zoom Carnival Cruise Line’s latest ship Carnival Panorama will be homeported in Long Beach, Southern California, from December 2019.The company said that this will be the first brand-new ship deployed on the West Coast of the USA in 20 years.The 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, the third Vista-class ship in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet, will offer seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach at the end of 2019.Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held a keel-laying ceremony for the 133,500-ton ship in early January 2018 in Marghera, Italy.The vessel will join its sister ships Carnival Vista, which was handed over in April 2016, and Carnival Horizon, set to debut April 2, 2018.Apart from the Vista-class ships, Carnival Cruise Line has two more 180,000-ton vessels in its orderbook, scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.
VAL-D’OR, Que. – PetroNor, a petroleum products distributor operating in northwest Quebec, has a new equity partner — Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU).Financial terms of the arrangement weren’t disclosed but the companies said the Calgary-based oil and gas company would have a 41 per cent stake in PetroNor, which is owned and operated by the James Bay Crees.Suncor will also continue to supply PetroNor with fuel and distillate from the Suncor Montreal refinery.PetroNor distributes petroleum products across the James Bay and Abitibi-Temiscamingue regions of Quebec.PetroNor president Ted Moses says the business relationship with the James Bay Crees “demonstrates a shared belief in the long-term growth opportunities for PetroNor and the northwestern regions of Quebec.”Kris Smith, a Suncor executive vice-president, said the agreement builds on a 14-year relationship that the Calgary-based company has had with PetroNor and “we’re looking forward to working together to grow this business.”
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.“There are a lot of people with needs,” said Levid Ortiz, operating director of PR4PR, a local non-profit that helps impoverished communities across the island. “It shouldn’t be like this. We should already be back on our feet.”Some 250 Puerto Ricans formed a line around him on a recent weekday, standing for more than two hours to receive bottles of water and a box of food at a public basketball court in the mountain town of Corozal. Many of those waiting were still without power, including 23-year-old Keishla Quiles, a single mother with a 4-year-old son who still buys ice every day to fill a cooler to keep milk and other goods cold amid rising temperatures.“Since we’re a family of few resources, we have not been able to afford a generator,” she said. “It’s been hard living like this.”Crews already have restored water to 99 per cent of clients and power to 93 per cent of customers, but more than 100,000 of them still remain in the dark and there are frequent power outages. Justo Gonzalez, former interim director for Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, said he expects the entire island to have power by May, eight months after the Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system — and just as the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is about to start.Gonzalez was replaced on Tuesday by Walter Higgins, former president of a power company that provided electricity in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.Officials in Puerto Rico have pledged to inspect dozens of wooden and cement poles still leaning haphazardly across the island after a wooden telephone pole fell on a car. It killed an elderly couple on Sunday as they returned from a town fair in the mountains of western Puerto Rico. The deaths of Luis Beltran, 62, and Rosa Bosque, 60, have angered Puerto Ricans and raised concerns about the safety of people as they recover from the hurricane.“It worries me because … it can happen anywhere,” Mayor Edwin Soto told The Associated Press, adding that crews were going to inspect poles across the mountain town of Las Marias to ensure they are in good condition.Beltran’s youngest sister, Migdalia Beltran, said her brother was living in New Jersey when Hurricane Maria hit, but that he moved back three months ago to be with family.“He was No. 1,” she said as her voice cracked and she began to cry. “He was the one who gave me support to keep going.”The storm caused an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people and damaged or destroyed nearly 400,000 homes, according to Puerto Rico’s government.In the six months since the hurricane, more than 135,000 people have fled to the U.S. mainland, according to a recent estimate by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York.More than 40 per cent of them settled in Florida, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, the study found.Meanwhile, those who stayed behind say they need more help.The AP recently found that of the $23 billion pledged for Puerto Rico, only $1.27 billion for a nutritional assistance program has been disbursed, along with more than $430 million to repair public infrastructure. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency also has spent more than $6 billion from its standing emergency fund.Tom Bossert, U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico would soon receive another $10 billion for various restoration efforts.“We’re going to redouble our efforts to work as fast as we can on their behalf,” he said of Puerto Ricans during a three-day visit to the island. However, he said the administration of Gov. Ricardo Rossello needs to come up with a plan on how to rebuild a stronger power grid and create financial accounting methods to ensure federal funds are being appropriately spent. “It makes no sense for the people of the United States to continue to pay money for repetitive loss in these disasters.”He also said federal hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have exceeded his expectations.“That doesn’t mean I’m satisfied. It doesn’t mean the president is satisfied,” Bossert said. “We still have some challenges.”Meanwhile, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources issued a letter on Friday demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explain why it is reducing the number of crews helping restore power when there are still people who remain in the dark.“While we recognize that much progress has been made in restoring power to the majority of customers, the job is not done,” the letter stated.Col. Jason Kirk, who is overseeing power restoration efforts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico’s power company will be primarily responsible for restoring electricity to remaining customers.
