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Students tortured in Bihar

first_imgA video of four college students being brutally tortured and forced into performing sex in Bihar’s Begusarai district has gone viral, leading to the arrest of seven persons, the police said on Sunday. The inmates of a private hostel were on Wednesday kidnapped by some persons. They were taken behind Begusarai divisional jail, disrobed and forced to indulge in sexual acts with each other, the police said. The accused also shot at the toes of the boarders, all in the age group of 18-21.The students were subjected to the cruelty as they had refused to buy water from a plant owned by one of the accused, the police said.last_img read more

Hop Step And Educate

first_imgA recent report discloses that the number of people with undergraduate and doctoral degrees rose fivefold in China during the last decade. The New York Times reported, “In only one generation, China has sharply increased the proportion of its college-age population in higher education, to roughly 20 percent now from 1.4 percent in 1978.”This radical educational transformation is the outcome of a strategic Chinese investment, which doubled state funding for higher education over just five years. For many decades, development scholars have toyed with dreams of a technological breakthrough that might enable developing societies to leapfrog to an advanced economic state. In fact, the single best investment a society can make for economic advancement is in education.Census Bureau data demonstrates that a college degree in the United States almost doubles a worker’s annual earnings. Nationwide, on average, people with a bachelor’s degree earn almost 83 percent more than those with a high school education. In 2004, workers with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $51,206 annually. By contrast, those with a high school diploma earned $27,915. Individuals with professional, masters or other advanced degrees averaged $74,602 in earnings; those without even a high school diploma averaged $18,734. The correlation between higher education and earnings is consistent across race and gender (see table below).It is well known that the household income of Indian Americans is almost 50 percent higher than the national median. The economic success of Indian Americans, which propelled them to the top of America’s economic heap in just one generation, is rooted in the simple fact that Indians have the highest educational attainment of any ethnic group in the United States, including Whites. Almost two-thirds of all Indian Americans have a college degree against under 25 percent for the nationwide population. The proportion of Indians with advanced masters, professional or doctorate degrees is almost five times the national average.The evidence is irrefutable: education is directly correlated with economic development, a fact underscored by this month’s article on Indians in Singapore as well. The Indian community’s demographics in Singapore underwent a seismic shift as a result of Indian techies who flocked to the island in the 1990s, transforming their image from low-end construction and domestic laborers to white collar professionals. In 1990, fewer than 9 percent of Indian expatriates in Singapore held a college degree. By contrast, in 2000 almost 51 percent of them were college educated. Since expat Indians constitute almost a quarter of Singapore’s overall Indian population, this shift has rippled through the island’s entire Indian population.Although India has boosted its investment in education, it has not been quite as aggressive as China, especially in the higher education sector. Indian Americans, poster children for the transformative value of education, need to be at the forefront of a major push to advance the cause of education at every level in India. China’s multi billion dollar push in higher education has helped it lure some of the best intellectual minds in its diaspora back to China to lead its educational renaissance. Indian Americans and the almost 8,000 Indian academics in U.S. universities are uniquely situated to head the charge for an equally dramatic transformation of India’s educational sector. So who is ready to step up to the plate?   Related Itemslast_img read more

As EVM tampering complaints rise, EC agrees to look into them

first_imgThe State Election Commission (SEC) has denied charges of widespread malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs), but assured to put in place a mechanism to assess all such complaints, including those made by opposition parties, senior officials have said. The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have alleged EVM tampering at several locations during polling for the Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha by-election in Satara on Monday. State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat on Tuesday wrote to the SEC, demanding that all EVMs be put inside strongrooms and jammers be installed around counting centres. The result of individual rounds must be declared the moment the counting is completed for that round, the Congress leader said. He alleged EVM-related issues at 221 places, including Ghatkopar and Goregaon in Mumbai. Satyajeet Tambe, president of the Maharashtra Youth Congress, expressed doubts of EVM manipulation on Twitter. “Nobody in Maharashtra believes in #ExitPolls … Infact people are so furious & angry … they feel there is serious possibility of EVM tampering. Anger is so bad that it might create a Law & Order situation in state. Election Commision should take care and watch this closely (sic),” he tweeted.In one of the incidents triggering the complaints, several voters in Navlewadi village of Koregaon constituency in Satara alleged that the VVPAT slip showed votes cast in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when they had voted for a different party. A senior SEC official said, “These are baseless complaints and it is not possible to divert votes through machines and VVPATs. However, we will look into it.” In another incident, two people were stopped carrying machines in a private vehicle in Chandrapur. The incident took place in the Ballarpur constituency, from where Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar is contesting. However, officials said the machines were part of the reserve stock and most likely demo machines kept for display purposes with the local offices. Congress candidate Arif Naseem Khan from Chandivali also claimed to have caught private vehicles ferrying EVMs in his constituency.According to the SEC’s own report, ballot and control units of EVMs and VVPATs were replaced in 865 instances across the State. Ahead of the elections, the opposition parties had demanded that paper ballots be used instead of EVMs, and had even announced a protest march on the issue in Mumbai on August 21.last_img read more

