Rabat Conference Calls For Creation Of Regional Training Center for Border…

first_imgRabat  –  The countries taking part in the 2nd Regional Ministerial Conference on Border Security, which kicked off Thursday in Rabat, agreed to establish a regional center for training officers in charge of border security in the states of the region. According to the Rabat Declaration, the center aims to capitalize on the expertise of other countries and partners.The participating countries agreed to accelerate the setting up of a secretariat within the framework of the Tripoli Plan of Action and the Declaration of Rabat. Libya will prepare a proposal on the structure of the secretariat, which will be presented to the members meeting to be held in Tripoli, in a period not exceeding two months from the date of the adoption of the Declaration of Rabat. They also agreed to set up working groups on security, intelligence, customs and justice to draft proposals in these areas prior to the next ministerial conference, to be held in 2014 in Egypt.The participants called for the implementation of priority projects on border security, taking into account all the relevant strategies and initiatives presented by various United Nations agencies, international and regional organizations as well as all the mechanisms the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.The participants at the Rabat conference also agreed on the need to build the capacity of countries in the region in terms of equipment and new technologies to help them better secure borders.The second regional ministerial conference on border security is marked by the participation of foreign ministers, ministers in charge of security issues in the countries of North Africa and the Sahel- Sahara region, as well as representatives of regional and international institutions.The conference is be attended by Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, the USA, and the UK, the same source said.Several international and regional organizations are taking part in this meeting, such as the UN, the AMU, the Arab League, the European Union, NATO, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN -SAD), the organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, and the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.The Rabat conference is be also attended by experts representing mainly the World Customs Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Executive Board of the Committee against Terrorism, the Interpol, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the United Nations Office against Drugs and organized Crime.The Rabat conference is part of the monitoring process of the first regional ministerial conference on border security, held on March 11- 12, 2012 in Libya, as well as the implementation follow-up of the “Tripoli plan Action”  with the aim to strengthen security and border control in the region of North Africa and the Sahel-Saharan region.The conference will culminate in the “Rabat Declaration” which will include proposals and recommendations to achieve the expected goals of border security in the countries of North Africa and the Sahel-Saharan region.last_img read more

Citing rising terrorism UN extends Afghan security force for another year

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year and called for it to be strengthened in the face of increased violence and terrorism from the Taliban, Al-Qaida and drug smugglers.ISAF, which now has 47,600 personnel on the ground, was established after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help the then-interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation.In today’s resolution the 15-member body recognized “the need to further strengthen ISAF to meet all its operational requirements, and in this regard calls upon Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources.”It expressed serious concern with the high number of civilian casualties resulting from the fighting. While recognizing ISAF’s efforts to minimize this risk, it called on the Force “to take additional robust efforts” by continuously reviewing tactics and procedures and conducting after-action reviews in cooperation with the Afghan Government.The Council called on all Afghan parties and groups to engage in peaceful political dialogue and in socio-economic development and to avoid resorting to violence including through the use of illegal armed groups. Stressing the importance of increasing the functionality, professionalism and accountability of the Afghan security sector, it urged ISAF and other partners to continue training Afghan national security forces towards the accelerated goal of setting up self-sufficient and ethnically balanced national forces to provide security and the rule of law. The 12-month extension begins on 13 October. 22 September 2008The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mission of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for another year and called for it to be strengthened in the face of increased violence and terrorism from the Taliban, Al-Qaida and drug smugglers. read more

