Ineos Insight Brings First US Shale Gas Cargo to UK

first_imgzoom The first shipment of US shale gas has arrived in the UK today aboard the LPG tanker JS Ineos Insight, operated by Swiss-based chemicals giant Ineos.The tanker was heading to Ineos’ Grangemouth plant in Scotland, where it was set to unload 27,500 cubic metres of ethane extracted from beneath western Pennsylvania, US.The shipment is said to be the result of a GBP 1.6 billion (USD 2 billion) investment in eight tankers which would connect the US with the UK and Norway.The cargo aboard the 2015-built vessel arrives in the country a day after the Scottish Labor party called for a ban on fracking, a process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.The Scottish Government announced a memorandum on all planning consents for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking for shale gas, in early 2015.At the beginning of September, another Ineos’ vessel, JS Ineos Intrepid, loaded the first cargo of ethane to be exported from Morgan’s Point, Texas terminal, operated by US-based provider of midstream energy services Enterprise Products Partners L.P.The tanker, carrying some 265,000 barrels of ethane, sailed from Morgan’s Point to the Ineos facility at Rafnes in Norway.NOTE: The original article was amended on October 6, 2016. The original article stated that the LPG tanker Ineos Intrepid and not Ineos Insight delivered the first US shale cargo to the UK.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Opposition seeks Commonwealth probe of Sri Lanka

Samaraweera released a copy of his letter to Sharma a day after President Mahinda Rajapakse’s lawmakers found the nation’s first woman chief justice, Shirani Bandaranayake, guilty of three charges of professional misconduct. But the legality of the process used to try to force out Bandaranayake is being challenged before the Supreme Court by the country’s Bar Association, which represents nearly all the nation’s 11,000 lawyers. (AFP) Sri Lanka’s main opposition party asked the Commonwealth Sunday to investigate the impeachment of the country’s chief justice in what it called a breach of the bloc’s democratic values.Opposition spokesman and former foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera urged the group’s secretary general Kamelesh Sharma to order his disciplinary body, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, to probe Sri Lanka. “It was becoming increasingly clear that the Rajapakse regime was moving away from Commonwealth values and principles,” Samaraweera said in the letter.The “impeachment process — more akin to a witch trial of the dark ages — unleashed against the chief justice has now exposed the true agenda of the regime at its worst,” it said. The panel cleared her, however, of stashing away $250,000 in an undeclared bank account. The chief justice has said there is “not one iota of truth” to the charges.Under parliamentary procedure, if the chief justice is found guilty of even one charge and a majority of the 225-member house votes for her removal, the president can dismiss her within a month.The ruling party holds two-thirds of the house. The Commonwealth is an association of 54 countries, mainly former British colonies, and includes Sri Lanka.Bandaranayake, 54, walked out of the hearing on Thursday, saying she was not getting a fair trial. The opposition MPs in the impeachment panel joined her in the walkout, but the ruling party went ahead to declare her guilty on Saturday.The charges on which she was found guilty include failing to declare nine bank accounts and interfering in a case involving a company from which her sister had bought an apartment. The charges have raised international concerns that the government is trying to control the judiciary after crushing Tamil rebels in 2009 and consolidating its hold on power. read more

