In Italy, researchers blast proposal to ban seafloor mapping with air guns

first_imgScientists in Italy are protesting a move by politicians to outlaw the use of high-pressure blasts of air to map the sea floor. Backers of the ban say it is needed to protect marine mammals and other creatures that can be harmed by the noise created by so-called air guns. But opponents argue the measure—which includes jail terms of up to 3 years for violators—would damage research and energy prospecting efforts in Italian waters, and that there are less onerous ways to protect sea life.Air guns, which are towed by ships, use compressed air to generate sound waves that reflect off seafloor rock formations. Differences in the reflections allow researchers to map seafloor geology, and such seismic surveys are often used to identify new sources of oil and gas, as well as earthquake-generating faults or magma chambers that could create volcanic eruptions. But the noise created by air guns has been implicated in disturbing marine environments, and even causing the deaths of some marine mammals. As a result, many nations require survey vessels to take steps to protect sea life, such as halting surveys if animals are seen nearby or forbidding measurements in particularly sensitive regions or during certain seasons.No country has banned the technique outright, however, notes Elisabetta Erba, president of the Italian Geological Society in Rome. The Italian ban, which is part of an environmental protection bill, was proposed by two center-right senators and approved by Parliament’s upper house on a 114 to 103 vote on 3 March. 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The research bosses argue that the drafters of the measure are not really concerned about the environment but want to block oil and gas exploration—a sensitive subject given the considerable opposition in Italy to new onshore and offshore drilling. They also claim that the parliamentary debate on the measure contained many scientific errors. It is “incomprehensible,” they write, that politicians did not seek their institutes’ views on the matter.One of the senators who put forward the amendment, former surgeon Giuseppe Compagnone of the GAL parliamentary coalition, says he is not confident that the measure will become law. The lower house is dominated by supporters of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government, he notes, which opposed the measure in the Senate.It is not yet known exactly when the lower chamber will vote. If it makes any changes to the bill, the measure must return to the Senate for an additional vote.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: 4 Japanese athletes sent home after ‘night out with women’

first_imgFour players of the Japanese national basketball team have been sent home after they “spent the night in a hotel with women.”Japanese delegation head Yasuhiro Yamashita confirmed on Monday that the athletes have been kicked out due to their actions. The players were even made to pay for their return flights home.Yamashita told a news conference that the four players met up with the women after eating and drinking and were easily identified by wearing Japan-emblazoned shirts in an entertainment district.Asian Games 2018: Full Coverage”I met with the athletes and they deeply regret what they did,” Yamashita said. “I apologize from the bottom of my heart as the head of the delegation.”The incident took place after Japan’s 82-71 win over Qatar in a group-stage game last Thursday. Japan lost its first game against Taiwan 71-65.Asian Games 2018 Day 2 Live UpdatesJapanese Olympic officials said they learned of the incident after a newspaper published photographs of the players out on the town.The JOC identified the four as Takuya Hashimoto, Keita Imamura, Yuya Nagayoshi, and Takuma Sato, and said the players had to pay for their own flights home from Jakarta.The JOC said the players’ behavior was a “clear breach of the team’s conduct code, which specifies athletes are to be role models.”The eight remaining players in the Japan squad have a game against Hong Kong on Wednesday.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

GDF SUEZ, Tohoku Ink LNG Sales Deal

first_imgGDF Suez, May 20, 2014 zoom GDF SUEZ and the Japanese utility company Tohoku signed on 16 May 2014 in Paris a long term LNG sale and purchase Heads of Agreement. Under this new agreement GDF SUEZ commits to deliver 270,000 tonnes per year (tpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Tohoku Electric Power. The long term contract will start in 2018 and last for a 20-year period.Volumes will be supplied with natural gas from the US which will be liquefied in the Cameron LNG plant. GDF SUEZ will be one of the first companies to supply Asia with American LNG, thanks to its LNG carrier’s fleet and a diversified LNG portfolio.The Cameron LNG export project the partners of which are GDF SUEZ, Sempra, Mitsubishi and Mitsui has received conditional approvals from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partial agreement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and is likely to be finally sanctioned within the course of this year.Jean-Marie Dauger, Executive Vice-President of GDF SUEZ in charge of the Global Gas & LNG business line commented: “This sales agreement seals our first long term LNG sale with a Japanese partner, as well as the emergence of US LNG contributing to Japan energy supply, thanks to the benefit of the shale gas revolution in America. Such a contract shows how GDF SUEZ strategy is right in the heart of the present world energy challenges.”GDF SUEZ has the third largest LNG supply portfolio in the world, supplied from six different countries, and representing 16 million tonnes per year. It controls a large fleet of 14 LNG carriers under mid and long term charter agreements.  The group has also a significant presence in regasification terminals around the world, including FSRUs and in liquefaction projects.last_img read more

