Transport minister orders new fatigue rules amidst oil by rail ramp up

first_imgThe order comes amidst an ongoing ramp-up in crude oil transport by rail and follows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pledge to buy new oil tanker cars that could eventually move an additional 120,000 barrels a day in response to a lack of pipeline capacity.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has cited sleep-related fatigue as a contributing factor in 19 major freight train accidents since 1994, including the Lac-Megantic tragedy in July 2013 when an oil train explosion killed 47 people. Since then, the amount of crude shipped by rail has doubled to a record 269,829 barrels a day in September 2018.The railways, in consultation with unions, must submit rules to Transport Canada by May 19 for approval by the end of June. OTTAWA, O.N. – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is ordering railway companies to update rules to address employee fatigue.The minister says requirements on work-rest periods for rail employees, introduced in 2002 with mainly minor changes since then, should reflect the latest science and fatigue management practices.Calling for “changes now,” Garneau says the new rules should address issues such as shift length, minimum rest periods and advance notice for work schedules.last_img read more

Mexico cancels Chinese highspeed rail contract opening the door for Bombardier

MONTREAL – Mexico has cancelled a high-speed rail contract granted earlier this week to a Chinese-led consortium, opening the door for a possible bid from Bombardier, the Canadian transportation company said Friday.“I can’t tell you a definite yes but obviously we will be interested. We will be looking into that bid once more,” spokesman Marc Laforge said in an interview.He said the company didn’t submit a bid last time because the request for an extension from several companies was not granted.The Chinese group comprised of China Railway and CSR was the only bidder on the project.A statement from President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office said the process will be reopened to give others a chance to submit bids. It says the decision to extend bidding, reportedly for six months, was made for reasons of transparency.The manner in which the US$3.7-billion project was awarded has been criticized by some opposition lawmakers.Bombardier Transportation has had active in Mexico for 22 years and sees good opportunities as the country modernizes its infrastructure.Laforge said the Chinese would likely offer stiff competition in another round of bidding given its low-cost operations. “They are part of the competition and it’s up to us to adapt,” he said.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the new bid could also attract interest from Germany’s Siemens and Alstom of France.“While the Chinese-led consortium will likely remain very competitive in any rebid process, we believe Bombardier will have a real opportunity to win the contract,” he wrote in a report.A visit earlier this year to Bombardier’s Mexican rolling stock manufacturing facilities left the analyst believing the company was well positioned to win the majority of nearly US$8 billion of contracts in the country.About 70 per cent of Mexico’s trains have been supplied by Bombardier and it is the only major manufacturer in the region with regional design, manufacturing and service operations, Spracklin said.Mexico’s first high-speed train is intended to travel 210 kilometres between Mexico City and the central city of Queretaro, where Bombardier Aerospace has a large manufacturing presence.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mexico cancels Chinese high-speed rail contract, opening the door for Bombardier by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 12:45 pm MDT read more

