Take a look at the video above for an overview of the main moments that marked 2018 at the Panama Canal.The waterway closed fiscal year 2018 with a record, welcoming 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), the highest annual cargo tonnage in its 104-year history.In between, Panama Canal welcomed massive new vessels and strengthened its international maritime service with the increase of Neopanamax reservations.“We will continue to bring value to the maritime industry by ensuring that the Panama Canal remains a reliable, efficient and valuable route for our customers. We welcome 2019 with new and exciting challenges, reinforcing our commitment to offer a world-class service,” the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said.
Jaipur: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Monday. He was declared elected unopposed as the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations for the bypoll ended at 3 pm. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated Singh on his election to the Upper House of Parliament. “Congratulate former PM Dr #ManmohanSingh ji on being elected unopposed as a member of #RajyaSabha from #Rajasthan. Dr Singh’s election is a matter of pride for the entire state. His vast knowledge and rich experience would benefit the people of Rajasthan a lot,” he tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Returning Officer and Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur made the announcement. The government’s chief whip, Mahesh Joshi, received the election certificate on behalf of Singh. The former PM was nominated by the Congress while the BJP did not field any candidate for the bypoll, necessitated due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini. The former PM had filed the nomination papers on August 13. Singh was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from Assam for almost three decades. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He was a Rajya Sabha member for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2019 and the country’s prime minister for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2014. His tenure in the Rajya Sabha ended on June 14 this year and he could not be renominated as the Congress party did not have the strength to send him to the Upper House from Assam again and there was no other vacancy left. Rajasthan has 10 Rajya Sabha seats. Remaining nine seats of Rajya Sabha from the state are with the BJP. read more
VANCOUVER – It seems Canada and Russia have a prehistoric connection of the “beautiful” but “cockroachy” kind involving a 53-million-year-old insect fossil called a scorpionfly.Paleoentomologist Bruce Archibald of Simon Fraser University and the Royal BC Museum said the discovery in British Columbia’s McAbee fossil beds is strikingly similar to fossils of the same age from Pacific-coastal Russia.A previous connection between the countries’ Pacific regions has been found in the same area near Cache Creek, B.C., through fossilized plants and animals.Archibald said his identification of the colourfully winged species of scorpionfly found at the protected heritage site is another example of Canada and Russia’s ancient geographical link, before the continents split apart.“They kind of look cockroachy, although I don’t want people to be disgusted. Today, they have one living relative in Chile, of this group that we discovered fossils of, in the southern beach forest called the Valdivian forest.”The Canadian species of scorpionfly is dubbed Eomerope eonearctica, and its Russian cousin is named Eomerope asiatica.The latter was identified in 1974 by a researcher who now works at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and is Archibald’s co-author on an article published online in The Canadian Entomologist.The article also features the discovery of another scorpionfly species found about two years ago by amateur Kathy Simpkins in a fossil she collected during an outing with a rock and fossil club near Princeton, B.C. It’s been coined Eomerope simpkinsae.The scorpionfly Archibald identified was from a collection at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. He said it tells a story of how a group of insects travelled to different parts of the world through shifting continents and the rise and fall of sea level.“I recognized off the bat that this was something special and something different,” he said.“In the Russian one the wings were almost all clear and in ours the wings are sort of tinted, with a little bit of colour on them. Aside from that you can’t really tell them apart and that’s pretty interesting.”He said the similarities feed into the big picture of the migration of animals and plants across what is now the Bering Strait.“In paleoentomology, we use insects almost like a detective uses fingerprints to put together a much bigger story of how life has changed and how the earth has changed.”Scientists believe the northern continents were connected millions of years ago but moved over time through plate tectonics.“At that time you could walk from Vladivostok, in Russia, to Vancouver, and you could walk from Vancouver right onto Greenland and then over into Europe all the way without getting your feet wet. And it was mild climate so there were forests right up the Arctic Ocean,” Archibald said.He said his work is part of a “golden age of discovery” in B.C., where fossilized insects are almost an unknown resource.“Fossil sites in the continental United States and in Europe and a lot of places have been explored for a long time, 100 years or so. But we in British Columbia remained relatively remote until quite recently,” he said of a time before much of the province was connected through highways in the 1950s.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. read more
November 12, 2018 Disabled Veterans are eligible for Property Tax Break Posted: November 12, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) In an effort to provide affordable housing for disabled veterans, they can now receive a break on their property taxes.Limited to eligible rated 100% disabled as result of a service-connected disability, or who are compensated at 100% due to unemployment. Unmarried surviving spouse of the veteran may also qualify.To file click here or call 619-531-5773. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter read more