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Russia: Construction of Muchke Bay Terminal Begins

first_imgThe construction of a dedicated coal terminal started on the coast of the Tatar Strait in the far east on December 11, 2013.The builders of the SK MOST Group of Companies have excavated about 700,000 cubic meters of soil as part of the area grading for building a dedicated coal terminal in the Muchke Bay near the town of Vanino.The project customer is LLC Sakhtrans, and OJSC USK MOST is the contractor. The preparatory work as part of the first phase of the construction project aimed at building a dedicated coal terminal in the Muchke Bay, Vanino District of the Khabarovsk Region started in July this year.Currently, the work sites and access roads were put in place on the coast of the Tatar Strait; rock and crushed stone were placed in the motorway bed; a view point was paved with concrete, and grading of the area with a footprint of about 200 hectares is underway.The construction of a dedicated modern coal and iron ore concentrate transshipment terminal on the Pacific coast of Russia is scheduled for the years 2013-2016. The projected annual capacity of the terminal is 10-12 million metric tons, with an expansion potential to 27 million metric tons.[mappress]Press Release, December 23, 2013last_img read more

US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

first_img Photo via AP US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 Published: August 5, 2017 5:42 PM EDT Updated: August 5, 2017 5:43 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Photo via AP 1 of 6 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse.The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century.Never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied – or celebrated.“We’re going to be looking at this event with unprecedented eyes,” promises Alex Young, a solar physicist who is coordinating NASA’s education and public outreach.And the party planning is at full tilt from Oregon to South Carolina.Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the long but narrow path of totality, where the moon completely blots out the sun.Vineyards, breweries, museums, parks, universities, stadiums – just about everybody is getting into the act.The Astronomical League for amateur astronomers is holing up at Casper, Wyoming. Minor league baseball teams will halt play for “eclipse delays” in Salem, Oregon, and elsewhere. By a cosmic quirk of the calendar, the Little Green Men Days Festival will be in full swing in Kelly, Kentucky, as will the American Atheists’ annual convention in North Charleston, South Carolina.And where better to fill up on eclipse T-shirts and safety glasses – and eclipse burgers – than the Eclipse Kitchen in Makanda, Illinois.Scientists are also going gaga.“This is a really amazing chance to just open the public’s eyes to wonder,” says Montana State University’s Angela Des Jardins, a physicist in charge of a NASA eclipse ballooning project . The student-launched, high-altitude balloons will beam back live video of the eclipse along the route.Satellites and ground telescopes will also aim at the sun and at the moon’s shadow cutting a swath some 60 to 70 miles wide (97 to 113 kilometers) across the land. Astronauts will do the same with cameras aboard the International Space Station. Ships and planes will also catch the action.“It’s going to be hard to beat, frankly,” says Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA’s science mission office.At the same time, researchers and the just plain curious will watch how animals and plants react as darkness falls. It will resemble twilight and the temperature will drop 10 to 15 degrees.Expect four hours of pageantry, from the time the sun begins to be eclipsed by the moon near Lincoln City, Oregon, until the time the moon’s shadow vanishes near Charleston, South Carolina. NASA will emcee the whole show, via TV and internet from that coastal city.The total eclipse will last just 1 1/2 hours as the lunar shadow sweeps coast to coast at more than 1,500 mph (2,400 kph) beginning about 1:15 p.m. EDT and ending at 2:49 p.m. EDT. The sun’s crown – the normally invisible outer atmosphere known as the corona – will shine forth like a halo.Sure, full solar eclipses happen every one, two or three years, when the moon positions itself smack dab between the sun and Earth. But these take-your-breath-away eclipses usually occur in the middle of the ocean somewhere, though, or near the sparsely populated top or bottom of the world. In two years, Chile, Argentina and the empty South Pacific will share top billing.The United States is in the bull’s-eye this time.It will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast and the first to pass through any part of the Lower 48 states in 38 years.NASA’s meteor guru, Bill Cooke, was in Washington state for that one in 1979. This time, he’s headed to his sister’s farm in eastern Tennessee.“It is the most weird, creepy, awe-inspiring astronomical event you will experience,” Cooke says.No other country but the U.S. will be privy to the path of totality. Originating in the wide open North Pacific and ending in the Atlantic well short of Africa, the path of totality will cover 8,600 miles (13,800 kilometers) from end to end.In all, 14 states (two of them barely) and 21 National Park locations and seven national historic trails will be in the path.Darkness will last just under two minutes in Oregon, gradually expanding to a maximum two minutes and 44 seconds in Shawnee National Forest in southernmost Illinois, almost into Kentucky, then dwindling to 2 1/2 minutes in South Carolina. Staring at the sun with unprotected eyes is always dangerous, except during the few minutes of totality. Even then, most pros recommend eclipse glasses.With an estimated 200 million people living within a day’s drive of the path, huge crowds are expected. Highway officials already are cautioning travelers to be patient and, yes, avoid eclipses in judgment.The view from the sidelines won’t be too shabby, either. A partial eclipse will extend up through Canada and down through Central America and the top of South America. Minneapolis will see 86 percent of the sun covered, Miami sees 82 percent, Montreal gets 66 percent, while Mexico City sees 38 percent.But who wants to settle for not quite when you can experience the whole eclipsed enchilada?Not Kevin Van Horn, an astronomy buff from suburban Pittsburgh who will make the 8 1/2-hour drive to Nashville with his wife, Cindy. Nashville is the biggest metropolitan area along the eclipse’s main drag.“It would be like going to the Super Bowl and sitting outside the stadium rather than being inside and watching it,” says Van Horn, a total solar eclipse newbie.By contrast, it will be the 13th total solar eclipse for Rick Fienberg, spokesman for the American Astronomical Society. He’s headed to Oregon.“Going through life without ever experiencing totality,” Fienberg declares, “is like going through life without ever falling in love.”To give everyone a shot at the cosmic drama, which falls on a Monday, many schools are canceling classes, while offices plan to take a break or close for the day. The true beauty of the experience, according to NASA’s Young, comes from sharing “arguably the most amazing astronomical event that anyone can see” with millions of others.Those multitudes are what terrify Jackie Baker, who owns and runs the Eclipse Kitchen with her father in a village of 600 that’s tucked into a valley in southernmost Illinois. The 18-seat cafe – which had its grand opening last Aug. 21 – is named for this eclipse and the one coming up in 2024.The Eclipse Kitchen is in the crosshairs of both.While it won’t span coast to coast, the April 8, 2024 eclipse will still be a doozy, coming up from Mexico into Texas, moving through the Midwest and into Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Darkness will last four minutes. The world record is just over seven minutes.Baker expects to sell out of food well before showtime on Aug. 21. Then she’ll just enjoy the eclipse.That’s Cooke’s plan, too. “You just need to sit back and take it all in.” Photo via AP Photo via AP Brittany Randolph/The Star via AP SHARElast_img read more

