Korea Line Pens USD 608 Mn Deal with Vale

first_imgzoom Korea Line Corporation, part of Samra Midas Group, has signed a long-term contract of affreightment with Brazilian miner Vale, the company revealed.The 25-year-long deal will see two bulk carriers transport iron ore from Brazil to China.The deal is worth USD 608 million, according to Korea Line.The two 325,000 dwt bulkers were ordered in October 2017 from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and are scheduled for delivery at the start of 2020, when they will start working for Vale.The two bulker newbuildings will cost the shipping company around KRW 184.8 billion (USD 164 million).While announcing the shipbuilding contract last year, Korea Line said the newbuilding duo would be chartered out to an undisclosed third party for a 25-year long term. However, Vale was rumored to be behind the deal.Vale has embarked on an ambitious hiring campaign having inked deals for up to 30 Valemax newbuilds with seven different shipping companies.The companies in question include Chinese joint venture between ICBC Leasing and China Merchants, Pan Ocean, H Line Shipping, SK Shipping, and Polaris Shipping.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Stars Take A Stand Against Fracking With Album Release

first_imgJohn Butler Trio, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti, Indigo Girls, and many more are lending their voices in an effort to shed light on the dangers of hydro-fracking – a method of extracting natural gas from the earth s shale that also jeopardizes and contaminates the water table – on a 24 track, two disc benefit compilation, ‘Buy This Fracking Album’ (June 16th).Video: Buy This Fracking Album Official VideoThe album proceeds will benefit Marcellus Protest, a non profit organization in Pennsylvania, and other grassroots organizations around the country working to ban fracking. Album beneficiary Food & Water Watch is donating its share of the proceeds into a fund that album producers will distribute to grassroots organizations. Many of the artists who have contributed songs to the album have openly voiced their opposition to fracking, with arguments ranging from the desire to champion community health, combat the corporate hold on American democracy, or – in the words of singer Kristen Graves – I want future generations to have an example of what it looks like to live humbly, respectfully, and well with the earth.Buy This Fracking Album contains a combination of original recordings, previous releases, and live renditions of older songs. The compilation includes Pete Seeger’s first album appearance since his passing – a never before released live rendition of Woody Guthrie’s classic This Land Is Your Land” – Hell to Pay by Bonnie Raitt from her 94 album Longing in Their Hearts,’ a live version of the Indigo Girls’ World Falls, and original recordings from Meshell Ndegeocello ( Never Still Water ), Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwtiz ( Freakin Frack ), and more.While the songs on the album range in genre and subject, they all share the common goal of bringing awareness to one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Each of the 24 tracks speak to the fact that – as contributor Anti Flag says – [corporations] can t drink money, and we can t drink natural gas. Michael Franti says he wrote “Earth From Outer Space,” “as a reminder of the importance of all of us being stewards of our planet, keeping it healthy for the next generations and Bonnie Raitt – a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy – added, “banning fracking everywhere is one of the most critical environmental issues of our time because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet. As Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki explains, banning fracking is “not a matter of politics or money – it s just a matter of common sense that you don t destroy the earth like fracking does.Buy This Fracking Album’s Long Island-based producer Jason Samel is, in his own words, “not one to close [his] mouth much about anything – a trait that led him to realize early in his career that he did not fit into the corporate world. When Occupy Wall Street began in September 2011, Samel was thrilled to see activism in his backyard, and joined protesters at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. In the park, Samel was moved by different types of music converging together for a singular cause, and left feeling inspired to create his first benefit album – Occupy This Album. Through a series of connections and introductions he made during the movement, as well as support from filmmaker Michael Moore, Samel produced a four-disc album featuring 99 songs for the 99 percent, with music by Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson, Yoko Ono, Immortal Technique, and Arlo Guthrie. It also was during his time at Zuccoti park that Samel took notice of the anti-fracking movement, and began laying the foundation for what would eventually become his second benefit album and the follow-up to Occupy This Album – ’Buy This Fracking Album.Funding for the album is being raised through a crowd-funding campaign on Pledge Music, which allows fans to show their support by purchasing unique items and experiences, including concert tickets, a signed guitar, VIP tickets with a meet and greet with Bonnie Raitt, a one of a kind hand painted guitar from Michael Franti, DJ lessons with DJ Logic, and Marco Benevento will even play a concert in your home.Buy This Fracking Album – Tracklist:Disc 1:1. Smallest Trees – Rootz Underground 2. Freakin Frack – Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz3. Smarty Pants – Rusted Root4. Earth From Outer Space (Acoustic) – Michael Franti5. Activist – Jay Samel w/ DJ Logic and Friends6. Revolution – John Butler Trio7. Russel Crowe – Moon Hooch8. Never Still Water – Meshell Ndegeocello9. Gasland Terror – Anti Flag10. Seasons – Rebel Diaz 11. Hydro Fracking Clowns – Chris Merenda12. Fools Gold – Pony BoyDisc 2:1. This Land is Your Land (Live At Farmaid 2013) – Pete Seeger2. “Before the Drilling Rigs Got Here – Thom Chacon3. Lack of Cash Flow Blues – David Amram4. Drill on the Horizon – Mike and Ruthy5. Motherland (Live) – Natalie Merchant and The Felice Brothers6. The Mountain – Steve Earle7. Down There – Tom Chapin and John Forster8. “The River Song – Kristen Graves9. Hell to Pay – Bonnie Raitt10. World Falls (Live) – Indigo Girls11. “What About Climate Change – Eve Silber12. Star Spangled Banjo – Josh FoxFind out more here.last_img read more