‘Special back four make Liverpool title contenders’

first_imgLiverpool now boast the “special back four” required to have them challenging for major honours over the next five years, says Danny Murphy.The Reds have seen defensive issues hold them back over recent years, with there a feeling that too many leaks had been sprung to compete for the biggest prizes at home and abroad.Jurgen Klopp has set about plugging those holes, with big money invested in the likes of commanding centre-half Virgil van Dijk and Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Murphy believes those deals are now being rewarded, with Liverpool boasting a last line of defence that they can rely on and a settled unit of proven performers who have helped to build an unbeaten start to the club’s 2018-19 Premier League campaign.“They look very comfortable defending now. That back five is now looking like a really balanced unit,” former Reds star Murphy told talkSPORT after seeing Klopp’s side play out a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.“With their age and with a really good keeper, for the next five years this could be the reason why Liverpool compete on all fronts competitively.“The back four have coped with an Arsenal side full of confidence, pace, energy, momentum, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette.“This looks a special back four.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, he’s young, he’s learning. Against the best players he sometimes has a problem. But his passing, his crossing and his calmness going forwards is brilliant.“Gomez for me, I saw at full-back and I wasn’t convinced but he’s physically perfect.“Van Dijk has got to be one of the best in the world, he’s absolutely awesome in every part of his game.“And Robertson, he can play going forward, energy, tenacity but he can defend as well and he wants to defend.”A more assured back line has helped Liverpool to seven clean sheets across all competitions this season, with Cardiff the only side to have breached them at Anfield in a Premier League fixture – and that effort came in a convincing 4-1 victory for Klopp’s side. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Nokia 6 (2018) could come with 18:9 display, dual-rear cameras

first_imgHMD Global could be readying to launch an updated variant of the Nokia 6 early next year, which could see changes to the design and hardware. Notably, the Nokia 6 (2018) could sport slimmer bezels, a dual rear camera setup and updated hardware. The original Nokia 6 was launched in late 2016 and reached most markets, including India, only in 2017. Although this was a good phone, its hardware felt dated and this is something that the Nokia 6 (2018) edition will likley fix. For now not much is known about the Nokia 6 (2018) edition, but the phoneexists and may be announced in January or February given the fact thatit has now appeared on TENNA in ChinaThe upcoming Nokia 6 (2018) has cleared TENNA. This indicates that the launch in near. The listing reveals that the Nokia 6 2018 edition may come with an 18:9 display and with a model number TA-1054. The thinner screen indicates that the phone may come with thin bezels. The smartphone is also expected to come with a dual SIM support.The Nokia 6 (2018) edition is tipped to come with a dual-camera setup at the back, yet again, unlike the original Nokia 6 which comes with a 16-megapixel back camera. Overall, the new Nokia 6 is expected to be a much-improved version of the original device.Going by the design, the Nokia 6 (2018) will apparently be more or less reminiscent of the recently announced Nokia 7. As per the rumours, the smartphone is expected to come with a 5.5-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The device is tipped to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor, which may be coupled with 4GB of RAM and an internal storage of 32GB.advertisementThe Nokia 6 (2018) will see the fingerprint sensor move to the back of the device, right below the dual camera set up. This possibly means that the bezels of the new Nokia 6 may undergo a trimming. Additionally, the leaked images (see above) suggests that the smartphone may come with software-rendered Android navigation buttons. It may also retain back the Bothie feature as well. It seems that the new Nokia 6 may ditch the hardware touch buttons which was seen on the original Nokia 6, instead may come with on-screen keys.Also Read: Nokia 6 review: Say hello to the best looking phone under Rs 15,000Meanwhile, HMD Global is working on another smartphone, which is most probably be called the Nokia 9. The smartphone has also been subjected to several leaks and rumours giving us a rough sketch of the specification and design of the smartphone. It seems, Nokia 9 may come with a similar design as the Nokia 8. The Nokia 9 will be a high-end phone.Nokia 6 smartphone was launched in January 2017. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch.Coming to the Nokia 6 (2018) edition, the device could be a much improved version of the original Nokia 6 — be it in terms of camera, hardware, design or even software. Nokia 6 was launched earlier this year in India and comes at a starting price of Rs 14,999. Likewise, the new Nokia 6 may also fall under the budget phone category — however, there are no official word on the same as of yet.The original Nokia 6 has a 5.5-inch display and is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The device includes 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. On the camera front, the smartphone comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Nokia 6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is backed by a 3000mAh non removable battery.last_img read more

