On December 19th in Warsaw City Hall the contract for delivering 35 LNG-powered buses and refueling stations was signed. The first LNG-fuelled buses will start operating on the streets of Warsaw at the beginning of 2015. The buses will be delivered by Lider Trading — distribution partner of Polish Solbus and Gazprom Germania.Solbus, its distribution partner Lider Trading, and Gazprom Germania have won a public tender issued by the city of Warsaw by convincing the Warsaw municipal transport company (MZA) of the ecological and economic benefits of using natural gas as a motor fuel.According to the contract, Solbus will provide innovative LNG-fuelled urban buses, and Gazprom Germania will supply the LNG and invest into the required refueling infrastructure. It is not the first investment made by Solbus and Gazprom into the development of the eco-friendly transport in Poland. In October the companies brought 11 LNG-fuelled buses to Olsztyn, the first such vehicles in the European municipal transport.„We are proud to be a part of this innovative and unique project. Introducing LNG-fuelled buses in Warsaw may be the first step towards a revolution in Polish and European transport. The benefits of natural gas used as a motor fuel are undeniable — gas is clean, safe and economic”, said Sergei Komlev, the Head of Contract Structuring and Price Formation Directorate of Gazprom Export.Introducing LNG to public transportation in Poland is an element of the wider European strategy supported by Gazprom Group towards a more eco-friendly, safer and economically attractive transport based on natural gas. Natural gas is one of the most promising fuel alternative to increasingly expensive petrol and diesel. One of the basic advantages of natural gas engines is the fact that they are significantly quieter and meet the strictest environmental requirements by reducing CO2 emissions at a low cost.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, December 25, 2013; Image: Solbus
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2013 Report on the International LiDAR Market – Includes Forecast to 2018” report to their offering.A typical LiDAR system consists of three major components: a laser sensor, a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit, and an inertial navigation unit. The LiDAR system sends out laser pulses at the object/area to be mapped, and collects data by recording the pulses reflected by/from the object.This report segments the market on the basis of various product types, technologies, components used, applications, and geographies. Further, it contains revenue forecast, and analyses trends in the market. The geographical analysis contains an in-depth classification for North America, Europe, and APAC. Further, the Middle-East and Latin America have been classified under the ROW region. Each of these geographies has been further split by the major countries existing in this market.The sections and the sub-segments in the report cover drivers, restraints, opportunities, current market trends, and the technologies expected to revolutionize the LiDAR domain. The report also gives detailed profiles of various companies, currently, active in these markets.[mappress]Press Release, December 24, 2013; Image:
Proposed changes to judicial review carry the risk of undermining the rule of law, a high-profile committee of peers has warned.A report published today by the House of Lords constitution committee on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, currently before parliament, warns that the changes may undermine access to justice and weaken the ability of citizens to challenge decisions of government or state agencies.In particular, it raises concerns over the tightening of the criteria for granting judicial reviews, changes to the rules on the legal costs of interveners in judicial reviews, and proposals to make it easier for cases to ‘leapfrog’ the Court of Appeal.The report stresses that judicial review is central to the rule of law, as it provides the primary means through which parties may challenge the lawfulness of decisions made by the government and other public bodies. It questions the government’s position that judicial review ‘has expanded massively’, pointing out that once immigration cases are removed the number of applications for judicial review shows only a modest rise.The report notes that immigration cases have been removed from the jurisdiction of the High Court and are now dealt with by the Upper Tribunal. The bill proposes that courts must refuse an application for judicial review if it appears highly likely that the ‘outcome for the applicant would not have been substantially different if the conduct complained of had not occurred’.The committee says this could lead to ‘unlawful administrative action going unremedied’. Currently the law states that courts should refuse an application only if it is inevitable that the conduct complained of would have made no difference to the result. The report also says the changes covering costs that may be imposed on third-party interveners in judicial reviews may ‘impose too great a limit on effective access to justice’. The committee also asks the government to look at clause 46, which would make it easier for appeals from the High Court to ‘leapfrog’ the Court of Appeal and proceed directly to the Supreme Court.Rather than requiring the agreement of all sides, the report suggests, a case could be leapfrogged if the judge agrees to an application from one party, so long as certain tests are satisfied. Committee chair Lord Lang of Monkton (pictured) said: ‘Judicial review is an important means for citizens to challenge the legality of decisions by the state, so access to the process should not be unduly restrained.’He said the committee has ‘invited’ the House of Lords to consider the bill in the context of the ‘need to uphold the rule of law’.The bill will begin committee stage in the Lords on 14 July.
