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Promoting tourism for people with disabilities focus of UN forum in Bangkok

21 November 2007Removing barriers and making tourism accessible to the 650 million persons with disabilities around the world who represent a huge untapped market for the travel industry will be the focus of a three-day United Nations gathering set to begin tomorrow in Bangkok. The meeting, organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with Thai authorities and Disabled People International Asia-Pacific, brings together representatives of the travel industry, policymakers and people with disabilities to examine the growing market for accessible tourism in the region. The recently adopted UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities promotes accessibility of persons with disabilities and their participation in leisure and sport as a matter of right. According to ESCAP, a significant portion of the world’s 650 million people with disabilities are travellers with special needs. There are also 600 million older persons around the world – a number that is expected to double by 2025. For those with special needs, tasks such as getting on and off airplanes, finding an accessible bus, taxi, hotel room, bathroom, or restaurant could all be a challenge. The Commission notes that a growing number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region are paying attention to accessible tourism. “In the ESCAP region, there are at least 400 million people with disabilities and a growing number of older persons. It is reported that 400,000 people used wheelchair rental services at the Hong Kong International Airport in 2006,” said Aiko Akiyama, Social Affairs Officer at ESCAP. But more attention needs to be paid to removing the different kinds of barriers that inhibit people with disabilities and reduce their mobility, and as a result prevent them from enjoying travel. “American adults with disabilities or reduced mobility currently spend an average of $13.6 billion a year on tourism,” noted Scott Rains, an expert on disability issues who will be one of the main speakers at the meeting. “Creating accessible cruise ships, accessible ship terminals, accessible ground transportation, and accessible tourist destinations is not charity. It is good business.” read more