Kontron: SOM based on STM32MP157 with three processor cores

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: 8th gen Intel Core mobile processors on embedded form factorsNext Wind River: edge platform to accelerate evolution from automated devices to autonomous systems Kontron is one of the first companies to introduce a System-on-Module (SOM) based on the brand-new STM32MP157 processor by STMicroelectronics. By the Dual Cortex-A7 and the Cortex-M4 processors’ three cores in one chip, the module – with dimensions of only 25.4 x 25.4 mm – achieves maximum performance in terms of visualization and computing power. In addition, it offers extensive interfaces that are predestined for applications in industry, automation, medical technology, POS/POI applications as well as IoT and Industry 4.0. Its compact design is ideally suited for a wide range of baseboard designs. Kontron has already provided a corresponding evaluation board in the 4.3-inch form factor as a reference design. The new STM32MP157 processor from STMicroelectronics offers sufficient computing and graphics power for demanding visualization and internet communication applications as well as for control tasks within mechanical engineering and equipment technology. Based on a pre-installed embedded Linux operating system, the Cortex-A7 Dual Core handles complex visualization tasks, including the display of web content. In this context, touch displays and wireless technologies are also supported, as they are mainly used in IoT solutions. The integrated Cortex-M4 offers proven microcontroller technology with a multitude of interfaces for industrial measuring and control technology.The System-on-Module based on the STM32MP157 processor provides a powerful, compact and cost-effective basis for individual board designs. As it is a solderable module, the costs for connectors on the SOM module and the baseboard below are omitted. The module’s long-term availability is provided for a period of ten years.The Kontron SOM with the STM32MP157 processor is equipped with 256 MB DDR3 RAM (optional 512 MB), 2 MB NOR flash and 256 MB NAND flash (optional 512 MB) as standard. It has two 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one as OTG, up to eight UART ports and up to two CAN ports. Numerous digital and analog I/Os as well as PWM and three Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) interfaces make the SOM ideal for industrial use. A Display Serial Interface (DSI) port and an RGB interface are available for connecting displays.Power is supplied via a 3.3 volt connection. The application range is from 0 to +70°C; optional versions for the extended industrial temperature range from -40 to +85°C are available as well.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Made sure I trained well after IPL: Vijay Shankar before departing for World Cup 2019

first_imgFrom making his ODI debut at the start of 2019 to being a part of India’s World Cup 2019 team four months later, this year has so far been quite a remarkable one for all-rounder Vijay Shankar.The ‘three-dimensional’ tag given to Vijay Shankar by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief selector MSK Prasad and all the talk surrounding the No.4 slot in the Indian team’s batting order has put the spotlight squarely on him. However, the 28-year-old Shankar says he isn’t getting distracted with all the hype surrounding him.”Well, there might have been a lot of debate about the number four slot. As cricketers we tend to face all these things. It is really important to keep it simple and believe in our own strengths,” Shankar told India Today in an exclusive interview.”The only thing that we can do is to work on all the aspects of our game. I am just focused on my own preparation rather thinking about anything else. That is what I have been doing. These things happen and I have learnt to overcome all of it,” he added.It has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for Shankar before taking the flight to England.Melbourne to Mount Maunganui, Shankar didn’t get a chance to show his batting skills in the first three ODIs of his career. The opportunity finally came at Wellington – in the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand – where he got 45 while batting at number six. A total of 120 runs from four innings against Australia at home followed.advertisementThen came the 12th edition of the IPL where, while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Shankar amassed 244 runs from 15 matches. Many started questioning his selection in the World Cup squad in spite of Shankar believing that he’s had a ‘decent’ run in the tournament.”You need to see the kind of situation I walked in. It was mostly after the 13th or 14th over. It was just going out and showing the intent for the team,” he justifies.”When the openers play till the 12th over, it is just about rest of us going in and trying to get the maximum. It has been very different experience for me. I might have missed out on a few not out opportunities but other than that I felt that I had a pretty decent IPL season this time. I ended up with 244 runs and half of the IPL I played at number four or five position. Walking in after the 15th over is something different. Yes, I do rue not returning not out on certain occasions.”That is exactly what he worked on during the 10 days he got to spend in Chennai before departing for England.”I made sure that I trained well after finishing off IPL. It wasn’t anything really different but I worked a lot on my skills with my coach. It is all about being in good space and being confident. More than number four, I think it is about adapting quickly to the conditions and the situations there (England) that I might encounter. That is more important than to keep on thinking about this number four slot,” Shankar said.Even though his bowling skills weren’t utilized by Sunrisers Hyderabad this season, skipper Virat Kohli has already mentioned how Shankar can chip in with some overs during the World Cup.”It is important for me to work on all aspects of my game. Ever since the end of the Australia series, I have been working a lot on my bowling. I used IPL to a good effect. In every practice session, I worked really hard on my bowling. It was followed by extended bowling sessions in Chennai. All I can do is just to keep myself prepared and should be ready when I get a chance to do it for the team.”All this while when the cricketing world was debating on the number-four slot and hashtag ‘3D’ trending on social media whenever he came in to bat during the IPL, it were his family and friends who kept Shankar focused on the task ahead.”Being part of the World Cup team is definitely very special for any cricketer. Every time we wear this India jersey, it is very special for us. The best that has happened to me is that my family and friends never spoke about it when I was home during the past 8-10 days.”They’ve been pretty normal and gave me space. I always enjoy my time whenever I am in Chennai. I have not only had a really good time with my friends but also been practicing hard since last one week and been very busy with it. So, it is all properly packed. It has been quite simple and calm for me, this period before the World Cup,” Shankar said.advertisementAlso Read | No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Vijay Shankar on No. 4 role at World Cup 2019: Team management’s trust most important thingAlso Read | It’s my duty to learn from MS Dhoni, says Vijay Shankar ahead of 2019 World CupAlso Read | Vijay Shankar’s bowling will come in handy at 2019 World Cup: Sourav Gangulylast_img read more

