One of Stellarton’s most successful homegrown companies, WearWell Garments, is celebrating 30 years of success and plans to expand. WearWell Garments manufactures and supplies customized work clothes for institutional, food service, industrial and corporate markets. The company’s clients span industries from offshore oil and gas to national grocers. WearWell employs 85 people and plans to create up to 20 new jobs in the next five years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting WearWell Garments with a payroll rebate set at a maximum of $332,500. Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, made the announcement today, Oct. 16, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac. Mr. Chisholm was joined by Stirling MacLean, president of WearWell Garments, and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Strong, homegrown companies keep jobs in our communities and create new opportunities in regions throughout Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Chisholm. “The province and NSBI are committed partners with businesses like WearWell Garments in making smart investments in the future.” The five-year rebate through NSBI is tied to WearWell Garments retaining its existing workforce and creating the 20 new jobs. The investment also complements the company’s own investments. The company is investing in equipment, manufacturing improvementsand employee training to increase its competitiveness. “The need to focus on improving productivity has never been more immediate,” said Mr. MacLean. “We look forward to positive results from our efforts.” Current economic conditions, including the value of the Canadian dollar and rising transportation costs, are leading many exporters to find new ways to improve productivity and reduce costs. “Nova Scotia is competing and winning in the global economy,” said Mr. Lund. “In times of economic uncertainty, we need to continue to invest in our people and support companies like WearWell Garments as it makes these crucial investments.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information go the NSBI website at www.novascotiabusiness.com.
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Two Albertans were named Canada’s newest astronauts Saturday as the country marked its 150th birthday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the platform of waterlogged Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa to name Jennifer Sidey of Calgary and Joshua Kutryk of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.Sidey is a lecturer with the University of Cambridge who has worked as a mechanical engineer, while Kutryk is an air force pilot who also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in defence studies.Sidey, who holds the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the air force, told the crowd she was inspired to become an astronaut in 1992 when Roberta Bondar went into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery. She said she had the opportunity to attend a speech in Calgary by Canada’s first female astronaut.“I remember looking up to her being excited at the idea of being a scientist, being a Canadian and having the opportunity to explore places beyond our world,” she said.“I’m grateful to have had that role model and that memory makes this moment so powerful for me.”Backstage on #CANADADAY150 with @astro_kutryk and @astro_jenni! pic.twitter.com/Do8kluqrQV— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) July 1, 2017Kutryk, for his part, said he is honoured to be joining the Canadian Space Agency.“Throughout the recruitment campaign, Jenny and I met some amazing Canadians, scientists, doctors, engineers, pilots like myself. There is so much talent in this country,” he said.“I stand on the shoulders of the great Canadian astronauts before me, they inspired me to be the best that I could be.”Kutryk, 35, was fascinated with space as a child, according to a biography posted on the Canadian Space Agency website. He said he knew his life would focus on helping to explore it.“I have always wanted to leave the world a better place than I found it, and I believe that space is one area where I can do so, Kutryk said in a question and answer on the space agency’s website.Sidey, who will be 29 in August, said her motto is “fortune favours the brave.” She said her greatest previous achievement was to become a lecturer at Cambridge, something she never dreamed of when she first moved to Britain in 2011 as a engineering graduate.Sidey and Kutryk will move to Houston this month to start the two year training program for astronaut candidates. The program provides instruction in the systems on board the International Space Station and a host of other things ranging from spacewalks to survival training to Russian language instruction.The two astronauts will be officially welcomed Tuesday at Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Quebec.
Yesterday, the Russian Federation became the 38th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on Participation in the Standby Arrangements System with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).Under the arrangement, the Russian Government has agreed to provide a company of field engineers and four transport helicopters, which will remain on standby until needed.