Facing a wave of opposition Amazon reconsiders New York headquarters site two

In a significant boost for Amazon opponents, the Senate this week nominated Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board, where he could effectively veto the project. Cuomo has not said whether he will accept Gianaris’s nomination, but the Senate’s action signalled that the governor and legislature will be at odds over the deal.Gianaris and other critics portray the New York struggle as a national test for populist forces confronting big companies’ influence, and for the contest within the Democratic Party between its grass-roots and business-friendly wings.“We are dealing with an era of unprecedented corporate power in this country,” Gianaris said. “This Amazon deal represents a tipping point that is going to set the stage for what this country is going to be going forward.”Amazon surprised the nation in November by announcing that it would split its much-publicized second headquarters between Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City, with employees at each site earning an average of more than US$150,000 a year. Initially, the company said it planned a single location with all 50,000 jobs.The divergent reactions in New York and Virginia arise from political and economic differences between the two, according to officials and analysts in both locations.New York is a pro-labour city, whereas Virginia is a right-to-work state where employees cannot be obliged to join a union as a condition of employment.Amazon has opposed attempts to unionize its workforce and said it would do the same in New York. “What Amazon is looking to do is come in and change the values of our city,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.Protestors rally against Amazon at New York City Hall. New York also is straining from the effects of rapid economic growth, whereas Arlington is eager to attract investment to Crystal City to offset the loss of thousands of federal government jobs there in a Pentagon reorganization that began in 2005.The community around Long Island City is home to legions of grass-roots organizations that were already unhappy about gentrification and warn that Amazon’s arrival would further raise housing prices. Some also fault Amazon for selling facial-recognition technology to law enforcement agencies and partnering with companies that work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.The activists have occupied an Amazon store in Manhattan, marched in Albany and demonstrated at the office of Assemblywoman Catherine T. Nolan (D-Queens), who supports the deal.“The geography in New York has brought together a lot of threads of activism who were really ready to react to this kind of announcement and were particularly outraged,” said Deborah Axt, co-executive director of Make the Road, an organization of low-income immigrants and communities of colour.Northern Virginia, Axt said, does “not have quite the pool of amazing champions ready to jump into the fray as we’re fortunate to have here in New York.”———Amazon supporters are aghast that local politicians— including Gianaris and Van Bramer — have turned against the company.“Everyone in local government has said for years that we need to emphasize outer borough commercial development and that we want tech jobs in Long Island City,” said Stephanie Báez, a spokeswoman for the New York City Economic Development Corp. “But now we are seeing a few of the same local politicians abruptly flip-flopping in reaction to a small and well-organized group of people.”In Virginia, almost all state and local leaders support the arrival of Amazon, despite opposition by several progressive groups — Tenants and Workers United, Our Revolution Arlington and some members of Indivisible Arlington — that have staged small protests at community meetings.The Arlington County Board is putting final touches on a proposed US$23 million local incentives package, which it is expected to approve in March or later.“Most people think this is a great opportunity,” Board Chair Christian Dorsey, D, said.The board is pressuring Amazon to sign a project labour agreement that ensures a living wage, proper job classifications and safety standards for all those employed by construction contractors and subcontractors.“They have emphatically not promised anything,” board member Erik Gutshall, D, said. “But I didn’t get the sense that any of those things was a non-starter.”Residents of the neighbourhoods around the Arlington site worry about rent increases, spiking property taxes and paralyzing traffic. But neither they nor the progressive groups lobbying against the company appears to have enough political clout to block the deal.In New York, critics are hoping that Amazon will tire of devoting time and money to fighting a battle it didn’t expect.“The way these fights work, you push on each and every little thing,” Van Bramer said.That approach was sure to worry Amazon, whose vice president for policy, Brian Huseman, told the recent City Council hearing, “We want to invest in a community that wants us.” is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of opposition from local politicians, according to two people familiar with the company’s thinking.The company has not leased or purchased office space for the project, making it easy to withdraw its commitment. Unlike in Virginia — where elected leaders quickly passed an incentive package for a separate headquarters facility — final approval from New York state is not expected until 2020.Tennessee officials have also embraced Amazon’s plans to bring 5,000 jobs to Nashville, which this week approved US$15.2 million in road, sewer and other improvements related to that project. Amazon’s HQ2 locations show just how far the suburbs have come Amazon officially announces it’s splitting HQ2, with one in New York and the other in Virginia ‘They’ve duped all of us’: Amazon’s multiple HQ2s move it closer to its destiny as the everything company Amazon executives have had internal discussions recently to reassess the situation in New York and explore alternatives, said the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly about the company’s perspective.