CALGARY – Steep discounts in prices for western Canadian heavy oil are moderating and should gradually ease through 2018 to allow Canadian producers to reap bigger rewards from strengthening world oil prices, according to GMP FirstEnergy.A spike in the difference between Western Canadian Select crude prices and benchmark U.S. prices was made worse by volume constraints on the Keystone pipeline system between Alberta and the U.S. Gulf Coast following a leak in South Dakota in November, said analyst Martin King in a presentation in Calgary on Tuesday.He said the transportation blockage meant growing volumes from Alberta’s oilsands couldn’t easily get to market, driving prices lower for the bitumen blend at the same time that New York-traded West Texas Intermediate was climbing to three-year highs above US$64 per barrel.King said crude-by-rail terminals in Western Canada have been using a small part of their one million barrels per day of capacity but are now activating idle capacity to fill the gap, with the main constraints being availability of locomotives and conductors.“Over the next couple of years, I could see a lot of that capacity being used up for railing, hopefully just in time for new pipelines to come into service in 2020,” he said.“I think those differentials will (shrink) another US$5 to US$7.”He predicted the Canadian crude discount will fall from US$17.30 per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2017 to average US$16 in the current quarter and US$13 in the third quarter of this year.Rail transport is more expensive than pipeline but the shipper has the advantage of sending his crude to the market where it will fetch the best price.On Tuesday, Calgary intermediate producer Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) announced that it will begin shipping some of its northwestern Alberta heavy oil by rail in the next few weeks to try to get better prices.It estimated that rail transport will cut the price discount it is receiving by about half.In a report on Monday, ATB Financial said Western Canadian Select has averaged about US$36 per barrel so far this year, about 11 per cent lower than in the last three months of 2017.It also concluded that growing use of crude-by-rail will help ease the price discount towards the end of the first quarter of 2018.In its latest report, the National Energy Board said crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to above 136,000 barrels per day in October, about one-third higher than in the same month of 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
TORONTO — Gains in the financial sector helped Canada’s main stock index head higher in late-morning trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 35.28 points at 15,081.56.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 123.79 points at 24,189.38. The S&P 500 index was up 8.28 points at 2,618.58, while the Nasdaq composite was up 27.94 points at 7,051.77.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.47 cents US compared with an average of 75.38 cents US on Tuesday.The February crude contract was down 40 cents at US$51.71 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 15.4 cents at US$3.65 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$4.90 at US$1,293.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 3.00 cents at US$2.66 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
Geneva – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi hailed on Friday the immigration policy launched in 2013 by King Mohammed VI, in accordance with Morocco’s international commitments in terms of immigrants’ rights.During a meeting with Morocco’s permanent representative in Geneva, ambassador Mohamed Aujjar, the UN official lauded the Moroccan initiative to review and update laws governing immigration and asylum.Grandi voiced satisfaction with the good relations between Morocco and the UNHCR, and stressed his readiness to work together with the Kingdom in order to further cooperation ties. He highlighted the regularization operation for illegal immigrants and refugees which was officially launched by Morocco in Nov. 2013, recalling that this operation was crowned by the regularization of 5,000 Syrian refugees’ situation.Aujjar, for his part, reiterated Morocco’s support for the UN agency to fulfil its humanitarian mandate in the camps of Tindouf and around the world.He also underlined the pressing need to conduct, by the UNHCR, a headcount for the Tindouf populations, in conformity with its mandate, to help evaluate the real needs of the camps’ inhabitants and avoid humanitarian aid embezzlement.With MAP
Rabat – The Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research said in a statement that it has “suspended the meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, with the coordinations that most represent of teachers.” The education ministry noted that it made on the grounds that striking teachers “breached the obligations” they agreed to in the April 13 meeting of returning to work on Monday, April 15. The Coordination of Teachers “Forced into Contracts” (CNPCC), however, blames the education ministry for “flagrantly violating” the April 13 agreement. Read also: Moroccan Contractual Teachers Threaten ‘Blank Year,’ Extend ProtestThe teachers’ groups asserted in a statement that the ministry breached the April 13 agreement by “continuing to take legal actions [dismissals] against striking teachers, especially those working in academies in the southern region, and did not postpone professional qualifying examinations.”In response, teachers continued to strike and decided to press ahead with protests until