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CRPF jawan arrested for outraging the modesty of a woman at Goa beach

first_imgThe Calangute police in North coastal Goa on Tuesday arrested a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan, Rajvir Prabhudayal Singh, for outraging the modesty of a woman.Jivba Dalvi, Police Inspector-in-charge of Calangute police station, said that a complaint was received from a lady from Mumbai who was sea-bathing along with her husband and kids at Calangute beach on Tuesday at around 4 p.m. Mr. Singh, who was also sea-bathing nearby, approached the lady, allegedly touched her inappropriately and abused her with vulgar words, thereby outraging her modesty.Further, when the lady’s husband questioned the accused, Mr. Singh assaulted him with fist blows.The police registered an offence Under Section 354-A, 323 of the Indian Penal Code and during the investigation the accused was arrested.During the investigation, it was revealed that the accused, 43, from Dhimwali in Rajasthan, is posted as a Hawaldar in the CRPF and is currently deployed at Recruit Training Centre in Madhya Pradesh, police said.last_img read more

Farmers elated as rain lashes Odisha

first_imgWidespread rain lashed most parts of Odisha for the past 48 hours, creating a favourable condition for farming and bringing down temperature levels.The State, which recorded over 30% deficit rainfall in June, has started receiving good rainfall from July largely due to a well-marked low pressure area that lies over southeast Jharkhand and adjoining areas of Odisha and gangetic West Bengal.Under the influence of the atmospheric system, almost all parts of Odisha received rains. Highest precipitation was recorded at Chandbali where 122.3 mm rainfall was measured. Balangir, Phulbani, Bhubaneswar, Sonepur, Angul, Sambalpur and Cuttack received rainfall above 50 mm during 24 hours ending Tuesday morning.The rains brought cheer to farmers as they are getting ready for the Kharif season.Rainfall deficitAccording to the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, six districts — Balangir, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Kandhamal, Keonjhar and Sundargarh — had rainfall deficit ranging between 39% and 59%. As many as 18 out of 30 districts had recorded rainfall deficit between 19% and 39%. The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre had predicted rainfall in the interior areas, especially over central and western districts, over next 24 hours.“The rainfall is critical for furthering farm operations. It restored soil moisture up to some extent,” said Subhendu Rout, a farmer in Jagatsinghpur district.last_img read more

Bill for 10% quota to J&K economically weaker sections approved

first_imgThe Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to provide up to 10% reservation to Jammu and Kashmir’s economically weaker sections in jobs and educational institutions.The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, an official statement said.The approval “would pave the way of extending the benefit of reservation of up to 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in educational institutions and public employment alongside existing reservations”, it said.The Bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament soon as the proposed legislation could not be brought before the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly which has been dissolved. The State is under the President’s rule.The 10% quota Bill to economically weaker sections was introduced through the 103rd Constitution Amendment in January. This will be in addition to such reservation available in the Central government jobs, it said.last_img read more

We still have a majority with 165 legislators, says Sena leader Sanjay Raut

first_imgSenior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that November 23 was a “black Saturday” and maintained that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (the Sena, the Congress, the NCP) still had a majority with 165 legislators. Speaking to the media on Sunday morning, Mr. Raut said, “[NCP chief] Sharad Pawar is a national leader, if the BJP is trying to break his party, this will boomerang on the BJP. Even before the Assembly election, there was an attempt to break the NCP when the BJP poached people from the NCP. Poaching Ajit Pawar was their last move which has boomeranged. They were expecting around 25 MLAs to support Ajit Pawar. I hope the BJP has come out of that delusion now. Nearly all the NCP MLAs have returned, barely five MLAs may have stayed, and in return of five MLAs, the BJP has given Ajit Pawar Deputy CM position? They were supposed to be good at business but now are struggling,” said Mr. Raut. He went on to say that the three parties together still had the numbers. “All Congress-NCP, Sena MLAs are with their respective parties. We now have a majority of 165 MLAs, I had said 170 in the past but now five are missing, some of them will return too. They have been kept somewhere,” said Mr. Raut and added that 49 NCP MLAs were still with Mr. Sharad Pawar. He equate Saturday’s developments “to be worse than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency”. “This is low-level politics. The CM of Maharashtra was sworn in and Maharashtra did not know. This is a black day for the country. The BJP has done black-marketing of the Raj Bhavan. Indira Gandhi’s Emergency should not be called black day any more because this act is even worse. If you [BJP] had majority, why did you do swearing-in secretly? Also, if you [BJP] have majority, why wait till November 30? The Governor has used one rule for us and another for the BJP. Narendra Modi’s image has been shattered by his own party. Our MahaVikas Aghadhi will prove majority in Assembly. Even if we are invited by the Governor right now, we can prove majority,” said Mr. Raut. He also criticised Mr. Ajit Pawar saying, “It is not true that Sharad Pawar knew about this. Ajit Pawar took a fake document to the Governor which he accepted and gave him the oath. BJP thought Ajit Pawar will bring 40-50 MLAs, he betrayed his party and BJP betrayed him. This is the worst act of Ajit Pawar’s life by betraying Sharad Pawar.”last_img read more