Portuguese capital plans 2nd airport amid passenger boom

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s government has unveiled a 1.1-billion euro ($1.26 billion) plan to expand Lisbon’s current airport and build a second one, even though an environmental impact study that could thwart its ambitions isn’t finished.National airports operator ANA is footing the bill to adapt a military airfield in Montijo, 30 kilometres (18 miles) by road from Lisbon. It aims to handle around 50 million passengers a year from 2022.Authorities say an environmental study will be ready by April. Critics accuse the government of rushing into the project because a general election is due in October.Officials said Tuesday the airports company will also pay for the expansion of the Humberto Delgado Airport in the capital. With around 29 million passengers a year, it is at full capacity.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Firefighters respond to apartment building fire on 86 street

first_img Residents of the building were evacuated to the Pomeroy Sport Centre, which was also set up to receive evacuated homeowners from the Tommy Lakes fire north of Prespatou.As we get more information about the fire, we will post updates here.  If you have any pictures or video to share email news@moosefm.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a fire at the Ridgeview Apartment building on 86 street at around 11 p.m. Saturday night.The fire caused the entire building to be evacuated and part of 86 street to be closed while officials fought the fire.The official cause is not known at this time, but eyewitnesses suggest it started on a balcony of one apartment building.center_img 1 of 6 Firefighters battle a fire at the Ridgeview Village Apartment building last Saturday night. Submitted photo. last_img read more

City Council chooses the first Option for Festival Plaza Space

first_imgVisual representations of steel and wood structures were presented. Wood was visually appealing, yet the concern for long-term maintenance of wood would be costly. As the location of the building is close to the road, the building will require regular washing due to road grime.A steel structure with wood cladding was requested by Council, as well as seeking more visual representations of what this combination would look like. Images of the steel building options were limited. It was expressed as necessary that the new building represents the region as it will be seen as people drive into the city.Council had other questions regarding items that were shown on the proposed plaza design such as fire pits and wanting them to be temporary and the options for closing the building with doors or walls which will be discussed once the building structure material is chosen.Council directed staff to proceed to a detailed design with Site Design – Option One with a steel building with wood cladding, and further consultation with the community regarding the design of the proposed building structure.The goal is to get a plan in place for tender in March 2019, with construction starting in April and completed by September. The site of the new festival plaza will be located on the site of the old visitor’s centre, $1.2 million was allocated from the Peace River Agreement signing bonus in 2015 for the development of this space.This new space in Centennial Park aligns with the City’s strategic plan to use downtown as a social, vibrant hub. As the plaza will be an addition to the Park, it is desirable for the new space to complement and be cohesive. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – John Buchko of EDS Group Inc. on behalf of the City of Fort St. John presented ‘Festival Plaza Conceptual Development’ to seek direction from Council to the general design concept, the type of material the plaza structure would be built from and would Council want continued public engagement.Two configurations of the space were presented to Council; option one included a one-way road lane and space for vending trucks.  The second option included a two-way lane and a loading area, Council voted in favour for the first option.As this meeting was to ask for clarity to start creating more detailed design options, the other question for the Plaza site was what would the main structure be made of.last_img read more

