first_imgBesides being a popular President, former US President Barack Obama has also been incredibly close to children and charities supporting child health.To make a mark, yet again, Obama style, Former US President gave a surprise visit to ailing children at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington on Wednesday.Thank you @BarackObama for making our patients’ day so much brighter. Your surprise warmed our hallways and put smiles on everyone’s faces! Our patients loved your companyand your gifts! https://t.co/bswxSrA4sQ #HolidaysAtChildrens #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/qii53UbSRSChildren’s National (@childrenshealth) 19 December 2018″Thank you @BarackObama for making our patients’ day so much brighter. Your surprise warmed our hallways and put smiles on everyone’s faces! Our patients loved your companyand your gifts,” the hospital wrote on Twitter.The father of two, Obama sported a festive Santa hat while carrying sacks of gifts to surprise the children at the facility.In a video released by Children’s National Hospital’s official Twitter handle, Obama can be seen mingling, playing and joking with the kids while being the perfect father Santa this Christmas season.”I just want to say thank you to all of you guys. We’ve had the chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families,” Obama told staff at the hospital.”As the dad of two girls, I can only imagine in that situation to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them, and looking after them… that’s the most important thing there is,” he added.advertisementThey also shared a picture of the 44th US President looking sleek as Santa on their Instagram page. They wrote, “Who said the Grinch stole Christmas?! Our patients and their families received a HUGE holiday surprise when @barackobama warmed our hallways with a huge bag of gifts for our patients! Thank you so much for visiting! #SWIPELEFT to see more! #Holidaysatchildrens #ObamaAndKids #ObamaClaus.”Keeping up the tradition, Obama visited the Boys and Girls Club in Washington last year, while dressed up as Santa.ALSO SEE: Swiggy delivery boy saves 10 people in Mumbai hospital fire. Internet showers loveALSO WATCH: Chinese farmer cultivates millions of cockroaches to consume tonnes of kitchen wastelast_img read more

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India may save 381 mn through sustainable ethanol procurement system

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first_imgNew Delhi: India could save $381 million and ensure consistent supply of ethanol while developing the indigenous industry, says the latest Report by UPES & PLR. It emphasizes on meeting the ethanol blending mandates along with the development of 2G production. The Report suggests that India needs to follow international trends very closely for a robust ethanol ecosystem, which will facilitate substantial foreign exchange savings from reduced dependence on crude as well as increased octane savings. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFounding Partner of PLR Chambers Suhaan Mukerji, highlighting the benefits accrued to Philippines by the implementation of a 2-tier ethanol procurement policy commented, said,”A consistent supply of ethanol while developing the indigenous industry, to meet blending mandates as well as development in 2G production, considering the prices of biofuels is what the Two-tier procurement policy seeks to achieve. For a robust ethanol ecosystem, India needs to follow international trends very closely”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs per the Report, in terms of economic feasibility, there are various issues related to the pricing of ethanol suppliers and OMCs. Sugar mills are riddled with debt to the tune of Rs 16520.63 crores owed to farmers and creditors. Competing industries restrict the supply of ethanol for blending while inconsistency in supply creates a situation of flux for sugar mills, farmers and OMCs alike. “The draft National Energy Policy (NEP) advocates for framing up of a Bioenergy Policy that shall encompass all forms of biomass-based energy. This includes focus on augmenting the supply of ethanol through second generation technologies in addition to the present strategy of promoting ethanol and biodiesel admixtures in liquid transport fuels in an effort towards curbing country’s oil import. It may be noted that Government of India has revisited the National Policy on Biofuels in 2018. While the efforts in this direction is laudable, there is a need for a focused approach to ensure that the blending target is met,” said Dr Vijay Kumar Singh, Professor and Officiating Dean, UPES School of Law. “This will facilitate foreign exchange savings, environmental benefits, and additional benefits through farmers by helping sugar mills clear their debt,” he further added. For the current fiscal, it is estimated that crude oil imports would rise to 233 million tonnes and foreign exchange spending on it would be would go up to $112.7 billion. On the basis of the global trend of biofuels, the Report also highlights that 2Gethanol is still in the nascent stage of development and as of today, the commercial viability and technological success of 2G ethanol are still unproven. With 2G still in the experimental stages, it is 1G ethanol that is majorly used for blending with fuel for facilitating transports.last_img read more

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Jairam Ramesh skips court in Doval defamation case