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 56 Views no discussions NewsRegional CARICOM advances relations with Sweden, Netherlands by: Caribbean 360 – May 13, 2016 Tweet CARICOM SECRETARY-GENERAL, AMBASSADOR IRWIN, LAROCQUE (THIRD FROM RIGHT IN BACK ROW) AND MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF CARICOM AT THE 19TH MEETING OF COFCOR.KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Friday May 13, 2016 (Caribbean 360) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers have put measures in place for closer cooperation with Sweden and the Netherlands even as they seek to place issues impacting the development of Small Island Developing and Low-lying States (SIDS) in the spotlight.The Ministers, at their just concluded 19th Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, met their counterparts from the two European Union (EU) Member States.Aware of Netherlands’ strategic position as the current President of the EU, COFCOR engaged the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders on climate change, particularly its impact on SIDS and low lying States. While acknowledging the diplomatic success of COP21, the urgency of operationalisation of the Agreement was stressed. The concerns of the Community over blacklisting by EU Member States, and the withdrawal of correspondent banking services, both of which had an adverse impact on CARICOM States, were also presented to the Minister.Discussions with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom centred on issues such as climate change, renewable energy, water management, ocean security, citizen security, as well as a proposal by Sweden and the Nordic countries to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate cooperation in a range of areas.According to the Communique issued at the end of the Meeting, Foreign Ministers also considered CARICOM’s relations with a number of other Third States, and regional groupings, as well as with important development partners with whom the region enjoys long-standing ties.In acknowledging that many of these relationships were undergoing dynamic changes, they considered how best to position CARICOM to take advantage of these changing realities. They also deliberated on the Region’s priorities and challenges within key regional, hemispheric and multilateral bodies including the United Nations, the ACS and CELAC.Given the importance of the maritime environment to the sustainable development of SIDS, the Ministers discussed the Region’s response to matters relating to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). In this regard, they called for greater representation of CARICOM Member States at the annual meeting of the International Sea Bed Authority (ISA).The Ministers pledged the Community’s continued commitment to the work of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). They welcomed Cuba’s appointment as Chair of the Executive Board of the ACS, and their hosting of the Seventh ACS Summit scheduled for June 4 in Cuba, and reaffirmed the importance of CARICOM’s participation at the highest level.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $34.8 million contract to upgraded their electronic warfare capabilities for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer missile (MALD-J). Development of the new version of the MALD-J, called MALD-X, will be completed in 24 months and will culminate in two flight demonstrations.MALD-X will build on the successful MALD platform to demonstrate the advanced electronic warfare capabilities needed today and in the future. It creates an upgrade path for the current MALD-J program of record and meets the requirements for the MALD-N, a net-enabled decoy/jammer for the U.S. Navy.MALD is a flying vehicle that confuses adversaries by posing as friendly aircraft. MALD-X, is a modular weapon designed for the Strategic Capabilities Office under the U.S. Secretary of Defense. It will demonstrate an improved electronic warfare payload, low-altitude flight and a datalink that will allow the weapon to communicate with other net enabled systems.MALD-X will allow the Air Force and Navy to quickly move on to the next generation of MALD, providing a substantial increase in capability and potential mission areas. The program will provide the combatant command with a flexible capability that will address key needs in multiple regions of the world.MALD-X is a uniquely collaborative effort, contracted and managed by the MALD Program Office at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, with program oversight from the SCO and shared technical management by both the Air Force and Navy.MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost, expendable flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has range/endurance of approximately 500 nautical miles and 90 minutes. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform. MALD confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures. MALD-J maintains all capabilities of MALD and adds jamming capabilities.
