Russia accused of targeting chemical weapons watchdog


first_imgBRUSSELS – The Dutch defence minister on Thursday accused Russia’s military intelligence unit of attempted cybercrimes targeting the international chemical weapons watchdog and the investigation into the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over Ukraine.The Dutch allegations came as British officials blamed Russia’s GRU for allegedly “brazen” activities worldwide the globe and for trying to cover up its alleged participation in the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-spy and the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine. MH17. Russia has consistently denied involvement in the events.Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld said that the GRU’s alleged hacking attempts on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons took place in April and were disrupted by authorities. Four Russian intelligence officers were immediately expelled from the Netherlands, she said.Speaking about Russia’s hacking attempts into the MH17 crash investigation, she said: “We have been aware of the interest of Russian intelligence services in this investigation and have taken appropriate measures.”“We remain very alert about this,” she said.Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the GRU would no longer be allowed to act with impunity. Britain blames the secretive military intelligence unit for the nerve agent attack in March on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the English city of Salisbury.He said Russia’s actions against the Netherlands-based OPCW came as the agency was conducting an independent analysis of the nerve agent used against the Skripals.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the new accusations Thursday, calling them “big fantasies.”Earlier, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson branded a series of global cyberattacks blamed on Russia as the reckless actions of a “pariah state,” saying that the U.K. and its NATO allies would uncover such activities in the future.“Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them,” Williamson told reporters in Brussels at talks with U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and their NATO counterparts.His remarks came after British and Australian officials said the Russian military intelligence unit GRU is behind a wave of global cybercrimes. Britain’s National Cyber Security Center says four new attacks are associated with the GRU as well as earlier cyberattacks.It cites attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ukrainian transport systems, the 2016 U.S. presidential race and others as very likely the work of the GRU.“We are not going to be backward leaning. We are going to actually make it clear that where Russia acts, we are going to be exposing that action,” Williamson said.“This is not the actions of a great power. This is the actions of a pariah state, and we will continue working with allies to isolate them; make them understand they cannot continue to conduct themselves in such a way,” he said.Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne issued a joint statement that Australian intelligence agencies agreed that GRU “is responsible for this pattern of malicious cyber activity.” They said Australia wasn’t significantly impacted, but the cyberattacks caused economic damage and disrupted civilian infrastructure in other places.___This story has been corrected to show the chemical weapons watchdog is an international, not United Nations agency.__Gregory Katz in London and Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this report.last_img read more

Video Saudi Woman Tortures Moroccan Maid Holds Her Captive


Rabat – “She forces me to stay, she tortures me.” the woman says, claiming her Saudi employer took her money and does not allow her to leave the house. “The Saudi woman tells me I will never leave. I warned her that I will call the police. She says: ‘I don’t care do what suits you, I am just not letting you go away’.”The maid, who says the Saudi’s woman husband live in Morocco with his second wife, claims he told her she would be free to go if she pays him money to let her go. “I gave the money to her husband. His name is Mounir Mohammed Arab, and he lives with second wife in Morocco. He wrote in a paper that once he will take the money, he will send me back to Morocco, but he took the money and left me here.”The Moroccan maid says the Saudi woman is refusing to let her go back to her country and wants her to work for her for free.“Despite paying him back, I am still under house arrest having to deal with torture and abuse.“She keeps telling me you will stay here and work for free and you will leave when I decide so,” the Moroccan woman says while in a state of despair.She says that the residential area where she leaves makes it harder for to flee and put an end to her ordeal.“There is no way for me to go to the police and denounce her. She knows that and that’s why she threatened me.”“She keeps torturing me, and the contract I have with her is a fraud, she is not the one who signed it, it is signed by her friend, a woman called Soumaya, who lives in Jeddah.” read more