‘Knife in back’ claim over RTA data sharing

first_imgA representative of RTA solicitors said today he feels as if he has been ‘knifed in the back’ in the debate over a stalled scheme to share fraud data with insurers. Craig Budsworth, chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, told the Manchester Law Society conference that the Association of British Insurers (ABI) had written to the House of Commons inquiry on whiplash saying that claimant firms might exploit any data its members released on fraud.Budsworth said he had worked for months with the ABI to find a way that insurers can share information with law firms about potential fraud. But in the letter, sent last August, ABI director general Otto Thoresen blamed claimants for changing their demands and putting a halt to negotiation.Budsworth said the letter added: ‘One of the main challenges is agreeing exactly what data we can usefully share with claimant lawyers without exposing insurers to unnecessary risk, for example, it is crucial that the data we provide cannot be used to ”phish” for potential new claimants.’Budsworth, whose group was earlier praised by the ABI for its willingness to talk, said the insurance body should write again to the transport committee to explain the truth.’We thought we were achieving something. We didn’t put the boot into the ABI and say how they put up barriers time and again, only to be knifed in the back. They have deliberately attempted to mislead ministers about what is going on.’ABI senior policy adviser Rob Cummings said the letter was a response to the committee’s report in July on whiplash, and that the organisation still expected to make an announcement on data sharing by the end of the year. He added: ‘This was only after claimant lawyers tried to put blame on insurers. The ABI is working out with its members how to fulfil their part of the bargain.’Data sharing is considered an essential part of plans to reduce the cost of whiplash fraud. The justice secretary Chris Grayling recently urged insurers to share what information they have with lawyers on the other side.last_img read more