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday asked Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to appear before it on May 9 after he skipped the hearing on Thursday in connection with a defamation case filed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval. Jairam’s counsel moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance on Thursday before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who allowed his plea. Jairam’s counsel told the court that he had to attend some rituals at his residence after his wife passed away some months ago. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court directed him to appear on May 9. Meanwhile, the court granted bail to The Caravan magazine Editor-in-Chief Paresh Nath and reporter Kaushal Shroff after they appeared before it in pursuance of summons issued against them. In March, the court has summoned Ramesh and others in a defamation case, filed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval. Observing that allegations made against Vivek Doval were “prima facie defamatory”, the court said there exists sufficient grounds to proceed against all the accused. The court was hearing a defamation case filed against Ramesh and others by Vivek in connection with an article titled “The D-Companies”, published on January 16.last_img read more

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Poland should hold referendum on plan for first nuclear power station –

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Calin Georgescu, Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights, said: “Nuclear power is and will remain a controversial topic, and any decision in this regard should be taken on the basis of a wide consultation at the national level.” Speaking after an official visit to Poland, Mr. Georgescu encouraged authorities “to consider organizing a nationwide referendum on this matter.” Poland is planning to have its first nuclear power station on line by 2020, according to media reports. Mr. Georgescu acknowledged that Poland is highly dependent on coal for energy generation, with more than 90 per cent of electricity generated from combustion of coal, and needs to diversify its sources for energy production.He recommended that adequate information be provided to the public, including “the most recent information and scientific data on uranium procurement, on the possible risks associated with the use of nuclear energy and on the solutions envisaged for the safe storage and environmentally sound disposal of nuclear waste generated by the power plant.”The Special Rapporteur said Poland also has challenges in chemical and waste management. “The municipal waste management system needs significant improvements. At present, it does not allow for the segregation of hazardous waste contained in mixed municipal waste streams, and a significant part of this waste continues to be disposed of in municipal waste landfills.”On toxic wastes, too, Mr. Georgescu said the public should be fully informed. “Information currently available is not easily accessible,” he said. “Poland needs to adopt additional measures to facilitate access to information held by public authorities on hazardous chemicals and toxic waste.”Mr. Georgescu, who works in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present a report on his mission to Poland to the UN Human Rights Council in September. 31 May 2011An independent United Nations expert on toxic wastes today urged Poland to consider holding a referendum on its proposed construction of a nuclear energy facility, which would be the first in the European country. read more

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Reaching a deal in national opioids case proving difficult

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says it wants a national settlement over its role in the opioids epidemic, but getting there is proving difficult.Sources familiar with negotiations between Purdue, multiple state attorneys general and lawyers representing scores of local governments have said the talks are essentially at a standstill.The negotiations are complicated by several factors: There are many voices at the table, some attorneys general who prefer putting the company and its controlling family on trial, questions over how a “structured bankruptcy” by Purdue would work, and disagreements over payouts between state and local governments.It’s also uncertain exactly who would need to approve any tentative settlement for it to become final.In the meantime, the first federal trial over the opioids crisis is six weeks away.Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press read more

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Beastie Boys get 17M jury award in NY copyright case against energydrink

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – It’s a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.Thursday’s ruling ends a case in which the two surviving members of the band testified about their staunch opposition to the use of their music in commercial endorsements.“We’re happy,” rapper Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz said outside the courtroom after the federal court jury in Manhattan returned its verdict after a day of deliberations.The Corona, California-based Monster Energy Co. had admitted wrongly using Beastie Boys songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But the beverage maker insisted it should owe no more than $125,000. The Beastie Boys had sought $2 million.Horovitz clasped his wife’s hand tightly in the first row of spectator seating as the judge read aloud a verdict in which jurors found Monster had committed wilful copyright infringement involving five songs: “Sabotage,” ”So Watcha Want,” ”Make Some Noise,” ”Pass the Mic” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun.”Jurors chose to award $120,000 for each of 10 violations of copyright.The jury also awarded an additional $500,000 after finding that Monster used the bands’ persona without permission, suggesting a false endorsement of Monster’s products.The sometimes lighthearted New York rappers were humourless at trial, with Horovitz sitting intently through testimony and deliberations for a case he clearly took seriously. As it became clear the band was getting almost everything it asked for, Horovitz nodded in agreement with several of the findings. He hugged his wife after the verdict.Outside court, he said the band wanted to thank the jury. Jurors had already left the building, with each of them declining comment.Lawyers for Monster said the company would appeal.The eight-day trial featured testimony from Horovitz and bandmate Michael “Mike D” Diamond, who also attended the trial most days. Another member of the band, the gravelly-voiced rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch, died in May 2012 at age 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.Horovitz had testified the legendary hip-hop group would never license songs to endorse commercial products.Diamond testified that the band is protective of and dependent for revenue on its existing catalogue of music since Yauch died.“We cannot tour. We cannot make recordings,” he said.The Beastie Boys, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, have turned out four No. 1 albums and sold more than 40 million records as they helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream over the last three decades. In 1986, they topped the charts with their debut, “Licensed to Ill,” which include the anthem “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”___Follow Larry Neumeister at http://twitter.com/Lneumeister by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2014 5:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beastie Boys get $1.7M jury award in NY copyright case against energy-drink maker Monster read more

