first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says an eight-week maintenance project at Syncrude that had been scheduled to begin in April will start Thursday.The company says advancing the turnaround will permit Syncrude to deal with an unrelated issue which has been constraining capacity on a line that feeds bitumen from the mine to the upgrader.Suncor says the change in timing means Syncrude production for the first quarter is expected to be reduced to about 140,000 barrels of oil per day, net to Suncor. However, Syncrude’s forecasted production for the full year remains within the annual guidance range.The company also says oilsands operations production has benefited from reliable operations at its Firebag and MacKay River plants, but base plant operations dealt with a significant, weather-related outage in January that will cut first quarter production to approximately 400,000 bbls/d.First quarter production at Fort Hills is expected to average approximately 25,000 bbls/d, net to Suncor, while production from exploration and production for the first quarter is estimated at about 120,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Suncor says total upstream production for the first quarter is expected to be approximately 685,000 boe/d.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Rabat – Moroccan authorities have arrested four people in Oujda allegedly in possession of suspicious materials and equipment that could put lives at risk.A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the Oujda police department conducted a joint-operation on Saturday with the Royal Gendarmerie on the basis of DGSN intelligence. The principal suspect was arrested in Oujda and three accomplices were arrested at a toll station on the highway, in possession of 200 gas bombs and 11 electric batons. The suspects were placed in custody for further investigation to determine other suspects involved in the operation.

Rabat- The Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics has denounced rumors that it will extend the formally required training period for driver’s licenses to six months, insisting that it is fixed at 30 days.The 30-day training period begins from the application day and lasts until the test period. Some news outlets had reported that driving candidates would be required to wait six months to take their first test.The ministry emphasized that driving permit applicants will benefit from an extended contract period of six months, renewable for a further three-month period. The extended contract is to improve training conditions and ensure transparency between trainees and driving schools. The ministry added that the training hours during the 30-day training period are not required to exceed 20 hours for all license categories and 30 hours for heavy equipment vehicles.The contract will include the number of additional training hours agreed on between the trainee and the driving institution.The ministry also announced that the training fees will be fixed at MAD 2,250: MAD 37 per hour for the theoretical test and MAD 75.5 per hour for the applied training for category B, the license to drive regular cars.Since December 2017, driving candidates must earn 34 points out of 40 to pass the theoretical test for license B. The previous passing score was 30 points out of 40. read more

The official transfer of authority from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to the hybrid force – with AU troops exchanging their green headgear for the UN’s blue beret – took place at a ceremony in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher, the headquarters of the new UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Authorized by the Security Council in July, UNAMID will have some 20,000 troops and more than 6,000 police and civilian staff at full deployment. Currently, there are more than 9,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, including 7,000 troops and 1,200 police serving with the AMIS, as well as UN soldiers and police officers serving as part of the UN’s “heavy” and “light support packages” deployed to support AMIS over the last year. In a message to the handover ceremony, Mr. Ban emphasized the need for troop and police contributing countries to deploy their personnel as quickly as possible. “If we are to have a real impact on the situation on the ground within the first half of 2008, these deployments must happen far more swiftly than they have done so far,” the Secretary-General said in a statement read out by Joint UN-AU Special Representative and Head of UNAMID Rodolphe Adada. Mr. Ban added that critical gaps remained in the UNAMID force as no pledges have been received so far for ground and transportation units and aviation assets, which are essential to the mobility of the force and its ability to adequately protect the civilian population in the vast area of Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and another 2.2 million forced to flee their homes since fighting began in 2003 between Government forces and rebel groups.While noting that today marks “a new and profoundly challenging chapter in the history of United Nations peacekeeping,” Mr. Ban stressed that UNAMID’s deployment will only be as effective as the political process it is mandated to support. He urged all parties to cease violence and come to the negotiating table to settle their differences. “Only after an inclusive peace agreement is reached will the outstanding grievances of all parties be addressed, and the requirements for a lasting solution to the crisis put in place,” he said.Echoing Mr. Ban’s comments, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan stressed that comprehensive peace can only be achieved when all parts of the country have achieved peace and harmony. “We should all work towards a prosperous, peaceful and united Sudan,” Ashraf Qazi stated, calling on all parties to the Darfur conflict to shun violence and participate in the peace process for the sake of the future generations.Efforts on the political front are being led by the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, who have been pursuing a political settlement to the crisis through negotiations aimed at a achieving a peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Darfurian movements.Meanwhile, in a statement released on Sunday, the Chairman of the Darfur Ceasefire Commission, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, noted with great concern the arrest of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) representative to the Commission, Major General Bashir, and five other JEM members on Sunday in El Fasher.Despite the efforts of the AMIS leadership to prevent the arrest, Government authorities stormed the premises housing the JEM representative early Sunday morning. Gen. Agwai has been in contact with both JEM – one of Darfur’s many rebel groups – and the Government of Sudan to de-escalate the tensions and ensure the safe release of the JEM representatives. 31 December 2007The joint United Nations-African Union force set up to stem the violence in Darfur took the reigns today from the existing AU operation in the war-torn Sudanese region, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that critical gaps remain in what will be the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation at full strength. read more

