MetLife invests in IEP

first_imgUK: MetLife Inc, a US-based provider of insurance and pensions products, announced on April 4 that it had acquired a minority stake in Agility Trains West Ltd for an undisclosed sum. This consortium was formed by Hitachi Rail Europe and John Laing Investments to supply and maintain a fleet of 369 electric and bi-mode vehicles for inter-city services on the Great Western Main Line between London, Bristol and south Wales.Under a contract estimated to be worth £2⋅4bn, Agility Trains West will be delivering Phase 1 of the UK government’s privately-financed £4⋅5bn InterCity Express Programme, involving the supply of 200 km/h trainsets manufactured by Hitachi as well as new maintenance facilities. The UK government will guarantee use of the new trainsets over a period of 27½ years, and MetLife says that equity investments of this kind provide investment opportunities matching the long-term liabilities that it underwrites through its insurance products.‘This investment in Agility Trains West reflects MetLife Private Capital Investors’ growing interest in expanding our global portfolio of direct investment in global infrastructure equity and private debt placements in well-structured, long-term infrastructure assets and projects’, said Scott Inglis, global head of MetLife Private Capital Investors. ‘Our involvement in the Intercity Express Programme in the UK demonstrates MetLife’s ability to partner with strategic and diverse sponsors and investors in competitive transportation and infrastructure sectors’.last_img read more


Barbados-UWI Vice Chancellor calls for racial equality

first_imgUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles, is calling for greater economic equality in the island, particularly the continued marginality of the nation’s black population.“The Barbados society in its current structure is not sustainable,” noted the famed historian during his lecture on 1816 slavery rebellion by Barbados’ national hero, General Bussa. Beckles argued that the economic and social structure of Barbados still retains the plantation dynamics of white supremacy and black marginality. Sir Beckles has dedicated himself to this cause“There is, in Barbados, a division of labor which says thatthe black community will occupy and control the politics and the white elite will control the economy,” said Beckles. “All of us as citizens of Barbados have to examine this model and transform it. It can only be done if the economic democracy movement is revitalized and insisted upon because, in my judgment, the young people of this island deserve a more democratic society.”He assumed the office of Vice Chancellor of UWI on May 1, 2015. Beckles, who also served as chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission, also argued that reparatory justice is essential for redressing the historic equality.Earlier this year, he spoke at Oxford University in England about Britain’s debt to the Caribbean and reparations that should be made. He presented a 10-point plan to deal wit the issue. During his speech, he argued that “It is a renewed call for development co-operation between Britain and the Caribbean. It’s about Britain making a long-overdue contribution to the economic development of the Caribbean.” During Oxford’s 2014/15 year, Beckles was a part of the launch of their racial awareness and equality campaign. This came at time when the students of Oxford were campaigning for a more diverse student body and staff, on both administrative and academic levels.last_img read more


Cancer patients in Uganda to wait two years before receiving treatment

first_imgA breakdown on an old Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machine last month will see about 2,000 cancer patients in need of therapy treatment in Uganda wait for about two years to receive relief from their unbearable pain.The breakdown has caused national and international public outcry and has attracted widespread condemnation of government with some sections of the public criticising the government for failing to prioritise cancer treatment in the country following a Shs1.4 trillion supplementary budget passed by Parliament last week without funds dedicated to the deadly disease.“From the 2014/15 budget, government gave UCI about Shs8 billion, Shs17 billion this financial year and in the financial year 2016/2017, government is going to give the cancer institute about Sh41b,” the Health Minister Dr Elioda Tumwesigye defended the government during a press conference on Sunday.He added that the government has already placed an order to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to replace the old Cobalt 60 machine installed 21 years ago.“There are different types of radiotherapy machines and what we have is an older model and there is another machine we are buying and I think a receipt has been provided to you. We will be bringing a Cobalt 60 Machine,” the minister said without being specific on the date.He said the machine has been offering free treatment to many foreigners running away from high treatment cost in their countries.However, Dr Tumwesigye said the new machine has been delayed by construction of a bunker to house it since the old bunker was found to have safety problems.Terming the bunker construction process as complex, Dr Jackson Orem, the director of the UCI, said it has taken about two years to have the designs of the bunker approved by IAEA since it uses nuclear and atomic technology.He said the process of constructing a bunker will last about one year or more depending on the speed of the contractor and availability of funds. It will then be followed by the process of manufacturing and shipping of the machine.“We have gotten the design of the bunker and we are now left with the company to have work done. We have three reputable international companies which are being evaluated and if all goes as planned the groundbreaking ceremony should take place in the first week of May,” said Dr Orem.A receipt document seen by Uganda’s leading newspaper The Monitor, circulated by UCI on social media indicates that government paid 325, 297Euros ( Shs1.2 billion) to IAEA offices based in Vienna, Austria on May 22, 2013.“This amount represents a voluntary contribution from the government of Uganda, through Mulago Hospital Complex for the purchase of the Cobalt 60 Telepherapy machine under the IAEA Cooperation project UGA/6/015,” indicated the receipt in part.last_img read more


