Apple Watch to be sold alongside Aetna health insurance plans

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img The Apple Watch could soon be sold discounted or free to Aetna’s 23 million members, as a way to improve health outcomes and lower insurance costs, according to a CNBC report.Apple held a series of meetings with Aetna executives and hospital chief medical information officers, discussing the possibility of a plan that included the Watch. It is not the first time the two companies have met to discuss plans, Bloomberg reported a similar story in September last year.Aetna already offers the Apple Watch to its 50,000 employees as part of its corporate wellness program, so it has experience using the smartwatch.A number of changes plannedApple has made a number of changes to the Watch since the last reported meeting, including a switch to focus on health and fitness. Rumors suggest Apple will take this further with the next version of the Watch, adding health features that may need FDA approval.The Watch is also expected to have cellular connectivity, more battery life, and a new design.Apple has made significant progress in smartwatch sales over the past year, surpassing Fitbit as the largest wearable seller in the U.S., second in the world to Xiaomi. Sales reached 22 million in the first three months of 2017, according to Strategy Analytics.That said, the company has not yet pushed hard for the health industry. It switched its marketing to focus on fitness and health, but the Aetna discussions are the first move for insurance providers. David Curry Tags:#Aetna#Apple#Apple Watch#fitness#health#insurance#smartwatch#wearable last_img read more

Aguilas seek first win vs Ceres-Negros

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Laguna side, which has 26 points from 20 games, is also in pursuit of a Top Four place with league top scorer Jess Melliza expected to lead the charge.The fleet-footed striker from Iloilo has scored 13 goals so far this season, helping Stallion climb back into contention for a spot in the league’s Finals Series, which will see the top four teams battle for places in the finals. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – A standing-room-only crowd watches Ceres-Negros’ match against Malaysia’s Felda United in the AFC Cup. No other place in the country packs as many football fans as Bacolod’s Panaad Stadium. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANNational Under-22 coach Marlon Maro gets his baptism of fire as he tries to steer the Davao Aguilas to their first win against no less than AFC Asean zone champion Ceres-Negros on Wednesday in the Philippines Football League at Davao del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City.Maro, who led the Under-22 Azkals to a couple of victories in the Southeast Asian Games last month, has been called in to replace Australian coach Gary Phillips, on an interim capacity, after the Aguilas went winless in their first 15 games of the inaugural season.ADVERTISEMENT Even with the signing of national team stars Phil and James Younghusband during the transfer window, the Aguilas still couldn’t find a breakthrough victory with their latest defeat coming last Saturday at the hands of the Busmen, 1-3, at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Aguilas have actually lost their first two meetings with the Busmen, who are in fourth spot with 28 points from 13 matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOver at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu seeks to regain second spot when it collides with Stallion Laguna at 4 p.m.With 34 points from 20 matches, the Cebuanos can cut FC Meralco Manila’s lead at the top to just four points with a win, although the Sparks will have two games in hand. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unbeaten La Salle welcomes Mbala back vs Adamson E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Batting let us down in South Africa ODI series: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh on Sunday attributed the ODI series loss against South Africa to the batting failure but refused to believe that it will be a cause of worry for his side with the World Cup less than a month away.”I think our batting department did not do well in the ODIs. That was the main reason why we lost the ODI series.But, hopefully with the World Cup coming up all will be set right,” he said at the post-match conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by 33 runs and the series 2-3.”Throughout the series our batting department has not scored a lot of runs. It is Virat Kohli who has done well and it’s Yusuf down the order who has done well. We really need to perform as a unit.”But it is a matter of one innings or two and some of the batsmen did not get enough preparation time, quality practice sessions. It always plays in your mind but at the end of the day experienced players have gone through a phase like this.It happens in cricket and specially with us as we play 30-35 ODIs a year. So you see the form going up and down in the year. We are used to deal with situations like this,” Dhoni said.Indian top order collapsed while playing rash shots but Dhoni defended his batsmen, saying it was part and parcel of the game.”It is part and parcel of cricket. You get off to a start, 10 overs, 28 runs one wicket then you are asked why was there no hurry? At the end of the day we were suppose to chase close to six runs an over and it is always a difficult task.advertisementYou want to take the opposition on and times you lose wickets and that is what happened in this game,” he said.”At times it really works because if you see Yusuf’s innings, he played a few deliveries and then went after the bowlers. He was really successful that’s his main strength. In a similar way some of the batsmen played their strokes and got out,” he reasoned.Talking about the positives from the series, Dhoni said, “The full tour was good for both the sides. They won the ODI series, we won the T20 and the Test matches were draw. But overall good cricket was played.”The biggest positive out of this game ? when we go to the World Cup ? the last 10 overs we can chase anything if we have got wickets in hand. I think learning is more than just loss of the game,” said Dhoni. .He also felt that bowling at the death had seen a big improvement in the series.”Bowling at the death, it is a big positive for us. The bowlers have done well with the kind of variation they have got. We don’t have express bowlers but we have got bowlers who have got skills. That is what they rely on. In this series it was a very satisfactory performance.”But both the teams were struggling throughout the series when it comes to the middle order performance which meant that both the teams lost quite a few wickets because of which you were not able to see a prolonged slog from both the sides.That may also be a reason. But if we bowl like this in the World Cup, I will be really pleased,” said the Indian captain.Asked if Yusuf’s place has been sealed in the playing XI of the World Cup after his brutal 70-ball 105 today, Dhoni said, “Well there are other batsmen also. You have Yuvraj Singh who can play a similar innings. You have Yusuf Pathan in the lower order who can again do the same thing. It is important that the asking rate is reasonable.”Let’s see, we still have a few days left. Let’s see what the best composition is for that particular game. But he has done really well.”Dhoni defended his decision to field after winning the toss today.”Last time we played, we had a discussion about it more often than not, the Centurion track whatever is there is there initially. After that as the day progresses it gets slightly better and that is what happened in the 2006 series. The wicket was similar, it wasn’t not a very different wicket.”But I think we gave extra room to the opening batsman and the first down batsman because of which they scored at a brisk rate in the first 10 overs. But after that if you see 260-odd runs we should have got that,” he said.advertisementAsked who are the favourites to win the World Cup, Dhoni said, “If any of the side thinks that any other side can?t win the world cup, it is a big mistake they are making. All the top sides in the World have a chance to win the World Cup. It is just about playing consistent cricket.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Young Lady Bulldogs show bite against seasoned Lady Spikers

