Forest Dept., Railways join hands to save jumbos in Odisha

first_imgAuthorities from the Forest Department and the Railways have initiated joint measures to prevent the death of wild elephants in train accidents between the Rambha and Humma railway stations under the Khallikote forest range in the Ganjam district of Odisha.This is the region where, on the night of December 29, 2012, six wild elephants were killed when the speeding Chennai-bound Coromandel Express collided with an elephant herd that was crossing the railway tracks. Usually, wild elephants frequent this area and cross railway tracks and roads at night.According to the Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Ashis Behera, ahead of the coming harvest season of kharif crops, all measures have been initiated to check the possibility of accidents between trains and elephant herds. There are only 20 wild elephants in the Berhampur forest range and seven of them are in the Khallikote forest range. But every year, during the paddy harvest season, elephant herds from the Chandaka forest reach this area via the Barbara forest. During their journey, they cross the railway track between the Rambha and Humma railway stations.The Forest Department has already erected solar-powered electrical fencing on a stretch of around three kilometres near the Satrusallya railway level crossing. A watch tower has also been erected near this level crossing, which is manned by four trackers of the Forest Department for round-the-clock monitoring of elephant movement in the region.On September 29, a joint coordination meeting was held between officials of the Forest Department and East Coast Railway in Berhampur to streamline exchange of information on the movement of elephants in this stretch. Similar coordination meetings are to be held every month. The exact location of elephants would be provided to station masters of the Rambha and Humma railway stations every day.In case of the issue of a caution notice regarding the movement of wild elephants in the region, train drivers will have to reduce the speed of the train and cross the seven kilometre stretch from Burudi to Satrusallya blowing long whistles.Field staff of the Forest Department are expected to be extra vigilant during the cropping season.last_img read more

Hurriyat meeting disallowed

first_imgHurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest at Nigeen when he started for the party headquarters in Srinagar on Saturday. “We were having a one-day Hurriyat workers’ session and it was barred. The Rajbagh office was also sealed. I am not allowed any space or scope for any political activity. So much for practising honest democracy, Governor sahab,” said the Mirwaiz.A Hurriyat spokesman said senior leaders like Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza were scheduled to meet at the party headquarters. “But before they could, all the lanes and by-lanes were sealed by police.”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Belgians demand more goals from their team for free TVs

first_imgBelgium forward Dries Mertens has more than one goal in this year’s World Cup in Russia.The Napoli forward has scored one of Belgium’s nine goals in the World Cup this year — which is most by a team in this edition so far. And, he says that his friends are counting on him to take Belgium’s tally to 16, so that they can get free television sets.When asked by reporters at their training camp near Moscow about Belgium’s free-scoring run, he joked that a retalier in Belgium have a World Cup promotion offer going, where people, who bought TVs according to that promo, will get their money reimbursed if the Red Devils score more than 15 goals.”My friends bought the television. So I’m thinking about that. So I want to score a lot of goals to give a free television to my friends,” he declared ahead of Belgium’s last 16 clash with Japan on Monday.The Group G leaders will take on the Group H runners up in Rostov after another clean sweep of the group stages for the second time in a row. Four years ago, they went out at the quarterfinal stage but after another strong performance, anything below a semi-final spot will be underachieveing.Belgium averaged three goals per game, and looked flashy even when playing mostly reserves against England in winning the last group game.On the other hand, Japan only just squeezed through, taking a route no team has ever taken out of a World Cup group. Japan and Senegal finished with four points each, had the same goal differential, scored the same number of goals and even drew 2-2, sending it to a tiebreaker being used at the World Cup for the first time: disciplinary record.advertisementWith Romelu Lukaku retutning and other Belgian starts all fit after sitting out their last group game against the Three Lions, they will be fresh and raring to go and the Blue Samurais will have their work cut out in trying to stop Mertens and Co. from scoring more goals.But, this free television offer is not the only special thing that is running during the World Cup.Brazilian TV production – much of it by international companies like Panasonic Corp and LG Corp in a tax-free zone in Amazonas state – has risen 25 per cent by some measures, while the country’s leading electronics retailers are reporting a spike in sales in recent months.Stores are also coming up with novel methods to get Brazilians to pull the trigger on new TV sets, with many offering major discounts.Electronics and appliance chain and local e-commerce standout Magazine Luiza SA, for instance, is allowing customers to pay for new TVs in part by trading in their old sets.The Brazilian government has relaxed work timings around Brazil matchdays so that they can watch their national team play.People are allowed to report to work by 2pm on the days when Brazil play in the morning while on afternoon matchdays, people can pack up and leave from work by 1pm.last_img read more

