Climate change will sink island nations

first_imgImagine an island nation evacuating its entire population to another country.The world stares at such a situation if it does not take concrete action to combat climate change, a top UN official has warned.” Tuvalu, Maldives, Kiribati and Vanuatu are looking for ways to evacuate their entire population because of saltwater intrusion and rising sea levels,” Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said.She was addressing environment ministers from around the globe at the ongoing climate conference in Cancun.Figueres said: ” Sooner rather than later, island nations will have to seek refuge in other, higher lying countries.” The fate of these nations is a wake- up call for all nations, she added.The UN official cited the examples of floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia and the hottest summer in Japan to drive home the point that ” there will be worse impacts, and no country will be exempt”. Progress in climate change can be achieved only when countries move beyond ” the boundaries of short- term national interests” to put ” international climate policy firmly back on track”, Figueres said in an oblique reference to the near- deadlock in talks at Cancun.Addressing journalists after the session, UN secretary general Ban Ki- moon said: ” Nature is not waiting while we negotiate.” The big question, according to him, is how the world is going to meet the needs of nine billion people in 2050 and still reduce emissions by 50 per cent or more.He said he did not expect governments to reach an all- encompassing global agreement at Cancun, but progress needs to be made on financing, adaptation, technology transfer and forestry.advertisementA report released by the UN Environment Programme had identified gaps in carbon emission reductions. Global emissions should be around 44 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 10 years in order to keep global temperature rise below two degrees in another 30 years. The report says even if all the pledges made at the Copenhagen conference are met, the emissions might hit 49 gigatonnes. This would leave a gap of 5 gigatonnes that needs to be filled by greater action to reduce emissions.SUV GIANT HONOURS JAIRAMThe irony could not have been starker – a green award sponsored by an auto company known for its sports utility vehicles ( SUVs) for an environment minister critical of SUVs.Jairam Ramesh accepted NDTV Toyota Greenies Award 2010 during an award ceremony held in Delhi, joining the event through a live link.He was chosen for the special jury award and he had no hesitation in accepting the award sponsored by SUV maker Toyota, while speaking from Cancun where he is leading the Indian delegation in the ongoing climate change talks. President Pratibha Patil gave away the awards.Vikram Chandra, who hosted the show along with Priyanka Chopra, said: ” The jury felt that the minister has done extraordinary work to bring environment into the mainstream. He has often been a pain in the neck for other ministers, but I guess it is his job to do that.” In his acceptance speech, Ramesh said ” I am just doing my job and implementing the laws that Parliament has passed.”last_img read more

Renesas: R-Car-compatible connected car software development tools for Cloud Service

first_imgTo spur the development of cloud-linked services utilizing vehicle data, Renesas Electronics announced the availability of its Connected Car Software Development Tools. Using the new tools, developers working with the R-Car system-on-chip family can create applications, such as predictive safety infotainment applications that link dynamic data from the vehicle and the cloud in real time with algorithms developed based on big data in the cloud. This enables out-of-the-box development of innovative applications instead of the traditional approach of simply connecting the vehicle to the cloud, making cloud services available in the vehicle.Due to the unique challenges of managing vehicle data and the need to develop applications under conditions where in-vehicle testing is difficult or impossible, it has been difficult for software developers to leverage the rich cloud services that Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides through vehicle data at the edge, such as predictive driving support applications. Renesas’ new software development toolset makes it possible to generate new services that combine, in real time, vehicle data (e.g., the driving status and the state of the drivers and cloud-based data (e.g., construction, congestion, or other road conditions) as well as weather reports and maps.To link the cloud and the edge, Renesas has adopted AWS’ cloud services and the Greengrass for its software development tools. The software development tools have been validated by both AWS Greengrass and AWS IoT core and have been tested to run on the R-Car Starter Kit under Automotive Grade Linux environment.Furthermore, scalability of such applications could be extended to enable coordination with additional data from driver monitoring. For example, predictive driving assistance can be realized in which the application would make calculations based on data from the vehicle, such as information on driver emergencies, driving skills, fuel, or tire pressure, plus forecasts of weather or road conditions from the cloud, and determine the optimal route or provide coaching to the driver.The simulator supports 100 frequently-used data types defined in the Vehicle API of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as other vehicle APIs. In addition, the simulator can select information on the vehicle surroundings, such as weather or road conditions, to test the application by running a vehicle travel along the road course in accordance with the settings specified by the user. The cloud-lined service applications can be developed on the AWS and deployed to the R-Car Starter Kit that supports lightweight languages including JavaScript and Python, enabling rapid development of cloud-linked application software connected to a cloud service such as AWS. This accelerates the launch of the new services utilizing vehicle data.The evaluation version will be made available as complimentary options for the R-Car SoCs as a cost-effective solution that allows developers to familiarize themselves with the types of vehicle data and their uses. There are limitations on the data types and the level of fineness (sampling rate) of the evaluation version, but they can be processed on the R-Car Starter Kit (available separately) and connected to the cloud for testing. The finished application software is proven to operate on R-Car H3 and R-Car M3 SoCs, which have a proven track record in a large number of vehicles on the road. The R-Car platform supports robust functional safety and security against cyberattacks and provides a safe and reliable environment for handling vehicle data and personal information.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Socionext: HDMI 2.1 compatible video processing chipsNext Why vehicle security may require a different approachlast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 set to launch this month: Sliding camera, Snapdragon 845, bezel-less screen expected

