Wilco Surprises Fans With Free Download Of New Song ‘Locator’

first_imgLast year, Wilco surprised fans by offering up an entire new album, Star Wars, as a free download. This year, the band has decided to follow their own tradition, though to a smaller scale. With the one-year anniversary of Star Wars fast approaching, the band has put out a brand new single, called “Locator,” and is offering up a free download.For fans who want to grab the new track, just head to Wilco’s website and enter your email address. You can find it all here. While some fans are reporting technical difficulties, we’re sure Wilco will sort it all out and get you that fix of new music!The band has an extensive set of tour dates ahead, returning to the U.S. in the middle of August before jetting around the world. Don’t miss out.last_img read more

Gary Clark Jr. Releases Third Single From Forthcoming Album, “Pearl Cadillac” [Stream]

first_imgGary Clark Jr. has shared the third single which is set to appear on his forthcoming studio album, This Land, which arrives next month on March 1st via Warner Bros. Records. The blues guitarist and singer has already released two other songs–in addition to a live debut–from the album including “This Land”, “Feed The Babies“, and “I Walk Alone“. The latest track, which arrived via streaming services on Friday, is titled “Pearl Cadillac”, and hears Clark returning to the smooth and soulful ballad-style of playing for which he’s famously known.“Pearl Cadillac” features some scorching guitar work from Clark, who utilizes his fuzz pedal to launch the listener into a blissful orbit of notation throughout the new five-minute song. Of the three prior tunes from his new album which have been shared so far, “Pearl Cadillac” really sounds like the moment which his guitar-loving fans have been waiting for. The levels of distortion coming out of Clark’s guitar amps is perfectly balanced by that soulful and warm voice of his. If the latest release from the guitarist is any indication on what else fans can expect to hear on This Land, it should be one hell of an album cycle from the bluesman from Texas in the months to come.The official recording of “Pearl Cadillac” may have only arrived on Friday, but Clark has been mixing the new tune into his live setlists over the last few months. Fans can check out a live performance of the new song in a fan-shot video below, which was filmed during a show at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, TX back in the fall.Gary Clark Jr. – “Pearl Cadillac” – 10/28/2018[Video: rockandroll1018]Clark will make his performance debut on Saturday Night Live next weekend on Saturday, February 16th. He’s also slated to appear as one of the performers for the forthcoming tapings of Austin City Limits for the show’s 45th season later this year. Fans can listen to “Pearl Cadillac” in the partial Spotify stream below.last_img read more