DARPA Grant to Enable Researchers to Investigate if Organisms Sense their Surroundings Using RF Waves

first_imgResearchers at the University of California San Diego are set to investigate the biological mystery that states organisms use radio frequencies to sense their surroundings. While humans have used RF technology to communicate for over 100 years, no living organism has ever been observed using RF to communicate without technology. But recently there have been clues that this may in fact occur.Researchers in Europe were able to demonstrate that biological cells produce radio frequency in the GHz range, which is what a radio or a cellphone works at. These discoveries were made in cells that are cultured in petri dishes, and so the big question that the RadioBio program wants to assess and that will try to answer through this grant is: Are such frequencies biologically relevant? Can they be measured from organisms?The RadioBio program aims to establish whether functional signaling via electromagnetic waves between biological cells exists and, if it does, to determine what mechanisms are involved and what information is being transferred. The program seeks to determine the validity of electromagnetic biosignaling claims and, where evidence exists, understand how the structure and function of these natural “antennas” are capable of generating and receiving information in a noisy, cluttered electromagnetic environment.UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography marine biologist Dimitri Deheyn, the project’s lead investigator, has been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Team​ ​scientists​ ​include​ ​Scripps​ ​researcher​ ​Adrianus​ ​Kalmijn,​ ​UC​ ​San​ ​Diego electrical​ ​engineering​ ​Professor​ ​Daniel​ ​Sievenpiper,​ ​and​ ​professors​ ​Jeffrey​ ​Rinehart​,​ ​an expert​ ​in​ ​nano-​ ​and molecular​ ​magnetism,​ ​and​ ​synthetic​ ​biologist​​ ​Neal​ ​Devaraj,​ ​both​ ​from​ ​the ​Department of Chemistry​ ​and Biochemistry​ within UC San Diego’s Division of Physical Sciences. DARPA funds projects that are high risk, but have high potential. The risk is that no one has ever observed RF activity from a living animal and the concept might prove unobservable. But if Deheyn and his collaborators can detect biologically active RF, the rewards for biology would be huge. If this is true, in the future, it could be possible for humans to build a cell phone antenna using just molecular units or a soft, biological material such as tissue.It’s a difficult problem from both modeling and measurement perspectives, but the biggest challenge will be determining if the electromagnetic effects that the researchers find are purposeful, as opposed to just a side effect of something else. But, if they find that animals, cells, or even smaller structures within cells can interact through electromagnetic waves, that would open up a whole new field of research. This project is the first step to open the door towards a very new field. It would be a scientific first if they can find situations where the radio frequencies alter behavior of some organisms, or if they can measure RF from them.There are a number of unexplained “cold cases” in biology where organisms show behaviors, morphological changes or co-ordinations of cellular features that seem inexplicable if one considers only using known forms of communication – sight, sound, touch, smell, and ultimately electrical transduction. For example, squids are able to change the texture of their skin to match their environment and thus camouflage their body. But squids are still able to do this even if they have been blinded. So how do they do this? If they’re not using sight, how do they sense the 3-D shape of their surroundings?Members of Deheyn’s lab studying bioluminescence in brittle stars have similarly discovered that a brittle star’s photocytes (the cells that make them produce light) have cilia – hair-like structures all along their cell membrane. Cilia are good for helping a cell to swim and for helping a cell to react to the dynamism of the surrounding environment. It doesn’t make sense for a cell that is embedded in deep tissue to be ciliated but the photocytes in the brittle star have cilia. Why?Deheyn thinks it’s possible that microtubules – molecular units that control cilia to make them extend, shrink, or bend – form an electromagnetic dipole that is emitting or receiving electromagnetic signals. Essentially, the cells inside brittle stars might be covered in tiny radio antennae. Investigating this idea will be one of several experiments Deheyn and his collaborators will undertake under the umbrella of the DARPA RadioBio Program. They will test organisms into electromagnetically isolated facilities and measure whether they can detect biological RF emissions, and expose them to RF to see if it affects their behavior.For example, they will be working on exposing brittle stars to electromagnetic fields to see if they can trigger light from those cells just by exposing them to a range of electromagnetic fields. This would demonstrate that these cells can actually respond to the signal and would be the first evidence that these signals could be biologically relevant, if they respond to a specific frequency.The experiments will take place in the Electro-Magnetic Research Facility at Scripps, which was developed by co-principal investigator Kalmijn in 1990, with funds from the Keck Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. The facility operates like an underground aquarium in which the electromagnetic field can be precisely controlled. Some measurements will also be done in the laboratory of Sievenpiper, where electromagnetically isolated chambers are used to investigate cell phone antenna technology.The research spans a wide range of topics, and this project takes in yet another new and interesting direction. This is an exciting project because it’s a chance to tackle a very hard problem that could have profound implications for understanding of the interaction between organisms and electromagnetic waves. It’s particularly interesting because it lies at the intersection of two very different fields – biology and electromagnetics – which is where many of new discoveries are often found. If the experiments discover positive results, they will not only uncover and unveil a new mode of communication among organisms, but could also open up new avenues for innovation in RF technology.Organisms might be able to sense RF using biological material, using molecular units, whereas right now human beings can only capture, sense, or record electromagnetic frequencies using these cell phone antennae. This would be an incredible step towards applications that can’t be even foreseen right now because this would be so new, and so disruptive in terms of the possibilities that are present.last_img read more


