Maersk Line Confirms Scrubber Investment

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish liner giant Maersk Line has confirmed its investment in scrubbers in its latest announcement on fuel adjustment surcharge ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.The report on the investment was published by Reuters last week, crushing the company’s previous statements that did not favor the technology.Namely, to become compliant with the 0.5 percent sulphur content rule as of January 2020, shipowners will have to invest in compliant fuels, LNG or scrubber technology.Maersk Line’s representatives said earlier that the company was not  “on the scrubber team” due to operational concerns, as the technology has not yet proven itself on large two-stroke diesel engines used across Maersk’s fleet.This in particular relates to open-loop scrubbers, which have been deemed by many industry players as a short-term solution due to the wash water-related issues and the looming ban on its release in certain geographical zones. Closed loop scrubbers, on the other hand, pose another type of challenge related to space constraints on board needed for the installation of the systems.It its latest announcement, Maersk said it will invest in “a limited number of scrubbers”, but information on the type of scrubber systems or ships to be fitted with the systems was rather sketchy.Scrubbers are gaining in popularity as numerous owners from various shipping sectors reveal investments in the technology, including most recently Hapag-Lloyd, DHT Holdings, Maran Tankers, Safe Bulkers, and Star Bulk.The cost of installing a scrubber system on a vessel currently stands at around USD 2 million, and many owners are looking to entice the charterers to pay for the installation costs. Ships eligible for installation are those larger in size, such as Capesizes, VLCCs or ULCVs, due space availability, economy and cost efficiency.When approached by World Maritime News for a comment, Maersk Line provided us with a statement from Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, saying that scrubbers would be “a small part of – and just one of several elements in – our overall 2020 fuel sourcing strategy to ensure compliance in time.”As part of the plans, Maersk is also looking into LNG and compliant fuels, the latter being the more prominent option for the company’s fleet come January 2020.“As part of the preparations we have decided to invest in new scrubber technology on a limited number of vessels in our fleet of around 750 container vessels. While we will continue to explore how to best comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, we still believe the best solution remains with compliant fuels from refineries on land. It is important to underline that the vast majority of ships in the global fleet, as well as the Maersk Line fleet, will have to comply with the global sulphur cap through the use of compliant low-sulphur fuels in 2020 given the short time frame,” Lindergaard’s statement reads.The new compliant fuels are expected to push the container shipping industry’s fuel bill by USD 15 million, with Maersk Line alone having to pay USD 2 billion more for fuel on annual basis. Hence, diversification and pursuing of cost-efficient investments, including scrubbers, is a sound strategy given the fast-approaching deadline for the enforcement of the new rules.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

More Math and Literacy Support for Students

first_imgAbout 50 elementary and junior high teachers are back in school this week to learn how they can coach and support other teachers to help more students to succeed. The teacher mentor initiative for grades primary to nine is part of the province’s $3-million investment this year that will see more resources and support for students and teachers in literacy and math. “The math and literacy mentor initiative is a chance for Nova Scotia’s teachers to learn from one another,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “It’s an opportunity to learn what they can do to help more of their students get the solid foundation they need in math and literacy. I applaud all teachers who get involved in mentoring. They truly are striving to be the best they can be for their students.” Mentors are teachers who are trained to provide one-on-one or group support to other teachers. They help other teachers identify how they can improve their teaching practices to help more students understand the instruction. A mentor will assist teachers in a variety of ways, observing and coaching in the classrooms as well as consulting on the appropriate resources to use. In addition, mentors will collaborate with teachers on lesson planning, shared strategies and situational issues that arise. Stephen Jamieson, a Grade 3 teacher at Newcombville Elementary School in Bridgewater, is one of 16 lead teacher mentors in the province. He has been a literacy mentor for almost four years, providing one-on-one training and working with teachers in their classrooms. “I really enjoy being a mentor to other teachers and helping them improve their teaching practices,” said Mr. Jamieson. “Giving teachers access to one-on-one support is important and I’m pleased to see that the department is investing more resources in this initiative.” There are currently 50 teachers in the province who are mentoring on top of teaching full-time. More than $1 million will be provided to school boards to expand mentoring this year. With this investment, the Department of Education is moving toward full-time mentors supporting all elementary and junior high schools in the province. Over four years, the department plans to provide enough funding to support up to 60 full-time math mentors and 50 full-time literacy mentors. Math mentors for grades primary to nine started their work in 2003. Literacy mentoring is new this year. In May 2005, the Department released Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together. This new plan will see a $21.4-million investment in the public school system in 2005-06.last_img read more

Projet pilote avec les véhicules hors route dans six localités

first_imgÀ compter du 1er octobre, la Nouvelle-Écosse lancera un projet pilote dans six localités afin d’améliorer l’accès entre les pistes pour véhicules hors route. Le projet pilote permettra aux conducteurs d’utiliser l’accotement des routes et, au besoin, la route elle-même, afin de circuler en toute sécurité dans certains secteurs pour aller d’une piste à une autre ou pour utiliser des services. « Ce projet pilote de trois ans améliorera l’accès entre les pistes de même que les possibilités connexes de tourisme hors-saison tout en nous offrant l’occasion d’étudier davantage la question, de dire Lloyd Hines, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Des facteurs comme la liaison entre les pistes, le volume de la circulation et la vitesse sur les routes ont été pris en compte pour choisir les localités où se déroule le projet pilote. » Seuls les véhicules hors route immatriculés, assurés et munis d’une plaque d’immatriculation peuvent circuler sur l’accotement, ou sur la route, dans ses six localités tant que le conducteur a un permis de conduire valide. Les conducteurs munis d’un permis d’apprenti conducteur ne sont pas autorisés à participer. Un passager sur un véhicule qui circule dans la région du projet pilote ne peut pas avoir moins de neuf ans. Les six localités choisies pour le projet pilote sont : Porters Lake, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax; New Germany, comté de Lunenburg; Weymouth, comté de Digby; Walton, comté de Hants; Sherbrooke, comté de Guysborough, et Gabarus, Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton. « Nous sommes heureux que le gouvernement ait rempli son engagement de faire avancer ce projet, précise Barry Barnet, directeur général de l’association des VTT de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce projet contribuera grandement à soutenir notre travail qui consiste à bâtir un réseau de pistes reliées les unes aux autres à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse et à diffuser le message de l’utilisation sûre et responsable des véhicules hors route. » Pour plus d’information sur les règles de la circulation dans les six localités du projet pilote, consultez l’adresse . (en anglais seulement)last_img read more

