Indian PM Strips Islands Of British Colonial Names – And Renames Them After Freedom Fighter

first_imgIndia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rechristened three of the country’s island territories named after colonial officials, as part of a campaign by his Hindu nationalist government to disassociate itself from two centuries of British rule.Read it at The Telegraph Related Itemslast_img

Probe committee formed

first_imgMaharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday said that a five-member committee is probing the wall collapse incident in Pune in which 15 people were killed on Saturday.Replying to a discussion on the issue in the Assembly, Mr. Patil said that the probe panel will comprise the additional district collector, officials of the labour commissionerate, Pune Police, Pune Municipal Corporation and the deputy director of town planning.“A total of 11 people have been booked for culpable homicide and two have been arrested so far. The construction work was going on in a very narrow lane. There was no space for ambulances to arrive at the site of the accident. I wonder how permissions are given for construction of residential premises,” Mr. Patil said.The minister informed that the licenses of the structural engineer and the building’s architect have been suspended and they have been blacklisted, adding that the registration of the RCC (structural design) consultant has been stayed.Earlier, Nationalist Congress Party MLA Ajit Pawar demanded that the accused be booked for culpable homicide. “The poor should get justice. Developers should be punished,” he said.Congress MLA Amit Deshmukh asked if labourers from other States were registered with local authorities. “Accountability needs to be fixed and stricter laws are necessary,” he said.Leader of Opposition (LoP) Vijay Wadettiwar said residents of the building adjacent to the compound wall had complained to local authorities about defects in the wall four months ago.Fifteen people, including four children, were killed and two others injured on Saturday when a portion of a 22-feet high compound wall of a housing society in Kondhwa area of Pune collapsed on adjoining slums of construction workers following incessant rains. All the deceased labourers belonged to Katiharin Bihar.last_img read more

Arellano zooms to 2-0 card

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University imposed its edge in experience to crush San Beda, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, Wednesday and remain unbeaten in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovelyn Prado and Regine Arocha led the Lady Chiefs in scoring their second straight victory and at the same time providing a glimpse of what to expect from the reigning NCAA women’s champions.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Sebastian similarly downed Jose Rizal University in straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, in the second game to barge into the win column.Prado fired 16 points, while Arocha added 15 for Arellano, bringing to fore the skills and smarts they have learned from playing in the previous PVL Open Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“In the Open Conference we faced better players which allowed us to level up our game,” said Prado in Filipino.That level was in full display as Arellano ran plays like a sure-footed veteran squad against the Lady Red Spikers, whose bevy of power hitters just could not get their game going. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Issa Viray and Chesca Racraquin tried to hammer their way against the formidable defense of Arellano, scoring 12 and 9 points, respectively.The Lady Chiefs, who downed the St. Benilde Lady Blazers in the opener (25-20, 25-22, 25-17), were never in trouble in the match as coach Obet Javier’s squad was on-point throughout.San Beda took a 16-13 lead in the second set but Mary Anne Esguerra and Necole Ebuen triggered a 5-1 binge to put things in order.“They tried to load up on their serves, that’s why they managed to take the lead,” said Prado, the team captain. “But that’s where we held on to our receives even better.”San Beda, which bested Technological Institute of the Philippines (25-13, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13) in its opener, fell to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Azkals draw with Yemenis, stay on topcenter_img LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