Tried to be the best batsman I can be: David Warner after signing off for SRH on a high

first_imgDavid Warner bowed out of the 2019 Indian Premier League on a high after scoring 81 for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab. Warner will now fly out to Australia to prepare for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.David Warner was named man-of-the-match as Sunrisers Hyderabad consolidated their position at 4th in the 2019 Indian Premier League points table after their 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Monday.Sunrisers Hyderabad will now have to make the final push for the playoffs without Warner.After being adjudged the Man of the match for his superb innings, Warner said that ‘staying still’ at the crease has helped him to improve his consistency, not just as a batsman but also as a ‘husband’.”It’s obviously great to get out there and do your job properly. We’ve got a great deck to bat on. The groundstaff have worked tirelessly to prepare good wickets and then it’s about going back to basics and backing your instincts. I think it just goes back to being still as a batsman. I get the tendency to moving around a bit if there have been a few dots. But I have worked hard over the last few months. Just put the bat down and tried to be the best man I can be, the best husband I can be and that’s worked for me. Yeah, I try to be the funny man in the team, the prankster. The gameplan is to back yourself, the first six overs is crucial with bat or ball, And it’s all simple. Just back your natural game,” said Warner.advertisementWith 692 runs from 12 matches, David Warner holds the Orange Cap currently and is likely to retain it unless Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan challenges Warner with a special effort.David Warner had missed the 2018 Indian Premier League after the BCCI barred him and Steve Smith following the ball-tampering scandal which erupted in Cape Town. Back for Sunrisers Hyderabad this summer. David Warner started with a bang and smashed 85 in the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders.Playing his last match in the 2019 IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad before heading out to Australia to prepare for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, David Warner came out all guns blazing. He welcomed R Ashwin into the attack with a six and made his intentions clear early on in the innings as he does ever so often.David Warner had won the Orange Cap in 2017 with 641 runs in 2017 and after missing the 2018 season, he looks set to win it all over again.In 2016, Warner had scored 848 runs, the second most in a season behind Virat Kohli’s 973 the same year.David Warner was in incredible form in the 2019 Indian Premier League.During the season, he hit 5 successive fifties: 70 not out vs KXIP (April 8), 51 vs DC (April 14), 50 vs CSK (April 17), 67 vs KKR (April 21), 57 vs CSK (April 23).Warner fell short of a record-making 6th fifty in a row when he was spectacularly caught by close friend and Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith for 37.On March 31, David Warner scored his 4th hundred in a barnstorming 185-run opening partnership against Royal Challengers Bangalore.David Warner finished the 2019 IPL with 9 fifty-plus scores. Out of the 12 innings he played this season, David Warner could not score at least fifty against Delhi Capitals (10) and Mumbai Indians (15).Also Read | IPL 2019: David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonAlso Read | IPL 2019: David Warner leading the charge for batsmen upon return to IPLlast_img read more

10 months agoNapoli legend Diego Maradona tells fans he’s fine

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli legend Diego Maradona tells fans he’s fineby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli legend Diego Maradona has told fans he’s fine after a health scare.A routine check-up showed blood in his stomach last week.However, he was sent home a few hours later and spoke to supporters via social media.“I want to thank you for the messages of encouragement. I’m fine and sorry to have worried you for no reason.“I wish to reassure you that there’s nothing serious, I am fine. Today I am taking care of my grandchildren Benja, Dieguito Matias and my son Diego Fernando.“A kiss to you all.” last_img read more

