Qatargas Ships 1st QFlex LNG Cargo to Revithoussa Terminal

first_imgzoomAl Gharafa at Revithoussa Terminal. Image Courtesy: Qatargas Doha-based liquefied natural gas company Qatargas has delivered the first LNG cargo on a Q-Flex vessel to Greece’s Revithoussa LNG Terminal.This is the first time that a Q-Flex LNG vessel has called at the terminal ever since it underwent an expansion drive late last year, Qatargas said.The cargo, which was loaded at the Ras Laffan Terminal in Qatar on July 3, 2019, arrived at the Revithoussa Terminal on board the 216,224 cbm Al Gharrafa on July 20, 2019.The Q-Flex cargo is part of a multi-port delivery executed by Qatargas. It is being undertaken in cooperation with the European utility Engie, which will see the second cargo being delivered at the Cartagena LNG terminal in Spain later this month.“This significant delivery is aligned with Qatargas’ strategy to continue growing the ever increasing number of terminals that our Q-Flex and Q-Max vessels can deliver into,” Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas, commented.The Revithoussa LNG Terminal is the only LNG terminal in Greece and is located in the Gulf of Megara, west of Athens. It was completed in 1999 and is operated by Greece’s National Natural Gas System Operator (DESFA) S.A. The terminal has lately undergone a substantial expansion drive which increased its storage capacity up to 225,000 cubic meters and upgraded its jetty to accommodate up to Q-Flex size vessels. Revithoussa’s third storage tank was inaugurated in November 2018, significantly increasing the capacity of the facility.Up until this point, Qatargas only delivered cargoes to Greece onboard smaller conventional-size LNG vessels.last_img read more

Kenney promises vote on equalization in 2021 if no pipeline progress

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The leader of Alberta’s United Conservatives is promising a referendum on equalization if there’s no major progress on market-opening pipelines.Jason Kenney says if he becomes premier the matter would be put to voters on Oct. 18, 2021 — the same date as the next municipal elections in Alberta.The federal equalization program is meant to even out fiscal disparities between so called “have” and “have-not” provinces.Despite its economic doldrums, Alberta remains a “have” province.Kenney says Albertans can no longer tolerate other governments benefiting from Alberta resources while doing everything they can to block development.He is also vowing to take Ottawa to court if a contentious federal bill on resource project reviews becomes law and to block energy shipments to any province that block pipelines.last_img read more

Scientists await necropsy results on right whale found in US waters

first_imgHALIFAX — It will likely be weeks before it’s known what killed a North Atlantic right whale whose badly decomposed carcass was found this month off Long Island, N.Y.Phillip Hamilton, a research scientist at Boston’s New England Aquarium, wasn’t involved in the necropsy carried out on the whale but says it often takes up to a month or two to get lab results.Hamilton does have extensive knowledge of the whale named “Snake Eyes,” which he had been watching for over 30 years.He says the 40-year-old whale was last seen alive entangled in fishing gear in Canadian waters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.However, Hamilton says there was no rope found on the carcass, so it is possible the whale was killed by a ship strike.So far this year, there have been eight right whale deaths confirmed in Canadian waters out of an endangered population numbering only about 400 animals. Twenty-nine right whales have died in North American waters since 2017.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 30, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Denise Clarke. Courtesy, Ryan Barlett. CALGARY Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Denise Clarke will be the first to admit that, on the surface, there is a bit of irony in her creating a guide for performance theatre.The dancer, choreographer, actress and teacher uses her experiences as a longtime associate artist of theatre group One Yellow Rabbit to give context to The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre.But anyone familiar with the wild creativity found in the history and ranks of the Rabbits knows that it has not really been the sort of organization that plays by a set rulebook. “I found myself extremely conscious of that, of never trying to sound like: ‘This is the definitive way to approach this,’ ” says Clarke, adopting a mock serious tone. “But almost always using the framing device of ‘This might provide an advantage.’ That’s all it is. It’s not a rule, but an advantage for when you’re flailing. Because all of these ideas are about when it’s not going well. It’s so common to have people say to me ‘I just don’t know where to start.’ ”Denise Clarke’s Big Secret Book CALGARY So The Big Secret Book distils years of knowledge and practise into a practical guide for artists of all stripes, offering a roadmap that shows where to go so you are not solely reliant on the fickle whims of inspiration. Clarke calls upon her 35 years of experience creating and performing in work for One Yellow Rabbit, but largely focuses on the practices established at the Rabbits’ Summer Lab Intensive. Clarke has been overseeing that since 1997, guiding artists through a three-week master class that emphasizes exercises in creativity which has guided the Rabbits for more than 30 years.So the book offers tips that are both physical in nature — such as breathing and relaxation techniques or exploring “your posture and personal space” — to more philosophical guidelines such as “give yourself permission” and “stop judging.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Rights groups call on Trudeau to raise plight of prisoners held in