first_imgYou can say that in a way Xiaomi started the trend of bezel-less phones with its Mix phones. This month the company will launch the Mi Mix 3. Xiaomi president Lin Bin confirmed the Mi Mix 3 and its design earlier. In August this year, Bin took to Chinese microblogging site Weibo and posted a picture of the Mi Mix 3. he also announced that the smartphone will be launched in October. The picture that he shared showed the complete front design of the device. The image also proved rumours right and hinted that the Mi Mix 3 would with a front camera that would pop-out using a sliding mechanism similar to the camera in the Oppo Find X.Other details of the phone, however, were not all that clear at that time. But now that the launch is near, more leaks and rumours have surfaced. So, what all we know about the Mi Mix 3 ahead of its launch, apart from the fact that it is coming this month.It is expected that the Mi Mix 3 is going to sport a significantly different design compared to the Mi Mix 2 and the Mi Mix 2S. It is expected to come with a bigger display, a bigger battery, and surely more powerful core hardware.It is also possible that the Mi Mix 3 will come to India, although there is no official word about this from Xiaomi right now. The Mi Mix 2 was launched in the country at a price of Rs 35,999, though nowadays the selling price is Rs 29,999. If the Mi Mix 3 comes to India expect it to cost around Rs 40,000. Rumours suggest that the starting price of the Mi Mix 3 in China could be around 3799 Yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 40,300. This price is said to be for the 6GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the phone.advertisementTall display, bezel-less designXiaomi is bringing a fresh design to the Mi Mix 3. The Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2 and Mi Mix 2S come with almost the same design, but with Mi Mix 3 that’s going to change. The smartphone will come with minimal bezels on the sides and a likely a taller display.The Mi Mix 2 comes with a 5.99-inch full-HD+ LCD display with 1080×2160 pixel resolution, we expect the screen of the Mi Mix 3 to be bigger than 6 inches and come with 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen-to-body-ratio of the Mi Mix 3 will also increase to offer a better multimedia experience to the users. Unlike the Mi Mix 2, the front camera of the Mi Mix 3 is going to be hidden in the slider, which is expected to pop out when the camera app is opened. Xiaomi is yet to reveal details on how the slider of the Mi Mix 3 will work, but you can expect it to be similar to the front camera of the Oppo Find X.Mi Mix 3 with In-display fingerprint sensor or not?Some rumours suggest that the Mi Mix 3 will follow the latest trend and come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. But there is also the talk that Xiaomi will stick with the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor in its new Mix phone, similar to the sensor in the Mi Mix 2. The Mi Mix 3 is expected to come with a dual-camera setup on the back, unlike the Mi Mix 2 which has one camera on both the front and the back. The Mi Mix 2S, though, comes with two rear cameras.Two rear camerasAs noted, there are expected to be two rear cameras in the Mi Mix 3. As for the camera department, the Mi Mix 3 is expected to be (almost) similar to the Mi Mix 2S which comes with dual-camera system on the rear panel and single camera for clicking selfies on the front. The Mi Mix 2S comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel plus 12-megapixel — where one lens clicks wide-angle photos while the other one is a telephoto lens. The Mi Mix 2S offers 2X optical zoom through its telephoto lens.Earlier rumours revealed that the Mi Mix 3 would come with a camera combination of 12-megapixel plus 12-megapixel. Although, of late there is also a talk of 16-megapixel primary camera in the Mi Mix 3 paired with a 12-megapixel secondary camera that will be using the telephoto lens. On the front, the Mi Mix 2S comes with a 5MP camera and the same is expected in the Mi Mix 3 as well.While the core camera hardware in the Mi Mix 3 may look similar to the hardware in the Mi Mix 2S, the design of camera modules is likely to be different. The dual rear cameras of the Mi Mix 3 could be aligned in a vertical fashion similar to the module in the Mix 2S, but on the front, the handset is expected to come with the module that will use a sliding mechanism to go into the body of the phone when the front camera is not needed.advertisementDedicated Xiao AI buttonRumours also reveal that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a dedicated Xiao AI button placed on any one side of the phone, possibly on the right. The Xiao AI is expected to work quite similar to Samsung’s Bixby smart assistant, which means it will help users with their day-to-day life. Xiao AI will help users wake up the device in just a click. It will also let users ask questions by long pressing and holding the button. Based on its search, Xiaomi AI will answer to the asked question.Mi Mix 3 specificationsThe Mi Mix 3 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours and they have revealed some of the key specs about the phone.The Mi Mix 3 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor and rumours suggest that it will come in two RAM variants and one storage variant. The base variant of the Mi Mix 3 is tipped to come with 6GB RAM and 256GB of storage, while the top-end model of the phone is said to include 8GB RAM paired with 256GB of internal storage. The Mi Mix 3 is also tipped to come with IP68 rating and hence is expected to be water and dust resistant. It is likely to run the latest Android Oreo-based MIUI 10.last_img read more

WOODBURY COUNTY WORKING TO PREVENT FUTURE CYBER ATTACKS

first_imgA WOODBURY COUNTY OFFICIAL SAYS NO FILES WERE LOST DURING A RANSOMWARE CYBER ATTACK TWO WEEKS AGO.HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR ED GILLILAND SAYS THE COUNTY HAS PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN PLACE TO PROTECT THEIR COMPUTER SYSTEMS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ED.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……OUT OF OUR SYSTEM. ;25GILLILAND SAYS THE JULY 20TH ATTACK AFFECTED FILES IN ONE DEPARTMENT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ED2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..LOCK UP FILES. :21THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WAS EXPECTED TUESDAY TO APPROVE AN INVESTIGATION OF THE CYBER ATTACK:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ED3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….THAT DAMAGE WAS. ;22GILLILAND SAYS THE COUNTY WOULDN’T BE DOING ITS DUE DILIGENCE IF IT DID NOT INVESTIGATE THE CYBER ATTACK.HE SAYS COUNTY EMPLOYEES HAVE ALSO RECENTLY RECEIVED TRAINING ON RECOGNIZING COMPUTER THREATS AND THE PREVENTION OF THEM.last_img read more

