SoCal Ports Keeping Tabs on Maersk Boxship Retrofits

first_imgzoom Danish shipping giant Maersk Line and the US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have partnered to measure the environmental benefits of a USD 125 million upgrade for 12 Maersk container ships.The project, entitled “The Connected Vessel Programme”, will include the installation of high-tech equipment to track vessel emissions and energy efficiency over the next three years.The equipment is expected to enable more transparency and ultimately reduce the environmental impact of vessels calling at the San Pedro Bay port complex, Maersk Line said.Under their joint Technology Advancement Program (TAP), the two ports are contributing a combined USD 1 million to real-time tracking systems aimed at pinpointing vessel emissions while ships are at sea and at berth.The project will continuously record how much fuel each engine uses in conjunction with speed, engine power, weather and other operational variables through use of mass flow meters and an interface to the Integrated Control System (ICS) on-board to capture key performance data, Maersk Line said.Information will be uploaded to Maersk Line servers via satellite, and each ship will be able to communicate in real-time with Maersk Line’s Global Vessel Performance Centre (GVPC) to increase operational efficiency.“This is the equivalent of strapping a Fitbit onto a large container ship. We’ll be tracking vessel performance and emissions 24/7. This advances our ability to reduce greenhouse gasses and other pollutants on a global scale,” Lee Kindberg, Director of Environment and Sustainability for Maersk Line, said.The project builds on the USD 125 million Maersk Line has invested in its “radical retrofit” program to reduce fuel consumption and increase the capacity of the vessels that regularly call at the San Pedro Bay ports.Under its “radical retrofit” program, Maersk Line upgraded vessels that already plug into shore power at the San Pedro Bay ports. The additional improvements include redesigning the bulbous bow of each vessel, replacing existing propellers with more efficient models, and “derating” the main engines to make them more efficient at lower speeds.The retrofit program also involved raising the bridge to increase each ship’s capacity from about 9,500 TEUs to about 11,000 TEUs. This allows Maersk Line to carry more containers per vessel while decreasing their environmental impact per container moved.According to Maersk Line, the energy efficiency makeover is expected to decrease each ship’s fuel consumption by more than 10 percent, saving an estimated 10,000 metric tons of fuel on an annual basis. This would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimated 31,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year and lead to similar reductions of diesel particulate matter (DPM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx).Maersk Line said that the retrofits and TAP demonstration project with the two ports will help the company reach its goal of a 60 percent reduction of CO2 and other pollutants by 2020.last_img read more

TransCanada seeking 30day suspension of Energy East application

first_imgCALGARY – The future of the Energy East pipeline has been thrown into question after TransCanada Corp. announced it wants to suspend for now its application to build the $15.7-billion project.In a statement Thursday, Calgary-based TransCanada (TSX:TRP) says it filed a letter to the National Energy Board asking for a 30-day suspension for the proposed the 4,500-kilometre pipeline which would carry crude from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada.The company says it wants to study how the NEB’s decision last month to consider the Energy East’s contribution to upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions will affect “costs, schedules and viability.”TransCanada is calling the changes to the regulator process “significant,” and warns that the entire project and related Eastern Mainline pipeline project could be cancelled.The NEB decision was cheered by environmentalists but considered a setback by the oil industry.It’s another blow to the massive project after a review was derailed last year when members of the regulatory panel overseeing the NEB hearings resigned amid questions about a potential conflict of interest.In January, the NEB invalidated nearly two years of decisions made by the previous panel and a new panel was appointed.The Energy East review is taking place at the same time that the government considers a sweeping overhaul of the NEB following a report in May that said the system is broken and the NEB should be split into two agencies.TransCanada had pitched Energy East as a “Canadian solution to a Canadian challenge.”It said the 1.1 million barrels of crude that would be delivered across the country each day would displace hundreds of thousands of barrels of foreign oil currently imported into Eastern Canada daily.last_img read more

The Canadian Press appoints veteran Andrea Baillie as editorinchief

first_imgTORONTO — The Canadian Press is promoting managing editor Andrea Baillie to editor-in-chief, the first woman to oversee editorial operations at the national news wire.The veteran wire news journalist will take the place of Stephen Meurice, who stepped down in April.In a memo to staff, CP president Malcolm Kirk says Baillie is “uniquely poised” to steer the newsroom because of her respect for the service’s core values and understanding of the need to adapt and evolve to remain relevant.Baillie started with CP more than 20 years ago as a statistics handler on the Sports desk and moved on to roles as a copy editor, general assignment reporter and Queen’s Park correspondent.She oversaw the Entertainment/Lifestyles department for eight years, supervising the Health report and quarterbacking coverage of the Grammy and Juno Awards.Baillie has been managing editor for the last 4 1/2 years, co-ordinating coverage of breaking news that most recently included the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan, the Danforth shooting in Toronto and the Boeing 737 Max plane crash in Ethiopia.Kirk says the company will seek a new managing editor from among existing staff. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Write To Broadcasters For Diversity

