Board Appointed for Island Traffic Authority

first_img He noted that a Chief Executive Officer for the entity will be recruited in short order. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says that a Board has been appointed for the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).“It includes retired examiner, Garnet Hosang; transport operator, Henrietta James; and representatives from the police force and insurance agencies, among others,” the Minister said, during his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.He noted that a Chief Executive Officer for the entity will be recruited in short order.Minister Montague said that the ITA will work with the police to ensure that trucks are fitted with crash bars at the back and right side, in keeping with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act. The crash bars are to prevent small vehicles from sliding underneath the trucks during an accident.“Additionally, come September 1, 2019, we will be encouraging motorists to drive with their lights on during the days. This has proven to reduce traffic crashes by 12 to 20 per cent in other jurisdictions. We will run this voluntary pilot for a year, but make an assessment after six months,” Mr. Montague said.He told the House that electronic traffic enforcement is coming.“Running red lights, speeding, no seat belts, improper lane usage and accidents will be caught on traffic cameras. In addition, licence plate reading tied to our database will see tickets issued electronically, and if not paid, cars will not be able to renew registration,” Mr. Montague said.“We are leveraging technology to assist in road safety,” he added.Meanwhile, the Transport and Mining Minister said discussions are to begin shortly with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), “so that we will be able to hold on to offenders at the airports”. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says that a Board has been appointed for the Island Traffic Authority (ITA). “It includes retired examiner, Garnet Hosang; transport operator, Henrietta James; and representatives from the police force and insurance agencies, among others,” the Minister said, during his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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SeaRose FPSO vessel allowed to return to work on offshore oilfield for

first_imgST.JOHN’S, N.L. – Husky Energy Inc.’s SeaRose FPSO vessel has been cleared by the regulator to return to duty gathering, storing and offloading crude oil from an oilfield off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says it has withdrawn the suspension ordered nine days ago following actions by Husky, which include “significant organizational changes,” specifically citing the appointment of Trevor Pritchard as senior vice-president, Atlantic region, in place of his predecessor, Malcolm Maclean.It also commends Husky for completing an emergency response drill, observed by the board, as well as reviewing and improving its ice management and emergency response plans.The board suspended the floating production, storage and offloading vessel based on preliminary results of an inquiry into an incident a year ago when it failed to follow protocol and sail away as an iceberg entered its 0.25-nautical-mile ice exclusion area.In a presentation at an industry conference on Wednesday, Husky CEO Rob Peabody said he didn’t know when the suspension would be lifted but he was confident it wouldn’t affect production guidance for this year.The suspension interrupted production of about 38,000 barrels of oil per day, with about 27,000 bpd net to Husky as 70 per cent owner.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect date for an industry conference presentation.last_img read more

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Manitoba Hydro board resigns prompting accusations from premier talk of lawsuit

first_imgWINNIPEG – The board of directors at Manitoba Hydro resigned en masse Wednesday, leading to counter-accusations from Premier Brian Pallister and the spectre of a lawsuit from the Manitoba Metis Federation.Nine of 10 board members at the provincial Crown corporation issued a written statement in which they cited an inability to work with Pallister and his Progressive Conservative government. The only remaining board member is Tory backbencher Cliff Graydon.“For over a year we have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro’s efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples,” the statement read.“Despite repeated attempts, we have not been able to have a meaningful dialogue with the government and we have reached an impasse. We have been informed the government intends to remove the chair and has therefore lost confidence in the board. Accordingly we have determined that it is necessary to resign.”Pallister, however, said the resignations stem from a dispute over a plan by Hydro to pay $70 million to the Manitoba Metis Federation so the organization won’t pursue concerns over a new transmission line to Minnesota.“I would describe it more as persuasion money,” Pallister said Wednesday. “To not push for extended environmental hearings on that line and also for acquiescence or non-participation in future such proposals that Hydro might make.”Pallister said when the government discovered the planned payment, it immediately objected.Federation president David Chartrand accused Pallister of using “race card” tactics and said he insulted the entire Metis Nation for implying they could be “bought off.”He said there was a negotiated agreement with the Hydro board for $67 million, paid out over 50 years, to offset the effects of Hydro’s Bipolle III project and the new transmission line on traditional Metis territory.“It is an outright lie and (Pallister) is just trying to mislead his own party and mislead Manitobans with that action. That’s not what this issue is about,” Chartrand said. “This issue is about his arrogance and that he would not give the time of day to the biggest Crown corporation.”Chartrand said he has instructed lawyers to move to litigation.Manitoba Hydro is racking up billions of dollars in debt to build new generating stations and transmission lines, and is asking regulators to approve annual rate increases of up to 7.9 per cent for the next several years.The Progressive Conservatives opposed the plan while in Opposition, but said after winning the 2016 election that it was too late to reverse the construction projects.The Tories replaced the Hydro board less than two years ago with the nine members who are now resigning.Pallister said he had spoken with board members but avoided meetings because he did not want to seem to be interfering in Hydro’s regulatory applications to the Public Utilities Board.Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said it’s a “desperate attempt” for Pallister to blame everyone but himself, while Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont called the dispute a “full-blown crisis” and an indictment of Pallister’s leadership.Loren Remillard, CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, said the province needs to move quickly to appoint a new board to send a message of stability that “the core business is still responsible, sustainable, well-managed.”Pallister said a new Hydro board will be appointed soon.— with files from Kelly Geraldine Malonelast_img read more