Braintree fire Mother and daughter 12 die trapped in house blaze

first_imgTwo women managed to escape from the building before emergency services arrivedCredit:Nick Ansell/PA Wire Two women managed to escape from the building before emergency services arrived and were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.The victims were named locally as Alina Kordaszewska, 41, and her 12-year-old daughter Emilia Kordaszewska.Neighbours also named the two women who escaped the blaze as Alina’s teenage daughter Milena Kordaszewska and her mother Alicja Kordaszewska-Tom, 63.Alina’s husband and the father of Emilia and Milena is understood to be Rafal Kordaszewska, also 41. Friends have turned up at the scene to leave floral tributes.Justyna Rogulka and Rafal Bogonos had worked with Alina for eight years at CorpComms, a corporate communication centre.Mr Bogonos said: “It was a shock, a massive shock for all of us. I can’t bear it. They were just a normal family, they were very polite.”I really knew Alina because we have been working with her for eight years. She was such a lovely, bubbly person, She was always smiling. A woman and child, believed to be mother and daughter, have died in a house fire.Emergency services were called to the property in Braintree, Essex, shortly before 10.45pm on Wednesday but the pair were trapped inside and died at the scene, Essex Police said. 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. Fire ripped through a house in Essex Two women managed to escape from the building before emergency services arrived Fire ripped through a house in EssexCredit:ESSEX COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE “It is a shame, a real shame, especially before Christmas. I literally spoke to her a couple of days ago and I said how are you doing for the preparation for Christmas?”She said ‘yeah I am still far away’. They have been taken far too soon.”He added: “We have organised a mass in the church today and we hope we are going to gather together as a community and pray.”The police and fire service will carry out a joint investigation, and the road has been closed.A police helicopter, officers, the fire service and ambulance service attended the incident.Frankie Ricci, chairman of Braintree District Council, wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those caught in the South Street house fire in Braintree. Tragic beyond words.”James Cleverly, Conservative MP for Braintree, wrote on Twitter: “Shocked by the terrible news that a mother and child have died in a fire in Braintree, my thoughts are with their friends and family.”last_img read more

Alice Springs traditonal owners acquire 51 of Australian Contract Miner of the

first_imgThe Alice Springs-based Lhere Artepe Group has acquired 51% of the CDE Group, taking indigenous ownership of the Australian mining and civil works contracting group to 84%. CDE’s current activities include providing services to Fortescue Metals Group’s Christmas Creek iron ore mine in Western Australia through the Downer EDI contracting group, and to Xstrata for the McArthur River zinc mine in the Northern Territory.In acquiring a 51% investment, Lhere Artepe – which represents the Central Arrernte Traditional Owners of the Alice Springs region – joins the Rusca family which has 33% of CDE as the Aboriginal majority owners.Current civil works contracts held by CDE include work for the New Future Alliance as part of the $672 million Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP), a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments. CDE is also the lead contractor on the construction of two residential subdivisions comprising some 76 lots in the premium residential development of Mount Johns in Alice Springs, which includes sites for single dwelling, multiple dwelling and two townhouse-style developments, with 78 Units for LAE Nominees, the property development arm of the Lhere Artepe Group.Darryl Pearce of Lhere Artepe Group has been elected Chairman of the CDE Group and Phil Staveley has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Pearce said that Lhere Artepe looked forward to working with CDE and to broadening the company’s civil, equipment hire, and mining services contracts in the NT and other states and territories. “We are enthusiastic about our investment in CDE which has been at the forefront of indigenous ownership and employment in Australia for several years and has played a key role in bringing people from Aboriginal communities into the workforce,” Pearce said. “We are dedicated to continuing this policy at CDE which currently has a workforce of around 100 people, of which 75% are indigenous employees.”Staveley said CDE looked forward to a bright future with its new major shareholder and, where necessary, would continue to make further structural changes as part of a renewed focus to capitalise on new business opportunities. “The development of future business opportunities is the most critical aspect of fulfilling CDE’s growth potential. The approach which Lhere Artepe brings to the business – being focused on management, structure, and client satisfaction – fits well with the CDE model and will allow the company to refocus its energies into creating and nurturing future business opportunities for the company,” Staveley said.      The Lhere Artepe Group consists of four entities with a diverse range of investments as part of its vision for a safer, tidier, culturally rich and sustainable Alice Springs. Last year, the corporation’s drive for local ownership resulted in the Group making investments in Alice Springs of more than $25 million, including the development of two residential subdivisions and the acquisition of three Alice Springs IGA Foodland stores at Northside, Eastside and Flynn Drive.The CDE Group evolved from a family civil works business established by the Rusca family in the 1970s and is regarded as one of Australia’s largest indigenous-owned contracting companies operating in civil works and mining. CDE was the 2008 winner of the national Contract Miner of the Year award which is presented each year as part of the Australian Mining Prospect Awards.last_img read more