#AIFWAW16: Day 2 celebrates the beauty of different styles women love to explore

first_imgThe second day of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autum Winter 2016 celebrated the beauty of different styles women tend to explore sartorially.AnnaikaTitled, Lock, Stitch & Gothic, Kanika Saluja’s collection came with touches of leather and details that paid ode to the Victorian era.Shriya Saran on the Annaika runway The designer also debuted her menswear line on the runway, besides giving the ongoing event its first showstopper in the form of Drishyam actress Shriya Saran.Annaika, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 Also read: #AIFWAW16: Did you see Shriya Saran’s massive headgear from the Annaika runway? Virtues by Viral, Ashish & VikrantSticking to the name of their collection, Mashru, the designers presented a colourful ode to the region the fabric belongs to. Using bright hues characteristic of Gujarat, the designers’ collection came with Mughal sartorial sensibilities.Virtues, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 Rimzim DaduNot only did the designer present a stellar collection that had the audience mesmerised, she let the audience interact with her kaarigars and get a feel of the materials used before presenting her labour of love on the runway.Rimzim Dadu, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 Dhruv KapoorPresenting his take on sports-luxe, the designer’s silhouettes came about as a result of blending evening wear with sports wear. Metallics, furs and combat boots stood out on the runway. Samant ChauhanStaying true to the name of his presentation, Silk Route, Samant Chauhan used Bhagalpuri and cotton silk to create garments in neutral tones with just a hint of colour embroidered exquisitely.advertisementSamant Chauhan, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 Malini Ramani Also read: #AIFWAW16 Day 1: A dose of shimmer, steel and structure on the runway Always the one to keep things sexy, Malini Ramani’s Supernova collection was dominated by interesting sarees and apparel with high-low hemlines that came in silks, chiffons and stretch jersey in earthy tones.Malini Ramani, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016Nikasha Kediya blouses, dhotis and sarees that deserve to be the star of a wardrobe, ethnic wear came with a lovely fusion twist at Nikasha’s presentation.Nikasha, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 Anita Dongre GrassrootShades of ochres and reds took centrestage at Anita Dongre’s sustainable line Grassroot’s collection, Earth Song. With shifts, shirt dresses and bomber jackets, the designer’s runway came with plenty of ideas to steal for layering.Anita Dongre Grassroot, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 Rajesh Pratap SinghRajesh Pratap Singh’s Gold Rush collection was dominated by structured pieces that truly celebrated the beauty of the hue. From standalone pieces in gold to mixing it with whites or prints, the designer’s take on gold showed the perfect way of loving the colour without going overboard.Rajesh Pratap Singh, Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016last_img read more

Neelalohitadasan Nadar appointed new JD(S) Kerala chief

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jun 26 (PTI) Former MP and state minister Neelalohitadasan Nadar was today appointed as the new Kerala unit president of Janata Dal (Secular), led by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.JD(S), a partner in the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala, has three MLAs in the state assembly.Nadar was elected as the new president of the partys state committee as the outgoing president Mathew T Thomas has joined as Water Resources Minister in the Pinarayi Vijayan-led ministry, Deve Gowda said in a release.George Thomas was elected as the new secretary of the committee, the release said.A two-time minister, Nadar had held the portfolios of Sports and Youth Affairs and Forest and Transportation in the state assembly during 1987-1991 and 1999-2000, respectively.His wife Jameela Prakasham was an MLA in the 13th state assembly. PTI LGK APR KISlast_img read more

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first_imgEx-Chinese prez Hus close aide jailed for life for graftFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 4 (PTI) A close aide of former Chinese president Hu Jintao was today jailed for life for taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, making him one of the senior officials of the previous regime to be punished in the anti-corruption campaign launched by President Xi Jinping.Ling Jihua, 59, pleaded guilty and decided not to appeal, the First Intermediate Peoples Court of Tianjin which conducted the trial said in its judgement.Ling was regarded as a very power official during the ten- year regime of Hu, the vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and head of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) before he fell from grace and 2014, a year after Xi came to power and launched the anti- corruption campaign.”I accept all the charges and submit to the judgement. Todays trial will be engraved in my memory,” Ling said.He said the trial was “solemn, meticulous, rational and civilised,” embodying a combination of rule of law and humanitarian treatment.”I sincerely thank the court, the procuratorate and (my) two attorneys,” Ling said in his final statement.Lings high profile world was exposed when his son Ling Gus died after crashing his Ferrari sports car here in March, 2012. Two young women, one naked and the other semi-naked who were in the car were also seriously injured. There were allegations of a cover up of the investigations.advertisementHe was one of the several top CPC politicians who were prosecuted for corruption and abuse of power in Xis high profile anti-corruption campaign in which thousands of officials from different ranks were prosecuted in the last three years.Besides Ling, those prosecuted include former national security Czar Zhou Yangkong, former Chinese politician Bo Xilai and his wife as well as top military officials like Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong.The indictment accused Ling of seeking benefits for others and asking for and illegally accepting a huge amount of property, taking advantage of his powerful posts, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.”Lings offence in illegally obtaining state secrets is serious and he also committed extremely serious offence in abusing his power and causing major losses to public property and the interests of the country and its people,” the indictment said.It said he should be held “criminally” responsible for accepting bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power. PTI KJV UZM AKJ CPSlast_img read more