Just 44 postcodes out of 1.7m are using optimum broadband speeds, Ofcom figures show.Analysis of internet speeds suggests that a tiny minority of British households are accessing the “gigabit speed” broadband, which is more than 20 time faster than the current average. The analysis by the Financial Times suggests that there are only 44 postcodes that are accessing average speeds of 1GBit/s, just three of which are in urban areas. The internet speed, seen as the benchmark for fast broadband in the future, is also offered by some providers as “hyperoptic” broadband and outstrips the superfast and ultrafast speeds commonly offered by mainstream internet companies. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Many of the areas with the fastest broadband in the country are in remote areas, including rural parts of of Lancashire and Oxfordshire. Some northern areas are covered by B4RN, or Broadband for the Rural North, a community-led organisation that offers the fast connection to households in its coverage area for £30 a month. Its area currently covers a portion of the rural north-west, from south of Lancaster to north of Kendal, in the Lake District. Residents installed the cables themselves by digging trenches and pooled their resources in 2011 to fund the project. According to Ofcom, rural areas make up most of the five per cent of homes which are still unable to access superfast broadband, which is usually at speeds of anything up to 80Mb.The Government pledged to ensure that 95 per cent of homes would be able to access these speeds by the end of December last year. In January then-secretary of state for digital culture, media and sport Matt Hancock said the £1.7 billion programme had been successful. The extremely fast gigabit broadband requires fibre optic cables to be laid directly to be the building which is to be connected to the network. This differs from standard superfast broadband, which involves fibre optic cables being laid to the street cabinet with older copper cables making up the rest of the distance to the home. The National Infrastructure Commission has also warned that some rural areas risk being left out of plans to roll out high-speed fibre broadband across the country.The Commission’s report, published earlier this month, also said that copper wires should be switched off within seven years, and a full fibre internet network should be rolled out by 2033. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Last month it urged the Government to subsidise its installation in areas where it is less economically viable for private companies. The Telegraph has been campaigning for better broadband in line with modern business and social requirements which mean it is an indispensible utility.Rural businesses have said they are being held back by an inability to access fast, reliable internet, which limits their ability to set up online shops and communicate with clients and customers. The FT said its data was based on Ofcom’s information and relates to the speeds that households were actually accessing. Openreach said 17.5m homes and businesses were able to upgrade to faster broadband services. However, rural areas are still neglected, with a recent report by the Local Government Association warning that residents outside cities were struggling with slow speeds.
Back in April, the news of Apple’s somewhat-secret iPhone location-data-tracking broke to much disapproval. The Internet was abuzz with outraged iPhone users concerned about their privacy. With a few months’ time, the dust has settled a bit, and a few people have even figured out ways to put this technology to good use.Take Crowdflow’s Michael Kreil for example. Kreil took location data from 880 iPhones all across Europe over one month’s time, he aggregated the data from April 2011, and then visualized it by creating an amazing time-lapse video. We’re able to see how iPhone customers move across the different countries in Europe. The video definitely has a psychedelic feel to it with its bright undulating lights flying around the eye-catching-colored maps of Europe.AdChoices广告The map style resembles a bunch of fireflies buzzing about Europe. The lights fade on and off to represent when data is turned off, presumably at night when we tend to turn off our phones when going to sleep. Kreil said that most iPhones don’t collect data at night since the owner is, typically, not moving. Because of this, the image becomes blurry at night, and the lights dissolve.Kreil said that he couldn’t decide on a color scheme, so he made three videos of the same data, but in different colors. We chose our favorite below, but make sure to watch the others if you have a different color preference. We also recommend watching the videos in full HD and in full-screen mode.He also noted that he’d like to see the same project applied to the entire globe, which makes our little time-lapse-loving geek hearts flutter with excitement.Crowdflow, via GigaOm
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans withered under yet another day of searing sun Friday as a heat wave spread in earnest into the urban core of the Northeast, while excessive heat warnings stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas.Temperatures were forecast near or into the triple digits Friday and into the weekend.The high temperatures and smothering humidity will force up the heat indexes. Boston’s 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia’s 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.’s 103 degrees could seem like 116.It’s enough to test the patience of a saint.Taking her morning walk with temperatures already soaring near 90, Sister Elizabeth Ann Hughes of St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia offered her simple strategy — go out only when it’s relatively cool and stay in the air conditioning when it’s not.“I walk in the shade and get out of the sun before 10 a.m.,” she said.In New York, people looking to beat the heat were thwarted by warnings urging them to avoid city waterways after a wastewater treatment plant disabled by fire began spewing millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River.Officials cautioned against swimming and bathing at four beaches in the city boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn, especially for people with medical conditions.