Petra Kvitova Is The Most Unpredictable Player In Womens Tennis

Petra Kvitova, the tennis star from the Czech Republic, is 6-feet tall, left-handed and can crush her forehand and serve. She has won Wimbledon twice in her career, the only currently active woman to accomplish that feat besides Venus and Serena Williams, who each won their first two from 2000 to 2003. At the moment, Kvitova is ranked No. 6 in the world, and was once ranked No. 2. The week before this year’s Australian Open began, she won the Sydney International by thumping four players, including three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber, and beating the relentless Ashleigh Barty in a three-set final.Oh, one more thing: There’s good reason to believe she won’t last long in this month’s Australian Open. Of all the women with at least two major titles since 1968, when the Open Era began, none have lost as often, on average, at Slams as Kvitova, the master of disaster.On Monday in Melbourne, Kvitova had an unusual performance: She easily won her first round match by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova looked a bit shaky in the first set, when she lost her serve twice and landed just 45 percent of her first serves. But she was much cleaner in the second set, and now — maybe — she can relax and have a strong tournament. She also could improve her winning percentage at majors, which was 70.2 percent at the start of the tournament, the lowest figure among the two-or-better Slam winners in the women’s Open Era. Margaret Court961090.6%– Jennifer Capriati1404077.8%– Virginia Wade1224971.3%– Chris Evert2993789.0%– Kim Clijsters1323181.0%– Mary Pierce1425074.0%– Amelie Mauresmo1314375.3%– Tracy Austin611580.3%– Billie Jean King1272484.1%– Maria Sharapova1944979.8%– Martina Hingis1533282.7%– Li Na903174.4%– There are seven other active women who, like Kvitova, have won at least two major titles. All of them have won more of their matches at Slams (Kerber, who had 10 first-round major losses in her first five years on the tour, is still ahead of Kvitova with 70.5 percent). Since Kvitova’s second Slam victory, she has gone no further than the quarterfinals at a major. She has only done that twice, both times at the U.S. Open, in 2015 and 2017. In the rest of her majors she has not gotten past the fourth round. In her career, Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Slam nine times. Serena Williams, who has won 23 majors, is 331-45 at Slams (88 percent) and has lost in the first round only once.Two of Kvitova’s first-round losses occurred last year, in the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the best tournament for her game. (At Wimbledon, she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 in the third set of their match. Sasnovich had never gone past the third round of a Slam.)So how can a player with so much talent, and so much power, end up looking timid and uncertain? After a promising career start, Kvitova approaches the early rounds of Slams as calmly as when parachuting from an airplane. “When I was younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments,” she said after losing in the first round of Wimbledon last year. “Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments.” Asked more about the defeat, she said: “The nerves were there again.”Worries at the beginning of a Grand Slam tournament are not uncommon — even Roger Federer, who has won 20, has spoken about being nervous in the first round. But the best players in the world usually overcome that.Some of Kvitova’s more recent woes could be due to the time she was attacked at home by a man with a knife in December of 2016. She didn’t return to the game until the 2017 French Open, which she lost in the second round (she had the same result at Wimbledon). But later that year at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarterfinals, her best result since 2015.Kvitova still has time to cure her Grand Slam disease. She is 28 years old and a natural on the grass of Wimbledon, despite her first-round loss there last year. At the Australian Open, she has an excellent draw, facing unranked players until the fourth round. Her opponent in that round could be Aryna Sabalenka, an up-and-coming 20-year-old who was beaten in straight sets by Kvitova in the Sydney International. Sabalenka is seeded No. 11.Even if Kvitova never improves her Slam winning percentage and finishes her career in last place, well, someone has to be there. She could just call herself the most unpredictable multi-Slam winner in women’s tennis history — not ideal, but definitely unique. Hana Mandlikova1424078.0%– Steffi Graf2783289.7%– Monica Seles1803185.3%– Lindsay Davenport1985179.5%– Victoria Azarenka1244274.7%– Petra Kvitova923970.2%– Arantxa Sanchez Vicario2105479.5%– Evonne Goolagong Cawley1292782.7%– Serena Williams3314588.0%– PlayerWinsLosesWin% Justine Henin1412883.4%– Garbine Muguruza602273.2%– Svetlana Kuznetsova1526171.4%– *Excluding this year’s Australian OpenSource: WTA Venus Williams2667278.7%– Angelique Kerber984170.5%– Kvitova’s Slam performances are the worst of her peersWinners of multiple Grand Slams by Grand Slam record, 1968-2018* Martina Navratilova3064986.2%– read more