“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia and Nashville have been so welcoming,” said one person familiar with the company’s plans.Hailed as an economic triumph when it was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, the project in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens now faces withering criticism from some politicians and advocacy groups appalled at the prospect of giving giant subsidies to the world’s most valuable company, led by its richest man. (Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)In the past two weeks, the state Senate nominated an outspoken Amazon critic to a board where he could potentially veto the deal. City Council members for the second time aggressively challenged company executives at a hearing where activists booed and unfurled anti-Amazon banners.Key officials, including freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose district borders the proposed Amazon site, have rallied against the project. And opponents went door-to-door to warn people in Queens of looming rent hikes and displacement, much as Seattle experienced during the company’s explosive growth there.Key officials, including freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district borders the proposed Amazon site, have rallied against the project. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images No specific plans to abandon New York have been made. And it is possible that Amazon would try to use a threat to withdraw to put pressure on New York officials. But with a meeting of the state’s Public Authorities Control Board and a third City Council hearing expected later this month, Amazon executives may be reaching an inflection point, the people said.“I think now is the time for Amazon to make a decision because it has to start hiring,” said one person. “At some point, the project starts to fall behind.”The resistance in New York contrasts with the warm welcome Amazon has received in Virginia, where Gov. Ralph Northam, D, signed a law on Tuesday authorizing up to US$750 million in state subsidies for the Arlington headquarters.Northam and Virginia’s other top two state officials, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, all Democrats, have been engulfed in recent days by scandals involving years-old behaviour. But the two people familiar with Amazon’s plans said company leadership is not concerned those controversies will hamper their project.It’s unclear what Amazon might consider as a Plan B if the New York project falls through. It could forgo the incentive package and hire employees on a smaller scale, as competitors including Google are already doing. Or Amazon could search for another jurisdiction to get some or all of the jobs originally slated for New York.“We always welcome more great jobs to the commonwealth,” said Stephen Moret, chief executive of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the state’s top Amazon negotiator.Amazon has hired a lobbying firm and a public relations firm in New York and recently advertised for a “senior community affairs manager” to “focus on developing a positive partnership with local stakeholders, community groups and nonprofits.”Asked to comment on the possibility that the New York deal might founder, Amazon spokeswoman Jodi Seth said: “We’re focused on engaging with our new neighbours — small business owners, educators, and community leaders. Whether it’s building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbour we will be.”Protestors attend a New York City Council Finance Committee hearing titled ‘Amazon HQ2 Stage 2: Does the Amazon Deal Deliver for New York City Residents?’ at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019, in New York City. New York state and city officials have played down the chances that the deal will fall through. They pointed to opinion polls showing strong public support for the project and said Cuomo and de Blasio will fight hard for it.“The Amazon transaction was probably the greatest economic transaction in 50 years in this state,” Cuomo said in a recent radio interview. “We don’t get a business to come with 25,000 jobs anymore. I spend hours and days trying to get 100 jobs, 200 jobs.”But the resistance is well organized and energetic, based in unions and community groups. In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, opponents include City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Deputy Leader of the City Council James Van Bramer and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, who is deputy majority leader in the Senate.Some officials who previously supported luring Amazon to the city have changed their position, partly because they were unhappy that the deal was structured to bypass City Council approval. Amazon is eligible for up to US$1.3 billion in subsidies from two city programs, in addition to the state package and other incentives.The Amazon transaction was probably the greatest economic transaction in 50 years in this stateNew York governor Andrew Cuomo Drew Angerer/Getty Images read more