Phelan and Toure relive Aguero stunner

first_imgManchester City Phelan and Toure relive Aguero’s 2012 stunner from different perspectives Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 05:53 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2012 PAUL ELLIS Manchester City Sergio Agüero Manchester United Premier League The forward’s title-winning goal for Man City in 2012 brought agony and ecstasy for those on opposing sides It is one of the most iconic moments in the Premier League’s 25-year history, and Sergio Aguero’s last-minute goal to seal the 2011-12 title for Manchester City still stirs the emotions for Kolo Toure and Mike Phelan.May 13, 2012 will forever be etched in the memory of English football fans, as the destination of the trophy swung one way and then the other, eventually leaving one half of Manchester celebrating and the other in tears.City 6/4 to win the title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing City and United went into the final weekend of the campaign level on points, with the former ahead on goal difference.United did all they could with a 1-0 win at Sunderland thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal and the title appeared to be heading to Old Trafford.However, City – trailing 2-1 at home to QPR – scored twice in stoppage time to take all three points and the silverware, Edin Dzeko and Aguero sending the Etihad Stadium into delirium.Aguero’s heroics soon trickled through to the Stadium of Light, leaving United and then assistant manager Phelan shell-shocked.”That was the worst moment in my career,” Phelan said at a Soccerex event commemorating 25 years of the Premier League.”Simply because we played Sunderland and had finished, I think it is the only time Fergie time didn’t come out on top!”We’d finished, we thought we’d done enough. The score at other game was level pegging, all of a sudden it changed dramatically.”We were still out on pitch and all of a sudden ‘wallop’. It was the worst feeling ever, we couldn’t have done any more, and to lose on goal difference was heartbreaking really.”Things were very different back in Manchester as Toure celebrated a second league title, and it remains one of the stand-out moments in the Ivorian’s career.”To win that game was so important,” he commented. “We didn’t play well, we were so stressed, but we worked so hard and at the end of the day we were composed.”It is one of the best feelings [of my career] for sure.”To win the Premier League is always something special, but to beat United was amazing. In a few seconds we won the league, I will never forget that.”last_img read more

How does PL prize money compare to rest of Europe?

first_imgPremier League Premier League TV & prize money vs Champions League, La Liga & rest of Europe Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 01:07 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Luiz Chelsea Premier League Getty Images Premier League UEFA Champions League Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 There seems to be more money than ever before in England’s top flight, but how does it measure up to its counterparts? The winners of the 2018-19 Premier League are likely to earn less in prize money than they might have in previous years, but the numbers are nothing to be sniffed at.Revenue from the sale of broadcasting rights has helped to transform European football and the English league in particular has become a gilded competition.AdChoices广告Finance from those deals is distributed differently across the continent, with some leagues opting to include merit-based bonus payments as part of their pay-outs to clubs. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player To help paint a picture of the levels of money involved in England and across Europe, Goal has taken a look at the various TV and prize money allocations.Premier League prize moneyIn recent years, the prize money for the Premier League has risen considerably due to the deluge of television finance that has flooded into the game in England.Last season, the total amount distributed among the 20 clubs came to £2.4 billion (€2.7bn), which was a rise of £1.6bn from the previous year.The bulk of that money, which comes from commercial deals and broadcast income, is shared equally, but there are different levels of payment for facility fees and a team’s final finish.For example, last season regardless of their final position or how many games were on TV, each team received a combined £79,151,989 from the broadcast and commercial pots.Premier League trophy New YorkLeague winners in 2016-17, Chelsea, were rewarded a total of £150m from the Premier League, £38.8m of which was based on the fact that they finished first in the division.Tottenham, who finished second, pocketed a total of £145m, with £36.8m of that coming as their reward for their final league position.Manchester City and Liverpool got £34.9m and £33m for finishing third and fourth respectively but they received a marginally larger figure overall than Spurs, who finished above them.You can see an abridged table of the Premier League prize-money below.Premier League prize money 2016-17 (top five) Position Club Final position prize Total prize 1 Chelsea £38.8m £150.8m 2 Tottenham £36.8m £145.4m 3 Man City £34.9m £146.9m 4 Liverpool £33m £146.1m 5 Arsenal £31m £139.6m *Full Premier League prize-money breakdown for 2016-17 can be seen here.While the Premier League prize money had been rising considerably over the past decade, it looks set to fall slightly from 2019 on after the league sold broadcasting rights in a deal worth £4.4bn – £0.7bn less than the 2015 deal of £5.1bn.It remains to be seen how that will affect the distribution of prize money in the Premier League over the forthcoming three seasons.What about the rest of Europe?Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich BundesligaThe prize and TV money allocation for Europe’s top leagues varies, with some governing bodies not necessarily offering a merit-based bonus on top of the TV money allocation.Real Madrid were given €20.8m for finishing first in La Liga last season, with runners-up Barcelona receiving €18.4m for their second-place finish. The total merit-based prize fund for the Primera Division was €122.5m. However, factoring in TV money, Madrid ultimately earned around €150m, while Barca received roughly €143m.The latest prize money data for Serie A is from the 2015-16 season, which saw €924.3m shared between the 20 clubs and that season’s champions, Juventus, were rewarded with €103.1m. Despite finishing seventh that year, AC Milan received the next highest amount with €80.3m, while runners-up Napoli got €69.7m – which was less than Roma and Inter, who finished second and third respectively.German champions Bayern Munich received €41.1m in TV money for the 2016-17 season, with runners-up RB Leipzig receiving €20.5m – the least out of all 18 clubs in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund followed Bayern, pocketing €40m, while Bayer Leverkusen completed the top three with €38.9m.The prize money figures for Ligue 1 are not clear, but L’Equipe reports that Paris Saint-Germain were given €57.8m in television money for the 2016-17 season. That figure means they got more from TV than the champions Monaco, who are said to have pocketed €41.9mChampions League prize moneyCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League 2017UEFA confirmed at the beginning of the season that a total of €1.3bn (£1.1bn) would be shared among the clubs competing in the 2017-18 Champions League. The money is allocated to clubs who compete in the first qualifying round right through to the final.The 32 teams that reached the group stage received a minimum payment of €12.7m each, which could be boosted by bonus payments – €1.5m per win and €500,00 per draw at that stage.Reaching the last-16 of the competition is worth €6m in prize money, with those clubs who reach the quarter-finals receiving €6.5m each. The four semi-finalists are rewarded €7.5m each.The winners of the Champions League final will get €15.5m for the feat and the runners-up will receive €11m.Theoretically, from those figures, a club could earn around €57.2m in prize money alone, not including other financial accoutrements.Real Madrid, who won the 2016-17 edition of the tournament, received a total of €81m from their successful campaign, but that was not the biggest pay-out.Leicester City, who reached the quarter-final stage, actually earned more from the Champions League than Madrid, pocketing €81.6m, while runners-up Juventus got the most at €110.4m.How does the Europa League compare?By way of comparison, the prize money from the Europa League – UEFA’s second-tier continental tournament – is much less, with a total of €399.8m being distributed among clubs.Zlatan Ibrahimovc Eric Bailly Marcos Rojo Manchester United Europa LeagueAs such, the rewards are considerably lower. While reaching the Champions League group stage in 2017-18 secured a minimum of €12.7m for each club, getting to the Europa League group stage saw clubs earn €2.6m, with bonuses of €360k per win and €120k per draw.Proceeding to the last 32 of the competition brings more rewards – a further €500k to the group winners and runners up, who already pocketed €600k and €300k respectively for their finish. Reaching the last 16 is worth €750k and the quarter-finalists receive an extra €1m each.Participation in the semi-finals sees each club pocket €1.6m and the winners of the final get €6.5m, with the losing finalists receiving €3.5m.Which leagues have the biggest prize pots?As things stand the Premier League is by far the most lucrative league in the world, with its clubs earning cumulatively more than its continental counterparts.Astoundingly, the likes of Everton and Southampton, who finished seventh and eighth in the English top flight last term, earned around the same as Real Madrid and Barcelona.The reason for this is the equal distribution of money accrued by the league for broadcasting rights. As mentioned, each team in the Premier League received £79.1m from their equal share before merit-based bonuses came into play. Position League Country Total prize fund* 1 Premier League England €2.7bn 2 La Liga Spain €1.85bn 3 Serie A Italy €924m 4 Ligue 1 France €579m 5 Bundesliga Germany €566m *Based on figures for 2016-17, except Serie A, in which case 2015-16 figures are the latest.La Liga follows the Premier League in terms of how lucrative it is for the clubs involved, but, despite housing two of the biggest clubs in the world, as well as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, it trails the English competition by a considerable distance.In terms of the top prize handed out, Italy’s Serie A is next, while France’s Ligue 1 appears to be growing in stature with PSG’s reported reward of €57.8m higher than the €41.1m given to top Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.Interestingly, the highest pay-out from Europe’s premier continental competition – the Champions League, as mentioned above – pales in comparison to that given by the Premier League and La Liga. 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International Seaways Taps SecondHand VLCC Market

