BHP to Improve Safety by Using Drones in Ocean Freight Ops

first_imgAfter becoming an early adopter of drones across its mine sites, international resources company BHP has started introducing drones into its ocean freight operations. As explained by the company, this provides “enormous safety benefits and efficiency gains”.Although the project is still in the trial phase, BHP’s Vice President of Marketing Freight, Rashpal Bhatti, sees the potential for drones to be a key part of a tablet-based technological package, incorporating artificial intelligence that provides captains a digital view of their ship.“All of our chartered ships receive a tablet when they berth. And on the tablet they can read the tension of the mooring line which has major safety benefits,’’ Bhatti said.“The question now is can the same tablet become a holistic technological package by also delivering ship hold inspection data, draft readings and other critical information captured by drones. It’s all a bit futuristic but that is the direction we are going,’’ he added.BHP was an early adopter of #drones across its mine sites. Now drones are taking flight at BHP’s ocean freight operations, providing enormous #safety benefits and #efficiency gains. Discover more →— BHP (@bhp) October 11, 2018Like the drones being used across other parts of BHP’s operations, marine drones can be programmed to carry a range of specific tasks.In the ocean freight business, there are clear and immediate advantages from using drones in the inspection of holds and in the taking of draft readings. Then there is their nimbleness in the seemingly simple but important task of advising the ship’s bridge on the water position of the rudder, BHP said.Hold inspection reports would continue to be independent assessments but the use of drones promises to cut inspection times per hold from an hour to 15 minutes.“The hold inspection process involves ships which have five to nine holds which a person checks by climbing down ladders. The inspector has to be physically fit, use fall protection, and carry a parrot (oxygen meter) to make sure there is enough air in the hold. And it takes a lot of time,’’ Bhatti explained.“With drones, we can fly them into a hold and capture 4K images, but also infra-red, and other types of cameras that can show cracks or other specific parameters that cannot be seen with the naked eye. There are basically three or four types of ships with hold sizes about the same. So once you program a drone to go into a certain ship, it can become an autonomous process. So you have a better way to assess the condition of the hold, and you are removing a person from a potentially hazardous situation,’’ Bhatti further said.BHP is also testing the use of drones to improve the safety, time and cost of ship draft readings. This is usually done from a boat when the ship is berthed and ready for a cargo.One of the logistical challenges to overcome is to get the drones on ships when they are offshore at anchorage, as distinct from being berthed, according to the company.“We are working with ship owners on this and other ways to use technology to improve safety and productivity,’’ Bhatti continued.BHP ships more than 300 million tons of iron ore, coal and copper around the world annually. More than 1,500 voyages are made, making BHP one of the largest charterers of dry bulk carriers in the world.last_img read more

Six stories in the news for today Aug 10

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 10———B.C. TO OUTLINE NEXT STEPS ON TRANS MOUNTAINTwo key NDP cabinet ministers in British Columbia are expected to outline the government’s next steps today on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. No details have been revealed about the announcement by Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman, but the future of the $7.4-billion project has been heavily scrutinized since the NDP government came to power.———TRUDEAU ‘PLEASED AND RELIEVED’ PASTOR FREED IN NORTH KOREAAn Ontario church is celebrating the release of its pastor from a North Korean prison on “sick bail” more than two years after he was arrested for crimes against the state and sentenced to life with hard labour. In a statement early today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Hyeon Soo Lim had been released and that the government is working to ensure he receives whatever medical attention he needs.———B.C. TOURISM AFFECTED BY WILDFIRESTourism officials are starting to assess the impact of devastating wildfires in British Columbia and have received mixed feedback on the toll so far on the travel sector. Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, says businesses outside the fire zone have reported cancellations. Lange says data reflecting the financial cost of the fires won’t be ready for another two to three months.———SOLDIERS TO HELP HANDLE ASYLUM SEEKS AT QUEBEC BORDERAbout 100 soldiers have set up camp near the Quebec-U.S. border to help fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada. More than two dozen tents have been erected to accommodate up to 500 people. The soldiers will have no role in security and will not take part in any law-enforcement duties. A Quebec government official says 2,620 people asylum seekers are currently being housed in temporary accommodation in Montreal.———ONE DEAD IN SARNIA, ONT., AFTER SUSPECTED OPIOID USEPolice in Sarnia, Ont., have issued a public safety notice after one person died and two others were taken to hospital last evening due to suspected drug overdoses. Police say the drug involved was thought to be cocaine but is now believed to have been laced with the dangerous opioid fentanyl. Police say the three overdoses occurred over five hours.———CHASE THE ACE FEVER BUILDS IN NEWFOUNDLANDThe chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended packed a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot. George Chaulk of Goulds had the lucky ticket to draw a card last night, but drew the nine of spades for a consolation prize is $185,014. Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs will meet with AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde and Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould in Wolfville.— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will tour Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project in Hardistay.last_img read more