Nine MSC Cruises’ Guests Killed in Tunisia Museum Attack

first_imgzoom Nine of MSC Cruises’ guests are reported to have lost their lives in a terrorist attack during a shore excursion at the port of La Goulette, Tunisia on Wednesday, MSC Cruises informed.The victims are reported to be three of Japanese nationality, two French, two Spanish and two were Colombian.The cruise line added that 12 people were injured, and six (two Spanish nationals, one Belgian, one British, one French and one Japanese) are still unaccounted for in conjunction with the tragic event. However, according to the company, these numbers are still subject to modification whilst official identification is on-going.The wounded, of which three Japanese nationals, one South African, one Belgian and seven French, are currently being treated in various hospitals. All of them are being assisted in person by members of the MSC Cruises Crisis Team that was immediately sent to Tunis to provide on the ground support, the company said.On 18 March, MSC Splendida called the port of La Goulette, for its weekly call performed during the season from 17 December 2014 to 15 April 2015.The ship arrived with 3,714 guests and 1,267 crewmembers aboard.As it is the case every time the ship calls Tunis, a shore excursion offered MSC Cruises’ guests the opportunity to visit the famous Bardo National Museum. During the visit at the museum, some of MSC Cruises’ guests were caught in the middle of a terrorist attack along with guests from another cruise line.Initial reports say that 19 people have been killed in the attack, 17 of them tourists and two workers of the museum. Two gunmen have been killed by the security forces on the ground whereas three are believed to have fled the scene and still on the loose.“As soon as the company heard of the attack and the fact that some of its guests were involved this tragedy, regular stringent safety procedures were set in motion and the ship management called for the immediate cancellation of all on-going shore excursions and recall all buses and their passengers on the ground back to the ship. The security on board was also immediately raised to Level 3, its highest, by emergency protocol to ensure complete safety of all guests and crew members – the company’s number one priority at all times,” the cruise line said in a statement.In coordination with local, national and international authorities as well as embassies in Tunis and ground staff, MSC Splendida’s command worked towards organising the safe return of the ship’s guests aboard, and assessing the situation in the city’s hospitals, the statement further read.“Finally, to allow all guests to promptly contact their families and loved ones at home and to provide reassurance about their wellbeing, all onboard telephony and internet was made available. In the meantime, only a few hours after the tragic events, MSC Cruises’ Crisis Team reached the ship in Tunis and immediately set out to work and started providing assistance and support to guests in this painful moment,” the company added.MSC Cruises confirmed that its ship MSC Splendida has left the port of La Goulette this morning at 6AM.MSC Splendida received the authorisation from the relevant authorities to leave the port of La Goulette and is heading, as originally scheduled, to Barcelona where it is currently expected to arrive at 9AM on Friday 20 March.The company said that its representatives are present on site with its crises team in order to continue to provide key assistance on the ground to MSC Splendida’s guests who were involved in the tragic events and needing assistance.MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, will be arriving in Tunis in the coming hours in order to make a close assessment of the situation, meet in person as well as arrange to provide assistance to those affected by these tragic events and their relatives and consult with local authorities.last_img read more