Scrap Shimla pact with India JI chief to Pak govt

first_imgKarachi: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Ameer Sirajul Haq has asked the Pakistan government to scrap the 1972 Shimla Agreement with India, Pakistani media reported. “While our people are dying, you are acting as a mere spectator,” said Haq addressing a rally held here on Sunday to express solidarity with Kashmiris reeling under an unprecedented day-and-night curfew and communication blackout for several weeks. According to the reports, JI chief said it was their legal right to fight for freedom from India’s illegal occupation of their land. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn response to the Indian move to unilaterally withdraw the Article 370 and 35A of its constitution, he demanded the Pakistan government to revoke the Shimla Accord and take solid measures to eliminate fence from the 450-km-long Line of Control. The JI chief reiterated that his country would not be intimidated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s belligerent attitude. He announced that he would thrash out a strategy for Kashmir’s freedom after consultation with the people.last_img read more

Morocco1st African Country to Join International Agency for Research on Cancer

Geneva  –   Morocco on Monday became the 1st African country to join the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of World Health Organization (WHO).Morocco’s admission will promote the development of active partnerships with other regional cancer research organizations, IARC said in a statement.Morocco has shown remarkable partnership be giving priority to the fight against cancer in public health, underlined IARC director, Christopher Wild. He also said that Morocco has honored its commitment to promote its collaboration with IARC and play its role as a key stakeholder in research on cancer and prevention internationally.Morocco’s admission as a participating country follows years of collaboration between IARC, Lalla Salma Foundation against Cancer and the Ministry of Health, which collaborate to improve research, prevention and fight against cancer.IARC is meant to promote international collaboration in cancer research. The Agency is inter-disciplinary, bringing together skills in epidemiology, laboratory sciences and biostatistics to identify the causes of cancer so that preventive measures may be adopted and the burden of disease and associated suffering reduced. read more

Lanka urged to decriminalize irregular departures

The Special Rapporteur also urged Sri Lanka to ensure that all persons, regardless of citizenship or migration status, enjoy the rights provided for in the Constitution of Sri Lanka without any discrimination, in accordance with international human rights law. The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, has urged Sri Lanka to decriminalize irregular departures from Sri Lanka, as irregular migration should only be seen as an administrative offence.In a report to the UN Human Rights Council which begins meeting in Geneva on Monday, François Crépeau has also proposed that the Government refrain from detaining returned Sri Lankans who have migrated irregularly. He has also urged the Government to enhance cooperation with civil society organizations working on migration-related issues, and include them in all relevant discussions.The report is based on a visit he undertook to Sri Lanka last year. Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted an official visit to Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May 2014, where he visited Colombo, Kurunegala, Kandy, Tangalle and Galle, and held consultations with government officials, the United Nations country team, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, diplomats, recruitment agents, trade union representatives, civil society organizations and migrants. The focus of the visit was labour migration from Sri Lanka and related recruitment practices, and their impact on the human rights of migrants. The Special Rapporteur welcomes the efforts undertaken by the Sri Lankan authorities to regulate labour migration and protect the rights of its citizens who migratee abroad, but notes the need to fully implement a human rights approach in that respect.The Special Rapporteur also looked into the situation of migrants in Sri Lanka. He notes the need to regulate and monitor the detention of migrants in Sri Lanka, and to revise constitutional provisions which discriminate against migrants. (Colombo Gazette) “Detain migrants in an irregular situation in Sri Lanka only as a measure of last resort, for as short a period as possible, and systematically apply alternatives to detention, particularly for families and children, who should never be detained; in that respect, consider the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur in his report on the detention of migrants in an irregular situation and alternatives to detention (A/HRC/20/24),” he said. read more

BC announces rebates for LNG projects in big boost to Shells 40B

VICTORIA — British Columbia is offering new conditions and rebates for liquefied natural gas projects in the province.Premier John Horgan made the announcement Thursday ahead of a final investment decision on LNG Canada’s $40-billion project, which would include a natural gas pipeline built from northeast B.C. to a new terminal in Kitimat.“Potential opportunity is extraordinary. Potential risks are significant,” Horgan said. “I believe LNG Canada is working diligently to address those risks and I believe it’s the responsibility of the government to make sure we’re working to develop those opportunities for all British Columbians.”Under the new fiscal agreement, LNG projects will see relief from provincial sales taxes, subject to repayment in the form of an equivalent operational payment.They will be subject to new greenhouse gas emission standards and general industrial electricity rates consistent with other industrial users in B.C.Horgan said the province will review LNG projects using four conditions. All LNG projects should guarantee a fair return for B.C.’s natural resources, guarantee jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, respect and partner with First Nations, and meet the province’s climate commitments, he said.In January, Green party Leader Andrew Weaver threatened to bring down the minority NDP government if it continued to pursue what he described as the “LNG folly,” saying the province couldn’t meet its greenhouse gas emission targets if it pursues the LNG industry.In the past year, companies have pulled the plug on three LNG projects proposed in B.C., including the $36-billion Pacific Northwest LNG pipeline project.ll this massive LNG project needs is the thumbs up from its owners to snap Canada’s energy losing streak‘An unjustified infringement’: First Nation sues Ottawa, British Columbia over oil tanker banLNG Canada, which includes partners Shell, PetroChina, Korea Gas and Mitsubishi, said in 2016 that its final investment decision for the Kitimat facility would be delayed because of poor global markets.Those markets are turning around, says Shell’s 2018 LNG outlook. It found the market has defied expectations, growing by 29 million tonnes in 2017.“Based on current demand projections, Shell sees potential for a supply shortage developing in the mid-2020s, unless new LNG production project commitments are made soon.LNG development was a centrepiece of the B.C. Liberal party’s 2017 election campaign.— By Amy Smart in Vancouver. read more