UK railway news round-up

first_imgConservative Member of Parliament for Epsom & Ewell Chris Grayling has retained his position as Secretary of State for Transport in the cabinet announced by Prime Minister Theresa May following the general election.Network Rail has begun a ‘soft’ market-testing exercise seeking external expertise to determine what would be the best way for it to source unmanned aircraft system operation, training and equipment. Services to be procured could include general and specialist inspection of infrastructure including embankments, culverts and electrification equipment, and condition inspections following adverse weather and other incidents. NR envisages UAVs could reduce employee exposure to risk by reducing the need for physical access to sites, and provide value for money when undertaking surveys.The heritage Swanage Railway launched a two-year trial service to Wareham station on the national network on June 13, operated by charter operator West Coast Railways. The service of four diesel trains per day in each direction will run on 60 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 13 to September 3 and on 90 days in 2018. The project to reinstate the link and run the service has been supported by the government’s Coastal Communities Fund (£1∙8m), Purbeck district (£3∙2m) and Dorset county councils, BP (£0∙5m), Perenco, Network Rail and South West Trains.On July 1 Network Rail is to close the level crossing at Northumberland Park station in northeast London, to be replaced by a fully-accessible ramped footbridge. A new island platform is to be built at Northumberland Park as part of the £140m Lee Valley Rail Programme to provide a third track between Stratford and Angel Road. Enabling an additional two trains/h to be operated, the programme is being funded by the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Enfield Council and the London Economic Action Partnership, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Greater London.Virgin Trains has launched a two television commercials as part of a wider advertising campaign which it says aim to ‘drive customer appraisal and tackle alternative modes of transport head-on.‘ This is the first campaign created for Virgin Trains by Anomaly, which was appointed as its lead creative agency in February.Network Rail is seeking interest in the 24 h provision of breakdown and recovery services for rail vehicles involved in derailments or other incidents. The supplier would provide its own equipment, but would also be responsible for the operation, maintenance and undercover storage of Network Rail’s own cranes.Network Rail has confirmed that completion of work to electrify the line from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High has been delayed by a further three months, and is not now expected before October.last_img read more

The Cadillac Three set February release for new album Country Fuzz

first_imgThe Cadillac Three have announced the release of new album Country Fuzz via Big Machine Records on February 7th 2020.To mark the announcement, the band has released news tracks Long After Last Call and Back Home, which are available to download and stream now. Country Fuzz is the band’s fourth studio album.“We’ve spent the last two and a half years working on this album,” exclaims GRAMMY-nominated frontman Jaren Johnston, “but our sound even since high school has always been the epitome of Country Fuzz – Country, rock and just a little bit of funk.”The Cadillac Three were recently announced for C2C: Country to Country. They will perform on the Main Stage in London alongside Charles Esten and Erich Church, and they’ll also perform at C2C in Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Berlin.The full dates are:March 6th – Verti Music Hall, BerlinMarch 8th – AFAS Live, AmsterdamMarch 13th – O2 Arena, LondonMarch 14th – SSE Hydro Arena, GlasgowMarch 15th – 3 Arena, DublinThe track listing for Country Fuzz is:1. Bar Round Here2. The Jam3. Hard Out Here For A Country Boy (featuring Chris Jason and Travis Tritt)4. Slow Rollin’5. All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night6. Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys7. Labels8. Raise Hell9. Back Home10. Dirt Road Nights11. Blue El Camino12. Jack Daniels’ Heart13. Why Ya Gotta Go Out Like That14. Heat15. Whiskey And Smoke16. Long After Last Calllast_img read more