The ALP provides training opportunities to improve Liaisons’ knowledge and understanding of development activities and impacts, as well as enabling them to inform their community members with objective, reliable, and sound information.Interaction with Liaisons and participation in the ALP helps OGC staff learn directly of Indigenous peoples’ values and traditional knowledge in relation to oil and gas development. OGC staff regularly work with Liaisons when monitoring compliance and stewardship outcomes resulting from oil and gas activities, shared the OGC.The OGC says they are committed to full participation in the ALP and supports Liaison involvement in the monitoring of oil and gas activities. Permit holders should be aware Liaisons might attend inspections, emergency response plan exercises, audits and environmental monitoring activities with OGC staff.The following First Nations currently participate in the ALP: Blueberry River First Nations Prophet River First Nation Saulteay First Nations Fort Nelson First Nation Carrier Sekani First Nations Doig River First Nation Haisla Nation Lake Babine Nation Nisga’a Lisims GovernmentThe ALP was initiated by the OGC and Doig River First Nation in 2014, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) now leads the ALP and OGC staff to provide operational coordination functions. VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) has provided an update on recent activities and the status of the Aboriginal Liaison Program (ALP).The ALP is a partnership between Indigenous communities in northern B.C., the OGC, and other provincial natural resource agencies.According to the OGC, the partnering First Nation communities hire one of their local members as a monitor, to observe and report to their communities about resource development activities on their traditional territories.
REVELSTOKE, B.C. – A Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, is effective immediately by Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country applying to all the forecast regions in western Canada.For a map of the regions involved, click here.According to the warning, there will be a significant warming forecast to hit BC and Alberta this week. With the temperature rise will increase the likelihood of avalanches throughout the mountains. As well as the warm weather and BC’s spring break, it is expected more people will be heading into the mountains. “This is the first big warming to hit our snowpack, which is still fairly complex and winter-like,” explains Senior Avalanche Forecaster Grant Helgeson. “Any time the snowpack is hit with a big change, it tends to de-stabilize. The temperatures are forecast to increase substantially this week, with no nighttime cooling. This will weaken the snowpack on all aspects, increasing the possibility of large natural avalanches as well making it easier for the weight of a person to trigger deeper weak layers.”Avalanche Canada, Parks Canada and Kananaskis Country warns all backcountry users, including those going outside ski area boundaries, to keep careful track of their regional avalanche forecasts at www.avalanche.ca.Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe and shovel—and the knowledge to use it. Ensure your party re-groups well away from avalanche slopes, including overhead hazard such as cornices says the warning.Those heading to the mountains to snowshoe or explore the front country should also be aware that many popular summer trails are exposed to avalanche terrain. Plan ahead and research your route to make sure you are avoiding these areas.
San Francisco: To facilitate an even darker theme for the app, micro-blogging site Twitter has added two new modes — “Lights Out” and “Automatic Dark” — to its already existing dark mode option, making it available to iOS users first. “It was dark. You asked for darker! Check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today,” Twitter tweeted on Thursday. Using a pure black colour palette, the “Lights Out” mode is designed to turn off the pixels on screen to further reduce the light emitted through the app interface. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Twitter says that the mode can potentially help with saving, Fortune reported. With the “Automatic Dark” mode, the micro-blogging site would let users choose to have their devices automatically switch from light to dark modes according to their timezones. “You can set things up so that your phone recognises what time it is and makes the transition for you without you even having to think about it,” the report added. Both the new modes have been made available for iOS users, however it remains unclear by when would the feature reach Android users.