A flood affected villager wades next to his bicycle through a submerged road at the flood affected Morigoan district, in India’s the northeastern state of Assam on 15 August, 2017. Photo: AFPAt least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million have been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday, as rescuers scoured submerged villages for the missing.In Nepal, severe flooding has left tens of thousands of homes totally underwater in the populous southern lowlands, with nearly 20 percent of the population affected.“As per the data we have received so far, 111 have been killed, 35 are still missing and a search operation is underway,” Home Minister Janardan Sharma told parliament Tuesday.A third of neighbouring Bangladesh is flooded, with at least 29 dead as relentless monsoon rains pound the densely-populated riverine country.“Another 1.5 million people have been marooned,” Reaz Ahmed, head of Bangladesh’s disaster management department told AFP.Almost 1,200 shelters have been erected across Bangladesh, while the army has been deployed to reinforce weakened river embankments and to assist with search and rescue operations.In the border district of Lalmonirhat, roughly 600 Indian nationals took shelter in Bangladeshi villages along with their stricken livestock, the district’s government administrator Shafiul Atif told AFP.India has also suffered from torrential downpours and flash flooding, worsening a monsoon that has already claimed lives.At least 81 people have died in the eastern states of Bihar and West Bengal, and northeastern Assam state, over the last few days, a government official told AFP on Tuesday.Train services have been cut entirely to the northeast, and at least 200,000 people are living in emergency camps in Assam, a remote state that suffers frequent flooding during the annual rains.‘Suffering for decades’ -In Nepal, residents in hard-hit Saptari district blamed the government for failing to solve the seasonal floods and quickly send aid to those in need.“Many have lost their homes. Families don’t have food or shelter. We are just helping each other,” said local resident Pankaj Mishra.“What we need is for the government to solve this problem. We have been suffering for decades every year. The river troubles us every year.”Kathmandu has been criticised for enacting a “one-door” policy requiring all aid for flood victims to flow through a government-run central disaster agency.The diktat threatens to delay the delivery of relief supplies say volunteers and aid agencies, which have warned Nepal faces a humanitarian crisis if food and water does not reach the worst-affected areas.“Unless there is an effective model of rescue and relief operation, one-door policy will only kill or aggravate the situation,” said local volunteer Arpan Shrestha.Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Tuesday pledged $1 million in flood assistance to Nepal during a four-day visit to Kathmandu.
YouTube will kick the tires on a new way to try to get users to watch more videos: It’s about to launch the test of a new “Explore” tab for its iOS app, which YouTube says will show videos, topics and channels users probably wouldn’t ordinarily see.The test will affect 1% of YouTube’s iOS app viewers, according to the video platform. YouTube plans to run the experiment over the next few weeks.For users in the trial, at the bottom of the iOS app screen, instead of the “Trending” tab there will be an “Explore” tab (with all of the content that’s currently in Trending moving into a section of Explore).The different recommendations in the “Explore” tab on iOS will be personalized, based on an individual user’s viewing activity. But unlike the current way YouTube suggests content, the videos and channels in Explore will be stuff “you might not otherwise see,” according to a post by YouTube on the service’s help forum. Popular on Variety “With more videos coming to YouTube every minute we’re always experimenting with ways to make it easier for people to find, watch and share the videos that matter most to them,” YouTube said in announcing the test.YouTube says it’s interested in feedback on the experiment — and it’s surely going to get an earful. Some of the changes it has made to the platform, and even some tests of new features, haven’t gone over well with its large community of creators. For example, a small test YouTube ran earlier this year that let users opt to sort subscription feeds in non-chronological order prompted a broad outcry from YouTubers concerned it would hurt their video views. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