first_imgzoom In line with its previously revealed fleet-expansion plans the US-based tanker owner International Seaways has invested USD 53 million into a 2010-built very large crude carrier.Lois Zabrocky, President & CEO of International Seaways, said earlier that the company was planning to avail of the attractive second-hand prices instead of ordering newbuildings.The company informed that the VLCC, the identity of which remained undisclosed, was delivered in November and that it will commence trading in the Tankers International pool. International Seaways funded the vessel acquisition from available liquidity.During the third quarter of 2017, International Seaways took delivery of the Seaways Hatteras and the Seaways Montauk, 159,000 DWT 2017-built Suezmax tanker newbuildings constructed at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard. Both commenced trading in the Blue Fin Suezmax pool.                                                              Image Courtesy: SQ MarineIn addition, the company decided to dispose of some of its older tonnage, including a 2001-built MR, which was delivered to buyers in August 2017, and recognized a gain of USD 1.9 million. Subsequent to quarter’s end, the tanker owner sold two more MRs, one built in 2004 and one in 2002. The MR oldies are scheduled to be delivered to buyers during November 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, respectively.“During the quarter, we have capitalized on attractive asset values with the acquisition of two Suezmax tankers and a recent acquisition of a 2010-built VLCC. In addition to growing our diverse fleet, we took advantage of our strong balance sheet to return capital to shareholders during the quarter, as we opportunistically executed on our share repurchase program,” Zabrocky said.“We also commenced two five-year contracts for our FSO joint ventures during the quarter, which are expected to generate in excess of USD 180 million of EBITDA for the company over the contract period.”Specifically, the previously announced five-year contracts for the company’s FSO joint ventures with Euronav NV commenced with North Oil Company (NOC), the new operator of the Al Shaheen oil field, off the coast of Qatar, whose shareholders are Qatar Petroleum Oil & Gas Limited and Total E&P Golfe Limited.The new contracts, which are for the FSO Africa and FSO Asia, are expected to generate in excess of USD 360 million of EBITDA for the joint venture over their five-year terms. Based on International Seaways’ 50% ownership in the joint venture, the five-year contracts are expected to generate in excess of USD 180 million of EBITDA.The company reported a net loss for the third quarter of 2017 of USD 21.8 million, reducing the loss from last year’s third quarter of USD 50.9 million. The net loss reflects USD 7.3 million in vessel impairment charges and USD 1.2 million in debt modification fees, and a decline in TCE revenues compared with the third quarter of 2016.Net loss for the nine months of this year was USD 15.4 million, also down when compared with net income of USD 39.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.International Seaways owns and operates a fleet of 57 vessels, including one ULCC, nine VLCCs, two Suezmaxes, eight Aframaxes/LR2s, 12 Panamaxes/LR1s and 19 MR tankers. Through joint ventures, it has ownership interests in four liquefied natural gas carriers and two floating storage and offloading service vessels.last_img read more