first_imgA number of stars have put their name to a letter calling on UK broadcasters to improve their representation of ethnic minorities.Among the stars to sign the letter – which was sent to BBC director general Tony Hall, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier, Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham, BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch and Philippe Dauman, chief executive of Viacom – include Daniel Craig, Richard Curtis, Idris Elba, Neil Gaiman, Lenny Henry, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy and many more.“We the undersigned are writing you this open letter because together you are responsible for the most powerful broadcasting institutions in Britain and are therefore in a unique position to shape and form the future of British television,” reads the letter. “We are dismayed at the poor numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people both on our screens and working behind the camera“Today, only 5% of employees in our creative industries are BAME, despite BAME’s making up 12.5% of the total UK population.“In order to redress this imbalance, we believe that the training, mentoring and development schemes recently announced, although welcome, are not sufficiently radical to effect significant change.“We propose, therefore a solution that would almost immediately stimulate growth throughout the BAME creative community: a ring–fenced pot of money for BAME programmes.“The effect of this fund would be to engender and encourage television that would reflect one of Britain’s greatest strengths; our diversity.“Let us be clear about how this ring-fenced money would work. It is about quality of programming, not quantity: money is only spent when quality projects are identified – not to fill a quota. The major broadcasters have already set targets for the number of programmes produced outside London, and in the nations.“To increase ethnic diversity we are asking you to look at what has worked before and extend it for BAME communities. Ring-fencing money would not only guarantee results, but also create a more stable space for BAME talent on screen and behind the camera.”last_img read more

TMX Group to acquire Trayport Holdings from ICE in deal worth 931M

first_imgTORONTO – TMX Group Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Trayport Holdings Ltd. from Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in an agreement valued at $931 million.Under the transaction, TMX Group (TSX:X) will pay $592 million in cash and sell Natural Gas Exchange Inc. and Shorcan Energy Brokers to ICE for $339 million.Trayport provides services to energy commodities traders, exchanges, wholesale brokers and central clearing counterparties.It has about 240 employees in offices in London, New York and Singapore.The companies said that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has approved the sale of Trayport to TMX Group.The sale of NGX and Shorcan Energy to ICE is subject to regulatory approval and notifications including approval from the Canadian Competition Bureau.last_img read more

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre cleanup

It’s a place where drug addicts go to get high, where homeless people sleep. It’s also the home of Hamilton’s Safe Injection site. And today Police and community members picked up paint brushes to give Hamilton Urban Core a makeover.23-year old Erik Kenyon needed help. Once a hockey player, headed for the OHL until doctors found a brain tumor.He became a drug addict. and had overdosed at least 5 times. He was homeless but then he met Constable Pete Wiesner.Erik had spent 52 days in the Barton Street Jail arrested for dealing drugs when he was offered a chance to get out and join the city’s social navigator programIt’s a team of 3 people, Constable Wiesner, a paramedic and the Program Coordinator who help people like Erik.“Whether it’s finding them housing, sustainable income or drug treatment plans or just food or coat on their back.” says, Wiesner.As part of a crew that’s working to clean up Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, which is also home to the city’s safe injection site, trying to make it a safer space and get rid of the illicit drug use.Police are called to the center multiple times a day to deal with people who are sleeping here, who are doing drugs and over-dosing. Here they are hoping this effort makes this space more welcoming for those who use the healthcare services and programs at the Urban Core.For Erik, it was important to be here, “I used to come here when I was a drug addict. I used to come to this spot here, some guys sleep here, eat here. To some guys this is their home right.”They are looking for a couple of young aspiring artists who would like to paint a mural at the centre Monday,  Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  If interested give them a call at 905-979-6021. read more