In the lead-up to Wednesday’s announcement of pricing and availability, Magic Leap invited a small number of press to its Plantation, Florida headquarters to try out the Magic Leap One Creator Edition.Those impressions, while not overly negative, all seemed to note that this initial device didn’t seem to live up to the hype that proceeded its release.The Verge wrote that while the Magic Leap is “one of the best (if not the best) pieces of mixed reality hardware” they’ve seen, it still seems a long way from realizing the promise of the medium. Wired wrote that their experience wasn’t great at first, hindered by a poor fitting, but that once it was working the experiences were creative and compelling.While impressed with the driving technology, CNBC wrote that “we’re years away from the Magic Leap that’s ready for the rest of us.”Abovitz said he had a chance to skim some of those articles in a “bleary-eyed moment” while keeping an eye on the screens packing his mission command center.“I’m getting little glimpses to some of those stories,” he said, adding he wasn’t really bothered by the impressions. “This is our Apple One, not our iPhone Ten moment. This is the very first step of what we are doing. We’re being heads down and modest about what we’ll do next.”Several previews of the Magic Leap One Creator Edition also noted the constrained viewing area I first pointed out during my time with the headset late last year, saying that while it is larger than Microsoft’s HoloLens, it’s still a relatively small viewing area. Others also compared Magic Leap favorably to the HoloLens, which sells for $3,000, in other ways. Magic Leap One Creator Edition sells for $2,295. Neither are really designed for the general consumer.Variety asked Abovitz if he regrets the early hype and over-the-top videos — like the one of a whale breaching in the middle of a school gym — used to promote the product. If it created an unattainable goal. Abovitz declined to say how much Two might sell for or when it might launch.“Let’s focus on Magic Leap One Creator Edition,” he said. “We just launched it and we’re in early orbit. This is our Alan Shepard, John Glenn moment. Then we’ll talk to you about Gemini.”Early Wednesday morning, Magic Leap announced it would start selling its Magic Leap One Creator Edition for $2,295 in six major cities through a direct order system on its website.Abovitz said he spent the night before the launch “not sleeping, chasing my cats and dogs around the house in the middle of the night and making sure I could get up early enough for the launch.”He made his way into the office early to join a number of employees who had slept there, for a pre-launch party that featured Magic Leap mascot Shaggle, employees decked out in wild customs and was a bit like a rave. The party continued post-launch, as Abovitz made his way to a “mission control” room that featured live tracking of orders and delivery.In the lead-up to Wednesday’s news and the opening of orders, the company pre-stocked the six cities where the device is being sold. When an order is made, a representative from LiftOff contacts the customer to set up a delivery time. The device is delivered, unboxed and set-up over the course of an hour-long appointment.“We’re taking a controlled step forward,” Abovitz said. “For the next month, we want to make sure everything is very high quality. This is the launch of our first product and we want to make sure it all goes well.”Abovitz declined to say how much stock the company had to sell but noted that they’re working to not have much in the way of unsold inventory. To do that the company is using several contract manufacturers both in the United States and abroad.“We make the fundamental components here and pioneered the engineering assembly, and were overseeing it at a couple of sites,” he said. “We have our internal targets and we want to exceed those.“It’s important to me to get our systems into the hands of as many creators as possible and to get others time with it.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Magic Leap One Creator Edition went on sale today in a half-dozen major cities, but it’s not the mixed reality goggles intended for general consumers. That system, the Magic Leap Two, will include support for AT&T’s growing 5G network and will launch with demo stations and a much broader push, company founder and CEO Rony Abovitz told Variety Wednesday.“We are going to be integrating Magic Leap Two in AT&T’s 5G cell network,” he said. “It is going to much wider. Magic Leap One is really about creators and spacial computing enthusiasts.”That doesn’t mean that the system launched today is already outdated, Abovitz said the teams will continue to work on that offering software updates over time and that there may even be hardware tweaks as the Magic Leap One, which is version 1.000, evolves to become 1.1 and beyond. Popular on Variety “It’s probably best not to look back ever,” he said. “As we roll out and people realize what you can build — we have a really powerful CPU and GPU and a good coding team, a good developer can pull off some miracles — I think you are going to see people who deliver on the vision that we put out there.”Abovitz also pointed out that not all of its early videos showed things that haven’t yet been achieved. Another early video showed off a concept for what became “Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders.”“We wanted to get people excited,” he said. “But if you look at the Dr. Grordbort’s video, that was a vision of what we expected to deliver. Weta managed to create something that matches that or even exceeds it.”The idea behind the early marketing, he said, was to free your mind. “I find that when creative people don’t have blocks, they go for it and make it happen,” he said. “We probably will never apologize about putting our vision out there and then driving to meet it.”