Womens basketball Ohio State looks to avenge tournament loss to Purdue on

Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) drives against Penn State’s Teniya Page (11) in the second half at the Schottenstein in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 30. The Buckeyes won, 94-64. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWith five victories in its last six games, No. 16 Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) looks to capture another win against Purdue 1 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. This will be the two teams’ first matchup since last season when Purdue ended the Buckeyes’ run in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. The Boilermakers (17-10, 8-5 Big Ten) don’t have a dazzling record, but certain wins stand out. Four of their victores have come against ranked teams, and Ohio State has lost to three of those teams. With two games left this season, this game has two added layers of significance: a chance at redemption for Ohio State and Senior Day for five players, including Big Ten all-time leading scorer Kelsey Mitchell.Mitchell shot a woeful 3-of-22 in the two teams’ previous meeting. She said Senior Day takes a backseat because of the Buckeyes’ opponent.“It has nothing for me, it has nothing to do with senior night, it has to do with all about the fact that we lost to Purdue last year,” Mitchell said. “[We were] at a point where we had a chance to get to the championship in the Big Ten Tournament and we lost to Purdue.”Mitchell was even surprised to find out Purdue upset Maryland, which holds a 22-4 record and is the tenth-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.“Wow, really? They’re good, I’ve always thought they were good. We have really good teams in the Big Ten, especially teams that sneak up on you, when you feel like things are going so well,” Mitchell said. “It makes it even more of a game that we got to focus on. As a leader, as a point guard, you got to focus on.”Purdue is currently second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 62 points per game. On the other hand, Ohio State ranks first in scoring with 85.5 points per game. Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said the Purdue defense will cause a challenge for his usually prolific-scoring offense. “They play a great zone, they don’t give you anything easy, they really try and keep ball away from the basket and make you score from the perimeter,” he said. “So if you’re a little off there they can be really tough on you. They’re very discipline and deliberant on offense.”The Boilermakers currently have three players who average more than 10 points and another averaging 9.7. The focus will have to be on forward Ae’Rianna Harris, who is third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game while shooting 75 percent from the court. She also brings in 8.7 rebounds per game along with 3.1 blocks.These last two games are important for Ohio State and the Big Ten tournament. With some help down the stretch, it has a chance to come out and place with the first seed. While it isn’t a very likely scenario, with all the amount of upsets this season, it isn’t too far of a stretch.Senior celebrationSunday’s game comes with some extra emotion attached to it, for it is the team’s senior day. Mitchell has set numerous records not only in the Big Ten, but in all divisions of college. As the final chapter of her impressive collegiate career enters its final pages, Mitchell said senior day still “means a lot.” “You don’t get a chance to play here no more in regards to regular season games,” Mitchell said. “You don’t get a chance to play on the Ohio State court no more. Everything you’ve been through has finally come to an end in regards to the four years. I don’t know when it’s actually gonna hit me. I don’t know what’s actually gonna happen or how i’m gonna feel about it, but I’m gonna enjoy every moment, so we’ll see.”Since becoming Ohio State’s head coach, this class essentially became the first which he developed and coached as freshmen through seniors.“The thing i’ve enjoyed most is they’re great kids, I’ve enjoyed watching them grow and develop,” McGuff said. “And thinking about what they have each of them, because they’re going to be incredibly successful on and off the court. That’s the thing I’ve probably enjoyed the most about them.” read more

La Lune séloigne de plus en plus de la Terre

first_imgLa Lune s’éloigne de plus en plus de la TerreChaque année, la Lune s’éloigne un peu plus de la Terre. Un phénomène bien connu mais qui pourrait perturber la stabilité de notre planète et la vie qu’elle abrite. Heureusement tout ceci ne se produirait pas avant plusieurs milliards d’années, selon les spécialistes.La Lune n’a pas toujours été aussi éloignée de la Terre. Selon les scientifiques, la distance qui la sépare de notre planète aurait même considérablement augmenté depuis sa formation il y a 4,5 milliards d’années.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, la Lune résulte des débris d’une collision entre une planète de la taille de Mars et la Terre. Un événement que les scientifiques sont parvenus à simuler par ordinateur. D’après leurs résultats, à cette époque, la distance Terre-Lune avoisinait environ les 22.500 kilomètres. C’est bien inférieur aux 400.000 kilomètres qui séparent les deux astres aujourd’hui. Ainsi, depuis sa formation, la Lune ne cesserait de tourner et de s’éloigner de notre planète à une vitesse estimée à 3,78 centimètres par an. Un phénomène essentiellement dû, selon les spécialistes, aux marées terrestres. L’onde créée par le déplacement des eaux exercerait une force gravitationnelle sur la Lune qui accélèrerait son mouvement et entrainerait son lent éloignement.Devant la distance actuelle qui sépare la Lune de la Terre, les 3,8 centimètres paraissent peu. Mais à terme, ce phénomène pourrait ralentir la rotation de notre planète au point de perturber sa stabilité et de ce fait, menacer la vie qu’elle abrite. “Si la rotation de la Terre ralentit, toute notre planète pourrait vaciller et cela aurait un effet dévastateur sur nos saisons”, explique à la BBC le Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, spécialiste de l’espace. Par ailleurs, cela aurait également un impact sur la longueur des jours.Heureusement, il faudra attendre plusieurs milliards d’années avant que l’éloignement de la Lune ne produise ces changements. Mais les scientifiques s’interrogent déjà sur la survie de l’homme dans de telles conditions. Il est probable que celui-ci parvienne à s’adapter. Il n’en serait cependant pas de même pour la majorité des animaux.Le 3 février 2011 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Amber Alert issued for Fort Myers 9yearold

