New Taxicab Company Offers Several Options to Passengers

first_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the newly established Transport and Logistics Company, ‘876 On The Go’, will revolutionise the local taxicab sector through the range of options available to passengers.The company employs cutting-edge technology that enables the public to book cabs and facilitates payments, thus eliminating the need for cash on board.This platform provides greater security for both the passengers and drivers, but is tailored and driven by a geographic information system that operates in a similar fashion as Uber, which is a ride-share app for fast, reliable rides originating in the United States.To this end, the Minister is encouraging other players in the industry to continue diversifying and improving the various offerings to commuters.Mr. Montague was speaking at the launch of 876 On The Go 24/7 Limited at the company’s offices located at 34-36 Old Hope Road in St. Andrew, on September 11.“I really want to salute the taxi associations for the work that they have been doing, encouraging their drivers to adhere to the rules and also weeding out some of the bad apples within the system,” he said.He congratulated Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Olivia Lindsay, for her vision in seeking to provide greater options to commuters.“She has brought innovation to the industry and for it to grow, we have to innovate,” the Minister emphasised.Mr. Montague noted that this falls in line with the Ministry and Government’s drive to transform the sector.Meanwhile, Ms. Lindsay said the company was formed out of a need to provide first-class service to the commuting public.She pointed out that passengers have the option to pay via cash, credit or debit card, thereby easing the methods of payment available. She also said persons are able to reserve their cabs for passenger or package delivery.As a duly registered and incorporated transport and logistics company, 876 On The Go 24/7 Limited offers a full range of transportation and logistics services, moulded and shaped to suit the needs of the Jamaican marketplace.The taxicab service includes courteous and well-attired drivers, in-cab tablet, WI-FI and a bottle of purified water for each passenger. In addition, each passenger is afforded the opportunity to critique and send feedback about services via the 876 On The Go app.The company’s operation is streamlined through a command centre. The public, on the other hand, interfaces through the 876 On The Go app, which is available in the Google Play and App Store.The easily downloaded app enables the commuting public to do advance bookings, make payments and live-track cabs, passengers and packages.All trips are confirmed electronically with a photo of the assigned driver, the vehicle licence plate information along with his/her telephone contact details. Story Highlights The company employs cutting-edge technology that enables the public to book cabs and facilitates payments, thus eliminating the need for cash on board. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the newly established Transport and Logistics Company, ‘876 On The Go’, will revolutionise the local taxicab sector through the range of options available to passengers. This platform provides greater security for both the passengers and drivers, but is tailored and driven by a geographic information system that operates in a similar fashion as Uber, which is a ride-share app for fast, reliable rides originating in the United States.last_img read more

US Seaborne Exports of Oil Products at AllTime High

first_imgzoom Following a seasonal surge in December 2017, the US seaborne export of oil products reached the highest annual level ever, in terms of volume and tonne miles demand. Volumes of US seaborne exports of oil products has increased by 9% in 2017 compared to 2016. This amounts to an additional export of 10.8 million tonnes – equivalent to 80 million barrels. The average seaborne exports of US oil products in 2017 was 2.7 million barrels per day, compared to 2.5 million barrels per day in 2016.The US seaborne exports of oil products saw an annual decrease in tonne mile demand for 2014, 2015 and 2016, as the average sailing distance decreased more than the volumes increased. However, for 2017, the tonne mile demand is up 9% compared to 2016, as both volumes and average sailing distances are increasing.“The recent development in exported oil products from the US provides the oil product tanker shipping industry with steady growth in volumes and yet again growth in tonne miles demand. Overall, we see oil product tankers operating in an improving market in 2018, with better market fundamentals for both demand and supply,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.“Still, the oil product tanker sector may only break-even in 2018, if demand growth is low throughout the year,” Sand added.With 15 out of the top 20 importers based in the Americas, 76% of all oil products exported via the sea are bound for destinations on the American continent, which is underlined by the short average sailing distance of 3,270 nautical miles.According to BIMCO, ports based in Texas and Louisiana on the US Gulf Coast, are responsible for 80% of all seaborne oil products exported in 2017.last_img read more