first_imgOTTAWA – A Montreal woman whose father has been imprisoned in China wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press for the release of him and more than a dozen other prisoners, but she isn’t optimistic.It has been more than 15 years since Ti-Anna Wang last saw her father, Wang Bingzhang, who has been in solitary confinement in China after his arrest and trial for trying to foster democracy — a legal process widely derided as a sham.Wang pressed her case with Trudeau last year when he first visited China, but she’s sensing a momentum in Sino-Canadian relations that leaves her discouraged: the focus, she says, is all about deepening trade ties with China, and not speaking frankly about human rights.“It speaks volumes about what our government prioritizes in terms of importance,” Wang said Thursday. “It’s indicative of a misguided hierarchy of values.”Her father, one of the first generation of Chinese students permitted to travel abroad, got his doctorate at Montreal’s McGill University, but was abducted by Chinese agents in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China, where he was convicted.The Wang case is one of 16 that a coalition of Canadian human rights groups led by Amnesty International wants Trudeau to raise directly with Chinese leadership after he touches down in Beijing next week.In addition to that list of political prisoners adopted by Amnesty, the daughter of two Canadian winery owners from British Columbia who have been held by Chinese authorities renewed her plea for Trudeau to help her family.Amy Chang, 24, told Trudeau in a letter this week that last 20 months have been a “nightmare” since her parents, John Chang and Allison Lu, were jailed after a customs dispute with the government.Trudeau will be paying his second visit to China in 16 months, part of a renewed push by the government to deepen economic relations.In announcing his return trip, Trudeau’s office emphasized the need to strengthen trade, investment and job creation. He also plans to continue frank dialogue with China on topics like human rights and good governance.Amnesty Secretary General Alex Neve says in a letter to Trudeau that the human rights situation has deteriorated since his visit to China last year.That includes a clampdown on human rights lawyers and moves to curtail freedom of assembly and expression, says Neve.The fact that so many Canadians or people with Canadian connections are behind bars in China has consequences for any future trade deal, he said.“Now is the time to be very serious about this when we are considering taking the Canada-China relationship to even deeper levels.”The coalition wants Canada to push for mandatory human rights assessments in any potential free trade negotiation with China.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne appears to be playing down expectations that Trudeau will announce formal trade talks next week.The minister said in a speech Thursday that Canada wants to ensure a level playing field for small- and medium-sized companies. And he suggested human rights would be part of the discussion.“Canada has always set a bar and has always sought to move the dial for human progress through engagement.”last_img read more

Many French Tourists Canceled Their Bookings to Morocco After Paris Attacks

Rabat – Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said that some French tourists canceled their booking to Morocco, in the wake of the terrorist attacks that hit Paris earlier this month.Haddad made the statement this Friday in an interview with Morocco’s daily news website Hespress.Asked if Paris attacks will impact the performance of tourism industry in Morocco, Haddad said it is still premature to give an accurate evaluation to the effects of these attacks on tourism in the country.  “So far, we are still studying the possibility of a negative impact on Morocco’s major holiday destinations, such as Marrakech,” he said.“Indeed, there are some booking cancellations to Morocco in the wake of the attacks. But we are not sure yet, if these cancellations will increase or it is just temporary and will drop again,” Haddad explained.The Moroccan minister went on to add that his ministry was expecting tourists’ arrivals to be stable before Paris attacks with a slight drop of 0.2 percent. “In other words, we were expecting to receive over 10, 2 million tourists. Meanwhile, we are studying the current situation and will give new accurate figures in the upcoming three weeks,” Hadded noted.As for the measures put in place to avoid any possible drop of tourists’ arrivals in 2016, Haddad said  his ministry would launch a new promotion strategy of Moroccan destinations based on a diversification of markets.“The Moroccan Ministry of Tourism will mainly target the big and “promising markets,” such as Germany, UK, Russian, Turkey, Belgium and Netherlands, “he added.He pointed out that Morocco would also target “promising” markets in Middle East, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, China, Brazil and other African countries.“In addition to these markets, we will enhance our marketing campaigns in France, Spain and Italy in order to clear the confusion about safety of tourists in Morocco,” Haddad explained. “We have to promote the image of the Kingdom as an innovative and modern country, a country that has managed to combine authenticity and modernity, democracy and commitment to the values of Islam,” he concluded. read more