People’s United Financial reports Q3 earnings of $24 million, $0.07 per share

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,People’s United Financial, Inc today announced net income of $24.1 million, or $0.07 per share, for the third quarter of 2010, compared to $16.0 million, or $0.04 per share, for the second quarter of 2010, and $26.8 million, or $0.08 per share, for the third quarter of 2009. Included in both this quarter’s and the second quarter’s results are pre-tax merger-related expenses, core system conversion costs and one-time charges totaling $5.3 million and $23.2 million, respectively. Excluding the effect of these items, net income would have been $27.7 million, or $0.08 per share, for the third quarter of 2010 and $31.8 million, or $0.09 per share, for the second quarter of 2010. Third quarter 2010 earnings reflect a modest increase in the net interest margin despite pressure associated with the historically low interest rate environment and the company’s asset sensitive balance sheet, and an increase in the provision for loan losses.As previously reported, People’s United Financial completed its acquisitions of Financial Federal Corporation on February 19, 2010 and Butler Bank on April 16, 2010. Accordingly, Financial Federal’s and Butler Bank’s results of operations are included as of the respective acquisition dates, and prior period results have not been restated to include Financial Federal and Butler Bank.The Board of Directors of People’s United Financial declared a $0.1550 per share quarterly dividend, payable November 15, 2010 to shareholders of record on November 1, 2010. Based on the closing stock price on October 20, 2010, the dividend yield on People’s United Financial common stock is 4.7 percent.”We began the third quarter by successfully completing our core system conversion and commencing the process of rebranding our branches throughout New England to People’s United Bank,” stated Jack Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also announced the acquisitions of Smithtown Bancorp, Inc. and LSB Corporation, both of which are expected to close in November, pending regulatory and shareholder approvals, and our integration plans for these acquisitions are well under way.”Barnes added, “Our performance this quarter continues to reflect the benefits from our focused commercial, wealth management and retail banking strategy. While growth in the commercial banking portfolio was offset by declines in residential mortgage and consumer lending, we are pleased by our strong pipeline for both commercial and residential mortgage loans.”Barnes concluded, “The strength of our capital and liquidity, asset quality and earnings, as well as the fact that our balance sheet remains funded almost entirely by deposits and stockholders’ equity, continue to set us apart from most in the industry.””On an operating basis, excluding merger-related expenses, core system conversion costs and one-time charges, earnings were $28 million or 8 cents per share this quarter,” said Paul D. Burner, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Significant drivers of the company’s performance in the third quarter were an improvement in the net interest margin and higher net loan charge-offs. The net interest margin improved 5 basis points to 3.73 percent, primarily attributable to higher investment income and a reduction in our cost of deposits.”Regarding the increase in net loan charge-offs, Burner commented, “Two construction loans accounted for $9.8 million, or 45 percent, of this quarter’s total. These loans had been previously identified and carried specific reserves totaling $9.0 million at June 30, 2010.”Loans acquired in connection with acquisitions have been recorded at fair value, including a reduction for estimated credit losses, and without carryover of the respective portfolio’s historical allowance for loan losses. As such, selected asset quality metrics have been highlighted to distinguish between the ‘originated’ portfolio and the ‘acquired’ portfolios. For the originated loan portfolio, representing all loans other than those acquired, non-accrual loans totaled $251.4 million at September 30, 2010, and the ratio of originated non-accrual loans to originated loans was 1.77 percent, compared to $219.7 million and 1.56 percent, respectively, at June 30, 2010. Non-accrual loans in the acquired loan portfolios, which represent those loans acquired that meet our definition of non-accrual but for which the risk of loss has already been considered by virtue of our estimate of acquisition-date fair value and/or the existence of an FDIC loss-share agreement, totaled $59.4 million at September 30, 2010.Non-performing assets totaled $312.0 million at September 30, 2010, up from $284.5 million at June 30, 2010. Non-performing assets equaled 2.18 percent of originated loans, REO and repossessed assets at September 30, 2010 compared to 2.01 percent at June 30, 2010. At September 30, 2010, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of originated loans was 1.21 percent and as a percentage of originated non-accrual loans was 69 percent, compared to 1.23 percent and 79 percent, respectively, at June 30, 2010.Third quarter net loan charge-offs totaled $21.8 million compared to $17.8 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net loan charge-offs as a percent of average loans on an annualized basis were 0.57 percent in the third quarter of 2010 compared to 0.46 percent in this year’s second quarter. The level of the allowance for loan losses is unchanged from June 30, 2010.In the third quarter of 2010, return on average tangible assets was 0.48 percent and return on average tangible stockholders’ equity was 2.7 percent, compared to 0.32 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively, for the second quarter of 2010. At September 30, 2010, People’s United Financial’s tangible equity ratio stood at 17.8 percent.Conference CallOn