Credit card users could soon face higher costs for paying with plastic

Credit card users could soon face higher costs for paying with plastic by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2012 5:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian shoppers who use credit cards may soon find themselves slapped with extra fees, if retailers win a fight against being stuck with transaction charges from Visa and MasterCard.Retail organizations renewed their calls Tuesday for Ottawa to loosen credit card regulations following a landmark ruling south of the border that could have implications for a case that will be decided by a federal tribunal later this year.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which has more than 100,000 member businesses across Canada, is calling for changes to the federally regulated code of conduct that would allow retailers more rights, including the ability to make credit card users pay a surcharge or refuse credit cards at their stores.If successful, their campaign would settle a gripe between retailers and credit card operators, and allow merchants the freedom to either accept or deny certain credit cards at their registers.“Merchants have had a 30 per cent increase in their costs in the last two years because of premium (credit) cards,” said Dan Kelly, the president and CEO of the CFIB in an interview.“Those additional costs are finding their way into their service. Consumers are paying these fees already, and they’re going up.”The CFIB wants merchants to have the ability to add surcharges on credit card users that would counteract the transaction fees charged by some credit card companies.Currently Visa and MasterCard rules state that merchants cannot levy any surcharges on credit card users, forcing retailers to absorb the cost of usage themselves.Those fees — ranging from 1.5 to 3.0 per cent of the value of customer purchases — are about twice the rate credit card firms charge merchants in Australia, New Zealand and many parts of Europe, but slightly below the U.S. average.The issue has been of concern to the Competition Bureau, which argued in May that restrictive contracts put in place by Visa and MasterCard allow the two credit card companies — which represent 92 per cent of the market — to essentially dictate terms to merchants.The tribunal has the power to force credit card companies to change their method of operations, but it cannot levy a monetary penalty in the case.Last week, a landmark settlement in the United States between Visa, MasterCard and merchants thrust the debate back into the spotlight in Canada.The two credit card companies, as well as several major banks, reached an agreement to pay U.S. retailers at least US$6 billion to settle a long-running lawsuit that alleged the card issuers conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit cards. The dispute stretched back to 2005.MasterCard Canada defended its current fee structure as part of its “commitment to consumer protection.”“MasterCard Inc.’s agreement to settle U.S. merchant litigation is strictly a U.S. matter and has no bearing on the Canadian market,” said spokeswoman Deborah Rowe in an emailed statement.Visa Canada said it believes it presented a strong case at the Competition Tribunal hearing, and believes that credit cards without surcharges should be allowed and “preserve consumer choice at checkout and ensure cardholders are not penalized for using their preferred form of payment.”Under last week’s settlement, the U.S. merchants will be allowed to charge their customers more if they pay with credit cards.“It’s further recognition of the imbalance in the payments industry particularly around credit cards,” said David Wilkes, senior vice president of the Retail Council of Canada.“There is going to have to be protections built into the code of conduct to ensure the retailer has the ability to manage and control their costs,” he added.The ruling has caused some concern that if the regulations are similarly changed in Canada, shoppers could be stuck with extra fees if they choose to pay with their credit cards.That possibility concerns Laurie Campbell, the chief executive of Credit Canada, a credit counselling service.“I worry about those individuals that are carrying balances, that may need to use their credit cards,” she said.“They’re living from one paycheque to the next. It’s just going to hit them even more. They need the break, they don’t need the transaction fees.”Those are the types of stories that Kelly said he believes will cause both Visa and MasterCard to reconsider the fees they charge retailers, especially because customers will be fully aware of the new fees they’re being forced to pay.“We believe (it) would change behaviour among the credit card companies and the banks,” he said.“The fear they would have of merchants starting to either turn down cards or to surcharge for transactions, those are the two holy grails in the credit card industry.”The CFIB also argues Canada’s code of conduct needs provisions for new mobile types of payment, such as by mobile phone.“We provided a list of all the things we’d like to see happen to ensure that mobile technologies aren’t used by the credit card companies and the banks as another giant fee grab,” Wilkes said. read more

Greenpower sparks students interest in Formula E

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March 2015), Greenpower Education Trust currently has a selection of cars on display at the SMMT – including a Formula E School Series car, along with example F24 and F24+ electric vehicles.Members of the Chelsea Academy Formula E School Series team will also be conducting a live build of their Formula E School Series car at the SMMT showroom in Great Peter Street, London, on Monday (March 9) to coincide with the start of National Apprenticeship Week.Designed to get young people engaged in engineering, particularly sustainable engineering, at an early age, the charity Greenpower currently works with 500 schools, colleges and universities across the UK and the Formula E School Series began in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in January.The Formula E School Series mirrors the domestic championships (IET Formula Goblin, IET F24, IET F24+ and Silverline Corporate Challenge) run by West Sussex-based Greenpower, by inviting students to build and race their own all-electric racing cars.The full list of the 10 London schools that will field teams of students to take part in the FIA Formula E motor racing event in the Capital this summer are due to be announced shortly.London’s Battersea Park will host Formula E’s inaugural season finale on 27-28 June, with a crowd of several thousand expected to watch.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Government Hopes 1M People Share Health Data for Science