UN grants nearly 2 million from new fund to stem disease in

With the $1.7 million grant, the second to be allocated from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), WHO will work to strengthen immunization campaigns, augment disease surveillance and train more health professionals in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“Immediate funding for immunizations and surveillance will help us prevent unnecessary deaths,” said Margareta Wahlström, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.“When we think of life-saving aid, vaccinations are often the first thing that comes to mind. In major emergencies such as the drought now affecting East Africa, diseases that cost less than one dollar to prevent, kill,” she added.As of its 9 March launch, 36 donors had pledged $256 million to the CERF, a key reform of UN relief sought by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and endorsed by the 2005 World Summit to ensure swifter responses to humanitarian emergencies, with adequate funds made available within three to four days as opposed to up to four months or more under current arrangements.The first CERF grant, $200,000 for the WHO in Côte d’Ivoire, is being used to provide emergency health and sanitation assistance in that country.OCHA said that the allocation of CERF funds for WHO’s projects in East Africa is part of the global response to the drought, the worst in decades, which has effected 7.5 million people in an area where 18 million are already chronically undernourished while decimating livestock herds.The UN will also launch a consolidated appeal for aid to the drought-stricken region on 7 April, in Nairobi, and additional CERF disbursements are currently under consideration, OCHA said. read more

Brock alumnus embarks on Arctic trek

As modern-day voyageur Adam Shoalts (BA ’09) ventures to the Arctic this spring on an amazing one-man expedition, he’s doing so with signature red Brock gear that’s sure to stand out against the tundra.In mid-May, the 31-year-old Pelham native departed his home in Sudbury, intent on honouring the country he loves dearly with an epic adventure.To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday, Shoalts plans to spend five months walking and canoeing thousands of kilometres across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. And as he traverses the great northern landscape, following a route from the Alaska border to Hudson’s Bay, he’ll be warmed — literally — by reminders from his alma mater.Brock University is a co-sponsor of Shoalts’ exhibition, contributing lightweight, quick-dry outerwear to help during his Ulyssean excursion through forest, muskeg and tundra.Adam Shoalts (BA ’09) will traverse diverse landscapes during his 4,000-kilometre trek across the Arctic that began this spring. (Photo credit: Alexia Wiatr)While dreaming up trip possibilities to mark Canada’s milestone birthday, Shoalts began researching a canoeing trek that took teams of travellers from Vancouver to Halifax in 1967 in celebration of the country’s first 100 years.Recreating that journey was appealing, but Canada has changed a lot in 50 years, and today that original ’67 path would basically bring him to a Tim Hortons every third day. The intrusion of civilization and pop culture were not in his game plan. “To up the ante and keep the route in the wilderness, I figured I’d take it to a new extreme and do it across the Arctic,” he said in the days leading up to his sendoff.Shoalts hopes the expedition will encourage Canadians to “think more about the country’s northern wilderness and what kind of future it might have over the next 150 years.”Few people realize the “incredibly diverse” landscapes the country’s remote north has to offer, he said, with most envisioning a land filled with ice, snow and little else.“I’ll be covering about 4,000 kilometres across a variety of landscapes: the spectacular peaks of the Richardson Mountains, low-lying muskeg, black spruce and tamarack forests, high-walled granite canyons, raging whitewater rivers, slow-flowing muddy streams, sandy deserts, lush tundra cloaked in wild flowers, flat plains, rolling hills, rugged outcrops, and yes, quite a bit of snow and ice,” Shoalts said.With a route that, by necessity, is mainly upstream, the adventurer will brave the elements, experiencing temperatures expected to fluctuate from -15 C to 25 C.“I’ll be travelling at a pretty frantic pace, so there won’t be much time to dwell on anything — this is a race against the seasons,” he said.“My biggest concern is ice conditions and adverse winds. Those are two major factors outside my control that could prevent me from reaching my goal.”As a self-proclaimed fan of taking the road less travelled, the Brock alumnus left the comforts of home both prepared and excited for the challenge ahead, as well as thankful for those who have stood behind his dreams of exploration.“To have the support of my old University means a lot,” Shoalts said.“Some people may think, ‘4,000 kilometres alone across the Arctic? That’s crazy!’ so to have Brock step up and give me a vote of confidence in what I’m doing is very welcome.”Shoalts said he’s thrilled to be able to “show a bit of school pride” throughout his journey in hopes of inspiring the next generation of Brock students to chase their dreams, “no matter how unlikely they might seem.”When thinking back to his time on campus, Shoalts’ mind naturally drifts to the University’s Map, Data and GIS Library.“I’d have to thank the map library and the excellent map librarians there, who may not remember me, but were always extremely patient and helpful when I would come in to pore over topographic maps when planning expeditions,” he said.Shoalts continues to apply those skills, doing extensive research while planning his travel routes, studying satellite imagery and maps closely to commit as much to memory as possible.“That saves time in the field and encourages a deeper connection to the land,” he said.He will be travelling as light as possible, with only the bare essentials strapped to his back and contained within his 15-foot solo prospector canoe.In addition to his expedition backpack, he’ll have two watertight plastic barrels crammed with food rations, camera equipment and other gear.“Minus the 53-pound canoe, my gear weighs around 75 pounds,” he said, “not counting, when fully replenished, around 100 pounds of food rations, which diminishes with each day until I reach one of my re-supply points.”Also within his pack are a few good books, that, along with the wildlife he’s likely to encounter, are sure to keep him company.Shoalts found his love for reading and learning was nurtured during his time at Brock.“I really soaked up the atmosphere; listening to lectures, engaging in seminar discussions and, my favourite, just wandering the library and perusing the shelves almost at random for books that interest me,” he said.Although he felt the bookish behaviour “might sound strange coming from someone who does extreme adventure,” Shoalts thinks the academic grounding he received at the University “helped me to bring things into sharper focus, and strike the right balance on my journeys between adventure and research.”Once Shoalts returns to Ontario in late September or early October, he intends to share tales of his expedition through various Brock speaking engagements.“Hopefully I can help inspire others in the Brock community to chase their dreams by letting them see that I started in the same place — from an undergad sitting in a Brock lecture hall to alone in a canoe traversing Canada’s Arctic,” he said.“If I can do that, anyone can achieve their dreams.”Shoalts, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, has written two books and published more than 100 articles on various subjects related to exploration and the environment.He was honoured in March with the young author’s Speaker’s Book Award from Ontario legislature Speaker Dave Levac.He was recognized for his latest book, Alone Against the North, An Expedition into the Unknown, which details his 2012 expedition to Hudson Bay Lowlands, where he canoed along the uncharted waters of the Again River.Receiving the award was a “welcome surprise,” Shoalts said. “I was happy just to make the shortlist. To actually win was such an honour.”For updates on Shoalts’ latest adventure, visit Shoalts (BA ’09) will traverse diverse landscapes during his 4,000-kilometre trek across the Arctic that began this spring. (Photo credit: Alexia Wiatr) read more