Here’s your guide to buying the right kind of sports bra for all your fitness activities

first_imgIf your workout is the key to your happiness, here’s something that might double the emotion–a good sports bra–one that could be your best buddy when you’re nailing it at the gym or on the running track near you. Just like a friend–it would make you feel comfortable and give you unconditional support, throughout. So, choosing a sports bra should not be a random choice, because wearing a supportive sports bra is essential for every woman who is active and works out regularly.Also, working out in the wrong sports gear can cause discomfort & injuries. Thus, to get a clear picture, we got in touch with Shweta Mehta, Professional Fitness Trainer, Adidas, to understand the key details you must keep in mind while buying your sports bra. Here’s her take.Also read: Bra bulge: Easy exercise moves, so you can wear tank tops with confidence Fit matters: Make sure it is a snug fit, but not so snug that you cannot breathe!Cups: The cup’s fabric should be smooth. If you are spilling out of the top and from the sides of your bra, your cup size is too small. If the bra cup has wrinkling, your cup size is too large.Straps: It’s advisable to look for the right straps, you may need a sleek or thin strap if you are in to light activities like walking or yoga. You should look for medium size straps for more support which are good for activities like cycling, strength training and power yoga. If you are into running, Zumba, aerobics or mountain biking; wide straps are more appropriate for you in order to minimise the bounce.Racerback: It’s perfect for strength training–in this, the straps help the bra to stay closer and tight to the body. But if you are busty, you may not find yourself comfortable in racerbacks and therefore, you may opt for shoulder straps, which will be helpful in distributing the weight better than that in a racerback.Moisture control: A good sports bra can cut the movement in half and to keep the sweat away, one should look for sports bras that wick away sweat and help control moisture.Trial on ground: Test the bra’s support by jumping or running in place. You’ll be able to feel whether it’s sufficiently supportive or not. advertisementlast_img read more

Unforgettable experience: Sonakshi on meeting soldiers

first_imgMumbai, Oct 13 (IANS) Actress Sonakshi Sinha says certain experiences become a part of who you are and calls the time that she spent with soldiers in Bhuj an “unforgettable” one.”Volleying some with the soldiers. Thanks for this amazing opportunity. Sports girl for life, volleyball, Jai Jawaan, Bhuj, Punjab Regiment, Army camp,” Sonakshi, who was there to shoot for a news channel, tweeted on Saturday. “Certain experiences just become a part of who you are. Will never forget the time I spent with our amazing soldiers, tried some of the things they do, made them smile and left with an unforgettable experience,” she added.Sonakshi had featured in “Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty” that presented the story of Virat Bakshi (played by actor Akshay Kumar), Captain in D.I.A., a secret wing of Indian Army.Meanwhile, she will be seen in “Kalank”. Conceptualised by Karan Johar and his late father Yash Johar almost 15 years ago, “Kalank” is an epic drama set in the 1940s.–IANSnv/nn/vmlast_img read more