first_img Uncle Sam wants you to help create the largest health database ever.Starting Saturday, May 6, the National Institutes of Health will open enrollment for the All of Us research program—an effort to advance individualized health care.Anyone 18 years and older, regardless of health status, is encouraged to sign up. The NIH hopes to recruit 1 million (or more) volunteers for the decade-long program; 25,000 people already enlisted in a one-year beta test.“All of Us is an ambitious project that has the potential to revolutionize how we study disease and medicine,” Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.Specifically, as it relates to precision medicine, which is gaining traction for its effort to tailor decisions, treatments, practices, and products to the individual patient. The new approach considers differences in people’s lifestyles, environments, and biological makeup—including genes.“The All of Us research program is an opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to be represented in research and pioneer the next era of medicine,” NIH director Francis Collins said in a statement.“The time is now to transform how we conduct research—with participants as partners—to shed new light on how to stay healthy and manage disease in more personalized ways,” he continued. “This is what we can accomplish through All of Us.”President Obama in 2015 announced the Precision Medicine Initiative—a $1.45 billion mission to create a network of scientists and a country-wide cohort study. Or, “a national adventure that is going to transform medical care,” as Collins described it to CBS News.But only if enough people join.In an era of “one-size-fits-all” medicine, not everyone gets the treatment they need. But for people like Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us program, precision medicine is a real lifesaver.“I’m alive today because of [PM],” he said. “And I think everyone deserves that same opportunity no matter the color of your skin, your economic status, your age or your sex or gender.“In other words, it will truly take all of us,” Dishman added.Over the course of the program, partakers can expect to share various types of health and lifestyle information, including where they live and work, medical history, side effects, and treatment effectiveness. Some folks will be asked to provide blood and urine samples or have basic physical measurements taken.The National Institutes of Health may eventually incorporate wearable devices and clinical trials.“NIH’s unprecedented effort will lay the scientific foundation for a new era of personalized, highly effective health care,” Azar said. “We look forward to working with people of all backgrounds to take this major step forward for our nation’s health.” We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Local group responds to recent teen suicides

first_imgo What: Free “Helping Hurting Teens” suicide prevention seminar.o When: 7 to 9 p.m. today.o Where: City Harvest Church, 8100 N.W. Ninth Ave., Vancouver.o Information: Unite 4 Life: 360-670-9468 or its website.Five Clark County teens have died by suicide in the past four months. In response, a local nonprofit that addresses teen suicide and depression is offering a free seminar tonight.The Unite 4 Life event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at City Harvest Church, 8100 N.W. Ninth Ave., in Vancouver. Two Vancouver teens — a girl at Columbia River High School and a boy at Skyview High School — died by suicide within one week of each other in mid-May. In February, two high school boys — one at Battle Ground High School, the other at Union High School — took their lives, said Aaron Chidester, Unite 4 Life executive director. A fifth teen died by suicide in recent months as well, but Chidester said he didn’t know details about the teen.Tonight’s 90-minute presentation, “Helping Hurting Students,” is a prevention message for teens, parents and other interested community members. Topics covered include understanding depression and how it affects teens, identifying warning signs of teen depression and suicide, and creating a help-seeking atmosphere for hurting teens.The presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session.The church can hold 700 people, and Chidester said he expects the event will be well-attended.“I’m expecting a full building,” he said. “I think the concern in the community is at a high. There are teenagers who have questions. There are parents who are scared.”The organization might host additional seminars if tonight’s event indicates there is a need for more outreach, Chidester said.Chidester said he has meetings scheduled next week with the Clark County commissioners and Vancouver Councilwoman Jeanne Stewart to discuss a communitywide response.Unite 4 Life also will offer crisis intervention and small-group discussions for teens who want to talk about their feelings of depression or about the loss of their friends.last_img read more

Clark College Legislative Breakfast Spending priorities among big issues

first_imgClark College officials met with legislators and legislators-elect at the second annual Clark College Legislative Breakfast on Monday morning at the campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.The breakfast was not a public event, but was by invitation only. Clark College participants included members of the board of trustees, student government representatives, deans and the head of the faculty union, said Chato Hazelbaker, Clark College spokesman. Speaking on behalf of Clark College were President Bob Knight, Rekah Strong, chair of the board of trustees, and student Bryce Rupp on behalf of the Associated Students of Clark College. Participants spent about 30 minutes with legislators talking about their legislative priorities, Hazelbaker said.Budgets and spending priorities are expected to be the big issues in Olympia this session as the Legislature attempts to meet a mandate of the state Supreme Court to vastly increase funding for K-12 education. Clark College is a state-funded community college.Elected officials who attended were Reps. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver; Paul Harris, R-Vancouver; Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver; Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama; Liz Pike, R-Camas; Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver; and Sens. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, and Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday January 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, January 17, 2019:#1) Great Songs From Great Movies At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a special concert at 2:30pm. Join musician David Polansky as he performs great songs from great movies on the trumpet and keyboard and sings a few as well.  Favorites such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Moon River, The Shadow of Your Smile, and many more will take you down memory lane. Register HERE.#2) Drop-In Meditation At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meditation class at 12:30pm. Join technology librarian Brad McKenna for his weekly drop-in meditation sessions. It will be a mixture of silent and guided meditations. The Insight Timer app will be used so you can continue your practice at home. No registration required.#3) English Conversation Group At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its monthly English Conversation Group at 7pm. Practice speaking English with fellow English language learners in a relaxed environment.  Open to all ability levels.  Led by ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald. Register HERE.#4) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, May 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Pakistan claims to shoot down two Indian aircrafts