DANIELA PIEDADE – A brave woman and a born winner

Daniela Piedadehandball person 2013 SUPPORT DANIELA PIEDADE LIKEView Results In January she was given the “green light” to return to court after the apoplexy which she received on one of the warm-up matches for Ljubljana Krim, and already in December she went on to have the golden medal around her neck – World Champion 2013. The story of Brazilian hero Daniela Piedade is one of the strongest in the history of handball. Brave girl, managed not only to get back to daily life, but to go back to top handball too. The prize came along – the title of world champion with Brazil. Nomination for HANDBALL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2013 is just a logical conclusion of the movie story… ← Previous Story BOB HANNING – “The everlasting energy” Next Story → VELUX EHF F4 – “A place where handball gets another dimension”  Loading … read more

Un iPhone 4 prend feu dans un avion australien

first_imgUn iPhone 4 prend feu dans un avion australienDans un avion en plein vol, au-dessus de l’Australie, l’iPhone 4 d’un passager a soudainement pris feu. Pour l’heure, aucune explication n’est donnée quand à cette combustion. Des tests doivent être menés pour déterminer l’origine de l’incident.Le 25 novembre, un iPhone 4 a soudainement pris feu dans un avion reliant Lismore à Sidney, en Australie. Après avoir fait le tour du web, cette information a été confirmée par la compagnie aérienne Regional Express. À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleDans un communiqué, elle indique que le “téléphoneportabled’un passagera commencé a émettre unequantité importante de fumée,accompagnée d’une lueur rouge”. C’est au moment de l’atterrissage que l’incident, qui n’a heureusement fait aucun blessé, a eu lieu, précise la compagnie. La lumière rouge s’est finalement éteinte quelques minutes plus tard, et l’iPhone 4, ou du moins ce qu’il en reste, a été transmis à l’Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), qui doit réaliser des analyses sur le terminal pour tenter de déterminer l’origine de cette surchauffe. Il est fort possible que le problème vienne de la batterie du téléphone.Cet incident ne manquera pas d’entacher un peu plus encore la réputation de la firme à la pomme. Car ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un téléphone Apple surchauffe ainsi. En 2009, plusieurs cas d’iPhone ayant littéralement implosé avaient été signalés dans différents pays. Le 29 novembre 2011 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ndidi believes Leicester can upset the Spurs

first_imgLeicester City and Tottenham Hotspur will face off tonight in the English Premier League and the Nigeria international believes in his teamAs part of the weekend fixture in the English Premier League, Leicester City, and Tottenham Hotspur will play each other tonight.And for Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, everything is possible as his side is preparing to upset the Spurs.“They are really good. They are in form this season and at the moment they are really in form too. They’ve got qualities,” Ndidi was quoted by Goal.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I have no fear because I know we will do well. There is just something about this game where I know we are going to do well.”“We are at home and everyone is ready. I think it’s going to be a tough one, it’s never going to be easy, but I think we are going to come out well,” he added.“If you remember at the beginning of the season, we conceded goals in less than five minutes into the game but now it’s getting better. I think we are improving.”last_img read more

SDPD holds Ocean Beach town hall on recent string of arson and

first_img Updated: 10:35 PM January 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEAN BEACH (KUSI) — It may be the most laid-back beach town in Southern California, but the people of Ocean Beach are not laying back anymore. Not in this case.After a series of arson fires that began in December, the O.B. Town Council called an emergency meeting get a progress report. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot to report.We do know, someone torched at least 8-different spots, all of them in the ally ways. We also know we got lucky. The fires did not spread to nearby homes. The arsonist did, however, torch two motor-homes, two cars, a motorcycle and a carport.Since all the fires happened in the ally’s, only one location had a surveillance camera and the image was not clear enough to get a close look at the criminal. So the arsonist is still out there, somewhere.At this point, people in O.B. are being told to clear their allies of flammable materials. Also, install cameras, if they can afford it.Since police cannot be all places at all times, this is also a prime time for “community policing.” You’ve heard the saying, ‘if you see something, say something.”Even though there has not been a fire in about a month, the culprit is still out there and considered very dangerous.There is now a $1000-dollar reward, put forward by the people of O.B. and the Ocean Beach Town Council. Posted: January 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Ocean Beach, San Diego Police Department FacebookTwittercenter_img Dan Plante, Dan Plante SDPD holds Ocean Beach town hall on recent string of arson and vandalismlast_img read more