Longshore Worker Dies at Marine Terminal in San Diego

first_imgzoom A longshore worker died on January 3 in a forklift accident while working at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego, California.The worker was an employee of Stevedoring Services-America in San Diego, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).“On January 3, 2018 Cal/OSHA was notified of a fatality incident at 1790 Water Street involving a worker of Stevedoring Services-America in San Diego. It has been reported that a worker was fatally injured while operating a forklift,” OSHA said in a statement to World Maritime News.According to a spokesperson from the Port of San Diego, all the details related to the incident are yet to be determined.“At this time, we do not know the identity of the person who died. Cal OSHA has been contacted, and the incident is under investigation,” the port spokesperson said.OSHA added that it has six months to issue citations for violations of workplace safety and health regulations.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Celebration of Life planned for Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – A Celebration of Life has been set for Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky.The Celebration of Life is open to the public and planned for Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 10:00 am to be held at Chetwynd and District Rec Centre Arena located at 4552 North Access, Chetwynd. A longtime member of the B.C. Peace Leo Sabulsky of Chetwynd passed away after battling cancer.  Sabulsky helped to launch Chetwynd’s only radio station Peace FM and later the TV station CHET TV.  Sabulsky was also the Fire Chief for the District of Chetwynd since 1998.If you wish to honour Leo’s name, donations can be made in his memory to the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George or the BC SPCA.last_img read more

Municipal Executive Allegedly Involved in Sex Scandal with Minors

Casablanca- Another sex scandal has recently surfaced in the Moroccan press, this time apparently involving the president of a rural municipality located in the province of Khemissat.According to the daily Assabah, the police in Khemissat (20 km from Rabat) have started investigations on a sex scandal allegedly involving the president of the municipality of Ait Yadine, who, based on many allegations already directed at him, is believed to be involved in sexual affairs with minor girls.The suspect allegedly took his victims in an executive vehicle to his home, where his sexual affairs mainly took place. According to the same source, a municipal councilor shot a video of the president while he was bringing up his sexual affairs with minors under the influence of alcohol. Ironically, the said councilor is believed tobe implicated in the organization of the suspect’s sexual encounters with the assistance of his lover, a librarian, who left her job and decided to help him deliver minor victims to the home of the president.However, the president of the municipality was the first to rush to the police to lodge a complaint against the author of the video for allegedly blackmailing him.Police subsequently launched an investigation that mainly centered upon the crime of which the president was accused rather than the complaint he had lodged against the councilor, his accomplice in his sexual affairs with minors.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Counterfeit Medicines Cause 15000 Poison Cases in Morocco Annually

Rabat – Counterfeit medicines and expired pharmacy drugs, some illegally manufactured, are being sold without authorization or prescriptions. The issue has now prompted the Ministry of Health to boost public awareness about the effects and dangers of buying fake medications. Moroccan newspaper Al Akhbar reported in its weekend issue that 15,000 poisonings are recorded every year due to unauthorized medicines.According to the newspaper, the Moroccan Network for the Defense of the Right to Health raised concern and awareness about counterfeit and illegally manufactured medicines and their effects in a recent report featured at the second national meeting of medicines and health products. The meeting is being held under the theme “The fight against falsified medicines in Africa.”The February 24-25 meeting is taking place in Skhirat, a seaside town located between Rabat and Casablanca. The network has raised concerns over the medicines being sold in the absence of control of the National Drug Administration, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Health.According to the Moroccan network, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established three categories of falsified or illegally manufactured medicines: the medicines that contain the correct chemical formula but at a lower dose than labeled, expired medicines and counterfeits that may contain toxic or deadly substances.The same source added that falsified medicines account for 1 percent of products in developed countries, 60 percent of medicines in the poorest countries and between 20 to 30 percent in developing countries.According to WHO, falsified medicines account for 11 percent of all medicines sold in developing countries, noting that these medications kill more than one million people across the world.The Network for the Defense of the Right to Health, according to Al Akhbar, added that Morocco is facing a serious issue involving smuggled medications, especially in the eastern region, southern provinces and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. read more

