Hurricane Irma Cancels Cruise Ship Sailings Closes Ports

first_imgzoom A number of cruise ship itineraries, as well as US ports, have been affected by Hurricane Irma, which is forecast to remain a powerful Category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days.Miami-based cruise line operator Royal Caribbean canceled the Cuba and Bahamas sailings on Empress of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas, which were scheduled for September 8 and 9.Additionally, the cruise line modified the sailings of Oasis, Harmony and Allure of the Seas, delaying the return of these ships until the storm passes.The company also modified the sailings of Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, scheduled for September 9 and 10.“Due to the unpredictability of the storm, we plan to keep all of our guests currently sailing on these ships safely out of harm’s way,” Royal Caribbean said, adding that they are “closely monitoring Hurricane Irma’s path and its potential impact to our current and upcoming sailings.”Local media informed that Carnival Cruise Line diverted its cruise ship Carnival Pride, which was scheduled to sail closer to the hurricane’s path, to Union Pier as part of its itinerary changes.As of the evening hours of September 5, Hurricane Irma is a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds around the center at 185 mph and was located about 210 miles east of Antigua. The storm continued its westerly track at 15 mph, and is likely that Irma will impact Florida at some point this weekend.Due to the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph from Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 24 hours in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, the United States Coast Guard set port condition ZULU for these ports effective 8 pm local time, September 5.While port condition ZULU is in place no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission. All vessel movements are prohibited at this time, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease until further notice, the Coast Guard informed.last_img read more

China trade climate on G7 agenda unclear if leaders will reach consensus

first_img“In support of the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor — two Canadians that are being held hostage by the Chinese right now,” he says.The prime minister is also expected to push gender equality issues and be a strong voice on the topic of climate change as the leaders address the Amazon wildfires.The European Union and Germany have already backed French President Emmanuel Macron’s call to put the Amazon fires on the agenda for the meeting in Biarritz.However, there may be no final declaration as leaders try to avoid a repeat of last year in Quebec, where President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the communiqué in a Twitter attack from Air Force One.“I think it would be a sad reflection if the leading democracies can’t reach consensus,” Robertson admits.The summit wraps up on Sunday.-With files from The Associated Press Security squeeze in French resort for G-7 leaders’ summit OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to France for this weekend’s G-7 summit with other world leaders.He will have a lot on his agenda but it’s not clear if the world leaders will come to any consensus at this gathering.China is not at the table for this meeting, but it will be the subject of conversation on several fronts, according to one expert.“The big issue is the China-U.S. ongoing trade dispute which is having collateral damage around the world,” Colin Robertson with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute explains. “Then there’s a whole series of other issues, including what’s going on in Hong Kong, and do the G-7 leaders take a stand?”Trudeau may even try to seek a united statement from Canada’s allies.Related articles: center_img Trump, G-7 leaders to open summit focused on world economylast_img read more

Forbes Plans to Launch Series of Community Apps

first_img Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, nor was a specific timeline for launching the apps, though Lewis D’Vorkin, chief product officer for Forbes, says they’re well into the development process already. He expects the company will have multiple new apps in the market by the end of this year. Specifically, Forbes will look to leverage the private sharing, notification and profile aspects of Camerama’s tech, as opposed to its photo capabilities. The company’s founder, Salah Akram Zalatimo, will also join Forbes as vice president of mobile products. D’Vorkin says it’s yet to be determined if the products will be free or paid, but monetization will stay close to the models Forbes uses already. While the publisher already has a handful of apps to its name—they range from standard magazine access points to more personalized utilities on topics like financial planning—they’re all essentially distribution mechanisms for Forbes editorial content. The new apps will have Forbes content on them, D’Vorkin says, but that won’t be the focus. “We’re moving forward on creating a series of apps that are much more about niche communities, very social network-esque, and aren’t just a distribution platform for [Forbes] content,” D’Vorkin says. “The bulk [of the content] will come from communities sharing, posting, working with each other within the app.”center_img “These apps will be about streams and streaming content, so our [native advertising platform] Brandvoice and our sponsorships will be the most suitable for this,” he says. “These apps are a wonderful way for us to appeal to smaller, niche audiences. It’s an area of the marketplace that advertisers want to reach. They want the right group of people in a very curated environment. So we’ll be able to accomplish two of our goals with our targeted apps and the scale of the website.” Forbes Media bought photo-sharing app, Camerama, Monday as part of a larger effort to establish several niche app environments for its community. App development is the latest tech venture Forbes has taken in recent years. The company has invested heavily in its own site and, notably, its contributor network CMS, Forbes Falcon, which was licensed to B2B publisher ALM in 2013.last_img read more

Iran fires missiles into Syria over parade attack

first_imgMap Syria. Photo: CollectedIran’s Revolutionary Guards said Monday they had launched a missile attack against a “terrorist” headquarters in Syria in retaliation for a September attack on the Iranian city of Ahvaz.“The headquarters of those responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz was attacked a few minutes ago east of the Euphrates by several ballistic missiles fired by the aerospace branch of the Guardians of the Revolution,” the Guards said on their official website.“Based on preliminary reports, many takfiri terrorists and the leaders responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz have been killed or wounded in this missile attack,” the Guards added.The term “takfiri”, derived from the Arabic word for anathema, is used by the Iranian authorities to refer to Sunni jihadists.The Guards did not say where the missiles were launched from.According to Iran’s Fars news agency, the Guards fired Zolfaghar and Qiam missiles, with a range of 750 kilometres and 800 kilometres (465 and 500 miles), respectively.On 22 September, 24 people were shot dead in an attack at a military parade in Ahvaz in southwest Iran. The Islamic State group, which Iran and its Damascus allies are fighting in Syria, has claimed responsibility for the attack.Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had vowed a “crushing” response in retaliation.last_img read more

Metro Tries Out New Safety Technology On The Light Rail Lines

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X – / 4Earlier this year, two people were hit and killed by trains just a few days apart. But the close calls are harder to measure. The transit agency has released several videos showing people walking or riding directly into the path of a train.To try to cut down on those incidents Metro is rolling out a new warning system, developed in conjunction with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. As for how it works, a bluetooth signal from the train sets off an audible warning at the rail stop. Metro CEO Tom Lambert says they’re trying it out at two locations, Main Street Square and Hermann Park.“We expect to learn more lessons from this as we look to apply it at additional locations along the corridor,” adds Lambert.And they may expand the technology in the future according to Metro board member Jim Robinson.“Are there applications of this that can be put on people’s cellphones?” asks Robinson. “If they had the application on the cellphone and they were a motorist it would warn them the train was nearby.”Along with the new warning system, Metro says it’s also working on possible design changes at the Hermann Park and Med Center rail stops. last_img read more