Trudeau to Trump Auto import tariffs would hit US economy just as

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau said he plans to tell U.S. President Donald Trump that his threat to slap tariffs of up to 25 per cent on vehicle imports would have an “incredibly negative effect” on the American economy.The president’s request on Wednesday that U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross consider whether the imports of automobiles and auto parts threaten national security is likely linked to troubled negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, the prime minister said.“We know everything is tied to the ongoing negotiations with NAFTA,” Trudeau told reporters in La Malbaie, Que., site of the upcoming G7 Summit in early June.“It’s clear we don’t take anything lightly but it’s certain that to try and understand what the links are between the national security of the U.S. and cars potentially made in Ontario, it’s starting to become less and less pertinent or justified in any kind of rigorous or intellectually logical way.”Tariffs that hurt Canada will hurt the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry as well, Trudeau said, adding some automobile pieces cross the border six times before they end up in an assembled car.“We will continue to be very firm in our defence of Canadian auto workers while underlining that to attack Canada, it will end up hurting the U.S. too, and no one wants that,” the prime minister said.The tariff threat is “perplexing” because it would make cars more expensive in the United States if imposed, said David Adams, president of Global Automakers of Canada, which represents Japanese car manufacturers Honda Motor Company, Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp.“The prospect of a tariff on imported vehicles is obviously disconcerting and I would think particularly so for American consumers who would end up paying more for their vehicles,” he said Thursday.The harm in Canada caused by tariffs would vary depending on how severe and wide ranging they are, he said.“Maybe other countries were in mind when the president was contemplating that but the reality is the two largest importers into the United States are Canada and Mexico,” he said.The Canadian auto sector supports about 500,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association. About 95 per cent of Canadian-made vehicles are exported to the United States.A vehicle tariff that includes Canada could penalize American manufacturers Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., which have assembly plants in Canada, as well as Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.The tariffs could be devastating, but it’s doubtful the U.S. will go through with them because the resulting higher costs would give competitors in Europe and elsewhere a competitive advantage, said Sui Sui, an associate professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management.“From Canada’s side, higher tariffs mean higher prices and also less demand,” she said. “In that case, there’s the possibility that factories close down, things move to the U.S.”The threat is typical of Trump’s “brinkmanship” negotiating style, she added, and not necessarily indicative of his intentions.Talks aimed at rewriting NAFTA have stalled between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with the discussions at an impasse over rules for car production. The initiation of the trade investigation could be seen as an attempt to gain leverage in the talks with the two U.S. neighbours.Trump said in a statement on Wednesday that “core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a nation.”U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that efforts to renegotiate the trade agreement could spill into next year.Trump brought a little-used weapon to his fight to protect auto workers: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The provision authorizes the president to restrict imports and impose unlimited tariffs on national security grounds.The Trump administration used that authority in March to slap tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum imports, although it gave a reprieve to Canada and Mexico.Critics fear that other countries will retaliate or use national security as a pretext to impose trade sanctions of their own.The tariff threat is likely meant to pressure Mexico into accepting U.S. demands for NAFTA changes that would shift more auto production to the U.S. from Mexico, said Daniel Ujczo, a trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC.But he questioned whether it would work.“I do not believe that it will have the desired effect,” Ujczo said. “Everyone knows that (the investigation) will take too long and has no chance of surviving any legal challenge.”Mexico has so far resisted U.S. attempts to get higher regional content rules in the auto industry and move production to higher-wage U.S. and Canadian factories.The U.S. has also sought to change NAFTA’s dispute-resolution system and include a sunset clause that would allow countries to exit after five years.— With files from Giuseppe Valiante in Montreal and The Associated PressFollow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Playing footsies with white supremacists The story of a councillors Facebook post

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, when a Barrie, Ont., city councillor wrote a long post criticizing two local MPs for “playing footsies with white supremacists” he might have been expecting some pushback. But nobody thought it would end in two defamation suits, an official reprimand and a long and passionate council meeting.Keenan Aylwin’s story is one that’s probably going to happen elsewhere as election rhetoric heats up. With white supremacists becoming increasingly unafraid to voice their opinions in public, what duty do politicians have to disavow their support? And if they don’t, what can those politicians’ opponents do about it?GUEST: Fatima Syed, National ObserverAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at read more

DLF’s over Rs 3,000 cr QIP closed

first_imgNew Delhi: Realty major DLF Thursday fixed an issue price of Rs 183.4 per share under its QIP programme that closed Thursday. On Monday, DLF, the country’s largest real estate firm in market value, had launched its qualified institutional placement (QIP) offering up to 17.3 crore shares to investors. In a regulatory filing, DLF said the Securities Issuance Committee has declared the closure of the QIP on Thursday. The panel also approved the issue price of Rs 183.40 per equity share, which is at a discount of 4.98 per cent (i.e. Rs 9.61 per share) to the floor price of Rs 193.01 per share. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAt Rs 183.4 per share, the company would raise Rs 3,172 crore. According to sources, DLF’s QIP issue was oversubscribed by two times, enabling the company to raise around Rs 3,200 crore. Major institutional investors who participated in QIP offer include Oppenheimer, UBS, HSBC, Marshall & Wace, Myriad, Key Square, Goldman Sachs, Indus, Eastbridge, Tata Mutual Fund and HDFC Mutual Fund, sources had said. With an aim to become a debt-free company, DLF had last year announced plans to issue shares through QIP to raise funds and pre-pay loans. This is the third major fund raising from DLF. In 2007, DLF had raised about Rs 9,200 crore through an IPO.last_img read more

Saudi Men Banned From Marrying Bengali, Pakistani, Chadian, Burmese Women

Meknes – A new law in Saudi Arabia bans men from Marrying Bengali, Pakistani, Chadian and Burmese women, while it sets new restrictive rules on marrying Moroccan women.According to the Saudi daily Makkah newspaper, any Saudi man who wishes to marry a Moroccan woman has to prove that her profile is free of any crimes and serious diseases, and that she is not a drug addict.Even though a Moroccan woman’s profile meets all the requirements, in order to be able to marry an already married Saudi man, he must obtain formal approval from his first wife. In addition, an applicant who is already married to a Saudi woman must attach a medical report on the status of his wife, confirming that she is sick, disabled, or cannot give birth.The newspaper added that “Saudis will not be able to marry citizens of four nationalities,” namely Chad, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Burmese.Speaking to the same newspaper, the director of the Mecca Police, Major General Assaf Qurashi said that requests for marriage from outside Saudi Arabia are made through official procedures under very strict terms. Among those restrictions, the age gap between the couple must not exceed 25 years.To marry from outside the Kingdom or the GCC, Saudis must submit an application to a government committee and wait for the approval or rejection, which could take quite a long time.There have been no official statements from the government clarifying these tougher curbs on mixed marriage, tougher conditions on marrying foreigners, precisely Moroccans, and barring Saudis from marrying women from certain Muslim countries.Islam imposes no restrictions for men wishing to marry non-Muslim, let alone Muslim women.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Honda reports fiscal quarterly loss, to streamline models

TOKYO — Honda has reported a loss for January-March, despite growing sales, as an unfavourable exchange rate, income tax expenses and other costs hurt results.Honda Motor Co. reported Wednesday a 13 billion yen ($118 million) loss for the fiscal fourth quarter, a reversal from a 107.7 billion yen profit the previous fiscal year.Quarterly sales rose 3% to 4.05 trillion yen ($37 billion).For the fiscal year through March, Honda recorded a 610.3 billion yen ($5.5 billion) profit, down 42% on year because of an absence of a U.S. tax break, which boosted earnings the previous year.Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo announced Honda will streamline its product offerings, consolidating model variations, and increase parts-sharing to cut costs.He said the first model developed under the new “architecture” will launch next year.The Associated Press read more