October 22, 2010, at 11 a.m., Eastern Time, People’s United Financial will host a conference call to discuss this earnings announcement and our acquisition announcements. The call may be heard through www.peoples.com(link is external) by selecting “Investor Relations” in the “About Us” section on the home page, and then selecting “Conference Calls” in the “News and Events” section. Additional materials relating to the call may also be accessed at People’s United Bank’s web site. The call will be archived on the web site and available for approximately 90 days.3Q 2010 Financial HighlightsSummaryNet income totaled $24.1 million, or $0.07 per share.Operating earnings were $27.7 million, or $0.08 per share.Net interest income totaled $175.8 million.Net interest margin increased 5 basis points from 2Q10 to 3.73%.Average securities increased $759 million and average short-term investments decreased $642 million from 2Q10. Total investment income increased $3.0 million from 2Q10.Average deposits increased $97 million and the interest cost on deposits declined 4 basis points from 2Q10.Provision for loan losses totaled $21.8 million.Net loan charge-offs totaled $21.8 million in 3Q10.Non-interest income totaled $75.9 million in 3Q10 compared to $76.8 million in 2Q10.Non-interest expense totaled $194.2 million in 3Q10 compared to $209.8 million in 2Q10.3Q10 and 2Q10 include a total of $5.3 million and $7.9 million, respectively, of merger-related expenses and core system conversion costs.2Q10 includes $15.3 million of one-time charges related to the former CEO separation agreement.Effective income tax rate was 32.5% in 3Q10 and 32.1% in the first nine months of 2010.Excluding a $1.2 million non-taxable BOLI death benefit recorded in 2Q10, the income tax rate was 32.6% in the first nine months of 2010.Commercial BankingAverage commercial banking loans, excluding acquired loans, increased $88 million from 2Q10 to $9.6 billion.Non-performing commercial banking assets, excluding acquired non-accrual loans, totaled $205.1 million at September 30, 2010, a $23.1 million increase from June 30, 2010.The ratio of originated non-accrual commercial banking loans to originated commercial banking loans was 1.59% at September 30, 2010 compared to 1.36% at June 30, 2010.Net loan charge-offs totaled $18.2 million, or 0.69% annualized, of average commercial banking loans in 3Q10, compared to $16.5 million, or 0.62% annualized, in 2Q10.Retail & Business BankingAverage residential mortgage loans totaled $2.5 billion, a $74 million decrease from 2Q10.Net loan charge-offs totaled $1.2 million, or 0.20% annualized, of average residential mortgage loans.The ratio of originated non-accrual residential mortgage loans to originated residential mortgage loans was 3.68% at September 30, 2010 compared to 3.40% at June 30, 2010.Average home equity loans totaled $2.0 billion, a $12 million decrease from 2Q10.Net loan charge-offs totaled $1.3 million, or 0.26% annualized, of average home equity loans.Average indirect auto loans totaled $176 million, an $11 million decrease from 2Q10.Net loan charge-offs totaled $0.3 million, or 0.59% annualized, of average indirect auto loans.Wealth ManagementWealth Management income increased $1.0 million from 2Q10.Investment management fees decreased $1.0 million (reflecting the timing of certain annual fees) and insurance revenue increased $2.0 million (reflecting the seasonal nature of insurance renewals).Assets managed and administered, which are not reported as assets of People’s United Financial, totaled $17.1 billion at September 30, 2010 compared to $16.4 billion at June 30, 2010, primarily reflecting new business acquired during 3Q10 and market appreciation.People’s United Financial, a diversified financial services company with $22 billion in assets, provides commercial banking, retail and business banking, and wealth management services through a network of nearly 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and New York. Through its subsidiaries, People’s United Financial provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking in nature. These include all statements about People’s United Financial’s plans, objectives, expectations and other statements that are not historical facts, and usually use words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe” and similar expressions. Such statements represent management’s current beliefs, based upon information available at the time the statements are made, with regard to the matters addressed. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause People’s United Financial’s actual results or financial condition to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. Factors of particular importance to People’s United Financial include, but are not limited to: (1) changes in general, national or regional economic conditions; (2) changes in interest rates; (3) changes in loan default and charge-off rates; (4) changes in deposit levels; (5) changes in levels of income and expense in non-interest income and expense related activities; (6) residential mortgage and secondary market activity; (7) changes in accounting and regulatory guidance applicable to banks; (8) price levels and conditions in the public securities markets generally; (9) competition and its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; (10) the successful integration of acquired companies; (11) success in addressing management succession issues in a timely and effective manner; and (12) possible changes in regulation resulting from or relating to recently enacted financial reform legislation. People’s United Financial does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Access Information About People’s United Financial at www.peoples.com(link is external).Source: People’s United Financial, Inc. BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Oct 21, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —last_img read more