Red Cross Rescues 2 Moroccans in Ceuta After Attempt to Swim

By Anna SchaefferRabat – The Red Cross saved two young Moroccans, physically exhausted after attempting to swim from Tangier to Cadiz, Spain, on July 19.Clad in wetsuits, the pair departed from Tangier with the goal of swimming across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain. However, ocean currents disrupted their path and swept them eastward to Ceuta—the autonomous Spanish territory on Morocco’s northern coast. A local resident spotted the fatigued swimmers and alerted the Spanish Civil Guard. The Red Cross rescued the struggling young men from powerful ocean currents and delivered them to dry land, where one of the swimmers momentarily fainted. Agents from the Spanish Civil Guard apprehended the men, who reportedly threw stones and reacted violently before the Civil Guard placed them under custody and conducted medical examinations on each.Afterwards, the two Moroccans awaited repatriation in a Ceuta police station.A pattern of attemptsThe same day, Spanish Maritime Rescue ships rescued a boat, attempting a similar migration path, a mile from the coast of Ceuta. Ten people aboard the vessel disembarked at the Cañonero Dato jetty in the Spanish territory.Endeavours to cross the Strait of Gibraltar are not uncommon. On January 3, 2018, the Spanish coast guard rescued six Moroccans ten miles off the coast of Ceuta. In 2017 alone approximately 600 people—including sub-Saharan migrants and Middle Eastern refugees—sought to make the difficult journey from Morocco to Spain.One such young man named Nabil, originally from Rabat, entered Ceuta illegally with hopes of reaching Spain. He aims to eventually settle in Germany, he says, “To make a life for myself and see what Morocco looks like from the outside.” read more

Nepal UN concerned over appointment of officials implicated in rights abuses

The trend could also taint recent positive progress on the peace process, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) said in a press release.“As the Government of Nepal takes important and positive steps to advance the peace process and establish transitional justice mechanisms to address past crimes, such decisions will establish a trend to entrench impunity and send the wrong message at the wrong time,” said Jyoti Sanghera, the head of OHCHR-Nepal. “The Government should respect Nepal’s judiciary and the rule of law.”On Tuesday, the Nepal’s Council of Ministers decided to appoint Constituent Assembly (CA) member Suryaman Dong as Minister for Energy, despite an outstanding warrant for his arrest in relation to the abduction and murder of Arjun Lama in 2005.That decision came after a similar Government move in May to appoint another CA member, Agni Sapkota, implicated in the same case, as a minister.In the meeting the Council of Ministers also agreed to request the President to pardon CA member Bal Krishna Dhungel, who was convicted in 2004 on murder charges, a verdict upheld by the Supreme Court in 2010, which reaffirmed that he should serve his term in prison.A week earlier the Government had also decided to promote Durj Kumar Rai to the position of Additional Inspector General of the Armed Police Force. Mr. Rai’s promotion was approved despite his implication in the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators in 2006, for which a probe commission recommended his prosecution.In July, the army promoted Brigadier-General Victor Rana to the rank of Major-General, despite his alleged command responsibility for multiple cases of arbitrary detention, torture and disappearances in the Maharajgunj barracks in 2003 and 2004.Neither Mr. Rai nor Mr. Rana has faced criminal investigation or prosecution in relation to the alleged crimes. 10 November 2011The United Nations human rights office in Nepal today voiced concern over recent decisions by the Government to appoint, promote or pardon public officials implicated in serious crimes and human rights abuses, saying such actions undermined efforts to end impunity. read more