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Ethiopia plane crash Black box found

first_imgEjere: Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as “an extra safety precaution” following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed, a spokesman said Monday, as Ethiopia marked a day of mourning and the plane’s damaged “black box” of data was found. Although it wasn’t yet known what caused the crash of the new plane in clear weather outside Addis Ababa on Sunday, the airline decided to ground its remaining four 737 Max 8s until further notice, spokesman Asrat Begashaw said. Ethiopian Airlines had been using five of the planes and awaiting delivery of 25 more. Some other airlines around the world were deciding to do the same. Aviation authorities in China and Indonesia along with Caribbean carrier Cayman Airways temporarily grounded their Max 8s.last_img read more

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Defamation complaint filed against Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men. The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16. Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles “The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint. According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously. However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea. “The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said. He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups.last_img read more

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Apple plans March 25 event for rumored Netflixlike service

Apple Event reading • Apple plans March 25 event for rumored Netflix-like service 6:37 9 Apple Event The evolution of Apple gadgets Comments Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Mobile TV and Movies Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino • See All Now playing: Watch this: Will Apple jump on the foldable phone trend? 24 Photos Share your voice Apple Apple is throwing its next product event on March 25, offering this tease: “It’s show time.”The event will take place in the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, the company said in the invitation, sent Monday. Apple A graphic in the invitation offers an intriguing hint of what to expect. It counts down “4… 3…. 2…” as you might traditionally have seen at the  start of a film. Apple has been heavily rumored to be planning the launch of a streaming service.In recent months, Apple has made a string of content deals, including those tied to the creation of shows. Some of these shows, such as Carpool Karaoke, are already available through Apple Music. Others that aren’t yet available appear to be coming from deals Apple has made with stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg.There are also rumblings that Apple may be set to reveal a news service, which would line up with its acquisition of news subscription aggregator Texture. So that’s another possibility for the March 25 event.If Apple does throw itself into the streaming business, it will join a number of new or impending Netflix competitors. The list includes Disney’s upcoming Disney+ service, Amazon’s continued expansion of its Prime Video service, the DC Universe service that launched last year, an upcoming Criterion Channel film service featuring Criterion Collection movies, and the Star Trek-filled CBS All Access. (Editors’ note: CBS is CNET’s parent company.)First published March 11, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. PT.Update 12:55 p.m. PT: Added background and context.Correction March 12, 8:05 a.m. PT: Clarifies the ownership of Criterion Collection, which is a privately held company, and its Criterion Channel.  Tags Apple read more

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Microsoft demos three new whizbang technologies its working on w video

first_img The first is a see-through interactive 3D desktop display which doesn’t appear to have a name as yet, but is truly one of the coolest displays to come along in quite a while. The reason its transparent is because the users hands and keyboard go behind the display so that both can be used to manipulate 3D images that appear to hover in space between the real objects and those displayed on the OLED screen. To move a cube for example, a user simply reaches back and grabs or pushes it (hand and head movements are tracked by a Kinect device). But that’s not all, the display is 3D from virtually any angle it’s looked at, within reason of course. This means if a user moves to one side, more of the three dimensionality of the object displayed on screen can be seen, just as would happen were a person to be looking at a true three dimensional object. Citation: Microsoft demos three new whiz-bang technologies it’s working on (w/ video) (2012, February 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-microsoft-demos-whiz-bang-technologies-video.html Next up is something called a Holoflector, which is of course a combination of Hologram and Reflector, which in this case is a slightly see-through mirror. The whole thing works by projecting holographic images generated by a very large LCD screen onto the back of an equally large semi-transparent mirror. The result is a blending of real world reflected objects (including the user of the system) with holographic images. And as if that isn’t enough, the system also employs a Kinect to allow it to monitor and track gestures. Then, all of that is combined with a Windows phone with orientation data that allows the system to know where the phone is, which allows the user to use it as a virtual device, similar to a Wii wand. The net result is a system that is not just eerie, but borders on bubbling over into excitement as it’s very clearly a stepping stone to a HoloDeck. As these demonstrations clearly show, Microsoft is not content to simply sit back and collect checks from Windows and its Office Suite of products, the company most definitely intends to play a big role in how users interact with their computing devices in the foreseeable future, which based on these demos, appears to be a very good thing. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Mercedes demos DICE — Interactive dashboard and Heads-Up display (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft isn’t really known for giving the world at large much of a clue regarding what it’s working on regarding future products (other than Windows) thus it came as rather a surprise when the head of its research and strategy group, Craig Mundie, gave a presentation at TechForum recently, showing off three new technology products the company has in the works. © 2011 PhysOrg.com The third technology is something called IllumiShare, which is a little less high tech than the other two, but is perhaps more likely to show up as a product for sale sooner rather than later. It’s a technology that allows people to share imagery pertaining to their physical desktop, i.e. the one they use to set papers on, or write with a pen. What Microsoft has done is affix a camera/projector device above the desks of two users in two different locations. The images collected from one are projected down onto the desktop of the other and vice-versa. In this way, both users can view a shared physical workspace. The device on each desk looks a lot like an overhead desk lamp. More information: Microsoft blogs:blogs.technet.com/b/next/archi … -reality-mirror.aspxblogs.technet.com/b/next/archi … ough-3d-desktop.aspxblogs.technet.com/b/next/archi … d-blows-my-mind.aspxlast_img read more

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