Horses Cure Internet Porn Addiction In South Korea

first_imgTags:#gaming#international. pause#Internet#Pause What do you do if your teenage daughter is addicted to videogames and Internet porn? For one South Korea family, the answer is to enroll your daughter in a horse riding therapy program. And by all accounts, it did the trick.Horse TherapyI guess that’s one way to sublimate your daughter’s budding sexual desires. Reports Reuters:Four months ago, the parents of a teenage South Korean girl were at their wits’ end over her addiction to surfing the Internet for pornography. When none of these worked, her school suggested the Riding Healing Center, a therapy organisation that uses horse-riding to cure emotional and behavioral disorders, which it believes are an underlying cause of internet addiction.And the equine therapy worked! Kim used to send seven hours or more on her computer, but now her mother says she “barely goes on the Internet,” and when she does, “she makes a promise to me first about how long she will play on the computer.”Fun With A Living ThingYoosook Joung, a Doctor of child psychiatry at Samsung Medical Centre, explained to Sky News the horse riding worked not just because it is “a very fun” physical activity, but also incorporates “a living thing” which ends up forging an “emotional connection” that can “help overcome Internet addiction.”  It is unclear if giving dogs and cats to those suffering from Internet addiction, which Korean government data estimates affects 680,000 children (or 10% of the total population under 19), would work as well as horses.Besides this horse therapy program, which plans on building 30 additional facilities by 2022 to meet “rising demand,” South Koreans have used anti-depressants as treatment for Starcraft 2 videogame addicts, and specifically for minors, instated a “Shutdown Law” that prevents anyone under the age of 16 from playing on the Internet past midnight. This Shutdown Law, however, is easily circumvented by teens like Kim who admitted to playing on the Internet all night long whenever her parents were away by using their accounts instead of hers.Internet Addiction Is A Worldwide ProblemSouth Korea isn’t the only Asian nation restricting minors’ use of the Internet; Thailand banned the use of cyber cafes for minors from 10pm to 2pm in 2006, and the Philippines did something similar way back in 1999. The popularity of cyber cafes has waned given the accessibility of personal computers and smartphones, but the appeal of the Internet has not.      Internet addiction is a buzzword in the United States as well, but a simpler solution – compared to giving everyone horses, anti-depressants or banning Internet usage at certain times for minors – would be education about the effects of being on the Internet for, say, seven or more hours a day.Basically, the idea is that there is more to life than the Internet (gasp).  Dancing therapy, for instance, is successfully combating Internet addiction in teen males in China. Image courtesy of Lana K/Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fruzsina eordoghcenter_img Related Posts Kim’s parents tried art, music therapy and persistent nagging to try and stem their daughter’s addiction. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The New Features of DaVinci Resolve 15’s Edit Page