Most troops removed from Colombo

After the army defeated the LTTE in May 2009 after 30 years of war the government gradually began reducing the heavy military presence in and around Colombo. “We removed most of the army check posts in the city and handed it over to the police. This is as a result of the continuing improvements we see in the security of the city,” the military spokesman said. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) however continues to call for the reduction in the military presence in the north and east of the country.President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the country last month during the third anniversary since the end of the war that the security forces would not be withdrawn from the north and east. (Colombo Gazette) Most of the emergency laws which were in place during the war were also removed and several roads which were closed for security reasons were also re-opened.The Army Headquarters located in Colombo is also being shifted outside the city to make way for star class hotels. The Defence Ministry today withdrew most of the troops from Colombo citing improved security conditions.Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that soldiers will remain only at a few selected locations in Colombo. (AUDIO BELOW) read more

Son arrested on murder charge in shooting of hedge fund founder discovered

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Colleen Long, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2015 1:43 am MDT Son arrested on murder charge in shooting of hedge fund founder discovered in NY apartment This Sept. 2014 photo provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office shows Thomas Gilbert Jr., after his arrest on Sept. 18, 2014 in the town of Southampton, N.Y., on a misdemeanor charge. On Monday, Jan 5, 2015 police arrested Gilbert, 30, on a murder charge after they say he went to his father’s Manhattan apartment Sunday afternoon, shot him in the head after an argument about money, and tried to make it look like a suicide. Seventy-year-old Thomas Gilbert Sr. was a founding partner at hedge fund Wainscott Capital. (AP Photo/Suffolk County District Attorney’s office) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A man shot his hedge fund founder father to death inside his apartment near the United Nations headquarters after they argued over the son’s allowance, police said Monday.Thomas Gilbert Jr. was arrested on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of Thomas Gilbert Sr. He was being held pending arraignment, and the law office representing him had no comment.Police said Gilbert Jr. went to his parents’ home on Manhattan’s East Side on Sunday and asked his mother to go out to get him some food. About 15 minutes later, she got a “bad feeling” and went back, said Robert Boyce, the chief of detectives for the New York Police Department.“She found Senior on the floor with a bullet hole in the head,” Boyce said. “She also found a gun resting on his chest with his left hand covering it.”But Boyce said it was a staged suicide — his son was trying to cover up the killing.Officers went to Gilbert Jr.’s West Side apartment, where they found magazines, loose bullets and a shell that matched the gun found at the scene, police said.Gilbert Jr., 30, was in debt and had argued with his father, 70, over his allowance, police said.In 2011, Gilbert Sr., a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, founded Wainscott Capital Partners Fund, which has $200 million in assets. Industry publication Hedge Fund Alert said the fund had a net return of nearly 25 per cent in 2012.Gilbert Jr. also attended Princeton, graduating in 2009 with a degree in economics. Authorities said he had no recent work history.Gilbert Sr. worked on Wall Street for more than 40 years, according to his profile on Wainscott’s website, and he previously co-founded Syzygy Therapeutics, a biotech asset acquisition fund. He also was founder and CEO of an online teacher education company called Knowledge Delivery Systems Inc.Wainscott, which invests in biotechnology and health care stocks, had no immediate comment Monday. The fund focuses on stocks traded on large exchanges like the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange, and the minimum amount for investors is $500,000.“We’re not cowboys,” Gilbert Sr. said in a November interview with the publication FINalternatives. “People say, ‘This guy can be up 40 per cent but then he can be down 40 per cent.’ We would rather be up 20 per cent and not have any down months or down years.”The shooting was a rare act of violence in the Sutton Place neighbourhood, a wealthy enclave just north of the United Nations.Neighbor Pierre Gazarian remembered Gilbert as “incredibly courteous, elegant,” and praised his “civility (and) caring.”“In a building in New York City, a lot of people barely say hello to each other,” Gazarian said. “That makes the loss for some of us that much more painful.”Gilbert Jr. has a pending criminal case in the town of Southampton, on eastern Long Island.Gilbert Jr., who has an address in the hamlet of Wainscott, was arrested Sept. 18 on a charge of criminal contempt. Southampton town police say he violated an order of protection issued in Brooklyn in June. Police say he confronted a man named Peter N. Smith at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack on Sept. 1.He has pleaded not guilty and has a Feb. 2 court date scheduled.___Associated Press writers Matthew Perrone in Washington, Marley Seaman in New York and Frank Eltman in Garden City, New York, contributed to this report. read more