first_imgIndian soldiers and Kashmiri onlookers stand near the remains of an Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jet after it crashed in Budgam district, some 30 kms from Srinagar on 27 February 2019. Photo: AFPPakistan shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace in Kashmir on Wednesday, a military spokesman said, adding that one Indian pilot had been captured.”PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace,” tweeted Pakistan military spokesman major general Asif Ghafoor, adding that one aircraft had fallen in Pakistani-held Kashmir, while the other crashed on the Indian side.”One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” he said without elaborating.His statement came as Indian sources said that Pakistani fighter jets had violated airspace over Indian Kashmir, but were forced back over the de facto border of the disputed territory.A top government official in Indian-administered Kashmir told AFP the Pakistani jets briefly crossed the frontier but were pushed back by the Indian Air Force.The Press Trust of India reported that Pakistani fighter planes crossed at Poonch and Nowshera, two locations on the Indian side of the de facto border, but were repelled.PTI said the Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning but that there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The Pakistani foreign office also released a statement saying that the air force “undertook strikes” across the border, known as the Line of Control, Wednesday — however it did not elaborate on what it meant by “strikes” and did not mention shooting down planes.It said the strikes were aimed at a “non military target”, adding: “We have no intention of escalation”.The incursion over the heavily militarised Line of Control comes a day after Indian warplanes carried out a strike in Pakistan on what New Delhi said was a militant training camp, in retaliation for a February 14 suicide bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.Tensions have dramatically escalated between the nuclear-armed rivals since Indian warplanes flew into Pakistani airspace and struck what New Delhi said was a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the group that claimed the Kashmir bombing.Islamabad, while denying the Indian strike caused any major damage or casualties, had vowed to retaliate — fuelling fears of a dangerous confrontation in South Asia.last_img read more

Happy International Ninja Day

first_img 4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Waxwork RecordsRaise Some Shell With This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gift Guide Happy International Ninja Day! A time to celebrate the stealthy and wondrous history of the great warriors of China and Japan. Sure many ninjas have found their stories embedded in pop culture, but only a few make their way into our heart.In 1984 Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird gave life to four brothers from New York City in a comic from Mirage Studios.  The duo concocted the reptiles out of a night of “creative” brainstorming for a potential TV show. (Little did they know…) Taking their favorite parts from the best comics at that time: Daredevil, New Mutants, Cerebus, Ronin. They arrived at a very crude version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The two sunk all their money into a one-shot issue of the Turtles.As their book gained momentum, a licensing deal brought Dark Horse Comics to their doorstep.  Dark Horse helped them produce a set of 15-mm lead figurines. Toy companies took notice…and then CBS. Once TV came a-calling so did everyone else. The world became enraptured with Turtle Power. To this day we still know the beloved turtle bros and their famous namesakes and they are going strong!Here are 20 pieces of our favorite art of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael.via Frank MacchiaView as: One Page Slides1. Shou2. Benji L3. Ryan Ottley4. Trudi Castle5. Evolvana Art6. Taiyari7. Lines: Eryck WebbColors: Courtland Brugger8. Sachin Teng9. Jenny Lagar10. Fernando Peniche11. Ike Slimster12. Marcos MP13. Al Reid14. Felipe Smith15. Jon Sommariva16. Syd Satori17. Alexia X18. SleepingSeeker19. Ben Bishop20. Mattia Dinoi Stay on targetlast_img read more

Study Backs Up Schools That Confiscate Electronics

first_img Now, for the least shocking news this week: Students perform poorly on end-of-term exams when they’ve been distracted by their phone during lectures.A new study published by the journal Educational Psychology suggests the obvious—that electronic devices used for non-academic purposes have an adverse effect on group learning environments.Researchers from Rutgers University conducted an in-class experiment to test whether dividing attention between personal gadgets and the teacher influences students’ performance.AdChoices广告Over the course of one term, laptops, phones, and tablets were banned in half of the participating pupils’ lectures, and permitted in the other half.When devices were allowed, students were asked to record whether they used them for non-academic purposes during class.It turns out that interruptions like Twitter, Instagram, and Tinder actually have little impact on students’ comprehensive test scores—those pop quizzes and weekly assessments teachers give through the year.But, having a device did sink final exam results by at least 5 percent, or half a grade.You don’t need to be the one swiping left or right to be carried away by the wave of digital distraction: Performance was poorer in classrooms where devices were allowed, even among those who didn’t use a handset.“These findings should alert the many dedicated students and instructors that dividing attention is having an insidious effect that is impairing their exam performance and final grade,” lead study author Arnold Glass said in a statement.“To help manage the use of devices in the classroom, teachers should explain to students the damaging effect of distractions on retention—not only for themselves, but for the whole class,” Glass said.This is the first study carried out in an educational environment showing a causal relationship between distraction from an electronic device and subsequent exam performance.It is unclear what the implications of this investigation are on adults like me, who are easily diverted by every ping of their phone or flashing Web advertisement. But I imagine they’re not good.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Artificial ‘Tongue’ Can Taste Subtle Differences in WhiskeySenate to Google: How Did You ‘Forget’ About Nest Secure Microphone? Stay on targetlast_img read more