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants As for Robles, though, their inspiring fight against the Lady Spikers would serve as a jump off point for bigger things.“This was important for us and it was an awesome feeling,” said Robles who finished with 18 points. “It’s like my teammates and I were motivated to step up so we would be better for next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We never thought that we were facing the defending champions, we just told ourselves that we will do our part and that is giving it our all during the game,” said Princess Robles in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.“What we told ourselves is that we can win.”The Lady Bulldogs managed to steal a 25-20 win in the second set and gave the Lady Spikers all they could handle the rest of the way.La Salle committed a combined 23 service errors in its first two games but had 14 against NU.Lady Spikers head coach Ramil De Jesus lamented his team’s performance against the Lady Bulldogs, likening his team’s miscues to airball free throws in basketball.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—What most thought would be an easy cruise for De La Salle turned into must-see TV.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Lady Spikers’ first matchup against National University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament saw a young Lady Bulldogs squad nearly upset the defending champion.La Salle escaped with a 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22 triumph, but the Lady Bulldogs made sure they got a big bite out of the Lady Spikers’ spirits.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: UAAP: La Salle survives NU to keep unbeaten record aliveNU, which has nine players who have yet to reach their third year in college, was unfazed by La Salle’s resume and was simply determined to put up a hell of a fight. With support of teammates, Mary Ann Mendrez pushes past pain to deliver for UE ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