Uber says ridehailing rules mean limiting its service to Metro Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER — Uber says it has applied to operate its ride-hailing service in Metro Vancouver but not the rest of British Columbia.Michael van Hemmen, Uber’s head of western Canada, says the company remains interested in providing service across the province but proposed regulations aren’t conducive to operations in smaller municipalities.In a statement, the company says it has relayed its concerns to the provincial government about the need for a Class 4 drivers licence for its drivers, which is also required for services like limousines, ambulances and commercial truck drivers.It says there’s no empirical data that shows any safety benefit to requiring drivers to hold a Class 4 licence compared with a Class 5 licence when there’s been strict screening for safe driving history.The company says it has proposed a two-year pilot program to study the safety record of ride-hailing drivers and relevant Class 4 licence holders. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan Soldier Fatally Shot 3 Others Injured in Central African Republic

Rabat – A Moroccan Blue Helmet was killed this Sunday in the city of Bangassou in the southeastern Central African Republic, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINSUCA) has announced.The Moroccan UN peacekeeper was killed during an ambush by the mainly Christian militia Anti-Balaka against the group of Moroccan soldiers who were on their way back from a humanitarian mission to escort trucks filled with water to save the city of Bangassou from thirst.#Centrafrique : Un casque bleu de la #MINUSCA tué dimanche lors d’une attaque des anti-Balaka à #Bangassou— MINUSCA (@UN_CAR) July 24, 2017In a statement, the UN mission condemned the ambush and expressed condolences to families of the victims. The city of Bangassou has seen increased violence the last few days as part of the country’s ongoing civil war. Earlier that Sunday, the militias attacked a cathedral, hosting refugees forced to leave their homes, and on Friday, members of the Anti-Balaka kidnapped a Muslim woman.Since 2015, the number of Moroccan soldiers killed among the blue helmets of MINUSCA has totaled to six, in addition to many injured. read more

Ban calls on Liberias partners to stay the course

15 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Liberia’s partners to continue support to the West African country, which, six years after the end of conflict, remains fragile but has the potential to be a beacon on stability in the region. “Once the epicentre of conflict, Liberia now has the potential to become a pillar of peace and stability in a troubled region,” Mr. Ban said in his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “At the same time, the complex nature and magnitude of the challenges inherited from the civil war and the dysfunctional pre-war State continue to pose serious difficulties for building essential national institutions, particularly in the security and rule-of-law sectors, requiring a sustained, long-term effort. “Although it has been six years since the war ended, Liberia is still a fragile State,” he said. “I therefore call on all international partners to stay the course in Liberia, to help further consolidate the fragile peace and establish conditions for lasting stability.”He said he was “deeply concerned” at the challenges facing efforts to develop a professional national police force, and asked for international partners to help in developing the strategic plan for such a force. He coupled the strengthening of the police force with the development of “functioning judicial and corrections systems.”“The government and its partners should therefore invest more resources in reforming and developing the justice system, expanding its accessibility the population and ridding it of corruption and archaic and discriminatory, laws,” he said.In addition, he proposed that the Council authorize the continuation of UNMIL’s troop strength of nearly 8,000 until after the 2011 elections and that the Mission continue to “include the conduct of free and fair elections on the list of core benchmarks” for an eventual drawdown.“Security conditions permitting, the UNMIL drawdown would resume at an accelerated pace during the post-election period,” he said. read more