Chrysler 1Q profit falls 65 per cent as factories make slow transition

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2013 8:49 am MDT Chrysler 1Q profit falls 65 per cent as factories make slow transition to new models AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Three Chrysler factories were slow to switch from old models to new ones, and that helped dramatically reduce the company’s first-quarter profit.The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker said Tuesday that its net profit fell 65 per cent from January through March, mainly because production didn’t keep pace with sales.Chrysler freshened up the Jeep Grand Cherokee large SUV and its Ram heavy-duty truck for the new model year, and is replacing the Liberty midsize SUV with the all-new Jeep Cherokee. But the plants that make those vehicles were slow to crank out the new models.Chrysler’s profit dropped from $473 million a year ago to $166 million. Revenue dropped 6 per cent to $15.4 billion. Total inventory fell to 419,000 last quarter, enough to supply dealers for 66 days of sales, down from 73 at the end of last year.Chrysler and other automakers book revenue when cars and trucks are shipped to dealerships. But while Chrysler’s global and U.S. sales rose 8 per cent during the quarter, the slow plants drove shipments down 6 per cent.“We sold all the cars that we could potentially sell,” CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday. “I did not build enough to replenish what we sold.”Chrysler shipped 574,000 cars and trucks during the quarter, down from 607,000 a year ago. And the three vehicles that ran short are all high-price, big-profit vehicles.Marchionne mostly blamed the decline on the end of production of the aging Liberty at a factory in Toledo, Ohio. That factory is being completely retooled to build the Cherokee, which will go on sale in the third quarter. With no production at the plant, Liberty shipments plummeted by 31,000 for the quarter.The Toledo plant won’t be cranking out Cherokees until late spring or early summer because the company installed all-new equipment to produce a radically different vehicle built on car rather than truck underpinnings. The new Cherokee comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the Liberty’s four-speeds, and it has a high-tech all-wheel-drive system that automatically disengages two wheels when they’re not needed, in order to save fuel.But the amount of retooling caused added kinks in production compared with other factories, Marchionne said.“Maybe it’s the fact that we haven’t done this with this intensity for a while, it’s difficult to tell,” he said. The Cherokee is the company’s first entirely new vehicle since the Dodge Dart compact came out a year ago.Marchionne didn’t specify problems with the other two factories, the heavy-duty Ram plant in Saltillo, Mexico, and the Grand Cherokee factory in Detroit. He did say the 2014 Grand Cherokee, while not a completely reworked model, got major improvements such as a new engine and new eight-speed transmission.Marchionne said the company is sticking to its full-year net earnings prediction of $2.2 billion based on the expectation of a strong second half. Chrysler also held to previous guidance of full-year revenue between $72 billion and $75 billion and shipments of 2.6 million to 2.7 million vehicles. The company expects to ship more than 650,000 cars and trucks in the second quarter.He characterized the first-quarter decline as a “one-off” event, and said he told workers to “just close your eyes and plug your nose and move on from here.”The 2014 Grand Cherokee went on sale last month, while the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty trucks went on sale starting in January.Marchionne said that Cherokee sales should boost second-half profit. The midsize SUV will compete against the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape in the biggest part of the fast-growing crossover SUV market.Marchionne conceded that hitting the forecasts won’t be easy. “There’s not a guy in this house who thinks it’s going to be a walk in the park,” he said.Michael Robinet, managing director of IHS Automotive, an industry consulting firm, said the Ram, Grand Cherokee and Liberty bring big dollars to Chrysler, so it’s not surprising that any production loss hurt the company’s net income.Robinet expects more automakers to see delayed launches as they try to preserve quality while moving faster to update vehicles to meet intense competition. Chrysler, for instance, has about a dozen new or refurbished models coming in the next two years alone.Also during the first quarter, Chrysler’s incentives such as rebates and low-interest financing rose $300 per vehicle to $3,400, compared with $3,100 a year ago, the company said. “The incentives hit your bottom line,” said Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics of Birmingham, Michigan.Chrysler’s quarter looked much worse when compared with Ford Motor Co., which last week said its first-quarter profit rose 15 per cent to $1.6 billion as record earnings in North America tempered big losses in Europe. Ford’s sales were up 10 per cent worldwide.Fiat was given management control of Chrysler in 2009 when the troubled company nearly ran out of cash and had to be rescued by a U.S. government bailout. Now, with Europe battered economy dragging down car sales there, Chrysler is providing a financial lifeline to Fiat, which owns 58.5 per cent of Chrysler.____AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin contributed to this report. read more