April 25 or longer, threatening to push for a “blank year” of not returning to work for 12 months. The education ministry also denied CNPCC’s claim that the ministry broke its promises. “Contrary to what has been said, the ministry adhered to what was agreed by suspending all administrative and legal measures taken against teachers.” The legal measures include the payment of suspended wages, the re-examination of the situation of suspended teachers, and the postponement of professional qualifying examinations.Read also: Moroccan Contractual Teachers to Keep Striking Until April 25The ministry concluded that there is “no way it could engage in dialogue in the absence of the minimum requirements to negotiate a serious and responsible solution.”It added that it would “resume dialogue on the condition that teachers return to work.” Teachers’ representatives and the education ministry have held several meetings to work out a solution. Contractual teachers have been rallying the streets of Moroccan cities since February 20, demanding to be hired into the public sector, the abolishment of fixed-term contracts, and for the government to end “discrimination” between contractual teachers and public sector teachers.
The police had earlier this month assured transparency in the investigations over missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. The police also said that key information related to the disappearance of the journalist had already been unearthed following the arrest of three suspects earlier. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today questioned four soldiers over the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and later arrested them.The CID had recently requested the army to hand over the four soldiers to be questioned over the incident. Police headquarters had said that the police will not leave room for the investigations to be hampered by revealing all details to the media.
The Minister added that the Government had also appointed the Udalagama Commission and the Maxwell Paranagama Commission to investigate incidents related to the war. The Government today noted that the report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is not legally binding and so will not have any adverse impact on the country.Government Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka said that in the past similar reports had been released and Sri Lanka has often responded by issuing its own report. He also noted that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the first person to introduce the “hybrid system” to Sri Lanka by obtaining the assistance of foreign experts to advise the Paranagama Commission.“That was the first hybrid system involving Sri Lanka,” he said. He recalled that as a response to the Darusman Report, the Government under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had issued the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (LLRC) report. The Minister said that all these reports must also be analyzed, and both reports are now in the hands of the President.He also said that some people are raising concerns that soldiers will be questioned over the war but soldiers have already been questioned by the Maxwell Paranagama Commission. (Colombo Gazette)
(Summary)The Burlington Skyway Toronto-bound lanes remain closed tonight, after a dump truck crash Thursday afternoon. Structural engineers were on scene today, but before they can access the situation, there’s a lot of clean up to do.A full team of structural engineers was here today, but can do little until the mess is cleaned up. that will happen sometime this weekend.Astrid Poei, Transport Canada: “Clean up includes removal of damaged temporary scaffolding, vehicles involved in the collision and removal of damaged steel. At that point we will conduct a more detailed inspection and at that time we will know what has happened and any possible repairs that need to be conducted.”It was just after 3:30 on Thursday when a dump truck with its bed up, slammed into the top of the bridge.It’s been closed ever since, causing traffic headaches all across the region. The back-up on the Peace Bridge coming into Canada was more than an hour long today. Some American travelers trying to make their way to Caribbean Carnival in Toronto were caught off guard by the closure.“We didn’t expect the road to be closed. is there a detour or something?”“I’m just learning about this. I hope our GPS can accommodate this and we can get to Toronto.”There are a couple of different ways to do that.The primary detour is Eastport Drive off the QEW. You’ll then drive under the Skyway Bridge and over the lift bridge to the other side of the QEW.Or you could take Red Hill, to the Lincoln Alexander to 403 to the QEW.The third route is Burlington Street, to Wellington Street, left on Cannon to York and the 403 exit ramp.The final route is the highway 8 exit off the QEW to King Street to the 403.David Ferguson, city of Hamilton: “Until we know for sure from the ministry how long this closure will be in place people should expect long delays on the routes. As I have said before we are going to try to implement some timing changes to provide longer green cycles for those travelling west in the city but its still going to be congested for people trying to find their way.”The man behind the wheel of the dump truck has been charged with impaired driving. 34-year old Sukhvinder Singh Rai has also had his licence suspended for 90 days. He is to appear in court again on August 22nd.The Skyway will remain closed for the long weekend. Officials with the Ministry of Transportation will provide an update on Monday.