Radiothon aids hospital campaign

Norfolk General Hospital is using the radio waves to raise money to help radiologists and patients.The hospital will be holding its Year of the Cat 2.0 Radiothon on both of Norfolk’s radio station on May 7.The money raised from the event will be put towards purchasing a new computed tomography scanner. The CT scanner is the most important piece of technology in the hospital to help with diagnosing a wide variety of conditions by helping to see inside the body painlessly.The CT scanner the hospital is currently using went into service in 2006. With around 8,000 scans every year, the 13-year-old machine is no longer up for the job. By the end of 2019 the manufacturer will no longer support the 2006 version of the machine.The new unit that the hospital plans on purchasing costs $1.5 million. It will produce a sharper, easier to read image, and will work faster to reduce radiation exposure.“We invite listeners to call in during the broadcast with their donation,” Jennifer White, director of the NGH Foundation, said in a press release. “Adding your voice will definitely make a difference in the delivery and maintaining of great healthcare close to home.”The day long broadcast will feature interviews with doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and patients who share their stories. More than $1 million has been raised through previous Radiothon broadcasts.Listeners can tune in to either Norfolk radio station (98.9 and 99.7) on May 7 to listen in and make a pledge. read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Earnings: In a true sign that spring has sprung, several companies across an array of sectors begin reporting first-quarter earnings this week, including Rogers Communications on Monday, and grocery chain Metro, Canadian Pacific and AltaGas on Wednesday.Manitoba votes: The province heads to the polls for Manitoba’s election on Tuesday. Greg Selinger, the province’s NDP premier, has been on the hot seat over his decision to raise the provincial sales tax, and Brian Pallister’s Tories are atop the polls.Partnerships: The Canadian Club of Ottawa hosts a panel discussion Tuesday on how partnerships between governments, industry and NGOs are becoming commonplace. Jaak Peters of Johnson & Johnson is among those scheduled to appear.Bank of Canada: Central bank governor Stephen Poloz and senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins are on Parliament Hill this week, appearing at a House of Commons finance committee on Tuesday and before the Senate’s banking, trade and commerce panel on Wednesday.StatCan: The federal agency releases wholesale trade figures for February on Wednesday and retail trade and inflation numbers for March on Friday. Inflation slowed in February, largely driven by a significant drop in the price of gas. Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 17, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Retirements will prompt search for skilled workers on AsiaPacific Gateway

VANCOUVER – A new study shows British Columbia will require thousands of skilled workers over the next decade, just to maintain the needs of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.According to the study, nearly 110,000 jobs will open up in 52 transportation and construction occupations across the province by 2025, including management and regular positions in the construction, logistics, marine, rail and trucking sectors.Findings of the Asia-Pacific Gateway Skills Table study show retiring workers are the main reason for the vacancies, but continued expansion of the corridor also plays a role.The report warns Lower Mainland and northern B.C. employers to expect ongoing difficulties filling job openings, but the challenge will be especially pronounced between 2019 and 2023.The initiative is a non-profit, regional partnership between labour, business, education and training institutions, with a goal of ensuring the Asia-Pacific Gateway has the right workers at the right time.The federal government’s website says the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor was created as the best transportation network for trade between North America and Asia and is a growing and vital part of the national economy.“The Asia-Pacific Gateway continues to be an economic driver for (British Columbia) and part of our ability to capitalize on this opportunity is to have the labour in place to support it,” says Krista Bax, executive director.According to the study, just over half of the required new supply of workers in the next decade will be straight out of school and new to the workforce, while immigrants from other provinces or countries will make up 21 per cent. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2016 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Retirements will prompt search for skilled workers on Asia-Pacific Gateway read more

Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia

In the resolution, unanimously adopted, the Council also recalled its earlier decision to authorize the AU to reduce the Mission’s level of uniformed personnel to 20,626 by 30 October this year from 22,126 now;  but to include a minimum of 1,040 AMISOM police personnel, including five specialist Formed Police Units.It also requested that the UN Secretary‑General continue to provide logistical support for AMISOM, its 70 civilian personnel; the 10,900-strong Somalia National Army jointly operating with AMISOM, and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).The Council resolution adopted at the end of August last year, requested the AU and the UN to conduct a joint assessment of AMISOM’s operations – but this assessment has been delayed, leading to Tuesday’s decision to extend the deployment of AMISOM for just over two months, in order to assess the merits of a longer extension.Briefing the Council, Michael Keating, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said that AMISOM continues to play an indispensable role, “at great human cost”, in protecting population centres, main supply routes and Somalia’s overall political progress. “Suffice to say that successful security transition will require not just deep reform of the Somalia security forces but also, as the AU Commission Chairperson and UN Secretary-General’s Envoys noted, transformation of AMISOM,” he said.Such transformation would entail more flexible joint operations and combat mentoring; greater emphasis on policing; adequate enablers and force multipliers, together with stronger accountability.More flexible operational support by the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) will also be needed, along with predictable financing.“The AU-UN joint review is likely to underscore that the foremost requirement for success is the need for unity of purpose among Somali actors, as well as between the Somalis, the AU, the troop-contributing countries, and principal security partners,” he said. read more