Implantable wireless biosensor monitors cerebral blood flow

first_imgResearchers have created a new medical sensor that promises to revolutionize the ability of doctors to treat brain aneurysms. The device, which is battery-less, is a capacitive sensor with an inductor. It can be implanted directly in patients’ brains and, oddly enough, that’s significantly less invasive than the most common treatment the medical profession uses today.Robert Herbert and Woon-Hong Yeo, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology, described the device in a recent edition of Advanced Science . The work was done with colleagues at Georgia Tech and at Hanyang University in South Korea.The miniaturization of biomedical sensors coupled with efficient wireless protocols have led to a new generation of medical sensors with a profound impact on the healthcare sector. Even stethoscopes are getting revolutionary updates to better help manage health information.The latest microelectronics technology has been particularly beneficial for implantable solutions, helping them to become extensible biosensors. The industry is rising to meet technological challenges involving wireless monitoring capabilities, reliability, and production scalability. They are also being manufactured using new materials more compatible with tissues and blood vessels.The Georgie Tech sensor benefits from these advances. The sensor is implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain, thus helping doctors to assess any abnormalities that can cause patient death. The sensor is composed of biocompatible polyimide, two layers created by silver nanoparticles, a dielectric and a soft polymeric encapsulating material. A coil is powered through electromagnetic energy harvested by another device located outside the body. The capacity of the implanted sensor changes according to blood flowing, which alters the output signals of a third coil located outside the body. The device can detect changes in blood flow of just 0.05 milliliters per second (m/s).In the laboratory, capacity changes were measured at 6 cm distance from a sensor implanted in the flesh to stimulate brain tissue.The sensor uses inductive coupling to allow wireless detection of the biomimetic hemodynamics of the cerebral aneurysm. The researchers said the sensor is easily constructed with 3D aerosol jet printing to create conductive silver traces on elastomeric substrates, which reduce costs and accelerate production. This technique allows the creation of very small electronic functions without using traditional lithographic processes, thus obtaining a microelectronic structure suitable for implants in the field of micro-medicine.Currently, the healing of cerebral aneurysms is monitored by repeated angiographic imaging, which requires injecting the patient with imaging dyes; the process is considered highly risky for the patient. The use of the new sensor could allow more efficient evaluations without the use of imaging dyes.Yeo, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech’s George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, said, “The beauty of our sensor is that it can be seamlessly integrated into medical stents or flow divisions that clinicians are already using to treat aneurysms.”The sensor combines an LC circuit (capacitance C and coil L of the sensor), thus forming a resonant circuit with a frequency proportional to f = 1 / (2π√LC). This method of reading, with respect to the frequency domain method for observing impedance variations, has been shown to reach longer reading distances (Figure 1). Figure 1: Schematic and equipment overview of the battery-less wireless system with an implantable flow sensor and two external antenna coils [Source: Advance Science]The analytical and experimental studies of the team have identified electrical characteristics for the correct optimization of the measurement. A correlation between the quality factor of the sensor, the coupling coefficient, and the transfer coefficient define a critical value for the number of winding of the coil with a diameter of the order of 100 µm to reach high efficiency. Coils with 44-53 winding and 30 mm in length allowed longer reading distances. The resulting coils have inductances between 1.5 and 1.9 µH, and the average induced power is of the order of 1.2 mW for about 40/50 winding.These tests use capacities from 150 to 220 pF to obtain low resonance frequencies between 10.2 and 12.2 MHz. Changing the sensor capacity does not affect the induced power, but reduces the quality factor, producing a less pronounced resonance peak.Transdermal sensors of this type can be applied to the skin for monitoring various medical parameters which, if properly controlled, can help cure diseases. Medical devices generally combine microelectronics and micromechanics, representing, in fact, a perfect MEMS. They can also monitor glucose and blood pressure, treat chronic pain, or even administer medication.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Wireless, battery-free sensor for brain aneurysm treatment.” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Medical, Wireless center_img Continue Reading Previous Swissbit: hardware-based security solutions to protect data and devicesNext Alibaba cloud hosts new high-performance AI inference chiplast_img read more