India outright favourites to win World T20: Steve Waugh

first_imgAustralia’s 1999 World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh believes India are the firm favourites to win the World Twenty20 scheduled to be held in India from March 15 to April 3.Waugh feels India will have the advantage of playing in their own backyard.”Australia is definitely in with a chance (to win the tournament), a good chance, but India right now would be pretty comfortable with where they’re sitting. The subcontinent teams on the turning slow pitches of India will probably hold a significant advantage. India are probably the firm favourites but anything is possible,” Waugh was quoted as saying by on Saturday. Also read: Tough to beat India in World Twenty20, says Steve Smith “If you get some momentum going into the bigger games (and) one or two of your key players finding form then it is possible for any team to win that (World T20).”The 50-year-old also heaped praise on present Australia skipper Steve Smith, saying that he has done a fantastic job in the last one year.”He’s (Smith) done a really fantastic job, guys want to play with him, he leads by example and the last 12 months he really hasn’t put a foot wrong,” Waugh said.Smith’s captaincy is still in its infancy but he has an incredible record leading Australia in Test matches with seven wins, four draws and zero defeats in his first 11 Tests as skipper.last_img read more

Ford launches sports editions of Figo, Aspire

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Auto maker Ford India today launched sports edition of its hatchback Figo and compact sedan Aspire in the country. Diesel variant of Figo Sports edition is priced at Rs 7.21 lakh while the petrol trim is tagged at Rs 6.31 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). The new variants come with over dozen design and performance enhancements. The Ford Aspire in sports edition is priced at Rs 7.6 lakh for the 1.5 diesel Titanium version and Rs 6.5 lakh for the 1.2 petrol Titanium variant, Ford India said in a statement. “The launch of Sports editions is yet another stride in our commitment to introduce products that customers want and value and will help us further strengthen our position in in the segment and industry at large,” Ford India Executive Director, Marketing, Sales & Service Anurag Mehrotra said. The new versions come with various features like bigger and wider 15-inch alloy wheels, dual front driver and passenger airbags, along with ABS and EBD as standard. PTI MSS SAlast_img read more

India play 2019 AFC Asian Cup with dreams of 2026 FIFA World Cup

first_imgIndia are hoping to use the Asian Cup as a key building block towards realising a dream of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup finals but doubts remain over the quality of the side ahead of next month’s continental showpiece in the United Arab Emirates.India has a population of 1.3 billion but the nation’s obsession with and success on the cricket pitch has left it a massive underachiever on the football field.The national side is 97th in the FIFA rankings and yet to play at a World Cup, but All India Football Federation president Praful Patel is confident their fourth Asian Cup appearance will prove to be a vital stepping stone.”The… dream needs to be achieved by 2026 as there will be eight teams from Asia in the FIFA World Cup,” Patel told reporters last week, adding the team would just not be looking to make it out of the group stage in the UAE.”You just always cannot live a dream and we have to make the Asian dream a reality.”India’s qualification for the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar was more a case of coming in through the back door when the country advanced by winning the AFC Challenge Cup, a tournament for the lowest ranked nations in the continent.That was their first appearance since 1984 and while they remain the dominant force in South Asia, India are still a long way behind regional powerhouses Japan, Australia, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia.They failed to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup and the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) decision to increase the number of finalists from 16 teams to 24 has helped the country return to the tournament.advertisementIndia, managed by English coach Stephen Constantine, have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Thailand for the January 5-February 1 tournament.”The Asian Cup is a massive tournament for India and everyone involved in the sport,” Constantine said. “We have three games from Jan. 6-14 and I am focusing on them.”We will take one game at a time and we have scouted Thailand intensively to the point that we have watched them three-four times for analysis.”Sunil Chhetri is the only surviving member of the 2011 team who lost all three group games in Qatar and his tally of 65 goals from 103 international matches since his 2005 debut makes him India’s most prolific striker.Comparing the preparation of the current squad with the one that played in the tournament eight years ago, Chhetri said the 2011 team were together for six months while the current crop have been busy playing for their clubs in domestic leagues.A 28-member squad left India for Abu Dhabi on December 20 to prepare for the quadrennial tournament and played one friendly against Oman on Thursday, a 0-0 draw, while other Asian sides have warmed up with a string of matches.Since their last appearance at the finals in 2011, India have only played two matches against a top-six Asian side when they were grouped with Iran for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, losing both ties without scoring a goal.”We have two weeks there in Abu Dhabi to get acclimatised. As far as preparation is concerned, it’s okay,” Constantine added. “I think we could have had a few more games but that was not for lack of trying.”We sent letters to 25-30 different nations asking for game. We wanted to play against teams in Asian Cup. We’ve tried the best we can.”Also Read | India 23-man squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup announcedAlso Read | Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil ChhetriAlso Read | Just be humble: Sandesh Jhingan’s advice to young Indian playersAlso See:last_img read more