China to act as the key driver of the commodities market for

first_imgMacquarie Research Commodities, the research and analysis group, hosted its annual 2009 May China Commodities Conference in China from 18-22 May, with over 40 institutional investors attending the event. As in previous years, more than 20 corporates and industry consultants shared their views on the Chinese macro economy and commodities market outlook (short-/medium-/long-term). Overall, Macquarie believes China will continue to act as the key driver of the commodities market for the next 12 months in terms of demand.  China-based analyst Bonnie Liu reported on the big news coming out of the event. Most speakers highlighted the quick recovery of the Chinese economy and commodities demand from the world recession year-to-date, with most of the discussion focusing on the impact of the government stimulus package on Chinese economic growth in 2009. Liu: “It is widely agreed that the government stimulus package is working well year-to-date and that China will spend whatever is required in order to achieve its 2009 growth target. However, to sustain medium-term GDP growth at the annual target of 8% for the next three to five years, China needs to do far more than just issue bank credit. “The recent collapses of world commodities prices have provided China with good opportunities to buy cheap commodities for stockpile purposes, to buy overseas resource companies to ensure future supply sources and to restructure its own domestic resources industry using cheap imported material to close down inefficient  and dangerous producers.” The following sections detail the main points on various commodities made by the presenters at the week-long conference.Jim Lennon, Analyst for Macquarie, believes that China will remain the key driver of the world commodities market. Lennon: “Chinese demand for copper represented almost 40% of world demand in Q109, 37% for aluminium, 43% for nickel, 47% for crude steel and 75% for seaborne iron ore. On average, China’s share of world base metal demand represents about 45% of global market share in Q109; steel represented 47% of world demand over the same period.Why has China remained so strong while the rest of the world is in recession? Lennon believes the following four points are the key reasons behind the astonishing growth in Chinese demand of commodities in Q109:Reduced supply of secondary material along with slower business activities in the recession boosting demand for primary metals like nickel and copperConsumer restocking in China in anticipation of sustainable infrastructure demand growth along with government stimulus spendingChinese government buying cheap commodities for strategic reserve purpose and to support the metals and mining industry like copper, aluminium and zincBetter underlying real consumption from the government stimulus package and easier credit conditions.Liu: “Non-Chinese demand is still down at the moment, but we think it is probably nearing the worst due to the imminent end of the destocking cycle in developed countries. However, end-use demand looks to remain quite weak for the next three to six months. Chinese demand bounced back surprisingly strongly in Q109, though we think that is partly due to government/consumer restocking over the period in anticipation of solid demand growth from infrastructure projects supported by the central government and massive policy response from the central banks.”Macquarie on coal and power:Presentations on the coal industry highlighted the Chinese government’s concerted efforts to shut down small coal mines, especially in Shanxi province, with a bigger impact on coking coal supply rather than thermal coal. Of China’s coking coal, 40% comes from Shanxi and 60% comes from small underground mines, which are the focus of the safety-related mine closuresAccording to David Fang from the China Coal Transportation and Distribution Association, Shanxi province coal production in 2009 is expected to fall to 640 Mt from an estimated 657 Mt in 2008. And Shanxi province will have zero growth in coal supply for the next three years in order to phase out all the small and dangerous coal mines within the areaFang reported that Chinese small coal mines accounted for 36% of national output in 2008, with state-owned representing 52% and the remaining 12% occupied by local state-owned mines. However in Q109, the coal mines ownership changed significantly following the Government’s efforts to close down the small coal mines in Shanxi, Henan and Shaanxi provincesFang suggested that by Q109, key state-owned coal mines accounted for 63% of national production, whereas the market share for privately owned small coal mines fell to only 12%. Local state-owned coal mines also increased their production share to 25% of total Chinese production.Liu: “According to Shanxi government regulations, the minimum single mine pit annual production capacity needs to rise from 300,000 t/y to 900,000 t/y by 2011 and single coal producers’ annual capacity must exceed 3.0 Mt in order to stay in operation. The number of coal mines in China that need to be closed is 1,000 by 2011.”Although coking coal production fell dramatically in Shanxi province, thermal coal production from Inner Mongolia has been growing significantly year-to-date, mainly from state-owned companies like Shenhua. According to national statistics, Q109 Inner Mongolia coal production surged 28.4% YoY to 129.8 Mt, compared with 5.2% growth in total national production over the same period.Liu: “Railway transportation for coal delivery will be debottlenecked significantly in the next three to five years along with sizeable government expenditures on railway construction since 2007. New railway lines added from 2009-2011 is expected to be 5,000 km each year, compared with 1,000 km completed each year in the past. We understand that at least 30% of new railway capacity added between 2009-2012 will be used for coal transportations and distribution.”According to Macquarie’s discussion with the Railway Bureau, Chinese railway capacity for coal delivery will reach 1,800 Mt/y by 2010, compared with 1,500 Mt/y in 2008. According to the central government plan, by 2020 Chinese railway transportation facilities for coal delivery will reach 2,300 Mt/y.Coal stocks in China have been falling year-to-date but still remain at high levels by historical standards. CCTD commented that coal stocks at coal mines were 41 