Countries agree on UNbacked guidelines to curb illegal fishing

The guidelines, developed through a consultative process led by FAO, aim to cut down on IUU fishing by improving the accountability of flag States – those countries which register fishing vessels and authorize them to fly their flags. “The Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance are a real breakthrough,” said FAO Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture Árni Mathiesen. “Ultimately, these guidelines can help to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of precious, living marine resources and ecosystems.”The proposed guidelines include recommended approaches to urge, encourage and help countries comply with international obligations regarding the flagging and control of fishing vessels. They also look at ways to deter non-compliance and to assist developing States build capacity.“We all face the challenge of sustainability, and these guidelines give countries a new way to work together to meet this challenge,” Ms. Mathiesen said. The guidelines were agreed on after more than five years of consensus building among countries, and will be presented to the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) for endorsement in June 2014.COFI is an inter-governmental forum where major international fisheries and aquaculture problems and issues are periodically examined and recommendations are addressed to governments, regional fishery bodies, civil society organizations, fish workers, FAO and the international community. In a news release, FAO said it will monitor and report on the implementation of the guidelines to COFI, and will provide technical assistance to countries requiring support. This could entail helping developing countries develop adequate legal and regulatory frameworks, strengthening their infrastructure to ensure adequate vessel control, and improving surveillance of fishing vessels.“Some flag States may need more support than others, especially developing countries,” said Matthew Camilleri, Fishery Liaison Officer within the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Economics Division.“In certain cases, they may lack the institutional setup and technical know-how. They may be short on human and financial resources, or they may lack the drive to direct their efforts and to invest their available resources in the effective implementation of their duties under international laws relevant to fishing, in which case there is a greater need to build awareness of the long-term benefits of compliance,” he said. read more

Central African Republic armed groups agree to release child soldiers says UNICEF

As part of an agreement facilitated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), up to 10,000 children currently associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be released from roles such as combatants, sex slaves and cooks, a spokesperson for the agency told reporters in Geneva today.Christophe Boulierac, briefing on behalf of UNICEF, said CAR was one of the worst places in the world for children, especially after the last two years of violence. The leaders of armed groups agreed not only to release between 6,000 and 10,000 children but also to stop future enrolment and to grant UNICEF immediate and restriction-free access to any zone under the groups’ control.He explained that the agreement took place under the auspices of the National Reconciliation Forum trying to re-establish peace in the country. The gathering, known as the Bangui Forum, after the war-torn country’s capital, is bringing together leaders of armed groups as well as religious leaders, members of Government and Parliament for discussions on maintaining peace and is considered a crucial step in the reconciliation process and in preparing the ground for a constitutional referendum and parliamentary and presidential elections.At the opening of the Forum, which is expected to run through 11 May, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic, Babacar Gaye, who also heads the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSCA), expressed the Secretary-General’s hope and confidence that parties would show the “will to make the Forum a success.”In his address, Mr. Gaye advised parties to work in an atmosphere of forgiveness, and he called for dialogue and consensus-building in the Forum’s negotiations and an agreement that would see free, fair democratic and transparent elections tale place that are open to all, including refugees and displaced persons.The commitment made by armed groups after preliminary discussions with the Government on 23 April to take part in the Forum fuelled hope in the international community, he said, emphasizing the need for disarmament and for formation of a professional and representative national army.“It is time for the guns fall silent in this country,” Mr. Gaye said. “We, the international community, are and will remain with you on the road to peace.” read more

Man 30 stabbed multiple times in Cork city

first_img Ardmore Avenue. Short URL 7 Comments May 13th 2019, 1:14 PM Man (30) stabbed multiple times in Cork city The incident took place at Ardmore avenue, Knocknaheeny in the city. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share15 Tweet Email Monday 13 May 2019, 1:14 PMcenter_img Ardmore Avenue. Image: Google Maps 20,609 Views Image: Google Maps GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a man was stabbed several times in Cork city last night. The incident took place at Ardmore Avenue, Knocknaheeny in the city. At about 10.50pm a man aged in his 30s was stabbed multiple times.He was taken to Cork University Hospital following the incident. The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and investigations are ongoing. No arrests have been made. By Cormac Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