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 9-year-old girl from Fort Myers.Diana Alvares was last seen Sunday, in the 3500 Block of Unique Circle, in Fort Myers, wearing a short-sleeve shirt and shorts.Alvares is a white, Hispanic girl standing 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 95 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.Officials believe the girl may be in the company of Jorge Guerrero, who is a 28-year-old white, Hispanic male.Guerrero stands at 5 feet 5 inches and weighs about 145 pounds. He is known to have ties to the Orange County and Okeechobee County areas.Guerrero is also believed to be traveling in a tan Chevrolet Malibu with Florida tag number 78NHD, according to officials. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call police.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

You can order the new green Nintendo Switch JoyCons now

first_img Walmart 1:13 Three new iPhones in 2019, Nintendo sued over Switch… See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $289 Share your voice Nintendo Switch Now playing: Watch this: See it Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 See It 0 Post a commentcenter_img See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Best Buy Amazon Nintendo’s new Joy-Con is a fun green.  Screenshot/Best Buy Nintendo Switch fans have more than just new consoles coming, the Joy-Con controllers are also getting a bright new look. Best Buy is taking preorders now for a spunky green color it’s carrying exclusively. The green Joy-Cons will be available on Oct. 27 for $79.99. If green’s not your thing, the controllers will also be available in two other new color schemes, according to a GameSpot story Monday. Users can buy a blue and neon yellow Joy-Con pair or a set in neon purple and neon orange, and those are scheduled to arrive a few weeks earlier on Oct. 4. (Editors’ note: CNET and GameSpot are both owned by CBS.)Nintendo Switch buyers used to have one console to choose from, but soon there will be three. The Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld-only version of the console that costs $100 less than the original, will go on sale in September. And the original Nintendo Switch is set to get an upgrade this month with better battery life. Nintendo is also reportedly working with Sharp to bring IGZO screens to the Switch, though it’s unclear which model might get the improved display.Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.  Tags Best Buy Nintendo $299 Consoles Gaming Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 $299last_img read more

DOT diverts 13M meant for Anchorage bike infrastructure to other projects

first_imgMore than $1 million originally planned for Anchorage bike infrastructure in 2012 is now being allocated for use on other road projects instead.Download AudioBack in 2012 more than 125 people wrote to AMATS asking for more money to be put toward building things like bike lanes and putting up signs to make the city safer. AMATS is Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions — the federally funded group that’s responsible for transportation projects in the Muni. $1 million had already been set aside for design. Advocates convinced AMATS to add another $1.3 million.The state’s Department of Transportation was supposed to obligate that $1.3 million for project design by September of 2014. They didn’t. DOT Project manager David Post says the department was running late in finding a project manager to do the design work. Once they found one, he says they thought the original $1 million was enough.(Alaska Public Media photo)“And I think they’ve got plenty of money to keep them moving forward, certainly at the rate they’re progressing,” he said.The money is enough to design 10 to 12 bike infrastructure projects. The bike plan includes nearly 300. They range in size from painting stripes on the side of the road to designate a bike lane all the way up to building new off-road bike trails. Some of the projects are already elements of larger transportation projects.“So we went ahead and de-obligated that money, or let it go on to other projects,” said DOT spokesperson Jill Reese. “It’s really difficult to trace down what those projects are, but that’s really beside the point.”The decision to move the money was made in September. It was included in a report to AMATS but never publicly highlighted or discussed. But minutes from the November 2014 AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) detail comments from DOT representatives that said the full $2.3 million had been obligated for bike plan implementation.Bike Anchorage president Brian Litmans is a member of the BPAC. He discovered that the money had been removed from the bike project. He says the move is a major setback for implementing the bike plan because more design work would have made more projects ready for construction funding.“DOT referred to it as –quote– ‘a little snafu’” during the March BPAC meeting, he said. “And I find that unfortunate, especially when we are lacking bicycle infrastructure in this city. We only have 10 miles of bike lanes and most other cities that have the number of bicyclists that we do have much more bicycle infrastructure and as a result their cities are much safer than ours.”City transportation planning manager Craig Lyon says he did not know the money was moved until recently and that DOT has never previously mentioned that they did not need the $1.3 million for design work. He says he is trying to locate pots of money left over from completed projects to put toward the bike plan, but ultimately it is up to the AMATS policy committee to commit funds.last_img read more