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » September 18, 2013 Mobile apps are no longer, well, mobile apps. They’ve amalgamated with technology that’s vying to get closer to you. I’m not talking about the air-conditioned tie or the iPod toilet dock. Although, the edible rice cracker iPhone 5 case could help with hunger pangs during long working hours.Wearable technology, which makes it sound a lot cooler than saying, “I’ve got a computer chip in my glasses,” is not the only thing that’s pushing the envelope on the mobile app ecosystem. There are app-enabled medical devices, innovation in home automation and even car technology catching consumers’ attention.But no one knows what tomorrow holds including market research firms that predict the market for all wearable technology will more than double to $18.8 billion in 2016 from $9.3 billion this year.What we do know is that consumers are opening up to the fact that their eyeglasses are no longer a simple frame and glass, but pack in a complex computer system; that their watches are no longer about the precision dial, but more about how well they can emulate their mobile phone.Just look under the “Technology” tab on Kickstarter.com and you’ll get a sense of how technology and apps are integrating with our daily lives. Let’s take a look at what’s driving the app economy forward and how that will affect app technology in the future.Popularized by Google Glass and the Pebble Watch, wearable technology seems to be the next big thing, with the likes of Samsung and Intel joining the bandwagon. Wearable technology simply means clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies.Some of the most popular accessories are smartwatches, with Samsung launching its latest range called Galaxy Gear and Qualcomm introducing Toq. Intel too has announced a new range of processors aimed at wearable devices. And Nissan isn’t far behind with its Nismo brand.Not only has wearable technology opened doors for entrepreneurs developing new products, it has also benefited app developers by providing a new platform for developing and selling their apps, such as for the Google Glass.Some examples of apps developed for Google Glass are Glass Stocks which allows you to check stock prices right on your glasses and GlassFit, which keeps track of your fitness routines.Wearable fitness devices in particular, have seen considerable traction. Case in point is the Adidas’ miCoach that monitors athletic performance and has sensors that measure speed, pace and distance.Apps like RunKeeper combine the health and fitness industries and also provide an ecosystem for fitness and health-related devices.Keeping with the growth in the wearable health tech space, Qualcomm Life and California health system Palomar recently launched an incubator called Glassomics to support consumer and clinical applications for health-related wearable technology.All that said, huge challenges such as credibility of diagnosis and privacy pertaining to user data still need to be overcome when it comes to wearable health devices.But strides are being made. Big players from across industries such as Intel, Qualcomm and Nissan are investing huge amount of resources in wearable technology thus impacting smart phones, which are beginning to integrate sensors and apps that help foster the wearable tech ecosystem.And as wearable technology continues to innovate and improve, the mobile app industry is more and more ripe for big-data reporting, analysis and implementation. What lies ahead remains to be seen, but the challenges and opportunities are beginning to show up for entrepreneurs and businesses. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Ransomware Removal Kit by Martin Brinkmann on April 16, 2016 in Security – Last Update: April 17, 2016 – 12 commentsRansomware Removal Kit is a collection of anti-ransomware programs designed to be used by security professionals and system administrators.Ransomware takes files or the entire computer hostage and pressures the user or administrator of the device into paying a ransom to regain access to files or the system.Most security experts suggest that ransoms are not paid, as there is no guarantee that an unlock code will be provided and because it encourages further investments into attacks and code improvements.The suggested course of actions usually involves quarantining the affected system, creating a backup image of the data, identifying the ransomware used in the attack, and eliminating the threat if removal tools are available.Ransomware Removal KitRansomware Removal Kit helps with the removal of ransomware. Download the 270 Megabyte archive to the local system and extract it afterwards.Tools and information are sorted into folders, and it is usually the case that you find one or multiple informational files in each folder, and a software archive containing the ransomware removal program.Resources are provided as HTML files which you can load in any web browser. They have been saved from websites across the web and provide information about the particular ransomware type the program can remove from the system.It is a bit unfortunate that the programs are provided as zip archives, as you will have to extract them individually in each subfolder before you can make use of them. A program like Extract Now may be of service as it can parse a directory and all its sub-folders for archives to extract them all at once.The Ransomware Removal Kit may help you indirectly in the identification of the ransomware used in an attack as the included resources may reveal screenshots and other characteristics about it.Still, it may be better to use a service like ID Ransomware instead which supports more than 50 different types of ransomware currently. All you need to do is upload the ransom note and/or an encrypted file to have it identified by the service provided that the ransomware is in the service’s database.The resource files may also provide removal instructions which you need to follow.Closing WordsRansomware Removal Kit is a collection of resources and programs designed to remove certain types of ransomware. While it is certainly possible to create a similar collection manually, using the kit as a general starting point for your own collection may be a good idea.All in all, a resource you may want to keep an eye on, especially if you are asked frequently or even regularly to remove ransomware from computer systems.You can check out our anti-ransomware software overview for a list of security programs designed to block ransomware attacks.Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 4 votes Software Name Ransomware Removal KitOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://bitbucket.org/jadacyrus/ransomwareremovalkit/overview Advertisement
Share Hurricane Max forms off southern Mexico, eyes landfall Thursday, September 14, 2017 Source: The Associated Press Tags: Mexico, Travel Alert MEXICO CITY — Hurricane Max has formed off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast and is forecast to hit land later today.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Max has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).The storm is located about 55 miles (85 kilometres) southwest of Acapulco and is heading toward the east at 6 mph (9 kph).A hurricane warning was in effect for the coastline between Zihuatanejo and Punta Maldonado on Thursday. << Previous PostNext Post >>
CFPB RGA 2017-08-16 Joey Pizzolato Share August 16, 2017 653 Views Republican Governors Association Probe in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Richard Cordray is taking heat once again due to rumors circulating that he intends to run for Governor of Ohio when his tenure as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ends.The Republican Governors Association (RGA) has submitted a second request for information regarding Cordray’s actions via the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 522, to Raynell Lazier in order to find out if Cordray violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from running for office while still employed in their charge.The letter cites two separate instances as grounds for obtaining the requested information: a report by WXVU saying Cordray had a phone call with the chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party; and a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer announcing upcoming gubernatorial debates in September. Apparently, the RGA questions whether or not Cordray discussed participating in those debates.The RGA requested a slew of information, including logs of Cordray’s cell phone and office phone from June 1, 2017 to present, as well as a copy of the director’s schedule from June to present. The letter notes that although the CFPB posts Cordray’s schedule online for transparency purposes, the director’s office has yet to post June or July’s schedule, which makes the RGA question the actual transparency of the office.In addition, the request lists 10 people who could have corresponded with Cordray via his @consumerfinance.gov email: Tim Burke, Erie Meyer, Zach West, Kirsten Alvanitakis, Nelson Devezin, Rachel Rossi, Josh Thurston, Megan Joyce, Greg Beswick, Bridget Doherty, and Neil Patel. They also would like copies of any emails that reference the terms, “cordrayforohio.com,” “Cordray Committee,” or Gubanatorial Debate or Governor’s Debate or Ohio Debate.”RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson had strong words for Director Cordray in an official statement: “Ohioans deserve to know whether Richard Cordray is using his Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office for political gain at the expense of taxpayers,” he said. “If these new revelations are correct, and Cordray did discuss potential gubernatorial debates with Ohio Democrats, he should admit truthfully what he discussed, if he is engaged in prohibited political activity, and why he is so focused on not doing his job.”
The electricity authority proudly announced in August that they have purchased six electric cars in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.And at a first look the numbers are indeed impressive. According to information by the authority, the six cars save 3,096 litres of liquid fuel per year, and emissions drop by 5.52 tonnes.The engineers explained how they calculated this amount, and it makes sense. It turns out, however, that one crucial calculation is missing – how many carbon emissions it takes to produce the energy required for charging the six electric vehicles, which are powered through the main grid.Their analysis is specific as far as it goes. The engineers didn’t just compare their new cars to any average car, but to petrol cars similar to the Nissan leaf model and Ford Fiestas, which are also new. They also took into account how many kilometres the average car belonging to the company travels per year.This helps when calculating the savings in petrol. Comparing the electric cars to the Ford Fiesta 1.5 saloon which uses 5.16 litres per 100 kilometres, they estimated an average car in their possession travels around 10,000 kilometres, meaning the six cars have indeed a saving of 3.096 litres.The emissions can also be calculated. The CO2 emissions of the Ford Fiesta are 92 grammes per kilometre, which are multiplied by the amount of kilometres and the number of vehicles, thus adding up to 5.52 tonnes per year.So far, so good. But those six electric cars need charging and that takes electricity, and Cyprus’ electricity is largely powered by oil and oil means high carbon