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Deutsche Bank says sorry in fullpage German newspaper ads

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by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2017 9:41 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Deutsche Bank says ‘sorry’ in full-page German newspaper ads An apology for the bank’s misbehaviours signed by the CEO of Deutsche Bank John Cryan is published as a newspaper ad in a big German paper in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) FRANKFURT – Deutsche Bank, Germany’s largest lender, has apologized in full-page German newspaper ads for misconduct that has cost the company billions.The ad, signed by CEO John Cryan on behalf of the bank’s top management, ran Saturday in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung.The bank said its past conduct “not only cost us money, but also our reputation and trust.”In December, Deutsche Bank agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over its dealings in opaque bonds based on home loans in 2005-2007. Losses on such bonds packaged and sold by major banks helped start the global financial crisis.Other misconduct cases have included rigging widely-used interest benchmarks along with other big banks and money-laundering violations involving security trades Russia.The ad said “we in the management committee and bank leadership as a whole will do everything in our power to keep such cases from happening again.”Cryan, who became co-CEO with Anshu Jain in 2015 and sole CEO in 2016, had to present a 1.4 billion euro ($1.5 billion) loss for the full year 2016 at the company’s annual news conference on Thursday. Costs for legal settlements have played a role in weak earnings that have undermined the bank’s share price.Cryan also delivered an extensive apology at the news conference.Deutsche Bank is in the midst of a wrenching restructuring, cutting costs and shedding riskier assets to meet tougher regulation aimed at preventing another financial crisis.A news report that the mortgage-bond settlement might be as high as $14 million led to sharp falls in the bank’s share price in September and October and fed speculation the bank might need to raise more capital or seek a government bailout. It did neither. read more

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Brock profs research transformed into a musical production

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Every parent of an active child has spent hours waiting on the sidelines of a team practice or in the wings at a rehearsal.For some, it’s a time to catch up on reading and correspondence — or just a rare opportunity to tune out. But for Dawn Zinga, Professor of Child and Youth Studies and Acting Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Graduate Studies and Research, that time spawned a new research project.Dawn Zinga, Professor of Child and Youth Studies and Acting Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Graduate Studies and Research, with veteran Hamilton Theatre Incorporated director Sharon Reynolds.As the parent of two daughters involved in community theatre and dance, Zinga has spent her fair share of time at rehearsals. Instead of just waiting passively for her kids, Zinga drew inspiration to develop a research project and create a new theatre production.The research idea took hold in 2016 as she watched her youngest daughter, Sarah, perform in a Hamilton Theatre Incorporated (HTI) production of Showstoppers.“As is true of most community theatres, volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization,” says Zinga. “I ended up volunteering as a ‘child wrangler,’ which seemed a fitting application of my child and youth experience.“I started thinking about how children and youth have been conceptualized in Broadway musicals over the ages,” she says. “I wondered if we could develop a production that explored that idea.”Other than her work as a volunteer, Zinga had no prior theatre experience, so part of her research included how to stage a production.Zinga’s child-wrangling skills were called on again the following year when Sarah was cast in another HTI production. No longer a complete novice, Zinga now felt she could approach the show’s creator and director, Sharon Reynolds, to pitch her idea for a new production. Reynolds was intrigued.The two began researching Broadway musicals. They selected songs that reflected “the conceptualization of children and youth, parent-child relationships, families and growing up,” says Zinga.Throughout their time collaborating, Reynolds continued to be involved in other productions for HTI, including High School Musical, which featured another of Zinga’s daughters, 18-year-old Victoria.In the end, 31 musical numbers were selected to become part of what is now known as Broadway Dreamers. HTI agreed to add the show to its 2018-19 season and planning began in earnest to stage the production. Auditions took place in October 2018.Broadway Dreamers is truly a family affair. Zinga’s daughters Victoria and Sarah are among the cast of 19 children and youth, along with four adults.“Ironically, the cast includes four families with multiple participating family members. Three of the adults have at least one child also in the cast,” says Zinga. “This adds an additional dynamic to a production that includes a focus on parent-child relationships.”Until now, Zinga’s research focused on students’ experiences within educational settings, Indigenous education and pedagogies, and young competitive dancers’ experiences. She says her promotion to full professor gave her “the courage to try something completely different.”The project has been supported financially by a Brock Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Institutional Grant.Broadway Dreamers is set to open on Friday, Feb. 15 and run through to March 2 at 140 McNab St. N. in Hamilton. Information on tickets and showtimes is available on the HTI website. read more