UN study reveals impact of climate change in livelihoods in Sahel and

The study, released during the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, provides new evidence revealing how changing climatic conditions are having an impact on the natural resources available in 17 West African countries.This change, combined with population growth and weak governance has led to greater competition over scarce resources and changing migration patterns, increasing the risk of conflict.“This analysis underlines how competition between communities for scarce resources, especially land, water and forests, is already a reality in West Africa,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Regional cooperation will be key to diffusing tensions, managing down the risks and curtailing the possibilities of increased conflict and environmentally-induced migration.” The study calls for more investments in climate change adaptation policies to prevent conflict in the region, adding pressure on governments to reach a new international climate agreement in Durban, where thousands of representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society are meeting to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution.The study, Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel, identifies ‘hotspots’ with changing temperature trends over the past 40 years which have caused severe flooding and droughts, significantly altering people’s livelihoods. Many of these hotspots are in the central part of the Sahel, in Niger, Burkina Faso, northern and coastal Ghana, as well as northern Togo, Benin and Nigeria.According to the study, the visible consequences of climate change include increased competition for freshwater and land among fishermen and farmers which has led to tensions and conflict, the destruction of crops due to droughts which has forced farmers to migrate and has led to an increase in food prices, and population displacement paired with cattle and crop losses due to floods.In particular, the study states that areas where there is conflict such as Chad and northern Niger are more vulnerable to the effects of changing climatic conditions, compared to more politically stable areas.The study recommends implementing adaptation policies that take into account migration and conflict patterns and that promote livelihood alternatives to reduce the population’s vulnerability to climate change, as well as increasing regional cooperation and boosting sustainable farming practices.Mr. Steiner said the study spotlights “the urgent need for scaled-up investments in adaptation, moving forward on the Green Fund and supportive measures such as reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation as well as realizing the climate finance of $100 billion a year by 2020.”The study is the result of a joint effort by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN office of the Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN University (UNU), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), with technical input from the University of Salzburg’s Centre for Geoinformatics.Climate change adaptation policies have gained increasing attention at Durban. Yesterday, the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, an international association of local governments committed to sustainable development, signed the Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government.The charter calls upon local, sub-nation and regional governments to accelerate their adaptation efforts by committing to a series of measures, including conducting impact and vulnerability assessments, aligning with mitigation strategies, creating partnerships, and incorporating adaptation in local government planning.Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström called it “the best possible start to a critical week in the life of this planet,” and said it was “encouraging to see city mayors and local governments forging ahead and agreeing to mainstream adaptation in local government development planning.” 5 December 2011Climate change is already having an impact in the livelihoods of millions of people in the Sahel and West Africa, according to a new United Nations study released today, which calls for governments to implement policies that will prevent competition for resources, conflict and forced migration in the region. read more

Maldives denies breach of protocol in Sri Lanka arrest

The Maldives says it has always extended maximum cooperation to the Sri Lankan Government in apprehending individuals suspected of involvement in, or have links to, terrorist activities in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The request was made following a court warrant to arrest Ashraf in connection with the on-going investigation on the blast in the Presidential Launch in September. It has to be noted that when Ashraf was arrested, he did not have a valid travel document to remain in Sri Lanka. The High Commission noted that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Maldives Police Service and the Sri Lankan Police Force, was signed in the presence of the leaders of both countries, on 22 January 2014, that has streamlined cooperation in many areas of law enforcement including apprehending individuals suspected of terrorism offences. It is for the mutual benefit that the two countries continue with such cooperation.Sri Lanka suffered from the menace of terrorism for nearly three decades, and during that time, one frustration was that many countries harboured fugitives who had links with terrorist activities in Sri Lanka. “No country will allow a foreigner to remain in the country without a valid travel document. The Government of Maldives highly appreciates the gesture of goodwill shown by the Sri Lankan Government in apprehending Ashraf. The High Commission wishes to note that the law enforcement agencies of the Maldives and Sri Lanka have excellent relationship that has worked well for both the countries,” the High Commission added. The Maldives High Commission in Colombo insisted that the High Commission has not, in anyway, breached the established diplomatic protocols when the Sri Lankan authorities arrested and expelled Maldivian national, Ahmed Ashraf, from Sri Lanka on 2 November 2015.Ashraf was arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities after the Government of Maldives made a formal request to the Sri Lankan Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on 30 October 2015 to arrest Mr Ashraf and send him back to the Maldives as soon as possible. read more

Tamil Nadu fishermen claim they were attacked by Sri Lankans at sea

According to sources, six fishermen from Nagore, Aryanattutheru and Vanagiri from the district, who had ventured into the sea for fishing on September 27, were intercepted by eight persons, who were on boats fitted with high-speed engines. Nine fishermen from Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu have been injured in continuing mid-sea attacks against them, allegedly by Sri Lankan nationals, The Hindu newspaper reported.This is the third consecutive day that fishermen of the district have returned ashore with injuries after being attacked while fishing. Five fishermen with injuries were admitted to Nagapattinam Government Hospital on Thursday and three more on Friday. On Saturday, two groups of nine fishermen were admitted to the hospital. After getting on board their boat, the assailants allegedly hit Indian fishermen with logs and iron rods, about 15 to 18 nautical miles off the Kodiyakarai coast, sources in the Fisheries Department said. With the assailants taking away the catch, nets and GPS devices of the Indian fishermen, officials here said they are not sure of their identity. “We do not know whether the attackers are pirates or Sri Lankan fishermen. They are suspected to be from Sri Lanka as they reportedly spoke both Sinhalese and Tamil,” an official said.The injured fishermen, Kannan, 40, Prathapan, 34, Vijaya Kumar, 33, Balamurugan, 18, Manibalan, 20, and Ganesamurthy, 32, were rushed to the hospital by local people after they managed to return to Nagapattinam on Saturday morning. Another group of three fishermen of Seruthur returned with injuries after being attacked mid sea. The injured, Sudhakar, 40, Dharman, 37, and Kumar, 36, were admitted to the Nagapattinam Government Hospital.O.S. Manian, Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, accompanied by Collector S. Suresh Kumar, called on the injured at the hospital. read more