Swizz Beatzs Dreamweavers Exhibit Spotlights Black Renaissance Visual Works

first_img Twitter Swizz Beatz’s Dreamweavers Exhibit Spotlights “Black Renaissance” Visual Works Swizz Beatz collaborate with UTA and curator Nicola Vassell to bring together uncanny and powerful works by leading African-American and African diaspora artists, past and presentPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 31, 2019 – 4:14 pm On Jan. 30, Los Angeles’ UTA Artist Space and GRAMMY winner Swizz Beatz announced a fine art exhibit titled “Dreamweavers” will open on Feb. 13, dedicated to paintings, sculptures, photographs and performance art by visionaries of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora. Curated by Nicola Vassell, who advises Beatz and his wife Alicia Keys on their The Dean Collection of fine art, the choice selection presents passionate and little-known works from what Vassell considers an emerging “black renaissance.””It’s a super positive moment in that these narratives are being embedded institutionally,” Vassell told Billboard, “and the consequence of that is economic success and cultural influence.”The artist Kehinde Wiley became better known due to his presidential portrait of Obama and presence of his paintings on sets for the TV show “Empire.” Also in the exhibit are Nick Cave (the dancer, not the rocker), Karon Davis, Cy Gavin, David Hammons, Hector Hyppolite, Arthur Jafa, Pope L, Deanna Lawson, Kerry James Marshall, Yoyin Ojih Odutola, Noah Purifoy, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Tschabalala Self, Ming Smith, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Charles White. News Facebook Email Swizz Beatz’s Exhibit Spotlights Visual Works swizz-beatzs-dreamweavers-exhibit-spotlights-%E2%80%9Cblack-renaissance%E2%80%9D-visual-works “This show had to happen right here, right now,” said Beatz. “Many of the artists are my friends and some of the works you’ll see on view are from The Dean Collection … It’s a family gathering, Nicola is my long-time collaborator and UTA was passionate from the beginning.””Dreamweavers” offers an artistic confrontation with imagery that can seem like a surreal escape from reality while also providing the strength to cope with present-day challenges creatively. The website for UTA Artist Space features works selected for “Dreamweavers,” and the exhibit will remain in place until April 13. Swizz Beatz: Inside The Philosophy Of A Hip-Hop HitmakerRead more read more

Abid Ali Neemuchwala likely to become Wipro CEO early next year Report

first_imgWipro Ltd is likely to promote its group president and chief operating officer (COO) Abid Ali Neemuchwala as CEO early next year, when TK Kurien’s term ends.Wipro, India’s third biggest IT firm, is likely to make its current CEO Kurien, whose five-year term will expire in January next year, vice-chairman of the company.The new appointments will be announced by Wipro in early 2016, according to sources.”Any such decision will be taken by the Board of Directors based on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee and will be communicated to the stock exchanges. We don’t want to comment any further on this speculation,” Business Standard quoted Wipro as saying in a statement.In October, the Bengaluru-based Wipro was said to have been contemplating to extend the tenure of Kurien by at least one year in a bid to buy time to scout for a new CEO.The reports on Wipro looking for a new CEO had surfaced after it promoted three executives as presidents and roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) veteran Abid Ali Neemuchwala as its COO earlier this year. Neemuchwala was seen as the “contender” for the top post.Following Neemuchwala’s appointment as COO and group president, Wipro has witnessed many restructuring initiatives aimed at having a “better control” over the company’s performance. The restructuring process has seen a few top level executives leaving Wipro. Ayan Mukerji, a company veteran who headed the media and telecom business, and Sangita Singh, head of healthcare business, were among those exits.In April, Wipro had elevated Rishad Premji, the eldest son of promoter Azim Premji, to the company board as a wholetime director, effective from 1 May.Industry watchers had speculated that the elevation of Rishad was a step towards grooming him to assume the top role at a later stage, although Azim Premji had always said that Rishad would not be appointed the chief executive.last_img read more