No 4 Virginia holds off Dayton in Battle 4 Atlantis semis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — De’Andre Hunter matched his career high with 23 points to help fourth-ranked Virginia hold off Dayton 66-59 on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.Hunter made a 3-pointer with 53.1 seconds left and Virginia protecting a 60-56 lead. It turned out to provide just enough cushion to keep the Cavaliers (5-0) in control and send them into the championship game Friday against No. 25 Wisconsin.Ty Jerome added 15 points for Virginia, and Kyle Guy had 14.Josh Cunningham led Dayton (4-1) with 15 points. Dayton will face Oklahoma on Friday in the third-place game.NO. 6 NEVADA 96, TULSA 86LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Caroline had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Nevada beat Tulsa in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.Nevada (5-0) will face Massachusetts in the championship game Friday night. Massachusetts beat Southern Illinois 84-62.Caleb Martin added 21 points for the Wolf Pack, making all 10 of his free throws. Jazz Johnson had 20 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range.Sterling Taplin led the Golden Hurricane (4-1) with 22 points, and Martins Igbanu had 14.NO. 25 WISCONSIN 78, OKLAHOMA 58D’Mitrik Trice set career highs with 25 points and a tournament-record seven 3-pointers to help Wisconsin beat Oklahoma in the Battle 4 Atlantis.Trice started 7 for 7 from behind the arc, the last coming when he pump-faked a defender and stepped to his right to bury the shot for a 66-47 lead with 6:22 left. He finally missed a 3 less than a minute later to finish 7 for 8 for the Badgers (5-0).Christian James scored 18 points for the Sooners (4-1).___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Spartak Moscow charged after fan confronts captain

MOSCOW — Spartak Moscow is facing punishment from UEFA after a fan ran onto the field during a Europa League game to confront the team captain.The bearded fan in Spartak colours ran up to midfielder Denis Glushakov in the 70th minute of Spartak’s game against Rapid Vienna. Glushakov shoved him away before other players and security took the fan off the field.Russian state news agencies have reported the fan was later arrested. UEFA has charged Spartak over the “field invasion.” The case will be heard Dec. 13.Spartak was leading 1-0 at the time of the interruption but went on to lose 2-1 and now sits last in Europa League Group G.Many Spartak fans have accused Glushakov of helping to force out the popular coach Massimo Carrera, who was fired last month.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