emissions.When one considers the amount of carbon emissions for 2016, which the authority says is 0.00074 tonnes per kW/h, an engineer and expert in renewable energy sources came up with the figure of 6.669 tonnes per year for the 10,000 kilometres of travel. And that is way more than the emissions saved by the purchase of the new cars in a year.According to the electricity authority, however, this last calculation is not that easy to make. “Every day our transmissions operator decides on a different combination of energy sources, and the amount of crude oil, renewables and gas oil varies,” spokeswoman of the EAC Christina Papadopoulou said, “how can somebody calculate the amount?”The company also pointed out that its engineers have calculated the saving of emissions using the example of new cars. Older models emit more than the 92 grammes used for the calculations, thus the savings may well be more than 5.52 tonnes.According to EAC engineer, Marios Papouttis, the emissions for the electricity generation will get less over time. While only 9 per cent of electricity is currently produced by renewable energy sources, this this percentage will increase considerably in the future.Even having this in mind, electric cars are certainly not yet those wonderfully clean machines so often claimed in many countries where they tend to be hailed as the answer to all that is bad about cars.As EAC chairman Andreas Marangos said when announcing the acquisition of the authority’s electric cars, increasing their numbers is an international trend. In Europe, he said, France and the UK have already announced timeframes concerning the exclusive use of electric cars.But their benefit is being questioned by some. In an article published in August popular German magazine Der Spiegel said that the new technology can as yet not even start to meet expectations.Problems, the article claims, start with the production of the batteries which are fitted into the vehicles.“Under the current production conditions per storable kilowatt hour (kWh) up to 200 kilos of carbon dioxide are produced. Under the current capacities that’s between 3.7 and 20 tonnes. A modern diesel car has gone 150,000 kilometres already before this is reached.”“Battery cells are not only extremely heavy and expensive, their production also eats up an enormous amount of energy,” a recent study by Swedish environmental institute IVL echoes.The technology is also, for now, expensive and the cars are either heavily sponsored by governments or simply expensive to buy.An appropriate infrastructure is also lacking. The lack of charging stations is problematic in many countries. In Cyprus, the existing 18 charging stations don’t come anywhere near the convenience the hundreds of petrol stations on the island provide. There are 100 of them in Nicosia alone.One of the 18 charging stations in CyprusOn the positive side, an electric vehicle‘s maintenance requirements are fewer and therefore the maintenance costs are lower. The electric motor has one moving part, the shaft, which is very reliable and requires little or no maintenance. The controller and charger are electronic devices with no moving parts, and they also require little or no maintenance. State-of-the-art lead acid batteries used in current electric vehicles are sealed and are maintenance free. However, the life of these batteries is limited and they require periodic replacement.Plus, the picture will change for the better. Engineers around the world are working on making batteries with a bigger capacity which are also less bulky and heavy, and which also cost less.Though the technology of petrol cars has been pretty much improved as much as possible, the future of electric cars has just begun.Until it does change though, perhaps we should take any reports of the vehicles being a great source of environmental protection with a pinch of salt.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchResearch Stair Lifts Rowland Heights California: Stunning New Stair LiftsYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Regulations concerning disabled access to beaches should be improved by the summer the House interior committee said on Monday.Head of the committee Eleni Mavrou said improvements to the legal framework regarding beaches for those people with disabilities should be ready to go to the plenary soon.She was speaking after the committee discussed the problems concerning wheelchair access to beaches and the presence of guide dogs.Fears that guide dogs will enter the sea and scare tourists are unfounded, the head of the Cyprus Confederation of Disabled Organisations Christakis Nikolaides told MPs.He added that dogs are banned on many beaches and there has even been an example of a hotel which did not allow a blind tourist to use his guide dog.On the issue of wheelchairs, the committee agreed an amendment needs to be made to exempt them from the law which bans all vehicles at beaches.“We want to do that as soon as possible, so there are as few problems as possible in the summer season,” Mavrou said.Head of the paraplegics organisation Dimitris Lambrianides stressed it was particularly important to ensure better access to people with severe motor disabilities and suggested a percentage of the proceeds from the rental of umbrellas and sunbeds should be used to develop a better infrastructure for the disabled.Although there are beaches accessible to the disabled and useful equipment has been purchased with the help of European programmes, “we often see it is not maintained adequately or the municipality does not have any money for maintenance at its disposal resulting in expensive equipment falling into disrepair.” You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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