Mt at end-March, up 38% YoY but 24% lower than earlier this year. Coal stocks at the top five IPPs were 28 Mt by the end of March, up by 23% YoY but down 35% from the peak in early 2009, equal to 16 days of consumption. Coal inventory at major ports in China reached 13.6 Mt at the end of March, down by 10% YoY but 33% lower from early this year.As for coal consumption in 2009, CCTD believes that thermal coal demand will be up by only 1% YoY, with national power consumption up by 3-5% YoY, compared with 5% growth YoY in 2008 and 15% growth YoY in 2007, reflecting a major slowdown in power consumption from the industrial sector, which accounts for 76% of total Chinese power demand in 2008.Liu: “According to our discussions with the National Grid, from January to April 2009, industry usage of power was down by 8.3% YoY with light industry down by 6.8% YoY and heavy industry down by 8.6% YoY. Whereas for the first four months of 2009, agriculture industry usage of electricity was up by 4.6% YoY and residential sector power demand was up by 9% YoY. Additions to generation capacity will continue to focus on coal-fired stations. According to the Songlin Group, by 2008, thermal coal power stations account for 80% of power generation in China vs 75% of installed power capacity.”On copper, discussions about the market highlighted the strength of government stockpiling this year and the critical tightness of copper scrap in 2009. Ou Yang Wei from China Metals believes that 250,000 t of copper bought by the SRB is the key component of the copper price rally year-to-date. However, he also believes that SRB’s purchase of copper is price-sensitive and that $4,000/t seems to be the critical level for its purchases through the rest of 2009.China Metals commented that in Q109, Chinese production of refined copper was up by 7% YoY, with smelters’ utilisation rates rising to 80% in March 2009 compared with below 70% in 2008, due to higher copper prices. They believe refined copper production from big smelters in China has been maintained year-to-date. However, the output from small secondary producers has been hurt badly this year due to severe shortages of copper scrapAccording to China customs, in Q109, Chinese imports of copper scrap were down by 47% YoY, totalling 732,000 t only due to lower scrap generation because of weaker economic activity.  Lower scrap supply in 2009 also restricted Chinese FAI in copper smelting. According to official statistics, in Q109, Chinese investment in copper smelting capacity was up by 22% YoY compared with 50% growth YoY over the same period in 2008. As a result, Chinese expansion in copper smelting capacity should slow dramatically from 2009 onwards.As for refined copper output in 2009, China Metals believes Chinese total output will hit 4.1 Mt, up by 8.5% YoY. By contrast, Li Lan from the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and metallurgy believes the total output of copper cathodes in 2009 will be only 3.85 Mt, up by 2% YoY. This is in line with Macquarie’s forecast of 3.9 Mt output for the year as a whole due to a severe shortage of copper scrap input feed. It was widely agreed in the conference that Chinese refined copper imports will grow much stronger in 2009, due to the lack of secondary material supply for consumers’ direct usage, according to Macquarie.Lan estimates that Chinese refined copper imports in 2009 will be 1.82 Mt, compared with 1.45 Mt imports for 2008. However Macquarie believes Chinese total imports of refined copper could hit 2.5 Mt this year, including 300,000 t of copper purchased by the SRB with first delivery into China starting from the end of March. The difference for Chinese apparent copper consumption forecast for 2009 ranges from 6.5% to 15% growth YoY.According to Lan, Chinese copper demand in 2009 will be up by 6.5% YoY with zero growth coming from the construction sector, 12% growth from the power sector, 5% decline from whitegoods and durables and 15% growth YoY from the telecom sector. Transportation industry copper demand is also expected to be up by 5% YoY in 2009.According to Lan’s estimates, Chinese exports of copper in finished goods account for 22% of total Chinese copper usage in 2008; in 2009, copper demand from the exports sector is expected to fall by 10-20% YoY due to the collapse in demand from the western world this year. It is generally agreed that copper demand from the power sector in 2009 will remain strong due to the government stimulus plan on power project development. According to the National Grid, its Q109 investment in power T and D projects was Rmb47 billion, up by 35% YoY compared with its annual investment target of Rmb280 billion for the year as a whole.Generally speaking, the National Grid investment in power projects is usually higher in the second half of the year compared with the first half, translating into higher demand growth for copper in the next three to six months from this sector. The power sector accounts for the majority of copper demand in China. As a result, Macquarie believes in 2009, Chinese real copper demand will grow by 15% YoY to 5.9 Mt, compared with 5.15 Mt demand for 2008.Macquarie on Aluminium:“According to Chalco, Chinese aluminium production capacity was 18.6 Mt/y at end-2008, with reported output of only 13.18 Mt. By end-2009, Chinese aluminium production capacity is expected to reach 19.4 Mt.  In Q109, Chinese aluminium smelters’ utilisation rate was only 60%, with 5.0 Mt/y of production capacity idled on the ground due to lower prices. Chalco believes most of the idled capacity can be restarted immediately if the price is high enough. [It has] also indicated that about 750,000 t/y of idled capacity has been restarted in China since early April“We do agree on [its] estimation of restarted idled capacity in China since early April. However there is an additional 1.0 Mt/y of new brown/green field projects that have come on-stream over the same period in Guangxi, Ningxia and Henan provinces. As a result, we believe the total aluminium smelting capacity added in China since early April is about 1.8 Mt/y.”Chalco believes that total aluminium production in 2009 will be 12.6 Mt, a 4.4% drop from 2008; whereas Macquarie believes the production of aluminium ingot for 2009 will be at least 13.0 Mt given the recent sizeable restarts of aluminium smelting capacity. Chalco highlighted the importance of SRB buying 590,000 t of refined aluminium from the domestic market