Throttle Jockey: Impulse Jackets

first_imgToday we debut our new column dedicated to all things motorcycle related. You’re welcome.The black leather jacket is an icon of motorcycling, and despite much more colorful and safety-conscious options available in textile jackets, black remains a primary color option both for motorcycle paint jobs and outerwear. As it should be.Problem is, once the sun goes down, all that black-on-black coolness makes you visually disappear out on the road, with only a lonely headlight and a tiny tail light to announce your presence to the multitudes of distracted car drivers out there. That’s not exactly the safest way to go, which is why I was thrilled to come across Impulse Jackets out of Florida.Impulse’s literally bright idea is to add high-output LEDs to a top-quality jacket in order to increase rider visibility. But these LEDs aren’t just there for show or for riders who’ve watched Tron a few too many times. Impulse has also created a wireless link from the motorcycle to the jacket that activates certain LEDs to indicate stopping and turning.I was lucky enough to zip into the Syed jacket (all black, thankfully) for an extended loan, and it fits great, looks great, and features thick leather with effective armor in all the right spots. Truly top quality kit. The LED indicators consist of LED strips wired to a battery and receiver in the jacket (a little bulge near the front-left pocket). The red/orange LED “stop light” strips are stitched onto the waist and neck area under horizontal leather panels, with clear plastic covers. The yellow “turn signals” are vertical strips at the back of each shoulder.When not activated or when your bike is shut off, the LED lights are off. When on, the turn-signal LEDs blink on cue. The added-on LED strips look like they were indeed “added on,” but in a very professional done-by-a-leather-shop way, not like something my fumble fingers would have cobbled together in my garage late at night after a bright idea and some bottled social lubricant.The wireless sender unit is on a tether connected to an LED tail light bulb, which replaces the stock unit on the rider’s bike. Two more wires can be spliced into turn signal wires to add that functionality, but simply plugging in the replacement brake bulb and finding a secure spot for the transmitter gets you the brake light function without any added complexity. The low-power transmitter runs off power flowing to the brake light, so no additional routing of power is required. The operational range between the bike and jacket seems to be over 20 feet at least.At present, the jackets don’t have a power switch. A battery mated to the receiver module gives at least several days worth of standby power to the jacket, or about eight hours of total operational time at a stretch,  you just need to add “charge up jacket” to your post-ride routine. A small AC adapter with charge indicator is included, and if you can charge a phone, you can juice the jacket.I initially hoped to hook the jacket up to my (black) Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird, but I discovered too late that it uses blade-style brake lights after Impulse sent me a module for use in the older push-and-turn brake lights (my bad, actually). Instead, I wired it into a friend’s (mostly black) Ducati Monster 800 s2R. Altogether, the operation took about 15 minutes using a wirestripper and some simple push-type wire contacts for the turn signals, as supplied by Impulse.Turn the key in the bike and the jacket worked perfectly – and it really gets attention, which is the whole point of course. Several people have asked me how I made the jacket (I directed them to Impulse) and how much it cost ($679). Even some bicyclists in the bike lane inquired about a cycling kit while stopped at a light.As it sits, the Impulse LED jacket worked as advertised, especially in generating awareness from others, which is something every near-invisible, black-loving rider can appreciate. The LEDs are quite bright, and while not as visible (or critical) during the day, they certainly get the job done for those evening rides and late-night cruises home from the pool hall.There are only a couple ways Impulse could could improve the design. Making the LEDs a bit more integrated into the jacket would improve the look, and if I can be greedy for a moment, adding a battery level meter near the cuff would let you know how much juice remains in the jacket battery. Speaking of which, a power switch for saving juice during daytime riding would make recharges less frequent. Otherwise, Impulse has pretty much hit this one out of the park.Considering the outright cost of a top-quality jacket like the Syed, the LEDs seem like a minor added expense, especially considering their effectiveness at getting the attention of drivers who just can’t seem to spot your black-clad body while motoring in the dead of night. The Impulse jacket is definitely on my motogear shopping list. 1. Impulse Jacket 2. Impulse Jacket 3. Impulse Jacket 4. Impulse Jacket 5. Impulse Jacket 6. Impulse Jacket 7. Impulse Jacket Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Carbon Fiber Explained: Why It’s the Perfect Outdoor Gear Material center_img Editors’ Recommendations Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway last_img read more

Port of Rotterdam Sets Record Throughput in 2015

first_imgzoom The Dutch Port of Rotterdam experienced an increase of 4.9% in goods throughput reaching a total of 466.4 million tonnes in 2015, which was mostly driven by a rise in crude oil and oil products throughput.“Low oil prices result in high margins for the refineries, so they have large quantities of oil shipped in for refining. This not only applies to the refineries in Europe but also to those in Russia. The latter produce a relatively large amount of fuel oil which is shipped to the Far East via Rotterdam. The result is an 8% increase in the throughput of crude oil and an 18% increase in the throughput of oil products,” Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority, said.The port handled 10.9% more liquid bulk than in 2014. Namely, the throughput of crude oil increased by 8.1% to 103.1 million tonnes, driven by low oil prices, while the supply and transport of oil products increased by 18% to 88.5 million tonnes, and the throughput of LNG increased by no less than 91.3%. Other liquid bulk throughput decreased by 0.5% to 30.8 million tonnes.Furthermore, the port said that containerized cargo volume fell by 0.5% to 12.2 million TEU and by 1.1% to 126.3 million tonnes. A total of 6.2 million TEU was handled in the first half of the year, while the second half saw 6 million TEU.The volume of transport to Asia increased by 2%, while container transport to Latin and North America fell. Within Europe, transport to the Iberian Peninsula and Great Britain increased.The British economy also played an important role in attracting roll on roll off (Ro/Ro) traffic over the North Sea. An additional factor was that transportation via Calais suffered from strikes, refugee problems and failures in the tunnel under the English Channel.Ro/Ro traffic increased by 10.1% to 22 million tonnes. Other break bulk decreased by 5.5% to 5.7 million tonnes. The main reason was the one-time flow of incoming container cranes in 2014. Together, throughput of Ro/Ro and other break bulk shipping segments increased by 6.5%.In the category of dry bulk, the throughput of ores and scrap fell by 0.6% to 33.9 million tonnes. The throughput of coal increased by 1% to 30.7 million tonnes. Good harvests provided lower imports of mostly oil seeds and fodder, as a result of which agricultural bulk fell by 3.8% to 10.8 million tonnes. The amount of other dry bulk decreased by 3.9% to 12.3 million tonnes as fewer nutrients and minerals were imported. All in all, the handling of dry bulk decreased by 1%.last_img read more