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All Brooks Koepka Does Is Win Majors

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When Brooks Koepka outdueled Tiger Woods (and Adam Scott) to win the PGA Championship Sunday afternoon, he joined an exclusive group of golfers with three career major championships to their name. In all of golf history, going back even past the days of Tom Morrises both young and old, only 46 players have ever won three majors. Fewer still have won three in the span of 14 months the way Koepka has, having captured the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens on top of his win at Bellerive Country Club this weekend. Koepka may still have trouble getting recognized by the general public, but he is getting plenty of recognition in golf’s history books.One weird thing about Koepka, though, is that he hasn’t really done much winning outside of golf’s most prestigious events. Other than that pair of U.S. Opens and this recent PGA Championship win, the only official PGA Tour event Koepka has won was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. You don’t have to win a ton of events to make a good living in golf, of course. Koepka has done plenty well for himself, earning nearly $20 million in official money and ranking among the top 20 in FedEx Cup points for four years running. But it’s still striking how much of his success has been concentrated in major championships.Since the PGA Tour was founded, only two golfers with at least three career major wins — Henry Cotton and Peter Thomson — have had a greater share of their total career PGA Tour wins come in majors than Koepka’s 75 percent mark: 2Peter ThomsonAUS5683.3 10Payne StewartUSA31127.3 10Jordan SpiethUSA31127.3 Koepka is in extremely rare — and international — companyFor men’s golfers with at least 3 major championships since the PGA Tour was founded in 1929, share of total PGA Tour wins that were majors 4Nick FaldoENG6966.7 7Gary PlayerZAF92437.5 RankPlayerCountryMajor WinsPGA Tour WinsMajors as Share of Wins * Cotton’s victories were from an era before the PGA European Tour was founded, but were all at events located in Europe.Source: Wikipedia, PGA Tour 6Pádraig HarringtonIRL3650.0 It’s no coincidence that the leaderboard above is littered with foreign-born players who didn’t regularly play on the PGA Tour. For instance, Thomson, an Aussie, won an impressive 84 professional tournaments in his career, but almost all of them were in Europe, Oceania or Asia. Particularly in the early days of pro golf, great non-American players seldom came over to the States to ply their trade, so this metric is a bit skewed for them. That’s why Koepka stands out as the only American remotely close to the top of our list; the next-highest is Larry Nelson at just 30 percent.One reason for Koepka’s odd ratio: His path to greatness contained detours. It included a stint on the second-tier European Challenge Tour out of college — where Koepka won a lot, enough to gain automatic promotion to the main tour within roughly a calendar year. Once there, he remained a card-carrying member of the European Tour through the end of the 2015 season. Since he didn’t play a full season of PGA Tour events until three years ago, he hasn’t had quite as much time to pile up wins in America as we’d expect just from eyeballing the span of his pro career.Still, Koepka owns one of the oddest — and most enviable — major records of any golfer ever. The way he’s playing, he’ll probably rack up ordinary PGA Tour wins before too long, but for now he has saved almost all of his winning for the tournaments that matter most. 1Henry Cotton*ENG33100.0% 3Brooks KoepkaUSA3475.0 5Seve BallesterosESP5955.6 9Rory McIlroyNIR41428.6 8Larry NelsonUSA31030.0 read more

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Demand for ground engaging tools leads Weir to invest in ESCO Newton

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first_imgThe Weir Group says it is investing an additional $15 million in its Newton manufacturing facility, in Mississippi, US, as part of a total $50-million plan to support an additional 150 jobs at the ESCO division plant.When the investment programme is complete, employee numbers will be more than 400, a 60% increase from 2016, Weir Group said.The Newton facility, one of Weir’s largest manufacturing operations, produces ground engaging tools for mining and infrastructure needs and was brought into the group with last year’s acquisition of ESCO. The expansion is slated to be complete by August 2019, Weir Group said.Weir Group CEO, Jon Stanton, said: “The equipment we make in Mississippi is exported around the world and the increased demand from our mining and infrastructure customers gives us great confidence in the future.”The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is providing assistance for workforce training, as well as statutory tax exemptions, according to Weir.MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr, said: “The Weir Group’s ESCO division with its talented employees show the world each day that global manufacturing leaders find the people and place needed for success in Mississippi. For nearly 50 years, ESCO’s workforce has enabled the company to achieve its goals by producing top-quality mining equipment used around the world, and this continued corporate investment demonstrates Weir’s commitment to doing business in our state.”Approximately 80% of the products manufactured at the Newton facility are exported. This makes Weir’s ESCO division the world’s leading supplier of ground engaging tools for the mining industry, Weir said. The facility began operations in Newton in 1971.last_img read more