“Some 200 teachers stand to benefit from the move which will mark a major break from the norm in Somalia where traditionally parents have had to bear full responsibility for the payment of teachers,” UNICEF said, referring to the announcement made yesterday by Puntland President Mohamud Muse Hirsi “Adde” in the Horn of Africa country.The president was speaking at a ceremony in the port town of Bosasso to launch the Integrated Primary Education Programme, a collaboration between UNICEF, the European Commission, the Puntland administration and local communities, the UN agency said.”The president’s announcement marks a milestone in Somalia’s education history and demonstrates a very real commitment by the administration to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” agreed at a UN summit in 2000 to remove or reduce a host of socioeconomic ills by 2015, UNICEF’s Siddharth Chatterjee said.”The payment of teachers’ salaries will free parents of a major financial burden and will remove a significant obstacle in getting all children, and especially girls, to access and complete their primary education.”
“We urge all sides to resume dialogue before the situation spirals completely out of control,” warned Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as she addressed reporters today in Geneva. “Burundi has been slipping closer to the edge with every high-profile attack and killing, and we call on leaders on all sides to take concrete steps to renounce the use of violence and to resolve differences peacefully,” she continued. “Where violations and abuses have occurred, there need to be prompt investigations with a view to bringing the perpetrators to account and justice for victims.”According to the UN, civil unrest erupted on 26 April in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, after the ruling Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD) party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April as its candidate for the then-scheduled 26 June presidential election.Mr. Nkurunziza has been in office for two terms since 2005, and a broad array of actors warned that an attempt to seek a third term was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi that ended a decade of civil war in the country.The OHCHR spokesperson observed that since the outbreak of violence in April, at least 96 people have been killed, mostly among opposition supporters, while some 600 people have been arrested and detained. Among those detained, there have been at least 60 cases of torture and many more cases of ill-treatment, she added. “So far, no trials have taken place in relation to the violence, killings, torture and ill-treatment since April, although the authorities have repeatedly indicated that investigations are under way and that some police elements have been arrested,” Ms. Shamdasani said, noting that the actual numbers of persons killed, detained or tortured may be much higher than initially thought. “We understand that in very few cases have investigations actually been initiated. Continuing impunity in Burundi can only fuel cycles of violence.”Along with the increasing human rights violations, the mounting violence across Burundi has also provoked a widespread humanitarian crisis as refugees have spilled across the country’s borders and fanned throughout the region. Indeed, the most recent data state that over 200,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries with 85,200 Burundian refugees in Tanzania, 71,600 in Rwanda, 28,300 in Uganda, 14,322 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 7,000 in Kenya, and 3,000 in southern Africa.