Pochettino: Kane one of world’s best strikers

first_imgUEFA Champions League Pochettino: Kane one of world’s best strikers Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:03 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane, Tottenham Getty UEFA Champions League Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund Tottenham Hotspur The Englishman is one of the best strikers in the world and will get the credit he deserves according to the Spurs boss Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino lauded Harry Kane as one of the world’s best after the forward’s brace against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.Kane delivered once more for Spurs, scoring twice to guide his side to a 3-1 victory in Group H on Wednesday.Spurs 28/1 Champions League winner Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The England international has found some form with four goals in two games, and Pochettino praised the 24-year-old.”Kane was fantastic,” he said, via UEFA .”You can see today, scoring goals in the Champions League. He receives the credit he deserves.”For me he’s one of the best strikers in the world. In the Champions League, the most important competition in the world, scoring will give him the credit he deserves.”Huge performance. Massive win to get our @ChampionsLeague group started! #UCL #COYS — Harry Kane (@HKane) September 13, 2017 Kane also set up Son Heung-min’s opener, which was cancelled out by Andriy Yarmolenko in the first half.Dortmund coach Peter Bosz also hailed Kane and said his team were more than aware of the forward’s abilities beforehand.”Obviously Harry Kane’s a good player. Strong, really strong. You can see that with the second goal, where two of my players didn’t win the duel with him,” he said.”We knew that before. He’s a good player.”last_img read more

Infrastructure Spending Highlights First Ministers Meeting

first_imgAcceleration of infrastructure projects highlighted the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa today, Jan. 16. “What came out of our meeting today is very encouraging,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “It means significant infrastructure programs will be able to proceed and, in some cases, sooner than anticipated.” The premier also pressed to get money flowing as soon as possiblefor Atlantic Gateway projects. “We need to get shovels in the ground,” Premier MacDonald said. “As such, we will be announcing an infrastructure plan over the next 45 days.” Less duplication of environmental assessments for infrastructure projects will quicken project start-up times. Premier MacDonald also pressed for needed changes to our employment insurance program to ensure greater benefits and training opportunities for workers. The first ministers and Prime Minister Stephen Harper also signed an agreement on internal trade. The intent is to allow unimpeded movement in the national job market for qualified workers. Provincial and territorial premiers heard presentations from Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of Canada, and federal ministers Jim Flaherty (finance), John Baird (transport) and Diane Finley (human resources). The first ministers and prime minister also met with national aboriginal leaders on Thursday, Jan. 15. Among issues discussed were housing, skills training and schools on reserves.last_img read more

Funding Will Help Purchase Lands for Protection

first_imgThe province is investing $6.5 million to purchase land so it can be protected in the future. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse made the announcement on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau, today, Nov. 21, as part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families. “This investment will help us to protect outstanding natural lands and the plants and animals that rely on them for survival,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “It’s important to preserve Nova Scotia’s natural spaces for our children and grandchildren to use and enjoy well into the future.” This is the second time in Nova Scotia’s history that government is releasing some details of its capital plan in advance of the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the coming year. The $6.5 million will be available in the 2012-13 fiscal year to go toward purchasing land for legal protection in the future. The land will be chosen based on its ecological and environmental importance. Nova Scotia has a legislated goal to legally protect 12 per cent of its land by 2015. Consultation on potential protected areas is currently underway, and the public is invited to comment by February 10, 2012. For more information on the 12 per cent goal and protected areas in Nova Scotia, visit The province’s new capital plan will invest millions of dollars to make life better for families. It will create good jobs, grow the economy, and provide better health care for all Nova Scotians. The capital plan invests in projects that are most important to Nova Scotians like emergency rooms, schools, roads, hospital equipment and the environment.last_img read more