Holding up Keystone wont slow increase in oil to US Ambassador Gary

Canada’s Ambassador to the US Gary Doer, in Washington, Feb. 4, 2014THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Charles Dharapak Holding up Keystone won’t slow increase in oil to U.S: Ambassador Gary Doer by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline won’t stop an increasing amount of Alberta oil from getting to the Texas Gulf Coast, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said Friday.Gary Doer said the amount of oil being shipped by rail south of the border has skyrocketed in the last two years with a resulting increase in greenhouse gas emissions.“Oil by rail has gone up 48 per cent in 2012 and it’s approaching 50 per cent in 2013,” Doer said in his speech to the Canadian Club of Edmonton.“If you choose not to build the pipeline and have oil by definition coming down by rail, you’re going to have higher (greenhouse gas emissions) and higher risk,” said Doer, citing last week’s U.S. State Department report on the pipeline.The $7-billion line would take crude from Alberta across the United States to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast in Texas.While The State Department report, released last week, notes that oilsands operations generate 17 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions than crude derived the traditional way, it found Keystone XL wouldn’t appreciably worsen carbon pollution.But critics, including Hollywood celebrities such as Robert Redford and Daryl Hannah, are fiercely fighting the line.They say the risk of a spill and environmental catastrophe outweigh the benefits.They also contend that saying yes to the line further commits the U.S. to a resource that increases greenhouse gas emissions and the threat from climate change.Doer said there is broad support in the U.S. for Keystone that can’t be ignored.“Everywhere in our backyard where this pipeline goes, it’s supported,” said Doer.“North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas —everybody is supporting the pipeline,” he said.He reminded the crowd that a coalition of Republicans, Democrats, labour and business leaders, and veterans groups joined him at a news conference earlier this week to push U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the line, which has been proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP).“I always believe that if people support (the line) where it’s supposed to go, you shouldn’t listen to people from Hollywood when you can listen to people from Helena, Montana,” Doer said later to reporters.Later Friday, Doer met with Premier Alison Redford to discuss Keystone and other ways to get more Alberta energy exports to U.S. markets.Former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach was among those who took in Doer’s speech. He later told reporters that while moving oil by rail is crucial, it is also displacing other commodities and manufactured goods.“There’s only so much room through the pass and only so many locomotives to pull the cars,” said Stelmach.He predicted tougher times ahead for agriculture “because we just can’t get our grain to market.” read more

Oil slips to US102 a barrel as reports shows big increase in

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil slipped Wednesday as a government report showed U.S. oil supplies rose more than expected last week.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery fell 31 cents to close at US$101.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell $1.90 a barrel.Brent crude, an international benchmark, fell 16 cents to US$109.11 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said oil supplies rose 3.5 million barrels in the week ended April 18. That exceeded the expectations of analysts surveyed by Platts, who forecast an increase of 3.1 million barrels. At a record 397.7 million barrels, supplies are now 2.3 per cent above year-ago levels.Lending some support to prices were continued tensions in Ukraine, where the acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country’s east against pro-Russian insurgents demanding closer ties with Russia, and Libya’s inability to normalize its oil exports.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline was flat at US$3.09 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell two cents to US$2.98 a gallon and natural gas slipped one cent to US$4.73 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil slips to US$102 a barrel as reports shows big increase in US supplies Oil pumps work at sunset on Sept. 11, 2013, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2014 3:48 pm MDT read more

Napoli lacked intensity says Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has slammed his side for their lack of intensity in their goalless draw against Chievo on Saturday.Despite dominating possession and controlling the game, Napoli failed to break down a struggling Chievo side, and manager Ancelotti was frustrated with his team’s performance.“This game is a good test to understand what we are going into on Wednesday against Red Star Belgrade,” Ancelotti said in a press conference after the game. [via Football Italia]“It could be a very similar approach from the opposition, so dealing with this now can be helpful. There wasn’t enough intensity today, especially in the first half. After the break, we had more of a push, but the spaces were too tight.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We were too bland in everything we did, from the attack to build-up play to defending. This allowed Chievo to play the kind of defensive game they wanted to.“We’ve already put it behind us, as we ought to worry about these games beforehand, not after they’ve already concluded.“There’s no point looking at the Serie A table now. We’ll look and evaluate only at the midway stage.”last_img read more