Kevin Durant puts up a dazzling 51 points in losing cause in

TORONTO — Drake got his jersey at the end of the night. But Golden State star Kevin Durant offered up plenty of other memories for the 20,073 on hand in Toronto and a national TV audience on both sides of the border.There was the three-pointer from the corner with 8.6 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. And the 13 straight points to end the third quarter, capped off by a 32-foot three-pointer as the clock wound down.Not to mention a dizzying array of dunks, layups and other sleights of hand the rest of the evening.“He was just stunning,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “How hot he was and how smooth he looked out there while he was doing it.” When the dust settled, Durant had a season-high 51 points in a wild 131-128 loss to the Raptors on Thursday night. Once again shouldering the load in the absence of the injured Steph Curry and Draymond Green, Durant put on a show that had the Warriors PR staff getting blisters pounding out social media updates on his evening’s exploits.Golden State trailed by as many as 18 after a red-hot Raptors start, then reeled Toronto in and made things very interesting.“What a game. An incredible basketball game for the fans to watch,” said Kerr. “We came up just short. We may have got a little fatigued at the end but I’m really proud of our effort. That was an amazing game.”Durant finished with a season-high 51 points — three off a career best — adding 11 rebounds and six assists. The glittering performance followed a 49-point night Monday against Orlando and 44 against Sacramento last Saturday.“I’ve just got to do what’s required at this point,” said Durant, bags of ice taped to both knees. “There’s going to be some games where we’ve got a great team game going, where we can beat teams with the flow of our offence … There’s going to be some games where I’ve got to go get buckets.”“Tonight we were down early, we were down big and I just tried to be aggressive and go get a bucket.”Durant, a free agent after this season, says his only goal is “being the best version of me that I can each possession on both ends.”Mission accomplished, although Kawhi Leonard proved to be a worthy adversary with a 37-point performance.It was Durant’s sixth career 50-point game and his second 50-point/10-rebound performance. He is the only player to record two 50-point games against the Raptors — he had 51 points and 12 rebound in Toronto in March 2014.Durant joins Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain and Curry as the only Warriors to post three consecutive 40-point games.Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, meanwhile, join the 1961-62 Lakers trio of Elgin Baylor, Rudy LaRusso and Jerry West as the only sets of three teammates to each record a 50-point game in the same season.Asked why Durant has been so hot, Kerr had no answer.“You’re going to have to ask him. He’s just in a groove. He’s that talented though, where if he starts to feel it, he can get any shot he wants pretty much any time. When he’s feeling it, there’s not a whole lot the defence can do.”Durant’s score by quarter was 12, 8, 18, 9 and 4.Drake was up on his feet courtside for much of the final minutes. Durant said later that the Raptors global ambassador and resident hip-hip megastar had asked him for his jersey.Durant obliged, but made Drake pay with his play.“He talks a lot of trash over there on that sideline. So any time I can throw it back in his face, it’s definitely a win for me,” he said with a smile.Listed at six foot nine and 240 pounds, Durant is like an amalgam of every position on the floor. He can run the offence, dunk or dip into a deadly shooting arsenal.Wearing white-and-orange shoes that looked like fuzzy slippers from afar, he bamboozled one Raptor after another. At one point, he buried a shot with the seven-foot Jonas Valanciunas — arm raised — in his face.Toronto improved to an NBA-best 19-4 while Golden State slipped to 15-8. The Warriors are 10-2 with Curry but 5-6 without him.But Kerr refused to see it as a moral victory.“All I know is that we judge our guys on effort and how hard we play together. And we did that tonight.”Combining their 2018-19 salaries, Curry and Green made for US$55 million worth of benchwarmers. Curry is expected back Saturday in Detroit.“Everything gets better,” said Kerr, when asked what how much easier things will be with Curry’s return. “Food tastes better, you guys’ questions get better.“Obviously we’ve been looking forward to getting him back but I’m proud of the way the guys have fought without him. And hopefully Draymond won’t be too far behind him. And we’ll have a better flow and a better feel for who our team really is.“But in the meantime we’re doing a good job holding down the fort.”___Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNeil Davidson, The Canadian Press read more

Bruno Alves Were 100 focused on Portugal

first_imgPortugal defender Bruno Alves maintains his team are “not interested” in Germany’s historic elimination from the 2018 World Cup but are rather concentrated on themselves.Germany were shamefully trumped out in the group stages of the Mundial tournament after a 2-0 defeat by Japan on Wednesday afternoon. European champions Portugal, however, finished second in their section to set up a clash with Uruguay in the last 16.But Alves has claimed that “there are no easy games” in the World Cup as Portugal are solely concentrating on what they can make out of the World Cup at this summer’s competition.“We have seen that in this World Cup there are no easy games. Germany going out is another clear indication of that,” Alves told reporters via Sportsmole.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“But this doesn’t change the fact that we’re 100% focused on Portugal.“We prepare every day for our games always believing that we can reach the next stage. Whatever happens to other teams is interesting for other people – people who analyse the results – but we’re not interested. We only care about Portugal.”Portugal won one and drew two of their three group matches this summerlast_img read more

