by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2017 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.15 per cent WASHINGTON – Long-term mortgage rates slipped again this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans eased to 4.15 per cent from 4.17 per cent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.65 per cent a year ago and averaged 3.65 per cent through 2016, lowest in records going back to 1971.The rate on 15-year mortgages dropped to 3.35 per cent this week from 3.39 per cent and 2.95 per cent a year ago.Both rates fell for the second straight week.But rates have soared since President Donald Trump was elected Nov. 8. Investors have bid rates higher because they expect Trump’s plans to cut taxes and increase spending on infrastructure will boost growth and inflation.The Federal Reserve raised short-term rates in December and is expected to continue hiking rates this year.
“A majority of the population of the world already lives in cities and the urban population is going to increase, particularly in developing countries,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said in a press release. “Unfortunately, many cities cannot ensure regular and stable access to adequate food and water for all, nevertheless food security and nutrition remains overlooked in urban planning and development,” he warned.Meanwhile, at a mayors’ summit in Milan organized in the context of the Expo Milano universal trade exhibition under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” Mr. da Silva applauded Milan’s Mayor Giuliano Pisapia and his counterparts from other cities for signing the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. Through the agreement, cities adhere to four principles: guaranteeing healthy food for all, promoting sustainability in the food system, educating the public about healthy eating, and reducing waste.Urban centres will be key actors in achieving the globally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the eradication of hunger by 2030, Mr. da Silva said, noting that achieving these goals or sustaining them in the long run will also require tackling climate change and reducing emissions.He also referred to the need to address unhealthy or wasteful practices. “Obesity grows at alarming rates, particularly in urban areas of middle and upper income countries, where diet changes are driven by people’s lifestyles,” he said, underlining how food waste in cities is increasingly higher.“Among other reasons, urban customers often discard fruits and vegetables that don’t look good, even when they are perfectly fresh,” Mr. da Silva added.The framework for the Urban Food Policy Pact, which was developed with FAO’s technical assistance, recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach that brings together governments, private sector and civil society.It also underscores the importance of enhancing the links between urban centres and their surrounding rural areas. In this context, Mr. da Silva cited innovative solutions such as the increase in small-scale urban and peri-urban agriculture that can produce food which helps to diversify and foster healthier diets of families and households living in cities. Expo Milano began in May and continues until the end of October.
“Around 0650 hours, police were called to a report of a fire at the hotel. More than 200 guests were evacuated from the building which has been extensively damaged. A spokesman added: “Officers remain at the scene and are working with other emergency services to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.”One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Four people were taken to hospital, one to the RAH who later died. A further three people were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.”A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.” “The fire has caused extensive damage to the central section of the hotel. Our crews have been working tirelessly since 7am. We have 14 fire appliances at its height tackling this fire and more than 70 firefighters. “As you can imagine, as well as being an absolutely tragic incident where people have lost their lives, it is an extremely complicated incident and fire to contain and will continue to do so. “We will continue to work with partners to bring this incident to a conclusion. But again, I reiterate that our thoughts and condolences very much are with the two people who have lost their lives this morning as a result of this fire.” Andy Roger, the hotel’s resort director, said: “The safety and well-being of our guests, employees and neighbours is our first priority, and our deepest condolences are with the families of those affected.”We are working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire, and to provide support to our guests and the families of those affected.” Jim Slight, from Dalkeith in Midlothian, was staying at the hotel with his wife to celebrate his 57th birthday. He left the building by a fire door after the alarm sounded then walked along the front of the building, past the main entrance.He said: “Smoke was billowing from the building. We could see two of the rooms were filled with smoke. And just as we were passing the corner of the building we heard glass smashing above. “That’s when three people came out on the balcony above. You could only see their heads because there was a stone balustrade around it.” Cameron House Hotel is one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotelsCredit:Chris Watt for The Telegraph Two people have died after fire tore through a five-star hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond. Police Scotland confirmed the deaths after the blaze broke out at the luxury Cameron House hotel in the early hours of Monday.Three others were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, but were later discharged.More than 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel – which was “extensively damaged” – while emergency services took control of the area.Firefighters searched the building and tackled flames in the roof of the hotel from an aerial unit.Police and fire officers are now investigating the cause of the fire. Cameron House is one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotels with views across Loch Lomond. On its Facebook page, the hotel said the fire was within the main building.An 18th century Baronial mansion, it was converted into a luxury hotel and resort in 1986 after it was sold by the Smollett family, who held the property for three centuries.The venue offers a romantic location for weddings, a championship standard course for golfers and five-star facilities for guests.Chef Martin Wishart has a Michelin-starred restaurant at the hotel. On its website, Cameron House said the fire was within the main building.A message read: “We would ask all guests and customers to remain patient as we work with the emergency services to establish the extent of the damage and ascertain when we will be able to re-open.” Smoke pours from the luxury hotel on Monday morningCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Emergency services standing by to treat hotel staff and guestsCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Cameron House Hotel is a landmark on the banks of Loch LomondCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA He said a fire engine arrived with a ladder and firefighters rescued two adults and a baby from the balcony, which he said had “started to get really thick smoke up there.”The majority of evacuated guests were wearing their hotel bathrobes and were given blankets to keep warm. Mr Slight said the “consensus” among those watching the blaze was that it started around the reception area and he paid tribute to the “excellent” hotel staff.Guest Ainsley Huxham told BBC Scotland: “As soon as we left our room – I just thought it was a fire alarm, just like a practise go. But when we left – five stairs down from our room – we saw a whole room full of smoke and flames.”So we had to run back down the hall, chapped on everyone’s doors and shouted ‘fire!’. And by the time we had got outside, the whole field was full of people.”Much of the interior of the main central section of the hotel, thought to be the oldest part, was visibly blackened, with upper floor windows smashed to allow the firefighters’ water jets access to the flames.A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can now confirm two people have died following a fire at the Cameron House Hotel earlier today, Monday 18 December 2017. Flames lick the skyline above the Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch LomondCredit:Phil Dye /Daily Record David McGown, the assistant chief officer of Scottish Fire and Rescue, confirmed that two hotel guests passed away as a result of the blaze. He said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received a call this morning at around 6.40am to a fire within Cameron House Hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond. “Unfortunately, and tragically, this has resulted in two people losing their life as a result of the fire. “The fire and rescue service’s condolences go out to the people involved in this tragic incident and our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the two people who lost their lives this morning. This is absolutely dreadful news. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who have died, and to all those affected. My thanks also to our brave firefighters and emergency services. https://t.co/JnIbVs6vHr— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 18, 2017 Local MP Martin Docherty described the blaze as “dreadful news”, while Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie said: “Devastating news about the fire at Cameron House. So terrible to hear of casualties at this time of year.”Thanks to the emergency services who have been working all morning to get the fire under control.”Speaking on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council, Provost William Hendrie said: “It is heart-breaking to hear that people have died as a result of the fire at Cameron House today. “The families of those who have sadly died in such tragic circumstances will need all of our support and I know that the thoughts of the people of West Dunbartonshire will be with them. For something like this to happen so close to Christmas is just too painful to comprehend.” The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said officers carried out a search of the building, which has more than 130 bedrooms.A spokesman said: “Operations Control has mobilised a total of 12 appliances to the scene.”Firefighters are currently in the process of searching the building while fighting the fire using powerful water jets. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service remains in attendance.” A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 6.44am today to attend an incident at the Cameron House Hotel.”We dispatched four ambulances, our special operations response team and the trauma team to the scene.”Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, described the fire as “dreadful news” on Twitter: 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.