Imlil Murder Families of Scandinavian Tourists Arrive in Morocco


Rabat – The investigating judge at the Court of First Instance in Sale has reportedly received the Imlil murder victims’ families. The Norwegian and Danish embassies also assigned a lawyer from Marrakech to both families.Moroccan police arrested 23 suspects who are now facing terror-related charges in connection to the double murder of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway. One of the suspects, Kevin Zoller Guervo, 25, is a Swiss-Spanish man who appeared before the investigating judge in early February. The head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, had said that Guervos was not directly involved in the murder, but he knew the primary suspects.Police also believe Guervos trained and recruited sub-Saharan Africans with whom he planned to join ISIS in northern Mali. Read Also: Imlil Murders: A Timeline of the Scandinavian Tourists’ MurdersAll of the suspects have appeared before the court.Louisa and Maren were on vacation in Morocco. They camped in the Atlas Mountains between Imlil and Mount Toubkal in an isolated area overnight.Moroccan security services found the two tourists dead, one decapitated and one with a slashed throat, the next morning, December 17.News of Louisa and Maren’s tragic death made international headlines and saddened Moroccans who were also shocked and appalled that the double murder happened in their country.Moroccans displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families, flocking to the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Rabat to express their solidarity and signing a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.  Morocco has maintained a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1993. read more

Halifax software firms to get 17 million in provincial payroll rebates


HALIFAX — Two Halifax-based software firms are expanding operations, with the help of about $1.7-million in payroll rebates over five years from Nova Scotia Business Inc.The province’s business development agency says Proposify would be eligible for about $1 million in payroll rebates over the length of the agreement if it creates up to 58 jobs.The online business proposal company would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 58 new jobs.Introhive Services Inc., would be eligible for a rebate of up to $691,800 over five years if it creates up to 66 jobs in business development and events, data analysis and sales.Its rebate would also be smaller if it creates fewer than 66 jobs.Introhive’s cloud-based software platform analyzes relationships between an organization’s employees and customers, colleagues, and friends, including social media, email, electronic calendars and contacts.The Canadian Press read more

La Presse laying off 158 workers as it ends weekday printed edition


by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2015 9:12 am MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email La Presse laying off 158 workers as it ends weekday printed edition MONTREAL – Montreal La Presse is laying off 158 employees as it prepares to eliminate its weekday printed newspaper in January.The French-language newspaper says it is cutting 102 permanent and 56 temporary positions.They include 43 newsroom positions.However, La Presse says it will still have the largest newsroom in Quebec with 283 employees compared with 239 in 2011, before it began hiring to create a digital offering called La Presse Plus.The job cuts include unionized, non-unionized and management positions. La Presse says the departure of unionized positions will be determined in accordance with collective agreements, including seniority.After the job cuts, the paper will have 633 permanent positions.The print edition of the 131-year-old paper will only be available on Saturdays after Jan. 1.Publisher Guy Crevier has said that more than 460,000 people read the digital paper weekly. The number of paid print subscribers decreased to 81,000 from 161,000 when the tablet was launched. Most of the remaining readers are expected to go digital.Three quarters of La Presse’s advertising revenues are expected to flow from the tablet in December, plus 10 per cent from its other mobile and web platforms.Torstar and the parent company of La Presse hold investments in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail. A tablet is seen on the paper edition of a La Presse newspaper, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in Montreal. Montreal La Presse is laying off 158 employees as it prepares to eliminate its weekday printed newspaper in January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson read more

US employment costs up modest 06 per cent in first quarter


US employment costs up modest 0.6 per cent in first quarter by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Employment costs paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a slightly faster pace in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter, as wages and salaries gained steam.The Labor Department says overall compensation was up 0.6 per cent in the first quarter compared to a 0.5 per cent rise in the final three months of 2015.Wages and salaries, which account for 70 per cent of compensation costs, rose 0.7 per cent in the first quarter compared to a 0.5 per cent advance in the fourth quarter. Benefits costs, which cover pensions and health insurance, increased 0.5 per cent in the first quarter, down from a previous 0.6 per cent increase.The modest first quarter advance in compensation showed inflation pressures remain well contained. read more