first_imgFunctionsAnnotationsQuite possibly my favorite new feature on the edit page is the Annotations mode. This feature allows you to draw directly on your footage to highlight errors or to bring attention to a specific area of the frame. You can draw freehand, or you can use the arrow tool to create a straight line.You can change the stroke width and the color of the annotation, and by creating an annotation on the viewer, you create a marker on the timeline that you can open to add additional detail. To get to the annotation tool, simply open the Timeline Viewer pop-up (lower left of the timeline viewer), and select “Annotation.” From here on out, you just draw on the viewer like you would with Photoshop’s brush tool.If you need to adjust the color, move the note, or delete an annotation, click on the annotation and adjust as needed. Active annotations are only slightly more bold than inactive ones, so you may need to zoom in to confirm your selections.(Note: if you create several annotations without moving the play head, the annotations will only correlate with the one marker it created. If you want the annotation to appear throughout the entire clip, you will have to adjust the duration inside of the marker pop-up box. You can also create annotations within the source monitor, but the marker attaches to the clip itself, not the timeline.)Add Shortcut Markers and Flags with Different ColorsIn Resolve 15, you can change the default markers and flags shortcut function colors. If you hit M, it will add a marker (or G to flag a clip), which defaults to blue. If you want to adjust the color to highlight a specific issue (say cyan markers will be for sound issues), you can open the marker properties and adjust the color (as you can see in the marker box above). In Resolve 15, you can give a colored marker a shortcut, which eliminates the need to open the marker box.You can do this by opening the keyboard shortcuts, searching for the desired color, and inputting a new shortcut.It’s not a feature that’s going to change the world, but if you color-code markers, it’s going to save you a lot of time in the long run.A New Way To Create SubclipsWhen I first transitioned to Resolve, one of my favorite features was the ability to create a subclip from a lengthy media file. You could do this by creating in and out points on a clip from your media browser on the Media Page, and right-clicking within the marked range to select “Create Subclip.” Resolve would then import that media file only at the marked length — great for lengthy interviews. In 15, that process is gone. Now, you create an in and out point and drag the clip from the source monitor into your media pool.  That’s it. You can also do this on the Edit Page within the source monitor.If you later think “Maybe I shouldn’t have created that subclip — now I need the contents outside of the in and out points,” then simply right-click on the clip, select “Edit Subclip,” and then check “Use Full Clip Extents.” You’ll then have access to the media before and after the marked range.Tabbed TimelinesIf I’m ever working in Premiere Pro, I make sure I only have one tab open, as I’m prone to accidentally opening another timeline when all I wanted to do was select a media clip. That said, I’m surprised it’s taken this long to implement this feature into Resolve. To open a tabbed timeline view, open the “Timeline View Options,” and select “Stacked Timeline.”A tabbed view area should then open above the video timeline. To add another timeline, just hit the + icon and then use the drop-down menu to select which timeline you want to add.Stacked TimelinesAnother timeline feature is the ability to stack multiple timelines to edit across them all (a sentence worthy of a science fiction flick). To activate this feature, you need to hit the “Add Timeline” button (circled in red).Adding a stacked timeline is similar to adding a timeline to your tabbed view. Hit the + icon, and choose from the available timelines. You may notice in my example above that sequences 1 and 2 are both grayed out — that’s because they are open in the timeline above as tabs. I first have to close a sequence before I can stack them.With two timelines stacked, I can now edit clips between sequences.Grade bypassAnother tool you might have expected to see earlier (but didn’t) is the Grade Bypass. In the top right corner of the viewer is a small color wheel icon.When you click it, all applied grades and color effects from the color page will be bypassed.This is great when you need to return to your edit to make some changes but find the grade is slowing your playback.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more information on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Get To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale FeatureHow to Add Sound Effects to a Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15Revamped Text Features in the New DaVinci Resolve 15Everything You Need to Know About the LUT Browser in DaVinci Resolve 15 DaVinci Resolve 15 is making its way into editing bays everywhere. Let’s review a few of the Edit Page features that you need to know about.When a new version of a popular piece of software comes out, it’s easy to talk only about the most significant and latest features. (I certainly do this.) After all, these new features tend to be things that users have been anticipating for a while. However, there are always dozens, if not hundreds, of smaller updates and new features that will improve your workflow. Resolve 15 is no different — there are countless new features and functions. However, let’s take a look at a select few Edit Page features that editors of all skill levels will appreciate.AppearancePage IconsIn previous versions of Resolve, the page icons were larger and displayed the names of each page. In 15, we see only the icons. Personally (as a Windows user with a locked taskbar), I find the height of the icons slightly too small; as a result, I end up accidentally opening programs from the taskbar underneath.Thankfully, by right-clicking the page icon area, you can display the name of the icons, which returns the tabs back to their previous height.Cleaner Contextual MenusThere’s nothing more frustrating than spending several seconds working your way up and down a menu trying to find a task, only to realize it was at the very bottom and was one of the first things you read. In Resolve 15, the contextual menus are now significantly smaller. Any tasks that were previously greyed out have now been removed, allowing you to find the required task or setting much more quickly.Image via Blackmagic Design.Larger ThumbnailsThe maximum thumbnail size has also increased. If you have Live Media Preview activated — a setting that allows you to hover over a media clip and make it appear in the source monitor — then this may make little difference to you. But if you want to remove any processes that can slow down your computer, increasing the size of the thumbnail is a great way to find the shot you need quickly without bringing it into the source monitor.Display Audio WaveformsAnother new addition to the Media Pool is the option to display audio waveforms. This is a useful tool if you are looking for a specific audio file and can recognize the contents of the waveform itself (a particular skill, to be sure). If you have the Live Media View turned on, you will also be able to quickly scrub the contents of the audio clip for concise clarification.last_img read more

CRPF jawan killed in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgA Central Reserve Personnel Force jawan was killed in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh on Thursday, officials said here. The encounter took place in the Tonguda-Pamed area of Bijapur district at about 4 am, they said. The jawan belonged to the 151st battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force and this team along with the commando unit of the force, CoBRA, and the state police was out for an operation in the jungles, the officials said. Some Maoists are also suspected to have been killed in the exchange of fire and the security forces are combing the area, they said.last_img

Don’t count us out yet, skipper Daquis says as PSL squad battles Hisamitsu

first_imgPassing of the torch from one team captain to another. MARC REYESUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rachel Anne Daquis conceded the fact that everything will be uphill once the tournament starts, especially when Rebisco-PSL Manila goes up against former champion Hisamitsu Springs at the start of the Asian Women’s Club Championships Thursday here.But she’s very clear they will put up a big fight.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans View comments Filoil: Dario’s ‘lucky shot’ keeps UP unscathed LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollutioncenter_img More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Head coach Francis Vicente told the international media they will use the experience for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.“We are taller than Japan. But we need speed. And Japan has that; we should learn from the match,” said Vicente, who was also accompanied in the press conference by team manager Anna Tomas.The all-Filipino team, made up of some of the best players in the country, trained all of Wednesday morning to work on their game plan.“That’s what we are talking about earlier with Rachel,” said Reyes. “The team has solid camaraderie. There is no seniority. No superstars. Everybody is on the same level and communicates with one another.”The Philippines will face Vientin Bank of Vietnam on Friday before rounding up its Group B games against Tianjin Bohai Bank of China on Saturday. In Group A are Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei, Sarmayeh Bank of Iran, Supreme of Thailand and Altay of host Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes “I know that we are the underdogs here against the best clubs, but the Philippines is known for having a big fighting heart so please don’t count us out,” said the 29-year team captain.Rebisco PSL-Manila and 2002 champion Hisamitsu open tournament hostilities at 10:30 a.m. here (12:30 p.m. in Manila)at the famed Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace which now occupies a prime spot in the city center that used to serve as a vital station during the Cold War.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We’d like to take this opportunity to have a great experience playing with top caliber teams and we’ll make sure we compete well,” added Daquis.Southeast Asian Games team captain Mika Reyes, was asked by team officials to join the press conference held at Shiny River Hotel “to observe and learn” from Daquis. SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Brazilian Model Testifies In Cybercrime Case Against Neymar