Disaster Risk Reduction Project Gets $169 Million

first_imgA total of $169.5 million has been allocated for the implementation of a Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction project, in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. With funding from the European Union, the project is being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Environmental Management Division, and the Forestry Department. The overall objective of the programme is to increase resilience and reduce risk associated with hazards in vulnerable areas as adaptive measures to climate change, thereby contributing to the development of Jamaica. The money will go towards developing one database to monitor coastal ecosystems; replanting 7.04 hectares of mangroves within the three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); establishing a coastal plants nursery at the Discovery Bay Marine Lab; preparing Management Plans for three MPAs; replanting 3,000 square metres of sea grass; installing two artificial reef systems in Negril and Old Harbour; and installing 30 Data loggers in four MPAs. It will also be used in rehabilitating 700 square metres of beach (Negril and Font Hill); distributing grants to promote alternative livelihood in five MPAs; establishing 56 hectares of forest plantation; rehabilitation of four nurseries; assessing 20,351 of 110,000 hectares of forested crown land; river protection infrastructure to minimize erosion and flooding; and development and implementation of a fire management programme. Some of the physical achievements to date include: 97 per cent of hectares of mangroves replanted; 23 mooring buoys installed in three MPAs – Palisadoes/Port Royal Cays (10), Negril (8), and Montego Bay (5); Memoranda of Understanding signed with five non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for implementation of alternative livelihood programme within five MPAs (Negril, Montego Bay, Portland Bight, St. Thomas and Bluefields); 89,648 of 110,000 hectares of forested crown lands assessed; 455 hectares of land identified and surveyed for planting; and the hosting of local workshops on climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities. The project, which began in October 2010, is slated to end in December 2013. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Navios Containers to Buy Secondhand Ship

first_imgzoom Monaco-based container shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has decided to acquire a 4,250 TEU containership from an undisclosed party.The ship, built in 2010, will be bought for USD 11.78 million.“The acquisition is subject to a number of conditions, and no assurance can be provided that the acquisition will close,” Navios Containers said.Navios Containers expects to finance the acquisition with cash on its balance sheet and USD 6 million from an existing credit facility.As informed, the vessel is expected to be delivered in Q1 2018.Following the acquisition, Navios Containers will own 22 vessels, totaling 93,130 TEU, with a current average fleet age of 9.8 years. The company said it has chartered-out 56.5% of its available days for 2018 and 18.7% of its available days for 2019.last_img read more

Mercury still haunts Grassy Narrows report finds

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report was released Monday highlighting the ongoing mercury problems in Grassy Narrows First Nation.The northern Ontario First Nation has been plagued by health issues as a result of mercury poising caused by a paper mill that contaminated the area’s waters.The report found that mercury levels continue to rise.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

As ball drops minimumwage workers in NYC will see pay rise

first_imgNEW YORK — The lowest-paid workers in New York state will have something to look forward to in the new year: a higher minimum wage, with the biggest boost coming to employees in New York City, who will make at least $15 per hour.For workers struggling in this expensive city, it’s a cause for celebration, an extra bit of cash to help with the daily fight to make ends meet, even as rents and other costs continue to rise. For some business owners, it’s a burden as they try to figure out how to cope with higher labour costs.In New York City, the $15 hourly rate kicks in on the last day of 2018 and will apply to fast-food workers and employees of businesses with 11 or more people; those businesses currently must pay a minimum wage of $13.That includes people like Jose Amador, 70, a full-time worker at a Brooklyn grocery store.As it is now, he has to stretch hard to support his family — he has four kids ages 3 to 15 — on the $2,500 he brings home each month. Almost half is eaten up by rent. The rest barely covers utilities, food and transportation.In a city where a 30-day subway pass alone costs $121, even an additional $2 an hour “can make a difference,” he said in Spanish, speaking through a translator.“I will be able to have more breathing space,” he said, and maybe even save some money for emergencies.If his children ask him for something, maybe the reply won’t have to be, “I can’t afford that,” he said.But for business owner Sam Lam, it means more worry. This is the sixth time New York’s minimum wage has risen since 2013, when it was $7.25.The owner of two Queens laundromats, he has balanced his budget by cutting back on worker overtime, slashing little perks like company lunches and holiday bonuses, and raising prices. Since he has fewer than 11 workers at each independent business, his minimum-wage workers will see pay go from $12 to $13.50 in 2019 before hitting the $15 mark in 2020.“I am in a very stressful situation,” said Lam, 54, who also works as a hairdresser.Workers in New York City’s Long Island suburbs will see their minimum pay go from $11 to $12 on New Year’s Eve before jumping to $15 in 2021. The rest of the state will see the minimum wage go up 70 cents, to $11.10, with further increases phased in over several years.If the experience of Seattle, where some companies had to pay $15 per hour starting in 2017, and San Francisco, where it went to $15 for all workers on July 1, is anything to go by, it’s neither going to be a magic bullet that puts low-wage workers in a secure position, nor a stake in the heart of businesses, said Jacob Vigdor, a professor at the University of Washington who has been examining the impact of wage increases.“The general sense is that the fears of what a higher minimum wage might have done to business were exaggerated,” he said. “I think it’s also fair to say the hopes of what a minimum wage might have done to workers were also exaggerated.”Workers who were already in minimum-wage jobs did see a bump up in their pay, he said. But the rate of new workers entering the low-wage market had gone down, meaning businesses were adapting by doing things like having fewer workers on a shift or adjusting operating hours.Researchers who studied one group of low-wage workers said they didn’t report feeling more economically secure, Vigdor said.“However much more they were earning, their expenses were going up just as fast, if not faster,” he said.State officials estimated that more than 900,000 people would be earning the $15 an hour wage when fully implemented in New York City.Samantha Marturana, co-owner of the Buttermilk Bakeshop in Brooklyn, said that when the lowest paid of her workers gets a pay hike to $15, it will have a ripple effect. Employees already getting paid more now because of seniority or special skills will expect a raise.She and her co-owner could avoid the pay hike for a year by laying off a worker, but they’d rather not, she said. Instead, the business might try to expand product offerings or market more to drive sales.Flavia Cabral, 56, is planning, too. As a part-time fast-food worker, she’s looking forward to buying toys for her grandson, maybe having a little extra to buy the things that were out of range before, like a pair of good quality shoes, or being able to give some money to her daughter for her college expenses.“Now I have a little release from the thinking, the pressure,” the Bronx resident said. “I have hope.”Deepti Hajela, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Takes Part in the First ‘Student Welcome Day Madrid’