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’NBA finale: What’s at stake for winners, losers’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Thursday, April 13, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/sports-nba-finale.jpg’ attachment=’103149′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (left) goes to the hoop in front of Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple during their game in Los Angeles. AP[/av_image] NEW YORK – For some teams, it’s win and they’re in.For others, winning is the worst thing they can do Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).The last night of the NBA regular season isn’t just about playoff spots. It’s also about lottery seeds, the final chance to lock up the best odds possible for landing a high pick in what’s considered a deep draft.The Boston Celtics, with a victory over Milwaukee, will clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve already got the top spot for next month’s lottery. The Brooklyn Nets will finish with the league’s worst record, and their 25 percent chance of winning the lottery goes to Boston as part of the ongoing payment of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade three years ago.But other teams have been doing their best — or worst, rather — to fall down the standings with curious lineups and questionable strategies. Commissioner Adam Silver has noticed the tanking going on and said last week it’s a serious issue for the league.“Sometimes there are opportunities to give other players on the roster additional minutes,” he said. “But there’s no question there’s also a certain amount of jockeying that’s going on there as teams look to go into the draft.”One of them is Phoenix (24-58), which wrapped up the second-worst record in the league Tuesday having already shut down starters Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler a while ago. Charlotte is also finished, but the other 28 teams will be in action one more time.And with respect to the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, who would clinch the final two playoff spots with victories, in some other games there might be more at stake for the team that loses.A look at some games that matter:ATLANTA AT INDIANA, BROOKLYN AT CHICAGOThe Pacers and Bulls are playoff-bound with victories and they should get some help from their opponents. The Hawks have nothing to play for after being locked into the No. 5 seed when they beat Charlotte on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), and the Nets have already announced they’ll rest Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin along with some injured players.Miami is still alive and needs a victory over Washington along with help.TORONTO AT CLEVELANDThe Raptors are locked into the third seed, while the Cavaliers can still be No. 1 with a victory and a Boston loss.If that happened, Toronto could avoid the champs until the conference finals. Beat them Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), and the Raptors are guaranteed to see them one round sooner.PHILADELPHIA AT NEW YORKOne of the only things Phil Jackson has gotten right while running the Knicks is drafting Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 two years ago. New York has its first-round pick for the first time since then and currently has the sixth-worst record, but a victory and the Knicks risk drafting around No. 10 if they were to fall backward the maximum three spots in the lottery.The 76ers are tied with Orlando for the fourth-worst record.DETROIT AT ORLANDONobody celebrates their lottery luck like the Magic, who have pingpong balls in their trophy case in recognition of wins in 1992, ’93 and 2004. But it’s easier to be lucky from No. 4 than No. 5, so another loss couldn’t hurt. Orlando looks capable of one after losing by a franchise-record 47 points to Chicago on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).SAN ANTONIO AT UTAH, SACRAMENTO AT THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERSA Clippers win or a Jazz loss and their first-round series starts in Los Angeles. Utah needs to win and have the Clippers lose to seize the No. 4 seed. (AP) [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – For the second consecutive game, the Argonaut women’s basketball team lost a game that was tied in the final minute of play by one point, falling to Alabama-Huntsville 72-71 on the road Saturday night.After trailing for most of the second half, West Florida (5-16, 2-11 Gulf South Conference) went on a 6-0 run highlighted by a Hanna Vette (Tarkio, Mo./Mineral Area CC) jumper and 3-pointer to tie things up 71-71 with 46 seconds remaining in the game.UAH missed a layup with 19 seconds remaining, but the Lady Chargers’ Jasmine Hammond got the rebound and was fouled on the play. She made one of two free throws to give UAH a 72-71 lead with 14 seconds remaining, and Vette missed what would’ve been the game-winning 3-pointer with two seconds remaining before the clock expired.The game saw three ties and three lead changes as the two teams went back and forth throughout. UWF led 45-32 at halftime after a big first half by Jasmine Wigfall (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek HS) who scored 13 points while going 5-for-6 from the field and Jaymie Druding (Orchard Park, N.Y./Maine) who scored 10 while going 5-for-5.Wigfall finished with 14 points and Druding led UWF with 20 points and nine rebounds. Toynetta Johnson (Pascagoula, Miss./Pearl River CC) added to her conference lead in assists with 10 on the night and to her lead in steals with three. Vette finished with 19 points.UWF will host West Alabama on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. at the UWF Field House.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Newspaper Box ScoreWest Florida vs Alabama-Huntsville02/09/13 5 p.m. at Huntsville, AL (Spragins Hall)At Huntsville, AL (Spragins Hall)ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE 72, WEST FLORIDA 71WEST FLORIDA (5-16 (2-11 GSC))Druding, Jaymie 9-10 2-2 20; Vette, Hanna 7-18 4-4 19; Wigfall, Jasmine 5-83-4 14; Johnson, Toynetta 3-14 1-2 7; Miller, Raquel 1-4 3-3 5; Erland,Emily 2-4 0-0 4; Hughes, Kelseigh 1-3 0-0 2; Gradel, Sarah 0-1 0-0 0; Byrd,Taylor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-62 13-15 71.ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE (10-13 (7-6 GSC))Smith, Jordan 6-16 5-6 21; Hammon, Jasmine 4-14 3-4 12; Jarnagin, Halle 2-107-9 11; Newton, Juanice 2-3 6-7 10; Bishop, Alysse 3-7 0-0 7; Steinert,Shannon 1-4 0-1 3; Robinson, Bailee 1-4 0-0 2; Jones, Kendra 1-4 0-0 2;Kelley, Natalie 0-0 2-2 2; Duncan, Morgan 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 21-66 23-30 72.West Florida……………… 45 26 – 71Alabama-Huntsville………… 32 40 – 723-point goals–West Florida 2-10 (Vette, Hanna 1-4; Wigfall, Jasmine 1-2;Johnson, Toynetta 0-4), Alabama-Huntsville 7-22 (Smith, Jordan 4-11; Hammon,Jasmine 1-3; Steinert, Shannon 1-4; Bishop, Alysse 1-1; Jones, Kendra 0-1;Duncan, Morgan 0-1; Jarnagin, Halle 0-1). Fouled out–West Florida-None,Alabama-Huntsville-None. Rebounds–West Florida 42 (Druding, Jaymie 9),Alabama-Huntsville 43 (Jarnagin, Halle 8). Assists–West Florida 17(Johnson, Toynetta 10), Alabama-Huntsville 10 (Kelley, Natalie 4). Totalfouls–West Florida 19, Alabama-Huntsville 16. Technical fouls–WestFlorida-None, Alabama-Huntsville-Kelley, Natalie. A-917 Print Friendly Version UWF loses second straight contest by one point UWF will look to get back in the win column with a pair of conference matches at home on Feb. 14 and 16 (Photo by Bill Stockland)
Megan Peters with AST tells us a number of thefts have recently been uncovered by Peninsula residents who kept their eyes open during gun sales… Peters: “Really what it comes down to is the community being involved in its own safety and working with law enforcement to make their communities a better place. When we have citizens that are involved and they do keep a lookout, and not only that, they contact law enforcement when there’s something suspicious going on, it gives us the ability to respond to that and to get more information back on what’s happening.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享More than $2,500 worth of items, including two black powder firearms, was stolen last Friday from a home on Douglas Lane in Nikiski. The resident told Troopers the theft occurred sometime in the week leading up to March 20. Anyone with information reference this burglary/theft is encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at the Soldotna Post: 907-262-4453. The investigation is ongoing.
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PITTSBURGH – An LSU basketball team arrived Tuesday for the NCAA Tournament. Which one that will be, though, no one knows for sure.The No. 9 seed Tigers (22-10) play No. 8 seed North Carolina State (20-13) at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the East Region at the Consol Energy Center. The winner will advance to a Saturday game against the winner of No. 1 seed Villanova (32-2) and No. 16 seed Lafayette (20-12) from Easton, Pennsylvania.If the LSU team that won at 20th-ranked Arkansas less than two weeks ago and at 21st-ranked West Virginia on Dec. 4 or the Tigers that gave No. 1 and 34-0 Kentucky one of its best games in a 71-69 loss on Feb. 10 shows up, North Carolina State may be in trouble.“That gets your attention,” North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried said of the Kentucky game. “Because obviously we’ve watched teams get beat badly by Kentucky. LSU played them great.”LSU is 5-1 against teams that reached the 68-team NCAA Tournament — 2-0 against No. 11 seed Ole Miss, 1-0 against No. 10 seed Georgia, 1-0 against No. 5 seeds West Virginia and Arkansas and 0-1 against top seed Kentucky. Those LSU victims are all in the top 60 of the latest Ratings Percentage (RPI) Index, which enhanced LSU’s resume on Selection Sunday.“We won 20-plus games, and the body of work that we were able to do on the road against some tough opponents in the SEC and at West Virginia, I thought that spoke volumes,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said. “We are still the only team in the country that has played Kentucky to a two-point basketball game, for whatever that is worth.”Then again, LSU also has six losses against the lower end of the RPI between No. 96 and No. 218 — at 218 Missouri (9-23) on January 8, at 216 Mississippi State (13-19) on Jan. 31, to 126 Auburn (15-20) at home on Feb. 5 and in the SEC Tournament last Friday, to 106 Clemson (16-15) in a tournament on the U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 24 and to 96 Tennessee (16-16) at home on March 4.“Although, we’ve had some setbacks, I think those were because of the inexperience or our team,” said Jones, who starts three sophomores and a freshman in All-Southeastern Conference forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey and guard Jalyn Patterson, respectively.“I think our guys have done a tremendous job of bouncing back and getting ready for the next outing,” Jones said.The constant bouncing, though, has left Gottfried tossing and turning as he watches LSU’s game film gamut.“You look at some of the games against Auburn or Mississippi State, then you turn around and watch them play against Kentucky or at Arkansas and you just go, ‘Wow, they’re something else,’” Gottfried said.Barring an upset by Lafayette (No. 122 RPI) over Villanova Thursday, LSU will not have to worry about getting upset again by playing down to the level of its competition … or lower.“I guess it’s better for us to play the best teams,” LSU guard Tim Quarterman said with a laugh. “That’s a good thing for us – just playing against great competition. I think we step up to the plate every time against great competition.”LSU guard Keith Hornsby has grown as frustrated as the Tigers fan base with uninspired efforts in losses to the bottom feeders of the SEC and expects a top flight effort Thursday.“I certainly hope so,” he said. “I think there’s no excuse for us not to be at our best. I mean, if we don’t play to the best of our ability in this game, some serious questions have to be asked, because this is what we’ve wanted all year.”