Colombian Air Force Helps Fight Forest Fires

first_imgBy helping to extinguish fires, the CAF has developed a close relationship with the civilian population. In addition to helping fight fires, the Air Force also trains civilian firefighters. CAF commanders deployed a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, which was able to transport 600 gallons of water in a Bambi Bucket. Nearby water sources were too shallow to deploy the Bambi Bucket effectively, so the commander of the Third Air Combat Command at the time, Colonel David Barrero Barrero, sent a C-95 aircraft with a 5,000-gallon portable pool that could be filled by a tanker. Fires have occurred in almost 80 percent of the country and have destroyed thousands of hectares, mostly virgin vegetation and natural forests, according to authorities. Some regions are particularly susceptible to fires because of the weather pattern known as El Niño, which can create warmer and drier than usual conditions in different parts of the world. Air Force trains with firefighters In late January, 10 members participated in special training at the University of Texas Training Center, in Laredo. Specialized personnel such as chiefs of security operations, fire chiefs, and aeronautical firefighters attended the 10 days of training and acquired fundamental skills to face a real emergency in the event of an airplane fire. The sessions included simulations of fires and rescues, as well as international protocols for fires in turbines and airplanes. It has also helped the civilian population in a variety of other ways, according to retired Colonel Michel Martínez Poinsenet, from the Colombian Army’s Military Intelligence branch and a member of the Colombia chapter of the Security and Defense Network of Latin America (RESDAL). Ongoing training is a key component of the CAF’s mission to help fight fires. The CAF also helped extinguish another fire in October covering nearly 100 hectares in Boyacá Department. They responded at the request of Mayor Pablo Solano and were able to protect the municipality of Floresta’s water sources. Volunteer firefighters from municipalities including Nilo, Tocaima, Anapoima, La Mesa, Mosquera, and Bogotá participated in an exercise involving a simulated forest fire in which firefighters guided a helicopter equipped with a Bambi Bucket. During the training exercise, the pilot released water from the Bambi Bucket four times, using specific coordinates. For example, air base personnel help collect trash and recyclables in various ecologically important sites. Air Force personnel also participate in quarterly discussions and environmental awareness campaigns on subjects such as global warming, care and protection of the environment, reforestation, how to save water and use it efficiently, and the prevention of illegal trafficking in controlled species. The CAF also helps the civilian population by helping preserve and protect the environment. Strong ties to the civilian population The CAF uses a variety of equipment to help extinguish forest fires, such as an artificial pool with the capacity to store 10,000 gallons of water with retardant chemicals to fight fires. Its helicopter pilots also use a water carrier known as a Bambi Bucket, which can hold 900 liters, to drop on flames. The four days of training included theory lessons on meteorology, cartography, risk management, rescue equipment, fire extinguishing systems, and dangers during emergencies. The lessons were a prelude to practical exercises performed at the Luis F. Pinto Air Base in Melgar, Tolima Department. The Air Force “continues to develop significant projects in science and technology to develop multi-purpose aircraft and other maintenance projects, not only for defense but also for national integration through the aeronautical industry,” Martínez Poinsenet said. In addition to helping fight fires, the Air Force also trains civilian firefighters. Similarly, in March 2014, it responded quickly to forest fires that broke out in the municipality of Malambo, Atlántico Department. There, strong winds spread the fire quickly. “An example of this is the Eastern Air Group which, since 1996 (in Marandúa, Vichada), has been able to construct waste water treatment plants, potable water plants, water bottling plants, solid waste management plants, and has led public awareness campaigns and Project Marandúa,” said Col. Martínez Poinsenet. Project Marandúa focuses on the production and usage of air, water, and food. Since early January, the CAF has been cooperating with firefighters, the Colombian National Army, National Police, Red Cross, Civil Defense, Risk Management Unit, and local municipalities to stop forest fires in the departments of Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander, Risaralda, and Magdalena. The CAF also helped extinguish another fire in October covering nearly 100 hectares in Boyacá Department. They responded at the request of Mayor Pablo Solano and were able to protect the municipality of Floresta’s water sources. The CAF uses a variety of equipment to help extinguish forest fires, such as an artificial pool with the capacity to store 10,000 gallons of water with retardant chemicals to fight fires. Its helicopter pilots also use a water carrier known as a Bambi Bucket, which can hold 900 liters, to drop on flames. It has also helped the civilian population in a variety of other ways, according to retired Colonel Michel Martínez Poinsenet, from the Colombian Army’s Military Intelligence branch and a member of the Colombia chapter of the Security and Defense Network of Latin America (RESDAL). Ongoing training is a key component of the CAF’s mission to help fight fires. In January, the Air Force sent helicopters from the Fifth Air Combat Command to fight two of the most dangerous, active conflagrations on record in the country in Boyacá Department. The Army, National Police, Civil Defense, and other agencies also cooperated in fighting the Boyacá fires, using the National Disaster