“The Commission…once again heard testimonies of wanton killings and numerous accounts of brutal sexual violence,” said Yasmin Sooka, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.“Women in South Sudan have been treated by government soldiers and armed actors to the conflict, including local militias, as spoils of the conflict.”In Yei county, women community leaders told the UN panel that many had been abducted by government soldiers and raped. The resulting stigma the women faced led them to abandon their babies, Ms. Sooka said, their testimonies marking yet more trauma linked to the infighting that grew out of the country’s declaration of independence, in 2011.Women in South Sudan have been treated by government soldiers and armed actors…including local militias, as spoils of the conflict – Yasmin Sooka, Commission ChairpersonIn her update to the Human Rights Council, the UN-appointed rights expert also noted that Government soldiers attacked a college in Goli, Yei county, in May, raping young women and leaving 10 people dead – including five schoolchildren.In addition to highlighting testimonies of killings and sexual violence in South Sudan, the UN panel also found food shortages at crisis levels.According to its findings, six million people face “desperate” food insecurity – a 20 per cent increase from last year, Ms. Sooka said.“Given the acute levels of food insecurity in the country, one would imagine that the Government of South Sudan would do its utmost to facilitate unimpeded access to UNMISS and the humanitarian organizations,” she explained.“Instead, there is constant bureaucratic stalling of access and more alarmingly, targeted attacks against humanitarian convoys which makes it almost impossible to deliver emergency relief.” In a call for the Government to tackle impunity, the UN Commission chair welcomed a recent ruling by a national military tribunal in the high-profile Terrain Case, in which 10 soldiers received sentences for their part in the murder, rape, sexual harassment, theft and armed robbery of aid workers, some of them foreign nationals.“Under pressure by the international community, the Government of South Sudan was able to muster the political will to combat impunity,” Ms. Sooka said, before noting that “only the foot soldiers were prosecuted, while those with command responsibility have gone unpunished”.It should be remembered, she continued, that UN forces documented the gang rape of more than 217 South Sudanese women by Government forces in 2016 and none of the perpetrators has been held accountable or received any compensation for their ordeal.It is a matter of regret, the UN Commission chair continued, that President Salva Kiir has yet to sign fast-track the establishment of a special court to address impunity in South Sudan, as it had recommended in March 2018.“The failure to punish the perpetrators of serious crimes in South Sudan has led to many to believing that they can continue to commit these crimes with total impunity,” she said.Established by the Human Rights Council in March 2016 according to resolution 31/20, the UN Commission has a broad mandate to investigate wrongdoing in South Sudan, and seek to clarify who is carrying out alleged gross rights violations.Since 2013, South Sudan’s civil war has led to the displacement of more than 1.7 million people inside South Sudan and created 2.5 million refugees – including more than 65,000 unaccompanied minors.In response to the Commission’s findings, South Sudan insisted that the security situation in the country had improved and would continue to do so, following the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, just last week.At its core was a permanent ceasefire agreement, according to Paulino Wanwilla Unango, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, who also noted that sporadic skirmishes had also occurred.Turning to the UN Commission’s call for a hybrid court, the minister said that a ministerial committee had been set up for this purpose, but that discussions had been superseded by the need to push ahead with the peace deal.
Members of the Brock community are invited to take part in an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service to mark the start of the Christian season of Lent on Wednesday, March 6.Taking place in the Rita Welch Meditation Centre (next to Sankey Chamber in Mackenzie Chown A Block) the service will run from noon to 12:30 p.m. and will feature the distribution of the ashes.The service is held in association with the Brock Catholic Chaplaincy, Brock Christian Reformed Chaplaincy and the Faith and Life Centre at Brock University.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMechanic remanded on Firearm, Ammo chargeOctober 13, 2014In “Crime”Man charged for threatening to kill motherMarch 16, 2016In “Crime”Land of Canaan fatal accident: Unlicensed driver jailed for 4 yearsMay 7, 2018In “Court” A 22-year-old employee of Gafoors Industries, who reportedly threatened one of his colleagues was last week taken before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with two charges.Vidoo Ramroop denied the charges which read that on October 4, 2018, at Gafoors, Houston Complex, Greater Georgetown, he used abusive and threatening language against Chitaram Seegobin.According to the facts presented in court, on October 4, the Virtual Complaint (VC), who is Ramroop’s supervisor, observed he was talking instead of working.According to the prosecution’s case, the VC told Ramroop to get back to work and this annoyed the defendant, who started using profane language towards the VC, along with threatening to injure him. The matter was reported to the Police and Ramroop was charged for the offences.Magistrate McLennan released Ramroop on self-bail, placing him on a 12-month bond to keep the peace. The cases will continue on October 16.