in Q109. It believes this is the major driving force behind the price rally of aluminium year-to-date in the domestic market and the premium of the SHFE to the LME in aluminium prices during March and April 2009.Chalco commented that China will become a net importer of aluminium ingot in 2009, from a traditional net exporter, due to increased demand from the domestic market versus the rest of the world (still suffering from the recession). Macquarie does agree on its point of China becoming a net importer of aluminium in 2009; Macquarie’s estimation of Chinese net imports of aluminium is around 800,000 t for the full year – including alloy products.Steel/iron ore:Four speakers joined the conference to discuss the Chinese steel and iron ore market, including Vale, Mysteel, CBI and SteelhomeJian Liangqun from Mysteel believes that Chinese steel production in 2009 will be 520 Mt, versus production capacity of 680 Mt by the end of 2009. It is estimated that steelmakers in China had reduced output by 150 Mt/y between June and October 2008, following a sharp fall in exports and domestic demand. However, since November last year, roughly 100 Mt/y of that capacity has re-openedAccording to Vale’s estimates, small-scale steel mills in China making long products are running at 100% of their production use rate at the moment, compared with 70-80% of operation rates at flat product producersMysteel estimates that Chinese crude steel demand will be up by 14% YoY in 2009, with 45 Mt of extra demand coming from the government stimulus package. Its forecast is in line with Macquarie’s estimates of 13.2% growth in demand (including stocking) this year to 515 Mt (on a crude steel basis), reflecting the impact of the government fiscal stimulus (which will significantly boost infrastructure spending – construction, railways, oil/gas, coal/electricity) as well as the impact of the massive easing in bank lendingAccording to CBI, Chinese steel demand picked up substantially in March from February and continued to grow stronger in April and May due to government spending on infrastructure projects. Chinese steel inventory also started to fall from April. Jia from Mysteel estimates that total steel inventory in China is about 44 Mt at the moment, compared with 50 Mt of stocks level by historical standardIt was generally agreed that Chinese exports of steel will plummet in 2009, due to contracting demand from the rest of the world and higher steel prices in domestic market. Macquarie believes China will be roughly in balance between imports and exports of steel products this year compared with net exports of 20 Mt in 2008.In the case of iron ore, it is estimated that around 20-30% of domestic mining capacity (around 100 Mt/y) has shut over the past six to nine months due to iron ore prices dropping below production costs. According to Mysteel, Chinese usage of imported iron ore in total usage will rise to 62% in 2009 from 58% in 2008. According to Jia, Chinese imports of iron ore in 2009 will be 520 Mt compared with Macquarie’s forecast of 544 Mt this year and 444 Mt in 2008.According to Vale, steel mills in Hebei are now using 80- 90% of imported iron ore for its production, compared with only 30-40% in 2007 and 2008. Although more than 75 Mt of iron ore is stockpiled at Chinese ports, that is equivalent to just over one month of Chinese demand of imported material compared with historical norms of close to two months.Nickel/stainless steel:There were two positive presentations on the nickel market given by Vale and Eramet. According to Vale, it has sold out of nickel in the Chinese market for H109 and has seen some recovery from the European stainless steel market. It expects a substantial rise in the austenitic ratio in stainless steel production this year due to the 400 series’ exposure to the weak automotive sector and lower nickel pricesEramet believes the austenitic stainless steel ratio will rise to 73.6% in 2009 from 72% in 2008, with more than a 2% rise in 300 series products and a 0.5% drop in the 200 seriesLower stainless steel scrap input feed supports primary nickel demand in stainless steel production. According to Eramet’s estimates, the average world stainless steel scrap ratio will fall to 45.3% in 2009 from 47% in 2009, due to a reduced supply of secondary materialsBoth Vale and Eramet have confidence in the Chinese stainless steel sector. Eramet believes Chinese stainless steel production will rise by 2.2% in 2009 to 7.3 Mt from 7.1 Mt output in 2008, due to the rapid ramp-up of production from state-owned mills like Tisco and Baosteel, among others. Chinese major stainless steel mills production are running at record high utilisation rates in Q209Macquarie understands that Tisco and Baosteel are both running at above 90% production utilisation rates in Q2 this year compared with only 50% in the western countriesNickel pig iron was the hot topic in the conference with most of the speakers believing their production would restart if the nickel price goes above $6/lbEramet believes that Chinese production of nickel pig iron in 2009 will be 48,000 t, compared with 68,000 t output in 2008. However, it argues that if the nickel price continues its current rally, it should see much higher levels of nickel pig iron production than their forecast – with no bottleneck on production capacity in China (which could be close to 200,000 t/y)According to Eramet, the world nickel market will be in deficit of 6,300 t in 2009 as a whole. However, that deficit is too small to absorb the sizeable stockpile of nickel that accumulated in 2007 and 2008 (180,000 t+).And on zinc and lead:The only speech about the Chinese zinc and lead markets came from Penfold. It highlighted the quick recovery of Chinese zinc smelting and mine production since early April following higher zinc prices. It estimates that smelters are now running at 85-90% of capacity (production in April was at 4.1 M/y, up from 3 Mt/y in Jan-Feb). Roughly 600-700,000 t/y of small-scale zinc mines have reopenedHowever, demand is still weak in the domestic market and the ramp-up of production at zinc smelters has led to significant stockbuilding. According to official statistics, from January to April 2009, Chinese galvanised steel production was down by 8.6% YoY.According to Penfold, Chinese zinc demand in 2009 will be flat from 2008 due to lagging new construction, which accounted for almost 40% of Chinese zinc demand in 2008.last_img read more