Online Program Hopes To Revive Eyak Language

first_imgThe Eyak Language is being revived through an online learning program that was launched this week. The program is the first of its kind for the language since the death of the last Native-born Eyak speaker five years ago.Download Audiolast_img

VPT Deputy Chairman meets former Prez

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Port Trust Deputy Chairman P L Haranadh paid a courtesy visit to former President Pranab Mukherjee at Visakhapatnam Port Trust Guest House here on Sunday. After felicitating the former President with a shawl and a memento, Haranadh explained the port operations, facilities and infrastructure available, among other details to Pranab Mukherjee, who came to the city on Saturday. Pranab Mukherjee expressed satisfaction over the maintenance and upkeep of the port. Secretary of VPT C Harichandran, heads of various departments of VPT, senior officers and government officials were among those who met the former President.last_img read more

Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit w video

first_img © 2010 In addition to selling this stock hexapod robot kit, the company will also be selling individual leg assemblies and other parts from the bot kit. This will give robot builders the chance to use these parts to create their own multi-legged robot designs. Kondo Robot currently serves only the Japanese market, so robot builders from other nations will have to find a different supplier for hexapod robot parts. The KMR-M6 Hexapod Robot is expected to begin shipping in May of 2011, and will cost roughly 76,000 yen, or $880 US dollars. More information: via Robot Dreams The brain of the KMR-M6 is a Kondo RCB-4HV. It is powered by a ROBO Power Cell 10.8V 800mAh Ni-MH battery. As for aesthetics, the wiring, controller and all other on-board electronics are hidden from view, in a compartment on the robots back. ( — Kondo Robot, a Japan-based robotics company known for selling robotics kits which often end up in robot-on-robot battles, announced the release of a new robot kit. The kit, named the KMR-M6 is a Hexapod Robot, that is reminiscent of a spider in its appearance. The kit is designed to be fairly stable. In addition to only requiring two servos per leg, for movement, the robot has a unique spring and multi-bar linkage approach that gives it the ability to navigate more complex obstacles. Citation: Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit (w/ video) (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further 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. Korea to sell programmable robot The KMR-M6 has a low profile, at about 14 inches tall, which makes maneuvering through smaller spaces less laborius, and decreases the robots center of gravity, which decreases the likelihood that it will tip over while navigating those obstacles.last_img read more

First autonomous oil spill boat takes to the water

first_img Precision Oncology News, 2018 “Our operation of the world’s first autonomous, remote-commanded spill-response vessel is yet another significant industry first for Sea Machines,” said Michael G. Johnson, founder and CEO, Sea Machines. “But even more important is the fact that we’ve proven that our technology can be applied to the marine spill response industry – as well as other marine sectors – to protect the health and lives of mariners responding to spills.”As Johnson touches on there, one of the big potential advantages of using autonomous vessels in these scenarios is safety, as they negate the need to send human crews out in rough seas and weather.“This is the future of the maritime industry. It’s safer, it’s faster, it’s more cost-effective,” said Richard Balzano, deputy administrator of MARAD. “This technology is here and it will make you a believer. We are here because we want to help the maritime industry evolve. It’s about safety, the environment and reducing risk on the water.”Source: Sea Machines Oil spills can spell big trouble for the environment, and an efficient and swift response is critical in trying to contain the problem. In the not-too-distant future folks dealing with such incidents may have a robotic helper to call on, with Boston’s Sea Machines Robotics successfully demonstrating what it says is the world’s first autonomous spill response vessel, which has the ability to tend to oil spills without the need for a human onboard.Autonomous boating company Sea Machines Robotics is developing its autonomous spill response vessel in collaboration with the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD).The self-navigating boat took to the water in Portland, Maine, yesterday, while its operators remained on dry land. From their shoreside location, the operators were able to remotely control certain functions, including autonomous waypoint and grid line tracking, along with remote control of its spill response gear, including its onboard boom and skimmer belt. Powered by PrediLife Partners With Institut Curie on Breast Cancer Risk Test We recommend GeneCentric Therapeutics to Launch Phase II Validation Study for Head and Neck Cancer Subtyper Richard Balzano, deputy administrator of MARAD, at the controls of the autonomous oil spill response vesselSea Machines I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Precision Oncology News, 2019 BEACON Trial Reports Survival Benefit for Triple Targeted Treatment in BRAF-Mutated Metastatic CRC Precision Oncology News, 2019 Q&A: Editor in Chief of Cancer Research Talks Past Milestones, Next Steps for Precision Oncology Precision Oncology News, 2019 Lung Cancer Immune Microenvironment May Vary Within Tumor, Complicating TMB-Based Predictions Google Analytics settings Yes No Privacy policy Precision Oncology News, 2019 Precision Oncology News, 2019 CDK4/6 Inhibitor Boosts Overall Survival in Advanced, Premenopausal Breast Cancer Subgrouplast_img read more