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — The cybercrimes unit of Rio de Janeiro’s police heard the testimony of Brazilian model Najila Trindade on Wednesday, part of an investigation linked to her rape allegation against soccer star Neymar.Investigators in Rio are specifically looking into Neymar’s posting on social media of images and messages of the Brazilian model without authorization, a possible violation of her online privacy.A separate investigation into the model’s rape accusations against Neymar at a Paris hotel in May was shut down by a judge earlier this month, citing a lack of evidence against the player.Brazilian model Najila Trindade, who has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her and who was indicted for giving false testimony, leaves a police station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. In May, Trindade accused Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel. Neymar denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)This week, police in Sao Paulo indicted Trindade for procedural fraud, slanderous denunciation and extortion.Coming out of police offices Wednesday, Trindade’s lawyer, Cosme Araujo, said he is looking into pressing charges in Paris.Neymar has always denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual.The Associated Press doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in interviews.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Exploring the interplay between smart manufacturing and big data

first_imgRecently, traditional manufacturing, wherein raw materials are joined together in a multi-phase, product creation process, has taken a backseat to smart manufacturing. Smart manufacturing builds on the historical conception of manufacturing as a process- and materials-driven construction, adding information technology, flexibility, and computer control.This article discusses the burgeoning field of smart manufacturing and, more specifically, the increasingly relevant role of big data in helping product development teams across industries to improve processes, control costs, design products, and align production supply with consumer demand. Examining the interplay between smart manufacturing and big data analytics, this article describes the current smart manufacturing and big data environment, explores future developments, and identifies big data’s limitations in smart manufacturing. (Source: pixabay.com) Companies increasingly use technology to capture data about their products. Supply chain logistics, tracking customer details, detecting product defects using optical sensors, truck fuel consumption and speed — these are all areas in which manufacturing companies transform collected data into valuable business insights.However, data is often poorly organized in disjointed databases, wasting time and resources. The current relationship between smart manufacturing and big data analytics suffers from a lack of qualified personnel, inadequate industry and government investment, data privacy concerns, and the practicality of long-term storage of high-quality data. Predictive modeling, while currently in an emergent stage, remains too often superseded by “reactive” modeling; that is, collecting data on processes that have already been executed, rather than making predictions to avoid the re-occurrence of undesirable outcomes. Future developments in smart manufacturing as it relates to big data analytics must correct these weaknesses, and firms must determine if there is a valuable application of this partnership of emerging technologies in their own organizations.In describing the current state of smart manufacturing and its intersection with big data analytics, we can begin to make inferences about potential future developments. First, companies must learn to organize their data more effectively. Unified database management systems can recover time wasted in searching for information across irrelevant sources. Moreover, firms need to ensure that they have hired the best-qualified technical personnel to handle data. Many undergraduate business degrees severely lack analytics and data science training that is relevant to the marketplace, relying on either an entirely theoretical approach or putting concepts into practice in professionally useless ways.In addition, some evidence suggests that for smart manufacturing and big data analytics to partner most effectively and serve as an example for future developments, they must be implemented in ways that would serve the public interest to attract government investment. Health care, security/cybersecurity, and renewable energy deserve special emphasis: All are crucial to social and economic development, yet are often inefficient in both cost and delivery. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “As we would already know, the manufacturing sector involves various processes that need to be completed before end products can be produced. Apart from the need to hire a huge headcount, time is also an underlying concern. If some of these aspects can be “Running a small business myself, of course I can see the benefits of having greater control over the information that governs my operations. I reckon that if I could figure out my customers and intake and output at my self storage facility better, it woul Continue Reading Previous nVent expands its PXI Express systems portfolioNext ST updates STM32CubeMX MCU configurator with multi-panel GUI January 26, 2019 at 11:07 am EdwardThirlwall says: PaulChau says: Log in to Reply January 28, 2019 at 4:06 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT 2 thoughts on “Exploring the interplay between smart manufacturing and big data” Log in to Reply last_img read more

Wenger questions Ox Liverpool move

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain Wenger questions Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Liverpool move Jamie Smith 08:34 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Arsenal v Liverpool Liverpool Premier League The England international has only started five Premier League games since joining the Reds, leading his former manager to question a summer transfer Arsene Wenger has suggested Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have stayed at Arsenal to fight for his place rather than move to Liverpool.Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had a year remaining on his Arsenal contract, signed for Liverpool in a deal worth £40 million after the Reds demolished the Gunners 4-0 in the Premier League in August.Arsenal will have a chance to get revenge at Emirates Stadium on Friday but this time Oxlade-Chamberlain will be on the opposite side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 24-year-old has struggled for regular game-time after switching to Anfield, starting only five matches in the Premier League and losing his place in the England squad, leading Wenger to question Oxlade-Chamberlain’s decision.”Is he sure of a place there?” Wenger said at a pre-match news conference. “That’s the answer. You are sure nowhere. In a big club, you have big competition for every single place. That’s absolutely normal.”Look, he had one year to go. At the start of the season we had four players with one year to go [Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere]. I wanted him to extend his contract, yes. He decided to go. We respect that but at the end of the day, I decided to sell him.”I believe that he made this decision and we had to find a compromise to get the best possible transfer from it. That’s part of it. I personally think he will be an important player for England and that he will continue to develop.”What do you want – to be a big player and not fight? What do you want on top of that, sitting in a rocking chair saying ‘I’m a big player – I don’t need to fight’? It does not work like that. Every player can do that and he does it so overall I am convinced it is part of being a top player.”Pick that one out 24 hours to go…#AFCvLFC pic.twitter.com/EAVOR0Ue20— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 21, 2017Since a 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov in the Europa League, Arsenal have scored just three goals in their last four matches in all competitions.And Wenger believes there is more to come from a star-studded front line made up of Sanchez, Ozil and record signing Alexandre Lacazette, the team’s top scorer with eight Premier League goals.”It is very simple if you look at the mathematics,” Wenger said. “Who is the team who created the most chances in the League? Arsenal. Have we scored the most goals? No. “That means there is a deficit between the expected goals and the number of goals we scored. That is a bit in cycles sometimes and maybe we have to find solutions to be a bit more efficient.”I just say we are a team who likes to go forward and create chances and we do create chances. I do not want to put too much pressure on our strikers because I believe they have the ability to score.”So, let’s just maybe hope that we can do more with set-pieces, be more efficient – there are plenty of aspects we can work on that we can improve.”last_img read more