What to Wear Hiking: Menswear That Works On and Off the Trail

first_img The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Huckberry/FacebookYour search for what to wear hiking is over. Getting out of the city, into the outdoors, and onto the trail can be a difficult balance to strike, especially if you fancy yourself a sharp dresser during your 9-to-5 grind. Fear not, because the balance of style, functionality, and rugged appeal on or off the trail (or back at your local bar) is easy to strike — if you study up on our picks, that is.Relwen Quilted Patrol Jacket, $298Exclusive to Huckberry, this modern take on the military field jacket features a tough quilted exterior, a water-resistant finish, and a nice color that stands out quietly. It’s a jacket that’s as easy to throw on for a hike as it is to head out for a pint (or two) afterward.Frank and Oak Rugged Flecked Twill Elbow-Patch Shirt, $80Known for its modern, minimal, and forward-thinking collections, Frank and Oak comes through with an easy-to-layer twill shirt featuring contrasting elbow patches. It’s a compromise between fashion and utility that’ll look at ease when layered over a tough henley. Which reminds us …Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley, $62Made from carded cotton for durability and warmth, the Flint and Tinder Heavyweight Henley features unbreakable buttons and an enzyme wash for added softness. This is an excellent base layer that just so happens to channel terrific fall vibes.Taylor Stitch Chore Pant, $98From the use of Mount Vernon duck canvas to the neat olive color, Taylor Stitch checks all the boxes for what you need from a pair of hiking pants. Angled front-slash and back-patch pockets provide crucial space your everyday carry, while the double-knee reinforced construction is a welcome feature.Danner Vertigo 917 Boots, $220Danner’s Vertio 917 are a hybrid build that splits the difference between boot and sneaker, which means these functional shoes are going to held up well on the street or on the trail, all day long. That’s one big must-have crossed off your list of what to wear hiking, wouldn’t you agree?American Trench Slub Socks, $20Comfortable socks featuring American-made toughness and standout construction? That sounds like a pair you need on your feet.Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark Watch, $260Leave absolutely nothing to chance when venturing out this season. This ridiculously sturdy and well-made Luminox watch does right by the Navy SEALs, so it should hold up on your next hike.Feature image courtesy of Huckberry/Facebook. The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall last_img read more

Scenic Group Offers 25,000 Bonus Reward Points for New Bookings

first_imgVancouver, February 2019 – Scenic Group, parent company of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways and Scenic Eclipse, has announced that Canada-based travel agents will receive a bonus of 25,000 Rewards Points for every new booking they make between February 1 and March 31, 2019 on any of its three brands – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways and Scenic Eclipse. And with no cap, the sky is the limit. The Rewards bonus points will be in addition to the already generous points agents earn based on the value of the booking. Scenic Group’s Rewards Program, started in 2018, grants one point for every two dollars spent. Those points can then be traded in for a huge array of products that includes appliances (big and small), fitness and outdoor equipment, electronics, jewelry and fashion items, multiple gift card options, food and wine items, etc. Citing some examples, Derek Legault, Senior Director of Sales, Canada for Scenic Group, points out how agents can really walk away with great products while helping their clients enjoy the best deals of the season. “Many of the agents who sell Scenic and Emerald Waterway products will make multiple bookings during WAVE Season. Make just five bookings, at an average value of $20,000 net, and the agent will receive 175,000 Rewards points, more than enough for a new Sony Smart TV or Bose speakers or a KitchenAid mixer. Make 10 bookings and the resulting bonus points means they could pick up an iPhone and still have more than 100,000 Bonus points left to spend.” After their first booking, travel agents receive a welcome email from Scenic and/or Emerald Waterways Rewards with a password reset link and a unique Rewards Member ID. One point is earned for every two dollars spent – excluding air components, taxes and non-commissionable products which form part of the booking, as well as any surcharge or service fees on payments made by credit card, charge card or other forms of non-cash payment. Travel agents access their accounts at www.scenicrewards.ca or www.emeraldrewards.ca to review their points status and browse the catalogue to redeem their points. Emerald Waterways Rewards points are transferrable to their Scenic Rewards accounts (but not the other way around). Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 31-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse, and a sister ship to launch in 2020. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching in 2019 for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River.  Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or www.scenic.ca; phone (866) 689-8611; or email: info@scenic.ca. For Emerald Waterways, www.emeraldwaterways.ca, by phone 855-444-0161 or email: canada@emeraldwaterways.ca. Any inquiries about the Rewards program should be directed to rewards@scenic.ca. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.last_img read more