Boeing 727 ini Berubah Jadi Penginapan Mewah di Tepi Pantai

first_imgPenginapan mewah ini memiliki dua kamar tidur dan bertengger di tepi hutan hujan yang langsung menghadap ke pantai dan lautan lepas sebagai pemandangannya. Sebelum menjadi penginapan mewah, pesawat ini diangkut sepotong demi sepotong dari bandara San Jose ke tempat peristirahatan dengan ketinggian 50 kaki dari permukaan air laut tersebut.Tak hanya dua kamar, penginapan ini juga dilengkapi dengan dapur, televisi layar datar, ruang makan dan teras yang langsung menghadap ke laut. Untuk melengkapi suasana alamnya, perabotan yang digunakan berbahan kayu jati ditambah dengan ukiran tangan dan dikirim melintasi samudera Pasifik dari Indonesia.Selain di Kosta Rika, penginapan dengan menggunakan pesawat terbang bekas juga dibuat oleh seorang pengusaha asal Irlandia, David McGowan. Bangkai pesawat Boeing 767 bekas maskapai Rusia Transaero dijadikan glamours camping atau vila olehnya. Biaya sebesar 16 ribu Poundsterling atau Rp270 juta ini dihabiskan McGowan untuk membeli pesawat bekas tersebut.Pesawat bekas tersebut dibawa hampir nyaris utuh hanya bagian sayap yang terpotong dengan menggunakan kapal tongkang melalui jalur laut. Pesawat Boeing 767 kemudian dibagi menjadi tujuh kamar dengan ukuruan perkamarnya 10 meter persegi dan satu kamar lainnya berukuran 11 meter persegi, resosrt ini diberi nama Quirky Glamping.Ada satu lagi penginapan dengan menggunakan pesawat bekas dan berada di Swedia. Di negara ini, Anda akan menemukan Jumbo Hostel yang dibangun dari pesawat bekas dan terletak di Arlanda Airport dekat Stockholm di Swedia.Di landasan pacu yang tidak terpakai, Anda akan menemukan pesawat Boeing 747-200 yang menjadi Jumbo hostel. Dari terminal utama, jumbo hostel bisa ditempuh selama 15 menit dengan berjalan kaki atau lima menit saat menggunakan shuttle bus. Diketahui, interior Jumbo Hostel ini didirikan tahun 2008.Baca juga: Wow! Bekas Menara ATC ini Disulap Jadi PenthouseLayaknya sebuah hotel pada umumnya, pesawat ini juga menyediakan beberapa kamar model dormitory berisi tempat tidur twin dan double. Ada pula kamar mandi yang dapat digunakan bergantian oleh para tamu. Terdapat pula ruangan VIP di bagian kokpit pesawat yang menghadap langsung ke bandar udara.Ketika masuk ke dalam pesawat ini, Anda benar-benar tak akan melihat lagi interior pesawat terbang. Hal ini dikarenakan seluruh isi pesawat mulai dari tempat duduk dan lemari-lemari penyimpanan telah dilepas dan diganti dengan kamar yang dilengkapi televisi layar datar, di mana para tamu dapat melihat waktu keberangkatan setiap pesawat, di bandar udara tersebut.Tamu di Jumbo Hostel sendiri merupakan tamu-tamu transit yang menunggu kedatangan pesawat berikutnya ataupun penumpang yang mengalami delay. Sehingga bisa dikatakan Jumbo Hostel menjadi fasilitas bandara paling praktis dibanding hotel bintang lima yang lebih jauh jaraknya dari bandara.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBoeing 727 Lakukan Penerbangan Terakhir di Iran17/01/2019In “Featured”Seniman Hollywood Sulap Kereta Kuno Jadi Restoran Mewah29/06/2018In “Darat”Nabung Bertahun-tahun, Pria Ini Sulap Boeing 727 Jadi ‘Tesla’ Mewah Seharga Rp3,2 Miliar16/05/2020In “Darat” Boeing 727 pada masanya tergolong pesawat komersial jarak sedang yang laris di pasaran, namun kini pesawat triple engine yang diluncurkan perdana tahun 1963 ini sudah jarang terlihat digunakan untuk angkut penumpang, hanya ada beberapa maskapai yang menggunakan Boeing 727 sebagai angkutan kargo. Namun bergeser ke kawasan Amerika Latin, tepatnya di Kosta Rika ada sosok Boeing 727 keluaran tahun 1965 yang disulap menjadi penginapan mewah.Baca juga: Pensiun dari Kedinasan, Helikoper Ini Berubah Fungsi Jadi Cottage MewahKabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari inhabitat.com, penginapan mewah yang menggunakan pesawat ini teletak di tepian Taman Nasional Manuel Antonio, Costa Verde Resort. Merujuk ke silsilahnya, pesawat Boeing 727 ini dulunya sebelum menjadi sebuah penginapan mewah pernah mengangkut pemain Globetrotters dan dipakai oleh maskapai South Africa Air serta Avianca Airlines.last_img read more