VisakhapatnamBhubaneswar express cancelled

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Owing to proposed safety related modernisation works to enhance passenger convenience and safety in Khurda Road- Palasa section, the following trains will be cancelled: Train No.22820 Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar Intercity express leaving Visakhapatnam on 26 and 27 July, train No. 22819 Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Intercity express leaving Bhubaneswar on 27 and 28 July are cancelled. Passengers are requested to make a note of the changed schedule.last_img

10 agents to be asked to explain recruitment monopoly

first_imgMalaysiaThe government will serve show-cause notices to 10 private recruiting agencies that once enjoyed monopoly in sending workers to Malaysia, the minister concerned said.The move followed Kuala Lumpur’s move to suspend recruitment of Bangladeshi workers from 1 September.“I was always against the 10 recruiting agencies and still I am against them. I don’t believe in syndicate. We will serve show-cause notices to them,” expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam said at a ‘meet the press’.Reporters for Bangladeshi Migrants (RBM) organised the ‘meet’ at the ministry in Prabashi Kalyan Bhaban in Eskaton area on Tuesday.On the suspension of any more hiring of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, the minister expressed optimism that the Malaysian government may change the recruitment system.He also made it clear that around 30,000 aspirant workers, who have completed all procedures for employment in Malaysia, will be able to go there.According to stakeholders, the 10 recruiting agencies in collusion with influential quarters in Malaysia, controlled the labour market and take workers from Bangladesh.The 10 agencies are: Unique Eastern, Carrier Overseas, Catharsis International, HSMT Human Resource, Sanjary International, Rabby International, Passage Associates, Amin Tours and Travels, Prantik Travels and Tourism and Al Islam Overseas.On 14 August, at a meeting of special committee on foreign workers’ management in parliament, new prime minister Mahathir Muhammad reportedly decided a halt in hiring workers from Bangladesh since 1 September.Mahathir then said his government would open up the recruitment of workers from Bangladesh to all agencies, New Straits Times of Malaysia reported.“Currently, only 10 agencies are allowed to process prospective Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia. This is a form of monopoly,” the Malaysian leader was quoted to have said.last_img read more

Evenings and couplets for Mirza Ghalib

first_imgA two-day event will be organised on the 144th death anniversary of Mirza Ghalib to showcase his rich legacy, an organisation dedicated to the legendary Urdu poet announced. Yadgar-e-Ghalib will be held on 26-27 April, the Ghalib Memorial Movement (GMM) said.The event will feature the release and screening of a film on Ghalib produced by Kathak dancer Uma Sharma. In addition recital of couplets of the poet by author Pawan K. Verma, and a mushaira will create the atmosphere of a bygone era. ‘While the couplets have been specially selected for the occasion that will leave the listeners spellbound, the dancers will capture moods befitting the death anniversary,’ GMM said.last_img