Galveston Bay Area Has An App to Report Pollution

first_img 00:00 /01:05 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Galveston Bay FoundationBoat SewageThe Galveston Bay Action Network app is a hassle-free way to report pollution.Nate Johnson helped create the app.“We wanted to make a tool that would make pollution reporting a lot easier,” Johnson says. “Hopefully encourage more people to report it. And have the enforcement agencies clean it up once they receive the reports.”The app is not just for residents in Galveston, but also the other counties surrounding the bay, like Chambers, Brazoria and Harris county.Sarah Gossett is with the Galveston Bay Foundation.She says that’s why the condition of pollution in Houston is equally important to manage.“We very much work within the city of Houston to make sure everybody there is doing what they can to keep the bay and all of the waterways in that area healthy and clean,” says Gossett.If you’re not sure what’s considered pollution, Johnson says the app has you covered.They’re hoping to get reports on things like trash, oil slicks, and other hazards affecting the bay.“There is a tool in the app to help people get a little familiar with how they can identify different types of pollution they may see,” Johnson says.He also says filing a report takes about a minute and the proper authorities will be alerted immediately. last_img read more

Heroes DREAMers And Bill Nye The Guest List For Trumps First State

first_imgPablo Martinez Monsivais/APCarryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, fought back tears as President Trump addressed her during his 2017 speech to a joint session of Congress.President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night is intended to outline the priorities of the nation, while guests of the president and of lawmakers reflect the political messages each party wants to highlight.Trump has invited a list of law enforcement and military heroes, a reinforcement of his intended theme of “building a safe, strong and proud America.”Democrats, on the other hand, continue to try to steer the conversation toward immigration. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democratic leaders have invited dozens of undocumented immigrants who came into the country as children, also known as DREAMers. Without action from Congress, the roughly 700,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would no longer be shielded from deportation.Trump’s guest list“Some of these individual’s stories are heroic, some are patriotic, others are tragic but all of them represent the unbreakable American spirit,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday, unveiling who would sit alongside first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday night.Trump’s most powerful moment in his address to Congress last year was his acknowledgement of Carryn Owens, the widow of a Navy SEAL killed in a controversial raid in Yemen.Military and law enforcement: Retired Cpl. Matt Bradford is the first blind, double amputee to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Ryan Holets, a police officer in New Mexico, adopted a baby whose parents were addicted to opioids. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Peck was part of a team clearing IEDs from ISIS territory in Syria last year. And Preston Sharp is a boy leading an effort to place American flags and red carnations on the graves of soldiers.First responders: Jon Bridgers founded a nonprofit rescue organization that helped respond to the 2016 floods in Louisiana and to Hurricane Harvey last year. David Dahlberg, a fire-prevention technician, helped saved 62 people from a wildfire in Southern California last July. Ashlee Leppert is an aviation electronics technician in the Coast Guard who rescued dozens of people during last year’s hurricane season.Immigration: The president has sought to shine a light on the MS-13 transnational street gang, whom he called “animals” last year, in arguing for stricter border control. Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez and Freddy Cuevas are parents of children who were killed by members of the gang. They will be in attendance, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Celestino Martinez, whose investigations have led to more than 100 arrests of MS-13 members.Economy: As a nod to the tax cuts approved by Congress in December, the president invited Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger, who started Staub Manufacturing Solutions 20 years ago. According to the White House, the company offered larger bonuses as a result of the tax plan. Corey Adams, a welder at the company, will also attend.The Democratic responseAs shown by the government shutdown earlier this month, which ended with a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring immigration legislation to the floor, Democrats want the DACA issue front and center.Dozens of young immigrants will be sitting in the House gallery, guests of Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and other lawmakers.A number of Democratic lawmakers are also calling attention to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements related to sexual harassment. Among them is Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., who is bringing Chessy Prout, a sexual assault survivor whose case yielded national media attention.At least 10 Democrats have chosen to boycott the event completely, according to a list compiled by USA Today.“We are watching the presidency erode before our eyes and I, for one, refuse to participate in pomp and circumstance that does nothing but normalize his egregious and hateful behavior,” Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said in a statement.The Science GuyBill Nye the Science Guy will also be in attendance as the guest of Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla.It’s an interesting pairing, considering Bridenstine’s history of denying humans’ role in climate change and Nye’s role in expanding knowledge on the subject and criticism of climate change deniers.Bridenstine, however, has changed his tune in recent months, after he was nominated by Trump to lead NASA. In his confirmation hearing, the congressman acknowledged that “humans are contributing” to climate change.“He’s changed his mind, and in science that’s generally a good thing,” Nye told Quartz. “I am hopeful that others will see the wisdom in the Congressman’s evolving view and follow suit.”Tomorrow night I will attend the State of the Union as a guest of Congressman Jim Bridenstine – nominee for NASA Administrator – who extended me an invitation in my role as CEO of The Planetary Society….— Bill Nye (@BillNye) January 29, 2018 …The Society is the world’s largest and most influential non-governmental nonpartisan space organization, co-founded by Carl Sagan. While the Congressman and I disagree on a great many issues – we share a deep respect for NASA and its achievements…— Bill Nye (@BillNye) January 29, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Nintendo finally gets R4 carts completely banned in Japan