Amir Khan Looks to Virgil Hunter After Firing Freddie

Amir Khan, who fired famed trainer Freddie Roach and switched to Virgil Hunter, is attempting to revive his boxing career after losing his last two fights.“I called him myself,” Khan (26-3, 18 Kos) said Tuesday at a news conference to announce his Dec. 15 match against Carlos Molina in Los Angeles. “I said, `Freddie, I’m going to make a change.’ Not many people would do that, but I’m the one who called him and said I’m going to move to Virgil Hunter. He wished me all the best, and we left it at that.”Khan, the former lightweight champion, lost his WBC and WBA 140-pounds belts after being knocked out in the fourth round by Danny Garcia in July.But one of the culprits of Khan’s decision to make the abrupt move after spending three years with Roach was because of his battle with Parkinson’s disease.“Freddie’s illness, it’s very hard to see him as he’s getting older,” Khan said. “I believe that he’s getting worse, and I wish him all the best. Freddie is still, with the Parkinson’s disease, doing a great job working the mitts and working with fighters day in, day out. I just believe that I need someone who is going to work me that bit harder and get the best out of me.”Parkinson’s has not bothered Roach too much because he has been named Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America five times, winning the award three of the last four years.Roach, angered by the accusations that his disease was a deciding factor in Khan’s determination mentioned that Khan wanted him to fire Manny Pacquiao and Victor Ortiz, to solely focus on him.When speaking to reporters Khan gave some validity to Roach’s claim of selfishness.“We all know he’s a great trainer, but I changed because I needed someone who’s going to spend 100 percent time with me,” Khan said. “I need to be more selfish. I’m in this position now when I know I can’t make any mistakes. … With Freddie, it would have been very hard right now, having Manny in his camp, also Chavez, and I think he’s training Victor Ortiz, so it’s a lot of people.”Khan chose Hunter because of his training ability with Andre Ward, who has climbed up the pound-for-pound rankings.Khan has already started to tell a considerable difference in the training styles of Hunter and Roach. He notices a significant difference in his body and mental approach. Hunter has repositioned Khan’s energy to fight more with his instead of his heart, which he blames for his knockout loss to Garcia.“You’ll see a new Amir Khan, for sure,” the British fighter said. “An Amir Khan who is smarter, more focused, and thinking about himself instead of the crowd. I think my style will always please the crowd, but I’m going to be smart and think about everything, instead of jumping in and making mistakes.”Hunter has pointed out that Khan’s former conditioning coaches have created imbalances in his body that do not fit with the sport of boxing.“If he was playing basketball or soccer or something, they might help him, but they don’t help in boxing,” Hunter said. “I think that has to do with people just tinkering with a kid who is willing to train, willing to follow instructions, and he’s been let down in a lot of areas that he shouldn’t have been let down in.”Hunter will attempt revive Khan’s career to where he wants it be, but Khan will have to give his undivided attention Hunter if he wants to beat Molina in Los Angles.