Steps to check arbitrary fare hike by auto drivers around Behala

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department is going to hold a meeting next week to bring an end to the menace of arbitrary fare hike by auto-rickshaw drivers in and around Behala after the caving-in of the Majerhat bridge.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said: “The matter has come to our notice and necessary steps would be taken up in this connection. It is true that some auto-rickshaws are charging arbitrary fare whenever they get the opportunity in Taratala and Behala area.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said that there will be a meeting in this connection next week after Viswakarma Puja. People’s representatives from the area, officers of the Kolkata Police, personnel from the depot at Thakurpukur and Taratala will be present in the meeting. “The matter will be sorted out soon as it has been done for the Ultadanga to Sector V route. There are no more complaints in connection with the Ultadanga to Sector V route. Similarly, the issue at Behala and Thakurpukur will also be resolved,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAdhikari further added that similar to the “Pathadisha” app that helps to check real-time movement of buses, an app to check the same for vessels that operate through inland waterways will also be introduced. While speaking about the surge fare in app-based cabs, the minister added: “As of now the role of Ola in this connection is satisfactory contradictory to that of Uber. Ola is complying with the advisory of the state Transport department and our officials went to the Ola centre and found that they are maintaining the advisory. But Uber is delaying the process and has not taken out officials to its centre. So I have said that the role of Ola is satisfactory while it is not so in the case of Uber in terms of surge fare.” Moreover, in the programme that was held on Thursday, around 50 cars were handed over to driver partners as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the West Bengal Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (WBTIDCL) and Ola in the Bengal Global Business Summit 2018 to create 5,000 employment opportunities.last_img read more

Petrol increase on 1st day of the month is no April Fools

first_imgNo, it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke… Petrol is going up on April 1.The 52 cents a litre increase in the General Fuel and Road Accident Fund levies announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in the Budget Speech is the reason for the fuel price hike.Read initial story: Petrol price to increase in AprilAlso read: Update: Petrol price to increase this coming Wednesday The increase amounts to a total of 11% on the current levies from R4.78 to R5.30. This comes into effect on April 1, along with other increases such as VAT going up from 14% to 15%.The Minister announced that the General Fuel Levy will increase by 22 cents from R3.15 to R3.37 (7% increase) and the RAF Levy will increase by 30 cents from R1.63 to R1.93 (18% increase).Definitely disappointing news for motorists!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Passenger demand continues strong growth IATA

first_img Travelweek Group Share GENEVA — The latest results from IATA show that air travel demand was up 6.1% in May 2018 compared to the same month in 2017, which was a slight pickup from 6% year-over-year growth for April 2018.Capacity climbed 5.9% and load factor rose 0.1 percentage points to 80.1%.“May was another solid month in terms of demand growth,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.   “As had been expected, we saw some moderation, as rising airline costs are reducing the stimulus from lower airfares.”In particular, jet fuel prices are expected to be up nearly 26% this year compared to 2017, said de Juniac. “Nevertheless, the record load factor for the month signifies that demand for air connectivity is strong.”North American airlines’ traffic rose 4.9% in May compared to May 2017, a strong rebound from 0.9% annual growth in April, which was a 36-month low. Capacity climbed 3.4% and load factor increased 1.2 percentage points to 82%. De Juniac says that given the comparatively strong U.S. domestic economy, April’s weak demand performance likely was more reflective of unfavourable year-to-year comparisons with April 2017, when the current upsurge in growth began. Posted by Tags: IATA, Statisticscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Passenger demand continues strong growth: IATA Friday, July 6, 2018 last_img read more