No Matter How Much They Make The Best Players In The NBA

Surrounded by reporters the day after the NBA announced a blockbuster new television deal in October, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant contemplated the maximum-salary rule that governs his compensation and that of his superstar peers.“Look at it like this,” Durant said. “Kobe Bryant brings in a lot of money to Los Angeles, that downtown area. People go to watch the Lakers. Clippers are getting up there — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and those guys are bringing in a lot of money as well. Look at Cleveland, look at Miami when LeBron [James] was there. These guys are worth more than what they are making because of the amount of money they bring to that area.”NBA players do not get paid what they’re actually worth. Really young? Really good? Sorry — for you, the market isn’t truly an open one. Analysts — and increasingly players such as Durant and Bryant — can tell you that the maximum-contract rule suppresses the salaries of superstars, that inexperienced players are paid less than their contributions warrant, and that as a result, the NBA’s middle class is paid far too much.In recent years, however, that popular notion appears to have been wrong. I built a model measuring how much NBA teams paid for their players’ wins above replacement (WAR), and it shows that the league has changed. During the 2014-15 season, the middle class was, in fact, paid far less for its production than max-contract players, accelerating a trend that began two seasons earlier. In other words, the role players were suddenly steals.But if this offseason is any indication, max players are the bargains once again. Forgive me for sounding like a bad Internet headline — but you are not going to believe how underpaid Kawhi Leonard is, despite his new max contract. The same salary cap spike that’s made this free-agency period so wacky is shifting what the league’s players are worth yet again.But before we dwell on the future, let’s rummage through the past.For most of the past decade, the hoary aphorisms about which players were relatively cheap (and which were relatively exorbitant) held true. From the 1999-2000 season through the 2010-11 one,1That’s the span between the league’s two season–shortening lockouts. players on rookie contracts (think Derrick Rose when he won the MVP award in 2010-11) generated 23 percent of the league’s WAR but were paid only 12 percent of the league’s money.2Beyond minimum salaries, that is. Throughout this article, I’m adjusting the money teams paid players to account for the fact that the monetary equivalent of “wins above replacement” is “salary above the minimum.” This is because a team should expect a minimum-salary player to produce, by definition, zero WAR. Players on maximum contracts (such as James and Bryant) were also shortchanged, generating 24 percent of the wins but making 22 percent of the money.And the rest of the league — the players I’m calling “middle-class” because they’re neither rookies nor max players (and therefore their earning power isn’t systematically capped) — gobbled up the surplus, making 65 percent of the money despite generating 52 percent of the wins.If the market were truly efficient, all the players would be paid the same for each win; there wouldn’t be a difference between any of the curves in the chart above — they’d just be one big, fat, overlapping line, ebbing and flowing in unison. Instead, the prices per win for players are clearly stratified by type of contract, particularly during the period before the league installed a new collective bargaining agreement for the 2011-12 season.Recently, though, a shift has taken place. Young players are still drastically underpaid, of course; the numbers in the chart aren’t adjusted for increases to the NBA’s salary cap, making the young players’ relatively flat line striking, given that the cap nearly doubled between 1999-2000 and 2014-15. But the price of a middle-class win took a downward turn sometime around the 2008-09 or 2009-10 seasons after years of shadowing the max-salary line.Since then, buying a win from a max-salary player has become more expensive than ever before. While the salary cap rose by 8.7 percent between 2011-12 and 2014-15, the cost of a max player’s wins rose by 39 percent. The per-win price of a middle-class player in that time fell by 15 percent. The middle-class players were the hidden gems.Max deals have always come with risk: Between the 1999 and 2005 offseasons, 57 percent of max contracts weren’t worth it, failing to deliver more value than the teams paid for. But during that era, enough max players succeeded — and tended to be home runs when they did — that on balance, they represented a better deal than middle-class players. After 2005, though, max players became more dangerous to invest in: Only 14 percent of all max deals3Of those that were signed in 2006 or later and have finished since then. since then have delivered a positive return. By the late 2000s, when those contracts were in full swing, max players were collectively providing less bang for the buck than the middle class — a first since the max salary was instituted in 1999.This was a significant development because it suggested a path to contention that didn’t involve superstars (a rarity in NBA history). Traditionally, the market for mid-level players has been a place for also-rans looking for scraps after the hyenas have had their way with the max-contract types. That dynamic reinforced the NBA’s competitive balance problem by effectively forcing smaller-market teams to spend more for their talent, on a per-win basis, than the league did overall. Any mechanism that made it cheaper for those types of teams to buy talent, though, stood to give the NBA a much-needed injection of parity.But an unprecedented rise in the salary cap might end all this. The early indications are that how much a million bucks can buy in each salary class will be upended once again. Just when the guidelines of a player’s worth were beginning to shift in an interesting (and more competitive) direction, the rising cap may bring the old wisdom all the way back around to being right again.To help model this and other matters of NBA interest, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver and I have been skunkworking a little model around here that will (theoretically, hopefully, god-willing) begin to do for basketball what PECOTA did for baseball. Using a player’s advanced metrics4Namely, Real Plus-Minus, Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and Player Efficiency Rating. and his statistical tendencies, it can project a player’s development into the future by comparing him to similar players from the past. We call it CARMELO.5 We spent a long time backronym-ing this in the office. What we came up with: “Career Arc Regression Model Estimator (with) Local Optimization.”Using the beta version of CARMELO to analyze this summer’s free-agent signings, I found that 10 of the 16 maximum-contract signees (as of July 12) project to bring a team a positive return on investment.6Assuming the value of a non-cost-controlled win scales upward with the cap in future seasons. As a group, it looks like they’ll be underpaid by an average of $5.6 million per year. (Leonard lords above them all: He’s projected to bring $26.9 million of extra value to the Spurs every year.7Whoa — how does that math work out? CARMELO thinks Leonard will generate 54.6 WAR over the life of his five-year deal, which would make his “fair salary” about $45 million per season (remember, the cap increases dramatically over that span). Since he’ll only make about $18 million a year, he projects to generate nearly $27 million in surplus value per season.) That’s quite a bit bigger than the average non-max signee of the summer, who thus far projects to bring his team just $850,000 of extra value per season.In other words, the max player is once again a far better deal than his middle-class peers.The cheapest way to build a great team in today’s NBA remains to concentrate on young players still on their rookie contracts. And it’s worth noting that the long-range implications of the league’s sudden salary cap explosion won’t be fully understood for years. But although basketball’s long-understood rules of value seemed on the verge of disruption in recent seasons, this summer offered an early peek into how teams and players will behave during the coming boom years, and it suggests that everything old is new again. See all the free-agent signings (through July 12), and whether the players will be underpaid or overpaid here: read more