Ready Set Fish – Sportfishing Season to Open

first_imgAnglers across Nova Scotia are encouraged to head outdoors and enjoy the 2018 sportfishing season opening April 1. “Please introduce your family, friends and visitors to the excitement of sportfishing,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This will encourage sustainable growth for one of the most popular activities in the province and support jobs and economic activity in our rural communities.” More than 67,000 licences were bought in 2017 and sportfishing is estimated to contribute more than $56 million in direct spending to Nova Scotia’s economy. Among several changes to regulations this year, youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible for a general fishing licence at no cost. This will remove financial barriers for young anglers, while still teaching responsibility and respect for the resource. In addition, the definition of a disabled person to be eligible for a no-charge licence is now up-to-date with the new Accessibility Act. Catch and release is attracting interest as another way to enjoy the sport. For conservation-minded anglers, more information about recommended handling is available at https://novascotia.ca/fish/Catch-Release.pdf. “Proper catch and release techniques increase fish health and survival and ensure that this popular activity is available to future generations,” said Mr. Colwell. Licences can be purchased from many local vendors and at Department of Natural Resources offices provincewide. The 2018 Angler’s Handbook and Summary of Regulations accompanies a licence, https://novascotia.ca/fish/documents/Anglers-Handbook-2018.pdflast_img read more

FASHION SANTA PAUL MASONS COMING TO STRELLSON BLOOR ST

first_img#Repost Strellson CanadaStrellson Store Toronto LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Come out Toronto to shop and take a picture for a great cause!! I’ll be at Strellson Bloor Street, 170 Bloor St. W., tomorrow Dec. 22nd, 4-8 pm, with a portion of sales being donated to The Joe Carter Foundation in support of Children’s Aid…Looking forward to seeing you! #toronto #tistheseason #giveback #happyholidays Twitterlast_img

US experts visit prisons meet with officials from penitentiary department

first_imgRabat – A delegation of U.S. experts, on a visit to Morocco, conducted from February 24 to March 5 field visits in four prisons and held meetings with several officials from the General Delegation of the Penitentiary and Reintegration department.A statement of the said General Delegation, on Monday, says that following this visit which is part of the cooperation between the Kingdom and the United States in the penitentiary field, a program of cooperation and a finalized action plan for three next years were set up, noting that the program focuses on the identification of criminal evidence, classification, crisis management and integration.The delegation was composed of Judith McClintock, official in charge of Middle East at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Stlworthy Donald and Kenneth Braz, consultants in the penitentiary field.last_img read more

Prisoners FB posts Security Ministry extremely disappointed says culpable wardens will

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNormalcy restored at Lusignan Prison after riot on Monday eveningOctober 16, 2018In “Crime”Calm after the storm…Govt promises to address grievances of prisonersMarch 5, 2016In “latest news”President calls out Army to step up security around Camp St. Prison…after sickout by prison officersApril 14, 2016In “Crime” The Ministry of Public Security in a statement on the Facebook (FB) posts of prisoners engaged in the consumption of alcohol, which was posted on Sunday by inmate Abdul Andre Azimullah, who is currently on remand for murder, is being investigated.The Facebook photo showing the inmates consuming alcoholAccording to the Ministry, the incident took place at the New Amsterdam Prison and the cellphone used by Azimullah to make the post has since been confiscated.“The Ministry is extremely disappointed that alien objects and other material, inclusive of drugs and liquor, find their way into the various prisons as obviously happened here. There is no doubt collusion with prison wardens and prisoners which is causing this” the statement said. “This kind of misbehaviour by the culpable prison wardens will be dealt with very seriously after the ongoing investigations reveal who they are.”According to the Ministry, the Public will be further advised on the matter after investigations concludes.Meanwhile Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels was quoted in the media outlining his frustrations  over the embarrassing situation, while noting that the officer in charge of the facility will be made available during a press briefing to explain how is it the prisoners were able to receive the prohibited items.The prisoners are seen posing with expensive rum labelsHe did divulge however, that the items were probably smuggled into the compound by a Town Council tractor, while outlining that there is no direct evidence implicating any prison officer, at it pertains of the movement of the contraband into the prison.But, Samules did say that the sanctions will be taken against those found culpable, since prison officers must have observed the men drinking.Just recently, three prison officers were placed under investigation after a parcel, containing what is suspected to cannabis, was thrown over the fence at the Lusignan Prison’s holding bay. read more