Womens Gymnastics No 25 Ohio State falls to third in NCAA regionals

The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team huddles up at the close of the 2018 NCAA Regional gymnastics competition Saturday, April 7 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterAlthough not the favorite, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team had the advantage of competing in its own gym for a chance of securing one of two berths in the NCAA championships.The No. 25 Buckeyes needed to close a gap of .250 with Arkansas in the final rotation. In the end, their season ended short by .225.“I’m going to be disappointed for a solid night when it’s that close,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “To know that what I told them all year, that they’re good enough, that they could be in the mix, was true, and it was certainly a lot of fun being in the mix. It was so exciting for the girls, and so good for the returners to have a good experience like that, coming back for next year. But of course, we’re all a little disappointed because it was just that close.”The Buckeyes, however, will be represented at the championships on April 20-21 with junior Jamie Stone qualifying as an individual event specialist after sharing the podium on floor exercise and vault. “It didn’t really hit me until we were going into awards, and I was like ‘Wait, maybe this could be it, maybe not,’” Stone said. “When I landed [on vault] I was very excited to stick. We have a saying ‘stick city, baby’ and they said that before I went, so when I did it, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that really worked.’ So it was exciting.” Ohio State ended its season with a 49.150 team score on the vault. Arkansas scored 49.175 on uneven bars to send the Buckeyes packing. No. 3 UCLA (197.650) and No. 10 Arkansas (196.775) finished first and second, respectively, to qualify for the NCAA championship competition that will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Ohio State’s 196.500 fell just shy of qualifying for the championship, finishing ahead of No. 15 Boise State (196.225) and ahead of Pittsburgh (195.125) and Kent State (194.900). The Buckeyes’ best event came in their third event on floor exercise where they earned a 49.300 mark, second behind UCLA (49.375). On floor exercise, junior Jamie Stone tied for second place with a 9.900 tally with Arkansas’ Sarah Shaffer, Kent State’s Abigail Fletcher, UCLA’s Felicia Hano and Gracie Kramer and Western Michigan’s individual event specialist Rachael Underwood. Stone earned her second 9.900 score of the night and a career-high mark on on vault, tying for first place with UCLA’s Anna Glenn and Pauline Tratz and Arkansas’ Braie Speed. Ohio State began the night on uneven bars with a 49.200 total. Sophomore Olivia Aepli led the team with a 9.875 finish to tie for fourth place.The Buckeyes finished with a 48.850 score on balance beam, the team’s second event of the night. Senior Alexis Mattern posted a team-high 9.825 score for the Buckeyes. Arkansas posted a 49.175 on beam.Heading into the final rotation trailing by a slight margin, Ohio State knew it had to be sharp to secure the national bid.“We were trying to put a little heat on Arkansas. That’s a more technical event [on bars], so we felt good thinking, ‘Gosh, if we just nail these landings,’” Paulicivic said. “We knew we were going to need a little help from them making little mistakes, and they didn’t, so kudos to them.”  The effort wasn’t enough, ending the Buckeyes’ season. “We were 100 percent prepared, that this was going to be a fight, and that we were going to have to leave everything out here, one last time, and see where it got us,” Mattern said. “It was really fun, a lot of hype, a lot of anticipation. We were really anxious to come in here, just because we knew we were ready. And for the first time, we hit 24/24 [routines] with no regrets and walked away with our heads held high.” read more

Nordic countries report tenfold increase in newly discovered copper resources

first_imgWorldwide exploration activity (as measured by the number of prospects where drilling is reported) is currently barely one-third the level of end-2011. However, the number of prospects reporting exploration activity in the Nordic countries has remained relatively unaffected. Moreover, the reported tonnage of new resources in that region increased for most metals last year compared with the new resource tonnage reported in 2011. The picture shows a Caterpillar 795 at Aitik copper mine in Sweden.According to the annual State of the Market: Nordic Region report from IntierraRMG, there was an almost ten-fold increase in newly found copper resources announced in the Nordic countries last year, compared with the tonnage unveiled in 2011. IntierraRMG Managing Director, Peter Rossdeutscher expands further; Additional “gold resources rose almost four-fold in the Nordic region in 2012, and the tonnage of rare earth minerals almost tripled. However, new nickel resources were half the tonnage of 2011, and iron-ore resources reported in the Nordic area were only one-third of the level announced in 2011.”The report notes that the number of prospects reporting drilling activity in the Nordic region has averaged about ten per month for the past three years. In contrast, the global total has slumped from a high of circa 900 prospects per month two years ago to only 300 prospects/month for the past six months. Actual exploration expenditure in the Nordic countries is dominated by Sweden, Finland and Greenland; with each reporting exploration expenditure of around €80 million ($108 million) last year.Rossdeutscher concludes; “On a project basis, Finland and Sweden dominate the region’s drilling activity. Finland contributed almost three-quarters of the Nordic gold exploration in 2012 (in terms of the number of active prospects), and Finland and Sweden contributed a combined 82% of the region’s copper exploration. Greenland dominates the search for rare earth minerals (with six of the nine Nordic prospects in 2012), and drilling activity in Greenland was reported for a total of ten different metals last year. Exploration in Norway was reported for gold, copper and nickel, with the latter metal being the target in all four countries.”last_img read more

Facebook tests charging 1 for guaranteed inbox delivery

first_imgIn what Facebook is calling a “small experiment,” some users are about to test a possible new strategy in message organization and revenue creation: a $1 charge to redirect a message bound for the graveyard of the Other category to the Facebook inbox instead.The Other message box is mostly a repository for messages from groups and events–notoriously unnecessary updates that most people were happy to have shifted subtly out of sight. More troublesome was the fact that it is also the resting place of individual messages from users with no or few mutual friends. This effectively filters out most spam messages, but it also mistakenly grabs hold of the occasional message from (gasp) a stranger, as well. This move would allow a particularly zealous new acquaintance to bump their message more directly into your visual field.The implications are fairly large, both for potential income and abuse. The idea was to set a price low enough to keep from squeezing users too hard, but high enough to make mass spamming impossible. Still, many worry that Facebook’s advertisers might see a fee of $5 million for the right to reach 5 million people as just fine and dandy, especially if it guarantees the message is front and center in each inbox.A Facebook spokesperson was quick to put such fears to rest, however; while there are sure to be attempts and successes at exploiting the system, they have promised that the feature will be restricted to individuals only. At least, for now.Facebook, via CNETlast_img read more