Selfies reveal if you are going through romantic crisis

first_imgAccording to researchers from Florida State University, more selfies an individual posts on the social media site Instagram, the greater the likelihood he or she might experience conflict in romantic relationship.”The results show that body image satisfaction can be detrimental to Instagram users’ romantic relationships, especially when users’ body image satisfaction is promoted in the form of Instagram selfie posts,” explained lead author Jessica Ridgway and assistant professor Russell Clayton. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The duo teamed up to examine the predictors and consequences associated with Instagram selfie posting. With an online survey of 420 Instagram users between the ages of 18 to 62, the researchers found that Instagram selfie posting is associated with and predicted by an individual’s overall body image satisfaction.In other words, those who think they look good are more likely to post selfies. However, Instagram selfie posting behaviours were found to be associated with increased Instagram-related relationship conflict. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers defined Instagram-related conflict as jealousy and arguments occurring due to either or both partners’ Instagram selfie posting behaviours. Not surprisingly, Instagram-related conflict was found to be associated with increased negative romantic relationship outcomes, which were defined as emotional or physical infidelity, breakup and divorce. “The results from this study provide an avenue for future body image research,” Ridgway said in a paper published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking. The findings contributes to a growing body of scholarly literature that has examined the predictors and consequences associated with using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.  “For instance, future research could examine whether social media users post images of their actual selves or their virtual ideal selves, and whether such online behaviours are associated with similar negative outcomes found in our study,” the authors noted.In order to prevent negative relationship outcomes from arising, Instagram users must limit their selfie posting behaviours, especially when selfie posting becomes problematic in a user’s romantic relationship.last_img read more