Maersk Eyes Logistics Growth with Further Integration

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: APM Terminals Danish shipping giant Maersk is to accelerate growth in its Logistics & Services sector through further integration.The company said that its APM Terminals Inland Services will be integrated into Maersk Logistics & Services from August 1, 2019.The company’s Inland Services portfolio is a network of inland terminals around the globe consisting of 36 business units with over 100 locations.“APM Terminals can fully focus on becoming a world-class port operator, while Maersk, with the integration of Inland Services, will continue to focus on ocean transportation as well as logistics and services product development and delivery,” Søren Toft, EVP and Chief Operating Officer A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.APM Terminals will continue to serve shipping line and landside customers with services on and around the port premises such as traditional storage and terminal handling as well as newly developed services such as fast-gates.While focusing on its core offering, APM Terminals is also continuing to collaborate with Maersk for customers who are looking for end-to-end solutions.“The even closer collaboration enables both APM Terminals and Maersk to reduce complexity and eliminate service overlaps, so that both brands can focus on their core strengths and provide greater value and a better experience to customers,” Morten Engelstoft, CEO APM Terminals and EVP A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.last_img read more

Major fire at footwear factory in Delhis Keshav Puram

first_imgNew Delhi: A massive fire broke out Monday morning at a footwear factory in northwest Delhi’s Keshav Puram area, officials said. According to the fire department, information about the blaze was received around 8 am, following which 22 fire engines were rushed to the spot. No casualty has been reported so far and the firemen are trying to douse the blaze, the officials said.last_img

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, Aug. 4———PM SAYS GOVERNMENT CAN HANDLE ASYLUM SEEKER SURGE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has the resources and the capacity to deal with the sudden spike in asylum seekers that have crossed into Quebec. Trudeau said Friday while at an event in eastern Ontario that the government is making sure the influx of people is being properly dealt with. The number of people seeking asylum in Quebec has tripled in the last two weeks, jumping to 150 a day.———ATLANTIC CANADA OFF THE GRID: Many people in Atlantic Canada had to make do without cellphones for much of Friday as a widespread outage also affected internet, TV, wireless and landline phones. Service was slowly being restored by Friday afternoon. Telus said on its website that a problem with the Bell network was to blame. Some flights were delayed as computer issues affected flights at a number of airports.———CANADA CHALKS UP ANOTHER MONTH OF JOB GROWTH: Canada’s jobless rate fell to its lowest level since the start of the financial crisis nearly nine years ago. The jobless rate for July dipped 0.2 to 6.3 per cent as the number of people looking for work declined. Statistics Canada said the economy produced 10,900 net new jobs for the month.———QUEBEC CITY ANNOUNCES MUSLIM CEMETERY: Quebec City Mayor Regis Lebeaume has announced there will be a cemetery for Muslims in the provincial capital. The city is making a parcel of land available and the cemetery is expected to be ready this fall. Quebec City’s Muslims have been looking for a cemetery for two decades, but made a renewed push after they completed the payment for the city’s main mosque in 2011.———SESSIONS WANTS TO PLUG GOVERNMENT LEAKS: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pledging to rein in government leaks that he says undermine American security. His announcement Friday of a dramatic increase in the number of investigations into criminal leaks comes a week after President Donald Trump accused him of being “weak” on leakers. The timing raises questions about whether the attorney general is working to quell the anger of the man who appointed him.———BC BRINGS BACK HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: The new NDP government in British Columbia is bringing back the provincial human rights commission. It was scrapped by the previous Liberal government in 2002. B.C. is the only province without a commission and instead relies on a tribunal which receives and hears complaints but is not able to do any proactive work.————CANADA’S FOREST INDUSTRY PANS CARIBOU PROTECTION PLAN: The Forest Products Association of Canada says a federal plan to protect caribou is a risky experiment that will do little to help the animals. The group says it will hurt companies already struggling with U.S. softwood tariffs. The federal plan includes an investment in additional research and requests feedback from any organization or person who has updated science. But the forestry association fears an October deadline for provinces to produce caribou range plans means incomplete science will be used to establish the recovery strategy.———AIR QUALITY REMAINS POOR IN BC: Poor air quality caused by smoke from raging wildfires continues to hang over southern British Columbia. An air quality advisory that has spanned from eastern Vancouver Island to the Elk Valley on the Alberta border has now expanded as far north as Prince George. Smoky conditions are causing poor visibility and creating health risks to people with medical conditions, infants and the elderly.———TORONTO SPEEDS WORK ON SAFE INJECTION SITE: Construction on one of three safe injection sites planned for Toronto is due to begin next week. It’s among the measures the city announced this week in a response to a rash of overdoses last week. Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, said work on the first site will start Tuesday, with plans for it to open on an unspecified date in the fall.———NHL POWERHOUSE HITS 30: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby turns 30 on Monday and he’ll celebrate his birthday by parading the Stanley Cup through the Nova Scotia town where he has been a star since he was five. Crosby will mark his third Stanley Cup win by parading with the cup through Cole Harbour. Locals remember Crosby as a hockey prodigy who hasn’t been changed by fame and fortune.———last_img read more