Carbon-tax-fighting governments in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba say they have no plans to follow Ontario’s lead and force gas stations to put anti-carbon tax stickers on their pumps.Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has set Aug. 30 as a deadline for stations to have the stickers posted or face fines of up to $10,000 a day.The stickers say the federal carbon tax has added 4.4 cents a litre to the price of gasoline, which will rise to 11 cents per litre by 2022.In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney’s office says his government is focused on a court challenge of the federal tax.A spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the government has no plan to make the stickers mandatory.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.And the Progressive Conservatives in Manitoba, currently in an election campaign, say they’re not considering the stickers.The federal government has imposed a carbon tax on Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick because they opted not to bring in their own carbon pricing. It plans to do so in Alberta in the new year.Ottawa has promised to rebate much of the money collected directly to taxpayers in each of those provinces.In a statement, Kenney’s office said Alberta drivers in the province already know the effects of a carbon tax on gasoline prices, because the previous NDP government had one that Kenney’s government repealed.“We are challenging the federal government’s constitutional authority to impose Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, and are confident in our case. That is our focus at this time,” the statement said.A statement from Moe’s spokesman was brief.“Saskatchewan has no plans to mandate operators to display stickers showing the cost of the carbon tax on gas prices,” said Jim Billington.Brian Pallister in Manitoba, running to keep his job as premier, previously announced a blackout on government communications in the leadup to the Sept. 10 election. But when asked about the stickers, his PC party said in an email: “Not at this time.”Legislation making the stickers mandatory in Ontario was included in the budget bill. The cost of printing 25,000 decals was pegged at about $5,000 and does not include the price of distributing them to the province’s 3,200 gas stations.The plan has been criticized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, which has said its members have expressed concerns regarding the political nature of the stickers.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna blasted the stickers in a Facebook post Wednesday.“This is just par for the course for a government wasting taxpayers’ dollars to fight climate action instead of climate change,” she wrote.“And now they are impeding the free speech of small-business owners.” read more

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced grave concern over the continuing hostilities in eastern Ukraine amid an escalating rebel offensive which has locked civilians in a zone of intense fighting. In a statement issued by his spokesperson late yesterday evening, the Secretary-General said he was particularly distressed over the plight of civilians in the city of Debaltseve, situated along the conflict’s frontline, where they remained trapped without basic services and under constant danger from indiscriminate shelling. A recent uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine between Government and anti-Government forces has seen casualty figures spike with 224 civilians killed and 545 wounded in the three weeks leading up to 1 February. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the overall death toll now exceeds 5,358 people, with another 12,235 wounded since mid-April last year. “The rebel offensive continues and civilians are dying on a daily basis,” the statement declared. “The signatories of the Minsk accords and the entire international community need to assume their responsibilities to ensure that this conflict ends. The United Nations stands ready to continue to support the consolidation of a sustainable and lasting peace process.” The Secretary-General further condemned “in the strongest terms” continuing reports of indiscriminate shelling and called on both sides “to immediately move their military positions away from densely populated civilian areas.” The civilian death toll from the fighting has been particularly high in the residential areas of both Government-controlled territory, such as the towns of Avdiivka, Debaltseve, Popasna and Shchastia and the settlement of Stanytsia Luhanska, as well as the cities of Donetsk and Horlivka controlled by the armed groups. In the single most deadly incident involving civilians, at least 31 people were killed and 112 wounded in Mariupol, following two attacks by multiple launch rocket systems. In the statement, the spokesperson added that Mr. Ban stands with others in the international community in support of the proposal by the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for “a temporary truce that would allow for the immediate evacuation of civilians from Debaltseve” and notes that this proposal can only gain ground through “good-faith negotiation.” At the same time, the Secretary-General reiterates his call for “a sustainable cease-fire to take hold and for urgent diplomatic and political action.” The Ukrainian crisis began to unfurl in late February 2014 when it evolved from an initial internal political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country. It later reached full- scale conflict in the east. Despite the Minsk cease-fire, the situation in Ukraine has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. Recent media reports have suggested a potential worsening of the situation amid claims of a massive recruitment campaign by anti-Government groups. read more