Musical Legend KBs Latest Save The Bays Release Das What Real Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 07 Mar 2016 – Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, the musical artist who delivers tough messages to catchy rhythm and rhyme, released his latest Youtube salvo yesterday, taking aim at the government for threatening to replace important land use legislation with a weaker act that he fears fails to protect land or life. The song ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’, written, performed and produced by ‘KB’, is the latest in a litany of the musician’s lyrics for the environmental movement Save The Bays and like the others, it puts the conscience of a country on notice.“Past songs like ‘Hold dey feet to da fire’ were important because they set the tone, making the point that people need to ask for and demand accountability,” said KB. “But today’s release dealing with the Planning and Subdivision Act was far more challenging. How do you make land use rights and responsibilities sexy? How do make the need for an environmental impact assessment for all developments something people relate to, make it fun, and translate the importance of the right to public consultation into a language that makes people care?”The Act has been a priority issue for Save The Bays, the grass roots environmental organization that has nearly 20,000 followers and friends on Facebook. Environmental attorney and consultant Romi Ferreira, a director of Save The Bays, has been spreading the message of the need to keep the 2010 legislation, speaking to Rotary and other civic organisations, appearing on radio talk shows, at public forums and in paid ‘Say No to PSA’ radio and print ads.“This bill, the 2015 Planning and Subdivision Act that would replace the 2010 Act that we all fought so hard for and was agreed upon, an Act that was passed unanimously, takes away the rights of Bahamians,” said Ferreira. “It takes away the right to be consulted. It is the legitimate expectation of a community to be consulted, to express its opinions and concerns and for those opinions and concerns to be considered before a decision is rendered that will alter that community’s future.”Under the proposed legislation, basic rights of public consultation would vanish and the decision to require an environmental impact assessment would be in the hands of a Cabinet Minister for developments of more than 100 lots despite The Bahamas having signed on to a global agreement to the contrary. The 100-lot scenario, says Ferreira, would only encourage developers to build in phases, 99 lots at a time.While Ferreira looks at the proposed legislation through the eyes of a senior lawyer who has taken environmental and public consultation cases all the way to the Privy Council in London, KB is hoping to get the message across in a way that touches a nerve with a beat that people can’t get out of their heads.“I don’ get it,” sings KB. “I don’t understand, why the government does give away our land…Y’all voted yes on the PSA, now ‘dat y’all in power, you wanna’ take it way…You shouldn’t change the rules when they don’t suit you, you shouldn’t change the law just for the few.”Save The Bays, which sponsors the music with a message and the production of videos appealing to tens of thousands of viewers, has picked up the pace for public online involvement of the environmental movement while partnering with several organisations that have long track records in environmental resource management. A petition to keep the 2010 Planning and Subdivision Act is on its website at www.savethebays.bs and a separate petition calling for Freedom of Information legislation and an environmental protection act along with other measures has already attracted nearly 7,000 signatures. Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leak Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Gov’t urged to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution Related Items:KB, kirkland bodie, Save The Bays Government ‘jumped the gun’ over Rubis leak riskslast_img read more

SpaceX Starlink satellites have astronomers amplifying the cosmic alarm

Sci-Tech Elon Musk Space SpaceX 23 Photos This image of a distant galaxy group from Arizona’s Lowell Observatory is marred by diagonal lines from the trails of Starlink satellites shortly after their launch in May. Victoria Girgis/Lowell Observatory The world’s largest organization of professional astronomers is sounding the galactic alarm over Elon Musk’s plan to send a swarm of SpaceX satellites into low-Earth orbit. Almost immediately after a Falcon 9 rocket released the first batch of the company’s Starlink broadband internet satellites last month, stargazers were dismayed by just how bright and noticeable the train of orbiting routers is in the night sky. Now the concern has moved from chatter on social media to a more formal call for new government regulation from the International Astronomical Union. In a statement Monday, the IAU said large satellite constellations like Starlink could have unforeseen consequences for advancing our understanding of the universe and the protection of nocturnal wildlife. “We do not yet understand the impact of thousands of these visible satellites scattered across the night sky and despite their good intentions, these satellite constellations may threaten both,” the statement reads. The IAU shared the above image, which shows bars of light from Starlink satellite trails in the field of view captured by Arizona’s Lowell Observatory. The trails obscure the view of galaxy group NGC 5353/4.  Comments Every Elon Musk project right now Tags There are already 4900 satellites in orbit, which people notice ~0% of the time. Starlink won’t be seen by anyone unless looking very carefully & will have ~0% impact on advancements in astronomy. We need to move telelscopes to orbit anyway. Atmospheric attenuation is terrible. pic.twitter.com/OuWYfNmw0D— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019 8 Originally published June 4.  “Although this image serves as an illustration of the impact of reflections from satellite constellations, please note that the density of these satellites is significantly higher in the days after launch,” the organization explained. A SpaceX spokesperson added via email that “the observability of the Starlink satellites is dramatically reduced as they raise orbit to greater distance and orient themselves with the phased array antennas toward Earth and their solar arrays behind the body of the satellite.” Nonetheless, should SpaceX deploy all the Starlink satellites it is permitted for, it would more than double the amount of satellites currently orbiting Earth, with some being granted permission to orbit at even lower orbits than originally conceived. The IAU, which represents over 13,000 astronomers, called for satellite constellation operators and astronomers to work together more closely and urged “appropriate agencies to devise a regulatory framework to mitigate or eliminate the detrimental impacts on scientific exploration as soon as practical.” Are SpaceX Starlink satellites ruining the night sky? For its part, SpaceX has already been coordinating with the US National Science Foundation, which oversees the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. “After working closely with SpaceX, NSF has finalized a coordination agreement to ensure the company’s Starlink satellite network plans will meet international radio astronomy protection standards, limiting interference in this radio astronomy band,” the NSF said in a statement Tuesday. Elon Musk also hinted at a possible long-term solution on Twitter: “We need to move telelscopes (sic) to orbit anyway.” 2:57 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice read more