Big CVTech shareholder looking for answers at annual general meeting

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – The second-largest shareholder of CVTech Group Inc. will be looking for answers at the company’s annual meeting on Tuesday about why a recent takeover offer was twice turned down.Guy Aubert said shareholders need to be told why a second, higher offer of $1.95 per share by a leading NYSE-listed electrical contractor was rebuffed by CVTech.“Why weren’t shareholders consulted,” Aubert asked.“It wasn’t an offer for $1.25 a share to sell the company at a discount,” he said Monday.Aubert reiterated there needs to be a change of leadership at the top of the company and a new board due to a decline in the company’s market value since 2005.At that time, Aubert received shares as partial payment for his ownership of a company that’s now a major part of CVTech’s business, providing a variety of services to the electric power industry.Gestion G. Aubert, owned by Aubert, is CVTech’s second-largest shareholder with a 14 per cent stake in the company.Aubert also was chief operating officer of CVTech until his retirement from that position in 2010. He resigned from CVTech’s board in January.“It’s still a good company, but it’s the upper management that isn’t good,” he said, calling the board an “old boy’s club.”“We’ve lost the confidence of investors. The CEO needs to do road shows to sell the company to institutional investors and to potential investors. That isn’t being done.”The stock closed down eight cents or about five per cent at $1.40 on the Toronto Stock Exchange after rocketing higher by more than 20 per cent on Friday due to a public letter from Aubert.CVTech (TSX:CVT) has accused Aubert of disclosing confidential information about the takeover offers in a letter last Friday and said some of the information was “erroneous and incomplete.”CVTech has said after receiving an initial conditional and non-binding offer in December 2011, it told the U.S. bidder that it would initiate a process to solicit competing offers. The U.S. company then withdrew its offer.Ahead of the annual meeting, CVTech said Monday that its subsidiaries have been awarded several new contracts representing a total value of approximately $77.4 million.In Ontario, Riggs Distler Inc. obtained five contracts totalling $24.5 million, including a $9.6 million contract for the construction of a large underground substation in downtown Toronto.The company also said it has signed several contracts in the U.S. worth a total of $47.1 million and another in Quebec worth $5.8 million.“CVTech is proud to have been awarded these to have been awarded these contracts which highlight our extensive service offering,” president and CEO Andre Laramee said in a news release on Monday.Desjardins analyst Pierre Lacroix said the new contracts represented more than 40 per cent of CVTech’s reported backlog, which stood at $184 million at the end of the first quarter of 2013.“While most of the value of the new contracts is located in the U.S., the announcement is also noteworthy as it represents the first major contract awards for CVT since entering the Ontario market in mid-2012 and acquiring B.G. High Voltage in early 2013.” Lacroix said in a research note.Lacroix also said he expected the shares to give back some of the 20 per cent gain realized on Friday, following management’s response to the allegations made by Aubert. Big CVTech shareholder looking for answers at annual general meeting by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 9:42 am MDT read more

Sales of Crown oil and gas drilling rights surge in BC and

by The Canadian Press Posted May 17, 2017 12:24 pm MDT Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Sales of Crown drilling rights in Alberta and B.C. have already delivered more money to provincial treasuries this year than last year, when they generated record low returns.Oil and gas producers in Alberta have paid out a total of $138 million in drilling rights auctions so far this year, more than the $137 million they spent in all of 2016.In British Columbia, they’ve spent $63 million, more than quadruple the $15 million last year.The figures illustrate growing oilpatch confidence in light of stronger commodity prices this year as well as burgeoning production from Western Canadian shale oil and gas wells.TD Securities analyst Juan Jarrah says in a report that the Alberta sales are being driven by companies exploring the west-central part of the province where they’ve discovered a shallower and more oil-rich leg of the extensive Duvernay shale formation.The Kaybob Duvernay, located farther north, has attracted most of the investment in the play so far and was considered the driving force behind Alberta’s record-setting $3.5 billion in drilling rights sales in 2011.The best year for drilling rights sales in B.C. was 2008, when the province raised $2.7 billion. Sales of Crown oil and gas drilling rights surge in B.C. and Alberta read more