TWO PEOPLE HAVE been hospitalised and several other wounded in a stabbing incident in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, this afternoon.Police received a report concerning the incident, which occurred in the Ballyduff Gardens areas, at around 4pm today.A male and a female were taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds and several others are being treated by paramedics for cuts, according to the PSNI. Further details of their conditions are unknown at this stage.Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the violence, but it is understood they are not currently searching for anyone else in connection to the incident.Read: PSNI appeal for witnesses after shots fired at police stationRead: ‘Today is the last day in Belfast. Hope leaders seize it’ – Haass urges progress as deadline looms
If you bought a Raspberry Pi because you aren’t completely immune to internet buzz about cool tech products, and it has been sitting behind your gaming computer gathering dust ever since, Kevin Ochs has a good use for your neglected $35 computer. Stick it into the inanimate frame of a six-legged robot, give the robotic body life, and generate fuel for your nightmares.The spiderbot, which Ochs named Charlotte for obvious reasons, is running a port of the Phoenix software customized in C++. Charlotte is running a host of other software as well, from code to power the servos, to providing a user with remote control.As you can see in the above video, though Charlotte isn’t enormous, it’s certainly spider-like, and moves with a precision only a mechanical killing-machine can achieve. For the body, Ochs used a PhantomX AX Hexapod Mark II kit from Trossen Robotics, so he at least didn’t have to build a creepy-looking spiderbot himself. Unfortunately for you do-it-yourselfers at home, this specific bot sells for $1,200, which kind of mitigates the cheapness of a Raspberry Pi brain.Though the Raspberry Pi is a cheap, underpowered computer, a little spiderbot doesn’t require nearly as much processing power as, for example, running BioShock Infinite through Steam on Windows. So, don’t be too surprised that the little-computer-that-could can power a $1,200 six-legged robot. Check out the Pi inside the bot:So, if you have a wad of cash lying around worth a Chromebook Pixel and want to build a spiderbot with your Raspberry Pi, it’s entirely possible, and that’s a better use for your Pi than having it sit on the desk collecting dust like some of ours may be.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geoff Hinton, a 69-year-old AI researcher at Google stunned many in his community when he debuted Artificial Neural Networks back in 2012. The idea had been around for years, but Hinton made it possible and relatively simple to implement. In just five years, the tech has been built into almost all of our smartphones and devices, allowing easier speech transcription and facial recognition. Now, though, he’s reversed course and is looked to reinvent how AI is done.Right now, neural networks are among the best techniques to manage computer vision. That’s the complex set of processes that allow computers to “see” and understand the world around them. While cameras can record, it takes a special kind of intelligence to interpret the dizzying complex array of patterns and shapes and everything else one gets with any image.“I think the way we’re doing computer vision is just wrong,” Hinton told WIRED. “It works better than anything else at present, but that doesn’t mean it’s right.”That’s a bold claim, but coming from the man who practically invented modern AI, it carries some weight. And now, Hinton says he’s ready to push for the next thing — capsule networks.Last week Hinton published a pair of papers that details the new approach. He says that these systems will make computers far, far better at understanding visual data. And with comparatively little development, Hinton’s new system does just as well as anything else we have, but they did so with half the mistakes of the next-best solution.The real kicker, though, is that this system requires far less raw data than something like Google’s DeepMind. Neural networks are powerful, but they require thousands and sometimes millions of examples to study before it gets what a pencil is, for instance. In the era of big data, this isn’t too hard to achieve — we have trillions of photos, messages, videos, etc. all to feed into massive computer farms that can burn through that information in short order. It doesn’t however, lend itself well to new information, something humans can handle with relative ease.Capsule networks work by creating clusters of digital neurons that each track a different element of the image. Stringing many capsules together gives you a system that much more closely resembles the way humans process and stores visual information. This allows it to understand, for instance, when you flip a pencil 180 degrees that it is still a pencil — without thousands of images from every conceivable angle to learn from.Hinton has been working this idea for nearly 40 years, starting back in 1979. It also represents a major shift in how this kind of work is done. Recently, the trend has been to teach bots how to learn on their own from scratch. Contrary to what Locke may have you believe, humans aren’t blank slates when we’re born. So the approach doesn’t quite make sense if we’re talking about creating human-like intelligence. Instead, capsule networks are designed to mimic the basic instruction set many animals have from the start. You don’t need to teach a baby how to learn — it just does. That could be a huge difference in the coming years, but for now the tech is in its infancy. Still… it didn’t take long for neural networks to catch on, either… Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target