Russias excyber security chief gets 22year sentence

MOSCOW — A court in Moscow has sentenced the former chief of the cybercrime department at Russia’s main domestic security agency to 22 years in prison on treason charges.Moscow’s District Military Court stripped Sergei Mikhailov of his colonel’s rank and ordered him to pay a 400,000-ruble ($6,130) fine Tuesday.It also handed a 14-year sentence to Ruslan Stoyanov, the former employee of Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity firm, who was charged in the same case.The trial was held behind closed doors and no details of the charges were made public, but Russian media reports have said that Mikhailov and Stoyanov were accused of giving sensitive information to U.S. intelligence agencies.Mikhailov was arrested in December 2016, when he reportedly was led away from an official meeting with a sack over his head.The Associated Press read more

Ban sends condolences to countries whose citizens died in Afghan attack

2 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke by telephone to senior officials of the governments of Nepal, Norway, Sweden and Romania to express his deep condolences following the deaths of their citizens in the attack on the United Nations compound in northern Afghanistan yesterday. Mr. Ban thanked the Prime Minister of Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, and the foreign ministers of the three European countries for their citizens’ sacrifice in the service of the UN and humanity.He said the thoughts of all at the United Nations were with the families of those killed and wounded in the “appalling attack on those seeking to help the Afghan people.”Earlier the Secretary-General spoke by telephone with the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and expressed his sadness and shock to the head of State at the attack on the UN offices in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif that resulted in the death of three UN staff and four Nepalese security guards.Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Karzai for his expression of condolence and for the support he is extending to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, and to the UN family in Afghanistan to ensure the safety and security of UN staff. The Secretary-General said he had dispatched his Chef de Cabinet Vijay Nambiar and Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security Gregory Starr to Afghanistan to review the security situation. Mr. Ban told Mr. Karzai that he would continue to work with the Alliance of Civilizations to promote tolerance for all faiths. The Secretary-General and the Security Council strongly condemned yesterday”s attack in which a large crowd of demonstrators angry at the burning of a copy of the Koran by a United States group stormed a the UN compound and killed the UN staff and the Nepalese Gurkha soldiers serving as guards at the operations centre.The attack took place about 4:30 p.m. at an operations centre for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in Mazar-i-Sharif. An unconfirmed number of Afghan demonstrators were killed. Many staff were also wounded, including the head of UNAMA’s office in Mazar-i-Sharif. Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters yesterday that the demonstration was one of several held across Afghanistan today in protest at last month’s burning of a Koran by a Christian group based in the state of Florida. He said many of the demonstrators in Mazar-i-Sharif were armed and, while the security guards tried their best, the crowd was so large that they were soon outnumbered. Mr. Ban described the attack as “outrageous and cowardly” and said it “cannot be justified under any circumstances.” In a statement the Secretary-General said those killed “were dedicated to the cause of peace in Afghanistan and to a better life for all Afghans. These brave men and women were working in the best tradition of the United Nations and gave their lives in the service of humanity.” The Security Council issued a press statement in the wake of the attack, with its 15 members condemning “all incitement to and acts of violence” and expressing their deep condolences to the families of the victims. The Council called on Afghan authorities to take “all possible steps” to protect UN personnel and premises, and to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice, according to the statement, read out by Ambassador Nestor Osorio of Colombia, which holds the rotating monthly presidency. The President of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, said he had learned of the attack in Afghanistan and the killing earlier this week of a volunteer working for the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) with shock and deep sadness. “The President of the General Assembly condemns in the strongest terms these attacks, during which staff members and nationals were killed and injured,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. Mr. Deiss reaffirmed the support of the General Assembly to UNAMA and the people and Government of Afghanistan, as well to ONUCI and the people and Government of Côte d’Ivoire. He expressed his heartfelt condolences and sent his prayers to the families of the victims. Mr. McNorton told the UN News Centre that the attack would not deter UNAMA from carrying out its work. “We remain committed to supporting the Afghan people and to ensuring that they are able to obtain a better life. We remain committed to the cause of peace,” he said. Mr. McNorton said the brutal nature of the attack was nevertheless being felt across the UN community in Afghanistan, where UNAMA and many UN agencies operate. Wounded members of staff were evacuated from Mazar-i-Sharif, but Mr. Le Roy stressed that the UN would continue to have a presence in the city. read more