Kevin Durant plans to make NBA finals return for Warriors, according to report

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Durant spent about 25 minutes on court before leaving toward the end of the session. “He went through full shootaround and went back to get treatment,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ll list him game-time decision, but it looked good and we’ll see where it all goes.” Durant did not say anything as he walked past reporters to get to the Warriors’ locker room. He was cleared by the Warriors’ medical staff after Thursday’s Game 4 and practiced with the team on Sunday for the first time since his injury. He averaged 26.0 points per game for the Warriors during the regular season and 34.2 points in 11 playoff games before he got hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.Kerr was asked if he had any reservations about Durant’s ability if he is ultimately cleared to play. “You worry about the conditioning,” Kerr said. “The skill, obviously, is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get a shot off anytime he wants. He’s been in similar situations with us where he’s had long layoffs. He’s Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he’ll be a threat. We know that.”Durant was the NBA finals MVP when Golden State captured titles in 2017 and 2018. He has missed Golden State’s last nine games; the Warriors are 6-3 in those contests. Read more Toronto Raptors’ success gives Canadian sports fans a rare feeling: hope Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Kevin Durant practiced on Monday morning but the Golden State Warriors will wait before deciding if he plays in Game 5 of the NBA finals.The Warriors are listing Durant, who has been sidelined for more than a month with a strained calf, as a “game-time decision” for Game 5 although ESPN reported that the 30-year-old intends to play. The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, meaning their quest for a third consecutive NBA championship could end on Monday. NBA finals Share on Pinterestcenter_img Topics NBA Golden State Warriors Reuse this content Basketball US sports Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Toronto Raptors Since you’re here…last_img read more

Minister Falconer Challenges Media to Broaden View on Corruption

first_imgInformation Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer has challenged the media to highlight corruption in every sphere of society and to not limit itself to government and public officials. This, she said, was not a call to lessen their focus on politicians or the Government, but to broaden the search light. “The Government, of which I am a member, has nothing to fear when it comes to Press scrutiny on issues of corruption. This Government will do everything to facilitate transparency and accountability in public life and welcome the scrutiny of the Press,” Minister Falconer said. Underscoring the point that corruption was not only to be found in the public sphere, Minister Falconer encouraged the media to take a broad view of corruption which she described as: “A thief of the economic opportunity of the poor,” adding: “In fighting corruption, you are fighting for the future of this country.”  She was speaking today (December 4) at a public forum put on by the Press Association of Jamaica and National Integrity Action at the Knutsford Court Hotel under the theme ‘Fighting the Corruption Scourge’. Minister Falconer said there were people from the criminal underworld and others in the society with the strength of cash, who in times of tight advertising and sponsorship budgets could use the purse strings to influence media scrutiny. She called on the media to turn the spotlight on all forms of corruption including trafficking and sexual harassment at the workplace where many women were suffering in silence at the hands of corrupt bosses who use their power to exploit them.“I want you in the media to expose them with their pants down,” the Minister concluded.last_img read more

Cosco Orders Seven at DSIC

first_imgzoom Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) has secured orders for a total of seven newbuildings from its compatriot China Cosco Group.Namely, Cosco has through its tanker shipping arm Cosco Dalian ordered five 72,000 dwt product tankers and two 319,000 dwt Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), the shipbuilder announced.Neither the value of the deal nor the delivery dates of the eco-friendly units have been disclosed.Market estimates show that the order could be worth a total of USD 500 million.Cosco Dalian currently has fifteen VLCCs in its fleet and it is expected to take delivery of eight more being constructed at the moment at DSIC, Cosco Dalian Shipyard and CSSC Longxue Shipbuilding.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