Scooter Safety while attending ComicCon

first_img 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During Comic-Con there are additional restrictions in place in the Gaslamp Quarter, according to the City’s Development Services Department.Companies are required to incorporate geofenced areas where the operators automatically slow scooter speeds between 3 and 8 miles per hour. Geofencing is in effect for designated high-pedestrian areas including beach-area boardwalks, Balboa Park, NTC Park, Mission Bay Park, Petco Park and North/South Embarcadero.Operators will no longer be able to stage scooters and e-bikes on sidewalks in Downtown.The City said the San Diego Police Department will continue to enforce laws that pertain to individuals who rent shared mobility devices, including not riding devices on sidewalks, only one rider per device, driving any device while impaired and ensuring that all underage riders use helmets. Users must be at least 16 years old and users younger than 18 years old must wear helmets. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: July 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom July 19, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, Scooter Safety while attending Comic-Con Updated: 1:08 PMlast_img read more

AK Bristol Bay fishing captains speed hire to find their perfect match

first_imgSkipper, Bob Bonanno, interviews potential crew member, Adam Henry, during speed hiring at the Bristol Bay Fish Expo. (Credit- Avery Lill, KDLG)It’s early days in Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon season. For the past several weeks, the boat yards have been filled with skippers and crew readying their vessels to hit the water. The draw of fishing the world’s largest sockeye run sometimes even leads hopefuls to hop on a plane with nothing but a ticket and a dream of finding a job.Listen nowThe Bristol Bay Fish Expo in Naknek is playing matchmaker.Men and women move seats at a long row of folding tables. Their goal: to convince the captains on the other side that they are the one.Skippers Ante Vukic and Bob Bonanno both had crew members back out at the last minute. Both have in mind what they’re looking for in a match.“Basically, safety and will to learn. Drug-free and alcohol, more or less free. Because that’s the biggest killer of the fishermen,” Vukic said.“Basically, someone that’s not shy, that appears physically fit and just has a passion and doesn’t look to be prone to drama,” Bonanno said. “I don’t like drama on the boat.”Each speed hiring pair has five minutes to chat. The moderator keeps time. (Credit – Avery Lill, KDLG)The lanky youth across the table from Bonanno looks at the skipper earnestly. He tells the man that he already knows his knots and hitches.He’s been in Naknek for days. without a lot of success.“I — well, tell you the truth, I haven’t really got a job yet. Thing is, before I flew down — I came from Tennessee,” Adam Henry said. “Saw some stuff on Facebook about the Fish Expo. So I had that in my mind. But I came down here early, walked the docks. And that didn’t work out so good. But I’m hoping I’m going to find my home for this time being here.”Henry’s story of walking the docks is pretty typical. That’s why speed-hiring has been a highlight event at the Bristol Bay Fish Expo for two years. Katie Copps-Wilson is an expo organizer.“Actually, it came from Tinder, the dating website. And we were thinking about all the captains and crew that came up,” Copps-Wilson said. “There’s a lot of crew that are beating the docks looking for a boat, and there’s a lot of skippers out there looking for crew members. And it just seems like there was a lot of work going into those two things, so last year we came up with ‘speed dating,’ well which we term ‘speed hiring’ in order to connect captains and crew.”The organizers settled on a structure more similar to old time speed dating than Tinder. Captains and crew don’t have to make a split second decision about whether or not they click.“So I just think it’s really cool because it gives everybody an opportunity to visit and move on and kind of give an idea for the people, and it keeps people moving along, so they can kind of see what’s out there,” Copps-Wilson said. “Because if you just gave them one room, then, you know people like captains, they’ll cork everybody off.”For you landlubbers, corking off is slang for putting out a net just outside someone else’s net and intercepting their fish.So did this year’s captains find what they were looking for? Did they fill that hole in their crew?Here’s what Ante Vukic and Bob Bonanno had to say“Well, I met quite a few interesting people, younger people that they wanted to give it a chance,” Vukic said. “I was pretty happy with what I heard this morning, and I am planning to call this guy back and have a little longer interview with him.”“I have two very good prospects, so I’m going to work on that a little bit, go through my notes and give one of them a call here shortly,” Bonanno said.Sounds like more matches made in Bristol Bay.last_img read more