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More rain and wind forecast tonight so be careful on the roads

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first_img It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, four seconds at a minimumTake special care when driving behind trucks or buses as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces visibilityWatch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility – not parking/side lights and fog lights.Be mindful of Aquaplaning on roads where 100/120kmh speeds applyPedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.Beware of objects being blown out onto the road. Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the roadControl of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds.Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclistsDrive with dipped headlights at all times. Monitor radio weather broadcasts while travellingHere’s the RSA’s advice for driving in flooded conditions:If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. It could be deeper than you think.After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.Always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objectsTake extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions – a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.Clare(View of large swell via MagicSeaweed.com)Clare County Council has reiterated its appeal to people in flood prone locations to remain vigilant during the coming days.Its council engineers are monitoring water levels on the River Fergus and Lower River Shannon. They say the risk of flooding will increase as a result of rainfall this evening and further rainfall up to and including the weekend.The council and emergency services are progressing contingency arrangements, including additional pumping capacity and other flood alleviation measures at flood-prone areas along the River Shannon and River Fergus.The council is also assessing the scale of the damage in the county, and says it is focusing on cleanup and remedial works on damaged infrastructure.Last month, it sent a report to the Government saying that the cost of repairs will run to €23.7m,  but it is now revising this figure upwards.LimerickLimerick saw its highest tidal surge in recent years over the last few days, but no new flooding has been reported in the city or county over the past 24 hours.The Council, An Garda Síochána and the HSE are still on a state of alert and will be for the rest of the week and weekend.Flooding affected approximately 200 acres of Limerick City at the weekend – around 300 houses and up to 2000 people were impacted by the high waters.The council says it is continuing to liaise with residents and business owners affected by flooding.Limerick City and County Council is in talks with the OPW and Central Government regarding the requirement for additional flood defences to be provided at vulnerable locations.High tideThe predicted tide levels for the next two days at Limerick docks are:Tuesday, 4 February: 6.6m at 9.54pmWednesday, 5 February: 6.6m at 10.14am and 6.3pm at 10.40pmCouncil engineers are also monitoring water levels on the Lower River Shannon and on the Mulkear, Maigue and Deel Rivers.Read: “We have to do some serious thinking about long-term flood defences” — Howlin>Read: More flood warnings as Atlantic storm makes its way to Irish shores> THERE WILL BE no let up in the bad weather tonight, and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) wants to ensure that everyone keeps their eye on road safety.Local authorities in the areas affected by the floods over the past few days are working on repairs and on ensuring that flood protection measures are in place.Minister Brian Hayes has admitted that the figure of €10 million that was set aside for immediate humanitarian relief isn’t enough to address the problem. Councils have been encouraged to contact the government today regarding additional funds for repairing flood damage.According to Met Éireann, it will be very wet and very windy this evening, with heavy rain and strong to gale-force southeast winds. There will be severe gusts of rain and further flooding likely, especially in exposed coastal areas of the south and southeast.Tonight, it will also be extremely windy, with more rain or thundery showers and again more risk of flooding.That’s all thanks to another Atlantic storm depression, which is approaching the country today.Expect some mist or fog in some areas too.Road safetyPic: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandThe Road Safety Authority has said that road use may prove “challenging” over the next couple of days, and it is advising all road users to take extra care.The RSA has some advice for people who might be driving over the next day or so:last_img read more

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Four Houston Schools Receive 27000 Books To Restock Libraries Damaged By Harvey

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first_img Share Photo: Braeburn Elementary School via FacebookThis file photo shows Braeburn Elementary, which is one of the HISD schools that will benefit from an initiative to restock the libraries of schools that Hurricane Harvey damaged.Four Houston schools have received 27,000 books to restock their libraries after Hurricane Harvey destroyed them.The Allstate Foundation donated $400,000 to replace books at Braeburn, Hilliard, Mitchell, and Scarborough Elementary schools, which are part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and were among the most damaged in the district.School officials called the damage catastrophic and three of those campuses are being completely rebuilt.HISD estimates it will cost about $100 million.last_img

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Is Microsoft preparing to unveil an Xbox HDTV