New UN orchestra to strike a chord for world peace

14 September 2007Dozens of young musicians representing many of the world’s regions and cultures will harmonize to form a new Orchestra for the United Nations, it was announced today. “The Orchestra is a unique project which will galvanize support for the UN through music and multimedia projects focused on the UN’s ideals, values and priorities,” Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka said.UN Volunteers (UNV) Executive Director Ad De Raad, the Director of the United in Music Foundation Geert Boogaard and Mr. Akasaka signed an agreement to launch the new orchestra, officially named “United in Music: The Orchestra for the United Nations.”When performing abroad, guest musicians from the countries being visited will perform with the Orchestra, which will not be a classical ensemble.“We often need a thousand words to get a simple message across and sometimes we only need one language: music,” said Mr. Boogaard, who conceived of the Orchestra and with the backing of the Dutch Government approached the UN. “I view music as a way to inspire people to embrace the ideals of the United Nations and to feel the need for voluntary action.”He has managed the 40-member Ricciotti Ensemble, and produced hundreds of their concerts in numerous unusual locations, ranging from the cathedral tower in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa to war-torn Bosnia.Under today’s agreement, the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) will provide guidance on the UN’s goals, priorities, themes, observances and international events, while UNV will recruit professionally trained musicians of various nationalities. read more

New Zealand PM says no intelligence linking Sri Lanka attacks to Christchurch

A lone gunman carried out those attacks, while livestreaming the massacre on Facebook. (Courtesy Reuters) Security experts and analysts, however, have questioned whether the coordinated bomb attacks could have been planned in such a short period. “We haven’t received anything officially nor have we received any intelligence reports that corroborate what has been said in Sri Lanka,” Ardern told reporters at a press conference in Auckland. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a news conference investigators were making progress in identifying the perpetrators and believed there could be some links to IS.Sri Lanka’s junior defence minister had earlier told parliament that two Sri Lankan Islamist groups – the National Thawheed Jama’ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – were responsible for the blasts early on Sunday during Easter services and as high-end hotels served breakfast.He did not elaborate on why authorities believed there was a link to the killing of 50 Muslims at mosques in the NewZealand city of Christchurch during Friday prayers in March. “Sri Lanka will be in the very early stages of its investigations. So we are simply stepping back and allowing them to undertake those, but we have nothing at this stage to corroborate what is being said,” she added.Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the Sri Lanka attacks on Tuesday and named what it said were seven attackers who carried them out. It gave no further evidence to support its claim of responsibility. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that her government was not aware of any intelligence suggesting that a devastating attack on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for deadly shootings on a mosques in Christchurch.Sri Lanka’s junior minister for defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, told parliament on Tuesday that an initial investigation had revealed the bombings on churches and hotels, which killed 321 people, had been carried out in revenge for deadly shootings in two New Zealand mosques on March 15. read more

UBC plots 204million expansion of emissionsreducing bioenergy heating plant

depenner@postmedia.comtwitter.com/derrickpenner handout / PNG David Woodson is UBC’s managing director of energy and water services. The University of B.C. is going to spend $20.4 million to expand a wood-waste-burning energy plant, with $7.6 million in federal help, to cut natural-gas use and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.UBC built its initial biomass-fuelled research and demonstration facility in 2012, with Vancouver-based bioenergy firm Nexterra Systems and General Electric, as a $27-million bid to trim carbon dioxide emissions by 4,500 tonnes per year.Now, the $20-million expansion will see installation of a new boiler by the fall of 2020, increasing the plant’s capacity to generate 70 per cent of the hot water needed in UBC’s district energy system, reducing its natural-gas use by half and cutting CO2 emissions by 14,500 tonnes per year.“The expansion plan is all about thermal energy from a renewable resource and displacing our dependency on natural gas,” said David Woodson, UBC’s managing director of energy and water services.Woodson said an update in 2016 of UBC’s climate action plan identified an expansion of the plant, which is called the bioenergy research and demonstration facility, as “the only economically viable option” for hitting the university’s target to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020. The university’s goal of reducing emissions were to cut 33 per cent of its CO2 production from 2007 levels by 2015 and 67 per cent by 2020.Because UBC is a public-sector institution, it’s hit with the double whammy of having to pay the carbon tax on its greenhouse-gas emissions as well as buying carbon offsets for the fossil fuels it burns.“The combined effect, we’re paying over $60 per tonne (for carbon emissions),” Woodson said. “That’s effectively the same price as clean wood waste.”Waste wood, or biomass, counts as carbon neutral because it isn’t a fossil fuel, although it’s burned, and it comes from a renewable source.The plant gets its wood waste from a fuel consolidator that draws from more than 100 sources, Woodson said. However, they were surprised to learn that among those the three biggest sources were furniture manufacturing, sawmill waste and the gardening wood waste from municipalities.Woodson added that UBC’s assessment is that even with the expansion the biomass plant will be able to rely on its existing sources for fuel, even if there is more widespread adoption of bioenergy as a method of reducing fossil-fuel use. The university did an assessment considering what the impact would be if all known biomass projects in the Lower Mainland proceeded.“That would use up 50 per cent of known available (waste-wood) supplies,” Woodson said. “The short answer is, we’re completely confident in the availability of supply.”UBC’s district heating system dates back more than 100 years, Woodson said, to the campus’s original coal-fired plant that generated steam that was piped through 14 kilometres of lines to heat-exchangers in all of its buildings. It has since been converted to oil, then natural gas and now biomass, and steam has been switched out to make it a hot-water distribution system.John Madden, UBC’s director of sustainability and engineering, said the existing plant has cut the university’s CO2 emissions by some 8,500 tonnes per year, already helping it reduce emissions by 38 per cent from its 2007 baseline. read more