Oil terminal hearing is tonight

first_imgo What: Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to discuss a proposal to build an oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.o When: 6 to 9 p.m. today.o Where: Clark College’s Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.• Information: http://www.efsec.wa.govTwo days of public comment conducted by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council continues tonight at Clark College.The proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the largest oil-handling operation in the Pacific Northwest at the Port of Vancouver began its yearlong regulatory journey Monday.The second public meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m. today, at Clark College’s Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. That meeting is part of the “scoping” process, which began Oct. 3 and ends on Nov. 18, that is aimed at determining what will be evaluated in an environmental impact statement. The proposal by Tesoro and Savage to construct an oil-by-rail facility capable of handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day “is likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment,” according to EFSEC. As a result, the council says, an environmental impact statement spelling out the project’s impacts must be prepared.The council will review the companies’ 872-page application, submitted on Aug. 29, and eventually make a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has the final say.Written comments may be submitted by email,, or by mail to Stephen Posner, interim EFSEC manager, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, P.O. Box 43172, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Dr. S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-3172.The permit application by Tesoro and Savage, and other materials, are available at read more

Evidence of giant tsunami on Mars suggests an early ocean

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists have been investigating the possibility of oceans on Mars for several years, but have so far been unable to prove they existed. Also, other researchers have found evidence for tsunamis on Mars but have not been able to find an associated oceanic impact crater to go along with it. In this new effort, the researchers believe they have found both.Prior research uncovered what has been described as thumbprint-looking terrain on the surface of Mars, which some researchers have ascribed to mud moving downhill from volcanoes or being pushed by glaciers. But they might have been created by a very large tsunami, the researchers suggest, and they have found a crater that they believe might have been the cause of it. Lomonosov crater, they suggest, situated in the northern plains, could very well be the scar that was left as a reminder of an asteroid striking in a northern ocean, generating waves hundreds of feet high, eventually spilling onto land and leaving enormous deposits behind. If such an asteroid did strike the ocean, the team continues, after diving through the water, it would have created a crater on the ocean floor. That crater would have been a void that would be suddenly filled with water from all sides, smashing together, creating a secondary tsunami following behind the first. As the first tsunami was receding over land, the second tsunami would have struck, and it was those two acting together that the researchers believe caused the characteristic thumbprint ridges to come about. They have used numerical modeling of wave propagation to back up their claims.The researchers contend that no other reasonable explanation exists for the creation of the ridges, which, they suggest, offers a degree of evidence of not just a tsunami but an ocean on Mars. Journal information: Journal of Geophysical Research Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Francois Costard et al. Modeling tsunami propagation and the emplacement of thumbprint terrain in an early Mars ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (2017). DOI: 10.1002/2016JE005230AbstractThe identification of lobate debris deposits in Arabia Terra, along the proposed paleoshoreline of a former northern ocean, has renewed questions about the existence and stability of ocean-sized body of water in the early geologic history of Mars. The potential occurrence of impact-generated tsunamis in a northern ocean was investigated by comparing the geomorphologic characteristics of the Martian deposits with the predictions of well-validated terrestrial models (scaled to Mars) of tsunami wave height, propagation direction, runup elevation, and distance for three potential sea levels. Our modeling suggests several potential impact craters ~30–50 km in diameter as the source of the tsunami events. Within the complex topography of flat-floored valleys and plateaus along the dichotomy boundary, the interference of the multiple reflected and refracted waves that are observed in the simulation may explain the origin of the arcuate pattern that characterizes the thumbprint terrain. Credit: NASA Citation: Evidence of giant tsunami on Mars suggests an early ocean (2017, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A team of researchers with members from France, Italy and the U.S. has found what they believe is evidence of a giant tsunami occurring on Mars approximately 3 billion years ago due to an asteroid plunging into an ocean. In their paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, the group outlines the evidence and why they believe a tsunami is the most likely factor that led to the creation of some unique planetary formations.last_img read more

agodacom Gold Circle Awards 2011

first_imgSource =, a leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced the winning hotels of the Gold Circle Awards 2011.Each year, recognises outstanding hotel partners by presenting them with a Gold Circle Award. The awards, launched in 2009, are unique to and are intended to honour hotels that show commitment to providing a superior online product.Winning hotels must meet certain criteria to qualify for an award. First of all, they must have worked closely with to offer consistently competitive room rates. They also must have utilised’s custom-built YCS 3.0 yield control system to maximise revenue. Finally, they must have earned positive reviews and comments from customers.This year, a total of 381 hotels worldwide will receive a Gold Circle Award. The awards themselves sport a sleek new design and will be presented to the winning properties by a local representative of the Hotels Team.For some properties, such as the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa and Lebua at State Tower Hotel in Bangkok, this is a second win. Fourteen properties in total will receive their second Gold Circle award this year. Below are this year’s winners for Australia.Mr. Errol Cooke, Director of Hotels – Global at, said: “With the Gold Circle Awards in their third year, hotel partners are increasingly recognising them as a mark of excellence in online distribution. This year, we are delighted to award hotels across the globe for their commitment to online revenue management and how well they are making use of all the customisable merchandising and promotional tools available via”Travelers who stay at a Gold Circle Award-winning property are assured excellent service and great value at a fair price.last_img read more