Bamako – The signing on Thursday of bilateral cooperation agreements heralds a new era in relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and Mali, said Head of State of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.In a statement broadcast by Moroccan television channel Al Oula, Keita considered that the strengthening of ties between the two countries “is consistent with history, geography, and anthropology, noting that His Majesty the King is right to confirm the African identity of the kingdom.”Morocco and Mali are about to herald “a new happy beginning, with cooperation taking place in a climate of trust and brotherhood, he added. King Mohammed VI and the Malian President chaired on Thursday the signing ceremony of seventeen bilateral cooperation, mainly in the fields of investment protection, livestock, industry, trade promotion, health, mining, oil and gas, finance, telecommunications, and vocational training.
Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler throws a baseball. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsIn 2006, Dillon Dingler was playing 7U travel baseball with his local Little League team in northeast Ohio. That same year, then-junior pitcher and current volunteer coach Dan DeLucia, the only three-time captain in the history of the Ohio State baseball program, was beginning his first year as captain. After being named captain for the 2019 season, the now-Ohio State sophomore catcher Dingler is on track to become the second player to accomplish the feat of being named captain three times. His fearless performance as a freshman made him a captain, junior right fielder and fellow captain Dominic Canzone said. “Just the fact that he can go out as a freshman and produce the way he did and be vocal like the way he did,” Canzone said. “He wasn’t scared of the moment at all.” Dingler posted a .244 batting average in 53 games a season ago. Adding 31 runs scored and 17 RBIs, Dingler was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team at the end of the season. In 29 of his 44 starts in 2018, Dingler had to start in center field, an unnatural position for him. This selflessness is a quality that did not go unnoticed, DeLucia said. “You have to make sacrifices and do things for other guys, and that’s why he is a captain as a sophomore,” DeLucia said. “He is a guy that is willing to do other things others aren’t necessarily willing to do for his team.” Although they play different positions and are separated by over a decade, Dingler and DeLucia are not so different. “I see a lot of similarities [between us]. He comes to the park every day just wanting to get better,” DeLucia said. “He’s the type of guy other guys want to be around.”Head coach Greg Beals emphasized Dingler’s natural ability to earn respect from his teammates. During the first day of conditioning last season Beals noticed how the team was breathing heavily from their drills. He noted, however, that Dingler was “walking back with a bowed-up chest.” “Just his presence is so strong, and it’s easy to be drawn to it,” Beals said. “He has developed leadership from his example and how he goes about his work more than anything.” This leadership, Dingler said, was developed under his head coach Bill Gamble at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. “He kind of had me step into that role, too,” Dingler said. “As I was getting older, he told me to lead by example and be more vocal as well.” For an Ohio State team that will be leaning on a young pitching staff, leadership behind the plate is invaluable. The position of catcher is one of the most important positions in the sport, DeLucia said. However, Dingler, who played in the opening game for the Buckeyes against Seton Hall, has since been sidelined with a fractured hamate bone. Beals said his timetable to return is uncertain. DeLucia noted that Dingler always provides a good example for the other players, attacking every play with a steady mindset. “Some of the greatest baseball players ever have just that even-keel mindset and mannerisms, and that’s what he brings every day,” DeLucia said. Dingler enjoys watching catchers in the MLB in order to gather information, admiring how smooth and diligent the big-leaguers are. Yadier Molina, catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, is a player he especially admires. “I like watching what he does behind the plate and how he helps his team,” Dingler said. But before he tries to realize his dream of playing professionally, Dingler is living out his dream of putting on the scarlet and gray. “Just knowing that I had always wanted to come here and had always been a huge Ohio State fan and actually getting the opportunity to represent Ohio State and being able to put on the jersey was a tremendous honor,” Dingler said.
Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has suggested that Paul Pogba’s World Cup triumph could be affecting his attitude at Manchester United.Pogba, 26, played a pivotal role in Les Bleus World Cup glory emerging as one of the tournament’s finest players.However, since returning to Old Trafford his performances have somewhat dwindled yet again.“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner,” he explained on Sky Sports’ The Debate.“He has come back and has proven that he is that guy.“But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League, he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”