Frontera Energy facing Indigenous action in Peru over government consultations

CALGARY — Frontera Energy Corp. (TSX: FEC) says Indigenous communities in Peru are protesting at its operations in an effort to secure negotiations with the Peruvian Government.The Toronto-headquartered company said the communities are pushing to have laws respected that require the government to consult with Indigenous people before signing resource contracts.“The Indigenous communities are making a presence in one portion of the facilities as a request to negotiate with the Peruvian Government,” the company said in a statement.The protest comes as Frontera looks to extend a production contract on Block 192, an area in a remote section of the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador that was once the most prolific oil field in the country.In July, two United Nations human rights experts issued a statement calling for a halt to negotiations on the block until the rights of local Indigenous peoples are protected, saying there have been “grossly inadequate efforts” to clean up previous widespread oil spills in the region.“The oil spills continue to adversely impact the rights of Indigenous peoples, and the ongoing negotiating process does not give sufficient recognition of their right to free, prior and informed consent,” said UN special rapporteurs Baskut Tuncak and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.Frontera said it’s not allowed to intervene in the negotiations between the government and Indigenous people or speak out about them, but has been working to gain the community’s trust since arriving in the area in 2015.Production at Block 192 goes back decades, with the UN saying old, corroded pipelines have repeatedly ruptured in recent years, contaminating water and food sources.A rupture in February 2016 disrupted Frontera’s production at the field, with operations only recently returning to normal.Frontera, which recently changed its name from Pacific Exploration & Production Corp., produced about 8,400 barrels a day in Peru last quarter, plus about 67,500 barrels a day in Colombia. read more

UN launches report on environmental health effects of Chernobyl nuclear accident

Kenzo Oshima“The world needs to know as much as possible about the effects – not only immediate but also long-term – of such accidents,” said Kenzo Oshima, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “It needs to be better prepared should there be a next time.” Chernobyl was also an issue that could foster wide-ranging cooperation within the international community among individuals, communities and governments, Mr. Oshima said. “Most importantly, we must not turn our back on the people and government of the three most-affected countries after a decade and a half of involvement and assistance. We must not leave the job half done when there are still outstanding needs.” Mr. Oshima said that he was preparing for a second visit in early spring to Chernobyl to obtain additional information and that his office was planning a series of meetings between the UN’s interagency task force, regional and intergovernmental organizations, donors and volunteer groups to energize support for the various project proposals. The report was completed in July and August last year and was commissioned by the country offices of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine, the three countries most-affected by the Chernobyl explosion, Mr. Oshima said. He was joined at the press conference by UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown. The new report, “The Human Consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: A Strategy for Recovery,” says special attention should be given to the health problems of victims of the Chernobyl accident as well as a long-term, well-funded research programme on the explosion’s environmental and health consequences. The report, which was launched at a UN press conference in New York, contains 20 proposed projects that address development needs to stimulate cooperation between international organizations, donors and the voluntary sector. read more