“Born a sheltered prince, Shakyamuni went out into the world to confront and overcome human suffering,” said the Secretary-General in his message on the occasion. “This message of compassion is timeless,” he said. Vesak, the Day of the Full Moon in the month of May, is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on this Day that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away. Further in his message, Mr. Guterres also emphasized that in today’s interconnected world, there can be “no peace as long as others are in peril, no security as long as others suffer deprivation [and] no sustainable future until all members of our human family enjoy their human rights.” “On this Day of Vesak, let us celebrate the wisdom of Lord Buddha by taking action for others with a strong spirit of solidarity,” noted the UN chief, extending his wishes to all those celebrating the occasion. In 1999, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it recognized the International Day to acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity. read more

first_imgA health watchdog spent almost £250,000 on lawyers in a bid to hide the truth from a bereaved father, documents show.James Titcombe exposed a baby deaths scandal at Morecambe Bay, and an ensuing cover-up by NHS authorities, which led to an overhaul of the system of inspection.His son Joshua died in 2008, aged just nine days, when midwives Holly Parkinson and Lindsey Biggs repeatedly missed chances to spot and treat an infection.Midwives who dubbed themselves “the musketeers” colluded to hide failings  which caused the avoidable deaths of at least 11 babies and one mother, an investigation found.Yet it was not until 2015 that action was finally taken against any of the midwives, prompting Mr Titcombe to criticise regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Now new documents reveal that the watchdog spent £240,000 on laywers – paid from subscriptions by nurses and midwives – on advice about how to respond to his attempts to uncover the truth.The bereaved father sought information from the regulator, after the NMC refused to supply him with details of a review it had carried out, and correspondence to other regulators.Mr Titcombe made a “subject access request” under the Data Protection Act, in the hope he could find out more.The bereaved father said he was shocked when the NMC redacted documents about him so heavily that they became meaningless.In many cases, whole pages of information were removed, save for a mention of his name, or a meaningless half-sentence. Those that remained showed evidence that the regulator’s staff had been attempting to monitor Mr Titcombe, with orders to “flag anything” he said on social media, and graphs tracking his twitter activity.   Other emails revealed contemptous remarks by staff –  including the “the strategy of how we coped with the Titcombe attacks.”After he asked the NMC to be more open, the watchdog revealed that it already had spent £239,871.85 on advice from lawyers about how to answer his questions.Last night he said: “I just couldn’t believe such a gross misuse of of resources, and all in an attempt to maintain secrecy. It’s horrific.”An NMC spokesperson said: “We receive hundreds of FOI and DPA requests every year with the vast majority of these requests being dealt with in-house by the NMC, like all public bodies we have a duty to respond to requests as fully and as timely as we can. Each request is assessed individually and in this case, due to the size of the request, it was decided that it would be more appropriate and cost effective to get some support.  This request involved information relating to multiple fitness to practise cases over a long period of time and each document needed to be read to ensure that we did not disclose any personal data relating to other individuals. We did not have the internal capacity required to respond to Mr Titcombe, which is why we had to take the decision to get help from an external company.“We engaged an external company to help ensure that we met our obligations fully in an open and transparent way. Handling the request in this way has incurred a significant cost to the NMC, however, we believe that the approach taken was the best way of ensuring a full response.“As part of this process the NMC provided a significant number of documents to Mr Titcombe.  Within these documents there were a small number of cases where staff should have worded their communication more carefully and we apologise to Mr Titcombe for this.“The investigation into the tragic events at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has been lengthy, complex, and has involved multiple agencies and individuals. These cases have taken far too long, which we regret and we have apologised for.  We have committed to carrying out an independent review to identify learning in order to see where we could do things differently should a similar situation arise now.  We have been in contact with the families involved and asked them to share their experiences with us as part of this review.” Joshua and Hoa  Joshua and Hoa Titcombe had a long battle for the truth about failings surrounding their son’s deathCredit:North Newscenter_img The cover up over Morecambe Bay led to an overhaul of the Care Quality Commission, the NHS regulator Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA  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. NHS last_img read more