To be told at the last minute that I wouldnt even be

first_img Share399 Tweet Email1 18 Comments THERE WAS A collective groan from the Cork City supporters in the queue for the turnstiles as we waited to enter the ground at Bishopstown for the top-of-the-table clash with Shamrock Rovers on 5 December, 1993.The source of their exasperation wasn’t the delay in gaining access to the club’s new home as kick-off in such a vital game approached. Instead, it was a reaction to the confirmation from the stadium announcer that Stephen Geoghegan was included in the Shamrock Rovers starting line-up.In the build-up to the game, rumours had circulated on Leeside that Geoghegan was an injury doubt. However, he was deemed to fit enough to play in another game during what was a breakout season for the striker, who only turned 23 earlier that year.Eighteen months previously, Geoghegan was playing junior football with Valley Park United near where he grew up in Finglas on the northside of Dublin. Yet thanks to a haul of 23 league goals, he ended that 1993-94 season as the League of Ireland’s top goalscorer and PFAI Player of the Year, as Rovers won their first title in seven years. Shamrock Rovers played their home games at the RDS en route to winning the Premier Division in 1993-94. Source: © INPHO“That was the season when I began to make a name for myself, I suppose,” Geoghegan recalls. “It was my second season with Rovers. The first one had only been okay. I scored a few goals but things started happening for me the year after that.“It was a big jump, going from junior football to playing for Shamrock Rovers. All you can do in that situation is knuckle down, get on with it and see where it takes you. That’s exactly what I did. But did I think it would go as well as it did? No, definitely not.”Although Geoghegan is mostly known for his spells with Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne, his career in the League of Ireland began and ended in Louth. Having played his schoolboy football with Rivermount, he joined Drogheda United at the age of 18 when fellow Finglas native Synan Braddish was appointed manager for the 1988-89 season.A former Ireland international who once had a spell with Liverpool, Braddish steered Drogheda to the First Division title in his first season in charge. Geoghegan spent three seasons at United Park and won another First Division medal in 1990-91 after the club had been unable to preserve their status in the top flight.It was at Drogheda where Geoghegan began to accumulate a tally that at one stage elevated him to fifth place on the list of the League of Ireland’s all-time leading goalscorers, but he opted against commuting from Dublin for a fourth season with the club and instead spent a year hitting the net for Valley Park.Geoghegan may have dropped out of the League of Ireland and seemingly into footballing obscurity, but he remained on the radar of the manager of one of the biggest clubs in the country. In January 1992, Ray Treacy took over at Shamrock Rovers with the aim of assembling a team capable of winning the club’s first league title since the famous four-in-a-row side of ’87. Ray Treacy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOGeoghegan explains: “A friend of mine was a relation of Tony Macken, who had gone in as Ray Treacy’s assistant there. He said to me one day that Treacy wanted me to go up. I wasn’t sure about it at first because I thought he was taking the piss out of me. But I went up and gave it a go. It all happened from there.”During Treacy’s first season in charge, there were few signs of progress. Geoghegan managed eight goals and only a point separated Rovers from the relegation zone at the end of the campaign. Nevertheless, led from the front by the prolific Geoghegan, they were champions a year later after experiencing a dramatic upturn in fortunes.It was a team that featured players of the calibre of Paul Osam, Gino Brazil, John Toal, Terry Eviston and Alan Byrne, but it was the lively poacher with 10 on his back who was the cause of most concern for the opposition. Even Jack Charlton was intrigued.A fortnight after Rovers were crowned champions, Geoghegan was included in the Ireland squad that travelled to Tilburg to play the Netherlands in a warm-up game for USA ’94. Just two years since he played for Valley Park, Geoghegan was suddenly within touching distance of an international debut against Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Rijkaard, Marc Overmars and Ronald Koeman, with the World Cup just eight weeks away.It seemed too good to be true, and ultimately it was. Charlton’s 4-5-1 formation left a narrow window of opportunity for strikers. Tommy Coyne scored the only goal in a victory over the Dutch, Owen Coyle came off the bench, while John Aldridge, Tony Cascarino and David Kelly were already certainties for the tournament.“I didn’t get a chance to play but it was a great experience,” Geoghegan says. “Ronnie Whelan, Roy Keane, Paul McGrath; all the big guns were in the squad at the time. It would have been great to get a chance but even to be around lads like that was brilliant.” Tommy Coyne celebrates after scoring for Ireland against the Netherlands in Tilburg. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOIt wasn’t just Jack Charlton who paid attention to Geoghegan’s exploits as the summer of 1994 approached. Naturally there was interest from elsewhere in the League of Ireland, but clubs across the Irish Sea were also being made aware of his ability in front of goal.“I went over on trial to Charlton Athletic,” Geoghegan says. “It was for a reserve game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane and I had flown over. I was all ready to play. Then Keith Peacock, who was the manager of Charlton’s reserves, basically told me that they couldn’t play me because Ray Treacy had heard about it and he was putting a stop to it. I ended up having to fly home that evening.“Another time I went over to Gillingham for a trial and did well. Mike Flanagan, who managed Waterford later on, was the manager at Gillingham and he wanted to sign me — but then he got the sack. There was talk of something at Celtic as well at one stage but nothing ever materialised.”He adds: “I would have liked a chance to go over, just to see could I step up to the next level or whatever. I wouldn’t say it’s a regret — it would have happened if it was meant to — but it was disappointing that the chance never came for me.”Despite Ray Treacy’s efforts, Geoghegan did depart Shamrock Rovers ahead of the start of the 1994-95 season. When they began their title defence, Hoops fans felt much differently about the man whose goals had catapulted them back to the summit of Irish football just a few months earlier. Geoghegan would soon become accustomed to a frosty reception when Rovers were the opposition, both from the stands and on the pitch.