Palm oil blobs cover Hong Kong beaches after sea crash

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 8:08 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A volunteer collects the congealed palm oil which has been blanketing the shores of Hong Kong’s Lamma Island, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Cleanup efforts are under way in Hong Kong after white blobs of congealed palm oil washed up on the city’s shores following a collision between two ships. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Palm oil blobs cover Hong Kong beaches after sea crash HONG KONG – Cleanup efforts are underway in Hong Kong after white blobs of congealed palm oil washed up on the city’s shores following a collision between two ships.Authorities have closed more than a dozen beaches, including two on Tuesday, since the spill was reported over the weekend, though the government says the substance isn’t dangerous.Marine officials say the ships collided in the Pearl River Delta estuary southwest of Hong Kong on Thursday, but Hong Kong authorities were not notified by their counterparts in mainland China until two days later.The congealed palm oil resembles clumps of snow or pieces of Styrofoam and has a consistency similar to Play-Doh. It has been spotted blanketing Hong Kong beaches and floating in the water.Cleanup crews had collected more than 50 metric tons of the stuff by Monday, and filled 110 garbage bags with it on just one beach on Lamma Island, the government said. It has deployed helicopters and nine ships to help find and collect the waste while workers at public beaches are using absorbent blankets and strips to contain the mess.Palm oil is commonly used in food packaging and cosmetics. Environment Undersecretary Tse Chin-wan told reporters that it is nontoxic and that there has been no sign of widespread impact on marine life. Tse said that no more than 1,000 metric tons leaked from the stricken ship.Environmentalists worry about the harm the substance could pose to Hong Kong’s already polluted waters, and to fish and other animals that eat large amounts of it.Hong Kong is made up of a peninsula attached to mainland China’s southern coast as well as about 260 islands, many of them small and uninhabited. read more

International expert links Brock research with business

John WilsonAn international expert has come to Brock from Oxford University to help connect researchers with companies interested in funding them.John Wilson has joined the Technology Transfer team in Brock’s Office of Research Services. His focus is getting more commercial interest in research at Brock, which will bring funding, partnerships and a higher profile for the University.“Universities that embraced innovation a decade ago are now reaping the benefits,” he said. “New companies have been formed, new products have gone to market and many new jobs have been created.”Research and business operate under different rules, Wilson said. But it’s possible to bring the two worlds together.“The business, the researcher and the University can all benefit from the relationship,” he said.Wilson will help Niagara and area businesses connect with Brock researchers who have potential answers to their research and development challenges. Under Wilson’s leadership, the Technology Transfer team will help match researchers with businesses of all sizes through outreach programs, and help them find shared funding opportunities.Wilson’s arrival is particularly timely given the planned opening of the business incubator in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex next year. He was drawn to Brock because of the opportunity to start a program from the ground up, and set the foundation for it to grow, he said.Wilson has a PhD from Bristol University in the UK, training as a chemist before spending five years as a researcher at Virginia Tech, and later Bristol University. The UK native then worked as a product developer for Unilever in England.After that, he ran a start-up company, financed from venture capital, which develops electronic and optical technologies.“John’s arrival at Brock represents an important step in our plans to engage actively in the commercialization of Brock researchers’ discoveries and to help grow Niagara’s economy in new and exciting ways,” said Ian Brindle, Brock’s Vice-President Research. read more

Luis Suarez reveals his ONE great Barca regret from last season

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez has revealed that he regrets playing against Leganes before the club’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of AS RomaJust a few days earlier, manager Ernesto Valverde fielded a strong side for a 3-1 win over the lowly Leganes at the Camp Nou with Lionel Messi grabbing a hat-trick.The win restored their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.But Suarez feels that they paid a dear price for the three points with the majority of the squad feeling fatigued afterwards.Barcelona would then spectacularly blow a 4-1 aggregate lead from the first leg to lose at the Italian capital in the return leg 3-0.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Roma would progress to semi-finals on the away goal ruling.“I really regret playing against Leganes last year at home,” Suarez told RAC1, via Marca.“I played the whole game when we had so many points advantage in the league and three days later we had the ‘final’ against Roma.”Barcelona will begin their Champions League campaign on September 18 at home to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.last_img read more

