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Vattenfall Selects Cefas for Norfolk Vanguard Metocean Measurement Campaign

first_imgSwedish energy company Vattenfall has contracted Lowestoft-based Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to measure offshore weather and sea conditions for its 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind project.The measurement campaign will provide combined datasets for an in-depth oceanographic assessment of the wind farm development zone.This data will be used to understand the pressures the marine environment in that area of the North Sea will place on the turbines’ structures and enable Vattenfall to select an appropriate design for the Norfolk Vanguard development.The contract secures work for 12 specialists, managers and vessel crew for three-years, Vattenfall said.Dr Zoe Roberts of Vattenfall said: “A key element of developing any offshore wind farm is understanding the meteorological and oceanographic regime at the development site. The data collected during this three-year campaign will ensure structures are strong enough to survive in the offshore environment but not over-engineered, thereby minimising costs.”Norfolk Vanguard is located more than 47km from the Norfolk coast. Vattenfall will apply for consent for Norfolk Vanguard in 2018 and hopes to begin construction in the early 2020s.last_img read more

City of Fort St. John’s, Let’s Talk 100 Street

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the City’s pipes are ageing and need to be replaced, City staff have the opportunity to apply the Downtown Action Plan to consider pedestrian-friendly street improvements.City staff are working on major planning and with that includes public consultation.Feedback from residents is important to explore options and to develop a plan by way of public engagement opportunities.- Advertisement -The first public event being held at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Tuesday, May 7th from 5 pm – 8 pm is an opportunity for discussion to gather information on what matters most for the future of 100 Street.City staff will use the information collected at this open house to help create actual 100 Street designs for the Design Charrette in June.These events are open to everyone interested in the project.Advertisement For more information on the project; CLICK HERElast_img

Statement on the MMIWG Inquiry by Senator Murray Sinclair

first_imgOttawa, August 3, 2016I am pleased to see that the governments of this country have been able to collaborate with Indigenous leaders and the families of Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Canada to establish a National Inquiry, one of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.I congratulate the Native Women’s Association of Canada for its perseverance in bringing this about.I praise and honour the members of the victims’ families for their resilience and determination.I express my thanks to Judge Marion Buller and the other Commissioners for accepting the responsibility for this immense undertaking.Criticism of the creation of such inquiries is almost inevitable in this climate. However, whatever one thinks of the breadth and range of the terms of reference and the background and experience of the Commissioners, I am certain that the Commission will be revealing to all of Canada, and the world.We will learn of things that will be hard to believe, and we will be challenged to do what we cannot now imagine.In that way it will reflect the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and institutions. It will be an important opportunity for reconciliation to move forward in a significant way.Senator Murray Sinclairlast_img read more

Keep it simple

first_imgAs difficult as it is to find the right kind of food for the sultry humid weather that seems to have settled around the Capital, The Imperial seems to have come up with quite a palatable solution. The summer salads and barbeque menu that is available in San Gimignano and 1911, is the perfect mix of excellent meats and refreshing salads that is perfect for the weather.  Both the restaurants have their own signature menus, the salad and barbeque spread is on offer till end of September in both places alongside their regulars. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the main course you can take a pick from the Fatto in Casa Salsicce Affumicate (home made smoked sausages), the Bambino Costole di Maiale alla Brace (barbecued baby back ribs), the Aragosta Alla Griglia Ripieni (grilled stuffed lobster tail) or the Costolette di Agnello doppi (the double lamb chops). The home made sausages are a definite winner along with the much ordered lamb chops.  All the meats have been cooked keeping their intrinsic flavours in mind and the whole idea is to keep the food simple so as the real taste wins, explains Executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula who has put the spread in order. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTrue to his word, every bite is like a burst of freshness on the palatte and the sauces and salads work as perfect additions. All the meats are served with a spread of traditional sauces –    The Campana (blend of  tomatoes ,onion, garlic, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice),  Chimichurri (Argentinean sauce with oregano  parsley ,thyme, onion, olive oil) and the Guasacaca (avocado, onion, garlic, hot peppers, tomatoes, lemon juice, coriander and olive oil). The Guasacaca is a must try. It adds the right zing to the meats and the salads. From all the salads on offer you can choose any three to accompany your meal – so take your pick from the artichoke and sundried tomato salad, corn, black beans and capsicum salad, German potato salad, tomato – basil salad, beet and onion salad, coleslaw and the mix lettuce.  A meal for two costs around Rs 8000 (without alcohol and minus taxes) so make your reservations soon. This is one meal you’ll definitely not want to miss!last_img read more