Réchauffement climatique Yann ArthusBertrand invite les Français à réduire de 10 leurs

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : Yann Arthus-Bertrand invite les Français à réduire de 10% leurs émissions de CO2France – Samedi, la fondation de Yann Arthus-Bertrand lancera la campagne 10:10. Objectif : inciter les citoyens à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 10% en 2010.Il y a un an environ, cette campagne a été lancée en Angleterre par Franny Armstrong, réalisatrice du film The Age of Stupid. En trois jours, quelque 10.000 personnes et institutions s’engageaient à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre. La campagne s’adresse aux particuliers comme aux entreprises, à tous ceux qui souhaitent s’engager de façon pérenne dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, sans attendre “ni un accord international, ni une décision politique”.En France, c’est GoodPlanet, la fondation de Yann Arthus-Bertrand, qui lancera la campagne 10:10 à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de l’environnement du 5 juin. L’association invite particuliers, entreprises, écoles, hôpitaux, partis politiques, restaurants, villes ou villages, à tenter de diminuer de 10% leurs émissions polluantes, en réduisant leurs déplacements en voiture ou en avion par exemple, ou en améliorant les performances énergétiques de leur logement.”On ne peut plus nier le changement climatique, et après l’échec de Copenhague et celui de la taxe carbone, recréer une dynamique positive m’a semblé nécessaire. 10:10 m’est apparu comme la solution. Vous verrez si vous essayez : chacun peut agir pour la planète et c’est facile ! Et en plus, ça fait du bien car agir rend heureux” assure Yann Arthus-Bertrand qui lancera la campagne samedi. Avec les militants de GoodPlanet, le réalisateur du film Home invitera les Parisiens à le rejoindre sur les pelouses de la Villette, pour discuter des enjeux de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique autour d’un chaleureux pique-nique.Les mairies de Paris, Bordeaux, Lille et Le Mans se sont déjà engagées dans le cadre de 10:10, tout comme de grandes entreprises telles que L’Oréal, Danone, Sony France, Canon France ou encore Alter Eco. Le PS et l’UMP ont eux-aussi annoncé leur adhésion, comme le ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, le club de football de l’AS Saint-Étienne et la Fédération française de tennis. Le 4 juin 2010 à 10:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Il faut prendre date de la sortie du nucléaire selon Eva Joly

first_img“Il faut prendre date de la sortie” du nucléaire, selon Eva JolyHier, la candidate à l’élection présidentielle d’Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV), Eva Joly, a estimé qu’elle avait “une responsabilité historique” dans l’abandon du nucléaire français.Interrogée hier par France Info sur la réduction de 50 à 75% de la part du nucléaire dans l’électricité produite, prônée par François Hollande (PS) à l’horizon 2025, Eva Joly a indiqué que pour elle “ce n’est pas suffisant. Après Fukushima nous n’avons pas le droit de continuer à avoir une énergie produite de façon aussi dangereuse”. Du fait de ce désaccord avec les socialistes, les journalistes ont interrogé la candidate d’Europe Ecologie-les Verts sur ce point afin de savoir si celui-ci était non négociable pour un éventuel accord de gouvernement avec le parti socialiste. Ce à quoi Mme Joly a répondu : “C’est ma responsabilité historique que d’obtenir que la France abandonne aujourd’hui la filière nucléaire, qui est trop dangereuse et qui est l’énergie du passé”.”Il faut prendre date de la sortie”, a-t-elle précisé. “On ne peut pas rester au milieu du gué. Soit on investit dans le nucléaire pour la sécurité”, soit “on abandonne et on monte les filières d’énergie renouvelable, on ne peut pas faire les deux”. Comme le rapporte Sciences et Avenir, l’eurodéputée explique que pour réaliser la sortie du nucléaire et obtenir l’efficacité énergétique, “il faut lancer des programmes, et les industries ne se lanceront pas sans un marché assuré”.”L’abandon de certains travaux et de profondes réformes” À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylDans un entretien au Monde Eva Joly indique que selon elle, si François Hollande ne se prononce pas pour une sortie du nucléaire “pour le coup, ce ne serait pas la ‘gauche molle’, mais la ‘gauche folle'”. Concrètement, outre un calendrier de sortie du nucléaire, la candidate pose d’autres conditions à un accord de gouvernement avec les socialistes. Il faudra “l’abandon de certains grands travaux devenus absurdes comme l’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, en Loire-Atlantique. Il faudra aussi de profondes réformes, comme l’introduction de la proportionnelle”. “Je ne serai pas ministre dans un gouvernement qui n’inscrit pas ces réformes tout en haut de son programme, et aucun membre d’EELV ne le sera non plus”, avertit l’ex-juge d’instruction.Le 19 octobre 2011 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Small English club fires coach a few hours after introducing him