Police Find 2 Bodies of Scandinavian Tourists Near Mount Toubkal

Rabat – The bodies of two female tourists of Norwegian and Danish nationalities were found Monday in the province of Al Haouz in the Marrakech-Safi region, 10 kilometers from Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, according to a statement received by Morocco World News.Read Also: 2019 Travel Risk Map: Morocco As Safe As European Countries, US, CanadaThe victims’ bodies had evidence of violence with knife wounds. Police opened an investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office, added the statement.Morocco World News contacted the Danish and Norwegian embassies to ask for more information about the victims. Both embassies were unreachable. A tourist who spoke with Morocco World News on the condition of anonymity said that the Toubkal Park was closed due to the incident.“Our own guide has confirmed that he will need to check the status with the park authorities tomorrow morning, as we were due to trek in from Imlil tomorrow.”The tourist said that the victims allegedly had no guide and that they were camping “somewhere near the Club Alpin Français (CAF) refuge at the base of Toubkal.”The victims, he said, “allegedly were found decapitated, but I have no way of verifying the information.”The crime scene was swarmed by security officials, who rushed to the crime scene to identify the possible suspects. Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa and the Arab World, with a height of 4,167 meters. Toubkal is a popular destination for hiking and trekking. Read Also: Climbing Mount Toubkal in the Summer: A Tourist’s Guide on a Budget read more

DR of Congo UN panel proposes sanctions to stop illegal exploitation of

While a ban on the export of raw materials originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be counterproductive, punitive measures are still needed to curb the illegal exploitation of the country’s natural resources by criminal organizations and persons, according to a report by a group of United Nations experts released today.”Massive technical and financial assistance for the population would be required to offset the humanitarian impact of such restrictive measures,” an expert panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to investigate the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth of the DRC says in its report. Nevertheless, steps need to be taken against companies or individuals or the country risks encouraging a continuation, or even an increase, of exploitative and illegal activities.The report recommends that financial restrictions be placed on 29 companies based in Belgium, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and a travel ban and financial restrictions imposed on 54 persons, including Augustin Katumba Mwanke, Minister of Presidency in the DRC, Kibassa Maliba, a former Minister of Mines, and Mwana Nanga Mawapanga, a DRC Ambassador in Harare.The list also includes the Speaker of Parliament in Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa Dambudzo, the DRC’s Minister of National Security, Dan Munyuza, and Dennis Numbi Kalume, the Minister of Planning and Reconstruction in the DRC.Noting that those involved in the illegal exploitation of natural resources did not have a strong incentive to alter the economic status quo, the report calls for “measures that address their fears of losing revenues.” Such measures could only be effective if they took place simultaneously with a political process and should monitored by a UN body that would report any violations to the Security Council.The report also calls for quick disbursement of aid to the DRC and other countries in the Great Lakes region involved in the conflict for reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes aimed at creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure and improving conditions for local populations.A “fast-track programme” should be set up to retrain members of the countries’ security apparatus and regulatory bodies, such as the customs, immigration and revenue collection agencies, as well as a strengthening of institutions to end the impunity enjoyed by high-ranking officials and various levels of civil servants.The panel further proposes that measures be aimed at tying aid disbursements to Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe to their compliance with the Lusaka peace accord and verifiable measures they have taken to halt the illegal exploitation of resources from the DRC. Recommending that non-compliance automatically trigger a reduction in assistance, the report says such cuts should apply to “institutional budget support, stabilization lending or project lending and not sector-specific allocations.” read more