Maldives Supreme Court undermining democratic process – UN rights chief


“I am alarmed that the Supreme Court of the Maldives is interfering excessively in the presidential elections, and in so doing is subverting the democratic process and violating the right of Maldivians to freely elect their representatives,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The Supreme Court nullified the first round of the election held on 7 September on the basis of irregularities in the process, despite conclusions by national and international observers that the election was free and fair.The Court also imposed on the Elections Commission a set of guidelines for the conduct of the election which are difficult to satisfy. It was on this basis that police prevented the Elections Commission from carrying out its plan to re-run the election on 19 October. “I am normally the first to defend the independence of the judiciary, but this also carries responsibilities,” Ms. Pillay said. “Judges should act in accordance with the principles of impartiality, propriety, equality and due diligence, as reflected in the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of Judiciary, the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct, and Maldives’ own judicial code of conduct.”Ms. Pillay noted that the Supreme Court had also threatened to charge lawyers and media with contempt of court for challenging its decisions, and she expressed concern about the Government’s threats to dissolve civil society organizations for criticizing the judiciary.“The Supreme Court appears set on undermining other independent institutions, stifling criticism and public debate, and depriving litigants of the legal representation of their choice,” she said. “The Government is also taking arbitrary action against its opponents to prevent their participation in parliamentary debates at this critical juncture.”There have also been death threats and other forms of intimidations directed at members and staff of the country’s Human Rights Commission and civil society actors, including an arson attack earlier this month on an opposition television station. The High Commissioner called on the authorities to investigate properly all such incidents and ensure full protection. “All parties should seize this opportunity to restore the credibility of the democratic process,” Ms. Pillay said. “Whoever wins the election should embark on fundamental reforms to the judiciary to safeguard Maldives’ progress in democracy and rule of law.” read more

Pregnant nursing women can now be given Ebola vaccine UN health agency


The announcement was issued on Wednesday from Beijing after a consultation meeting by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, which the WHO Director-General established in 1999 to provide guidance on the UN health agency’s work.Last August, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ministry of Health declared a fresh outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu Province.Noting that these experimental vaccines are “non-replicating or replication deficient,” SAGE concluded that “pregnant and lactating women should be included into the clinical trial protocol.”“The protocol must include provisions for safety monitoring and for documentation of EVD cases among vaccines, including follow-up of pregnant women and their offspring,” the Group stressed.According to SAGE, national authorities should choose the vaccine “based on a transparent and evidence-based process.”Meanwhile, WHO, the Health Ministry and partners continue working to establish the outbreak’s full extent.As of 16 February, 773 confirmed EVD cases have been reported in one of the country’s most populated provinces – with eight million inhabitants – as well as 65 probable others and 534 deaths.SAGE recommends that the Ebola inoculation be administered to contacts and contacts of contacts as well as geographically targeted vaccinations to prevent contracting the disease.The Advisory Group meets biannually to review and critique evidence on immunization and vaccine-related topics, after which it formulates recommendations for WHO vaccine position papers. read more

Wayne Elliott Ref Who Made Controversial Call I Screwed


Wayne Elliott, the referee whose controversial call cost the Green Bay Packers a win at Seattle almost two weeks ago, admitted that his granting a touchdown to Golden Tate was a mistake.Packer safety M.D. Jennings appeared to have intercepted Russell Wilson’s desperation, last-second pass in the end zone, even though Tate came into the play by getting his hands on the ball. But Jennings came down with it pressed against his body.The referees came in — one signaling a touchback, Elliott signalling a touchdown. His call, remarkably, was upheld after review, causing an avalanche of criticism at the replacement referees. Two days later the sides come to an agreement, ending the three-month-old lockout.  The NFL issued a statement after the game saying that Tate should have been called for offensive pass inteference, but that it stood by Elliott’s call.Elliott, interviewed by Showtime’s “Inside The NFL,” said, after watching the replay of the play: “I’d probably call interception. I learned a rule by screwing up the rule.”Big admission by Elliott on a call that turned his world upside down. He said his phone constantly rang for three days. One of the calls he received was from Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, who left Elliott a message.“He called me at my house last week because he had heard I was having a rough week with all the calls and everything,” Elliott said during the segment. “Wanted (me) to know that he thought what I did — controversial and maybe he didn’t agree with it — (but he thought) I handled it with class.”In the replay of the infamous play, Tate clearly pushed off on a defender before leaping to get his hands on the ball. That penalty was in Elliott’s direct line of sight but went uncalled.Elliott said that during training he remembered being told that “you don’t really call interference on a Hail Mary.  . .  You just let it go.”Despite all the controversy, Elliott said being an NFL referee – if only for a short time – “the time of my life.” read more