We dont fear United – Francis

first_imgBournemouth defender Simon Francis insists he and his teammates have nothing to fear when they face Manchester United this weekend, saying perhaps they are favourites.The Cherries captain feels the team’s form suggests they may even be favourites against the Red Devils.Eddie Howe’s side host United on Saturday, the south coast side are currently sixth in the Premier League and three points ahead of their visitors.Francis said the team’s impressive start to the season could even suggest they’re favourites for the clash at Vitality Stadium.“There is certainly no fear factor. The form book would say we might be favourites going into the game,” he told The Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I don’t think we see it as a free hit any more, these kinds of games, because we believe we can beat them.“With the points we have accumulated so far even if we lose to Man United, people might think, ‘It’s OK, they have had a good start to the season’, but we don’t see it like that.“Even in our first season when we played the big teams, nobody would back us to get any points, but this is our fourth season and we have come a long way.”“These games are the ones we can grab by the scruff of the neck and take to Man United: The lads will be raring to go, are looking forward to every Premier League game and why not? We are on good form.“We will be at it from the start, pressing high and trying to win the ball back to give the fans something to get excited about.”last_img read more

TCI considering mutant mosquito in the fight against Zika

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 10, 2016 –  The FDA has given the go ahead for genetically altered mosquitoes to be used in the fight against the female Aedes Egypti mosquito which is the insect carrying harmful diseases like Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus and now the dreaded Zika Virus.While the use of these mutant mosquitoes is approved for trial on one of the Florida Keys, there will still be a vote by the public there to determine if the insect is actually introduced to the ecosystem.   Premier Rufus Ewing in July told the Speaker of the House of Assembly that it was something the TCI is considering, and watching to see what other jurisdictions will do about this drastic measure.  In the Florida Keys, residents are resisting, saying the mutant mosquito may open a Pandora’s box of other problems; the decision will be given to the residents of Key Haven in November; Over 170,000 have signed an online petition giving ‘no consent’ to the move. The female Aedes Egypti mosquito carrying the Zika virus is a major health hazard and has the potential to decimate tourism growth in tourism dependent territories like the TCI.  Oxitec is the company which has created this GM mosquito. Related Items:genetically altered mosquito and zika, TCI considering mutant mosquito in the fight against zika, zika in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Employee Benefits Awards 2019 shortlist unveiled

first_imgThe shortlist for the Employee Benefits Awards 2019 has now been revealed. The full shortlist can be viewed here.Thank you to all of the organisations that entered this year’s awards, and congratulations to the employers that have been shortlisted. A special thank you also to our panel of expert judges, who gave their time to discuss the numerous entries.The winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party on Friday 7 June 2019, at The Pavilion at The Tower of London.The highly-anticipated event will see HR, reward and benefits professionals recognise and celebrate the industry’s achievements and successes over the past year. The awards will highlight employers from a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, education, travel and more, across categories such as Best benefits communications, Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits, and Most motivational benefits, that cover the full gamut of HR, reward and people strategy.This year, in addition to the coveted Employee benefits professional of the year award, a new Rising star category has been added, to recognise the work of an individual who has made a strong mark early in their career, having joined the industry within the last five years.As well as a lunchtime ceremony, the Employee Benefits Awards 2019 will include a summer party at one of London’s most iconic and historic venues.For more information and to book your seats.last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity build homes for 3 South Florida families

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization is lending a helping hand for three families in need of a home.Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Bank of America to dedicate three new homes to the deserving families in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.A group of employee volunteers rolled up their sleeves to frame walls and complete other vital tasks for the Miami home.Meanwhile in Fort Lauderdale, volunteers worked throughout the week to build a duplex for two new homeowners.Everyone involved said the hard work was all worth it. “We believe in the community, giving back, revitalizing the community, vitalizing the neighborhood, so very involved. This is where we live. This is our city,” said volunteer George Bermudez.If you’d like to contact Habitat for Humanity, check out the links below.FOR MORE INFORMATION: Habitat for Humanity in Miami-Dade(305) 634-3628http://www.miamihabitat.org/Habitat for Humanity in Broward(954) 396-3030http://www.miamihabitat.org/Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hump Day Woman walks camel through the Big Apple

first_imgNEW YORK (WSVN) – A woman was caught on camera walking through a crosswalk in New York, but it was what was following her that turned some heads.She was walking a camel that had several colorful handbags strapped to it, Tuesday morning, for a Kate Spade ad photo shoot.Pedestrians stopped to take pictures of the camel as it strolled past the Park Central Hotel.The large animal was not phased by walking through the concrete jungle, nor the hustle on the streets.Only in New York does “Hump Day” actually come to life.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Could market squid become a new Southeast fishery