At least 48 killed in Iraq bombings

first_imgA NEW WAVE of insurgent attacks in Iraq, mostly car bombs targeting Shiite-majority cities in the centre and south of the country, killed at least 48 people on Sunday, officials said.The attacks continue a surge in bloodshed that has engulfed the country for months.No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which targeted commercial areas and parking lots in seven cities. But systematically organized waves of bombings are used out by al-Qaeda’s local branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government.Sometimes insurgents launch multiple attacks for two or more days in a row. On Monday, 27 people were killed in suicide attacks, bombings and shootings.The deadliest was in the city of Hillah, 95 kilometres south of Baghdad, where a car bomb explosion near an outdoor market and parking lot killed nine civilians and wounded 15 others, a police officer said.A few minutes later, another car bomb went off nearby, killing six civilians and wounding 14, he added.In the nearby town of Iskandariyah, 50 kilometres south of the capital, another car bomb hit a parking lot, killing four civilians and wounding nine, police said.Another explosives-rigged parked car bomb went off in an industrial area of the Shiite city of Karbala, killing four and wounding 25, a police officer said. Karbala is 80 kilometres south of Baghdad. In the aftermath, security officials inspected burnt-out cars in front of what appeared to be a smashed row of workshops.And in Kut, another Shiite-dominated city 160 kilometres (100 miles) south-east of Baghdad, a car bomb targeted a gathering of construction workers and food stalls, killing two and wounding 14, another provincial police officer said.Seven more civilians were killed and 31 others were wounded when four separate parked car bombs ripped through the towns of Suwayrah and Hafriyah outside Kut, police said.In Baghdad’s northern Sunni-dominated Azamiyah neighborhood, a car bomb that exploded near the convoy of the head of Baghdad’s provincial council killed three and wounded eight, police say. The council head escaped unharmed.Two other car bombs hit the southern cities of Basra and Nasiriyah, killing eight civilians and wounding 26, two police officers said. And two more civilians were killed when a bomb hit a police patrol in Baghdad’s Sunni western suburb of Abu Ghraib. Nine other people were wounded.To the north-east of Baghdad, gunmen broke into a farm in the village of Abu Sayda and killed three Sunni farmers, police said.Eleven medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All spoke anonymously as they weren’t authorized to release information.Iraq is going through its deadliest bout of violence since 2008, raising fears the country is returning to a period of widespread killing such as that which pushed it to the brink of civil war following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. More than 4,000 people have been killed in attacks since the start of April, including 804 just in August, according to United Nations figures.last_img read more

Bracketron lance lUniversal USB Power Dock

first_imgBracketron lance l’Universal USB Power Dock L’entreprise Bracketron s’apprête à sortir l’Universal USB Power Dock qui peut accueillir plusieurs types de smartphone et se branche sur l’allume-cigare.L’entreprise Bracketron a songé à ceux qui souhaitent utiliser leur smartphone en voiture, sans décharger leur batterie ou bien lorsque la batterie est faible ou à plat. L’Universal USB Power Dock peut accueillir plusieurs types d’appareils. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Ce dock se connecte lui-même sur l’allume-cigare de votre véhicule pour une utilisation à l’arrêt ou pour le passager, cela va sans dire… L’angle du téléphone est réglable, cela permet notamment d’utiliser le GPS de son smartphone en gardant ses mains sur le volant du véhicule.Le Dock peut évidemment acueillir l’iPhone 4S mais également tout type d’appareil dont la diagonale de l’écran mesure moins de 4,25 pouces. Le Dock Bracketron Universal USB Power se vend autour de 29,95 dollars, soit un peu plus de 20 euros, un prix abordable au vu des services que peut rendre l’appareil.Le 27 novembre 2011 à 12:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gist Appointed To Kenai Superior Court

Gist Appointed To Kenai Superior Court

first_imgHe clerked for Alaska’s Chief Justice Alexander O. Bryner, worked in private practice, and has been an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska since 2008. In Kenai, Jason Gist will join the Kenai Superior Court. Gist has practiced law in Alaska for more than 14 years, after graduating from the University of California – Berkeley School of Law in 2004. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker appointed four new judges in Alaska. They will join the Kenai, Juneau, and Bethel Superior Courts, as well as the Court of Appeals.center_img Governor Walker: “I am grateful to each of these four Alaskans for their service to our state. Their history with Alaska, their excellent records, and the personal conversations I had with each of them made me confident they will serve Alaska well in their new roles.”last_img read more

Want a Galaxy S10 Plus Great Were giving one away

first_imgEnlarge ImageMeet the Galaxy S10 Plus. CNET Samsung just recently announced the newest members of the Galaxy S10 family, and two lucky winners will each get one of the new phones. We are joining forces with Download.com so two of our readers can get an unlocked version of one of the brand-new Samsung flagship phones.Before getting to the giveaway, let’s go over all the details for these new phones. The freshly reviewed Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED curved screen and five cameras: two front-facing ones and three more in the back. Battery life is phenomenal, and the screen is easy to read even in full daylight. The standard Galaxy S10 has a total of four cameras and a 6.1-inch screen. You can compare the two here.Read also: Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S10 phones New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 64 Photos CNET Giveaway Mobile World Congress 2019 Samsung Event Galaxy S10 Plus is an everything phone 10:36 Comments Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curvecenter_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags More from Samsung And now, here are all of the prizes:The grand prize winner will take home the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in Ceramic White and also the complete Android pin collection exclusive to MWC 2019, courtesy of Google.galaxy-s10-plus-4The Galaxy S10 Plus takes fantastic photos from its five cameras. Angela Lang/CNET The runner-up will take home the unlocked version of the Galaxy S10 (we will email the winner to let them pick the color).To enter to win* you just have to fill out the form below after reading our official rules, located in the rules tab of the form. You will also have to accept our terms and conditions.If you want to increase your chances of winning, you have the option of completing any of the available actions like following us on social media or visiting the links you will find in the form.Please use this link if you are having trouble seeing the entry form.Head to our comments section and let us know why you would like to get a new Galaxy S10. Good luck, everyone — and thank you for playing. Phones 99+last_img read more