CCJ rules statements cannot be used as evidence in Shanique Myrie case

first_imgAttorneys on their way to courtBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 20, 2013 – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday ruled that the statements of two people interviewed by a police officer as part of his investigations into allegations by a Jamaican national that she was assaulted by an immigration officer when she visited Barbados in 2011 cannot be used as evidence in the matter.But the CCJ said that the statements could be used for identification purposes and for cross examination as it continued hearing evidence in the case in which Shanique Myrie, 25, alleged that when she travelled to Barbados on March 14, 2011 she was discriminated against because of her nationality, subjected to a body cavity search, detained overnight in a cell and deported to Jamaica the following day.Myrie also claimed that she was subjected to derogatory remarks by a Barbadian immigration officer at the Grantley Adams International Airport and is asking the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment applicable to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) citizens moving around the region.On September 27 last year, Jamaica was granted leave to intervene in the matter.Last week, the CCJ held its first-ever sitting in Jamaica to hear testimonies from several witnesses and is now holding a similar hearing in Barbados.On Monday, lawyers representing the Barbados government had objected to efforts by Myrie’s legal team that statements by two people be admitted as evidence.Queen’s Counsel Roger Forde had objected, saying that to admit the statements without examining their veracity would be highly improper. He argued that Myrie’s lawyer should have done it during the pre-trial disclosure.Attorney Kathy Brown, who is representing the Jamaica government, argued that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accepts all documentation submitted by any party.But the CCJ panel of judges, headed by President Sir Dennis Byron, ruled that the “statements taken from Daniel Forde and Shakira Rowe be admitted for identification purposes and that the claimant, and by necessary extension, the Intevener is permitted to use statement contained therein for the purposes of the cross examination of witnesses”.On the second day of the trial, Pamela Clarke, who had been identified by Myrie as the person with whom she would have been staying in Barbados, said she didn’t know the Jamaican national.“I don’t know Shanique Myrie. I have never spoken to her on the phone,” she told the court, adding under cross examination that her friend Daniel Forde had spoken to her about a friend of his coming from Jamaica.She said Forde had asked her to allow him to give his friend her name and number if that person had any difficulties on arrival in Barbados.She insisted the Forde did not give her a name but she assumed it was a woman.She said on March 14, 2011 Clarke said she received a call from Forde inquiring whether or not anyone had called her, to which she replied “no”.But she said shortly afterwards she received a call from a person who identified himself as a police officer asking if she had someone coming in from Jamaica.She said she told the officer that Daniel Forde would collect the visitor and the officer then requested that she provide some form of identification for Forde.Clarke said she called Forde who informed her he was wearing black because he had came from a funeral.“I did not agree that my name and address be given to the immigration officer,” Clarke said, adding “I did not agree with Danny (Daniel) that anyone could stay”.Clarke said she later received another call from a senior police officer who asked if it was her practice to clear people through immigration, to which she also replied “no”.The other person to testify at the hearing was Alicia Young, the immigration officer who interviewed Myrie.She told the court that she recalled referring a female passenger to her supervisor and also taking the passenger to the waiting area where she handed the travel documents to her supervisor.Young told the court that she did not recall processing Shanique Myrie and she had referred the Jamaican to her supervisor because she was a first time visitor to Barbados and Myrie had indicated she met her host on the internet.The immigration officer told the court she was never given any instruction to treat CARICOM nationals any differently.Caribbean 360 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 21 Views   no discussions NewsRegional CCJ rules statements cannot be used as evidence in Shanique Myrie case by: – March 20, 2013last_img read more

King Escapement Projected to Reach 29,000

first_imgSince managers are feeling more confident with the run strength this year, dip netting for Kenai River sockeye has been extended to 24 hours per day through the end of the season July 31 (tomorrow at midnight). The sportsfishing bag limit for Kenai River sockeye has also been doubled. Begich: “It could be as high as 40% above forecast, if it ends up in the mid 30-ish, mid 30’s, 40-50% above forecast. And that’s not unusual. Anchor River was 100% over forecast. When it turns around, you don’t have any indication that it will turn around. It’s just because the fish survived well.” Commercial fishermen will likely continue into August with status quo management, according to Commercial Fisheries Management Biologist Pat Shields… King salmon counts have grazed the lower end of the goal for the past two years, with a few hundred fish over or under 15,000 counted at the sonar site. Shields: “The two possible changes that can occur in August to management of the East Side Set Net Fishery are as follows: first there is the 1% closure rule that applies separately to the Kasilof section and the Kenai and East Forelands sections. Second, if the Department projects that less than 22,500 late run Kenai River king salmon will escape, the East Side Set Net fishery is limited to no more than 36 hours of fishing time in August. The most recent projection for the spawning escapement for Kenai River late run king salmon was slightly more than 29,000.”center_img Sportsfishing Management Biologist Robert Begich said the reason for the turnaround isn’t immediately clear… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After three years of steep closures to protect late run Kenai River king salmon, the run could reach the upper end of its escapement goal this season, according to Department of Fish & Game projections. Drifters have reported a poor season this year, with the Kenai sockeye run posting only slow, steady numbers. Members of the Upper Cook Inlet Drift Association will gather for an emergency meeting next month to discuss this season’s management.last_img read more