Unprecedented Year for Jamaica on World Stage – Minister Johnson Smith

first_img Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says that Jamaica is having a landmark year in terms of its regional and international engagements.She cited, among other things, the country’s participation in the Outreach Session of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit held from June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada, and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held earlier in the year.She noted that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “heavily reported” in the media for his presentation to the global leaders at the Summit.“This level of participation on the world stage is unprecedented, and, together with the Prime Minister’s undisputed positive engagement and reception, is testimony to the very hard work of the team here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,” she said.Minister Johnson Smith was addressing journalists at a press briefing held on Tuesday (June 19) at the offices of the Ministry, 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5.She further reported that she recently represented the Caribbean community at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Ministry is engaged in preparatory meetings leading up to a G20 Summit in the South American country later this year, which will be attended by the Prime Minister.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness will chair the 39th meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), scheduled to take place in Montego Bay from July 4 to 6.Jamaica will assume a six-month chairmanship of CARICOM from July 1 to December 31, 2018.In delivering the Throne Speech at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament in Gordon House earlier this year, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said the chairmanship “will provide Jamaica with an opportunity to influence the Community’s policy direction, development agenda and the regional integration process as well as engage CARICOM member states on the recommendations of the Report of the CARICOM Review Commission”.Minister Johnson Smith informed, further, that Jamaica will be participating in the Quartet of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), including the EU (European Union) CELAC Ministerial Meeting to be held in Brussels in mid-July.Additionally, she said that Jamaica is presiding over the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.“I, myself, am president of the Council of Ministers and our Ambassador Sheila Monteith is Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels.” she said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says that Jamaica is having a landmark year in terms of its regional and international engagements. She cited, among other things, the country’s participation in the Outreach Session of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit held from June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada, and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held earlier in the year. Story Highlights She noted that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “heavily reported” in the media for his presentation to the global leaders at the Summit.last_img read more

Danish Maritime Authority Delegation Visits Marintec …

first_imgzoom On 3 December, a delegation from the Danish Maritime Authority headed by Director-General Andreas Nordseth took part in the opening of the Danish stand at Marintec China 2013 in Shanghai with, among others, the Danish Consul-General in Shanghai.Marintec China is Asia’s largest marine equipment fair and is crucial for getting access to the Chinese market. Therefore, more than 40 Danish companies were represented on the Danish stand, organized by the Danish Marine Group.“Seeing so many Danish companies – marine equipment manufacturers, technological developers and ship designers – at Marintec is evidence that they are already strongly involved in China and offer quality solutions that are in demand by the Chinese maritime industry. We would like to show our support for this on behalf of the official Denmark, which is the background for my participation here”, said Andreas Nordseth.In connection with the Marintec fair, a high-level conference was held – the Senior Maritime Forum – at which the Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority gave a speech. In his speech, Andreas Nordseth focused on green conversion in the shipping industry and stressed the importance of utilizing the potential for growth created by green conversion. He underlined the need for innovative, international partnerships between shipbuilders, shipowners and manufacturers of marine equipment in order to ensure the development of the most efficient and commercially attractive solutions and emphasized the readiness of Danish companies and authorities to engage in cooperation with the Chinese authorities and companies on this. DMA, December 11, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

