Hapag-Lloyd: MPS Sailings Cancelled amid Congestion

first_imgGerman liner company Hapag-Lloyd said that sailings on its Mediterranean Pacific Service (MPS) westbound have been cancelled due to US West Coast congestion that has brought about severe delays.As informed, there will be no sailing available from the Mediterranean to US West Coast, Canada-West Coast, Mexico-West Coast and destinations in Latin America.The cancellations are expected to last from February 16th to March 1st.“Depending on the development on the US West Coast port situation, we anticipate that schedule pattern will come back to more regularity as of week 10,” the company said.The congestion is feared to reach a complete gridclock in the US West Coast ports as talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) drag along for the nineth month.Two days ago, the PMA made what they called an ”All-In” offer that would increase compensation to members of the ILWU.ILWU has not yet declared on the offer, however it pledged to keep the ports open and keep cargo flowing.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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RF Signal Recording and Playback System With Wide Instantaneous Recording Bandwidth

first_imgX-COM Systems, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies, has introduced the IQC5000B RF record and playback system designed for applications such as electronic warfare, interference analysis, surveillance, and spectrum monitoring and management. The IQC5000B has the widest instantaneous bandwidth, 4 Tbytes of removable, high-speed solid-state data storage, and other features tailored for the most demanding applications.The IQC5000B builds on the success of its predecessor, with higher performance and more features in the same small size, at the same cost. Its design reflects the need to record signals with greater bandwidths than ever before, including IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi, satellite communication channels, and many radars. Each of the IQC5000B’s two recording channels has an instantaneous bandwidth of 165 MHz that when combined produce a record bandwidth of 330 MHz. These signal bandwidths can be recorded at any input frequency from HF through millimeter wavelengths.The system has twice the internal signal storage than the IQC5000A, with two high-speed, easily-removable 2-Tbyte solid-state drives configured in RAID 0 for 4 Tbytes of combined capacity. Together they allow the IQC5000B to store 83 minutes of continuous recording at the system’s full bandwidth. External SSD storage of up to 15 Tbytes can be added to allow recording times of up to 5 hours.As the IQC5000B will often be used in secure classified environments, its SSDs can be removed and a declassification procedure performed, leaving the system entirely free of data and restoring it to factory defaults, effectively making it useless when falling into the wrong hands. It employs state-of-the-art signal analyzers from Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, or Tektronix to act as its “front end”. As these analyzers output pristine I and Q waveforms without errors or instrument-generated artifacts, the information stored on the IQC5000B is virtually identical to the original captured analog waveforms.Applications will often dictate that the IQC5000B reconstitute the original waveforms in analog I and Q format for two simultaneous channels of playback at the original or any frequency within the capabilities of a high-performance vector signal generator. The system is capable of providing a single frequency output at 2.4 GHz as well.The signals recorded by the IQC5000B can contain markers that include time of day and sample number, and as the instrument has GPS capability it can also mark the latitude, longitude, and elevation when the recording was made, as well as the time the signal was recorded to within 1 µs in accordance with IRIG standard B-122.Another extremely valuable feature of the IQC500B is its triggering capabilities, which allow the instrument to start and stop recording based on specific events such as the leading and trailing edges of a pulse and other factors. This lets it record only those events of interest, which significantly reduces the file size making it much easier to analyze in MATLAB as well as vector signal analysis software such as Keysight Technologies’ 89600 and Tektronix SignalVu-PC.The IQC5000B is controlled using X-COM’s simple but comprehensive software resident on a Windows PC. Signal files are offloaded to the computer via eight lanes of PCI 2.0 at greater than 600 Mbytes/s. It can also be used with X-COM’s high-performance SigAnalyst Workstation that employs dual Intel Xeon 15-core processors, 64 Gbytes of RAM, and 80 Tbytes of hard drive storage, and includes X-COM’s Spectro-X signal analysis and RF Editor file manipulation software.ConfigurationThe IQC5000B measures 12 x 3.5 x 10.5 in., weighs 8.5 lb., is available in rugged portable or standard rack enclosures, and be specified in several versions with varying capabilities as well as with many other options.last_img read more

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Wrestler Mausam Khatri wins silver at CWG

first_imgGold Coast, Apr 13 (PTI) Indian wrestler Mausam Khatri failed to make use of his wealth of experience as he settled for a silver medal after losing his final bout against South Africas Martin Erasmus in the mens freestyle 97 kg event at the 21st Commonwealth Games here today. The 27-year-old from Haryana couldnt overpower 23-year-old Erasmus, who looked in better control and won the match by technical superiority after the scores were 12-2 in his favour at the Carrara Sports Arena here. In the run-up to the final, Khatri had secured wins over Cyprus Alexios Kaouslidis in the 1/4 final and Nigerias Soso Tamarau in the semifinal. A bronze medallist in the 2010 Asian Games, Khatri also won the Commonwealth Championship twice — in 2009 and 2011. He also has a silver from last years edition at Johannesburg. PTI ATK ATK AH AHlast_img read more