first_imgBillericay Town Football Club’s owner Glenn Tamplin is one of the most eccentric owners in the English football lower tier leaguesThis has been a crazy week for National League South team Billericay Town F.C. after the club hired manager Steve Watt, only to fire him a few hours later.According to The Telegraph, eccentric owner, Glenn Tamplin added Watt to the team’s WhatsApp group, only to remove him later.“I’ve had to sack him because he was slagging us off last year,” Tamplin wrote on the group.“One minute we were all saying how much we were looking forward to working with the guy, the next he was gone,” one of the players said.“I’ve never seen anything like it. Apparently, when he was in charge of Margate last season he had a few digs at Glenn and it’s all come out. Hopefully, something gets sorted soon.”The team’s manager position is vacant after Harry Wheeler was sacked last month.Billericay Town F.C. was founded in 1880 and is the second most successful club in FA Vase history, winning the competition on three occasions.Thank you Harry for everything you done for us I’ll say it again on here as I have in person I’m sorry for the way it ended, Good luck in the future ? https://t.co/JJq1EXS5sb— Glenn Tamplin (@glenntamplin) September 11, 2018last_img read more

Model airplane sparks fire in Margate home

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – A model airplane sparked a fire in the garage of a Margate home, Tuesday,A dog lost its life in the fire that ignited near Southwest 63rd Terrace and Fifth Street.Fuel that was stored in the model plane caused an explosion, which started the fire.The fire also burned a hole in the roof of the garage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

2 get lifeterms for killing driver

first_imgnatorA Natore court on Sunday sentenced two people to life terms in prison for killing the driver of a human hauler and snatching his vehicle at Barpakia village in Puthia, Rajshahi in 2014, reports UNB.Judge Rezaul Karim of district and sessions judges court of Natore handed down the verdict.According to the prosecution, the convicts–Saiful and Babu–hired the driver Abul Kalam Mridha’s vehicle promising to go to Natore town from Bashudebpur Bazar in Naldanga upazila of the district on 27 April 2014.Later, the convicts killed Kalam and fled with the vehicle throwing the body into roadside maize filed.The court passed the judgement as the convicts confessed the killing, said public prosecutor of the case Sirajul Islam.last_img

Mozilla adds protection against fingerprinting and Cryptomining scripts in Firefox Nightly and