Rabat – The Embassy of Morocco in Madrid took part in the first “Student Welcome Day Madrid 2015,” which was held on October 10, at the famous Cibeles Palace in the center of Spain’s capital.The event aimed to greet foreign students who are based in Spain and to offer them a podium to share and exchange their history, culture, and traditions. It also aimed to consolidate the cultural and social ties between Morocco and Spain.Photo courtesy: Madrid Student Welcome DayMoroccan representatives prepared a booth to present Moroccan handicrafts and history. The stand was distinguished by the throng of visitors who were mesmerized by the diversity of Moroccan culture and customs. Several dignitaries and prominent sportsmen visited the booth, including the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, and the legendary Spanish footballer, Emilio Butragueno, as well as the president of the Foundation of Atletico Madrid, Adelardo Rodriguez.The event also supplied a stage for Moroccan artists to represent Moroccan culture through their artworks and performances. The stage included the performance of the Moroccan rapper and finalist of the French version of the musical contest Yann’sine Jebli, who was accompanied by the Moroccan dance group ‘Madrocco.’Photo courtesy: Madrid Student Welcome DayIn addition, a Moroccan graffiti artist also impressed the audience with a piece of art, in which he symbolized surfing in Morocco.Morocco’s ambassador to Spain, Fadel Benyaich, chaired the event along with international student representatives.Around 75,000 foreigners participated in this event, including Moroccan students. read more

Controversial Saudi Islamic School Closed Worldwide

New York – School has started for most students around the world.But students attending the controversial Islamic Saudi Academy have had to find an alternative.The Saudi-funded educational institution, which has academies throughout the world, have been systematically closed.In Bonn, Germany, it has been announced the school will close by year end.  The small school has 30 teachers and about 150 students from Arabic-speaking countries around the world. “We’ve waited a long time for this to happen,” Ralph Ghadban, a Berlin-based political scientist and Islam expert, who welcomed the end to the Saudi academy in Germany, told DW.But it doesn’t spell the end to the influx of radical Islamism to Germany, Ghadhan warned. “Some radical Muslims will send their children to certain boarding schools in Britain that are known for their radical interpretation of Islam.”In Virginia, the school had plans of moving its facilities to a growing Muslim community in western Farifax and nearby Loudoun County.  At one time, a conservative Christian group tried to stop the Islamic school from expanding. Now the school has closed voluntarily.Small, private and committed to an Islamic-based curriculum, the Saudi Islamic Academy which was founded in the 1980s has been accused of having Islamist leanings.In 2003, the school was investigated for ties to the terrorist network al Qaeda and other fundamentalist Muslim groups.The academy has also produced some notable terrorists.  Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was found guilty in 2005 of joining an al=Qaeda plot to assassinate then-President George W. Bush.  Ali was a graduate of the Saudi Islamic academy.The school’s curriculum was under investigation by the U.S. Congress for having material which was considered intolerant of other religions or which advocated violence in 2007.Even President Obama’s recent nominee for federal judge, Abid Qureshi, is being criticized for representing the Saudi Islamic Academy in past legal cases.  Pakistan-born Qureshi has become America’s first Muslim to be nominated to a federal judgeship.It is believed that the sudden closure of Saudi Islamic Academy is part of the Saudi governments part of the country’s “Vision 2030” program announced earlier this year.  The once cash-rich Arabian nation is making sweeping economic reforms, severely cutting spending and pushing for greater efficiency within the government.  The drop in oil revenues has forced the Saudi government to adopt a new “vision” for the future in order to survive.Henner Fürtig, the director of the Hamburg-based GIGA Institute for Mideast Studies, said the Saudi government is well aware of the controversies surrounding the academy and the accusations of “indoctrination attempts.”“It’s also an attempt to change the country’s image,” said Fürtig in DW read more