JHS FishProducts atteint les marchés africains grâce à linnovation

first_imgLa technologie et l’innovation dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse aident une entreprise à créer un nouveau produit de transformation. L’entreprise JHS FishProducts Ltd., située à Tusket, prend des produits du poisson qui ne sont habituellement pas utilisés en Amérique du Nord et les transforme en un produit comestible à l’aide de machines de séchage. Les produits du poisson séché sont des produits alimentaires de base dans le sud du Nigeria, et la demande pour ces produits est en pleine croissance. En vue de cette croissance, l’entreprise prévoit créer jusqu’à 50 emplois sur une période d’environ cinq ans dans la région de Tusket. Afin d’appuyer l’expansion de l’entreprise JHS FishProducts, le gouvernement provincial, par l’entremise de Nova Scotia Business Inc., investit dans un prêt à terme d’une valeur de 1,4 million de dollars afin de contribuer à la mise à niveau des installations et de l’équipement. De plus, NSBI offre une remise sur les salaires pendant cinq ans, jusqu’à concurrence de 390 000 $. Sterling Belliveau, ministre des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture, a fait l’annonce aujourd’hui 5 février au nom de Percy Paris, ministre du Développement économique et rural. « JHS FishProducts est un excellent exemple d’une entreprise qui utilise une approche novatrice pour réduire les déchets, bâtir une entreprise et créer des emplois dans notre province, et nous sommes fiers de travailler avec elle, » a dit M. Belliveau. Le poisson séché a une longe durée de conservation, est riche en acide gras oméga 3 et est populaire dans plusieurs pays de l’Europe et de l’Afrique. « Très peu de Canadiens se réjouiraient à l’idée de manger des produits du poisson séché pour le souper. En fait, la plupart des gens jetteraient la tête, a dit Helgi Már Stefánsson, directeur général de JHS FishProducts Ltd. Mais grâce à la technologie, les produits du poisson qui sont normalement considérés comme des déchets peuvent être transformés en biens de consommation. » Les marchés d’exportation de produits primaires dans le sud du Nigeria incluent les états de Lagos, d’Anambra et d’Abia, qui comptent une population estimée de 28 millions de personnes. « JHS FishProducts est un excellent exemple d’une entreprise qui utilise l’innovation dans le développement de produits pour conquérir une plus grande part du marché et obtenir un avantage concurrentiel, » a dit Pat Ryan, vice-président et directeur de l’exploitation de NSBI. Nova Scotia Business Inc. est l’organisme de développement des entreprises dirigé par le secteur privé de la Nouvelle-Écosse. NSBI est la branche de la Province qui attire les investissements et qui aide les entreprises néo-écossaises à atteindre leur potentiel de croissance grâce aux services qu’elle offre en consultation, en développement de marché, en financement et en capital de risque.last_img read more

Softwood dispute underscores need for NAFTA dispute mechanism trade expert says

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s decision to turn to the North American Free Trade Agreement for a solution to the latest softwood lumber dispute proves how critical the agreement’s dispute resolution mechanisms are to this country, a Canadian international trade expert said Wednesday.Canada on Tuesday asked a review panel under Chapter 19 of NAFTA to investigate the countervailing duties imposed on Canadian softwood imports into the United States.The U.S. argues Canada unfairly subsidizes its lumber industry, and the question for the panel will be whether the duties are legal under U.S. laws.This is the fifth Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute since 1982, and the third in which Canada has sought relief under the dispute mechanisms of free trade agreements with the U.S. They have largely ruled in Canada’s favour in the past.Colin Robertson, a former Canadian trade diplomat, said Wednesday it’s no surprise Canada made the application despite political battles with the U.S. over the very existence of the Chapter 19 dispute mechanism.“It would not be logical for us not to use it and we had to use it within a certain time frame so of course we’re going to apply it,” said Robertson.Chapter 19 of NAFTA means Canada can get a panel made up of U.S. and Canadian trade experts to decide if the duties follow U.S. trade law, rather than going to the U.S. court system.Robertson said trade agreements were pursued by Canada in the first place largely to create a dispute settlement mechanism “to give us some relief from unfair application – and I stress unfair – of American trade law.”“In a psychological fashion from a Canadian perspective (this) kind of underlines why Chapter 19 is essential,” he said.However U.S. President Donald Trump wants Chapter 19 eliminated, and he has support from many U.S. industries who feel it is unconstitutional and that the American courts are best equipped to determine whether U.S. law is being upheld.The Canadian government has indicated eliminating Chapter 19 is a non-starter.Robertson said the negotiations on NAFTA are largely parallel to this particular dispute, and Canada and the U.S. almost certainly knew when the last softwood agreement expired in 2015, that we’d end up back at Chapter 19 eventually.In the past, NAFTA panels have told the U.S. its laws did not allow it to determine whether Canada’s pricing system for wood was fair using U.S. market prices, or that if there was a subsidy at play it was never as big as what the Americans tried to suggest with their duties. In 2005, a NAFTA panel unanimously agreed the U.S. industry had not been injured by Canada’s stumpage fee system.Canada would hope to have similar findings again.NAFTA rules require a panel decision on this complaint be made no later than the end of September 2018.—follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Child advocates call for a national youth suicide prevention strategy