The team’s manager believes his club can take the three points home when these two teams play each other tomorrow nightFor AC Milan’s boss Gennaro Gattuso the match between his team an Empoli is a “must win.”Both teams will play each other tomorrow night, as part of Matchday 6 of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.“We must win, I’m not looking for the perfect match but I want to take home the three points. It won’t be easy, they are good at moving the ball around and they strikers make the right movement. We really need a win,” he told the club’s official website.“We hadn’t scored at home to Atalanta in two years, but we wanted to win it. We played the game we had to play, but all of sudden we stopped and they had seven shots in the space of 25 minutes.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We struggle when we have to run deep and trackback. Too many times it looks like we don’t like running but we also need to learn how to do the things we don’t like,” he explained.“When on the ball we know what to do. We need a change in mentality when off the ball. We don’t have time to wait, we are lacking some grit”.“We are leaving too many points behind, but we are not doing that bad. We need to keep believing in our qualities,” Gattuso continued.“I agree with the club: we need to improve our fifth-sixth place mentality and remedy mistakes that are preventing us from playing with continuity. At times we should be more clinical. We are lacking belief, it happens that we are afraid we won’t win, as it happened against Atalanta”.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 13, 2016 – Seven youngsters – 5 boys and 2 girls – were selected to represent themselves and the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Jumpstart regional training set for the British Virgin Islands.Digicel and the NBA teamed up for the three day clinic held at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. Magnetic Media was there for the close out, we spoke to Brendan Handfield and Nickello Pierre who will travel, courtesy of the program, to the BVI.“My name is Brendan Handfield and it’s an honor to get selected once again to go to the NBA JUMPSTART. I would like to thank my mom and my coaches for helping me, pushing me, for supporting me for giving me the drive to keep playing basketball.”“My name is Nickello Pierre and I feel good getting selected to go off with the guys here, and I do all of this because of my mommy, and my daddy and my friends, I live in Five Cays and they’ve been motivating me to do well in basketball and all of them had faith in me making it, and I just do what I could do.”We will feature more comments later… sixty students participated this weekend. Related Items:Digicel and NBA jumpstart program, seven ballers head to the BVI for Jumpstart regional training, seven selected for further training in BVI
Traffic is currently backed up for a few miles due to the slide. Additional updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchorage police and the Department of Transportation are responding to a landslide on the Seward Highway near Indian at Mile 105. According to APD dispatchers, the Mile 105 slide was first reported just after 7 p.m. and was blocking the highway’s northbound lane. Officers are at the scene and awaiting other personal. According to reports traffic is being alternated in the southbound lane.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on June 13, 2019.IANSChinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries should not pose a threat to each other and step up cooperation in various fields, including the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor.Xi met Modi for the first time after the Indian leader was re-elected Prime Minister, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a statement late Thursday evening, giving details about the meet between the two leaders, who also discussed the US’ protectionist trade policy.Xi, who congratulated Modi on his re-election, said both countries needed to accept their differences and expand their cooperation in various spheres.He pointed out that China and India are the only two emerging market countries with a population of one billion in the world, and they are at an important stage of rapid development.”The cooperation between China and India will not only help each other’s development, but will also contribute to peace, stability, and prosperity