UN rights chief alarmed at erosion of rights for terror suspects

4 June 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the treatment of people suspected of committing terrorist acts, and called for reform of legal procedures used in such cases. “There are concerns regarding the transfer of suspects without due process, and the use of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, which are unacceptable practices,” Louise Arbour said in a statement read on her behalf today by an official to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.“I am alarmed by the continuing erosion of the right to fair trial which occurs when suspects of terrorist acts are denied the right to obtain a judicial review of their case,” she added.Ms. Arbour, who was commenting on her report, “The protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism,” which as been submitted to the HRC, also said there was a need to establish specific and effective legislation to avoid vague or overly broad definitions of terrorism.“We know that such definitions have led to inappropriate restrictions of the legitimate exercise of rights, such as the rights of association, expression and assembly,” she said, while also calling for intelligence-gathering on terrorism to be regulated by law and monitored as much as possible by independent agencies. Commenting on another UN report, on the “Question of the death penalty,” Ms. Arbour said that the number of countries that have a “completely abolitionist” policy toward the death penalty has increased from 85 to 93 since 2005. She also noted that a General Assembly resolution in December 2007 calls on “all States that still maintain the death penalty… to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.”The High Commissioner also noted that one of the most important recent developments following the Secretary General’s report on “Fundamental standards of humanity” has been the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which is now open for signature, ratification and accession. Ms. Arbour called on States to ratify the treaty. read more

UN rights chief denounces violence against journalists by Libyan forces

The top United Nations human rights official today condemned the detention and possible torture of three journalists working for the British Broadcasting Corporation by Libyan security forces, stressing that the media must be allowed access to report what is happening inside the country. The three were trying to cover the situation in the western city of Zawiya when they were detained and reportedly beaten and subjected to mock executions by members of the Libyan army and secret police. “Journalists take great risks to ensure that an accurate picture of what is happening in conflict zones emerges,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “They play an extremely important role in bringing human rights violations to light. In this case, the crew’s own experience provides a graphic example of the types of violations that are being committed in Libya.”The North African nation has been in turmoil since mid-February when protesters took to the streets demanding the ouster of long-time leader Muammar Al-Qadhafi. The ensuing violence has caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, with most crossing over into neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt. Ms. Pillay said that for a news team to be targeted, detained and treated with such cruelty, which she said could amount to torture, is “completely unacceptable” and in serious violation of international law.“If an international television crew can be subjected to this type of treatment, it makes me extremely concerned about the treatment that is most likely being meted out to Libyan opponents of the regime who have fallen into the hands of the security services,” she stated.“The media must be allowed access to report what is happening in Libya, without facing either restrictions, intimidation or violence.”She noted that the journalists had reportedly observed terrible conditions in the detention centre where they were held, “including clear signs that other detainees had been subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.” She also voiced concern about reported aerial bombardment of civilians and the use of military grade weapons and tanks on city streets, as well as accounts of summary executions, rapes and disappearances in the country.The High Commissioner reminded security personnel that they will be held accountable for their actions. “Be warned: whether you are ordering torture or carrying out the orders, you will be held personally criminally responsible,” she said.Briefing Member States at UN Headquarters in New York on the latest situation in Libya, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg noted that the number of those fleeing the country had now reached almost 250,000. “Humanitarian agencies are working tirelessly to avoid bottlenecks at the borders and to ensure that those waiting in transit camps do so in a dignified manner and receive adequate assistance,” she said. But she warned of possible outbreaks of acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea among people stranded at the Saloum border in Egypt as many are still sleeping outside in cold conditions. In eastern Libya, an inter-agency mission led by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which travelled to Benghazi from 2 to 5 March, reported that there were few critical humanitarian needs at that time.“However, while medical facilities reportedly have the capacity to respond to health needs in the area, they are facing shortages of medical supplies, drugs and specialized medical staff, as many are foreign personnel who left the country,” she said, adding the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is procuring drugs and medical supplies for hospitals and health facilities in Benghazi to dealing with the influx of wounded from the fighting.Meanwhile Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy to Libya Abdul Elah al-Khatib and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Rashid Khalikov, will travel to Tripoli, the capital where Mr. Qadhafi is based, possibly this weekend as agreed by Libya’s Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, Ms. Bragg said.Some $36 million has so far been contributed to the $160-million appeal that the UN and its partners launched on Monday to fund the activities of 17 aid groups in assisting people who have fled and for other affected people within Libya for the next three months, covering areas such as food security, nutrition, health care, water and sanitation and shelter. 10 March 2011The top United Nations human rights official today condemned the detention and possible torture of three journalists working for the British Broadcasting Corporation by Libyan security forces, stressing that the media must be allowed access to report what is happening inside the country. read more