Did Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 actors Parth and Hina share awkward moment

first_imgKasautii Zindagii Kay 2’s Parth Samthaan and Hina KhaninstagramWith Ekta Kapoor’s Box Cricket League 4 (BCL 4) tournament going on at the Film City, Mumbai, inside gossips, PDA, fights and patch-ups among the celebrities are bound to make the news.The latest buzz is that Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 actors Parth Samthaan and Hina Khan, who play the roles of Anurag and Komolika, respectively, shared an awkward customary greeting at one of the matches. Despite the two having shot several scenes together for their show, Parth and Hina apparently didn’t even strike a brief chat before crossing each other’s path.An eye-witness told SpotboyE: “We thought that Hina and Parth would chat, given the fact that they are working on the same show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 (mind you, Hina has not yet gone for a break exactly as we had told you that it won’t happen before April is over). But both did not say anything to each other except mumble a ‘Hello’. It was so much in the face that hardly anybody who was within a near radius missed it.”The witness added, “It is now so evident that Parth and Erica are dating, and in fact, their relationship is growing by the day. Earlier, Parth did not invite Hina to his birthday party. And now, the two couldn’t strike a 2-minute conversation. They have had so many scenes together in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 that at least there should have been a brief, courteous chat when two colleagues meet outside the office- but nothing of that sort happened.”While the reason for their awkward behaviour is unknown, it should be recalled that Parth didn’t invite Hina for his birthday, which was otherwise attended by other Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 cast. Upon being asked the reason for Hina’s absence, Parth had then said that he hardly knows her and that they share a very professional relationship. Ironically, Parth’s alleged girlfriend and co-star Erica Fernandes aka Prerna do not share a great friendship with Hina as well. Well, one can’t help but wonder if Erica is the reason for Parth’s strange behaviour towards Hina.last_img read more

Investigations to begin against Myanmar

Investigations to begin against Myanmar

first_img*This report, published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir Rohingya children walk around a landslide area at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on 7 July 2019. Photo: AFPThe investigating team of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has found logical reason to believe that the Rohingyas were forced to flee from Rakhine in the face of genocide and crimes against humanity.ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda last week asked permission of the court to begin investigations in this regard. ICC is to begin working at a field level in Bangladesh to carry out investigations and legal procedures.Diplomatic sources in Dhaka and The Hague told Prothom Alo last week that the ICC prosecutor’s office has taken the decision to commence with work in Bangladesh regarding investigations into Myanmar’s crimes against humanity.A delegation led by ICC’s deputy prosecutor James Stewart will arrive in Bangladesh on 16 July to discuss relevant matters with officials in Dhaka.Basically, ICC is going a step ahead towards taking action against the accused army generals in Myanmar for the genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingyas.Having obtained proof in their initial findings of brutal crimes against the Rohingyas, the ICC prosecutor’s office will now have the scope to submit recommendations for arrest warrants and summons against the accused army officers.Based on these recommendations, the judges will be able to consider punitive actions against the accused.On 18 September 2018, a fact finding mission of the UN published a report on the oppression of the Rohingyas. The report recommended that six generals including the Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlain be put on trial at the ICC.Incidentally, though Bangladesh signed the Rome Declaration, Myanmar did not. Not being a party to this declaration, Myanmar refused ICC to carry out any form of inspection to look into whether the Rohingyas were driven out by genocide and crimes of humanity.ICC prosecutor in the pre-trial hearing said that the Rohingyas had fled for their lives into Bangladesh. As this minority community had taken shelter in Bangladesh and as Bangladesh was a party to the Rome declaration, it was within ICC jurisdiction to carry out investigations.Speaking over mobile phone to Prothom Alo about the ICC delegation to visit Bangladesh, the foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said on Friday, the ICC delegation will collect information on the oppression of the Rohingyas. Bangladesh will extend all possible assistance. They would also speak to the oppressed Rohingyas to draw up their report.Security analyst and president of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (BIPSS) ANM Muniruzzaman Saturday told Prothom Alo, there has been large scale genocide in Myanmar. There must be accountability and it must be seen whether there is proper documentation under the international law.It is also important to have the support of the big powers. If anyone is to be found guilty and punished by the court, the support of the big powers will be required. It will be difficult to implement the court verdict without the support of these powers, he said.Visit of the ICC delegationAn MoU is to be signed between the two sides during the ICC delegation’s stay in Bangladesh. The MoU will cover ICC’s activities, setting up an office in Bangladesh, diplomatic facilities for the ICC representatives, and so on.Former foreign secretary Mohammed Touhid Hossain on Friday told Prothom Alo, “From the outset I have been saying that the Rohingya problem will not be resolved bilaterally. Bangladesh must focus on the alternatives. If we take steps in the interests of our country, it does not matter what others may think. Whether ICC’s measures are effective or not, we must support this. At least Myanmar will be kept under pressure.”last_img read more

Segway Inventor Headlines Medical World Americas Conference In Houston

Segway Inventor Headlines Medical World Americas Conference In Houston

first_img 00:00 /01:35 Texas Medical CenterDean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and medical devices, speaks during the third year of the Medical World Americas conference in Houston.This year’s Medical World Americas conference pulled participants from 26 states and several countries, including Israel. It included a job fair and a business pitch contest for entrepreneurs, open to any medical start-up company in Texas.“As time goes on and the meeting grows, people will get the idea that they have to be at Medical World Americas,” said Dr. Robert Robbins, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center.“It’s going to be in Houston every year,” he added.The conference is partially supported by hotel taxes, which are funneled through Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Houston First has taken a 50 percent stake in Medical World Americas, according to Michael Heckman, Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Event Development.“It’s a great way for us to continue to partner with the TMC, to be able to plant our flag in the ground here in Houston, to attract more medical meetings here for the city,” Heckman said.Although most medical conferences focus on a specialty like cancer, nursing, or IT, Medical World Americas aims for a broad audience.“We’re not a society. We’re not a particular association. We want to be as inclusive as possible and have that kind of networking and communication, whether you’re a hospital CEO, whether you’re a physician’s assistant,” Heckman said.“The feedback we’ve gotten is they’re interested in a lot of the same things,” he added.The conference theme this year was innovation, featuring inventor Dean Kamen as speaker. Kamen invented the Segway, drug infusion devices, a home dialysis machine, and a wheelchair that can climb stairs. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Sharelast_img read more

High reliability of flexible organic transistor memory looks promising for future electronics