UN helps in evacuation of foreign nationals from violencewracked Côte dIvoire

Inter-ethnic violence flared in President Laurent Gbagbo’s hometown of Gagnoa in the Government-held south, while the situation in Bouaké in the rebel-held north is getting serious due to the lack of water and electricity, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) reported.Hate and anti-French messages continued unabated on radio and television despite a call yesterday from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that such incitement cease and that all parties maintain the ceasefire that ended direct fighting early last year and resume the peace process.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, warned that an escalation of violence in Côte d’Ivoire could destabilize neighbouring countries, particularly fragile Liberia, itself emerging from 14 years of civil war.The latest unrest flared last Thursday when the Government violated the ceasefire by launching an attack in the Zone of Confidence (ZOC) separating the combatants. On Saturday Government aircraft bombed French peacekeepers in the area, killing nine people and leading to French reprisals which destroyed the tiny Ivorian air force. This in turn led to anti-foreigner rioting in Abidjan, the country’s largest city.UN peacekeepers have so far escorted up to 400 non-UN persons from the three sites protected by UN blue helmets for processing prior to evacuation out of the country. They also escorted some 150 Canadians, 40 Spaniards and a number of Moroccans to the airport. These groups are being flown out by the respective countries.UNOCI continues to take in and protect newcomers in the three sites secured by UN troops. The mission has raised security throughout the country to level four, meaning that where conditions permit, non-essential UN staff will be evacuated. There have so far been no evacuations.UNOCI said it could not confirm any death toll in Gagnoa, which has so far been a no-go area for neutral forces despite many attempts by UN military observers and peacekeepers to monitor the area, where local Bete and pro-Gbagbo ethnic groups are pitched against Dioula people. The Dioula are mainly from the north, although they settled in Gagnoa decades if not centuries ago. Earlier today, instructions were given for a unit of UN peacekeepers to travel to the town in order to investigate and report back.The situation in Abidjan was quieter with fewer demonstrators on the streets, the mission reported. Some mild economic activities were being restored, a few buses were running and some had opened.Mr. Lubbers expressed deep concern as the number of people fleeing to Liberia climbed to more than 3,000. “Ivorians are fleeing their homes because they are scared,” he said. “If this goes on, there is a big risk of mass displacement of Ivorians and of the Liberian refugees there as well. It is essential that a quick and peaceful solution be found to avoid such a disastrous scenario.”UNHCR offices in surrounding countries are on standby and carrying out inventories of emergency stock and staff that could be re-directed to Liberia or elsewhere should the crisis worsen.”Liberia faces the enormous task of rebuilding, which includes the reintegration of hundreds of thousands of its own citizens,” Mr. Lubbers said. “A large influx of new refugees from Côte d’Ivoire would be very detrimental, creating further poverty and instability. This is why the situation is so worrying, not only for Côte d’Ivoire, but for the entire region.” read more

Japan economy grows at 41 per cent annualized rate JanuaryMarch amid disaster

Japan economy grows at 4.1 per cent annualized rate January-March amid disaster recovery by News Staff Posted May 17, 2012 1:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Japan’s economy grew an at annual rate of 4.1 per cent in the first quarter amid a gradual recovery from last year’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.The Cabinet Office said Thursday that the preliminary growth figures showed that a rebound in consumer spending was lifting the world’s third-biggest economy.After the March 11 disaster last year, many Japanese were in mourning and stayed away from stores, theatres and pubs. That compounded the damage from disruptions to manufacturing in northeastern Japan, where many auto and electronics plants ground to a halt, and other parts of the country.The latest data showed that private consumption grew at an annual rate of 4.4 per cent. Consumer spending makes up more than half of Japan’s economy.“The numbers show a solid Japanese economic recovery,” said Satoshi Osanai, economist at Daiwa Institute of Research in Tokyo.Consumer spending got a significant lift from government subsidies for green vehicles that sent buyers to dealerships for hybrids and other fuel-efficient models.But prospects remained uncertain for the current quarter because of fears about the European economy and other factors that could crimp expansion.“Economic growth is likely to slow down and could head into a contraction,” said Osanai.Also robust was public investment at 23.6 per cent, reflecting reconstruction spending on housing and other building work in the devastated northeastern region.Japan’s economy grew 1.0 per cent in the quarter ended March from the October-December 2011 quarter. That was better than the 0.7 per cent projected by analysts in Japan, and translates to a 4.1 per cent expansion in annualized terms.The latest growth marks a third straight quarter of growth, although still at fragile rates. The economy was virtually flat October-December but did not shrink.Corporate spending was weak during the January-March period, shrinking 3.9 per cent from the previous quarter, or an annualized rate of 14.8 per cent.___Follow Yuri Kageyama at Twitter at read more