in Asia and the world,” he said.Xi also emphasised that “the two sides should adhere to the basic judgment that China and India… do not pose a threat to each other. They must persist in deepening mutual trust, focusing on cooperation, and accepting differences so that China-India relations become a more positive asset and positive energy for promoting the development of the two countries”.He stressed the need to step up cooperation in investment, production capacity, tourism, and among others, expand benefits of common interests to jointly promote regional interconnectivity – including the construction of the BCIM, and better realise cooperative development and common development.BCIM is also one of the major six corridors of China’s Belt and Road connectivity project. It aims to connect China’s eastern city of Kunming with India’s Kolkata through Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Myanmar’s Mandalay. India had not opposed the BCIM but its response to the project was tepid as it said to have concerns about China expanding its influence in its eastern neighbours.India also fears the project would expose its northeastern region.Xi also told Modi “that it was necessary to make good use of mechanisms such as the meeting of special representatives on the border issue, strengthen the building of confidence measures, and maintain stability in the border areas of the two countries”.The two countries have a dispute over their 3,448 km long border, which is also the ninth largest boundary in the world.Xi also said that “as important representatives of developing countries and emerging market economies, China and India must jointly safeguard free trade and multilateralism and safeguard the legitimate development rights of developing countries”.The US has turned up the heat on Indian and China as it in May took its trade spat with China to the next level by slapping tariffs on its goods worth $200 billion and ended the preferential status for Indian goods earlier this month.Modi told Xi that the Indian side was willing to maintain close high-level exchanges with China, strengthen strategic communication, promote bilateral relations in a wide range of fields, expand new areas of cooperation, and properly handle their differences.”India and China should jointly plan the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year and enhance cultural exchanges between the two countries,” Modi was quoted as saying by the statement.
Citation: Superelastic iron alloy could be used for heart and brain surgery (2010, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-superelastic-iron-alloy-heart-brain.html More information: Ferrous Polycrystalline Shape-Memory Alloy Showing Huge Superelasticity, Science 19 March 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5972, pp. 1488 – 1490; DOI:10.1126/science.1183169 The researchers, from Tohoku University, said the ferrous polycrystalline shape memory alloy was as strong as high-strength industry alloys, but it is also superelastic, which means it can return to its original form when strain is removed and the material is heated, an important property of all shape memory alloys. The iron alloy even returns to its former shape when under almost twice the strain levels endured by current shape memory alloys. The alloy also exhibits changes in ductility and a large reversible change in magnetization during shape transitions. The alloy’s stress level is around double that of the shape memory alloy nickel-titanium, which means it can be formed into extremely thin wire. At present the nickel-titanium alloy is the only superelastic alloy available for practical use. Superelastic properties make a shape memory alloy ideal for delivering stents to parts of the body such as the heart since they can expand to a wider diameter when warmed by the body. Stents are tubes that are surgically implanted into blood vessels to prevent them collapsing. One of the engineers, T. Omori, said stents are currently delivered to the heart using nickel titanium wire, but its diameter is too thick to allow it to be used in the brain. The new iron alloy could be made thin enough to be used for brain stents.Omori said the elastic iron alloy may have other uses, such as in buildings in earthquake zones where a material that is both strong and flexible is needed. The buildings are deformed during the earthquake, but the iron alloy’s property of remembering and returning to its original form means the super-elastic alloy could return the building to its former shape. Other potential uses of superelastic alloys include blast protection, noise reduction, and vibration isolation.The paper was published in the journal Science last Friday. Explore further NC State breakthrough results in super-hard nanocrystalline iron that can take the heat Shape memory alloys developed by the research group. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in Japan have designed an elastic iron-based shape metal alloy for use in applications as diverse as heart and brain surgery and buildings in earthquake-prone areas. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com