Minister of Education said she is working to secure opportunities to access

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMinister of Education has left food for thought at the Joint Ministerial Council. The Minister of Education, the Hon. Akierra Missick has asked UK Officials to review its system and allow British Overseas Territories Citizens opportunity to access UK student loans and benefit from UK scholarship programmes. The Minister also said she is working to secure places in the UK apprenticeship programme for Turks Island students.last_img read more

Three Year old left in vehicle dead carelessness

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – An investigation is launched into the suspect death of a 3 year old child in Nassau. Reports are that the child was left in a vehicle, at a daycare on Coleman Lane, off Jerome Avenue. The child was found around 2pm today, unresponsive and though the baby was found alive; the child died a short time later at hospital in Nassau. #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Patty Murray speaks to 200 in Vancouver

first_imgU.S. Sen. Patty Murray was in Vancouver on Sunday morning stumping for her re-election.Murray spoke to about 200 persons at the International Longshoremen’s & Warehousemen’s Union hall, 1205 Ingalls St.She encouraged those attending to get out the vote as Tuesday’s election nears.Murray talked about her work for Washington and about being a voice for the state. The senator also talked about work being done to reform Wall Street, efforts to fight for veterans, her work to reform the student loan program to make more loans available to students, and about making smart investments for communities such as the Columbia River Crossing.Murray is in what many believe to be a tight race with Republican challenger Dino Rossi, who is due in Vancouver at 7:30 this morning at Interstate 205 and Mill Plain Boulevard.last_img read more

No range anxiety for Juneau electric car owners

first_imgIf the capital city were a state, it ranks with places like California when it comes to the number of electric vehicles per capita on the road. And Juneau’s EVs owners love to show off. This past weekend, the quiet cars rolled into a local park so the public could take a glimpse.Listen nowA drone shot of Juneau’s electric vehicle get together. (Photo by Gabe Strong)In total, there are about 80 fully electric vehicles on the roads of Juneau, running off hydropower rather than gasoline. More than 40 of those are parked at an electric vehicle, or EV get together. Clusters of people are ogling an espresso-colored car at Savikko Park in Douglas. They’re talking to the sharply dressed owner, instead of walking their dogs on the trail nearby. This isn’t just any electric vehicle. It’s a new Tesla with a price tag of over $109,000.Myron Klein says, typically, his car doesn’t get this type of attention.“I usually don’t drive it do places with lots of people,” said Klein.Reporter: “No trips to Costco?”“Nope, not yet,” said Klein.Klein hasn’t had the car very long so he’s still getting comfortable with busy parking lots.It’s one of two confirmed Tesla’s in town, and there’s a rumor of a third. The upscale EV has a longer range than, say, the Nissan Leaf. But with 10 public charging stations, plugging in isn’t a huge problem. There’s a limited road system, after all.What can be a burdensome though, for those wanting to join this growing club is getting the cars to Juneau and maintenance. There’s no Tesla or Nissan dealer in town. Still, that didn’t stop Kyle Cuzzort from purchasing his blue Nissan Leaf.He says he did tons lots of research before buying it.“I do like to do numbers. That’s what I do. I did the math once and figured how much weight I would lose if I walked the stairs everyday. Two pounds a year,” said Cuzzort.Cuzzort took a deep dive into electric vehicle forums and learned the car’s battery could work well in a mild Southeast climate. He’s owned the car for about three years now. And compared to what he used to drive, he says powering the Leaf costs much less than what he used to spend on gas. It pencils out to around $25 bucks month.“[With] what we save in gas, we could take a vacation every year,” said Cuzzort.When Cuzzort bought his Leaf around 2013, there were only about seven in town. Now that number has ballooned far beyond that and the Juneau branch of the Electric Vehicle Association is looking to boost the numbers even more.This fall, a Nissan tech is traveling to Juneau to service its cars with recall issues. And the association is looking at organizing a group buy of Nissan Leafs. It could help offset some of the costs of barging the vehicles here.last_img read more