Apple Mac App Store Launching December 13 Rumor


first_imgSteve Jobs wants to launch that Mac App Store soon. Really, really soon. How soon? Like yesterday soon. Apparently Apple’s head honcho had hoped to have the new store launched by now, having told developers to have their app ready by now. “That obviously didn’t happen, ” writes Apple Tell, “but Apple appears to be way ahead of schedule on the Mac App Store nonetheless, and looks to take advantage of the Christmas rush.”AdChoices广告An “inside source” told the site that the company is now looking to launch the service a week from today, hitting that ever-precious holiday buying rush, making the purchase of a shiny new Mac all the sweeter. Jobs first announced the new store back in October, giving the company 90 days to launch the service, making the deadline late January. Apple is also said to be holding a press conference in the coming weeks to discuss publication distribution for the iPad (including a rumored appearance by Rupert Murdoch). Perhaps the company is looking to combine both announcements into a single event.last_img read more

Samaras elected leader of New Democracy


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Antonis Samaras took over last week as the leader of New Democracy from Costas Karamanlis after scoring a clear victory in the election two Sundays ago.His victory in the first round is seen as giving him a clear mandate to begin reshaping the conservative party.Samaras attracted 50.31 percent of the vote, compared to 39.34 for his main rival Dora Bakoyannis and 10.34 for Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis.Many had expected that none of the candidates would get the 50 percent needed to prevent a second round. The result was a huge blow for ex-Foreign Minister Bakoyannis, who pledged that she would back the new party president, despite significant disagreements during the six-week campaign.Samaras’s victory was made even more significant by the unexpectedly high turnout. Almost 750,000 ND members cast their ballots, despite a series of technical problems. In his brief victory speech, Samaras stressed that he wanted to maintain party unity following a campaign that became fractious at times. He promised to “use a sponge” to wipe clean the differences of the past and to be open to ideas from other conservatives.Samaras met with his defeated rival Dora Bakoyannis in an attempt to ensure that his resounding victory did not have a negative impact on the party’s unity.The pair held talks lasting about 40 minutes at ND’s headquarters in what was more a show of unity than a discussion aimed at reaching any specific conclusion.“We have had an initial, political discussion about New Democracy’s political positions and our common goal, which is a modern, large center-right party, for which we will all work together,” said Bakoyannis upon leaving the meeting.The former foreign minister said that the pair had not discussed any possible position for Bakoyannis within Samaras’s setup.“No proposal was made,” said Bakoyannis. “I have been a foot soldier for this party for many years and I will continue to be one.”She assured reporters the pair would continue to discuss matters in the future. “We are in the same party, after all,” said Bakoyannis.Samaras also made a point of contacting Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, former Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis and ex-Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis, who had all supported Bakoyannis.He also spoke with Dimitris Avramopoulos, who dropped out of the leadership race to back Samaras’s bid for the party presidency.last_img read more

NSW calls for firefighters


first_imgStanding on a rocking platform, 30 metres above a burning building, is a view that Greek Australian firefighter Dimitrios Taousanis has become very familiar with. Now, it feels just like staring out the office window. “I’ve never had a problem with heights and even with the smoke and wind and heat, it’s quite calm up there,” says 46-year-old Dimitrios, a nine-year veteran of Fire & Rescue NSW. “You just get up there and deal with the job at hand – just like going to your desk each day.” On Thursday 30 January, Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) will launch its 2014 permanent firefighter recruitment campaign. NSW firefighters encourage people seeking a rewarding career that can make a positive difference to NSW communities – and those interested in protecting and serving the public – to consider joining. Commissioner Greg Mullins said he wanted the people of NSW to continue to be served by a modern and dynamic firefighting workforce which reflected the diversity, culture and skills of its society. Mr Mullins said men and women from around the country, including indigenous communities and people of all cultural backgrounds, as well as those with life experience who are looking for a career change, should apply. Mr Taousanis, based at Glebe fire station in Sydney’s inner west, says not everything about being a firefighter is easy. “Often you have to witness grief and loss at incidents,” he says. But it’s all worth it, he adds, once you know that everything you do – be it engaging with the local community through fire education presentations, replacing smoke alarms for the elderly, or school visits – has a purpose. “And incidents where life and property are saved due to the quick response and professionalism of FRNSW are particularly fulfilling,” he says. For 25-year-old Costas Fiakos, a firefighter with Fire & Rescue NSW for just over two years now, the profession of a firefighter didn’t meant growing out of his boyhood dream. “The hardest part is having to deal with people on the worst days of their lives and trying to keep emotion out of the situation and just complete the task at hand,” Mr Fiakos says. And with both firefighters finding it difficult when it comes to human emotions, the knowledge of Greek language comes useful in community engagements. For Mr Taousanis, it was his background that helped with community engagement, translating and has given him a good understanding of the diverse communities FRNSW serves. “I would recommend a career as a firefighter to people of all backgrounds because your actions can make a difference to the community you serve,” Taousanis said. For Costa, it was his Greek Cypriot background that helped him deal with the area’s large Greek speaking community. “Whenever we come across a member of the public who can’t speak much or any English, but is of Greek or Cypriot background, it helps that I can talk to them, especially if they are panicked. It also comes in handy when we are installing smoke alarms for the elderly.” One of the world’s largest career fire and rescue services, FRNSW online applications are open from 30 January until 13 February. Candidates will have to complete an online application and undergo a series of tests based on the capabilities and values of FRNSW. For more information, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WD le VélociRaptor va engloutir encore plus de données