Tourism Solomons Update 25 April 2019

first_imgTourism SolomonsTourism Solomons Update 25 April 2019Tourism Solomons advises full normal services have resumed in Honiara and it is very much a case of business as usual for the inhabitants of the Solomon Islands capital city and tourists after the civil unrest taking place there yesterday.Speaking from the national tourist office’s head office in the centre of Honiara, CEO Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the main demonstrations had in fact taken place well away from the city’s main tourism corridors.“Hotel and resort guests beyond being asked to stay on property during the demonstrations have not been affected at any time,” he said.“Basically, it’s very much business as usual and it appears that everything has gone back to normal in and around Honiara.”Mr Tuamoto echoed comments made by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) praising the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for its work in managing the civil unrest.“The approach taken by the RSIPF yesterday was for physical presence rather than aggression,” the SICCI statement read.“Their work yesterday was one of utmost professionalism and endurance.“Solomon Airlines advised the civil unrest did cause some delays for its domestic services with some passengers being held up while trying to reach Henderson Airfield.An airline spokesperson advised the cancellation of its Friday Brisbane – Honiara service is in fact due to an unscheduled maintenance check and has nothing to do with the civil unrest.Further information will be advised as it comes to hand.Queries may be directed to Tourism Solomons, telephone + 677 22442.Source = Tourism Solomons PR – Mike Parker-Brownlast_img read more

EVP of Mortgage Servicing Joins Pacific Union Financial

first_img Share May 22, 2013 453 Views New,EVP of Mortgage Servicing Joins Pacific Union Financial Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-22 Esther Chocenter_img “”Pacific Union Financial, LLC””: appointed industry veteran Scott Conradson as EVP of mortgage servicing. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]With over 28 years of servicing and default management experience, Conradson will manage the company’s growing servicing portfolio. Before his appointment, he served as SVP at Specialized Loan Servicing. Prior to that, he held similar executive servicing roles, such as president of Quantum Servicing Corporation, director of servicing at Accredited Home Lenders, as well as SVP of loan servicing at Ocwen Financial Corporation.””I’m excited to have Scott join Pacific Union Financial,”” said Rick Skogg, Pacific Union Financial president. “”His experience managing diverse, high growth servicing platforms with servicing staffs of up to 800+ employees will be a tremendous asset for us as we continue to aggressively grow our servicing portfolio.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

October 29 2012 Cardinals inactives Before sign

first_imgOctober 29, 2012: Cardinals inactivesBefore signing with the Cardinals as a free agent this offseason, Adam Snyder spent his first seven years in the NFL in San Francisco.Snyder though will miss his first opportunity to play against his former team.He’s inactive tonight with a quadricep injury that limited him in practice all week.The Cardinals other inactives:LaRon ByrdTodd HeapSenio KelemeteKevin KolbGreg TolerJamaal Westerman Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Kolb still has not practiced since hurting his ribs against Buffalo. Toler, meanwhile, missed practice this week due to a hamstring injury.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Limassol and the state challenge recount

first_imgBoth Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaides and the state intend to file objections to a request for a recount of the ballots of last December’s mayoral election that was filed by Akel after its candidate, incumbent Andreas Christou, lost by just nine votes.The two sides have until March 20 to file their objections.“The court will eventually decide on this application, whether it can be supported by the facts legally, as well as in reality,” Nicolaides’ lawyer Simos Angelides said.Akel and others supporting the appeal, argue that there was no uniformity on the criteria applied by the over 100 polling station supervisors regarding null votes.They claim there was evidence pointing to a number of ballots ticked for Christou being erroneously marked as void.In other cases, they said, ballots which should have been marked as void were instead counted for Nicolaides.  The plaintiffs stressed they were not implying there was malice.Lawyer Stavros Pavlou, representing Christou’s side, suggested that the objections were a politically wrong act.“The recount is not a legal point; it is a real event that will confirm the election or not,” he said.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more