A police officer who rammed a suspected moped thief off his bike can keep his job because his actions were “reasonable”, a tribunal has ruled, as rank and file officers have attacked how he was treated.Pc Edwin Sutton faced a disciplinary hearing this week for allegedly breaching professional standards by using a “dangerous” method to stop a teenage driver escaping after a suspected handbag theft.However a panel yesterday concluded that Pc Sutton, who could be seen wiping away tears as the decision was read out, acted “reasonably” and that his action was “necessary for the apprehension of a suspected criminal”.The incident occurred on May 21, 2017 when the moped driver – a 17-year-old boy known only as Mr G – was allegedly seriously injured after Pc Sutton moved his marked vehicle into the rider’s path to stop him speeding off.Colleagues of Pc Sutton, who will retire from the Met Police in four weeks time after 30 years of service, criticised the “absurd” misconduct procedure being brought against him by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in the first place. Last year the Met Police announced it would target moped thieves “at every opportunity” with the new tacticCredit:Metropolitan Police Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, told the Telegraph: “My colleague has been through just over two years of complete hell. His family life has suffered from it. He is four weeks from the end of 30 years of service which has been exemplary and he has had to face this.”What do the public want? Do they want us to protect them and the streets of London. Then we will go out and do what we are doing and take bad people off the streets. But at times there will be a cost. There will be injuries. Sorry about that but we want to look after the goodies and go after the baddies.”Mr Marsh suggested that hearing was a complete waste of taxpayer money, adding: “What this has cost is two years of a police officer’s salary and thousand and thousands of pounds in terms of investigation. For what?“We have no issue about the transparency of colleagues being investigated but come on. This was so straightforward, he was so evidently in the clear.”The outcome of the hearing comes days after the Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to change the law to give police greater protection when choosing to engage in the tactic known as a “boxing manoeuvre”. Figures showed that it had slashed moped crime by 50 per cent.Under Mr Javid’s proposed reforms, a new legal test will require prosecutors to recognise the skills and training of police drivers which enable them safely to carry out manoeuvres at high speed that would be regarded as dangerous or reckless if attempted by an ordinary driver. 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.
Outotec and the Brazilian mining company MMX Mineracao e Metalicos have signed a contract for the filter technology delivery to the expansion of the Serra Azul iron ore processing facility in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Outotec’s scope of delivery consists of 17 Outotec Larox CC 144 capillary action disc filters for filtering pelletising feed slurries in iron ore processing. Micro porous ceramic discs replace conventional filter cloth in these advanced filters.Capillary action draws liquid through the pores, and only a small vacuum pump is required, resulting in significantly reduced energy consumption. The filters will be manufactured in Outotec’s facilities in Finland and delivered in two phases. “This is our fourth recent large scale filter order. Outotec Larox CC 144 filters are currently the largest in use in the industry and have proven their unique advantages also in iron ore beneficiation. They significantly improve the process and environmental performance of the plant”, said Pertti Korhonen, CEO of Outotec.
← Previous Story EHF Challenge Cup 1/4 final: Sporting CP to Greece – Valur in Serbia Next Story → VTK TV: Win over PICK Szeged in 6 minutes The big gap between projection and reality has one of the most successful German female teams – HC Leipzig. Current debt is about 900.000 EUR which put 21-time German champions in serious problem until end of the season, which could mean transfer to 3rd women’s Bundesliga.Both teams from Leipzig, Football Club Red Bull Leipzig and men’s handball team DHfK Leipzig joined action of saving women’s handball team.In action inside and outside of the football stadium during last weekend match against Cologne, over 20.000 EUR were collected.Now, DHfK have action before match with FA Goppingen. Exactly 2.5 EUR per ticket will be transfered to the girls’ account.