Patreon speaks out against the protests over its banning Sargon of Akkad

first_imgPatreon, a popular crowdfunding platform published a post yesterday in defense of its removal of Sargon of Akkad or Carl Benjamin, an English YouTuber famous for his anti-feminist content, last week, over the concerns of him violating its policies on hate speech. Patreon has been receiving backlash ever since from the users and patrons of the website who are calling for a boycott. “Patreon does not and will not condone hate speech in any of its forms. We stand by our policies against hate speech. We believe it’s essential for Patreon to have strong policies against hate speech to build a safe community for our creators and their patrons”, says the Patreon team. Patreon mentioned that it reviews the creations posted by the content creators on other platforms that are funded via Patreon. Since Benjamin is quite popular for his collaborations with other creators, Patreon’s community guidelines, which strictly prohibits hate speech also get applied to those collaborations. According to Patreon’s community guidelines, “Hate speech includes serious attacks, or even negative generalizations, of people based on their race [and] sexual orientation.” Benjamin in one of his interviews on another YouTuber’s channel used racial slurs linked with “negative generalizations of behavior” quite contrasting to how people of those races actually act, to insult others. Apart from using racial slurs, he also used sexual orientation related slurs which violates Patreon’s community guidelines. However, a lot of people are not happy with Patreon’s decision. For instance, Sam Harris, a popular American author, podcast host, and neuroscientist, who had one of the top-grossing accounts (with nearly 9,000 paying patrons at the end of November) on Patreon deleted his account earlier this week, accusing the platform of “political bias”. He wrote “the crowdfunding site Patreon has banned several prominent content creators from its platform. While the company insists that each was in violation of its terms of service, these recent expulsions seem more readily explained by political bias. I consider it no longer tenable to expose any part of my podcast funding to the whims of Patreon’s ‘Trust and Safety” committee’”. Apart from banning Carl Benjamin, Patreon also banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a British public speaker and YouTuber with over 839,286 subscribers earlier this month over his association with the Proud Boys, which Patreon has classified as a hate group. James Allsup, an alt-right political commentator, and associate of Yiannopoulus’, was also banned from Patreon last month for their association with hate groups.Amidst this controversy, some of the top Patreon creators such as Jordan Peterson, a popular Canadian clinical psychologist whose YouTube channel has over 1.6 M subscribers and Dave Rubin, an American libertarian political commentator announced their plans of starting an alternative to Patreon, earlier this week. Peterson said that the new platform will work on a subscriber model similar to Patreon’s, only with few additional features. “We understand some people don’t believe in the concept of hate speech and don’t agree with Patreon removing creators on the grounds of violating our Community Guidelines for using hate speech. We have a different view,” says the Patreon team. Read Next Emmanuel Macron teams up with Facebook in a bid to fight hate speech on social media Twitter takes action towards dehumanizing speech with its new policy How IRA hacked American democracy using social media and meme warfare to promote disinformation and polarization: A new report to Senate Intelligence Committeelast_img read more

Facebook faces multiple dataprotection investigations in Ireland

first_imgFacebook is facing seven separate data protection investigations in Ireland, as reported by Bloomberg. Facebook’s investigations are a part of 16 cases which major tech companies like Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram, are facing. The main aim of these probes is to scale up the level of fines that regulator’s issue under GDPR. Currently, GDPR allows penalties as large as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue. According to Ireland’s data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, “These data protection probes are centered on the activities of very big internet companies with tens and hundreds of millions of users.” The first EU probe against Facebook was opened by Ireland following a security breach that compromised 50M accounts in October last year. This security breach has not only affected user’s Facebook accounts but also impacted other accounts linked to Facebook. This means that a hacker could have accessed any account of yours that you log into using Facebook. That second probe was initiated by Dixon’s office in December when a photo API bug affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. This bug gave outside developers broader access to users’ photos affecting up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. Per Dixon, “Other breach notifications received in my office since May 25 are related to coding errors, which leads to posts being made public that should have been private, or in a major breach. No company seems to be immune from this.” Dixon mentions that the deciding cases are not trivial “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced,” she said. “The soonest I am going to see an investigation report on my desk, which is when my role kicks in” The final decisions on these sanctions are likely to be made in June or July. Last week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria overruled Facebook’s argument that it cannot be sued for letting third parties access users’ private data because no “real world” harm has resulted from the conduct. Last month, Russia’s popular watchdog, Roskomnadzor said that it opened a civil case against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws. At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials also planned to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook post a year of data breaches and revelations of illegal data sharing.  A U.S. Senator also introduced a bill titled ‘American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act’ for creating federal standards of privacy protection for big companies like Facebook. “Companies are lawyering up and we’re typically dealing with more litigators and lawyers on the side of any inquiry that we conduct,” Dixon said. “It does show the power that they have in terms of the size. But we have all the cards in terms of the powers to investigate, to compel and ultimately to conclude and make findings.” Read Next Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program. Stanford experiment results on how deactivating Facebook affects social welfare measures Facebook has blocked 3rd party ad monitoring plugin tools from the likes of ProPublica and Mozilla that let users see how they’re being targeted by advertiserslast_img read more