Trump Says Nobody Knows If An Immigration Deal Can Happen

first_img Share Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Trump presides over a meeting about immigration with Republican and Democratic members of Congress earlier this month.Updated at 3:20 p.m. ETThe federal government is back open for business on Tuesday, but the immigration fight that brought it to a three-day shutdown is far from over.On Monday, Congress passed a stopgap spending bill that funds the government through Feb. 8, with Democrats crossing over to back the measure in exchange for assurances that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would bring an immigration bill to the floor. McConnell said he would pursue legislation to address the legal status of roughly 700,000 immigrants protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will expire in March, as well as border security and other issues.President Trump weighed in on Twitter on Tuesday morning to congratulate his staff for their work over the past several days, after much chatter about how little the president himself was involved in the dealmaking. Trump also acknowledged the big task ahead on working out an immigration deal in 16 days.Thank you to General John Kelly, who is doing a fantastic job, and all of the Staff and others in the White House, for a job well done. Long hours and Fake reporting makes your job more difficult, but it is always great to WIN, and few have won more than us!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018Congress also needs to agree on a long-term funding plan, which is thought to be close at hand, but there are several reasons why finding a bipartisan solution on immigration is far from easy.To begin with, Trump has been inconsistent on what kind of immigration bill he would sign, despite an insistence otherwise from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday. The broad framework is that, in exchange for a permanent fix for DACA, the president wants funding for the border wall he touted frequently during the campaign, along with an end to what he calls chain migration — or legal immigrants bringing other family members to the U.S. — and an end to the visa lottery system.But when Trump held a bipartisan discussion with lawmakers earlier this month, he signaled that he would sign whatever bill Congress sent him, even if he wasn’t “in love with” it and that he would take any backlash from both sides. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said that he offered Trump funding for his border wall on Friday, hours before the shutdown started, as part of a deal for DACA protections but that Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, later called to say the deal was off.Schumer reiterated Tuesday that the wall was now off the table, and argued that Trump’s inability to negotiate was what had led to the shutdown in the first place.Tensions were already inflamed after Trump reportedly used a vulgarity to refer to African countries and disparaged Haiti during a discussion of U.S. visa and immigration policies with a bipartisan group of senators earlier this month.On Monday, Sanders wouldn’t commit to Trump’s supporting a path to citizenship, instead of simply a legal status for the “DREAMers.” That is the common name given to those who are in the U.S. illegally after entering the country as children. For Democrats, and even some Republicans, a status short of citizenship could be a nonstarter.And even if a bill passes the Senate, it could have a much tougher time in the House, where Republicans say they will not be bound by any deal made in the Senate. The last time the Senate passed a major immigration overhaul bill, in 2013, it died a year later in the House.Trump did meet with six GOP senators on Monday to discuss “the next steps on responsible immigration reform.” That group included immigration hard-liners such as Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga., who were not members of the bipartisan group that has been working to find a solution palpable to both sides. Not in attendance were Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who are part of the bipartisan group, but Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., who has spoken out in favor of protecting DACA recipients, was there.Graham — once a strident opponent of Trump’s who has developed a cozy relationship with the president over the past few months — said over the weekend that he is skeptical of many of the president’s advisers, especially White House senior policy aide Stephen Miller, who push Trump in a conservative direction on immigration as soon as he seems to want a compromise.The president also conferred with two conservative Democrats at the White House on Monday, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and the newly elected Doug Jones of Alabama. Upon returning to the Capitol, they said that specifics weren’t discussed but sounded optimistic that an immigration deal could be reached.“I think he’s very much committed to relieving this DACA challenge that we all have. I don’t think anyone wants to be in it, no one is insensitive about that. In talking with his chief of staff, Gen. Kelly, I’m just hopeful we can find that pathway forward. … The House is going to have to do their thing, but the Senate is in a position to move forward, and he’s hoping that they’ll come to something that they can all live with,” said Manchin, who faces a tough re-election campaign in November. He’s one of 10 Democrats running again in states that Trump won in 2016.Further direct talks with Trump may have to wait. He is slated to travel to Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum. The president’s first State of the Union address on Jan. 30 provides him a highly visible opportunity to expand on what he wants in a bill, just over a week before the critical deadline.While some Democrats and progressive groups said that Schumer “caved,” more moderate lawmakers expressed optimism that McConnell would keep his promise to bring a bill to the floor. That is despite the fact that he hasn’t yet fulfilled pledges to other lawmakers in exchange for their votes in December on the GOP tax bill.“It’s one thing to make a promise behind closed doors in a conversation. It’s another thing to be before C-SPAN and before the whole world saying, ‘I will bring a bill forward, it will be neutral, it will be an open, level playing field.’ That’s a commitment,” Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, told NPR’s All Things Considered on Monday.Speaking after Senate lunches on Tuesday, McConnell also stood behind his promise.“I intend to keep my word,” the majority leader said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Saturn found to have noontime auroras