UN aid chief in Chad warns of regional disaster unless Darfur problem

“What will happen in our view if the Darfur crisis is not resolved is that we will continue to have armed groups…operating in all the areas around the border, they may continue to weaken Government institutions and…make the life of the ordinary citizens almost impossible,” Kingsley Amaning, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Chad, told reporters in New York.If Sudan and Chad do not work together to find a more durable solution, he warned, “we will have a general deterioration of the stability in those areas and in the sub-region and that will create a humanitarian disaster.”Mr. Amaning said that over 240,000 Sudanese refugees had fled to Chad because of the crisis in Darfur and these were being assisted in 12 camps despite difficulties associated with inhospitable terrain, overcrowding and especially insecurity.“It’s obvious that the [Darfur] situation is bleak, it is not improving and that is causing us tremendous worry in Chad because there’s a clear linkage between what we’re doing in Chad, which is trying to save lives, [and this is] put in danger by the crisis in Darfur.”He also warned that the “whole scenario” of militia groups attacking other groups in Darfur was now being repeated in Chad, and he blamed this on ethnicity as well as the “militarization of the region” which has allowed people to have easy access to weapons.Mr. Amaning’s bleak assessment comes a day after the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland warned the Security Council that “a man-made catastrophe of an unprecedented scale” looms within weeks in Darfur unless something is done to halt the spiralling violence, looting and internal displacement. read more

Superior Plus pulls out of Canexus deal citing inability to agree on

Superior Plus pulls out of Canexus deal, citing inability to agree on extension by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2016 5:58 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Superior Plus says it’s no longer planning to buy Canexus Corp. through a friendly takeover that would have combined two of Canada’s largest industrial chemical companies.Toronto-based Superior Plus (TSX:SPB) made the announcement early Thursday morning, days after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it would try to block the transaction because of its impact on competition in North America’s sodium chlorate market.Calgary-based Canexus (TSX:CUS) and Superior had previously said they were prepared to fight the commission’s challenge.But Superior Plus said before stock markets opened that it was exercising its option to terminate the offer because the two companies had not been able to agree on an extension to a Wednesday deadline for finalizing the merger.Canexus said later that a legal battle with the FTC would have involved significant additional costs and risks and that it wanted some assurances that Superior would provide it with “reasonable protections.”“If Superior had been willing to provide enhanced financial security and operational flexibility to Canexus in the event that legal proceedings were unsuccessful, we would have persevered,” Arthur Korpach, chair of a special committee of directors at Canexus, said in a statement.“In the absence of those reasonable protections, our board and management determined that the interests of Canexus and its shareholders would be best served by continuing to execute our current strategy.”The companies’ agreement included a provision for either party to pay a $25-million fee to the other under certain circumstances if the transaction didn’t go through.Superior’s announcement didn’t mention the termination fees but Canexus said that it will “take all necessary steps” to recover the $25 million and “vigorously disagrees” with any contention that it breached the deal.The companies announced the all-stock agreement on Oct. 6, saying it valued the Canexus equity at $316 million. Including the assumed debt, the deal was worth $932 million at the time of the announcement. read more