Prevention and Response System. For example, air base personnel help collect trash and recyclables in various ecologically important sites. Air Force personnel also participate in quarterly discussions and environmental awareness campaigns on subjects such as global warming, care and protection of the environment, reforestation, how to save water and use it efficiently, and the prevention of illegal trafficking in controlled species. Air Force firefighters train in the United States Previous FAC efforts to help fight fires The CAF also helps the civilian population by helping preserve and protect the environment. The four days of training included theory lessons on meteorology, cartography, risk management, rescue equipment, fire extinguishing systems, and dangers during emergencies. The lessons were a prelude to practical exercises performed at the Luis F. Pinto Air Base in Melgar, Tolima Department. In late January, 10 members participated in special training at the University of Texas Training Center, in Laredo. Specialized personnel such as chiefs of security operations, fire chiefs, and aeronautical firefighters attended the 10 days of training and acquired fundamental skills to face a real emergency in the event of an airplane fire. The sessions included simulations of fires and rescues, as well as international protocols for fires in turbines and airplanes. In January, the Air Force sent helicopters from the Fifth Air Combat Command to fight two of the most dangerous, active conflagrations on record in the country in Boyacá Department. The Army, National Police, Civil Defense, and other agencies also cooperated in fighting the Boyacá fires, using the National Disaster Prevention and Response System. Air Force trains with firefighters The second exercise concerned rescuing people trapped by forest fires. The exercise simulated rescuing people from an area that was difficult to access. The firefighters needed to signal to helicopter crews carrying a tow system the exact location to rescue the victims. The exercise ended with the successful extraction of the injured people. By Dialogo February 24, 2015 Volunteer firefighters from municipalities including Nilo, Tocaima, Anapoima, La Mesa, Mosquera, and Bogotá participated in an exercise involving a simulated forest fire in which firefighters guided a helicopter equipped with a Bambi Bucket. During the training exercise, the pilot released water from the Bambi Bucket four times, using specific coordinates. The second exercise concerned rescuing people trapped by forest fires. The exercise simulated rescuing people from an area that was difficult to access. The firefighters needed to signal to helicopter crews carrying a tow system the exact location to rescue the victims. The exercise ended with the successful extraction of the injured people. Since early January, the CAF has been cooperating with firefighters, the Colombian National Army, National Police, Red Cross, Civil Defense, Risk Management Unit, and local municipalities to stop forest fires in the departments of Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Santander, Risaralda, and Magdalena. Similarly, in March 2014, it responded quickly to forest fires that broke out in the municipality of Malambo, Atlántico Department. There, strong winds spread the fire quickly. For example, in early February, the Fourth Air Combat Command trained a group of volunteer firefighters from the Department of Cundinamarca in techniques to guide the aircraft that would support ground missions with a focus on increasing efforts in the event of forest fires, natural disasters, or catastrophes. Previous FAC efforts to help fight fires The Colombian Air Force (CAF) is playing an important role in fighting forest fires throughout the country. By helping to extinguish fires, the CAF has developed a close relationship with the civilian population. Air Force firefighters train in the United States The Colombian Air Force (CAF) is playing an important role in fighting forest fires throughout the country. CAF commanders deployed a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, which was able to transport 600 gallons of water in a Bambi Bucket. Nearby water sources were too shallow to deploy the Bambi Bucket effectively, so the commander of the Third Air Combat Command at the time, Colonel David Barrero Barrero, sent a C-95 aircraft with a 5,000-gallon portable pool that could be filled by a tanker. Strong ties to the civilian population For example, in early February, the Fourth Air Combat Command trained a group of volunteer firefighters from the Department of Cundinamarca in techniques to guide the aircraft that would support ground missions with a focus on increasing efforts in the event of forest fires, natural disasters, or catastrophes. Fires have occurred in almost 80 percent of the country and have destroyed thousands of hectares, mostly virgin vegetation and natural forests, according to authorities. Some regions are particularly susceptible to fires because of the weather pattern known as El Niño, which can create warmer and drier than usual conditions in different parts of the world. “An example of this is the Eastern Air Group which, since 1996 (in Marandúa, Vichada), has been able to construct waste water treatment plants, potable water plants, water bottling plants, solid waste management plants, and has led public awareness campaigns and Project Marandúa,” said Col. Martínez Poinsenet. Project Marandúa focuses on the production and usage of air, water, and food. The CAF has played an important role in efforts to halt forest fires in Colombia in recent years. The CAF has played an important role in efforts to halt forest fires in Colombia in recent years. The Air Force “continues to develop significant projects in science and technology to develop multi-purpose aircraft and other maintenance projects, not only for defense but also for national integration through the aeronautical industry,” Martínez Poinsenet said.last_img read more