first_imgPiracy on the Nintendo DS was a relatively easy and cheap affair. All you needed was access to an R4 cartridge and a few torrents, and you could amass hundreds of games for less than the cost of one. Nintendo was understandably not happy with the situation and decided to take legal action as well as updating its hardware in a bid to curb the piracy.Version 1.4 of the DSi firmware rendered flash cards unusable back in 2009, then the R4 carts were made illegal in the UK in 2010, and with the launch of the 3DS Nintendo included auto-patching to try and stop piracy before it started, but it didn’t work.Even with the updates and legal action, the R4 cart lives on, but Nintendo has now scored a major victory by helping to get them banned completely in the company’s home territory of Japan.It’s actually the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry that has imposed a ban on importing the cartridges, but Nintendo is behind the push to make this happen. The carts were already banned from sale in Japan, but not import, meaning they could still flood the market just not through official retail channels. Now they are completely blocked.This may be good news for Nintendo and the continued sales of both official DS and 3DS Best Price at Amazon titles, but the R4 carts did have another purpose: homebrew game development. They allowed unofficial games created for Nintendo devices to be tested on actual hardware. With this total ban, that also becomes a lot harder to do.via Kotakulast_img read more

Workers dragged Forbidden City stones along roads of artificial ice

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( —Fifteenth and sixteenth century Chinese workers transported enormous stones to the Forbidden City by carrying them in sledges along roads of artificial ice, according to Jiang Li of the University of Science and Technology in Beijing and his colleagues. The researchers translated a document showing that in 1557, workers used this method to transport a 123-ton stone more than 70 kilometers. Li and his team say that dragging large stones over ice, rather than over dry ground, reduced the amount of friction created and the number of workers needed for the job. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Construction of China’s Forbidden City, in present-day Beijing, began in 1417. The home of China’s emperors for almost 500 years, The Forbidden City incorporates stones weighing more than 100 tons extracted from the Dashiwo quarry, 70 kilometers away. The heaviest of these is the Large Stone Carving, which weighs more than 300 tons.Previous researchers assumed that the Chinese used wheeled vehicles to move the stones. The Chinese were using wheeled vehicles for transport by around 1500 BC, and there are no images of workers dragging stones over dry ground. However, none of the wheeled vehicles built before 1596 could carry more than 95 tons. Although some books mention that workers used an artificial ice path to transport the Large Stone Carving, there are no detailed historical records of this event.Li and his colleagues translated a Chinese text written in 1618 that describes how workers brought a 123-ton stone to the Forbidden City in 1557, during a mid-winter renovation project. The workers placed the stone on a sledge, which they then dragged along an artificial ice path, created by pouring well water onto the ground and then allowing the water to freeze. They dug wells every half kilometer. By pouring water over ice that had already frozen, they created a liquid surface that decreased the friction between the sledge and the ice. The workers had time to move the sledge across the liquid film before it froze.The team calculated that it would have taken 1,537 men to drag the load over dry ground. Dragging a sledge over ice would have required 338 men. Lubricating the ice would have reduced the workforce to 46 men. An ice road also eliminated the need to lay out wooden planks to create a smooth surface.Architects of the reconstruction debated whether to use sledges or mule-driven wagons. They chose sledges because they were safer and more reliable than wagons, although sledges required more time, money and manpower.The research suggests that, at the time, Chinese engineers knew more about