first_img Auroras on Earth occur when magnetic reconnections (magnetic fields colliding) cause solar flares on the sun. When it happens, plasma carrying a magnetic field is shot out into space, some of which makes its way to Earth. When it collides with our planet’s magnetic field, auroras occur. The same process has been observed on Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.In this new effort, the researchers were studying data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft, which orbited Saturn for 13 years. They were looking specifically at data that would provide more information regarding magnetic reconnections on the planet—prior research had shown that they occur on the dayside of the magnetopause (the point where the planet’s magnetic field meets the solar wind). There was also evidence that they occur on the nightside of its magnetodisk, which is a plasma ring formed near the equator by water and other materials emitted from its moons. But prior research had also suggested that there would be no reconnections on the dayside of the planet’s magnetodisk because the solar winds made the ot too thick for them to occur. But the researchers found evidence of reconnections in the magnetodisk at noontime anyway. The researchers suggest this apparent anomaly is likely due to Saturn’s high spin rate (a day is just 10 hours). The high rate, they note, likely compresses the magnetodisk , making it thin enough for reconnections to occur. The team also suggests that the reconnections they measured appear to be strong enough to create auroras.The researchers suggest that their findings indicate that unknown auroras might be happening on other planets as well, but have been overlooked because planet spin speed was not factored into calculations. They further suggest that similar reconnections might also be behind some unexplained pulses seen from Jupiter. Journal information: Nature Astronomy More information: R. L. Guo et al. Rotationally driven magnetic reconnection in Saturn’s dayside, Nature Astronomy (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-018-0461-9AbstractMagnetic reconnection is a key process that explosively accelerates charged particles, generating phenomena such as nebular flares, solar flares and stunning aurorae. In planetary magnetospheres, magnetic reconnection has often been identified on the dayside magnetopause and in the nightside magnetodisc, where thin-current-sheet conditions are conducive to reconnection. The dayside magnetodisc is usually considered thicker than the nightside due to the compression of solar wind, and is therefore not an ideal environment for reconnection. In contrast, a recent statistical study of magnetic flux circulation strongly suggests that magnetic reconnection must occur throughout Saturn’s dayside magnetosphere. Additionally, the source of energetic plasma can be present in the noon sector of giant planetary magnetospheres. However, so far, dayside magnetic reconnection has only been identified at the magnetopause. Here, we report direct evidence of near-noon reconnection within Saturn’s magnetodisc using measurements from the Cassini spacecraft. The measured energetic electrons and ions (ranging from tens to hundreds of keV) and the estimated energy flux of ~2.6 mW m–2 within the reconnection region are sufficient to power aurorae. We suggest that dayside magnetodisc reconnection can explain bursty phenomena in the dayside magnetospheres of giant planets, which can potentially advance our understanding of quasi-periodic injections of relativistic electrons6 and auroral pulsations.Press release: phys.org/wire-news/289642898/m … anetary-differe.html Hubble spots auroras on Uranus 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. Citation: Saturn found to have noontime auroras (2018, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-saturn-noontime-auroras.htmlcenter_img © 2018 Phys.org Explore further An international team of researchers has found that Saturn’s fast rotation speed makes it possible for the planet to experience noontime auroras. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes the factors that lead to creation of auroras and how Saturn’s appear to arise. Credit: University College Londonlast_img read more