Le AAXA P3 pico Projector un écran de 80 cm dans la

first_imgLe AAXA P3 pico Projector : un écran de 80 cm dans la mainUn projecteur HD qui tient dans la main pour des images jusqu’à 80 cm ? Cela ressemble à de la science-fiction, et pourtant !  Le AAXA P3 Pico-projector propose une qualité d’image tout à fait raisonnable pour un peu plus de 200 euros. L’image du P3 est tout à fait respectable pour le format : 1024×800 pixels, un contraste de 1.000 : 1,50 lumens de luminosité (ANSI), un haut-parleur 1W et 15.000 heures de durée de vie annoncée pour la lampe. Certes on en est très loin d’une image d’écran plasma, mais il y a largement de quoi regarder un film sur le tissu de sa tente, en pleine montagne ! La batterie tient 65 minutes, donc il faudra tout de même choisir un film court.À lire aussiEpson introduit un nouveau projecteur à 3 LCD et un support iOs à venirIl ne lésine pas non plus en fonctions, puisqu’il s’agit d’un lecteur MP4 avec port HDMI, VGA, Composite et USB. Les fichiers supportés via l’USB sont l’avi, le JPG, le mp3 et les TXT. Toutefois, on regrettera l’absence de mémoire interne pour stocker ses médias.La nouvelle génération de picoprojecteurs dont le P3 fait partie doit tout aux nouvelles DEL ultras puissantes. AAXA a également sorti le P4, avec plus de lumière, de batterie et de résolution… mais il est également plus cher et bien plus gros, 14cm de longueur contre 4 pour le P3 !Comme pour tout projecteur, et particulièrement pour ces modèles minimalistes, il faudra tenter de se trouver un environnement le plus sombre possible, et l’agrandissement de l’image se fera inévitablement au détriment de sa netteté, puisque la résolution est constante.Le 22 décembre 2011 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Robbers loot trawler kills 1 in Bbaria

first_imgA worker of a trawler was beaten to death and four others were injured by robbers in the Meghna River in Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria on Saturday midnight, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Sarwar Hossian, 24, son of Harun Miah, a resident of Baroichhara village in the upazila.Deceased family members said a gang of masked robbers intercepted a Sunamganj-bound cement-laden trawler from Dhaka and looted valuables and beat up workers randomly, leaving five of them injured.Injured Sarwar was taken to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital and later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital at night where he succumbed to his injuries in the morning.Contacted, Mafiz Uddin Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Sarail Police Station, said they are gathering information about the incident.last_img read more

Michigan legislators join the Go Red for Women movement

first_img30Jan Michigan legislators join the ‘Go Red for Women’ movement Today, state Rep. Margaret O’Brien and fellow legislators gathered to participate in the kickoff of the “Go Red for Women” campaign. February is American Heart Month and brings awareness to the number one killer of women in the United States.“It’s shocking that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States over all types of cancer combined,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “I am proud to be able to participate in an event that helps to increase awareness of the disease among women.”Legislators showed their support of the campaign today by wearing red. A spokeswoman from the American Heart Association shared her story about how heart disease impacted her life and advocated for women to be aware of their risk factors for heart disease.“The first step toward prevention of any disease is through awareness,” O’Brien said. “No family should suffer the loss of a loved one due to lack of knowledge about the risk factors of any disease.” Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Lucidos plan to protect civil liberties moves forward

first_img Bill prevents police from keeping the property of innocent peopleState Rep. Peter Lucido’s plan to protect the due process rights of Michigan citizens was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives.Lucido said civil asset forfeiture is designed to punish criminals by taking the money and property they gain through illegal activity. The problem is, police agencies currently have the authority to take and keep the property of individuals who haven’t even been charged, let alone convicted.Lucido’s legislation requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement agencies can take ownership of personal property using the civil asset forfeiture process.“People should never be rewarded for criminal activity,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “But there is absolutely no reason why there shouldn’t be a conviction first. Police agencies shouldn’t be taking the personal property people work hard all of their lives to earn unless and until they’re proven guilty of a crime.”As a former probation officer and criminal defense lawyer of more than 30 years, Lucido said he witnessed law enforcement agencies abuse Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture law.In 2016, Michigan law enforcement agencies reported confiscating $15.2 million worth of cash and property through the civil asset forfeiture process. No charges were ever filed in about 10 percent of the cases. In 196 cases, people had their assets forfeited and were later found not guilty.“Innocent people don’t deserve to be treated like criminals,” said Lucido. “This reform protects the fundamental due process rights of all Michigan citizens.”House Bill 4158 advances to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Lucido News 08May Rep. Lucido’s plan to protect civil liberties moves forwardlast_img read more

Eric Holder Suggests that Snowden Could Come Home with Right Deal in

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJuly 6, 2015; National JournalFormer attorney general Eric Holder suggested in an interview Monday that Edward Snowden might be able to strike a deal with the U.S. government that would allow him to return home.Saying that “we are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures” and that “his actions spurred a necessary debate” that resulted in changed policies on surveillance, Holder said, “I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with. I think the possibility exists.”The fact that Holder is suggesting that Snowden’s actions may have had a positive result on policy and law places Snowden’s actions further in the “whistleblower” category, for which a plea reasonable to both parties could more plausibly be negotiated.Holder has just rejoined Covington & Burling, the elite Washington law firm where he worked before taking over as attorney general in 2009. In his role as AG, he had a role in filing a three-count felony espionage charge against Snowden in 2013.Holder’s remarks to Yahoo News go further than any current or former Obama administration official. “The former attorney general’s recognition that Snowden’s actions led to meaningful changes is welcome,” said Ben Wizner, Snowden’s attorney. “This is significant…I don’t think we’ve seen this kind of respect from anybody at a cabinet level before.”Holder stopped short of speculating about the parameters of a possible deal, and Melanie Newman, chief spokeswoman for Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Holder’s successor, denied that there were any such considerations in play. “This is an ongoing case, so I am not going to get into specific details, but I can say our position regarding bringing Edward Snowden back to the United States to face charges has not changed,” she said in an email. Some sources, however, are speculating about a guilty plea on one felony count and a sentence of three to five years in exchange for full cooperation with the government.Wizner, however, says any prison time would be unacceptable to his client. “Our position is he should not be reporting to prison as a felon and losing his civil rights as a result of his act of conscience.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Worker Challenges Tesla to Sustainable Labor Practices