“I loved my time at Rovers and I loved the fans,” he says. “But the offer I got from Shels was one I just couldn’t refuse. I got an awful lot of stick from the Rovers supporters over the years after that, but that was to be expected. You have to take the good with the bad. Geoghegan left Shamrock Rovers to join Shelbourne. Source: © Matt BrowneINPHO“I remember a good few years later we were playing them in Tolka Park and Stephen McGuinness kicked me in the face and knocked my tooth out. I was like a lunatic about it. But I ended up scoring the winner, which was sweet,” he laughs.Geoghegan would spend 10 seasons with Shelbourne and finished three of them as the league’s top goalscorer. Silverware was plentiful too, but the initial transition wasn’t smooth. As he adjusted to his new surroundings and dealt with some injury problems, the goals didn’t come so easily in his debut season in red.Shels had to settle for third place in the Premier Division in 1994-95. In fact, Geoghegan had been at Tolka Park for six seasons by the time he won another league title. In the meantime, however, there was no shortage of success in the cups.Geoghegan rediscovered his golden touch in 95-96 as Shels won the League Cup for the first time in their history at the expense of Sligo Rovers. The goals were flowing again and the mischievous Geoghegan grin reappeared beneath the unmistakable moustache. But the highlight of the season was still to come in the FAI Cup decider.In May 1996, Shelbourne faced a St Patrick’s Athletic side managed by Brian Kerr, who were on the verge of a league-and-cup double having been undefeated since the previous December. When Alan Gough was sent off in the 18th minute at Lansdowne Road for handling the ball outside his box, Shels’ hopes of victory looked slim. Manager Damien Richardson hadn’t named a substitute goalkeeper on the bench.After a long dispute on the touchline over who would take over in goal, Brian Flood was the reluctant volunteer. Geoghegan handed Gough’s gloves to the midfielder, who was left with the unenviable task of keeping the likes of Liam Buckley, Ricky O’Flaherty and Eddie Gormley at bay for over an hour. Damien Richardson Source: © Matt BrowneINPHONevertheless, it took Pat’s until the 76th minute to capitalise on their opponents’ goalkeeping mishap. Gormley swung a free-kick in from the right, Flood attempted to punch it clear, the ball connected with Pat’s defender Dave Campbell and ended up in the net.But with Geoghegan and Tony Sheridan leading the charge, Shels weren’t out of sight. After scoring a stunning goal against Sligo in the semi-final, Sheridan conjured up another moment of magic to equalise in the dying moments of the game.In the replay at Dalymount Park, Campbell and Sheridan again swapped second-half goals, but this time Geoghegan made the difference. Just moments after Gough saved a Gormley penalty with 10 minutes remaining, Mark Rutherford broke at the other end and crossed for Geoghegan to finish brilliantly to seal Shels’ fifth FAI Cup.“It was a brilliant feeling,” Geoghegan recalls. “That’s when things really kicked off for me at Shels. I’d say that was probably one of the great cup finals. To score the winner was special, especially for such a good team that we were.“There were some exceptional players in that side but I’d have to say that Shero was in a class of his own. We had a great understanding with each other. It was a good bond. Pat Morley and myself did well together as well when he came to Shels — I think we got 31 goals between us in a season — but Tony was incredible.“When he came back from Coventry he was unreal. It was a pleasure to play with him. Wes [Hoolahan] was a great lad as well when I played with him later on. People always ask me about Shero and Weso, and who was the better player. Weso has proven it at the highest level, in fairness to him, but I always say Tony was the better of the two.” Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 9:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘To be told at the last minute that I wouldn’t even be on the bench, it was a sickener’ Stephen Geoghegan reflects on being the League of Ireland’s most prolific goalscorer in the 1990s and how it almost earned him an Ireland cap in a World Cup qualifier.center_img Short URL Apr 9th 2017, 9:30 PM Geoghegan with Tony Sheridan. Source: © Matt Browne/INPHOSheridan was the best player Geoghegan says he ever played alongside, but the man he namechecks as probably his toughest opponent helped to deny that Shels side a third consecutive FAI Cup in 1998: “Deccie Daly, he was a dirty bastard but a great lad too. A hard man and a brilliant defender. We had some battles.”Geoghegan scored again in the ’97 final as Shels punctured another double dream — Derry City’s on this occasion — but a Cork City side captained by Daly halted their run of FAI Cup dominance a year later when Derek Coughlan headed in the only goal of a Dalymount Park replay.By then, Geoghegan had been back in contention for an international debut. Playing in the green jersey had been an ambition of his, although he would have settled for orange. It was for an infamous World Cup qualifier that took place 20 years ago this week that Geoghegan received his second Ireland senior call-up.Injury concerns over Tony Cascarino and Keith O’Neill caused Mick McCarthy to turn to the Shelbourne striker, who travelled with the squad to Macedonia under the impression that he was likely to be required at some stage during the game. Cascarino and Jon Goodman were picked to start up front, but Geoghegan was ready to play a part.Although Alan McLoughlin headed the visitors into an early lead, it turned out to be a memorable game for all the wrong reasons for Ireland. En route to their first ever victory in World Cup qualifying, Macedonia went 3-1 up — aided by a couple of dubious penalty decisions — and Ireland ended the game with 10 men following Jason McAteer’s kung fu demonstration. David Kelly’s late goal was a merely a consolation.Geoghegan: “It was pretty clear beforehand that Keith O’Neill was injured but he declared himself fit anyway. I thought I was going to be one of the subs, but he was on the bench instead so I missed out. Geoghegan sporting Ireland’s orange away kit in 1997 ahead of the game against Macedonia. Source: © INPHO/Tom Honan“Mick McCarthy gave me the news about an hour before the game. Keith O’Neill went on for Tony Cascarino at half-time, if I remember right, but he had to come off again and David Kelly went on.“Even Damien Richardson was told that I was actually going to play in the game. And then I wasn’t even named as a substitute. I was sitting on the bench but only as the 19th man, so I wasn’t able to get a chance.“To be told at the last minute that I wouldn’t even be on the bench, it was a sickener. I was just gutted. But life goes on, I suppose. I can appreciate overall that it was another great experience. I still have the orange kit at home. I don’t think there’s too many of them around.”Geoghegan did eventually taste FAI Cup success for a third time in 2000. Having previously prevented St Pat’s and Derry from winning the double, Shels achieved that feat themselves at the turn of the millennium. Six years after winning his first Premier Division medal, Geoghegan got his hands on another. Cork City were seen off in the title race and Bohs were beaten in the FAI Cup final. It was a family affair too.“To do the double in the same team as Declan [his older brother] was fantastic,” Geoghegan says. “We played against each other a lot over the years when he was with Bohs and Monaghan, so it was nice to play with him and even nicer that we were successful.”That Shels side had to wait longer than they should have to be crowned league champions, Geoghegan insists. In his estimation, the appointment of Dermot Keely as manager in 1998 was a key factor. A second title under Keely’s stewardship followed in 2002. Declan Geoghegan Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“We definitely should have won more leagues. We threw a few away over the years but then we ended up winning the double when Damien [Richardson] was let go. You’d have to think Dermot made a difference, considering the success there was then.