Government needs time to bring back normalcy in JK Supreme

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Centre government required time to bring back normalcy in the Kashmir Valley as nothing can be done overnight. An apex court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra made the observation when the Central government informed the court that it was doing everything necessary to maintain law and order in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Thereafter, the court deferred after two weeks the hearing on a petition filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla challenging the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions and “other regressive measures” in Jammu and Kashmir. The court stressed that it was a “serious issue” and said that it would not interfere right now in the situation and let the government continue with its efforts to maintain law and order in the Valley. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The Central government, assuring the court that normalcy would be restored in the Valley in a few days, said that in the 2016 disturbances 47 persons were killed but this time not a single person had died. The government also informed the court that they were reviewing the situation day by day and were committed to ensuring least human rights violations. Last week, Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was revoked and curfew imposed to curb attempts at disturbing law and order in the state.last_img read more

Next elections must be under Hasina Ershad

first_imgPM Sheikh Hasina’s special emissary HM Ershad visits tourist spot of Kuakata. Photo: CollectedJatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad said on Monday the next general elections must be held under the current prime minister and his political ally Sheikh Hasina.“The current government is in a good state. There is no possibility of snap polls. The general elections must be held under prime minister Sheikh Hasina as per the constitution,” said Ershad, also the special emissary to prime minister Hasina.Former military ruler Ershad was talking to newsmen at a hotel in Kuakata of Patuakhali. Ershad was on a personal visit to the tourist spot of Kuakata.The hotel – Kuakata Grand Hotel – is owned by his party’s secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader.Jatiya Party chairman said the Rangpur civic polls which his party has won by a landslide have created a “positive example”.“And that’s why, we’re making preparations to contest the next general elections for all of 300 constituencies.”Ershad said his party, an ally of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and the official opposition in parliament, is planning to contest the next polls without forming alliance with any political party.He, however, said it would depend on the decision of the country’s principal opposition political party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), whether it would join the next polls.last_img read more

Find out if Windows 10 is limiting your Internet speed

first_imgFind out if Windows 10 is limiting your Internet speed by Martin Brinkmann on August 05, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 39 commentsIf you noticed an Internet speed drop after upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10, the following troubleshooting guide may help resolve it.It may be particularly useful if the Internet speed was fine on previous versions of Windows, and is no longer after the upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update edition.Microsoft introduced a feature called Window Auto-Tuning back in Windows Vista, and has made it part of any newer version of Windows as well.Set to on by default, it is designed to improve performance for programs that receive TCP data over a network.While data transfers should be more efficient as a general rule, users may experience slower than usual data transfer speeds under certain conditions or even connectivity issues.Managing Window Auto-Tuning in Windows 10The first thing you may want to do is check the status of Window Auto-Tuning. If it is turned off for instance, it is likely that it is not the case for the slow downs, but if it is set, it may very well be the culprit.Note: you don’t need administrative privileges for running the command above, but you will need them for modifying the Window Auto-Tuning parameter.Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down Shift and Ctrl keys, and hit enter.Confirm the UAC prompt that opens.Run the command netsh interface tcp show global.Locate the “Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level” value under TCP Global Parameters. If it is not set to disabled, it is being used by Windows to optimize TCP connections.You may want to disable the feature to run connection tests and see if it is the cause for the limited Internet speed that you are getting out of the connection.Run the following command to disable Window Auto-Tuning on Windows 10:netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabledYou get ok as verification that the value was set correctly. You may verify this by running netsh interface tcp show global again.Once disabled, start downloads just like before and monitor the speeds that you get. You may want to fire up a P2P client, Usenet program, FTP client or server program to find out if disabling Auto-Tuning Level did resolve the issue.If it did not, you may want to turn it on again. This is done by running the following command:netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normalOk should be returned again to indicate that the new value was set correctly. It is recommended to check the global values again to make sure that is indeed the case.If you want to know more about Window Auto-Tuning, check out the excellent analysis of the feature here.SummaryArticle NameFind out if Windows 10 is limiting your Internet speedDescriptionFind out how to fix Internet connection speed issues on Windows machines after upgrading to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