Portmore look to regain top spot – RSPL battle for top six intensifies

first_imgThe Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will continue this afternoon with five matches as the battle for a place in the top six and the fight against relegation intensifies. At the top of the table, defending champions Portmore United are in with an excellent chance of regaining the lead if only for 24 hours as they play away to Humble Lion, while leaders Cavalier do not play until tomorrow. Portmore United will have to improve on their last two performances, both of which ended in draws, if they are to create any real distance between themselves and Cavalier. Humble Lion, for their part, while not appearing to be in threat of relegation, must still be harbouring hopes of a top-six position, and a win at home would aid their chances. Preseason relegation favourites Dunbeholden have battled themselves out of the cellar but are only a point above it. A win against visitors Tivoli Gardens would improve their chances of making survival a reality. Dunbeholden have long expressed confidence of survival, with manager Paul Christie saying weeks ago that the Montego United game would be their most difficult of the round. Tivoli Gardens also have a lot on the line as their top-six position is hanging by a thread. A loss today and a draw or a win for Arnett Gardens could see them slipping out. What is going for Tivoli Gardens, at this point, is the form of their goal scorers. Colorado Murray, with his recent hat-trick, has moved to the top of the goal-scoring chart, and Andre Moulton is providing good support, with Junior McGregor and the veteran Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson capable of popping with a goal or two. At Frome, relegation battlers Reno will host top-six contenders Arnett Gardens. A loss for the home team would see them cemented in the relegation zone, while a win for Arnett Gardens could propel them back into the top six. Harbour View, like Dunbeholden, are still in danger and they will be looking to make the most of their home advantage when they host the dangerous Waterhouse. Waterhouse, for their part, are looking to turn their fortunes around. They were unable to find the back of the net in their last two games, which ended in draws. Another toothless performance could signify a loss, which they can ill afford at this time. Key player Tramaine Stewart is one for big occasions, and with this considered one such, he should figure prominently. Today’s games – 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Tivoli Gardens – Royal Lakes – 3 p.m.: Reno vs Arnett Gardens – Frome Complex – 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Waterhouse – Harbour View Stadium – 3 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Montego Bay United – Drax Hall Sports Complex Tomorrow’s game – 8:35 p.m.: Cavalier vs UWI FC – Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more