first_imgShare21TweetShare3Email24 Shares“Tesla Roadster Logo.” Cropped to fit the available space.February 10, 2017; Gizmodo and ForbesA cutting-edge company with a mission “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy” is having difficulty mastering the less-cutting-edge challenge of working with its labor force. Tesla Motors may be different from other automobile manufacturers in its singular focus on electric-powered vehicles; it may be a highly innovative company that’s leading the way as a green business—but labor relations still challenge its management.Last week, Jose Moran posted a message on about the working conditions at Tesla’s California factory that said all was not well on the production lines:Many of my coworkers who have been saying they are fed up with the long hours at the plant. […] Although the cost of living in the Bay Area is among the highest in the nation, pay at Tesla is near the lowest in the automotive industry.…Many of my coworkers are commuting one or two hours before and after those long shifts because they can’t afford to live closer to the plant.He ended his post calling for a new relationship between workers and the company.Tesla isn’t a startup anymore. It’s here to stay. Workers are ready to help make the company more successful and a better place to work. Just as CEO Elon Musk is a respected champion for green energy and innovation, I hope he can also become a champion for his employees. As more of my coworkers speak out, I hope that we can start a productive conversation about building a fair future for all who work at Tesla.Tesla responded to Moran’s challenge in an email to Fortune Magazine. Their stance was that he was writing not as a disgruntled employee, but as a stalking horse of the United Auto Workers union.As California’s largest manufacturing employer and a company that has created thousands of quality jobs here in the Bay Area, this is not the first time we have been the target of a professional union organizing effort such as this. The safety and job satisfaction of our employees here at Tesla has always been extremely important to us. We have a long history of engaging directly with our employees on the issues that matter to them, and we will continue to do so because it’s the right thing to do.Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, took things rather more personally. In messages to tech site Gizmodo, he wrote:Our understanding is that this guy was paid by the UAW to join Tesla and agitate for a union. He doesn’t really work for us, he works for the UAW.…Frankly, I find this attack to be morally outrageous. Tesla is the last car company left in California, because costs are so high. The UAW killed NUMMI and abandoned the workers at our Fremont plant in 2010. They have no leg to stand on.NUMMI, or New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., are the former owners of the factory that Tesla now uses.For its part, UAW issued a statement denying that Mr. Moran was speaking for the Union or on their payroll.Mr. Moran is not and has not been paid by the UAW. We would hope that Tesla would apologize to their employee, Mr. Moran, for spreading fake news about him. We can confirm that Mr. Moran and others at Tesla have approached the UAW, and we welcome them with open arms.The details of this controversy make good tabloid reading, but it is symptomatic of a larger issue. With labor union membership shrinking to levels not seen since before the Great Depression, are wages and working conditions to be left solely to the beneficence of management and its interpretation of the labor market? If not through the collective power of a union, how are the concerns of workers to be heard and responded to?—Martin LevineShare21TweetShare3Email24 Shareslast_img read more

New ACT Results Show Tenacity of Disparity for LowIncome Students

first_imgShare16Tweet19ShareEmail35 Shares“Exam” by Alberto G.September 9, 2017, Washington PostResults from this year’s ACT (American College Testing) college readiness standardized test, provided by ACT, a nonprofit of the same name founded in 1959, show that the disparity in measures of educational performance between lower income students and higher income students persists in the U.S., as it does in every nation.The “achievement gap” in the U.S. is something NPQ writes about time and again.Scores from the ACT show that just nine percent of students in the class of 2017 who came from low-income families, whose parents did not go to college, and who identify as black, Hispanic, American Indian, or Pacific Islander are strongly ready for college.But the readiness rate for students with none of those demographic characteristics was six times as high, 54 percent, according to data released Thursday.“That kind of shocked us,” ACT chief executive Marten Roorda said. “We knew it was bad, but we didn’t know it was this bad.”College Board, a nonprofit formed in 1899, administers its own standardized college readiness test called the SAT. It is anticipated that the 2017 SAT scores, available later this month, will reinforce the ACT findings. College Board, a membership association, including over 6,000 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations, also develops and administers curricula used by K–12 to promote college-readiness.Approximately 60 percent (more than 2 million) of all U.S. students who graduated high school this year took the ACT. Approximately 1.7 million students took the SAT college admission test in 2016.The U.S. Department of Education began to research the causes of the disparity in academic achievement between students from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds when it commissioned the “Equality of Educational Opportunity” report in 1966. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has since provided achievement gap trend data. Attempts by government, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups to improve equality of access to educational opportunities have included affirmative action, interventions to improve school testing, teacher quality and accountability, after-school and summer educational programs, and, of course, major national initiatives such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.ACT’s Marten Roorda said of the alarming ACT results just released, “You could argue that those investments should have made a clearer difference, and that’s not what we’re seeing.”Benjamin Wehrmund, writing for Politico and drawing from the Equal Opportunity Project findings and other reports, says that the nation’s elite universities “admit more students from the top one percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined.” Far from being a “ladder of economic mobility,” statistical evidence shows that higher education has rewarded established wealth for decades.“We are creating a permanent underclass in America based on education—something we’ve never had before,” said Brit Kirwan, former chancellor of the University of Maryland system.—Jim SchafferShare16Tweet19ShareEmail35 Shareslast_img read more

British and Irish politicians have called upon Iri

first_imgBritish and Irish politicians have called upon Irish public broadcaster RTÉ to reconsider closing its London base as part of wider cost-cutting plans.RTÉ is cutting costs and jobs in an effort to save money and reduce its deficit and plans to close its London office as part of that programme. However, the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly yesterday called upon the broadcaster to reconsider its plans and look for alternatives to closing the London unit.last_img