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Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,202.09, up 14.38 points):Mercator Minerals Ltd. (TSX:ML). Miner. Unchanged at 4.5 cents on 11.1 million shares.Nuinsco Resources Ltd. (TSX:NWI). Miner. Unchanged at 1.5 cents on 5 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.73 per cent, to $1.38 on 4.3 million shares.Romarco Minerals Inc. (TSX:R). Miner. Up three cents, or 3.33 per cent, to 93 cents on 4.2 million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.66 per cent, to $1.53 on 3.6 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 29 cents, or 4.74 per cent, to $6.41 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Molson Coors Brewing Co. (TSX:TPX.B, NYSE:TAP). Alcoholic beverages. Up $3.87, or 5.76 per cent, to US$71.08 on 3.5 million shares in New York. The company beat expectations as quarterly net earnings increased 9.5 per cent to US$290.7 million in the second quarter on higher revenues. Revenues grew nearly one per cent to $1.2 billion even though worldwide beer volume fell to 16.6 million hectolitres and its shares ran up $3.87 or 5.76 per cent to US$71.08 in New York.Tim Hortons (TSX:THI). Restaurants. Up $4.44, or 7.39 per cent, to $64.52 on 1.6 million shares. The company reported that same-store sales grew 2.6 per cent in Canada and 5.6 per cent in the United States. The restaurant chain also anticipates earnings per share to be near the higher end — or slightly above — its current target range of $3.17 to $3.27 earnings per share for the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 3:43 pm MDT read more

Iraq amid rising violence Ban urges political leaders to show unity in

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the UN chief said he is gravely concerned by the deteriorating situation in Mosul, where, according to news reports, after days of fighting against Government forces, militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Levant (ISIL) have overrun the city – the second largest in Iraq – forcing thousands of civilians to flee the violence.Further to the statement, the Secretary-General “strongly condemned” the terrorist attacks in restive Anbar, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din provinces that have killed and wounded scores of civilians over the past several days. Mr. Ban extended his profound condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Iraq. “The Secretary-General urges all political leaders to show national unity against the threats facing Iraq, which can only be addressed on the basis of the Constitution and within the democratic political process,” said the statement. Mr. Ban also encouraged the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government to cooperate in restoring security to Ninewa Province and in delivering urgently needed humanitarian aid. “The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) stands ready to support these efforts,” the statement adds. As for the situation in Anbar, about which the Secretary-General remains “deeply concerned”, the statement welcomes the convening of an Anbar reconciliation conference and strongly encourages all local tribal, political and religious leaders to participate constructively in order to put an end to the fighting. In the statement, Mr. Ban recalls that all UN Member States have an obligation to implement and enforce the targeted financial sanctions, arms embargo and travel ban imposed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) under the sanctions regime pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011). “The United Nations, including UNAMI, will continue to support the Government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country,” the statement concludes. read more

Central African Republic surge in violence triggers new displacement including into DR