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsA national organization representing children and youth in Canada is calling on governments to address the number of youth suicides in the country.Death by suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Canada.The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) say not enough is being done to combat the problem.“We can no longer tolerate the inaction of federal, provincial and territorial governments,” Del Graff, the Child and Youth Advocate for Alberta, told reporters Tuesday.“The fact that we’re the only G7 country without a national strategy is telling. The fact that we don’t have a national children’s commissioner in Canada is telling. That fact that we don’t even have a mechanism for complaints about children who have human violations is telling,” he said.“As Canadians we ought to be able to demand more.”The group released a new study on youth suicide at its national conference in Winnipeg.In it they put forward three recommendations for the federal government.“We call on the government of Canada to develop and implement a fully resourced, national suicide prevention strategy for Canada with designated funding to the provinces and territories to create their own or to support existing strategies where applicable,” said Jackie Lake Kavanagh, the Child and Youth Advocate for Newfoundland and Labrador.The CCCYA says national data on suicides and attempted suicides is lacking.The second recommendation calls on Canada to develop and implement a cross-jurisdictional data system and to compel provinces to mandatory report attempted and completed suicides.“The current landscape on suicide statistics in Canada is fraught with under reporting and inconsistency across jurisdictions,” said Lake Kavanagh.“This is especially true when it comes to data collection on Indigenous youth suicide.”There are no recent data examining rates of suicide among Indigenous youth but recent numbers from Statistics Canada show the suicide rate among First Nations people was three times higher than non-Indigenous from 2011-2016.For Metis it’s two times higher and for Inuit its approximately nine times higher.How many youth who are in care when they die by suicide is also not known.But Graff says there is a direct link between the child welfare system and mental health.“Many of the young people, if not all of the young people, within the child welfare system have experienced some levels of trauma and trauma is an indicator that, in fact, they are going to need to have those additional supports,” said Graff.“When those supports are not adequately provided we see issues like addictions, mental health concerns, suicide.”Daphne Penrose’s office tracks the number of child deaths and the circumstances around them in Manitoba.She is the Advocate for Children and Youth in the province.From 2017-2018, 20 youth died by suicide. Four were in care at the time of their death.Penrose said while the child welfare system does play a role, access to mental health resources for all youth is the main issue.“This is a problem with respect to mental health and wellness of children and the ability for children who are struggling to be able to reach out,” she said.“There are many kids in this situation who are not involved in the child welfare system.”Lastly, The CCCYA recommends governments work with Indigenous youth and leadership to develop plans that will reflect what is needed in each community.The Canada Suicide Prevention Service enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English:Phone: toll-free 1-833-456-4566, Text: 45645, Chat: crisisservicescanada.cabhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Does Hajj Money Directly Fund War in Yemen

By Anna SchaefferRabat – The Union of Tunisian Imams have implored their Grand Mufti to issue a fatwa, or religious edict, to discourage Muslims from participating in the Hajj this year in response to violence perpetrated by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. The ever-rising cost of the pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site contributes to the massive riches of the Saudi government, whose usage of that money to fund wars, even massacres, in other Muslim nations goes directly against what numerous outspoken Muslim leaders consider ethical. General-Secretary of the Union of Tunisian Imams Fadhel Ashour said it would be better “to spend this money to improve the conditions of the Tunisian people.” Instead, he said, “It is used to kill and displace people, as is the case currently in Yemen.”The three-year Saudi military campaign “to restore legitimacy in Yemen” has killed more than 14,000 men, women, and children. Millions on the verge of starvation and thousands dead from record-high cholera outbreaks pushed the UN to call the “Yemeni genocide” the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Rather than use Hajj profits to benefit poorer surrounding nations, Saudi Arabia continues to fund the war in Yemen as well as the deadly crisis in Syria. How much profit does Hajj yield?The Qur’an states that practicing Muslims who are able should observe Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam, at least once during their life; because of the steep costs resulting from both travel and imposed taxes, the trip requires extensive saving for a great number of the millions of believers who travel to the holy site.Al Arabiya reported in 2014 that the average cost for a worshiper from an outside country is approximately USD 5,000. The cost for Tunisians, whose imams have called for abstaining from the 2018 Hajj, is over USD 4,500.According to figures by Al Jazeera, it costs the average person from Malaysia half a year’s salary to complete the Hajj. For someone from Bangladesh, the Hajj costs more than three years’ earnings.Regardless of what nation a pilgrim hails from, their minimum Hajj cost begins at USD 2,000; often, the pricetag soars higher than USD 14,000 for one person. Recently increased taxes add to the head-reeling sum of money—estimated to exceed USD 150 billion per year by 2022—swallowed directly from Hajj profits by Saudi Arabia.Should believers boycott the pilgrimage?Because a considerable share of the fortune contributes to Saudi conflict or weapon acquisition, Muslims worldwide question whether boycotting the Hajj is the best course of action. A developing perception in Muslim nations considers Saudi Arabia’s actions as exploitative, utilizing the holy site to punish its opponents or advance its political ends. One Twitter user encouraged other Muslim countries to follow in the footsteps of the Tunisian imams. He cited “increase of Hajj costs, paying Hajj revenues to the US, using revenues to kill Muslims as in Yemen, [and] Al Saud [House of Saud] role in helping the Israeli occupation” as reasons to take “a strict position and boycott Hajj for this year.”Journalist Kamel Abderrahmani said the pilgrimage has evolved into “one of Saudi Arabia’s commercial pillars.” “In other words, the Saudi God is a business and worship at the same time,” he wrote.Abderrahmani urged all Muslim nations to boycott the Hajj and use the money instead to “build hospitals, schools and universities to protect our children from ignorance and an archaic conception of life and religion.”In contrast to the cries for an anti-Hajj edict in Tunisia, the Tunisian political party Ennahda Movement warned of the potential for a strained Tunisia-Saudi Arabia relationship. “These are isolated and ideological calls that only serve personal purposes,” said an Ennahda statement. Tunisian Minister of Religious Affairs Ahmed Adhoum announced 236,000 Hajj applications for 2018 alone. The number of pilgrims whose applications will be accepted by lottery has risen from 10,374 in 2017 to a current count of 10,892. If the Grand Mufti of the Republic in Tunisia issues a fatwa against the pilgrimage, profits made by Saudi Arabia could decrease by more than USD 50 million. read more