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first_imgThis much we know: Microsoft is going to show off something later today in Los Angeles. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess. The smart money so far seems to be on a Microsoft-built tablet, possibly running Windows RT though not one done in collaboration with Barnes and Noble. But what if it’s something unexpected — like an Xbox-powered HDTV?A reportedly leaked document has popped up on the web that offers a strange mix of hardware specs for a device called the Xbox Surface. It starts out sounding very much like a tablet, with a 7-inch LED display that packs 1280×720 pixels. There’s a rechargeable battery rated for 7 hours of untethered use, WiFi, Bluetooth support, and an SD card slot for storage expansion. From there on, the specs take a sharp turn away from tablet territory.The main processor, for example, is pegged as a 6-core 3.1GHz monster — which would necessitate a gargantuan power pack in order to last for 7 hours. For internal storage, a 250GB 2.5-inch 10K RPM SCSI is noted. That’s certainly not the kind of slim, low-power drive you’d expect to find in a tablet. And what about all the ports that are listed? Plenty of tablets offer HDMI and USB — but four USB 3.0 ports seems like a bit of a stretch for a tablet. You also wouldn’t expect to find an RJ45 Ethernet port, component video hook-ups, or an optical audio connector. Not on a tablet. And a 350W power supply would be overkill for a 7-inch device.It’s entirely possible that this spec sheet is a fake. But what the sprinkling of tablet hardware that’s mentioned is the part that’s off the mark? What if Microsoft is planning a device that would beat Apple and the iTV to market and strengthen their already-strong position in the battle for living room dominance? Microsoft wants the Xbox to be the only box in your home entertainment system. Suppose that means one box period and not just one box plus an HDTV. They’ve certainly got the content deals, partners, developer ecosystem, and brand recognition to make an Xbox TV not only happen but also to be a success. They’ve also gambled in the space before and won big.It’s been confirmed that Barnes and Noble is not an integral part of what’s being shown, and that makes the possibility of a tablet a bit more remote. It’s also worth considering the fact that a Microsoft tablet would be a tricky sell since they’re already working with a number of partners very closely on both x86 Windows 8 tablets and ARM devices running Windows RT. Releasing an HDTV would be a less contentious move, particularly if it’s tied closely to the Xbox brand — which only really competes with Sony and Nintendo.Whatever the case may be, let’s hope that Microsoft is planning on dropping a real bomb tonight… and not simply showing off some Windows RT tablets or notebooks or offering up a deeper dive into Smart Glass.via Shifted2Ulast_img read more

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North Sense implant turns you into a human compass

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first_imgDo you want a sixth sense? No, not the ability to read minds, but another way to perceive the world beyond sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell? The ambitious transhumanists at Cyborg Nest have the tech for you. Artificial Senses is the company’s line of implants designed to enhance your perception of reality. The debut product, North Sense, turns you into a human compass.Cyborg Nest’s description is a little more poetic. North Sense connects would-be posthumans to the Earth’s magnetic field, letting them feel the flow of space and the “ancient sense of direction.” You don’t even have to cut yourself open or take any drugs to make it work. Instead, you attach a tiny, almost drone-shaped external device to your skin. Cyborg Next recommends hiring a professional body piercer to anchor North Sense under your collarbone, but any area will do. The company estimates the final implant won’t exceed 2.5cm.Now that you’re evolved, you’ll be able to sense Magnetic North based on North Sense’s vibrations. It pairs with an app and requires no internet connection. However, it does eventually need to be recharged and can be thrown off by interfering magnetic forces like any compass. Magnets, how do they work? When North Sense isn’t vibrating it should feel comfortable against your skin due to its silicone components and air flow accommodations.You can pre-order North Sense now for £250 ($367). The initial 2,000 units should ship in September. What will Cyborg Nest’s next Artificial Sense be? An implant that lets you smell success? A device that lets you feel the heat of the moment? This is how we get to Deus Ex’s Mechanical Apartheid.last_img read more

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Unstable exchange rate may put businesses in dire straits Mitra

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first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra said on Thursday that an unstable real exchange rate due to borrowing of foreign money may jeopardise the businesses in the country.Mitra also urged the businessmen to be careful while borrowing foreign money. He was speaking at the inauguration of the new Integrated Leather Complex at Bantala on Thursday. He said that if any foreign banks hike the interest rates, it will affect the borrowers. Sharing some Bengal-specific data, Mitra said planned expenditure in the state has increased six times in last eight years, while the capital expenditure in the state has increased 11 times. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to Mitra, the physical infrastructure in the state has also increased five times. The Bengal government has increased the allotment in agriculture as well. During his speech, Mitra has given a detailed account of how the Centre has reduced budgetary allocation in different schemes in the current financial Budget, pointing out the 1.8 percent reduction in allotment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Centre has also slashed the budgetary allocation for the umbrella schemes for scheduled castes by 28.4 percent. Mitra, during his recent speech on the Union Budget, had said that where unemployment rate of the country stands at 6.1 percent, the figure in Bengal at 4.6 percent is much lower than the national average. It may be mentioned that the Narendra Modi government often claims that it is carrying out development projects for the people belonging to the scheduled castes category. Many have since raised questions on the implementation of the schemes.last_img read more