friction than Western engineers did. Workers likely slid massive stones, such as this 300-ton marble carving in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, along artificial ice paths. Credit: Chui Hu More information: Ice lubrication for moving heavy stones to the Forbidden City in 15th- and 16th-century China, PNAS, plays a crucial role in reducing friction for transporting heavy objects, from moving a 60-ton statue in ancient Egypt to relocating a 15,000-ton building in modern society. Although in China spoked wheels appeared ca. 1500 B.C., in the 15th and 16th centuries sliding sledges were still used in transporting huge stones to the Forbidden City in Beijing. We show that an ice lubrication technique of water-lubricated wood-on-ice sliding was used instead of the common ancient approaches, such as wood-on-wood sliding or the use of log rollers. The technique took full advantage of the natural properties of ice, such as sufficient hardness, flatness, and low friction with a water film. This ice-assisted movement is more efficient for such heavy-load and low-speed transportation necessary for the stones of the Forbidden City. The transportation of the huge stones provides an early example of ice lubrication and complements current studies of the high-speed regime relevant to competitive ice sports. The mechanism that puts the curl in the curling stone revealedcenter_img Citation: Workers dragged Forbidden City stones along roads of artificial ice (2013, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 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.last_img read more

Big Five Tours moves Canadian office to Alberta

first_img Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Share Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Big Five Tours moves Canadian office to Alberta Tags: Alberta, Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Edmonton STUART, FL – Big Five Tours & Expeditions is on the move, relocating its Canadian registered office to Edmonton effective June 15.The company’s new Canadian address is:Big Five Tours & Expeditions Limited2900, 10180-101 StreetEdmonton, ABT5J 3V5Its phone number will remain the same at (800) 244-3483, as will its business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST).“Big Five sells through travel agents, not direct, and we have a great working relationship with our Canada retail partners. This move to Alberta does not change the role of our VP sales, Paul Dorgan, to serve our Canada retail partners (East, Central or West) based out of Toronto,” said Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five.last_img read more

Costa Rica ranks high with Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor users

first_imgCosta Rica has topped the charts for Traveler’s Choice 2013 on both TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet sites.Of the Top 10 Beaches in Central America on TripAdvisor, Costa Rica snagged eight spots, including No. 1, with Manuel Antonio National Park on the central Pacific coast. Samara Beach, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, followed at the No. 2 spot, and Nosara Beach came in at No. 4, also in Guanacaste.Other contenders on the Top 10 list for TripAdvisor’s site include Playa Santa Teresa on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Avellanas, Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, and Puerto Viejo in Limón, on the southern Caribbean coast.The two top Central American beaches outside of Costa Rica are Playa Blanca in Livingston, Guatemala, and West Bay Beach in West Bay, Honduras.Lonely Planet ranked Top Destinations generally but also listed top countries in various categories, and Costa Rica appeared numerous times. The country took the No. 1 spot (out of 10) for the best “Nature” country, thanks to the varied animals, forests, jungles, volcanoes and tropical coastlines.The country also received high praise for the “Adventure” category, securing the No. 2 spot (out of 10). Costa Rica took No. 10 out of 10 for “meeting other travelers.”On Lonely Planet’s list of Top 20 Destinations, Costa Rica ranked at No. 9. Bhutan, in South Asia, took No. 1. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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