“He was a hard man and he made us work a lot harder,” says Geoghegan, who incurred Keely’s wrath when he returned from honeymoon in 2001 carrying a few more pounds than the manager deemed acceptable.“Dermot wasn’t happy about that at all and he let me know fast enough. But he was a great character and brilliant to play for. We were playing better football under Damien but with Dermot we were more dogged. Everyone was working hard, he got the best out of us all and that’s how the double came along.”When Keely moved on, Pat Fenlon took the reins. The League of Ireland switched to summer soccer in 2003 and Geoghegan opted to quit his job as a warehouse worker in order to focus full-time on football. He was about to turn 33 but, having been the club’s leading goalscorer yet again in the previous season, he was confident that he still had several more seasons to contribute to a successful Shelbourne team.Fenlon disagreed. With Jason Byrne arriving from Bray Wanderers, the Shels boss had a reduced role in mind for Geoghegan. He managed four league goals in that season, Byrne hit 21, and Shels won the title with five points to spare over Bohemians. For Geoghegan, his fourth and final league medal represented a bittersweet triumph.“I thought Pat let me down. He let me go and it just wasn’t the same after that,” Geoghegan says. “I was 33 at the time, I felt there was still a few years left in me. Pat didn’t think so. He said he wanted me as a squad player but he knew I wanted to play. Stephen Geoghegan playing for Shelbourne against Bohemians in May 2003. Source: INPHO“We just had our differences and went our separate ways. It was a falling-out at the time, 100%. It’s water under the bridge now and we talk away, but it was a bit different when it happened. I was gutted. Absolutely gutted.”Geoghegan moved on and joined Dundalk in the First Division. He scored the winner in his league debut against Sligo Rovers after committing to the club on a two-year contract. However, after the disappointing manner in which a decade at Shelbourne ended, his heart was no longer in it. When a familiar face was appointed Dundalk manager midway through the 2004 season, Geoghegan saw it as a sign that it was time to call it a day.Geoghegan: “Jim Gannon took over at Dundalk and we hadn’t seen eye-to-eye when we were playing at Shels. He was gunning for me out of there so I just held my hands up and packed it in at that stage. That was the last of me in the League of Ireland.“Do I have regrets about how it ended? I do, because I know I should have been still playing with Shels. I know I could have scored goals there for three more years. I think I could have done it until I was probably 36. I would have loved the chance to prove it, but that was that for me.”Following a disappointing conclusion, life after the League of Ireland only brought more uncertainty for Geoghegan. His status as one of Irish football’s greatest goalscorers was of little value to him as he struggled to find work. Having devoted his life to football, he felt that the game gave him nothing back when he needed it most.“It was very tough,” he says. “You don’t know what’s going to happen after football. It’s a sin that there’s nothing there for players when they come to the end of their careers. I didn’t make sure I had something to fall back on and it’s a regret. I’d advise players now to not do the same thing. Pat Fenlon with Shelbourne owner Ollie Byrne in 2004. Source: INPHO“In fairness to the PFAI [Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland], they’ve done a lot of different things to try and organise something for players, which is great. But the FAI need to look at it too. Wherever it’s possible, players should be kept in the game after they hang up the boots. It’s not as if we don’t need more coaches.”Geoghegan thought he’d found a way back into a job in the League of Ireland in January 2007. Amid financial problems which saw the club demoted to the First Division, Geoghegan met Shelbourne owner Ollie Byrne with a view to taking over as manager following the resignation of Pat Fenlon, who had moved on to Derry City.“I met Ollie on a Friday and we agreed terms,” Geoghegan explains. “I was to go down on the Saturday morning to sign the contract but, as it happened, poor Ollie took ill in the meantime and never recovered. He passed away a few months later. I went up to see him when he was in the hospice in Harold’s Cross and he was saying to me, ‘Geogho, don’t worry about it, we’ll organise players’ and all that.“In his mind I still had the job, but the committee, some of them wanted me and others didn’t. It just fell apart from there and Dermot [Keely] came back to take the job again. That was a massive disappointment for me. I was looking for that little opening and it seemed like that was it. It would probably have been make-or-break. Unfortunately it broke me in the end.”Geoghegan has had various stints as a manager and coach at local level. He’s currently in his second season in charge of Leinster Senior League side St Patrick’s CYFC. Now 46, he has made a positive impact in Ringsend according to those involved with the club.Ideally, the role would provide a platform for him to pursue a manager’s job in the League of Ireland. However, being eligible for such a position now requires a coaching licence that Geoghegan doesn’t possess. Changing that comes at a substantial cost — €7,550 — which he’s unable to afford. Stephen Geoghegan scored 158 League of Ireland goals (eighth on the current all-time list), won four Premier Division titles, two First Division titles, three FAI Cups and one League Cup, as well as the 1993-94 PFAI Player of the Year award. Source: © INPHO/Matt Browne“With the price of doing your coaching badges, it’s crazy money,” says Geoghegan. “Being able to go down that route is not looking likely for me at the moment, but you’d never know. I’m just hoping to get back working so I can get myself back on my feet. That’s the plan. The football keeps me sane and keeps me ticking over. I’m looking for work and battling on. Something will fall into place for me soon, please God.”As a man who rarely required a second opportunity during his playing career, Geoghegan is eager to make the most of any break that opens up for him. With no shortage of fond memories to reflect on, he remains hopeful that football can revive his fortunes and ensure that there are still some good days ahead in the game that once consumed him.As for that top-of-the-table clash in Bishopstown back in 1993? Shamrock Rovers came from 2-0 down to secure a draw and a valuable point away to their main rivals in the title race.The groans of the Cork City supporters in the queue for the turnstiles were justified. No prizes for guessing who scored the goal that kickstarted the comeback.‘You look back and think ‘F**k it, I underachieved a small bit – I don’t have the medals I should have”From the England U18 squad with Cole and McManaman to becoming a LOI legend By Paul Dollery 49,468 Views last_img read more