5 reasons why attending a CO-OP Roadshow gets you ahead of industry challenges

first_img continue reading » Four incredible cities remain in CO-OP’s 2019 Roadshow tour: Chicago, Nashville, Houston and Washington, D.C.CO-OP Roadshows are designed to help you get ahead of the payment and fintech trends that will impact your credit union over the next 1-2 years. If you haven’t attended one of our complimentary Roadshows yet this year, here are five great reasons to put one on your calendar:1. Download the Latest Industry UpdatesTwo special presentations from renowned industry experts are on the docket this year:At our Chicago and Houston Roadshows, the Filene Research Institute will present their landmark research report, “The Credit Union of the 21st Century” uncovering the future of consumer finance that is being shaped by changes in membership needs, economic challenges and emerging technologies. It will provide a strategic planning guide on how to develop a more proactive and insights-based approach to your organizational strategy. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img CO-OP Roadshow in Seattle, WAlast_img read more

Display statue in prominent location

first_imgI’m sorry to say that Janet Chen’s March 25 letter to the editor has got it wrong. Lady Liberty belongs not in “Goose Hill,” but where it was originally installed, or somewhere central in the downtown part of the city where it can still honor the efforts of Schenectady’s Boy Scouts.I feel strongly about this because I was there — not only at its dedication — but involved in the fund-raising for it. My name is on a scroll in the time capsule along with my fellow Scouts. At the time I was a member of Cub Scout Pack 25, Den 3. My Den was located in the Mount Pleasant section of the city.I, too, can understand Ms. Chen’s desire to modernize Gateway Plaza, as it now looks great. But history is history. It needs to be remembered and its patriotic supporters honored. I ask Mayor Gary McCarthy to either reinstall the statue in its original location or in some other prominent downtown location with an appropriate historical marker. It should not be hidden away.Lance R. JacksonGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

China’s Wuhan lockdown ends, but another begins as local coronavirus cases rise

first_imgThe Chinese city where the coronavirus epidemic first broke out, Wuhan, ended a two-month lockdown on Wednesday, but a northern town started restricting the movement of its residents amid concerns of a second wave of infections in mainland China.China sealed off Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, in late January to stop the spread of the virus. Over 50,000 people in Wuhan caught the virus, and more than 2,500 of them died, about 80% of all deaths in China, according to official figures.Restrictions have eased in recent days as the capital of Hubei province saw just three new confirmed infections in the past 21 days and only two new infections in the past fortnight. But even as people leave the city, new imported cases in the northern province of Heilongjiang surged to a daily high of 25, fuelled by a continued influx of infected travellers arriving from Russia, which shares a land border with the province.Suifenhe City in Heilongjiang restricted the movement of its citizens on Wednesday in a similar fashion to that of Wuhan.Residents must stay in their residential compounds and one person from a family can leave once every three days to buy necessities and must return on the same day, said state-run CCTV.In Jiaozhou City in the eastern province of Shandong the risk level had risen from low to medium, according to a post on an official website, but it gave no details why. Topics :center_img Leaving Wuhan Around 55,000 people are expected to leave Wuhan by train on Wednesday. More than 10,000 travellers have left the city by plane so far as flights resume at Wuhan Tianhe airport. Flights to Beijing and international locations have not been restored.”I’m very happy, I’m going home today,” migrant worker Liu Xiaomin told Reuters as she stood with her suitcases inside Wuhan’s Hankou railway station, bound for Xiangyang city.Wuhan residents have also been urged not to leave their neighborhood, their city and even the province unless absolutely necessary.People from Wuhan arriving in the Chinese capital Beijing will have to undergo two rounds of testing for the virus.China maintains strict screening protocols, concerned about any resurgence in domestic transmissions due to virus carriers who exhibit no symptoms and infected travellers arriving from overseas.Imported cases Asymptomatic patients and imported infections have become China’s chief concern.Mainland China’s new coronavirus cases doubled in 24 hours as the number of infected overseas travellers surged, and new asymptomatic infections more than quadrupled.Mainland China’s new coronavirus cases doubled in 24 hours as the number of infected overseas travellers surged, and new asymptomatic infections more than quadrupled.New confirmed cases rose to 62 on Tuesday from 32 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said, the highest since March 25. New imported infections accounted for 59 of the cases.The number of new asymptomatic cases rose to 137 from 30 a day earlier, the health authority said on Wednesday, with incoming travellers accounting for 102 of the latest batch.Chinese authorities do not count asymptomatic cases as part of its tally of confirmed coronavirus infections until patients show symptoms such as a fever or a cough.As of Tuesday, 1,095 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation in China, with 358 of them travellers arriving from abroad.To stem infections from outside its borders, China has slashed the number of international flights and denied entry to virtually all foreigners. It also started testing all international arrivals for the virus this month.Screening of travellers arriving overland was also recently tightened.As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China stood at 81,802, including 3,333 fatalities, the National Health Commission said.last_img read more