You can also listen back to the award-winning play by clicking here.Ocean FM has been proving itself a bit of a David among Goliaths in the radio drama world recently. They also took the Gold Award for Drama at the PPI awards in Kilkenny in the past month.“We have had an extraordinary run of success in the past 18 months having won the IMRO Award for Commitment to Irish music two years in a row, seven PPI Awards including five Golds and now another first for Francisco in Europe’s most sought after radio and television awards, The Prix Europa,” said Tim Collins.RTÉ’s Documentary on One scoops two Prix Europa awards>Radio documentary on Irish school stand-off wins gold award> A THREE-PART radio play from one of Ireland’s smallest local radio stations made off with a major award last night.Ocean FM won the Prix Europa for Radio Drama in Berlin for its three-parter, Francisco, beating off competition from major European broadcasters including BBC radio.A delighted Tim Collins, CEO of Ocean FM – which serves Sligo, south Donegal and north Leitrim – said that telling the story of Captain Don Francisco De Cuellar had been “an obsession” of the radio team for the past few years.The play was written and directed by Donal O’Kelly, recorded at the Glens Centre in Co Leitrim, sound produced by Ray Duffy and scored and performed by Kila. It was produced by Aisling Heraughty (with assistant producer Peter Collins), and supported by the BAI’s Sound and Vision Fund.It is based on the writings of the aforementioned ship’s captain who was shipwrecked off the northwest coast of Ireland from an armada sent by King Phillip II of Spain to invade England in 1588. Following the shipwreck, De Cuellar trekked across the northwest of the country in a bid to secure a way back to Spain. His journals record observations of life in Ireland of the 16th century.The route De Cuellar took through Ireland is mapped on a special site set up in conjunction with the production of Francisco. The site also carries transcripts of his original letters and lots of fascinating context on his story, so it’s worth a look.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A protest held on Monday night by the community of St Constantine and St Helen’s Greek Orthodox church in South Yarra has forced the Stonnington Council to defer plans to create a Sunday art and craft market on Elizabeth Street. The parishioners and members of the community were concerned that the Sunday market would inevitably take up free access to car parking for the parishioners and make access to the church difficult for Sunday services. Cr Tas Athanasopoulos led the protest on Monday night to the council with the recommendation that the council refuse the application to close Elizabeth Street, South Yarra between Market Lane and Lara Street between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm on Sunday. The application was refused by council with a vote of five to three.“I have had a few wins in my life but nothing like this,” Cr Athanasopoulos told Neos Kosmos adding that the voice of the community – when working together – can overturn a council decision.The councillor, alongside Fr Dimitri from the South Yarra church, presented the council with over 1300 signatures from community members and local businesses rejecting the proposal. On Monday night, members of the community – including two busloads of parishioners organised by Fr Dimitri – all gathered at council to protest against the plans to close off Elizabeth street on Sundays.“It was a great success,” said the councillor who added it was refreshing to see some of the younger generations of Greek Australians attend the protest.
‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… On April 14, Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its final season. And, Game of Thrones Season 8 showrunners want to give fans a finale that they will remember forever.David Benioff and Dan Weiss recently discussed the final season of Game of Thrones in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, where they highlighted what it was like filming Season 8’s intense episodes and why it’s important for them to craft a finale that will live up to the show’s legacy.5 more sleeps. #GoTS8 pic.twitter.com/LeiM16oNJO— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 9, 2019AdChoices广告“We want people to love it. It matters a lot to us. We’ve spent 11 years doing this. We also know no matter what we do, even if it’s the optimal version, that a certain number of people will hate the best of all possible versions,” Weiss told Entertainment Weekly. “There is no version where everybody says, “I have to admit, I agree with every other person on the planet that this is the perfect way to do this” — that’s an impossible reality that doesn’t exist.”There might be a lot of pressure to put on the best finale for the show, however, Benioff spoke about how excited he was for each actor’s performance in Season 8 episodes, and how he’s watched the show’s stars grow as characters and individuals along the way.“Part of what excites me is the performance of these actors. So many of them have been with us since the beginning and they’ve grown — both literally for the kids, and as characters. In many cases, they’re going so far beyond what was expected for them,” Benioff said. “To know them this well and to have their voices so clearly in your head when you write for them is a such a rare gift.”The Game of Thrones showrunners didn’t disclose many details on Season 8, so fans will have to wait until Sunday to watch the final season’s first episode, where Winterfell is expected to take on the Night King’s vast (and undead) army.More on Geek.com:New ‘Game of Thrones’ Teasers Show Powerful Ties and White Walker AftermathShake Shack Has a ‘Secret’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Menu for Valyrian Speakers The Most Ruling ‘Game of Thrones’ Toys Stay on target
After months of legal conflict, a Hazel Dell marijuana shop that opened in defiance of Clark County’s moratorium against recreational pot businesses is finally closed.Sticky’s Pot Shop at 9411 N.E. Highway 99 was forced to close its doors Friday after Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke denied owner John Larson’s request for stayed enforcement. Larson also is on the hook for about $100,000 in fines he’s been accruing since this spring.Stahnke ruled late last month that Larson must close the pot shop, which was operating in violation of a county moratorium against marijuana sales. Larson asked that the county withhold action until he appealed the decision.But Stahnke did not grant that request, and code enforcement officers with support from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office were able to tell staff to close the store for business. Code Enforcement Manager Paul Scarpelli said staff “complied willingly … with closing their doors.”“Store staff was very courteous and professional,” Scarpelli said Monday. “They posted someone at the door so no more customers could enter. All current customers completed their business and left.”