LGBTI groups welcome UN report supporting gender diversity

first_imgThe UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, released his report ahead of the UN General Assembly in New York this week.The UN expert urged countries to respect gender as an important part of identity. The report also provides guidelines on how to prevent violence and discrimination based on gender identity.The expert called on all states to ‘adopt all measures necessary to prevent, investigate and punish violence and discrimination based on gender identity perpetrated by both State and non‑State actors’.LGBTI groups ‘applaud’A joint statement from nine global LGBTI groups, including ILGA and Transgender Europe, said they ‘celebrate’ the new report.The groups were grateful to the report ‘for giving trans and gender diverse people’s human rights the careful attention they deserve’, according to the statement.‘We applaud the inclusion of specific terminology particularly relevant to our communities,’ the statement said. Gains of LGBTQ rights in some Middle East and North Africa nations may be a game-changerDepartment of Commerce removes, reinstates gender and sexual orientation on Equal Employment Opportunity statementUnited Nations LGBT rights expert warns of ‘global crisis’ as homophobic crackdowns continueRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : A collection of LGBTI and transgender groups have welcomed a United Nations report on gender identity. The report said member states should not classify varied forms of gender as diseases. UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz (Photo: Facebook) The report explores terms such as trans, gender diversity, non-binary and gender-affirming treatment and how they differ in different cultures and regions.Gender diversity in childhoodThe UN expert also said children shared the same human rights to access legal gender recognition and gender-affirming healthcare.‘Gender diversity in childhood is a central issue for us’ the LGBTI groups said.‘We highly appreciate the support expressed by the Report to the full recognition of children as subjects of human rights’.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) last week called for a ‘gender-affirmative care model’ last week.It called on healthcare professionals, parents, and others to respect children and youth’s choice of genderThe Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is appointed by the UN Human Rights Council and was first mandated in 2016.The expert issues reports to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Flooding across region as more downpours to hit during rush hour

first_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to take care on their journeys home as more downpours are expected during rush hour. Serious flooding has already hit a number of roads across the region including the A500 at Talke, Sandon Road in Stafford and Rushy Lane in Barthomley. As of 1.02pm today the Environment Agency has flood alerts in place for the River Trent in Stoke-on-Trent and Stone as well as the Rivers Sow and Penk in Stafford Borough. As many as 43 other flood alerts and eight flood warnings, the next step up, have been issued across other areas of England. Read MoreLive: Roads closed and flood alerts issued for Staffordshire as more rain expected And now the Met Office is predicting more light rain for two hours from 5pm before it sets in for the night with heavy rain to come between 7pm and 2am. A Met Office spokesman said: “Further rain, heavy at times, will spread northwards and westwards across all parts during this evening and overnight. Some low cloud and hill fog in places. The minimum temperature will be 8°C. “On Thursday, early rain will move slowly eastwards turning more showery in nature during the afternoon, which will be heavy at times. Feeling rather cool underneath the cloud and rain. The maximum temperature will 16°C.” Staffordshire Police are urging motorists to take extra care on the roads and to drive to conditions. Read MoreMan suffers hypothermia after vehicle becomes stranded in floodwater   A spokesman said:  “It looks like this weather is here to stay for the rest of the week. Stay safe on the roads, consider the surface water and the effects this can have on braking distances and tailor your speed to the conditions on the road.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

Costa Rica police rule out foul play in death of Ann Pattons

first_img Facebook Comments More difficult news happened last week for AnnMaxine Patton, who was convicted last May in Costa Rica of killing her husband, U.S. financier John Felix Bender in 2010 in a case that has drawn ongoing international scrutiny, the latest of which is from the CBS program “48 Hours.”Last Wednesday, Patton’s boyfriend, 40-year-old New York State native Greg Fischer, was found dead in his Escazú apartment southwest of San José, from an apparent heart attack or asthma attack, his brother Brian stated in a Facebook post. spokeswoman for the Judicial Investigation Police confirmed the death to The Tico Times and said no foul play is suspected.A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Claude R. Boyd/Spencer Funeral Home in West Islip, New York, Brian Fischer posted on Facebook.In recent months, Greg Fischer had joined Patton’s friends and family members in a campaign to draw attention to her case, which has been featured on CNN, CBS and several other international news outlets. A court previously had exonerated Patton of the charges of shooting to death her husband John in 2010 in the bedroom of their extravagant jungle estate in southern Costa Rica. Patton always has maintained the death was a suicide.Yet after an appeal by prosecutors, a second trial was ordered, and last May a different court found Patton guilty of murder and sentenced her to 22 years in prison. Friends, family members and supporters are fighting for her release, citing several inconsistencies in the evidence presented by prosecutors, and what they say is enough reasonable doubt to have the case tossed.Patton’s supporters have started a signature drive at and a fundraising effort at to the Costa Rican Prosecutor’s Office, Patton currently is held at the Buen Pastor women’s prison in San José, where she awaits a hearing on an appeal of the conviction. Related posts:US State Department lists Costa Rica among major drug-transit countries Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Top 6 crime stories of 2014 More than 170,000 call for pardon of Netflix ‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Averylast_img read more