Smart wireless network helps boost iron ore production by 12 at Samarcos

first_imgBrazil’s Samarco, one of the world’s largest exporters of iron ore pellets, has seen a 12% in production at its Germano mine in Mariana, with the application of Smart Wireless technology to improve plant availability and protect key assets. Emerson’s WirelessHARTTM standard network uses Rosemount® wireless flow and pressure transmitters to reliably monitor the seal water injection system of a dozen centrifugal pumps that remove reject material during processing. Fresh water is constantly injected into the operating pumps to consolidate the pump seals and to prevent the highly abrasive reject material from coming into contact with and damaging pump axles. The new technology delivers accurate measurements via a Smart Wireless Gateway directly into the facility’s DeltaVTM automation system. Operators can easily review flow and pressure data through AMSTM Suite predictive maintenance software, looking for trends that indicate problems and adjusting the process or scheduling preventative maintenance before asset damage or plant stoppages occur.The information provided by the new technology has increased availability at the Samarco facility and given operators the ability to boost production by 12%. The Germano mine produces about 20 Mt/y of iron ore pellets.“We can better protect our pumps from damage because we’re now able to identify potential faults in the pump seals,” said Luis Carlos, Technician at the mine. “We avoid reactive maintenance and plant shutdowns. We’re also able to see how much clean water we’re using in the process.”Prior to the installation of the Emerson Smart Wireless network, little flow or pressure data were collected from the pumps and the company experienced pump breakdowns weekly. The self-organising mesh network has performed reliably despite the dense concentration of pumps and pipes in the installation area and the fact that some equipment is located inside a tunnel, obstacles that would have made installing a hard-wired network difficult. Flooding, which occurs in the area during heavy rains, also would have been detrimental to a hard-wired network.“According to our past experience, we estimate that the wireless network cost 35 per cent less than what it would have cost us to install a hard-wired network,” Carlos said. “Everything has been working reliably, despite the difficult environment.”Smart Wireless is an extension of PlantWeb® digital architecture that offers solutions for field instrumentation and plant operations. In addition to the products installed at Samarco, other wireless products include Fisher® position monitors, Rosemount Analytical devices and Machinery HealthTM Management transmitters, and native wireless interfaces to Ovation® digital automation systems, and SmartStartTM services.last_img read more

US 7th Fleet units complete first advanced training

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 8, 2019 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) – The US Navy recently held their first Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training exercise.Warfare Tactics Instructor Lt. Cmdr. Rich Ray joined Good Morning San Diego to talk more about the exercise and the mission of the training. center_img Updated: 1:33 PM KUSI Newsroom U.S. 7th Fleet units complete first advanced traininglast_img read more

How Lonny Uses Pinterest to Mix Up Its Instagram Feed Behind the

first_img The photo was pulled from Pinterest, where Gagnier says it’s normally easy to find an image source. However, in this case, Lonny gave credit to the network itself. Gagnier says she would adjust the credit if anyone let her know who took the picture. “Our followers seem to respond well to dramatic lifestyle and landscape images, and this photo with all of the flowers in bloom really stuck out to me,” says Briana Gagnier, photo editor at Lonny, which launched in 2009 and is published by Livingly Media.  “I think this post was successful because it’s eye-catching and shareable. If you see something that makes you say, ‘wow,’ you’re going to want to share that with someone,” Gagnier says. “And high shareability leads to more engagement and impressions.” Number of likes: 6,903 // Number of comments: 96 // Impressions: 80,800 Perhaps that’s why this post of the flowery Churchill Arms Pub and Restaurant in London saw more than double the brand’s the normal engagement, making it the most-liked Instagram post by Lonny, yet.center_img Magazine: Lonny //  Instagram: @lonnymag // Social Editor: Briana Gagnier // Photo Credit: Unknown/Pinterest Pro Tip: Source from Pinterest and other social networks to add some diversity to your magazine’s aesthetic — but always give credit where credit is due. Most of Lonny’s Instagram posts are of fresh and contemporary interior designs, giving followers a taste of how rugs and pillows can come together to transform a room into a piece of art. But every once in a while, the California-based digital design magazine — “Your go-to resource for accessible design inspiration” — posts something more inspirational than accessible.last_img read more