A Look Back at Apple as it Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

first_img 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now » There were no fools sitting in that garage in California on April 1, 1976, when Apple was founded.That day, technology legends Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne co-founded Apple Computer, a company that would eventually go on to become one of the most iconic and valuable brands in the world.But who knew at the time?In the spring of 1976, these three young men were simply working on a computer and a dream that maybe they could become the next big thing in the budding technology industry. They had hope, a passion for technology, and wanted to build a true personal computer that could deliver to the average consumer something that was better than what they already knew.Wozniak was the inventor; Jobs the salesperson. In July 1976, Apple I, the company’s first computer, went on sale. It didn’t take long before things took off, and Apple I caught the attention of do-it-yourselfers. As sales started to rise, Apple Computer incorporated in 1977, officially growing from a hobby into a company.While Apple I was soaring and Apple Computer becoming a well-known name in Silicon Valley, Wozniak was hard at work on Apple II. Like the Apple I before it, the Apple II was successful. Before long, Apple had a slew of employees and revenue soaring well over $100 million by 1980. Apple had become the quintessential Silicon Valley success story.But as with any other company that grows so big so quickly, things started to change in Cupertino, Calif.Jobs was forced to deal with competing ideas, and a schism broke out internally as Apple Computer worked on building a graphical, user interface-based computer. There were two teams: Apple Lisa and Macintosh. After disagreements, Jobs left the Lisa team to head up the Macintosh effort. Like many other times over the years, he won. In 1984, the Macintosh, the spiritual predecessor to the Macs as we know them today, launched to the public.Although Macintosh launched to much fanfare and spawned the iconic “1984” commercial, trouble was afoot. Macintosh sales were not as strong as some had hoped and by 1985, Jobs was at odds with CEO John Sculley — a person he hired to manage the company he co-founded. Ultimately, the board chose Sculley over Jobs, and the Apple co-founder was gone.The ensuing years were troubling for Apple. Under Sculley’s leadership, Apple had difficulty finding its footing against increasing competition from other computer makers, notably Microsoft. Sculley and his team tried to fix the issues by launching more computers and expanding into new territories. Apple wanted to see if it could help its flagging business in the early 1990s by investing in speakers and cameras, and perhaps most interestingly, tried its luck with the now-infamous Apple Newton.As Apple’s shares continued to plummet and signs of a rebound waning by the moment, Sculley was ultimately replaced by Michael Spindler in 1993. His job was to turn Apple around and rediscover the secret sauce that had made the company successful nearly 20 years prior. Spindler’s efforts again fell short, prompting him to seek buyout offers from far more successful companies, including IBM and Sun Microsystems. Before he was ousted in 1996 and replaced by CEO Gil Amelio, Spindler and his board offered companies Apple on a silver platter for several billion dollars — a pittance compared to its current market value of $615 billion.Meanwhile, Jobs was hard at work at a new company he founded, dubbed NeXT. Having its own trouble finding a spot in a world dominated by Windows, NeXT was trying to make NeXTSTEP, its computer operating system pitched as a desirable alternative to Windows.Then Apple came calling back.In 1997, Apple acquired NeXT to get its hands on NeXTSTEP — and Jobs. It didn’t take long for Jobs to reassert himself at the company. Within months, Amelio was gone, leaving the board with no other choice but to give the chief executive job back to Jobs.The story from this point, of course, is legendary.Jobs quickly took the chainsaw to Apple’s business, eliminating ancillary projects and refocusing the company’s efforts on strong design and a desirable software experience. He also made several strategic acquisitions, allowing him to deliver built-in software, including video-editing tools, in Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X.It was in 2001, though, that Jobs and Apple started to soar. With its Mac business back to the basics and growing, Apple unveiled the iPod, a music player that would change the music industry forever. While the iPod had several competitors over the years, it was by far the most popular digital music player in the world. Indeed, it became a pop culture phenomenon, and it was rather common to see people scrolling the wheel on the device to hear their next track. Along the way, they had those white earbuds in their ears, showcasing to the world in now-iconic fashion that they were using an Apple product.As the iPod’s fame grew, the notoriously secretive Apple was looking to disrupt another market: smartphones.There were several companies already offering smart devices, such as Palm and BlackBerry. But Apple wanted to try something new. In 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone, a device that relied on a touchscreen — not physical keys and hardware components like competing devices — to control its proprietary software. It was another crowning achievement for Jobs and solidified his position as one of the most ground-breaking technology executives in the industry’s history.In 2010, armed with a slew of successful products, Apple announced the iPad, a tablet that would sell exceedingly well for several years. Apple, once again, had a hit on its hands.All the while, Apple’s shares and profits were soaring. The company was generating billions of dollars in profits each quarter, shareholders couldn’t get enough of its stock, and despite some health issues, Jobs appeared to be firmly in control.Everything, it seemed, was perfect.But over the last few years, Apple has faced its fair share of challenges. Google’s Android platform has become the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Several other device makers, including Samsung, have been delivering compelling alternatives to the iPhone. Meanwhile, the tablet market has cooled off, and Apple’s iPad business has been in free fall.In addition, the once-secretive company hasn’t plugged its leaks so well, and now, it’s not uncommon for many of Apple’s biggest announcements to be leaked before its press shows even kick off.Tragedy has also struck Apple. Following a years-long battle with cancer, Jobs died in 2012, leaving a massive void in Cupertino. Jobs handpicked his chief operating officer, Tim Cook, to take over Apple and lead the company into the future.The Cook era has been relatively stable. Despite the aforementioned concerns with Apple’s tablet business, the company is still generating record sales and boosting its cash coffers. Indeed, Apple is one of the richest companies in the world, and there are no signs of it slowing down.Looking ahead, like Jobs, Cook seems ready to see beyond Apple’s standard products. He’s already ventured into streaming with Apple Music and is reportedly working on entering new categories, including paid TV services. Most notably, Cook has reportedly assembled a secret team with one goal: to develop an Apple car.But that’s the future.April 1 is Apple’s day to look back on the successes, the failures, the rebounds, the retreats. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate what the company has become, and what it has done with technology to dramatically change our lives.Not everyone is an Apple fan, and there are many legitimate reasons for that.But looking at what Apple has accomplished in 40 years, at least on April Fool’s Day, it would be foolish not to tip one’s hat for all it’s done. April 1, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