Spending more on forests could reap enormous benefits – UN report

5 June 2011Investing a relatively small amount each year in the forestry sector could halve deforestation, create millions of new jobs and help tackle the devastating effects of climate change, according to a United Nations report released today to mark World Environment Day. The report, “Forests in a Green Economy: A Synthesis,” finds that an additional $40 billion spent each year in the forestry sector – or just 0.034 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) – could result in substantial environmental improvements.The rate of deforestation could be halved by 2030, the number of trees planted could rise by 140 per cent by 2050 and as many as 30 million new jobs could be created by that same year.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which issued the report, said forestry is one of the key sectors capable of helping the world transition to a ‘green economy’ model that is resource-efficient and low in its use of carbon.“There are already many encouraging signals; the annual net forest loss since 1990 has fallen from around eight million to around five million hectares and in some regions such as Asia, the Caribbean and Europe forest area has actually increased over those 20 years,” he said.The area covered by freshly planted forests has also grown from 3.6 million hectares in 1990 to just below five million hectares last year.Jan McAlpine, the Director of the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests, said the capacity of poorer countries to switch to green economies and protect their stocks of forests needs to be strengthened.“Encouraging a transition to green economies will require a broad range of financial, regulatory, institutional and technological measures,” she said.Forests and the benefits they provide represent the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, which is marked every year on 5 June. This year is also the UN-declared International Year of the Forests.Celebrations are being held across the globe, including in India, which is this year’s designated host.On Friday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described forests as central to economic development, poverty reduction and food security.“By reducing deforestation and forest degradation we can make significant progress in addressing the combined threats of climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation,” he said in a message to a forestry conservation meeting held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. read more

Another 19 asylum seekers arrested

Meanwhile another 6 people were arrested in Bangadeniya, Chilaw also from a house late last night.All those who were arrested are to be produced in court today. Further investigations are underway. Another 19 would be asylum seekers were arrested in Wennapuwa and Chilaw late last night as they prepared to head to Australia, the police said today.The police media unit said that the 13 people aged between 19 and 40 were at a house in Wennapuwa when they were arrested. All those who were arrested are residents of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Pudukudiruppu. The police also arrested a person who had given the people the lodging in Wennapuwa.

SLFP UPFA in key meeting with Maithri

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is to have a key meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon.SLFP sources told the Colombo Gazette that opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayanth will take part in the discussions. Sirisena had already announced that nominations will be given to the former President but there is pressure on him to reverse that decision. Well informed sources said that the SLFP and the UPFA will urge the President to give Rajapaksa nominations as promised as failure to do so could result in a split in the UPFA. (Colombo Gazette) Sources said that at the meeting a decision is likely to be taken with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections. read more

Takeback Tuesday number of parcels at Post Offices expected to jump by

first_imgAs the first full working day of the year, Tuesday could come as a shock to the system for many returning to the office after the Christmas break.But one business is gearing up for what is likely to be one of its busiest days of the year: Royal Mail. The service has disclosed that staff are being told to expect a 50 per cent jump in the volume of parcels being returned tomorrow on what is being nicknamed “take back Tuesday”.The prediction is based on the number of parcels already logged with Royal Mail through its Tracked Returns service, which is used by more than 1,000 online retailers to enable customers to send back unwanted purchases.The rise of internet shopping has transformed not only the way people buy their Christmas presents but how they dispose of or exchange any unwanted gifts afterwards. Royal Mail expects a 50 per cent jump in the number of parcels to process on Tuesday Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Instead of the traditional pile of ill-fitting jumpers and unwanted shirts on shop counters in the month of January, customers are increasingly able to return goods by post.Customers using the Tracked Returns service simply select the name of the retailer or supplier from a list of more than 1,000 brands on the Royal Mail website, print off a label and deposit the parcel at a Post Office.The system also enables retailers to track the progress of returned items as they make their way back to warehouses and stores.Parcel volumes are also likely to be boosted by recipients of gifts selling them off on sites such as eBay, which also rely on the mail system. Unwanted Christmas presents will be sent back on Tuesday Clothes and shoes are the most likely to be returned Clothes and shoes are the most likely to be returned Psychologists say the best time to try to sell on gifts is in the window between Christmas Day and New Year when people are thought to be more receptive to exchanging them and on the look-out for bargains.Separate research by Royal Mail found that clothing and footwear are still the most likely items to be returned and that women are driving the returns boom.A survey of online shoppers  found that 30 per cent of participants said they had returned women’s clothes, almost twice as many as had sent back men’s or children’s clothing. Last year the first full day back after Christmas was nicknamed “mail-back Monday” as Christmas and New Year’s Day fell on Fridays rather than Sundays. Unwanted Christmas presents will be sent back on Tuesday Recent research published by eBay claimed that British people open an estimated 115 million less-than-desirable gifts, worth as much as £2.2 billion, every year.The study, based on a poll of 2,000 adults, found that almost a third of people reported having “little or no attachment” to some gifts only a few days after Christmas.Last year eBay had more than 4,500 items listed specifically as “unwanted Christmas gifts” in the first two weeks of January alone.But those determined to make a killing from unwanted Christmas presents could already have missed the boat.  Royal Mail expects a 50 per cent jump in the number of parcels to process on Tuesdaylast_img read more