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Coalition of consumer groups calls for new code of conduct for telecom

first_imgA new government-backed code of conduct is needed to protect consumers from common sales tactics used by the people and companies that sell telecommunications products, the Fair Communications Sales Coalition said Tuesday“Certain of the companies . . . claim that competition alone can fix unfair sales practices. This is unlikely in practice,” coalition representative Jennifer Chow told telecom regulators at a public hearing in Gatineau, Que.“When a customer is duped into a sale, there are usually significant early-cancellation costs that deter customers from leaving and this does not hurt the former company.”Chow also disputed the claim that internal guidelines and rules issued by companies are effective in prohibiting misleading, aggressive and unsuitable sales — saying actual sales practices are at odds with the values expressed by management.“Whether this situation is due to the companies’ loss of control of their sales force, lack of audits or oversight, negligence, wilful blindness — or even intention — is not relevant,” Chow said.“The results are what matter to consumers and the results are bad.”Chow’s comments were made at the second day of the CRTC’s public hearings into complaints of misleading and aggressive sales tactics.The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the telecom industry’s regulator, has been ordered to look into allegations of misbehaviour by sales representatives and report to cabinet by the end of February.The coalition’s delegation — led by John Lawford, executive director of the Ottawa-based Public Interest Advocacy Centre — told CRTC commissioners that Canada would ideally follow Australia’s lead in establishing one mandatory, national code of conduct for providing and selling telecom services.But Lawford — who lobbied for this week’s public hearings — said it may be quicker to expand the role of the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services, a private-sector body that works with CRTC.The industry-funded CCTS is mainly set up to resolve customer complaints about wireless and television service contracts but it is specifically excluded from dealing with product and service pricing or claims of false and misleading advertising.On Monday, CCTS commissioner Howard Maker said that data collected by his organization reveals just the “tip of the iceberg” without revealing what may be happening more broadly in the marketplace.“We know there’s a lot that’s under the water line that we don’t have access to — to see and to comment on,” Maker said in the first day of CRTC’s hearings.’Lawford said on Tuesday that he believes the complaint commission could oversee a new sales code on behalf of the CRTC — as it currently does with the government regulator’s separate codes for wireless and TV services.“I guess our long-term strategy, at least at PIAC . . . would be a telecommunications code (encompassing all products) like they have in Australia. That’s the end game,” Lawford said.“Getting to that stage may take some time. . . . The code that we are suggesting for right now, in effect, is an interim measure. It could be rolled into a larger code later.”Among suggestions for the sales code, Lawford said, would be a 15-day “cooling off” period after a contract is signed — not to be confused with a “trial period” of 30 or 60 days suggested by several other delegations to the CRTC hearing.“Because with a cooling off period, you don’t have to give any reason. . . . That helps cover a lot of these cases where there’s been a very grey-area sale that the consumer regrets,” Lawford said.“After that, we’re seeking protections if there’s misrepresentations or aggressions that could go past the 15 days.”Earlier Tuesday, a delegation that included Concordia University professor Kim Sawchuk and Montreal seniors advocate Anne Caines said that a 60-day trial period is necessary to protect people with limited money, such as the elderly.“They’re the ones that have everything at stake. If a bill goes up suddenly, they don’t eat. We hear this,” Sawchuk said.A 60-day window for ending a contract would give the customer time to receive their first monthly bill with the new service — and to discover mistakes, misunderstandings or deception, she said.Among the most common types of complaints heard by the CRTC and CCTS are about a “mismatch” between a sales promise compared with the price and service actually received. Other complaints included sales of products or services that are too complex or unnecessary and unilateral increases to service fees before the end of a contract.last_img read more

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Federal government failed to get oil moving prompted oil cut says Andrew

first_imgAlberta is ordering oil production cuts amounting to 8.7 percent of output to reduce a growing glut.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said that the rest of the world sells its oil at about $50 per barrel while Alberta fetches only $10.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the federal government shares Alberta’s frustration and is asking the National Energy Board to make sure Canada’s oil pipelines are being used as efficiently as possible. WINNIPEG, M.B. – Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Alberta’s decision to order a cut in oil production is a direct result of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s failure to get Canadian energy to market.Scheer says there were three pipeline projects in the works when Trudeau became prime minister, and none have come to fruition.He says a Conservative government would ensure pipelines are built by having clear and consistent rules for development, and a special ministerial representative to consult with Indigenous communities about such projects.last_img read more