Human rights court admits new IVF complaint against Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Human rights court backs Costa Rica’s decree on legalizing IVF Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act Costa Rica’s Supreme Court throws out constitutional challenges to IVF decree President yanks IVF bill in latest battle move over the fertility procedure The lawyer for six couples who sued Costa Rica more than a decade ago for banning in vitro fertilization says time is running out for his clients to become parents.On Friday the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) admitted for review a request from the lawyer, Hubert May, to temporarily allow the couples to undergo IVF. May is arguing that the couples — who filed a complaint against Costa Rica before the regional human rights body nearly 16 years ago, in the prime of their child-bearing years — can’t wait any longer for the government to make IVF legal.May requested that the San José-based court order Costa Rica to resume the fertility procedure under the provisions of an executive decree signed by President Luis Guillermo Solís last September. That decree was later struck down by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Feb. 3.The court set a March 4 deadline for the government to respond to the complaint.IVF impasse, despite court ordersThe IACHR had already ordered the country, on Feb. 4, to allow the fertility procedure for the six couples who filed a complaint against the ban. The order followed a previous IACHR ruling from 2012 ordering the country to authorize the procedure both in public and private hospitals.Solís signed a decree to regulate IVF on Sep. 10, 2015 in order to abide by the court’s order, but the Sala IV ruled the decree unconstitutional and annulled it. Justices at the time argued that the procedure should be regulated by law, not by presidential decree.Following the Sala IV ruling, the government sent a draft bill to the Legislative Assembly, but its approval has since stagnated.May said he met with officials from the Foreign Ministry and Casa Presidencial recently to discuss compliance with the ICHR order, but that “time is critical.” Due to the long legal process, several of the couples represented by May are no longer eligible to undergo the procedure due to their age. For other couples, the biological clock is ticking, “meaning they need a ruling as soon as possible or they will lose their chances of becoming parents, which is cruel and inhumane,” the lawyer stated in the petition.May said the Sala IV should no longer have jurisdiction to decide if the decree is appropriate to comply with the ICHR ruling.“Casa Presidencial, the Ombudsman’s Office, and all of us attorneys representing the couples agreed that the decree is a valid instrument to regulate IVF procedures,” he said.Current sessions at the ICHR end on March 2 and will resume in April. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Have a wonderful day!twitter.N. as well as aid and rights groups are calling for unrestricted and sustained humanitarian access to besieged areas across Syria but the logistical obstacles in their way are formidable The transport of aid to starving masses in Madaya held by groups opposed to the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad was achieved only because of a difficult-to-broker pact that saw aid simultaneously delivered to Foah and Kafraya two government-controlled towns in northern Syria under siege by opposition forces The deal reached with the Syrian government on Thursday came too late for some Bourhan says he knows of five people who have died in the days since then and as residents waited today an activist named Hassan sent TIME a photo of a dead body "51 years [old] died yesterday of starvation" read the accompanying message The dead man in the photograph is so thin his stomach sinks well below his rib cage His fingers are dirty and blackened possibly from scavenging for food as many residents have been doing The delay was logistical according to the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross the organizations involved in coordinating the aid response Residents said the aid convoy had been held up at a checkpoint manned by pro-government militia "It shouldnt take starving children and a media outrage for the Syrian government to fulfill its obligations" said Hadeel Al-Shalchi a Syria researcher for Human Rights Watch But Al-Shalchi points out that its not just the Syrian government besieging civilians Read more: Six Steps to Building an ISIS Strategy "You have three different parties that are laying siege on different parts of the country and using starvation techniques to pressure each other into letting go of power" says Al-Shalchi referring to the Syrian army and various pro and anti-government militias including ISIS the al-Nusra Front and smaller opposition groups Madaya has been under siege since 2012 but Bourhan says it only got really bad in July of this year "Weve been under siege since four years but the Syrian army is very corrupt so we use to benefit from the corruption" says Bourhan "We would give them money and they would let us bring food into Madaya" In July he says the pro-Assad Lebanese militia Hezbollah took over manning the areas around Madaya from the Syrian army "They are not corrupted" says Bourhan Almost nothing including people has gone in or out in the past six months The town is surrounded by landmines and residents say they are shot at when they try to leave The last emergency delivery of aid was in October and was intended to last the town two months It has long run out Bourhan says he has dropped from over 200 pounds to less than 150 pounds as supplies dried up His students stopped coming to class At last on Monday afternoon the first vehicles of the convoy from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent entered Madaya