Video: The Ocean Cleanup Tests New North Sea Prototype

first_imgDutch foundation The Ocean Cleanup installed the first test segment of the new North Sea prototype, dubbed Boomy McBoomface, on August 29, ahead of the planned deployment of the cleanup system in mid-2018.The new test is being undertaken in the North Sea to verify The Ocean Cleanup’s new and updated design, which changed after the previous North Sea prototype. Namely, the changes included switching the system from being moored to the seabed to being free floating, requiring more stiffness.The new prototype consists of a HDPE solid pipe with a screen connected to it, preventing the plastic from going underneath the floater. The new North Sea tests are aimed at assessing two variations of floater-screen connections as well as the application of antifouling on the screen.The Ocean Cleanup added that the second test will follow soon.“We are committed to getting the Pacific system out as soon as we can, every day that we are there later the problem keeps growing. We want to work at a really high pace, doing a lot of tests and a lot of analyses really quickly and then go out with the system into the Pacific,” Arjen Tjallema, Technology Manager, said.last_img read more

FMC Aims at Carrier Alliances, Consolidation under Amended US Shipping Act

first_imgPresident Trump’s changes to the U.S. Shipping Act would see the Federal Maritime Commission address antitrust issues related to recent consolidation in the maritime industry, according to Holland & Knight partners.Signed into law on December 4, 2018, The Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017 marks the first substantive revision to the U.S. Shipping Act since 1998 and provides several of the most significant changes to the Shipping Act since 1984.Namely, the changes are primarily related to antitrust issues regarding a recent wave in maritime industry consolidation and the emergence of ocean carrier alliances.“These changes are expected to help protect marine terminal service providers as well as other U.S. marine equipment and services providers, and to preserve investment in domestic shore-side maritime infrastructure,” Holland & Knight partners said.Enacted in 1916, the Shipping Act confers authority upon the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to regulate maritime commerce in the U.S. The Shipping Act regulates common carriers (both non-vessel and vessel operating) and marine terminal operators (MTOs) and affords limited antitrust protections to filed agreements among regulated parties.In 2017, Congress began serious efforts to review and amend the Shipping Act to address these changes to the maritime industry, all of which have affected U.S. infrastructure investment. The legislative efforts represent the first step toward bolstering the U.S. maritime industry.The amendments are a part of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140), which authorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and for the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2019, reauthorizes the Department of Commerce’s hydrographic services program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through Fiscal Year 2023, and provides for the establishment of uniform standards for the management of vessel discharge.last_img read more

Wolves unveil Ecuador forward Campana

first_imgWolves have signed Ecuador international Leonardo Campana on a three-and-a-half-year deal.Advertisement Loading… Campana has played 20 times for Barcelona SC and four times for his country.He is currently representing Ecuador in the pre-Olympic Championship.Last year at the South American Under-20 Championship Campana finished the tournament’s top scorer and helped Ecuador lift the trophy.“I have been following the Wolves for a while, ever since they started playing in the Premier League, and I have always enjoyed watching them play,” he said.“I am excited about the work the team has achieved this season. I know they support each other, their relationship with the manager is a good one and I know all the players get along really well.Sky Sports: Wolves sign Ecuador forward Campana https://t.co/7ClQDmpsfv #wolves pic.twitter.com/9phsuWJXM1— Wolves News App (@WolvesNewsApp) January 22, 2020Read Also:Ronaldo is easier to mark than Wolves star Traore, Newcastle defender“That motivated me to come here and to be part of this big family.“My goal is to earn my place on the pitch and to try to play in every game.“I want to do my job, which is to score goals, to play well and be a team player to help the team win as that is what we all want to happen.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 19-year-old forward, who recently left Barcelona SC in Ecuador’s top flight, has become Wolves’ first signing of the January transfer window. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TV10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more