first_imgSoutheast Alaska marine scientists got a rare peek this year into the hatching of a certain species of squid.“I’ve never seen it. In fact, I’ve never seen squid in Southeast and I’ve been here since 1976,” said Gordon Garcia. He works at theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Auke Bay.Market squid eggs were found this past summer in a salmon capture device at the NOAAs Little Port Walter field station. That’s located on the eastern shore of the southern tip of Baranof Island.The squid are native to Southeast and are commercially harvested in California. But Garcia said this is the first time evidence of market squid spawning has been found at the research station, which has been there since the 1920s.“The squid actually spawned in the capture device and our staff there grabbed some of them,” Garcia said. The live squid died quickly, so he settled for eggs and began experimenting in July. I visited him in September.Garcia is a facilities manager at the institute, but he studied marine zoology in college and spent 30 years at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He’s curious to know if the squid can be cultured.In the tanks where the squid eggs are kept, Garcia points out what he calls “squidleys,” also known as hatchlings.“We see this mass of squid hatching and they’re all attracted to the light,” Garcia said as we watched the squidleys dart around and swim.The eggs are housed in what looks like a puffy, translucent white sea anemone. About 30 to 40 eggs are in each finger.Garcia took an early photo of the first hatchlings that resembled an underwater tornado. He dubbed it “Squidnado” as an homage to recent cheesy sci-fi moviesthat mix weather phenomenon and marine life.The experiment is conducted in eight tanks. One of the tanks has water piped in from Auke Bay, which stays around 49 degrees Fahrenheit. In another tank, the water is warmed to 61 degrees.The eggs in the warmer tank hatched first but then died after about a week. Eggs in the cooler tank began to hatch about four weeks later.Garcia said market squid typically live about a year and grow to 8 to 10 inches long.“You could get those little calamari rings out of them. Yeah, dice them up,” he said, laughing.At one point, there were clouds of squidleys in the lab’s tanks, Garcia said. As many as 7,000 hatched between late summer and early fall.“They’re just popping out as we’re talking. You can see that cloud is getting denser and denser. If I were to go shake these egg masses, I’d probably triple the number of critters that you see there,” Garcia said.“I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them all. I hate to see them die, but that’s nature, of course. We’ll take the strongest and see if we can’t make them grow.”Garcia spent three months experimenting with the size of the tank, the kind of gravel at the bottom, water flow and food sources. The tricky part was getting the squid to eat.He tried salmon meal, rehydrated freeze-dried rotifers or a form of zooplankton and brine shrimp. Some of the cold water squid doubled in size after feeding on the brine shrimp, but the shrimp themselves did not thrive very well in the cold water.Sadly, despite Garcia’s attempts to keep the squidleys alive, the experiment only lasted about three months. The last one died Oct. 6.last_img read more