Stage is set for South Pacific Tourism Exchange 2014

first_img“We have opened online registration for buyers and are overwhelmed at the level of interest registered so far” he said. The Exchange will be held at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland from May 22-23rd. The South Pacific has long been a popular tourist destination for many international travellers and the region has enjoyed strong steady growth over the past few years. However, the SPTO recognizes that tourism is a very dynamic industry and the need to creatively promote the destination remains a critical part of its mandate. Source = south pacific tourism organisation Mr. Vuidreketi said “The SPTO recognizes and applaud the initiative taken by Pacific Island countries in promoting their destinations through national tourism trade shows. We have also identified the need to have one at a regional level to compliment the initiatives taken at national levels”. The SPTE according to Mr Vuidreketi will be the South Pacific’s largest travel and tourism business-to-business event and is expected to attract the participation of more than 50 international buyers and 16 Pacific Island countries with their respective private sector operators. “SPTE will each year add new and creative elements to attract more buyers and sellers,” he said. “The event aims to bring together regional tourism operators and partners (SELLERS) and International tour operators and wholesalers (BUYERS), through a combination of pre-scheduled appointments and networking opportunities,” he said. He said in the coming day, SPTO will open online registration for exhibitors (sellers) and they remain positive that they will be able to achieve their targeted number of buyers and sellers for the event. He also said that this event is ideal for tourism wholesalers seeking to grow their business into the region and is a unique and cost effective means of learning about travel and tourism in the South Pacific. South Pacific Tourism Organisation Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ilisoni Vuidreketi today announced the launch of the inaugural South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from the 22 – 23 May 2014.last_img read more

Online travel partnership promotes NSW globally

first_imgOnline travel partnership promotes NSW globallySydney and NSW will be promoted globally through a new one-year strategic partnership between the Expedia Group and Destination NSW.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the exciting new partnership with the Expedia Group, which has 150+ booking sites in more than 70 countries, will result in Sydney and NSW being promoted in priority international markets including the UK, Germany, USA, India, New Zealand, Japan and Malaysia and within Australia.“Expedia is one of the leading online travel agencies globally. This partnership presents wonderful opportunities to further promote Sydney and NSW to increase visitation from our key domestic and international markets,” Mr Ayres said.“More people are coming to Sydney and NSW, with the latest figures showing an increase in visitors, nights and expenditure. This agreement will help to grow our visitor economy and meet our target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.“The partnership will see Destination NSW join Expedia in a minimum of 15 campaigns this financial year across eight markets globally and locally.”Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said Destination NSW has previously partnered with Expedia in both international and domestic markets in individual cooperative campaign activities that have delivered strong results for the State.“Expedia is a well-known and trusted brand operating worldwide. This agreement formalises our partnership and allows us to promote Sydney and NSW as Australia’s premier tourism and events destinations to millions of potential visitors in our priority international markets,” Ms Chipchase said.Noah Tratt, Global Senior Vice President, Expedia Media Solutions said: “We look forward to building on our partnership with Destination NSW with compelling and strategic creative campaigns that raise awareness and inspire more visitors to experience Sydney and NSW.” Learn more hereSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