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8 of the Coolest Projects to Come Out of X Googles Moonshot

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first_imgJanuary 23, 2019 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Since 2010, Google has dedicated resources to Moonshot projects, forward thinking endeavors designed to solve the world’s biggest problems. So what has the Alphabet-owned company been cooking up?To start, it’s not entirely a surprise that a division with an emphasis on science fiction is intent on making robots a reality. Not much is available to the public on this particular area, but according to the X website, “teams are investigating how machine learning can be used to teach robots new skills that will enable them to reliably perform useful tasks in unstructured environments.” (Alphabet formerly owned Boston Robotics.)So all in good time, we suppose.Read on for some of the most intriguing projects being worked on in X, the Moonshot Factory.Related: These Are the 10 Highest Paying Jobs at GoogleMakaniMakani energy kites, which look like model airplanes tricked out with a bunch of propellers and have the wingspan of a smaller jet plane, are X’s attempt to better harness wind energy. They can generate up to 600 kilowatts of energy, which is enough to power roughly 300 homes. So how does it work? The M600 kite is attached to a ground station, and as the kite is flown, the wind moves through the propellers and the spinning action generates power, which is then sent down to the grid via a tether.Glass Enterprise EditionThough the company’s first stab at Google Glass proved that we weren’t quite ready to wear computers on our faces in casual social settings, the Moonshot factory is currently working on Glass Enterprise Edition, designed with manufacturing and outdoor workers in mind. The idea is that Glass can be clipped onto safety goggles or shields, so if something needs to be repaired, for example, workers can use the display to read directions.Free Space Optics This project is working to bring high-speed internet to areas that do not have access without requiring extensive digging and the laying of lines. Essentially, free space optics is the utilization of beams of light to transmit high speed data between point A and point B. It is currently being implemented in Andhra Pradesh, a state in India.Waymo As of the end of the 2016, with more than 2 million miles in the books — roughly 300 years of human driving, including the first ride on public roads — Google’s self-driving car project graduated from X. Now named Waymo, its first public trial is currently happening in Phoenix, Ariz.Related: Three Things To Learn From Google’s Workplace CultureWingDeveloped in an effort to increase access to goods and reduce traffic and pollution, this effort to create delivery drones made its first real-world deliveries in 2014, bringing first-aid supplies, candy, dog treats and water to farmers in Queensland, Australia. In 2016, it completed what was at the time the largest and longest drone delivery in the U.S., when students at Virginia Tech got air dropped some delicious burritos. The project officially graduated in July 2018.Loon  Project Loon was developed to try a different way of connecting people to the internet — instead of wires in the ground, a network of stratospheric balloons. In 2017, Loon worked with Spanish telecom firm Telefonica to provide internet connectivity to people in Peru who had to leave their homes due to flooding. After Hurricane Maria in 2018, Loon worked with AT&T and T-Mobile to get more than 200,000 people in Puerto Rico back online.VerilyThis team is focused on improving medical tech, developing prototypes for smart contact lenses that could accurately measure biological markers in our eyes, nanotech that could potentially identify and latch onto cancer cells and wearables that could tell when those nanoparticles found the cells and eating utensils that could help users with hand tremors or limited mobility.MaltaOne way you probably didn’t realize you could store energy was in giant tanks of molten salt and chilled liquid. But Malta does just that, sending electricity back to the grid when it’s needed the most. The team is currently at work developing a pilot plant to show whether the tech can be used at a broad commercial scale.last_img read more

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AsiaPacific Food Coatings Market Will Hitt to Reach 99041 Million by