Fire truck catches fire en route to call Theres a degree of

first_imgHALIFAX – Halifax firefighters got a surprise Thursday morning when flames started shooting from their own truck as they responded to a call.“Unbelievable — a fire truck actually caught on fire,” mused Deputy Fire Chief Roy Hollett.“It’s like a police car getting broken into.”Hollett said the truck was responding to a medical call in Lake Echo, about 26 kilometres east of downtown Halifax, at about 9 a.m. when it began to lose power and started making loud noises.“As (the driver) stopped the truck, the cab started to fill up with smoke. The captain directed everyone to get out immediately. When they got out, they noticed there was smoke and fire under the wheel well and the cab.”He said four people were in the truck, a 2003 Pierce. Some of the firefighters suffered minor smoke inhalation, but nothing that required medical attention, Hollett said.Crews quickly brought breathing apparatus and other equipment to safety, and then lifted the cab to attack the fire. They used an extinguisher to contain it to the engine itself, before a second truck put the fire out, he said.Hollett said it appeared some grease or oil on top of the engine was burning, and oily spots were seen on the ground nearby on West Porters Lake Road. The cause is under investigation.“We’ve had two fire stations catch fire … but fire trucks catching fire, I don’t recall and I’ve been with Halifax fire almost 18 years,” Hollett said.“There’s a degree of irony, yes. When I heard the call come in on the radio, and heard an engine fire, I figured it was a car fire. And when the dispatcher confirmed the address and said it was a fire truck on fire, I slowed down and turned the radio up and thought, OK, did I actually hear a fire truck on fire?”“So I made my way there … Thankfully, no one was hurt and I can laugh at it now.”Another truck continued to the medical call, while a spare truck picked up the stricken truck’s equipment and took over its duties.City spokesman Brendan Elliott said the road was shut down for three hours.“The truck was towed to our in-house mechanical garage, where it will be assessed and if it looks like we can’t fix it ourselves we’ll bring someone in to help us,” said Elliott.last_img read more

Barclays to pay 2 billion to US to settle mortgage suit

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – British bank Barclays became the latest big bank to reach a multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities over its role in the subprime mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. But in a rare and notable move, U.S. authorities went further to fine two individual bankers as part of their alleged role in the subprime mortgage crisis.Barclays agreed to pay $2 billion in civil penalties on Thursday to settle charges that it sold fraudulent mortgage-backed securities to investors between 2005 and 2007, and that it misled investors on the quality of those loans that it sold to the public. They are similar charges that other banks like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup have reached over the last several years in regards to their respective roles in the financial crisis. Barclays was one the last holdouts of the big banks.Two former Barclays executives will pay fines as well. Paul Menefee, a banker who helped package subprime mortgages into securities, and John Carroll, who was the bank’s head trader of mortgage-backed securities, will pay a combined $2 million in fines in exchange for having the charges against them being dismissed. It has been rare for U.S. authorities to charge Wall Street bankers for their alleged role in the subprime housing bubble.“Solely to put this matter behind him, Mr. Menefee has agreed to a settlement in which he has not admitted any wrongdoing,” said Barry Berke and Dani James, lawyers with the firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who represented Menefee in the case.The law firm representing Carroll echoed similar statements.“John Carroll is pleased that the government has relented in its efforts to prove wrongdoing where none exists, and consistent with that position, we have agreed to settle this case without an admission to these meritless allegations,” said Glen McGorty, partner at Crowell & Moring, in a statement.The Justice Department originally sued Barclays and several of its U.S. affiliates in late 2016 over the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities. Barclays CEO Jes Staley said in a statement that the settlement was “fair and proportionate.”“The substantial penalty Barclays and its executives have agreed to pay is an important step in recognizing the harm that was caused to the national economy and to investors,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York.last_img read more

PODCAST Prof Lisa Barrow on Conversations with Goodman

This week’s Conversations with Goodman podcast features Prof. Lisa Barrow, an international workplace bullying researcher.Prof. Barrow describes workplace bullying as repetitive behaviour that seeks to demean a targeted individual in the form of public humiliation, work sabotage or denied opportunities.Workplace bullying can have a big impact and Prof. Barrow stresses that some employees could be unaware that they are enduring bullying and it is important for employees, managers and human resource departments to better understand the issue and how it can be addressed. The effects of bullying in the workplace can be intensely felt through depression, anxiety and suicide. She offers advice to those who are being bullied at work and to human resource departments to appropriately handle the situation.Prof. Barrow is an assistant professor in the department of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics at the Goodman School of BusinessThis is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. Last week’s episode featured Goodman graduate Jason Sparaga (BBA ’93). read more