Martin Engineering on handling uptime and potential hazards in conveyor belt operations

first_imgMartin Engineering is aware of the potential hazards and injuries that can come from a build up of material around or near conveyor belts and has issued some advice to mining companies to prevent such events occurring and to ensure bulk handling equipment works to its potential.“As tonnes of material per hour are quickly dropped with great force through receiving chutes onto a receiving conveyor, fugitive cargo often piles up around the frame and dust migrates throughout the area, collecting on idlers, pulleys and floors and affecting air quality,” Martin Engineering said.“Workers have to continuously clean up the material before it encapsulates the belt, potentially exposing them to a hazardous work area around a moving conveyor, where even incidental contact can result in serious injury in a split second. Considering that most conveyor injuries occur though routine maintenance or clean up, controlling fugitive material is becoming one of the primary elements in a well-organised effort to reduce hazards and prevent injuries.”Jerad Heitzler, Product Specialist at Martin Engineering, said conveyor operators need only to take a broad look at the expense that fugitive material has on a system to realise the full cost that accompanies inefficient transfer point designs.“Problems such as improper belt support, badly sealed chutes, damaged idlers and uneven cargo distribution can all result in spillage and belt mis-tracking,” he said. “They also contribute to increased costs for lost material, premature equipment failure, maintenance and clean-up, as well as the potential for injury and compliance issues. These factors raise the cost of operation and reduce profit margins.”In a properly-engineered transfer point, each component, from the chute design to the cradles and dust seals, is employed to maximise its specific function and contain dust and fines, while at the same time offering workers easy access for maintenance, the company said.Transfer pointsContainment is the key to avoiding spillage and dust and there are several components designed for this purpose, according to Martin Engineering.Although shaped transfer chutes and rock boxes direct the material flow to mitigate the concussion of material on the belt, most high-volume operations need one or more impact cradles to absorb the force of the cargo stream.“Heavy duty impact cradles can be equipped with rubber or urethane impact bars with a top layer of slick UHMW plastic to minimise belt friction. Able to withstand impact forces as high as 17,000 lbf (53.4-75.6 kN) and drop heights of up to 50 ft (15.2 m), support beams in the centre of the cradle are set slightly below the receiving belt’s line of travel. In this way, the belt avoids sustained friction when running empty and yet can absorb hard impacts during loading, while still retaining a tight belt seal.“Within the settling zone – located after the impact cradle in the conveyor chute box – slider cradles can then create a troughed belt to centre the cargo and reduce disruption quickly, aiding in dust settlement.”Slider cradles, located down the length of the skirted area, have several functions, the company said. One is to create a trough angle that adequately centres the load. The trough angle also plays an important part in retaining a tight seal between the belt and the skirt. Lastly, using track mount idlers in between each cradle, a smooth belt path is created through the settling area, one that can be easily maintained.“A smooth belt path should have no gaps, minimising disruption and promoting containment, allowing dust and fines to settle into the cargo stream prior to leaving the containment area,” the company said.AirflowWith a constant stream of material crashing on the impact point of the receiving belt, the transfer point can be extremely turbulent, and this turbulence must be contained, Martin Engineering said.By slowing the airflow in the skirted area, suspended dust can settle onto the cargo path. To contain the mixture of air and disrupted material, a stable, correctly-supported belt is needed for the sealing components to function properly, according to the company. Without a stable beltline, the belt will sag between idlers, and sealing components will not prevent air and fine material from escaping out of the resulting gaps, causing spillage and dust emissions.Chute sealingBy closing gaps and keeping a tight seal on the belt, apron seals can also be attached to the chute walls to prevent fugitive dust and fines from escaping.“A crucial requirement in any transfer point designed for reduced spillage and high efficiency is an effective skirting and wear liner sealing system at the edge of the belt,” Heitzler said. “Modern designs feature external skirting, which establish the tight belt seal needed to eliminate fugitive dust and fines.”The external design requires minimal tools and no confined space entry to inspect, adjust or replace wear liners or skirts and, in most cases, can be performed by a single worker, Martin Engineering said. “The low profile of the skirting assembly needs only a few inches of clearance, allowing installation and maintenance in space-restricted areas. The design of these components drastically reduces scheduled downtime and the potential workplace hazards associated with replacement and adjustment.”Dust filtrationIn operations with limited space for a settling zone or especially dusty materials, dust bags and curtains may be “essential components”, the company said.“Providing passive relief via positive air pressure created at belt conveyor loading zones, dust bags prevent the escape of airborne particulates by venting the air and collecting dust at the same time. Installed at the exit of the loading zone and mounted in the skirtboard cover, dust curtains can help create a plenum for dust suppression and dust collection.”For additional dust control, an integrated air cleaner system can be installed at the point of emission, containing a suction blower, filtering elements and a filter cleaning system.Conveyor uptimeThe company concluded: “Managers concerned with the overall safety and cost of operation need to review potential hazards, the impact of rising labour costs for clean-up and maintenance, combined with the expense of potential fines or forced downtime, to determine specifically how they can affect the bottom line.“Using the technologies described here, even poorly-performing conveyors often don’t need to be replaced or rebuilt, but merely modified and reconfigured by knowledgeable and experienced technicians installing modern equipment.”Heitzler signed off: “These improvements will help operations improve efficiency, reduce risk and contribute to regulatory compliance.”last_img read more