MPs pass law giving them a say over golden visas

first_imgThe House on Friday passed a law giving MPs a say over honorary naturalisations and on who could be granted golden visas.The law will come into effect on January 31, 2020 to give the government time to set the regulations.Greens’ MP, Giorgos Perdikis, whose party proposed the bill, said that parliament has been concerned with the issue of the golden visas since 2014 when he put the issue up for discussion, but that it resurfaced during the last few months as Cyprus has been targeted because there was an upsurge in the honorary naturalisation of investors.According to the law, honorary naturalisations for reasons of public interest and naturalisations for investors who are third-country nationals will be permitted under terms and preconditions set by regulations tabled to the House for approval and which will be published in the Official Gazette.Perdikis said there were sectors of the economy in need of investment such as research and innovation and agriculture, but none of them existed in the citizenship by investment scheme. The government’s investment plan was limited to building luxury residences, most of which were related to the construction of the high-rises in Limassol.He also said that the law he proposed aimed to contribute creatively to this policy. Prior to the vote, he urged the House to take a step to defend the prestige of the Republic of Cyprus.Disy leader, Averof Neophytou, said that the scheme in question had been introduced by the Demetris Christofias administration and that, since, it has been improved but that when necessary, more corrections would be made.He said that there ought to be scrutiny for every third-country national applying for the citizenship by investment scheme.“If Germans are concerned over who enters the Republic of Cyprus, Cypriots are concerned twice as much as to who makes investments,” Neophytou said.The investment scheme is not just for the construction sector, he said. “We should give the same incentive to invest in start-ups and introduce an amount as a fee for support to and housing for the lower social strata.”In a report last week, the European Commission had warned that programmes of EU states, including Cyprus, to sell passports and visas to wealthy foreigners could help organised crime groups infiltrate the bloc and raise the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.The EU report on so-called “investment migration” highlighted shortfalls in the Cypriot and Maltese schemes which do not sufficiently check the origins of wealth of individuals and do not allow their easy identification.The government said this week that it would not accept Cyprus being “victimised” over its investment activities and that it was in constant contact with the European Commission, to make sure it adopts the best international practices, but also defend the country’s right to apply its own policies.President, Nicos Anastasiades, told European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen who was on the island on an official visit, that the government had recently tightened procedures for its citizenship-by-investment scheme.Among these, the hiring of specialised firms tasked with carrying out due-diligence forensics on passport applicants.Katainen called for a standardised process across the bloc to ensure proper vetting of non-EU nationals seeking to acquire residence permits or passports.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

Final damages awarded in Astrasol toxic emissions case

first_imgNicosia district court has awarded the last damages in a class-action suit where the plaintiffs were suing Astrasol, former shoe sole manufacturers, for toxic gas emissions.On Monday the court awarded a combined €433,000 in damages to six plaintiffs, relatives of three people who contracted cancer as a result of the factory’s operations and its use of dichloromethane R40, a chemical classified as ‘likely to be carcinogenic in humans’.The compensation is for special damages (cost of medical care), violation of the right to life, and bereavement.In a tragic twist, the original plaintiffs and cancer sufferers have since passed, with their relatives replacing them as the plaintiffs in court filings.The class-action suit, involving 22 plaintiffs overall, was filed back in 2010.In December 2017 the court had found that government services and the Astrasol shoe factory in Latsia were inadvertently liable for creating a cancer cluster for people working in and living near the factory.Those found guilty were: Astrasol itself; Fivos Liasis, one of the directors of Astrasol; and the state via the attorney-general (on behalf of the labour inspection department, the ministry of health and the town planning department).The government departments in question were deemed responsible for allowing the factory to continue operating without the necessary permits, and for not taking steps to mitigate the toxic emissions.The court had determined at the time that it would be issuing separate judgments relating to the compensation amounts, as each case was different. Thus Monday’s compensation decision concerned the last batch of plaintiffs.Damages had been awarded for two other batches of plaintiffs in May and June of this year.But the case is far from over: the defendants have appealed the liability decision. Meanwhile the plaintiffs, represented by lawyer Loukis Loukaides, have filed a counter-appeal on the grounds that the damages awarded are too low.In addition, five more plaintiffs are expected to sue the factory (now shuttered) and the state in separate lawsuits.Despite the low damages awarded, the case is nevertheless considered a milestone – the first ever in Cyprus where someone has been found legally liable for toxic atmospheric emissions.The chemical itself, dichloromethane R40, is not a banned substance. Rather, the factory was guilty of having exceeded designated emissions limits.Speaking to the Cyprus Mail on condition of anonymity, one of the plaintiffs earlier awarded damages for losing his wife to cancer described the whole affair as a “massive crime.”He and his wife had purchased a plot of land in Latsia to live there. Little did they know at the time that a warehouse situated right next to their residence would be converted into the polluting shoe sole factory.“I remember the factory would operate non-stop from 6am to 1am the following day… loud banging all the time, it was unbearable,” he said.The victims acknowledged by the court as having died as a result of the factory’s operations had suffered from a variety of cancers, including brain tumours, leukemia and liver cancer. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo A new way of doing businessUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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