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today. Briefing the press in Geneva this afternoon, Karin de Gruijl, Spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that since January, an estimated 30,000 people have fled their homes and found refuge in other parts of the CAR.Much of the recent violence in the besieged country has been associated with seasonal movements of livestock and clashes between herders and the local and agricultural populations and the anti-Balaka, Ms. de Gruijil said. Some herders have turned to ex-Seleka militias for protection. Civilian populations have been caught in the middle and their villages, houses and belongings have been burned down. UNHCR has distributed relief items including blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets and plastic sheeting to more than 1,170 recently displaced families in the CAR town of Bambari. In Batangafo, 800 families have received these emergency kits. However, the security situation there remains precarious. “Armed elements enter some of the sites for displaced people in Bambari and Batangafo, threatening people and extorting money. Some of the displaced live just meters away from their former homes, yet they cannot go back for fear of losing their lives,” said Ms. de Gruijl. “While most of the local authorities are absent, many public buildings in Bambari are controlled by ex-Seleka forces. More robust police and gendarmerie presence is urgently needed to protect civilians and to prevent further killings and acts of retaliation,” she added. Across the border, in the DRC, UNHCR has registered more than 19,000 refugees who have arrived in Bosobolo territory in the north of Equateur Province as a result of new violence since December in CAR’s Kouango district, in Ouaka Prefecture. “Our teams on the ground report the ongoing arrival of refugees who tell us that they flee clashes between the anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka militias in their villages. They say that their houses are being burned and they have no other choice than to flee. If they stay in their villages, they risk being tortured or killed and women are being raped,” the UNHCR spokesperson said. Some 2,400 refugees have crossed into the DRC, using new entry points in the territories of Mobayi and Bosobolo since 15 February. Most are children. UNHCR and its partners are on the ground to set up a new refugee site in the area of Bili, away from the border. Newly arrived refugees currently live in spontaneous settlements on the shore of the Oubangui River, the natural border between the DRC and CAR, in makeshift shelters with very limited access to health care, clean water and food.UNHCR’s team has also received alarming reports of sexual violence by armed elements from CAR. “On 9 February, three refugee girls were kidnapped by armed elements who crossed into the DRC close to Dula and took them back to the Central African Republic. One girl who managed to escape told us that they were raped. She is now receiving medical treatment. The other girls are still missing,” Ms. de Gruijl said. In total more than 893,000 people have been forcibly displaced by violence in the Central African Republic. Some 442,000 are displaced inside the country, including more than 50,000 in Bangui, some 35,000 people who fled to Bambari and 33,700 in Batangafo. Some 451,000 are living in exile, mainly in Cameroon (245,000), Chad (94,000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (88,000) and the Republic of the Congo (24,000). Fresh off her recent visit to the CAR and Cameroon where she visited internal displaced persons (IDP) camps, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-Wha Kang, called the humanitarian situation on the ground dire.“The overwhelming majority of displaced and refugee families that I met mentioned that insecurity is the main obstacle to them in returning to their homes, or being located elsewhere. They also called for reparation and compensation mechanisms to be established for the violence and losses they suffered. People from minority groups such as the Fulani – also known as Peul – expressed strong feelings of having been marginalized in society,” Ms. Kang said in a statement.In many places outside Bangui, State authority is almost non-existent, she continued. This means that it is a very dangerous place for humanitarian work. Last year there were nearly 140 security incidents directly targeting aid workers, and since 1 January this year, four humanitarian workers have been kidnapped.Ms. Kang said that not only is it an extremely complicated environment for aid organizations to work in, especially as the humanitarian needs grow, in both countries, the lack of resources is hampering the aid response.In Cameroon, Ms. Kang travelled to Yaoundé and visited the Gado camp for CAR refugees in the eastern part of the country. Cameroon is now facing enormous challenges from the impact of attacks by the Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria as well as in the far north of Cameroon itself, she added. read more

Costeffective acid minerock drainage technologies

first_imgReduce your sludge volume by as much as 90%: Acid Mine/Rock Drainage (AMD/ARD) from operating mines and abandoned mine sites require treatment to prevent adverse impacts to rivers and streams, which can produce significant volumes of sludge. Many AMD/ARD systems operating in the US today are facing constraints on their sludge storage capacities whether they are impounding the sludge above or below ground. Veolia Water Technologies offers mining companies a proprietary process known as DenseSludge that reduces the volume of sludge by as much as 90% compared with conventional processes. This can extend the life of existing sludge storage facilities and/or minimize the amount of new storage that must be built. This process also improves the utilization of lime and reduces its usage. This, coupled with the lower sludge handling costs due to the sludge volume reduction, results in significant cost savings.Also, cost effectively removing selenium faces a number of technical challenges. While the mineral may be present in mine effluent in its easier-to-treat form selenite, more often it exists in its more difficult form as selenate.In response to new regulations affecting the mining industry, Veolia has developed SeleniumZero, a process using a patented iron oxide-based media in conjunction with filtration, for removal of the most commonly occurring forms of selenium, including both selenite and selenate.last_img read more

Man Makes Explosive Sex Toy Passes It Off as Christmas Present

first_imgOver the holidays, a Minnesota man was staying with two female friends. When the building’s landlord discovered the situation, 37-year-old Terry Allen Lester was asked to leave, vacating the premises on December 31st. He left something behind however–a few bags whose presence made the tenants nervous, prompting them to call the police.When the officer arrived, she inspected a container bearing the words “Christmas Gifts.” Inside was a sex toy that had been converted into a makeshift explosive, filled with gun powder and buck shot.AdChoices广告The officer also found other sex toys, cables, a toolkit, and an explosive device in the apartment. According to the tenants, Lester was planning on giving the sex toy to a woman with whom a relationship had ended badly. The bomb squad was called in, cutting the wire, and rendering the device useless. Lester was arrested on felony explosive and terrorism charges.last_img read more