Related Items:#DavidSmith, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedKingdom, November 16, 2017 – London – There was grave disappointment for the David Smith team after a loss of their appeal at the Appellate Court sitting on Wednesday. Smith, held for a string of financial crimes continues a near three year battle against a US extradition order which among other things could land him in a Federal prison for up to 30 years.His attorney, Oliver Smith said the fight is not over though and admitted to #MagneticMedia, it continues to be an uphill battle but they will take their case to the Privy Council in London. #DavidSmith, of Olint is accused of creating and managing a Ponzi scheme; he completed a jail sentence at HMP in Grand Turk and was rearrested less than 24 hours later in a move to cart him off to the United States to complete a Federal sentence in Orlando.Smith is originally from Jamaica, but is also a Turks and Caicos Islander. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #USmanstillmissingaftercrashlandinginocean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – There is no update on the search for a 57 year old man said to have gone missing in waters about 8 miles off West End, Grand Bahama Island when a small plane he was on, crash landed around noon last Thursday. A 60 year old woman was rescued from the water and eventually airlifted to the United States.The plane had come from the US, investigators surmised but it remained a mystery where the plane crashed landed exactly. US Coast Guard, Police and Customs were a part of the search and rescue operation; not only is the man missing at last report, but so is the aircraft.#MagneticMediaNews#USmanstillmissingaftercrashlandinginocean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Digital industrial organisation General Electric has reported a 8.8% consolidated mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay across its 13 UK legal entities.The organisation has reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.General Electric’s consolidated median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 14.9%.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the last year is -12.4%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is -1.5%. Over this period, 79.9% of female employees received a bonus payment compared to 78% of male employees.Less than a fifth (18%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at General Electric are female, compared to 14% in the second quartile, 17% in the third quartile and 32% in the lowest pay quartile.General Electric attributes its gender pay gap to the fact that there is a nationwide underrepresentation of women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)-related fields. The organisation has therefore implemented a new initiative, called Balancing the Equation, which aims to increase the number of women working in STEM job roles at General Electric by 2020, as well as improving the representation of women in its technical entry-level leadership programmes.The organisation will also continue to promote its women’s network, which provides visible role models and helps champion the development and promotion of women at General Electric. The women’s network regularly hosts training and networking events for staff and also runs organisation-wide initiatives such as Women in Technology, Commercial Women and Women in Operations.To further address its gender pay gap, General Electric will hold managers accountable for creating a culture shift that facilitates openness around flexible working opportunities, and the organisation will also adopt a renewed focus on increasing the awareness of its family-friendly policies, such as shared parental leave, enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave. It will additionally highlight specific policies on flexible working arrangements, for example, job sharing.Furthermore, General Electric will maintain its work around its GirlsGetSET initiative, which runs STEM-related activities during the course of the academic year in order to educate students about the career opportunities within STEM subjects. Linked to this, the organisation’s flagship engineering leadership programme for early career professionals, the Edison Engineering Development programme, had a 66% female intake for 2017.General Electric states in its gender pay gap report that it regularly reviews its approach to pay equity.The report reads: “As a digital industrial [organisation], we rely on highly-skilled [employees] from STEM-related fields. The UK-wide underrepresentation of females in these fields from school age through to later career is well documented and [General Electric] also recognises the importance of achieving more balanced gender representation within its workforce. [General Electric] recognises that it is not possible to provide overnight solutions but we are fully committed to leading and accelerating this change with continued vigour and focus.”A spokesperson at General Electric said: “[General Electric] employs more than 15,000 people in the UK and we regularly review our approach to pay equity. Our pay gap of 8.8% is below the UK average and we are confident that we offer equal pay between our male and female populations undertaking comparable work. That said, we recognise there is more to do, and we have already set ambitious targets to increase the number of women in [General Electric]’s STEM based roles where our results reflect the UK-wide underrepresentation of women in these fields.”