first_imgWD: le VélociRaptor va engloutir encore plus de donnéesLes disques VélociRaptor de Western Digital font leur retour sur le marché et proposent des performances accrues. Ils sont désormais garantis 5 ans.Western Digital a annoncé l’arrivée prochaine d’un nouveau disque dur HDD VélociRaptor proposant, au choix selon les besoins de chacun, 250, 500 GB ou bien 1 TB d’espace disque. Un renouvellement destiné clairement à lutter contre les SSD.Le nouveau VelociRaptor est au format 2.5 pouces, contenu dans un dissipateur au format 3.5 pouces. Disposant d’une vitesse de rotation de 10.000 trs/min, ce disque dur possède également une interface SATA III et 64 Mo de mémoire cache. Il sera garanti 5 ans.Le modèle 1 TB sera vendu 279 euros. Le modèle 500 GB sera disponible au tarif de 169 euros et enfin le modèle 250 GB ne coûtera que 129 euros. Enfin, rappelons que les disques HDD sont plus endurants que les disques SSD, ce qui est utile lorsque de grandes quantités de données doivent être inscrites très régulièrement sur celui-ci.Le 17 avril 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hazard is confident Chelsea will beat City again


first_imgEden Hazard believes Chelsea can do a double over Manchester City next week, after their surprise win over the reigning Champions in December.Chelsea responded in an emphatic manner by beating Huddersfield 5-0 at Stamford Bridge after their 4-0 drubbing to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.Hazard bagged a brace in the tie, while new signing Higuain equally shared in the delight with a double.Full-time: Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield!Two apiece for @G_Higuain and @hazardeden10, and a @DavidLuiz_4 header get the Blues back on track. 💪#CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/nzdb4gweNS— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019With a trip to the Etihad Stadium coming up next Sunday, Hazard is optimistic the Blues would once again shock City as they aim to cement their place in the top four.“It’s going to be a different game than two or three months ago,” Hazard disclosed via the Daily Mail.“I think they will have the ball. City have this kind of players to play together.“We will defend well and then we will score one goal or two.”WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.The City match is the first of a difficult run, which includes the February 24 Carabao Cup final against the same opponents.And Hazard called for focus as they brace up to face United, Malmo, and Spurs in a congested February.“We need to be focused,” Hazard said.“This month is going to be hard, but we are Chelsea. We can beat everyone if we want.”⚽️⚽️ Double trouble! ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019On-loan Juventus striker Higuain and Hazard teamed up for the first time at Bournemouth, but there was far greater optimism following the win over Huddersfield.And manager Sarri was excited how the partnership has blossomed thus far.Hazard added: “He’s a great striker. He’s a bit less of a target man than (Olivier) Giroud, but he can hold the ball, he can play one touches. He’s intelligent.“In the box he’s unbelievable. He will score more goals.”last_img read more

A New Five Million Dollar Villa


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Oct 2014 – A five million dollar home is added to the inventory of vacation residences in Providenciales; Magnetic Media recently toured and filmed at the RA Shaw designed and constructed spread located off Cherokee Road. Situated on four acres, it boasts infinity pools, can accommodate a party of 22 and wonderfully intertwines the indoor and outdoors. Ron Shaw, designer of the house and owner of the company explained that his local team and use of only local craftsman makes this design and build quite special. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cherokee road, ron shaw, samara villalast_img read more

Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights


first_imgWASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.But the bad guy, in this case, wasn’t a fat-cat lobbyist or someone’s political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer.Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies.The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation’s largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. The conservative luminaries have pushed campaigns so far in Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with the battle rapidly spreading to other states.Alarmed environmentalists and their allies in the solar industry have fought back, battling the other side to a draw so far. Both sides say the fight is growing more intense as new states, including Ohio, South Carolina and Washington, enter the fray.At the nub of the dispute are two policies found in dozens of states. One requires utilities to get a certain share of power from renewable sources. The other, known as net metering, guarantees homeowners or businesses with solar panels on their roofs the right to sell any excess electricity back into the power grid at attractive rates.Net metering forms the linchpin of the solar-energy business model. Without it, companies say, solar power would be prohibitively expensive.The power industry argues that net metering provides an unfair advantage to solar consumers, who don’t pay to maintain the power grid although they draw money from it and rely on it for backup on cloudy days. The more people produce their own electricity through solar, the fewer are left being billed for the transmission lines, substations and computer systems that make up the grid, industry officials say.last_img read more

Waiting for an EV charger sucks but Hyundai has a concept that


first_img Share your voice One of the problems with owning an electric vehicle is trying to charge it away from your home. It’s not that chargers aren’t getting pretty common, but rather that since electric vehicles have gotten increasingly popular, space at chargers can be tough to find. Compound that with people’s tendency to leave their car while it’s charging and it’s easy to understand EV owners’ frustration.Hyundai and Kia think that they have a viable solution to that. The two sister companies debuted a video on Thursday that shows a vehicle using both wireless vehicle charging technology and Hyundai’s Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS) to maximize efficiency at the charging station without needing a human to monitor the situation.The system works first by parking a wireless EV charging-capable car over a charge pad. Computers monitor its state of charge and when it reaches a predetermined level, the AVPS takes over, moving the car to a vacant parking spot elsewhere in the garage. The next car in the queue waiting to charge then automatically takes its space, and the process repeats.While it’s just a concept for now, Hyundai did state that it plans to roll this technology out when Level 4 autonomous capability is available in its vehicles, which it predicts will happen sometime in 2025. Is that a long wait for parking convenience? Yep, but parking convenience is some of the very best convenience, don’t you think? The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is a fun EV with a solid driving range Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 51 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 4 Auto Tech Electric Cars More From Roadshow Comments Hyundai Kia Self-driving cars Hyundai Self-driving cars Kialast_img read more

Monsoon to hit city in 72 hours IMD


first_imgNew Delhi: Monsoon is likely to hit the national capital in the next 72 hours, beginning with light showers on Tuesday night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The IMD said light rains were expected on Wednesday and Thursday after which the delayed monsoon will set in. With the rains, there would be a slight dip in the temperature, said IMD’s Kuldeep Srivastava. The maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 30 degrees Celsius. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a pilot project for conservation of water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the “water problem” in the city. Kejriwal said small ponds will be created in the floodplains which will catch water from an overflowing Yamuna. “This water will percolate down and recharge ground water table. The Delhi Cabinet has approved the proposal,” he said. We will also create a 20-kilometer water reservoir from Palla to Wazirabad, he said. Kejriwal said the government will rent land from farmers to create ponds.last_img read more