Prince Gets His Own Purple Pantone Color Love Symbol 2

first_img Prince Gets His Own Color Purple prince-gets-his-own-purple-pantone-color-love-symbol-2 The “Purple Rain” writer’s estate announce the official name of the hue Prince has used since 1984Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2017 – 12:31 pm GRAMMY.comFew artists in any medium have built a stronger association to a specific color that Prince has to purple. Now, the late GRAMMY winner’s estate has announced a new Pantone purple color in his honor called Love Symbol #2. Twitter News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Prince’s GRAMMY memories Email Prince Gets His Own Purple Pantone Color: Love Symbol #2 Facebook “The (naturally) purple hue, represented by [Prince’s] ‘Love Symbol #2’ was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57,” said a statement from Pantone. “The color pays tribute to Prince’s indelible mark on music, art, fashion, and culture.”The singer’s death in April 2016 sent shock waves through the music community worldwide. Known by many fans as “The Purple One,” Prince immortalized the color in his GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted 1984 film and soundtrack, Purple Rain.”The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be,” said Troy Carter, entertainment advisor to Prince’s estate. “This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever.”Read A Taste Of Beyoncé’s Foreword To Prince’s New Photo Booklast_img read more

Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open

first_imgPrince Rupert, B.C. has about 12,000 residents. It’s the only ferry link between Alaska and British Columbia. “It’s a sovereign nation and we don’t have that authority,” said Jerry McGee, the federal agency’s assistant area port director in Anchorage. “Therefore, theoretically our staff would be the only ones that are not armed,” McGee said. The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal on July 24, 2014. Alaska ferries serve about 6,000 vehicles annually. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska) Prince Rupert has no police force of its own. The city of 12,000 people relies on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada’s federal law enforcement agency. How the state ferries will afford this isn’t clear. The state legislature is finalizing an austere budget that already projects deep cuts to service at all levels. Passengers and vehicles boarding Alaska ferries in Prince Rupert, B.C. are routinely checked by U.S. agents. They call it pre-clearance. And it’s so passengers won’t have to flash IDs in Ketchikan or wherever they get off the ferry. It’s been like that for decades. But policy makers in Washington apparently aren’t comfortable with the status quo. Alaska transportation officials plan to write up a contract this summer. Falvey said the details haven’t been finalized. “I don’t think it’s going to be a large sum of money,” Falvey said. “I mean, we look at something like this as the cost of doing business.” That bought the state six months with an October 1 deadline. By contrast, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commands a $20 billion budget and is expanding. Will the feds pick up the check? But those U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents checking passports and looking for contraband in Canada are unarmed. “I’ll have to pay them for their services,” Falvey said. “They just don’t come in and do it for free.” “You gotta have, you know, armed protection for our officers,” Falvey said he was told. “So I went to work pretty quickly and determined that that was going to be very difficult to do. And the commissioner went back and requested an extension and we got it.” Alaska’s cash-strapped ferry system may soon pay the wages of Canadian police in order to maintain its connection to British Columbia. The arrangement is in response to a demand by U.S. customs agents for armed back up. “They never offered,” Falvey said. “You’d think they would have offered maybe — but no.” So far, the solution being floated is for the state of Alaska to contract RCMP officers to stand by as armed backup while U.S. agents work. The Alaska Marine Highway System was put on notice on March 15: either ensure that armed Canadian police are present during inspections or shut down the port in 30 days. McGee noted that hunting rifles and shotguns are legal in both countries and often in the possession of the traveling public.  He says losing the Alaska ferry would be a blow to Prince Rupert with estimates the ferry service brings in about $2 million to its local economy. “And you know where they’re at max capacity as I understand it right now,” said Paul Vendittelli, manager of economic development and transportation for the city of Prince Rupert. “We have about 14,000 passengers that use the Alaska marine highway,” Vendittelli said. “It’s a very big deal for us and a service that we don’t want to lose.” The ferry system’s General Manager John Falvey said the feds were clear. An agreement allowing U.S. agents to carry sidearms at Prince Rupert is in the works. But officials on both sides of the border say that’s still several years away.last_img read more