Bristol Bears ‘A’ to host Oxford University in friendly clash

first_imgEntry is free for season card holders and £5 for non season card holders. Bar and refreshments available.If you plan on travelling by car, parking onsite costs £10. Please use Sat Nav: BS10 7TB.Clifton RFC are located one mile off junction 17 of the M5 (close to Cribbs Causeway’s The Mall).last_img


Top six set for Digicel Cup finals series

first_imgRugby League BY FRANKIY KAPIN It Is now down to the top six for the final series of the 2019 Digicel Cup competition and the competition board is yet to decide and announce this season’s grand prize including the amount. Digicel Cup competition manager Stanley Hondina told the Post-Courier yesterday that the top six for season 2019 heads into the finals series in two weeks. Hondina said the top six after the round 18, the last round last weekend has Lae Snax Tigers as the minor premiers on 29 ahead of Waghi Tumbe 28, Rabaul Agmark Gurias 26, Goroka Bintangor Lahanis 24, Mt Hagen Eagles 18 and Kroton Hela Wigmen 17. Snax Tigers have a washout match against Kimbe Cutter this Sunday but will not impact their current standings as the Cutters are poised to settle as wooden spooners in their inaugural season. Hondina said season 2019 was great and had some good games displayed as far as achieving the positive results is concerned. “Investment in terms of game software and referees unit had paid dividends in the way the game was played,” Hondina said. He said Mt Hagen Eagles are new to the finals frontier while the others have been there before. Hondina also said that bigger plans for Digicel Cup next season is yet to be decided by the competition board, including increasing franchise clubs from the current 12 teams. He added that the finals format will stick to the formal season draw supplied at the start of the season which will see the top six begin with the elimination final next week into the next four weekends, including the grand final with all matches expected in Port Moresby. The finals series begins with the two do or die eliminations finals scheduled for August 18 as Gurias meet Wigmen (Game 1) followed by the second elimination between Lahanis and Eagles (Game 2). Tigers and Tumbes will be on bye. The following weekend on August 25 will be the major semi finals (Game 3) between Tigers and the Tumbes and the other match between the two winners from the elimination finals to face off (Game 4). The winner of Tigers vs Tumbes advances to stand by for the grand final. The preliminary final (Game 5) is scheduled for September 1 which will see the loser of Tigers vs Tumbes (Game 3) from the previous weekend taking on the winner of Game 4 from the previous weekend. And the winner of Game 5 preliminary final gets the nod to face the Game 3 winner (either Tigers or Tumbes) in the grand final set for September 8.last_img read more


Ryan Anderson warns Trey DePreist about spiders

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-17:a703c3c42c5ab9a9e26c4e46 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-503660-3964777122001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Alabama defenders Ryan Anderson and Trey DePriest have an entertaining conversation about spiders during practice Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.last_img read more


From Denmark: Mourinho’s Tottenham appointment ‘terrible’ for Christian Eriksen

first_imgSacking Mauricio Pochettino was a big enough story to catch widespread attention, but then replacing him with the former Manchester United manager has pushed things up several levels.Inevitably, the Danish media are looking at what it means for Christian Eriksen.With a contract expiring in June an exit has been thought likely, especially given the footballer talked about a move in the summer.Ekstra Bladet get straight to the point and say Mourinho going to Tottenham is ‘terrible’ for Eriksen, and they’ve done some research to explain why.On multiple occasions, the manager has made it clear he doesn’t like to rely on players who want to leave a club.In Denmark it’s been felt that Eriksen’s refusal to sign a renewal is behind him being edged aside as a major player, and the whole thing has been presented as a reason for his relatively poor form.Now he could be in ‘even more disarray’.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoWork from Home | Search AdsOnline Jobs Might Pay More Than You ThinkWork from Home | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameThis Game lets You Build an Ancient Greek Empire. No InstallGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoManuka FeedFeeling Stressed Out? These 7 Amazing Herbs Will Get You Back on TrackManuka FeedUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題Undofunpagess.comTop 10 richest actresses in the worldfunpagess.comUndoHealthyFoodNetworkTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The WorldHealthyFoodNetworkUndo The world’s sport media is today full of Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham.last_img read more