CFPB Official Discusses New Servicing Rules

first_img Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Five Star Institute Regulations 2014-09-23 Seth Welborn Share CFPB Official Discusses New Servicing Rules September 23, 2014 574 Views center_img in Featured, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing A recurring theme during many of the six labs at the Five Star Conference last week was compliance and how it has changed the mortgage and real estate industries in the last few years.The laws are constantly changing, however, making compliance an even further complicated issue.Laurie Maggiano, a program manager for servicing and secondary markets at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), was on hand to discuss the ever-changing world of mortgage servicing statutes for the “CFPB’s National Servicing Standards – Update Session” section of the FSC Compliance Lab on September 15.”Mortgage servicing in 2014 isn’t NASCAR where you direct your staff around a predicable track repeating the same steps over and over,” Maggiano said. “To a great extent it is the Wild West with state and federal regulators changing the rules of engagement on a regular basis, state banking regulators and attorneys general citing servicers for infractions that were industry practice, albeit poor ones, 10 years ago; bank and non-bank servicers competing for product in an uneven ring and investors so risk averse that it is surprising there are any new loans coming out of the chute. It is a demanding but also an exciting and creative time to be in this business.”Maggiano presented four new rules that have either recently passed or are pending and taking comments.The first was the Interpretive Rule on Successors in Interest and ATR (ability to repay) Rule, which was published on July 8. The ATR rule is intended to stop consumers from assuming debt they cannot repay and applies to new originations and mortgage assumptions. The Interpretive Rule was added to give an exemption from the ATR rule to successors in interest who inherit a property’s title but are not listed on the mortgage, such as divorced or surviving spouses.The second rule Maggiano discussed was the Publication of Consumer Complaint Narratives, which was proposed on July 17 and is taking comments until September 22. This rule involves publishing a database featuring consumers’ full complaints against financial institutions. While the CFPB says such a rule will benefit consumers by providing them with necessary information and will result in more transparency among financial institutions, some analysts have criticized this rule; since there is no way to verify the allegations made in the complaints, the CFPB may in some cases be publishing unfounded grumblings of disgruntled individuals.The third rule brought up was the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Proposed Rule, which was issued on July 28 and is taking comments until October 22. This is a proposed amendment to the HMDA, which was amended as a result of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Reform Act in 2010. The new rule would standardize reporting between large and small banks, and while existing data fields would be used for reporting to simplify the process, CFPB would also be expanding the reporting by adding some data fields.The Servicing Transfer Bulletin, which was published on August 19, was the fourth rule Maggiano discussed. While it is not the purpose of CFPB to inhibit transfers, she said, the purpose of this rule is to ensure that borrowers, especially those in the process of loss mitigation, are not harmed in any way by a mortgage loan transfer over which they have no control.Indeed, the summer of 2014 was a busy one for updating CFPB laws and proposing new ones, which is bound to keep servicers on their toes as far as compliance goes.”As you can see by the pace of change in just the past two, quiet, lazy months of summer, when you rightfully should expect that Washington shuts down and goes home, servicing policy is dynamic and fast paced,” Maggiano said.last_img read more