High reliability of flexible organic transistor memory looks promising for future electronics

first_img Citation: High reliability of flexible organic transistor memory looks promising for future electronics (2010, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-high-reliability-flexible-transistor-memory.html More information: Soo-Jin Kim and Jang-Sik Lee. “Flexible Organic Transistor Memory Devices.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.102/nl1009662 . Contact information: jangsik[at]kookmin.ac.kr (Left) A photograph of the 3 x 3 cm2 flexible organic memory devices. (Right) A diagram of the memory device architecture. Image credit: Soo-Jin Kim and Jang-Sik Lee. Explore further Engineers Jang-Sik Lee and Soo-Jin Kim from Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea, have published the details of the flexible organic transistor memory in a recent issue of Nano Letters. “The advancement in this memory device is the improved reliability and stability,” Lee told PhysOrg.com. “Actually, organic electronic devices suffer from the severe degradation in terms of device performance according to the operation time. Here, we demonstrated the improved data retention and endurance capability by optimizing the memory device structures. In addition, the flexible memory devices are found to be very stable in repeated bending cycles, confirming the good mechanical stability.”As the researchers demonstrated in their study, the memory device can offer controllable threshold voltage for writing and erasing information, storage times of more than a year, and reliability after hundreds of repeated programming/erasing cycles, as well as good flexibility that could endure more than 1,000 repeated bending cycles. Plus, all the fabrication processes could be carried out at low temperatures, enabling lower manufacturing costs.To design the memory, the researchers took advantage of existing organic transistor devices, which already offer excellent performance. By embedding gold nanoparticles (as charge-trapping elements) and dielectric layers (as charge tunneling and blocking elements) into organic thin-film transistors, the researchers created organic memory devices with similar electrical and mechanical properties as the transistors. The resulting organic transistor-based memory was synthesized on a flexible substrate of about 3 x 3 cm2.As the researchers explained in more detail, the programming and erasing operations were performed by applying a positive or negative 90-volt pulse for one second to the bottom-gate electrode. For writing information, a negative voltage was applied, which caused charge carriers to tunnel through a 10-nm-thick tunneling layer to reach the gold nanoparticles in the gate dielectric layer. In the charge-trapping layer, each nanoparticle trapped 4-5 holes, which the researchers defined as written states. The written states could be erased by applying a positive voltage that caused the gold nanoparticles to eject the holes. A reading voltage of -8 volts could be applied to measure and read the drain current. The engineers showed that these programming, reading, and erasing operations could be carried out repeatedly with less degradation compared to other memory devices. “The flexible memory devices that have previously been reported are based on resistive switching memory devices,” Lee said. “In that case, we need additional active components (for example, a diode or transistor) to operate the resistive switching memory elements. The memory devices developed in this study are based on the field-effect transistors, and memory elements are embedded in the gate dielectric layers of organic transistors. So the program/erase operations can be controlled by the transistor operations. This is a great advantage in terms of device scaling and circuit design since the structure is similar to the conventional flash memory devices. So we can use the state-of-the-art flash memory technology to design and fabricate the integrated flexible memory devices.” Currently, the researchers are working on further enhancing the memory properties of these organic transistor-based memory devices, such as by decreasing the operating voltage. In addition, since most of the device is transparent except for the electrodes, the researchers hope to incorporate transparent electrodes to create a fully transparent, flexible memory device. “The flexible organic memory devices can be applied to wearable/stretchable/foldable electronic devices,” Lee said. “In addition, there is almost no limit in substrate materials and geometry, so the integration of memory devices onto unconventional substrates is possible. Finally, we think the memory devices can be adopted in see-through displays and head-up displays in the near future.”• Learn about becoming PhysOrg.com sponsorcenter_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — With the constant demand for high-performance nonvolatile memory devices, researchers continue to develop better memories – ones with low power consumption, good reliability, and low manufacturing costs. In a recent study, engineers from Korea have demonstrated a flexible memory based on an organic transistor, which they say could be easily and cheaply integrated, along with transistors and logic circuits, into flexible electronic devices. Organic flash memory developed This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Axe will fall on some Stone bus services

first_imgWhere potholes have been repaired Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailStone is to lose some of its bus services after the operator ruled they were not financially viable. D&G will withdraw bus services from Walton, Cherryfields, Stonefield and Aston Lodge from Sunday, July 22, after providing the routes for the last few months. They will continue to provide the 13 and 14 service. Previously, buses serving Stone were operated as part of a contract with Staffordshire County Council and qualified for a subsidy. But following a consultation exercise in 2017, the council withdrew the funding for these services. Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial at Staffordshire County Council said: “While this is a commercial decision by the bus operator and not the county council, we understand that a company cannot be expected to run services at a loss. “We carried out a review last summer of journeys we can subsidise in 2018/19 and unfortunately we are not in a position to simply take over a service which a professional operator deems unsustainable.” Read MoreMore news from Stafford borough Spotlight on gender pay Chris Almond, Bus Network Manager for D&G, explained: “Prior to March 31 2018 local services in Stone were operated as part of a contract with the County Council and received a considerable subsidy. However, as part of a consultation exercise carried out in 2017 they decided to withdraw the funding. “We decided to offer a replacement service on a commercial basis, with no Council funding and it is this service we have chosen to withdraw as it is not making enough money to cover the cost of operation. Each of our buses costs over £100,000 per year to operate and the Stone services are making less than half of that amount. “We have written to Stone Town Council to ask for a meeting to discuss whether any local funding is available to continue the service, and we are waiting for a response.” Stone resident June Price said she was ‘devastated by the news. She said: “People living on this side of Stone won’t be able to the shop, get to the doctors, hospitals or do shopping in Stafford. This is a crucial service and it’s so unfair when you see so many buses going around Stafford.”center_img Driver watching TV on M6 Refurbished Starbucks openslast_img read more