Holder: Windies have work to do

first_imgDUBLIN, Ireland (CMC):Captain Jason Holder has turned his attention to West Indies’ one-week camp in Southampton, as the Caribbean side looked to correct the flaws exposed in their defeat to Bangladesh in the Tri-Nation Series.West Indies lost both group games to Bangladesh and then suffered a five-wicket defeat to the Asian side in Friday’s final at The Village, after failing to defend 210 in a match reduced to 24 overs per side. Their two wins in the tournament came against hosts Ireland.They travelled to the Rose Bowl yesterday to start their final preparation for the World Cup, and will be joined by members of the squad who missed the Tri-Nation Series due to Indian Premier League commitments.“We’ve got some time in Southampton before we prepare for those two official warm-up games of the World Cup,” Holder said following his side’s loss.“So there’s more than enough time to put things right and for those guys to come in and get acclimatised to the conditions and, hopefully, we can hit the ground running come our first warm-up game.”Sent in, West Indies finished on 152 for one with Man of the Series Shai Hope top-scoring with 74 and opening partner Sunil Ambris getting an unbeaten 69, the pair posting 144 for the first wicket.Rain caused a five-hour break in the innings with West Indies well poised on 131 without loss in the 21st over, and they managed only another 21 runs from the 23 balls available. FASTEST ODI HALF-CENTURY Opener Soumya Sarkar then lashed a sparkling 66 off 41 deliveries in a 59-run opening stand with Tamim Iqbal (18), before adding a further 49 for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (36).When Bangladesh lost three wickets for 34 runs in the space of 25 balls to slump to 143 for five in the 16th over, Mosaddek Hossain (52 not out) struck the fastest ODI half-century by a Bangladeshi in a 70-run, unbroken partnership with Mahmudullah (19 not out) to stun West Indies.Holder conceded his side had been outplayed by Bangladesh and that the Windies had not been quite up to scratch.“They played well. I think their openers got them off to a really good start and they laid the foundation for them,” Holder said.“We were probably a little flat in the field at the beginning. We dropped a chance, had a few fumbles in the field which didn’t help. Overall, it was not the performance we were looking for.”Following the camp, West Indies travel to Bristol where they face New Zealand on May 26 in their first official warm-up before taking on South Africa two days later at the same venue.They clash with Pakistan in their World Cup opener on May 31 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.last_img read more

NCAA tournament schedule: Saturday’s March Madness times, TV guide

first_img MUST-READ STORIES• UCLA’s Bryce Alford plays the toughest position — coach’s son. The Bruins, who start Saturday’s action against 14th-seeded UAB, take their cues from the younger Alford.• Leading scorer, Uber driver Matt Stainbrook gives Xavier a lift. The Musketeers are once again finding postseason success thanks to their massive man in the middle.• Notre Dame-Butler: One goes to Sweet 16, one goes back to Indiana. It’ll be a Hoosier State showdown when the Fighting Irish and Bulldogs meet Saturday.• Armour: Cincinnati finds success with coach on sideline. Mick Cronin’s impact on the Bearcats extend beyond that of a traditional coach.• The NCAA tournament bracket cheat sheet you know you need. USA TODAY Sports and For The Win provide a one-stop shop for the NCAA tournament with all the analysis and insight you’ll need to win your office pool.• Coaches turn hot seats luke warm with NCAA tournament bids. Tubby Smith calls it “The Dip.” It is that turning point in a coach’s tenure when the trajectory of the program, at least in terms of public perception, steers downward, whispers from critics turn to shouts and Internet rumors spread like wildfire.• Five reasons Kentucky won’t win it all. Now that it looks as if our prediction is careening into the wall, it’s time to start steering into the skid.• The seven teams that can beat Kentucky. FTW’s Chris Chase lists the only seven teams that can end Kentucky’s undefeated season.PHOTOS: The highlights from the Round of 64***WATCH: The latest NCAA tournament videos12:10 p.m. (11) UCLA vs. (14) UAB / South regionCBS. Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce.2:40 p.m. (1) Kentucky vs. (8) Cincinnati / Midwest regionCBS. Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce.5:15 p.m. (2) Arizona vs. (10) Ohio State / West regionCBS. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Rachel Nichols.6:10 p.m. (6) Xavier vs. (14) Georgia State / West regionTNT. Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl.7:10 p.m. (1) Villanova vs. (8) NC State / East regionTBS. Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson.7:45 p.m. (4) Georgetown vs. (5) Utah / South regionCBS. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Rachel Nichols.8:40 p.m. (4) North Carolina vs. (5) Arkansas / West regionTNT. Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl.9:40 p.m. (3) Notre Dame vs. (6) Butler / Midwest regionTBS. Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson. The Round of 32 at the NCAA tournament tips off Saturday just after 12 ET.Here is everything you need to know for the March Madness coverage of eight more games.Take a look at the full bracket and print it here.last_img read more