first_imgMDM Engineering Group (MDM), the minerals process and project management company has received a Letter of Intent to complete the Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS) and Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) for Hummingbird Resources Dugbe 1 Project in Liberia. The Dugbe Shear Zone area consists of 2,000 km2 in central eastern Liberia, located 40 km northeast of the coastal town of Greenville. The project is underlain by Birimian geology, making it highly prospective for gold. Over 61,000 m of drilling has been completed and there is a 118 t gold Resource.The FEED will be conducted alongside the DFS to expedite the timeframe of mine construction allowing the company to proceed directly to an engineering, procurement and construction contract at the end of the DFS, which is expected to be completed by the end of Q3 2014.George Bennet, MDM Executive Director said: “MDM is very pleased to have been awarded the DFS and FEED for the Dugbe 1 Project in Liberia. Our team’s extensive gold experience in West Africa, which includes completing over 40 gold Bankable and Definitive Feasibility Studies, as well as the construction of over 30 gold plants, will add significant value to Hummingbird Resources. We look forward to a successful working relationship.”last_img read more

first_imgThere’s not a lot of people who manage to remain truly anonymous for very long, but British born street artist Banksy is one of the few people out there this side of Batman and The Residents to pull it off.Who is Banksy? He’s a subversive street artist whose 2010 film Exit Through The Gift Shop was billed as the “world’s first street art disaster movie.” It’s excellent, so you should check it out, but in the meantime, you can see some of Banksy’s more accessible work in this Simpsons intro he did from October.Despite all of Banksy’s success, he has managed to keep his identity a secret up until now, but that may all soon be at an end, as an anonymous eBay seller tries to unmask him on the popular auction site.“I have uncovered [Banksy’s] identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records,” the seller stated on the auction page. “I will reveal no more details… I give you 100 percent assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as ‘Banksy.’”Bidding on Banksy’s identity started at $3,000 but quickly ballooned to a million dollars before the auction was pulled for unstated reasons probably involving Banksy’s legal team. Maybe for a million bucks, though, Banksy ought to consider selling his name himself.Read more at Gearloglast_img read more

first_imgDeux satellites pour mesurer la gravité de la LuneLe jeudi 8 septembre, la Nasa doit envoyer deux sondes en direction de la Lune. Baptisées GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) A et B, elles auront pour mission de mesurer avec précision la gravité de notre satellite naturel, qui varie selon la répartition des masses, l’épaisseur et la composition des différentes strates internes de la Lune.Dans trois jours précisément, le 8 septembre, la Nasa enverra deux satellites vers la Lune. Envoyées par la même fusée, les sondes GRAIL A et GRAIL B seront placées en orbite à cinquante kilomètres seulement de la surface du satellite naturel de la Terre, distants l’un de l’autre de 175 à 225 kilomètres, explique l’agence spatiale américaine sur le site dédié à la mission. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALancées depuis la base de Cap Canaveral, en Floride, les deux sondes jumelles n’atteindront leur destination qu’après trois mois et demi de voyage. Une fois arrivées, il leur faudra alors deux mois supplémentaires pour ajuster leur orbite et positionner leur instrument de mesure, le LGRS (Lunar Gravity Ranging System). Grâce à lui, les satellites permettront de réaliser une cartographie précise de la gravité lunaire, qui varie en fonction des reliefs en surface comme souterrains. Lorsque l’un des satellites survolera une zone où la gravité est plus faible, une très légère modification de sa trajectoire et de sa vitesse sera enregistrée, fournissant aux scientifiques des données d’une précision inférieure au micromètre. Cette technique est déjà utilisée depuis 2002 avec les sondes GRACE, qui ont pour mission de mesurer de la même façon la gravité de la Terre. Une fois bien positionnées, GRAIL A et GRAIL B réaliseront leurs mesures pendant 82 jours. Et si le premier lancement devait échouer jeudi, de nouvelles tentatives seront possibles jusqu’au 19 octobre. Le 5 septembre 2011 à 18:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Now Playing Up Next WWE ran a video during this week’s episode hyping the return of Sami Zayn to the ring. Zayn has been out of action after undergoing surgery on his shoulder back in May.You can view the video that aired during NXT below courtesy of WWE. Videos Articles WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Braun Strowman Brock Lesnar Now Playing Up Next Is Ronda Rousey Taking A Hiatus From WWE? Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Twitter Facebook NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands read more

first_imgView all 500+ photos on the Committee’s website HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Dunkin’ Next To The RMV Holds Grand Reopening, Donates $2,000 To Wilmington Fourth of July CommitteeIn “Business”FUN ON THE FOURTH: 15 Community Groups To Fundraise At Food Booths (SEE MAP)In “Community”VIDEO: Watch WCTV’s Coverage Of Fun On The Fourth CelebrationIn “Videos” WILMINGTON, MA — Hats off to the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee and the cooperating town departments for another successful Fun on the Fourth celebration!  Dick Searfoss, Craig Musicant and company captured an incredible amount of moments from the celebration.Below is a small sampling of some of my favorites. Click the image for a larger view:last_img read more

