FMC RoRo Carriers to Jointly Negotiate for Tug Services

first_imgzoom Roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels deployed in services covered by a cooperative working agreement between four major car carriers will be allowed to jointly negotiate for the procurement of tug services at all US ports, starting from January 23, 2017.Parties to the agreement include Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) from Norway, Eukor Car Carriers (Eukor) and Hyundai Glovis (Glovis) from South Korea and American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) from the USA.On January 19, 2017, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted to allow the amendment to the existing agreement to come into force.“The parties to the WWL/EUKOR/ARC/Glovis Cooperative Working Agreement sought very limited new authority in terms of joint procurement,” Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, said.“Careful analysis of what was proposed yielded no concerns about potential anticompetitive behavior or adverse consequences to ports, or the American shipper. Ultimately, this amendment should increase efficiencies, benefitting our nation’s port gateways,” Cordero added.last_img read more

Family of man shot on Saskatchewan farm calls for out of province

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe family of Colten Boushie, a man fatally shot on a Saskatchewan farm in August is collecting names for a petition demanding an out-of-province lead investigator and a Crown prosecutor on the case.Jade Tootoosis, who was a cousin of Boushie, says the family is making the request because of how they feel they’ve been treated in the case as well as allegations that evidence has been mishandled.The lawyer representing Boushie’s family said last week that the SUV the 22-year-old was riding in when he was shot was outside in a towing company parking lot a month after the killing. He said it was then moved to a salvage yard.Chris Murphy said police told him a blood-spatter analysis hadn’t been done, and he says any evidence collected now could be tainted.The farm owner, 54-year-old Gerald Stanley, has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge and is free on bail.Tootoosis says the family feels a lead RCMP investigator and a prosecutor from outside the province would be less biased.“Saskatchewan just seems to be a very well-connected province, especially with it being so farmer-based,” said Tootoosis, who lives in Edmonton.“We feel that somebody from outside of the province would provide a more accountable process.”The petition is addressed to Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gordon Wyant and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson. It says the ministry and the RCMP have lost the trust of those who have signed the document, and that a comprehensive investigation and a rigorous prosecution are the only way to restore confidence.The RCMP did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on the petition. Saskatchewan’s justice ministry did not immediately offer any comment.Boushie’s cousin, Eric Meechance, who was one of the others in the car, has said they were heading home to the Red Pheasant First Nation on Aug. 9 after an afternoon of swimming when they got a flat tire and sought help.According to information RCMP used to obtain a search warrant of the farm, Gerald Stanley’s son, Sheldon, called police to report that five people drove onto his parent’s farmyard and were trying to steal vehicles.The information says Boushie was shot in the head with a handgun.The case has stirred racial tensions in the province. Some comments on social media sites have been anti-First Nation, while others have supported vigilante justice against the suspect.Tootoosis said family members began collecting names on printed copies of the petition on October 21 in North Battleford, Regina, Saskatoon and Edmonton. Other volunteers have helped in other cities, and she said the Assembly of First Nations helped set up an online version on Change.org last week.On Thursday, the AFN tweeted a link to the petition and asked people to support it.Tootoosis said the names will be gathered on Monday, which would have been Boushie’s 23rd birthday.“Given the fact that the investigation is already proceeding, we would like to submit it (the petition) as soon as possible,” Tootoosis said.last_img read more

An AIs Novella Passes First Round of Japanese Literary Contest

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Writers aren’t out of a job just yet.But the time may come soon since an AI recently impressed judges of a Japanese literary prize.The novella, The Day a Computer Writes a Novel, was co-written and edited by a team of humans. The story itself follows a computer program as it recognizes its talent for writing and leaves behind its preprogrammed duties.Related: How One Man Used Artificial Intelligence to Generate Genuine Sales LeadsInitially, the book was included in the group of 11 AI-authored submissions allowed to enter the contest for the Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award, according to Smithsonianmag.com. Though the submission didn’t make it past round two out of four, the judges were still fairly impressed with the novella.“I was surprised at the work because it was a well-structured novel,” Satoshi Hase, a writer and judge, said at a press conference, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports. “But there are still some problems [to overcome] to win the prize, such as character descriptions.”There’s clearly some room to grow for “aspiring” AI novelists, especially since the program that wrote The Day a Computer Writes a Novel wasn’t exactly independent. In fact, the novel was first written by humans before they entered it into the program for the AI to analyze and create its own version of the story.Just last week, Microsoft’s AI Tay took to Twitter to learn how to interact. That experiment ended in disaster after a day when trolls taught the program to be racist and sexist.Related: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Artificial IntelligenceSo maybe author and social-media marketer aren’t future careers for artificial intelligence programs. Still, the machines are definitely coming for our jobs. Businesses are already laying the groundwork for bots to take over deliveries and the hotel concierge desk.Is your job next? Maybe, but futurist Ray Kurzweil isn’t worried. Leave the anxiety to Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates, who all have voiced misgivings over AI, especially in the military.Luckily, it appears we’ve got some time until AI programs develop a mind of their own — if ever. March 29, 2016last_img read more