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first_imgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Asia-Pacific Food Coatings Market by Type, Application, and Form: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 20182025, the Asia-Pacific food coatings market size was $572.00 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $990.41 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 7.1% from 2018 to 2025. In 2017, the meat & seafood segment accounted for more than one-third of the share in the Asia-Pacific market in terms of value.Download Sample Copy Of Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5067Food coating is the process of applying or coating an edible item on the surface of a food product to aid in the cooking process. The food coatings considered in the report include predusts, batters, breadings, specialty crumbs, oven coatings, tempura batters, and others. These coatings are available in several forms and textures, and each form has different applications. For example, batters can be used to avoid moisture loss while preparing delicate food items such as tender meat or fish. In addition, breadings have become a popular option that are applied as coatings to fried or baked foods to achieve crunchy texture.Increase in popularity of fast-food restaurants majorly boosts the growth of the Asia-Pacific food coatings market. China and Japan are the largest consumers of food coatings, owing to the presence of large urban population base and surge in number of quick-service restaurants (QSRs) such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Subway, and Dunkin Donuts. These outlets rely on the use of food coatings such as batter, breading, oven coating, predust, and others to improve taste and visual appeal of the served food items, thereby fueling the market growth. In addition, growth of retail chains in India, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and others leads to huge availability of food coatings as well as beef, pork, poultry, seafood, and other meat products. Food coatings serve as the important ingredients that are used while cooking fried and crusted meat, which further increases their demand, thereby driving the Asia-Pacific food coatings market growth.Send Me Enquire @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5067In 2017, the predust coatings type accounted for the highest market share in the Asia-Pacific region, and is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period. Predust or duster is a type of food coat, which contains unprocessed flour or a blend of egg whites, starch, and other minor ingredients such as spices and salts. It is dusted over a food item to prepare the surface of a substrate before the second coat is applied to it.In 2017, the meat & seafood segment accounted for the highest market share in the Asia-Pacific food coatings market. Meat & seafood products are rich in essential minerals, and micro- & macronutrients, especially vitamin B12, iron, zinc, selenium, and protein. These products can be cooked in a variety of ways in which food coatings help enhance the organoleptic properties and visual appeal of the cooked meat & seafood products. Moreover, rise in the affluent population coupled with the emergence of busy life supplements the growth of the coatings market.However, rise in costs of production due to fluctuating ingredient prices hampers the Asia-Pacific food coating market growth. In addition, increase in health concerns such as obesity, heart disease, liver damage, and diabetes associated with fried food is anticipated to lower the demand of fast food, which in turn limits the adoption of food coatings. Conversely, surge in investments by players in R&D to produce gluten-free flours for batters is expected to provide opportunities of growth for the food coatings market in the Asia-Pacific region.Key Findings of the Asia-Pacific Food Coatings Market :• In 2017, China was the highest contributor to the Asia-Pacific food coatings market in terms of value and volume, growing at a CAGR of 7.4% and 6.2%, respectively, from 2018 to 2025.• In 2017, predust segment was the highest contributor to the Asia-Pacific food coatings market in terms of value, and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2018 to 2025.• In 2017, batter segment is expected to growth at the highest CAGR of 8.6% from 2018 to 2025.• In 2017, meat & seafood segment accounted for the highest market share in food coatings market, and is estimated to grow at CAGRs of 6.5%.• In 2017, India accounted for a prominent market share in food coatings market, and is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGRs of 9.2%.In terms of value, China and India collectively contributed around two-fifths of the market share in the Asia-Pacific food coatings market in 2017.Direct Purchase This Report with Best Offer: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/checkout-final/8f3d887e20a6099a941de5137bb2f4dcThe leading players in the Asia-Pacific food coatings market have focused on product launch as their key strategy to gain a significant share in the market. The key players profiled in the report include DPS/Dutch Protein & Services B.V., Kerry Inc., McCormick & Company, Inc., Continental Mills, Inc., TNA Australia Pty Limited, Bowman Ingredients, Cargill, Bhler AG, Dumoulin, GEA Group, and JBT Corporation.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1?855?550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Carnival Corp to build new ships for HAL and Princess Cruises

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, January 20, 2017 Tags: Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises MIAMI — Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build two new cruise ships for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises, with final contracts expected to be completed in early 2017. With the new agreement, Carnival Corporation now has 19 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2022.Holland America Line’s new ship will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, with an expected delivery in 2021. The 99,500-ton, 2,660-guest ship will be its third Pinnacle class vessel, following the design of the line’s newest and largest ship, ms Koningsdam, and its sister ship, Nieuw Statendam, scheduled for delivery in November 2018.Princess Cruises’ new 145,000-ton ship will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, with an expected delivery in 2022. It will carry 3,660 passengers and will be its sixth Royal class vessel. In addition, 81% of all staterooms will have balconies, a central atrium hub will offer multiple dining and entertainment venues, and an outdoor movie screen will be the largest one at sea.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“We are extremely pleased to formally announce these two new ships and build on the success and popularity of their sister ships already sailing guests around the globe,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “Our goal is to exceed expectations of the 11.5 million guests who sail with us each year, and these new ships will offer more opportunities for our guests to create lifelong vacation memories while generating added excitement around the fast-growing global demand for cruise vacations.”Specific features and amenities for both ships, along with deployment details, will be revealed in the coming months. For more information, visit carnival.com The Canadian Press Carnival Corp. to build new ships for HAL and Princess Cruises Posted bylast_img read more

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