Princess 2019 Europe season opens for bookings on Dec 14

first_imgTags: Britain & Europe, New Itineraries, Princess Cruises SANTA CLARITA, CA — Princess Cruises has gone all out for its 2019 Europe program, which features 130 destinations, five ships, 85 itineraries, 211 cruise departures and 30 ports of call.Going on sale on Dec. 14, 2017, the program features noteworthy itineraries in Northern Europe, including the cruise line’s return to Greenland on Pacific Princess, new departures out of Dublin aboard Crown Princess, and the chance to see the Northern Lights in Norway on Sapphire Princess, which will sail its longest season ever out of London.All cruises include the line’s award-winning Local Connections program, bringing storytellers aboard to share their personal insights about upcoming ports.As a new benefit under the Princess Cruises Captain’s Circle loyalty program, guests who have reached Elite status can secure their booking a day earlier than the general public, which goes on sale Dec. 14. A reduced deposit of 10% is available for bookings made by Aug. 31, 2018.Highlights of the 2019 Europe season include:New itineraries and Cruisetours:Greenland & Iceland (with Optional Edinburgh Military Tattoo) 18-day voyage on Pacific Princess, roundtrip from London (Dover), calling to Greenland, Iceland, and Edinburgh (Rosyth)Search for the Northern Lights 12-day voyage on Sapphire Princess, roundtrip from London (Southampton), with an overnight in Alta and a late-night stay in TromsoScandinavia & Russia 11-day sailings from Helsinki (in addition to Copenhagen and Berlin (Warnemunde)Grand Mediterranean and Grand Western Mediterranean 11-day voyages on Emerald Princess, combinable for a 22-day Grand Mediterranean Collection voyageSpanish Passage & Panama Canal 29-day Adventure from Barcelona to Los Angeles on Emerald PrincessMore news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upNorthern Europe:Scandinavia & Russia 11-day sailings from Copenhagen, Berlin (Warnemunde), or Helsinki on Ocean Medallion-enabled Regal PrincessScandinavia & Russia 14-day sailings from London (Southampton) on Sapphire Princess or from London (Dover) on Pacific PrincessBritish Isles 12-day sailings on Ocean Medallion-enabled Crown Princess, with roundtrip departures from London (Southampton), Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), or DublinOvernight stays in Dublin on select British Isles sailings, in addition to late departures from Belfast on every 12-day British Isles sailingMediterranean:Emerald Princess offers 58 sailings in the Mediterranean, ranging from seven to 22 days and departing from Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia), and Athens (Piraeus)More Ashore late-night stay in Chania (Crete) and Mykonos on every seven-day Mediterranean & Aegean and late-night stay in Barcelona and Genoa on every seven-day Mediterranean on Emerald PrincessTwo unique 14-day itineraries from London (Southampton) to the Western Mediterranean on Sapphire PrincessEuropean Explorer 10-day sailings between Rome (Civitavecchia) and London (Southampton) on Sapphire Princess, combinable with the 27-day Mediterranean & Southeast Asia voyages between Rome (Civitavecchia) and Singapore for an epic 37-day Indian Ocean & Europe Grand AdventureMore news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthEurope Cruisetours:To further enhance guests’ European vacation, Princess Cruises is pleased to offer four unique cruisetours to choose from in 2019:NEW – Highlights of Spain: Offered with the seven-day Mediterranean or 11-day Grand Western Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, visiting Madrid, Valencia, Toledo and featuring the sights and tastes of SpainRing of Kerry: offered with the 12-day British Isles cruise, includes a traditional Ceili dinner and highlights the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney and CorkClassic Italy: visit Venice, Florence and Rome’s greatest sights: Venice’s St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, Rome’s Coliseum and Vatican museums, the Duomo and Michelangelo’s sculpture of David in Florence. All sights are offered with the seven-day Mediterranean & Aegean cruise or the 11-day Grand Central Mediterranean cruiseImperial Treasures: brings guests to Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin for a memorable introduction to these historic European cities and is offered with the 11-day Scandinavia & Russia cruise. Princess’ 2019 Europe season opens for bookings on Dec. 14 Posted by Sharecenter_img Thursday, November 30, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgRoberto Cantillo’s art work. Courtesy of Wilberth Cantillo The polite, young prodigy said he usually paints for two to three hours per day. A piece of his artwork can take between several weeks and several months to complete, depending on the size and complexity. But Cantillo said the activity relaxes him and he much prefers it to watching television.“I’m very proud of my work, and happy too,” he said.Meanwhile, he still finds time for schoolwork, and he says he someday hopes to study biology to complement his artistic vision. On days he doesn’t feel like painting, the young artist hangs out in the yard with friends or rides his bicycle. The child painter has created such a name for himself, though, that even when he wants to blend in with the rest of the crowd it can be hard.“Walking down the street, people stop and want to ask him about his work,” his father said. “Others are always wanting to chat with him on Facebook.” That buzz has created a market for the paintings, which are selling now for $100-$300. Someone in Germany recently learned of Cantillo’s work, and bought a painting. Facebook Comments From the print editionRoberto Cantillo Salas started to draw before he could walk. At age 3, when he began to pen the walls of his family’s Puriscal home in the Central Valley with creative sketches, his father knew he’d better invest in drawing paper and a set of colored pencils for his son. Now, five years later, the young Cantillo has won several awards, including the top prize at the National Student Art Festival in 2010. In 2011, the young artist participated in the EmbrujArte, a culture and art fair in Escazú, southwest of San José. This year he was invited to the International Art Festival in Costa Rica.His paintings depict the natural flora and fauna of Costa Rica.“It’s something really extraordinary,” said his father, Wilberth Cantillo. “He’s going to be one of the best painters in the world.” center_img No related posts.last_img read more

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