Rare western gray whale reaches Oregon coast

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — A type of whale that spends summers off Russia has made its way to Oregon coastal waters as part of a journey being tracked by scientists to better understand the behavior of the highly endangered animals.Researchers attached a satellite tag to a 13-year-old, male western Pacific gray whale known as Flex on Oct. 4. The whale moved east across the Bering Sea and south through the Aleutian Islands into the Gulf of Alaska.On Jan. 27, it was detected about 400 miles off the coast of British Columbia.Researchers lost the signal and feared the satellite tag had fallen off but picked it up five days later, said Bruce Mate, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, which is working on the tracking project with the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences.“It appears to have been because of bad weather,” Mate said Monday of the lapse.Satellite signals confirmed the location of the whale 280 miles west of Vancouver Island. It moved from deep water off the continental shelf to shallow water off the northwest tip of Washington.The whale kept swimming south at just more than 4 mph and on Monday was detected south of Lincoln City, Ore.“That’s about 15 miles north of my laboratory at the Hatfield Marine Science Center,” Mate said, noting the irony of having to travel to Russia last year to tag the whale only to have it show up nearly at his doorstep.last_img read more

Northam Postpones Black History Month Reception Amid Fallout

first_imgBy The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration has postponed a reception to celebrate Black History Month as the governor continues to deal with the fallout from a racist yearbook photo.Northam spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said the reception has been moved from Wednesday to later this month. She said the administration is thinking through better ways to honor Black History Month. Black leaders said Monday that they would stage a large protest outside the reception.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks during an interview at the Governor’s Mansion, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP)Northam has ignored calls to resign. A photo of a man in Blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan robes surfaced in his 1984 medical school yearbook. He denies he’s in the photo, but admitted to wearing blackface in 1984.Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Del. Lamont Bagby says it would be “poor timing” to have the reception now.last_img read more

Film screening for underprivileged children

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to inspire underprivileged children to fight all odds of life with bravery, a special screening of the movie Super 30 was organised for them in the city on Sunday.”We have selected Super 30 because it has a strong message. We have organised the screening of the movie for under privileged children (who have excelled in their board exam or appearing for their board exam) to encourage and overcome the hurdle to achieve their goal,” Jui Biswas, Trinamool Congress councillor from New Alipore (ward no 81) told Millennium Post, outside Indira cinema in Bhowanipore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAround 200 underprivileged children attended the special screening of Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30, directed by Vikas Bahl, having tagline ‘Ab Raja Ka Beta Raja Nahin Banega.. Ab Raja Wahi Banega Jo Haqdaar Hoga..’ The movie, based on the life of award winning mathematician Anand Kumar and his educational programme, released on July 12, 2019. It also stars Mrunal Thakur, Nandish Sandhu and Pankaj Tripathi. “I am coming here (Indira cinema) for the first time,” said S Shaw, a student, who attended the special screening of Super 30 at Indira cinema. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn the movie, Hrithik Roshan plays the role of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar. He rises to fame for training underprivileged children for the IIT entrance examinations. The film has been declared tax free in Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir. “Through this movie we want to encourage the under privileged children to how to cope with difficult situations in life. As a mother, I also want my daughter to see this movie. My message to the students is work hard and achieve your goal,” pointed out Biswas.last_img read more

Enable new Firefox Recommended Extensions suggestions in Firefox 68 Nightly

first_imgEnable new Firefox Recommended Extensions suggestions in Firefox 68 Nightly by Martin Brinkmann on May 15, 2019 in Firefox – 14 commentsMozilla announced the launch of the Firefox Recommended Extensions program in April 2019 to increase the visibility of extensions and promote them better.The program differs from Mozilla’s current practice of displaying add-on recommendations to Firefox users. Firefox users may see a list of extensions when they open the Add-ons Manager of the web browser, visit the Mozilla AMO website (official extensions repository), or through the contextual extension recommendations feature of the Firefox browser.The new program takes the concept a step further. Extensions need to meet certain requirements for inclusion in the program; among them a commitment from the developer, that they pass manual reviews each time they are updated and initially, and that they need to be “really good” at what they do.Extensions that make it are promoted by Mozilla in various ways. The organization plans them to power the recommendations that Firefox displays on about:addons and contextually, and promote them on Mozilla AMO and through other means.Tip: we asked you which extensions you’d like to see promoted by Mozilla recently.Firefox 68: the new recommendationsMozilla integrated the new recommendations page of about:addons in the latest Firefox 68 Nightly version. The page is not enabled by default at the time, but can be enabled in the following way:Load about:config in the Firefox address bar.Confirm that you are careful if the warning is displayed.Search for the value to True (enabled).Visit about:addons afterwards to see the new page in action. It looks similarly to the old but there are some differences. Technically, the new recommendations page is no longer loaded as an iframe but a native page.Firefox connects to two Mozilla-owned domains to pull recommendations and images; the browser downloaded a HTML document previously as well as scripts and styles previously.Firefox’s current personalize pageWhen you compare the old page to the new, you will notice differences immediately. The general page layout is very similar to the classic page but Mozilla added ratings and user counts to the page.Add-ons are listed with their name, developer, and description in the current version; the new recommendations page lists ratings and user counts. Both useful to determine the quality of an extension.Listed add-ons are reviewed manually by Mozilla, another core difference to current recommendations. Mozilla will review each update of extensions that are in the Recommended Extensions Program which improves security significantly.The new Personalization page listed four browser add-ons and three themes:To Google Translate — Add-on to translate selected text using Google Translate.Tree Style Tab — Sidebar add-on to display open tabs in a tree style.Bitwarden — Free Password ManagerFeedbro — A feed aggregatorCalm Pastel themeSimple Space Stars themeabstract 60 themeMore extensions will be added to the program in the future so that users may see some variation when opening about:addons.The feature will land in Firefox Stable eventually; it is unclear if the switch will happen when Firefox Stable reaches version 68.Now You: What is your take on Firefox’s Extensions Recommendation Program? (via Techdows)SummaryArticle NameEnable new Firefox Recommended Extensions suggestions in Firefox 68 NightlyDescriptionFirefox 68 users may enable the new recommended extensions system for Firefox on about:addons. Find out how that is done here!Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img May 11, 2012—CoActiv Medical announces this week at the Health Connect Partners 2012 Radiology and Imaging Center Conference an expanded relationship with PenRad Technologies. The new agreement goes beyond the sales alliance established in November 2011 to now integrate PenRad into EXAM-PACS for seamless delivery of advanced image and information management solutions for women’s imaging.The new relationship will integrate PenRad workflow into the CoActiv EXAM-PACS and CoActiv EXAM-VAULT, giving mammographers and women’s imaging centers access to the award-winning PenRad reading, workflow and data management environment. “The seamless integration of two award-winning systems provides the best of both worlds (workflow and PACS) to women’s imaging centers across the US,” said Ed Heere, CoActiv President and CEO.CoActiv has been a leader in PACS and cloud-based image and data storage since 2003. In recent years, the company’s technology has been installed at a large and rapidly growing number of advanced mammography sites, where it supports FFDM, dedicated breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) and more recently DICOM standard breast Tomosynthesis exams. Its state-of-the-art EXAM-VAULT Quad-Redundant cloud-based archiving stores tens of millions of breast images in a full range of modalities, as well as the complete spectrum of other radiology, cardiology, orthopedic and other imaging studies. CoActiv also supports image viewing on a full range of today’s portable devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire.Greg Gustafson, CEO of PenRad, went on to say, “PenRad prides itself on providing the absolute best reading and information management solutions to customers throughout the United States and Canada. The expansion of our relationship with CoActiv will allow PenRad to reach more customers and allow them to save valuable time and money, all the while increasing the quality of their women’s imaging Program.”For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | May 11, 2012 CoActiv, PenRad Expand Relationship for Mammography PACS Offering News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more last_img read more