A elderly woman who went missing in Miami Gardens has returned home safely, police said on Monday.According to Miami Gardens Police, 83-year old Shirley Gibson had been last seen in the area of Northwest 17th Avenue and 191st Street, Saturday night.Detectives said Gibson stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs around 110 pounds, has brown eyes and was wearing a short-length brown wig. She had been last seen wearing a light blue shirt, multicolored pants and black and silver slippers. She was carrying a red bag.Gibson’s family said she suffers from high cholesterol and hypertension.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Firefighters inspect a collapsed building, at the Paardenmarkt in Antwerp on 15 January 2018, after several buildings collapsed following an explosion. Photo: AFPFourteen people were taken to the hospital, including one in critical condition, after an explosion collapsed or severely damaged buildings in Belgium’s port city of Antwerp, said police, who ruled out terrorism as a cause.Belgium’s French-language broadcaster RTBF reported that a gas leak was suspected as the cause of the blast at around 9:30pm (2030 GMT) Monday, though it had yet to be confirmed.Police said in a statement that 14 people were taken to hospitals, including one in critical condition and five in a serious condition.They said emergency services pulled several people from the debris of the buildings in the Paardenmarkt area of central Antwerp, a Dutch-speaking northern city, but could not rule out finding others as searches continued.Police said the explosion was not related to terrorism, while Belgium has been on a high state of alert since 16 people were killed in suicide bombings in the capital Brussels in March 2016.Several buildings either collapsed or were badly damaged in the blast, police said.
00:00 /01:16 Dave FehlingMaybe this crisis presents opportunity for the major oil companies.A report by WoodMackenzie finds that they’ve learned some valuable lessons from being forced to cut down on expenses.“They’re being more selective about the prospects that they drill,” says Julie Wilson, research director of global explorations with the consulting firm. “They’re drilling in places where they think they can find oil and gas that can be developed quickly at lower cost and hopefully have a lower tax burden as well.”For example, she says, they have been moving away from offshore drilling and include more unconventional oil like shale.But that also has an effect on employment, especially here in Houston.Wilson says focusing more on onshore drilling, for example, gives oil companies more flexibility, whereas offshore commits them for many years and billions of dollars.“That scalability of activity is very popular with companies in terms of their capital allocation, what they’re choosing to invest in,” Wilson says. “But I think they will also transfer that to their staffing.”Wilson expects companies to hire back many oil field workers once the slump is over and drilling activity picks up. But she says office positions may only come back as part-time and contract jobs. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Craig LeMoult | For Houston Public MediaWater rushing out of the Addicks Reservoir during a controlled release after Hurricane Harvey.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering an idea to remove soil from Houston’s main reservoirs and expand the amount of water they can hold.The Addicks and Barker Reservoirs filled to record levels during Hurricane Harvey, flooding nearby neighborhoods and contributing to downstream flooding. In January, the Corps posted an online notice looking for people interested in doing the excavation work.“We’re eliciting interest in entities who may want to obtain material from within the reservoirs for development or road construction or what have you,” said Edmond Russo, an engineer with the Corps’ Galveston district. It’s an attempt to measure what Russo called the “market interest” in this method of making the reservoirs deeper. Lieutenant Colonel Mark Williford, a Corps spokesperson, said two responses to the request have been received so far.The Corps wants to study a handful of other flood mitigation ideas, including the possibility of a third Houston reservoir that local officials have pushed for, but funding for those studies hasn’t been approved yet. The Corps has not put out similar notices to gauge interest in the other ideas. 00:00 /00:48 Listen X Share