Calls for tighter rules after regulator approves foreign ships dumping palm oil

In February, The Telegraph revealed that ships are regularly dumping large quantities of noxious palm oil off the coast of Britain without legal consequences.During 2016 and 2017 seven instances of palm oil contaminating British waters were documented by satellites operated by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).Two spills in the southern part of the North Sea left oil slicks stretching for more than 44 miles, according to EMSA records.Palm oil spills have a similar impact on the marine environment as fossil fuel oils by depleting water of oxygen, killing fish, coating the wings of birds, and washing up on beaches.All seven of the pollution incidents identified by the EMSA satellites were labelled as permitted discharges by the MCA and no action was taken against the shipping companies.Under existing international law vessels are permitted to discharge up to 100 litres of water that is contaminated by palm oil for each chemical tank on board, and lager discharges can be permitted in extenuating circumstances, such as if abandoning a polluting cargo is essential to securing the safety of a ship.Prior to the IMO decision in February the UK had pushed for the legislation to be implemented earlier, according to the British regulator, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).In a statement, the MCA said it is currently looking into the possibility of negotiating a regional deal to crack down on the dumping of food oils in British waters.“The UK had sought an earlier date and is now engaged in discussions with other North Sea States on the practicality, and legality, of implementing these restrictions earlier on a regional basis,” it said. Palm oil being cleared from Chesil Beach in dorset “UK ports have oily water reception facilities that were put in place to process crude oil waste,” said Paul Johnston, an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter and principal scientist at Greenpeace’s research laboratories.“This legislation is already long overdue. Elsewhere there might be a need for specific ports to have a bit of time to catch up and install these reception facilities – but the UK, and Europe more generally, is in a position where it could implement this legislation immediately.”Gillian Glegg, the associate head of marine science at Plymouth University, believes the UK is in a position to lead the way globally, by taking action ahead of the 2021 deadline.“Once a regulator has decided that something like this is causing harm and there is good reason to ban it you obviously want to implement changes as soon as possible,” she said.“There are technical issues for some organisations and countries that don’t have the infrastructure to deal with that material – but I don’t see why the UK cannot bring this in ahead of the 2021 deadline.” Campaigners have called for action after the maritime regulator ruled that foreign ships can continue to dump palm oil in British waters for three years.In February, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) approved regulation that will require tankers carrying palm oil and other food oils to pump the tank residue into purpose-built disposal facilities, instead of washing it out in open water.But the new rules will not come into force until July 1, 2021, a timeframe the IMO says will give states and industry time to increase capacity at shore-based oil disposal facilities.Britain already has the infrastructure required to deal with oil residue and experts say it should ban the dumping of food oils in British waters ahead of the 2021 deadline. Palm oil being cleared from Chesil Beach in dorsetCredit:Steve Trewhella/Alamy Stock Photo Palm oil is toxic to dogsCredit:Steve Trewhella/Alamy Palm oil is toxic to dogs Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Police launch hate crime investigation after Post Office refuses to accept Scottish

Patrick Burgess and his son He asked staff if his son could deposit a Scottish £10 bank note that his aunt, who lives in St Andrews, had given to him as present, but was told it was not permitted.Mr Burgess said: “I was well aware that Scottish notes are not legal tender and shops do not have to accept them, but they are legal currency and therefore the Post Office should have accepted the note. The row took place in a post office in KentCredit:Steve Finn A police force launched an investigation after a man claimed he had been the victim of a hate crime when a branch of the Post Office refused to accept his Scottish bank note.Kent Police were called out earlier this month when 48-year-old Patrick Burgess accused postal staff of racism.He claimed the post office worker’s refusal to accept the note amounted to a hate crime because it was based on nationality.Mr Burgess was born and brought up in Scotland, but speaks with an English accent.An officer was asked to investigate the claim and it has been recorded for official purposes as a hate crime, which will feed into national statistics.The incident occurred on November 22 in the village of Walderslade near Chatham when Mr Burgess, who works for the Royal Mail, visited his local Post Office with his 12-year-old son, Daniel. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The row took place in a post office in Kent The Kent force has lost around 300 officers as a result of budget cuts in recent years.Chris Carter, the chair of the Kent Police Federation, said: “When incidents like this are reported as hate crimes we are obliged to record them as such and we have to take it seriously. It contributes to the sheer volume of stuff we have to deal with putting extra pressure on front line officers.”Last month Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary asked the Law Commission to consider expanding the definition of hate crime by adding misogyny and ageism.But he has faced a backlash from many police chiefs who expressed concern that their frontline officers were spending too much time investigating such issues rather than tackling serious crime such as burglary and assault.Sara Thornton, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council said while logging such complaints might be desirable police did not have the time or the resources. A spokesman for Kent Police confirmed they had received a report and confirmed that as it was reported as a hate crime it would be investigated as such.The spokesman said: “Kent Police has received a report that a dispute took place at a premises in Walderslade Road, Walderslade, on Thursday 22 November 2018. Officers are conducting initial enquiries into the incident.”Mr Burgess said he has since received an email from the police explaining that his complaint did not constitute a hate crime.But critics have accused Mr Burgess of wasting police time and putting already stretched officers under extra pressure. Patrick Burgess and his son He added: “I asked if they would accept Euros, American or Australian Dollars. The cashier replied that they would.”I confirmed with her that the only notes they would not take were Scottish or Irish, to which she replied yes. In my opinion it’s racist and it is a hate crime.”Mr Burgess said: “I was angry at the time and put out a bit and so I went online to report it to the police. You are always hearing about hate crime and so that is what I reported it as. It was a bit tongue in cheek really and perhaps it was my sense of humour.” read more