Applications for US jobless aid fall a sign of low layoffs

WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, evidence that employers are holding onto their staffs and may even step up hiring.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications dropped 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000, the lowest in two months. The less volatile four-week average declined to 267,000.Applications are a proxy for layoffs and have remained below 300,000 for 68 straight weeks, the longest such streak since 1973.Just 2.14 million Americans are receiving benefits, 4.6 per cent lower than a year earlier.THE TAKEAWAY: The data suggests that a recent slowdown in hiring will be temporary. Employers added just 38,000 jobs last month and an average of only 116,000 in the past three months. That’s half of last year’s pace.The cutback came after economic growth slowed in the first quarter to an annual rate of 0.8 per cent.Still, the low level of applications for unemployment benefits adds to recent evidence that hiring could pick back up in the coming months.And recent research by economists at JPMorgan Chase has found that fewer applications are consistent with steady hiring over time. Not as many people seek benefits when it is easier to find work.KEY DRIVERS: There are signs the economy has improved in the April-June quarter. Home sales rose to a nine-year high last month, according to the National Association of Realtors, and homebuilding has picked up. Americans have also stepped up their spending at retail stores and restaurants in recent months.Still, the economy wasn’t strong enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to lift the short-term rate it controls during its two-day meeting last week.Fed chair Janet Yellen said in congressional testimony this week that Fed officials believe the weakness in hiring is temporary. She has previously pointed to the low number of people seeking benefits as evidence that job gains could rebound. Applications for US jobless aid fall, a sign of low layoffs FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, Nicole Kelly, left, interviews Angelo Falcone for a bartender job at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami. On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits a week earlier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 6:48 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UNESCO chief deplores brutal killing of Cambodian journalist

“I am appalled by the brutal killing of Suon Chan,” Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a news release. “Society as a whole suffers when violence is used to silence journalists in the line of duty. The perpetrators of this crime should be brought to justice to strengthen freedom of expression and press freedom in Cambodia.”A group of men wielding stones and bamboo sticks attacked Mr. Chan, 44, near his home in Cholkiri, Kampong Chhnang province, on the evening of 31 January. Two people who came to help him were also injured. The three were taken to a local hospital but Mr. Chan, who was particularly badly injured, died during his transfer to a hospital in the capital, Phnom Penh.The attack is widely reported to have been carried out in retaliation for his work for the Maekea Kampuchea newspaper on illegal fishing in the province, according to UNESCO. read more

Android pirates plead guilty in first counterfeit apps case

first_imgTWO MEN ACCUSED of operating a popular Android piracy website have pleaded guilty of distributing more than one million copies of copyrighted apps.According to the US Department of Justice, the one million apps sold had a total retail value of $700,000 (€506,000), and it marked the first time the US Department of Justice had secured convictions for the illegal selling copies of copyrighted apps.Nicholas Anthony Narbone and Thomas Allen Dye pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Both played a major role in Appbucket.net, an alternative online market which specialised in selling popular counterfeit Android apps.The site was in service from August 2010 to August 2012 where it and two other sites, applanet.net and snappzmarket.com, were seized by the US Department of Justice for pirating copyright mobile apps.The investigation was carried out by the FBI and both Dye and Narbone will be sentenced in June and July respectively, where they both face a five-year maximum prison sentence.Read: And the eight-year-old Doodle 4 Google champion is… >Read: Google embraces smartwatches by announcing Android Wear project >last_img read more

La Poste Free comme réseau mobile

first_imgLa Poste : Free comme réseau mobile ?France – La Poste souhaite devenir prochainement un opérateur mobile virtuel. Pour cela, l’entreprise souhaite louer le réseau mobile d’un opérateur. Iliad Free tient la corde.Iliad Free est sur le point de réaliser une bonne affaire. En cours de construction de son réseau mobile, le quatrième opérateur pourrait trouver une nouvelle ressource financière avec la location de son matériel par La Poste. En effet, le groupe a réalisé une meilleure offre que les trois autres concurrents Bouygues Telecom, Orange et SFR. Selon Silicon.fr, La Poste, qui souhaite devenir opérateur virtuel d’ici deux à trois ans, pourrait signer prochainement un contrat avec Iliad Free. L’initiative de la firme française n’est pas une surprise puisqu’une diversification des activités lui permettra de s’affirmer sur un marché européen qui s’annonce de plus en plus agressif.Le 8 avril 2010 à 13:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wintry mix of snow freezing rain expected this weekend

first_imgA wintry mix of snow and freezing rain is expected to hit the area this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.Another significant storm is expected to hit the Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon region Saturday, though precipitation may not fall in many the areas until the afternoon, the weather service reported.Though snow and sleet are in the forecast, freezing rain will likely be the dominant precipitation type in the valley areas that will likely fall in the Portland and Vancouver areas Saturday night.Travel this weekend is not recommended once the winter weather starts since the wintry mix will make the roads very slick and difficult to drive on.last_img