Florida State is 48th in the nation in free throw percentage (.743), 57th in rebound margin (+4.5) and 55th in steals per game (7.7). Six FSU players are averaging over seven points a game, led by reserve sophomore forward Mfiondu Kabengele (13.2 ppg). Florida State is No. 21 in the Sagarin Ratings, No. 19 in ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), No. 29 in the NET rankings and No. 21 by Ken Pomeroy through Feb. 5. With its victories at No. 11 Virginia Tech and at then-No. 12 North Carolina, Louisville is the only school in the nation with two AP Top 12 road wins this year. Jordan Nwora is the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.8 scoring average (fifth in the ACC) up 12.1 ppg from his 5.7 average last year. He has scored 20 or more points on 10 occasions this season. He had 15 points and eight rebounds at Virginia Tech. In his last three games, Dwayne Sutton has averaged 17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and shot 63 percent from the field (9-of-17 threes, .529). He has scored in double digits in 11 of the last 14 games, including a career-high 19 vs. North Carolina. He has double-doubles in four of the last nine games. Louisville’s 8-2 record in ACC games matches its best 10-game start in its five years in the ACC, tying the Cardinals’ 8-2 start in 2015-16. Christen Cunningham leads the ACC in assists in conference only games (6.4). He has handed out 49 assists with just 10 turnovers in his last seven games. Louisville has allowed less than 55 points in three of its last six games. The Cardinals have limited an opponent to under 40 percent accuracy for a half on 20 occasions this season, including holding Virginia Tech to 37 percent in the first half of its last game. Louisville is 21st in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. UofL has scored 80 or more points in 13 games (78.8 ppg) and the Cardinals are 14th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Kenpom. UofL is third in the ACC in scoring offense for conference games (79.1 ppg).Print Friendly Version Story Links The Cardinals (17-6, 8-2) are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points. Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Dwayne Sutton ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.9 points along with 7.0 rebounds per game. Christen Cunningham is third on the team in scoring with 10.2 points and leads the team with 102 assists on the year. Steven Enoch averages 9.3 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds per game while Malik Williams and Ryan McMahon are averaging eight points a game. Williams is also pulling down 5.3 rebounds a game. Louisville has a 34-11 series advantage over Florida State, winning four of the last six match-ups. The Cardinals won two of three meetings last season. UofL prevailed 73-69 at No. 23 Florida State (1-10-18), breaking a 28-game Seminoles home winning streak as UofL fought back from a 17-point deficit to win. The win was UofL’s first road victory over a Top 25 opponent since 2014. FSU won 80-76 in the KFC Yum! Center (2-3-18) as Deng Adel led UofL with 19 points. Louisville won 82-74 in the ACC Tournament Second Round in Brooklyn, N.Y. (3-7-18) as Quentin Snider led the Cardinals with 19 points and six rebounds. Louisville, ranked 16th by AP and 17th in the USA Today poll, faces its third of four straight Top 25 foes as the Cardinals play their second consecutive game on the road at No. 22/24 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday. GAME 24Date: Feb. 9, 2019Time: 4:00 p.m.Site: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla. (11,500)Television: ESPN2 – Bob Wischusen, play-by-play; Dick Vitale, analyst; Allison Williams, reporter.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst (Sirius channel 133, XM 193, Internet 955)Series History: Louisville leads 34-11 (17-2 in Louisville, 13-8 in Tallahassee, 4-1 neutral)Last Meeting: UofL 82, Florida State 74 (March 7, 2018 in Brooklyn, N.Y., ACC Tournament Second Round)UL National Ranking: 16th Associated Press, 17th USA TodayOfficials: Brian Dorsey, A.J. Desai, Jerry HeaterNext UofL Game: Feb. 12 vs. Duke, KFC Yum! Center, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN) Louisville won for the seventh time in its last eight games as the Cardinals prevailed 72-64 at No. 10/11 Virginia Tech on Monday. Dwayne Sutton totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Cardinals. Ryan McMahon added 17 points off the bench, including 12 points in 83 seconds during a second-half stretch. Louisville Notes CARD FILES No. 22/24 Florida State (17-5, 5-4) has won its last four games, including an 80-62 victory at Syracuse on Tuesday as Terance Mann scored 22 points for the Seminoles.