See how this baseball organist brilliantly trolled an antiLGBTI player

first_img— Matthew Kaminski (@bravesorganist) August 31, 2018Defending their new playerOpenly gay co-owner of the Cubs, Laura Ricketts, defended the acquisition of Murphy. She said there were ‘several thoughtful conversations’ about the decision.Since several people have asked…yes, I was consulted prior to the Daniel Murphy trade. There were several thoughtful conversations among Cubs executives, my brothers and me, as well as with Billy Bean, MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion and the subject of Daniel’s 2015 comments.— Laura Ricketts (@LMRicketts) August 26, 2018Ricketts also tweeted Murphy and Billy Bean, the gay player whom Murphy’s comments were originally about, have developed a friendship.I know Billy and have immense respect for him and his work with the league. Billy, who has since developed a friendship with Daniel, was very positive and encouraging.— Laura Ricketts (@LMRicketts) August 26, 2018She finally said she was ‘on board’ with the trade,For his part, Bean said: ‘I’m sure that he’s never had a gay friend that’s in his current life. The fact that we have baseball in common, he can see from a distance the work that I try and do and I can watch the influence he tries to have with the platform he has.’He further added he’s helping Murphy ‘consider things from a different perspective’.More from Gay Star NewsNew York Yankees finally accept some LGBTI Pride to remember StonewallPeople mock hugging baseball players because we can’t have nice thingsBaseball star apologizes for homophobic and racist tweetsGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Murphy in his new Cubs uniform | Photo: Facebook/MLB on Fox Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/baseball-organist-trolls-anti-lgbti-player/ GAYSTARNEWS- Whenever anti-LGBTI Chicago Cubs player Daniel Murphy stepped up to bat in a recent baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, the Braves’ organist Matthew Kaminski had a message to send. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Three years ago when Murphy was a player on the New York Mets, he said he disagreed 100% with the ‘gay lifestyle’.He was recently traded to the Cubs — much to the chagrin of fans, especially on Pride night.When Murphy was in Atlanta for a game on Thursday (30 August), the message was clear: ‘We don’t agree with your opinion.’Every time Murphy stepped up to the plate, Kaminski played a different song. First it was Lola by The Kinks, a song about a man falling in love with a trans woman. Then it was What the World Needs Now Is Love, and finally Lady Gaga’s Born This Way in the 9th inning.Here’s @bravesorganist playing @ladygaga‘s “Born This Way” for Daniel Murphy: pic.twitter.com/VCAX5CShGA— Organist Alert (@organistalert) August 31, 2018 Here’s a montage of songs @bravesorganist played for Daniel Murphy (“Lola” in the 4th, “What the World Needs Now is Love” in the 6th, and “Born This Way” in the 9th): pic.twitter.com/lUpVYpEelM— Organist Alert (@organistalert) August 31, 2018People took notice of the song choices, and flooded Kaminski’s Twitter, which he acknowledged after the game.#Braves vs #Cubs – Wow! My Twitter feed was on fire tonight! Thank you for all the love last_img read more

Silver Shadow to undergo refurbishment in 2019

first_img Posted by MIAMI — Silver Shadow is set to undergo an extensive refurbishment in November 2019, part of Project Invictus, with a new look inspired by the design of Silversea’s Silver Muse.“We are committed to maintaining the impeccable standards of the Silversea experience, and this major refurbishment of Silver Shadow represents a significant investment for the benefit of our guests,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO. “Whether relaxing in the new Atrium or sipping a cognac in the expanded Connoisseur’s Corner, our guests will notice not only a revitalized look but also greater choices and flexibility as a result of this project’s enhancements.”The upgrades to Silver Shadow will include:SUITESThe ship’s guest suites and corridors will undergo a floor-to-ceiling renovation, inspired by the design and colour palette of Silver Muse. Bathrooms will also be upgraded with new sinks and Silestone material. Silver Shadow’s Medallion, Silver, Grand, and Royal suites will be upgraded with a new color scheme and new materials, as per Silver Muse, while bathrooms will also undergo refurbishments. The ship’s Owner’s Suite will be entirely renovated too, with a full refurbishment of the bathroom.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTNEW ATRIUM & ARTS CAFÉThe space currently occupied by the Lobby, Boutique and Casino will be redesigned as a new atrium. A social hub featuring an updated interactive guest reception area, as well as a space where guests can enjoy coffees, pastries, sandwiches, and other delicacies during the day, or cocktails during evening hours.LA DAMEThe restaurant will be refurbished and enlarged to accommodate 40 diners to ensure every guest has the opportunity to dine.CONNOISSEUR’S CORNERThe Connoisseur will be moved to Deck 8, where its new refurbishment will include the addition of a new outdoor smoking area with comfortable seating.CASINOThe Casino will also be moved to deck 8, adjacent to Connoisseur’s Corner. The new setting for its 11 slot machines and two gaming tables will be highlighted by the updated décor.OBSERVATION LIBRARYFormerly the Observation lounge, this space is set at the fore of the ship on deck 10. Guests get access to a carefully curated collection of books with panoramic views of the ocean.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”ZAGARA BEAUTY SPA & FITNESS CENTREThis renovation will encompass new steam and sauna rooms, fully refurbished treatment rooms, new furniture and flooring, updated state-of-the-art fitness equipment and more.REFRESHED PUBLIC SPACESThe Restaurant, La Terrazza, Panorama Lounge, The Bar, The Show Lounge, and Card/Conference rooms are also scheduled for renovation. The pool area will boast new outdoor furniture, refurbished teak flooring, a new canvas awning with inserted lighting, and new outdoor heaters, while the jogging track will benefit from new teak resin.The first voyage of Silver Shadow following its transformation will be departing from Fort Lauderdale for San Juan on Dec. 3, 2019. Tags: Silversea Cruises Silver Shadow to undergo refurbishment in 2019 Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, May 14, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more