with deliveries of medical supplies surgical equipment blankets and food Madaya Foah and Kafraya each received enough rations to last the population one month It’s not a lasting solution Residents fear what will happen after that Read more: The Top 5 Geopolitical Risks for 2016 But these are far from the only deprived areas in a country riven by conflict since 2012 As many as 200000 people are under siege by ISIS in government-controlled areas of Deir al-Zour a city in eastern Syria and negotiating access with the militants is nearly impossible At the same time the government has repeatedly denied access to areas under siege by forces loyal to President Assad The remaining opposition groups like those that surround Foah and Kafraya are so fractured negotiating with them is difficult And while Madaya now has the worlds attention the worry of human rights groups is that scores more are dying in silence "Thats the fear that we have that people who are starving to death in these areas" says Al-Shalchi "and we just arent hearing about" Contact us at 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Dr. so make sure you have these 12 smallbut essentialitems stowed away in your bag or your desk drawers at work.Villagers in the affected areas tell similar tales of suffering. *** Bhubaneswar: Water-starved villagers in Odisha have started an informal “barter system” in which not money or commodities but precious drinking water is lent by surplus households to those in dire need in times of emergency.Such is the state of affairs in this coastal state reeling under a water crisis more so in the western and southern parts In Puri district around five coastal villages in the Astarang and Kakatpur blocks are severely affected by the shortage that has only escalated in the past few years Tandahar is one such village in the Astarang block Most water sources here are saline or contaminated and water-borne diseases are rampant Parched coastal villages The intra-village barter system or the ‘borrowing system’ in Tandahar often has villagers exchanging a jug or bucket of drinking water for other household cereals or with a vow to return same quantity of drinking water in future “The government tankers give drinking water for only two months in a year mainly May and June and we are dependent on other sources of water for the rest of the year Most other sources are nearby ponds and wells which are full of salinity and can’t be used for consumption” said 27-year-old Santosh Padhi from Tandahar Ironically the village hosting around 72 houses is surrounded by two rivers and a sea: And all these sources offer saline water which is taking a toll on their health The residents thus end up running from pillar to post for drinking water in the scorching sun A man cycles to a nearby village to fetch drinking water in Nupada district Image courtesy: Manish Kumar “Diarrhoea is common in our village as not all families can fetch fresh water for consumption regularly The youth in some households fetch water in drums on bicycles but many families end up using the saline or contaminated water that is available” Santosh added Take also the case of Nadiamatha village in Puri district which hosts around 100-odd houses all thirsting for water irrespective of their economic status “Whenever the tanker comes to our village it’s like a drop of water in the desert All villagers whether rich or poor flock to it for their share This water is the purest form of water for us which we mostly use for drinking” said Arthaprana Swain from the village The tanker water provided free of cost from the state government ensures 20 litres of water per family per day without any discrimination But the villagers say it is not sufficient to end their woes as they need water for other purposes too “As this is inadequate we depend on pond water and hand pumps for daily chores such as washing of utensils clothes and even bathing We prefer to use the hand pumps only for washing our hands and cleaning rice as the water is full of salinity” Swain added According to the villagers the existing shallow tube wells discharge water with excess iron and if they dig deeper—more than 120-150 feet—they come up with saline water The worst-affected villages where piped drinking water remains a distant dream include Chhenua Kanarpur Udayakani Katakana and Tandahar Fluoride menace grips non-coastal areas While the coastal districts are reeling under the threat of saline water the non-coastal areas of Odisha have low water levels and fluoride to contend with Bimal Pandia development analyst and water expert from the state said: “The non-coastal areas suffer from other water woes especially in summer The western and southern parts of the state are affected by low water levels and villages in close vicinity of mining areas are prone to contamination and excess chemicals in water” He blamed mining activities in coal-rich Odisha highlighted that groundwater in Sundargarh Keonjhar Jajpur and Angul districts often has fluoride and iron in large quantities which is taking a toll on the locals’ health This was confirmed by the National Health Profile 2018 which gave a grim picture of Odisha’s districts prone to excessive fluoride contamination resulting in a health crisis in vulnerable areas like Nuapada Hemant Nayak programme officer from the Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (an NGO) in Nuapada said: “Most of the rural parts of Nuapada are dependent on groundwater as the prime source of consumption and other activities The fluoride menace is rampant in the district You visit any village here and you can find around 50-60 patients of flourosis” He narrated how this has resulted in villagers suffering from paralysis and having deformed and weak bones though the consumption of iron has not had a visible effect on public health so far?

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