5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business With


first_img 3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Walk into any boardroom two minutes before a meeting and you’ll find the same scenario: a table full of executives checking their phones with their heads bowed in the “smartphone prayer.”Text messaging is the fastest way to communicate in business. Quicker than email and more convenient than a phone call, it’s become commonplace. But it’s not always the best choice.Choose to text message for simple notifications or reminders like “I’m running five minutes late,” or “Remember to bring the report.” As a general rule, consider texting only appropriate for a maximum of two messages — one message and one reply.Here are five rules to avoid a text message business blunder.1. Keep it positive.Like email, the tone of a text message can be misinterpreted by the recipient. Quick messages can make you come off as flippant or harsh. Instead of staccato phrases, write complete sentences. Add polite touches like “please” and “thank you.” Re-read every message before pressing send to double-check your tone (bonus: no embarrassing typos).Related: Business Dining: The Do’s and Don’ts of Splitting the Check2. Avoid serious topics.You wouldn’t break up with your girlfriend over a text message — to be clear, you should not — and the same goes for business. Never give negative feedback or fire someone via a text message. Any serious conversation should take place face-to-face. It allows for subtle interaction through facial expressions and will ensure clear communication.3. Don’t abbreviate every other word.Abbreviations are common in casual texts, but you should be careful how often you use them. Common abbreviations like “LOL” (laugh out loud) and “np” (no problem) are safe choices. However, if you’re communicating with a new customer or acquaintance, take 30 extra seconds and type out each word.Avoid informal shortcuts like “u” (you) and less common abbreviations like “SMH” (shaking my head) or “MFW” (my face when). Don’t leave your clients and colleagues confused; your texts should convey messages quickly and clearly.Related: 5 Ways to Be a Better Listener4. Don’t text a last-minute cancellation.There are a thousand reasons someone may miss a text message. Don’t depend on a quick note to cancel a meeting or change a lunch venue. For an important or time-sensitive message, pick up the phone.5. Double-check the autocorrect.Smart phones can occasionally be a little too smart. Autocorrect and voice-to-text features have a sneaky way of changing your intended message into something entirely different and often embarrassing. When using voice-to-text, ensure you’re in a quiet location. It picks up on background noise and may type a nearby conversation instead of what you’re saying.Related: The Best Way to Run a Business Meeting February 17, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Ceramic Balls Market Set for Rapid Growth and Trend by 2027


first_imgThe Global Ceramic Balls Market was valued at US$ 442.9 million in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% during the forecast period 2019 – 2027, to generate US$ 892.2 million 2027.Factors such as the increase in adoption of ceramic balls over steel balls coupled with increasing demand from automotive industry is driving the ceramic balls market growth.Further, higher spending in the chemical industry is anticipated to foster the ceramic balls market growth. Chemical industry is subjected to a sensitive production environment. Steel bearings are not a feasible option for this industry as they require bearings with less lubrication need and corrosion-free manufacturing environment.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3207091?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshCeramic bearings are more suitable for extreme chemical, thermal, and mechanical stress conditions owing to their lower density, hardness, and resistance to wear & corrosion. In chemical industry ceramic ball bearings are mainly used in furnaces, roller mills, pumps, and steam boiler, etc. Thus, growth in acceptance of ceramic bearings and an increase in spending in the chemical industry are expected to provide significant growth opportunity in the global ceramic balls market.Some of the most common applications of ceramic balls include aerospace, automotive, chemical, and others. Ceramic balls have superior mechanical, thermal, magnetic, chemical, and insulated characteristics such as lightweight, extreme hardness, high-temperature strength, high friction strength, and high corrosion resistance.Currently, the automotive segment leads the ceramic balls market. Ceramic balls are lightweight, resistant to corrosion & heat, and durable. These properties make them one of the highly demanded products for the automotive industry.Moreover, the aerospace application segment is anticipated to grow at the fastest pace over the forecast period. Ceramic balls are lighter than most metals and are stable at high temperatures which further drive the ceramic balls market in the aerospace application over the forecast period.The market for ceramic balls in Europe is anticipated to grow at a faster pace over the forecast period. Currently, Europe is the second largest market for ceramic balls. The European region comprises of several major automotive manufacturing plants and produces approximately 19.6 Mn cars, trucks, vans, and buses annually.Robust production of the automobile in Europe region depicts more demand for enhanced solutions that improve the efficiency and speed of operations. Ceramic balls possess several useful properties such as increase in the speed of operation and maintain cooling operating temperature of the operation making them an ideal material for usage in various applications. Thus, ceramic balls are emerging as an attractive solution for automotive industry in this region.The overall ceramic balls market size has been derived using both primary and secondary source. The research process begins with exhaustive secondary research using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the global ceramic balls market. It also provides an overview and forecast for the ceramic balls market based on the segmentation provided.Also, primary interviews were conducted with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. The participants who typically take part in such a process include industry expert such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, and external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders specializing in the ceramic balls market.Get 10% Discount on corporate user license @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3207091?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more