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(Credit: YouTube/Adam Fish)The eruption of the Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia has been devastating, particularly for the 55,000 local people who have had to leave their homes and move into shelters. It has also played havoc with the flights in and out of the island, leaving people stranded while the experts try to work out what the volcano will do next.But this has been a fascinating time for scholars like me who investigate the use of drones in social justice, environmental activism and crisis preparedness. The use of drones in this context is just the latest example of the “computerization of nature” and raises questions about how reality is increasingly being constructed by software.Amazon drone delivery is developing in the UK, drone blood delivery is happening in Rwanda, while in Indonesia people are using drones to monitor orangutan populations, map the growth and expansion of palm oil plantations and gather information that might help us predict when volcanoes such as Agung might again erupt with devastating impact.[embedded content]In Bali, I have the pleasure of working with a remarkable group of drone professionals, inventors and hackers who work for Aeroterrascan, a drone company from Bandung, on the Indonesian island of Java. As part of their corporate social responsibility, they have donated their time and technologies to the Balinese emergency and crisis response teams. It’s been fascinating to participate in a project that flies remote sensing systems high in the air in order to better understand dangerous forces deep in the Earth.I’ve been involved in two different drone volcano missions. A third mission will begin in a few days. In the first, we used drones to create an extremely accurate 3D map of the size of the volcano—down to 20cm of accuracy. With this information, we could see if the volcano was actually growing in size—key evidence that it is about to blow up.The second mission involved flying a carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide smelling sensor through the plume. An increase in these gases can tell us if an eruption looms. There was a high degree of carbon dioxide and that informed the government to raise the threat warning to the highest level.In the forthcoming third mission, we will use drones to see if anyone is still in the exclusion zone so they can be found and rescued.[embedded content]What is interesting to me as an anthropologist is how scientists and engineers use technologies to better understand distant processes in the atmosphere and below the Earth. It has been a difficult task, flying a drone 3,000 meters (almost 10,000 feet) to the summit of an erupting volcano. Several different groups have tried and a few expensive drones have been lost—sacrifices to what the Balinese Hindus consider a sacred mountain.More philosophically, I am interested in better understanding the implications of having sensor systems such as drones flying about in the air, under the seas, or on volcanic craters—basically everywhere. These tools may help us to evacuate people before a crisis but it also entails transforming organic signals into computer code. We’ve long interpreted nature through technologies that augment our senses, particularly sight. Microscopes, telescopes and binoculars have been great assets for chemistry, astronomy and biology.The Internet of NatureBut the sensorification of the elements is something different. This has been called the computationalisation of Earth. We’ve heard a lot about the internet of things but this is the internet of nature. This is the surveillance state turned onto biology. The present proliferation of drones is the latest step in wiring everything on the planet. In this case, the air itself, to better understand the guts of a volcano.These flying sensors, it is hoped, will give volcanologists what anthropologist Stephen Helmreich called abduction—or a predictive and prophetic “argument from the future”.But the drones, sensors and software we use provide a particular and partial worldview. Looking back at today from the future, what will be the impact of increasing datafication of nature: better crop yield, emergency preparation, endangered species monitoring? Or will this quantification of the elements result in a reduction of nature to computer logic?There is something not fully comprehended—or more ominously not comprehensible—about how flying robots and self-driving cars equipped with remote sensing systems filter the world through big data crunching algorithms capable of generating and responding to their own artificial intelligence.These non-human others react to the world not as ecological, social or geological processes but as functions and feature sets in databases. I am concerned by what this software view of nature will exclude, and as they remake the world in their database image, what the implications of those exclusions might be for planetary sustainability and human autonomy.In this future world, there may be less of a difference between engineering towards nature and the engineering of nature.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.