first_imgLast year, the company announced about adopting an approach to anti-tracking considering user data privacy. The company listed a few key initiatives mitigating harmful practices like fingerprinting and cryptomining. Yesterday, Mozilla announced that it is adding a new feature to protect its users against threats and web annoyances in future releases of Firefox. This new feature is available in the beta version of Firefox 67, and the nightly version of Firefox 68. They will be available in the stable release of Firefox in a few weeks. Mozilla has also added a feature to block fingerprinting and cryptomining in Firefox Nightly as an option for users to turn on. The cryptomining and fingerprinting blocks work similar to anti-tracking blocks in current versions of Firefox. Fingerprinting and crypto mining scripts A variety of “fingerprinting” scripts are embedded invisibly on many web pages to harvest a snapshot of users’ computer configuration. These scripts further build a digital fingerprint that can be used for tracking users across the web, even if the user has cleared the cookies. Fingerprinting thus violates Firefox’s anti-tracking policy. Cryptominers is another category of scripts that run costly operations on users’ web browser without the knowledge or consent of the users. It further uses the power of the user’s CPU to generate cryptocurrency for someone else’s benefit. These scripts slow down the computer speed and the drain battery which affects the electric bill. Firefox’s move towards blocking these scripts To overcome these threats, Mozilla has announced new protections against fingerprinters and cryptominers. The company has collaborated with Disconnect and have compiled the list of domains that serve fingerprinting and cryptomining scripts. Cryptomining and fingerprinting blocks have been disabled by default for now but users can activate them in a couple of clicks in the browser settings under “Privacy & Security.” Mozilla has given an option to users option in the latest Firefox Nightly and Beta versions for blocking both kinds of scripts as part of their Content Blocking suite of protections. The team at Mozilla will be testing these protections in the coming months. To know more about this news, check out the official announcement by Mozilla. Read Next Mozilla is exploring ways to reduce notification permission prompt spam in Firefox Mozilla launches Firefox Lockbox, a password manager for Android Mozilla’s Firefox Send is now publicly available as an encrypted file sharing servicelast_img read more

Voter registration low among Tico expats

first_imgNo related posts. Records from the Immigration Administration indicate that more than 300,000 Costa Ricans live abroad, but if elections were held today, only 6,000 of them would be ready to vote.The latest report by the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) shows that only 6,418 Costa Rican expats are registered to vote in 2014 presidential elections. Some 4,000 of registered Ticos live in the United States.TSE authorities said that 54 Costa Rican consulates currently are prepared to handle expat voting. The deadline for registration is Oct. 2, and TSE officials are finishing a draft bill to regulate voting abroad.Presidential elections are scheduled for Feb. 2, 2014, and 3,011,866 voters are currently registered. Facebook Commentslast_img

The Economic Impact of Building 1000 Homes

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Share Building 1,000 average single-family homes packs quite an economic wallop, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. In fact, a new study by the NAHB claims that building those 1,000 homes translates into nearly 3,000 jobs and $111.0 million in taxes and fees for all levels of government.The association’s National Impact of Home Building study found that 1,000 single-family homes creates 2,975 jobs, out of which 1,759 are construction jobs that generate $95.9 million in wages.In the construction industry, the substantial profit generated for business owners is largely due to the profit generated for owners of the subcontracting businesses‒‒which typically take 22 to build a home‒‒that usually handle a large share of the construction work, the NAHB reported.”In some cases, the owners of these businesses perform construction work themselves,” wrote Paul Emrath, VP for Survey and Housing Policy Research with NAHB. “In fact, this is essentially true by definition for the many one-person subcontracting firms that populate the industry.”Wages, profits and the construction activity are themselves subject to a variety of taxes and fees that generate revenue for the approximately 90,000 different governments in the U.S. , and that $111.0 million tax windfall generated by 1,000 single-family home includes $74.4 million in federal taxes, $10.3 million in state and local income taxes, $6.9 million in state and local sales taxes, and $13.7 million in impact, permit, and other fees local governments impose on new construction, the report stated.Similarly, the NAHB found that building 1,000 rental units generates $42.4 million in taxes and creates 1,133 jobs. The tax revenue includes $28.4 million in federal taxes, $3.9 million in state and local income taxes, $2.6 million in state and local sales taxes, and $5.4 million in permit and other construction-related fees collected by local governments.These fees, the report stated, are part of the government regulation that in total accounts for 24.3 percent of the price of a new home. Home Building U.S. Economy 2016-06-21 Seth Welborncenter_img June 21, 2016 613 Views The Economic Impact of Building 1,000 Homeslast_img read more

Moonlight events at ancient sites

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