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Council will decide Monday if Festival Plaza project moves forward in 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council could decide to put the Festival Plaza project on hold until 2020 due to grant funding.A report being presented to Fort St. John City Council on Monday, is asking for direction from Council on whether to put the project on hold or proceed with construction in 2019.The City was going to apply to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to fund 75 percent of the construction costs.  Unfortunately, the City won’t know if they receive the grant until the fall of this year and construction can’t start before the grand it awarded. The grant could provide up to  $1,925,462 in funding for the project, but there is no guarantee that the grant will be approved.  The City has yet to announce what the total cost of the project would be.Council will decide on Monday if construction should start in 2019 or if the project should be pushed to next year.  The Festival Plaza will be located on the northwest corner of Centennial Park on the grounds next to 100th street and 96 Avenue. The Plaza will act as a visual entrance to the City of Fort St. John when travelling in from the south.last_img read more

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Trudeau Sohi meeting with workers at TMXs Edmonton terminal this morning

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is paying a visit to the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Edmonton this morning.It has been almost a month since Trudeau gave a second go-ahead to expanding the pipeline, after the courts overturned his government’s original approval.Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi —  who represents a nearby Edmonton riding — will meet with workers at the terminal, which is the start of the pipeline that carries Alberta oil to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The Liberal government spent $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada in 2018 in a bid to get the existing pipeline expanded despite significant political opposition in British Columbia.That plan hit the rocks in August 2018 when the Federal Court of Appeal said the government had not done a good enough job with either consultations with Indigenous communities or environmental reviews.Six British Columbia First Nations and at least two environment groups have filed new court challenges to the approval.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Decreasing amount of wells to be drilled in update from Petroleum Services

first_imgCALGARY, AB – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), shared its third update to its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, announcing that it is decreasing its forecasted number of wells to be drilled (rig released) across Canada.2019 shows 5,300 wells (May 2019 revision) to 5,100 wells drilled. PSAC based its updated 2019 Forecast on average natural gas prices of $1.60 CDN/Mcf (AECO), crude oil prices of US$57.00/barrel (WTI) and the Canada-US exchange rate averaging $0.76.On a provincial basis for 2019, PSAC now projects 2,425 wells to be drilled in Alberta, down from 3,532 wells in the original Forecast. The revised forecast for Saskatchewan now sits at 2,035 wells compared to 2,422 wells in the original Forecast, and Manitoba is forecasted to see 230 wells or a decline of 25 in well count for 2019. Approximately three percent (3%) more wells are expected to be drilled in British Columbia, with PSAC’s revised Forecast now at 395 wells, up from 382 in the original Forecast. PSAC President and CEO Gary Mar said, “Compared to last year, the total number of wells expected to be drilled is lower by 31%. These are levels not seen since the lows of 2015 and 2016 at the onset of the downturn.“It is clear that our industry continues to face challenges for a healthy recovery.  News of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion being approved for a second time following its purchase by the Government of Canada has not restored investor confidence in Canada. Concerns remain that it will be built in a timely fashion to open market access beyond the US and with the passage of Bills C-69 and C-48 by the federal government, support for this industry at all in Canada is in question. For the first time in Canada, sovereign risk is an issue.”Mar continued, “On the provincial front in Alberta, while optimism is evident with a new government in office, curtailment of oil production remains in place and continues to be a factor against new investment. Across both Alberta and B.C., gas production is also hampered by low prices, again from lack of market access beyond the US until LNG Canada is in service.“The result of these challenges is that capital, companies, equipment and crews are leaving Canada for better opportunities, with the US an easy choice as it forges full-speed ahead with a supportive government and a welcoming and competitive business environment. Having only one customer for our oil and natural gas has not been a good strategy for Canada. Canadians are losing out on jobs and $15-25 billion per year in lost revenue that could be used for social programs such as health care, education and roads as well as for R&D and innovation.”last_img read more

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Indias oil imports from Iran slide by 57 during April

first_imgNEW DELHI: India’s oil imports from Iran fell about 57 percent year-on-year in April, according to tanker arrival data seen by Reuters, the last month when New Delhi was allowed to load Iranian oil ahead of U.S. sanctions stopping purchases of oil from the OPEC member. India, Iran’s top oil client after China, shipped in about 277,600 barrels per day (bpd) of oil from Tehran in April, down about 31.5 percent from the previous month, preliminary tanker arrival data from shipping and industry sources showed. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe United States introduced sanctions in November but gave a six-month waiver to eight nations, including India, which allowed them to import some Iranian oil. India was allowed to buy an average 300,000 bpd of oil during November-April, but actual volumes varied from month to month due to lack of ships after foreign shipping lines backed out of Iranian deals under pressure from U.S. sanctions. In April, Washington asked buyers of Iranian oil, mostly in Asia, to halt purchases or face sanctions. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIndia is scheduled to get two very large crude carriers carrying 4 million barrels of Iranian oil this month – one each at Paradip in the east and Kochi in the west. The two vessels were loaded in April. Since November, when India received the sanctions waiver, only state-run Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum Corp, Hindustan Petroleum and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals have been buying Iranian oil. India’s overall imports from Iran in January to April 2019 fell nearly 45 percent to 304,500 bpd compared with 552,000 bpd a year ago, the data showed. The sources declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak with media.last_img read more

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