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first_img X Listen 00:00 /00:43 Jen Rice/Houston Public MediaSema Hernandez speaks at a press conference.center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Community and environmental advocates are launching a series of town halls in the wake of the chemical plant fire in Deer Park. Local leaders from the Sierra Club, Air Alliance Houston, Public Citizen and other groups are looking for public feedback about how the incident was handled by authorities. Terri Garcia, a Deer Park resident with three children, said she and other parents have urgent questions that haven’t been answered. “I want to know what’s really in the air, what’s really falling on us,” Garcia said. “And I want to know what’s going to be in our bodies. And I want to know now. I don’t want to find out later. I want to know now.” Garcia said Deer Park is a young community where air pollution threatens many children. “We know where we live. We know what we’re up against. We know these things,” she said. “But we choose to be here. What we don’t choose is to have a burning ring of fire for three days on end.” Sema Hernandez, a Pasadena resident whose children attend Deer Park ISD, said she’s concerned that companies in the area aren’t held accountable for public health.“How many people are affected directly, from the refinery workers and the first responders? Because we know that they were exposed,” she said. “What type of mitigation is going to take place?” Community advocates urged the city and the county to improve notification systems and even put plans in place to evacuate during potentially toxic emergencies.Four different agencies have been monitoring the air quality: the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Harris County, the Environmental Protection Agency and ITC. Regional and local officials have said they didn’t issue an emergency alert for air pollution because the chemical releases were carried to an altitude of approximately 4,000 feet. Ground level air monitors showed normal to moderate air quality readings.last_img read more

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A 20-day expedition aiming to create a virtual 3-D map of the R.M.S. Titanic wreck site is about to leave St. Johns in Newfoundland carrying the latest technologies and dozens of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Waitt Institute, and other scientific institutions. The expected result of the project, named “Expedition Titanic” will be the most precise 3-D images ever recorded of the Titanic site, and a virtual model that everyone will be able to explore. The group will use advanced sonar, robotics, 3-D high resolution/high definition cameras and acoustic imaging technologies to build a three-dimensional map that will eventually be made available online on the already amazing Expedition Titanic website, allowing anyone to explore the wreck from the comfort of home. Woods Hole scientist and director of special operations, David Gallo, said it would be the first archaeological site map of the wreck, and will be the first time a 3-D model has ever been attempted of such a large, irregularly shaped object in such deep water. Previous trips to the wreck site have been mainly for adventure, exploration, or attempts to find and remove artefacts.The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912, but the wreck site was only located in 1985 by scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and so far only around half the site (or less) has been fully surveyed. The three by five kilometer (2 x 3 mile) debris field lies in the North Atlantic ocean at a depth of 3.82 km (about 2.4 miles). Salvage rights are owned by Atlanta-based company RMS Titanic Inc., which is funding the 3-D mapping expedition. Physically raising the Titanic would probably be cost-prohibitive, and given the fragile nature of the deteriorating ship remnants, would almost certainly be impossible. Expedition Titanic is an effort to “raise” the Titanic in the virtual world instead.Gallo said the expedition would record images of the wreck site using 3-D cameras on remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles. Among these will be WHOI’s own Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS), which are unmanned vehicles that travel in a set pattern collecting data. Sonar points will be set up at around 30 locations around the bow to take an “acoustic snapshot” at each point. Other goals of the project are to establish a model for the management of shipwrecks in deep water to help in their preservation and to study the deterioration of the Titanic continuing as microbes gradually transform the steel into “rusticles”. Citation: Expedition Titanic gets underway (2010, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-titanic-underway.html Explore further New Titanic expedition will create 3D map of wreckcenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. More information: www.expeditiontitanic.comlast_img read more

first_img MONTREAL — Transat moved up 42 positions, from 162nd to 120th, in the 2017 Forbes’ list of Canada’s Best Employers.Transat joins WestJet, Air Canada and Sunwing on this year’s edition of the Forbes list.The top 10 included Queen’s University, Toronto Hydro, Costco Wholesale and Google.Other travel companies making the list were Caesars Windsor (#46), Marriott Hotels (#95), Starwood Hotels (#108), Hilton (#154), Intercontinental Hotels Group (#209), Flight Centre Canada (#235) and Delta Hotels & Resorts (#266).Forbes surveyed more than 8,000 employees at companies with more than 500 staff for the 2017 list. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Transat Big jump for Transat on Forbes’ 2017 Best Employers listlast_img read more

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