Rep Potvin welcomes Big Rapids officials to Lansing for billsigning

first_img06Dec Rep. Potvin welcomes Big Rapids officials to Lansing for bill-signing New law increases opportunities for recreational partnershipsState Rep. Phil Potvin today welcomed a number of Big Rapids officials to Lansing for a ceremonial presentation in recognition of legislation Rep. Potvin and Sen. Darwin Booher sponsored to encourage new recreational opportunities in local communities.Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba, Assistant City Manager Mark Gifford, Parks and Recreation Director Heather Bowman, Big Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Tim Haist, school board member Dave Murray and Michigan Municipal League State and Federal Affairs Director Chris Hackbarth joined Rep. Potvin and Sen. Booher for a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder.Rep. Potvin’s bill, now Public Act 174 of 2016, adds school districts to the list of entities allowed to join recreational authorities, which may be created through a vote of the people. Previously, only cities, counties, villages or townships were allowed to come together to form such an authority.“This change gives local schools the opportunity to collaborate with surrounding municipalities on recreational opportunities that benefit the entire area,” said Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac. “Projects such as park improvements, community centers, nature trails and gardens add character and charm to communities and enhance the lives of families and residents of all ages.”Last fall, Rep. Potvin welcomed Sobers and Haist to the House Committee on Local Government to testify in support of HB 4578. The City of Big Rapids and Big Rapids Public Schools have been working together on ways to collaborate and expand recreational offerings in the greater Big Rapids area.“The partnership that’s taking place between the city and the school district in Big Rapids should serve as an inspiration to other communities in our state,” Rep. Potvin said. “These two entities are committed to creating a stronger community by working together.”### Categories: Newslast_img read more

COLUMN Its time for Michigan to let the sun shine in

first_img12Mar COLUMN: It’s time for Michigan to let the sun shine in This week, transparency advocates all across the country highlight the importance of open government by commemorating Sunshine Week.We all share the belief that government functions best when the sun shines in. In other words, a government must be open and accessible to the public in order to effectively serve its citizens.It’s embarrassing to note Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts the governor’s office and state legislature from public disclosure laws. Journalists and residents of our state can obtain public records from members of their local school board, township board, city council, county board of commissioners, and even state departments – but not the governor, lieutenant governor, state representatives, or state senators.Because I respect the public’s right to know, the first piece of legislation I introduced after taking the oath of office in January was part of a bipartisan plan to remove these exemptions and improve transparency in state government.I was subject to the Freedom of Information Act when I served as a member of the Independence Township Board of Trustees, and I have no reservations about disclosing similar records as a state representative. People trust us with their hard-earned tax dollars, and they’re entitled to information about how the state is spending their money.While the Legislative Open Records Act package mimics FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that when you contact your state legislator, your information is protected and kept private.My transparency plan is a top priority in the House, and I’m pleased to report it should soon come up for a vote.The second piece of legislation I introduced will help shed light on car insurance fraud in Michigan by establishing an authority to investigate unfair insurance claims and suspicious settlement practices.Michigan drivers pay among the highest car insurance rates in the nation. Fraud is one of many factors responsible for driving up costs. Exposing it will help provide relief to families, seniors, and workers all across the state.Under my plan, the fraud authority would develop an annual report for the Legislature detailing unfair claim practices of Michigan insurance companies. It would also assess the impact of fraud and unfair claims, summarize prevention programs, and outline allocations. Most importantly, all of this information would be made available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act.Finally, I was proud to sponsor a resolution in the Michigan House declaring this week as Sunshine Week in Michigan. While commemorative in nature, it’s critical to take time to reflect on the important role transparency plays in our system of government.As the Dalai Lama once said, “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.”We must move forward with plans to improve transparency to help restore the public’s trust in their government.(473 Words)State Rep. Andrea Schroder is serving her first term in the Michigan House representing the 43rd District, which encompasses Lake Angelus, Clarkston, Independence Township and part of Waterford Township. Categories: Schroeder Newslast_img read more

Rep Paquette welcomes Niles New Tech students to state Capitol

first_img Categories: Paquette News 05Jun Rep. Paquette welcomes Niles New Tech students to state Capitol State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, was joined at the state Capitol today by his former students from the New Tech Academy at Niles High School.Thirty-seven of Rep. Paquette’s former students visited Lansing today to meet with legislators, tour the state Capitol, and attend House session. Led by teachers Nic Hawley and Kristin Adams-Bondy, the group was able to see first-hand how state government works. They were also formally introduced by Rep. Paquette on the House floor during session.“Having watched these young learners grow in a classroom setting to now watching them interact with legislators and advocate for issues has been really special,” Rep. Paquette said. “I’m excited to see them interested in our state government and I look forward to all of the great things they will accomplish in the future.”Other groups interested in visiting Rep. Paquette in Lansing are welcome to contact his office by calling 517-373-1796, emailing, or online at read more