How to identify someone who grew up without The Channels

first_img Source: WikimediaTheir only contact with music videos was whatever was on Dempsey’s Den at 5.55pm every dayMTV? No chance. They can work wonders with a set of rabbit earsNot only did those without The Channels have to contend with just Bog 1 and Bog 2, they often had to jig around the room to get the picture just right. Source: a L pThey tell tales of visiting relatives ‘up north’ and grow misty-eyed a the memory of all the lovely channelsBBC, UTV and exotic breakfast cereals lay beyond the border. Source: 625They were forced to lie about knowing everything about The Simpsons in school Source: Shutterstock.comThey could only dream of Gladiators, Stars in their Eyes and Blind Date on a Saturday eveningSeaquest DSV and Baywatch was about as exciting as it got. Source: UkgameshowsThey remain fiercely envious of people who lived in housing estates and blocks of flatsWith clustered housing came piped television, nearby masts and Sky satellite dishes. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesHulk Hogan is the only one they remember from Wrestlemania Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThey remember a childhood of Garda Patrol, Questions and Answers and Murphys Micro Quiz-M Source: pcummins2009 Source: Old Moore’s AlmanacAny mention of The Children’s Channel still sends them into a jealous rage Source: Tv-ark Source: Valeri AleRead: 10 Irish TV shows that should be brought back>Read: 9 things that used to be free… but aren’t nowcenter_img Source: Nocookielast_img read more

Armstrong refuses to be interviewed under oath by USADA

first_imgLANCE ARMSTRONG’S ATTORNEY says the cyclist won’t interview under oath with a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) official who wanted Armstrong to tell them all he knows about doping.USADA officials had said Armstrong must speak with them if he hoped to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. Wednesday was the deadline for him to agree to interview.After more than two months of negotiations with USADA, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman now says Armstrong won’t participate in a process designed “only to demonize selected individuals.”Armstrong has said he is willing to participate in an international effort to clean up cycling.For years, Armstrong denied using performance-enhancing drugs. But in January admitted doping to win seven Tour de France titles — which already had been stripped by USADA after a lengthy investigation.Armstrong facing deadline to decide on full USADA confession todayProfessional table tennis player baffles opponent with this sick behind-the-back shotlast_img read more

Naked people slaughter a sheep at Auschwitz death camp

first_img Short URL Mar 24th 2017, 8:09 PM Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:09 PM Naked people slaughter a sheep at Auschwitz death camp Those involved have been detained. http://jrnl.ie/3305895 45 Comments He added that “a knife was found at the scene”.Local police spokeswoman Malgorzata Jurecka told AFP that the individuals were being questioned at a police station and police officers were investigating onsite.She said they plan to inform prosecutors of the incident, adding that the people involved “will likely be charged with desecrating a monument or other historical site”.‘Shocked and outraged’“We’re shocked and outraged by this attempt to use this memorial site for a protest and which mars the memory of thousands of victims. It’s a reprehensible act,” museum spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel told AFP.“This is the first time something like this has happened at Auschwitz,” added museum director Piotr Cywinski.I have no idea what their motives were.Unconfirmed local media reports said the incident was intended as a protest against the armed conflict in Ukraine.Nazi Germany built the Auschwitz death camp after occupying Poland during World War II.The Holocaust site has become a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, one million of whom were killed at the camp from 1940 to 1945.Poland’s chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich said the actions of those involved were wrong, regardless of the group’s motives.Any use of Auschwitz for political statements, even using Auschwitz for moral statements, is not how Auschwitz should be remembered.“The Germans used Auschwitz to try to eliminate the Jewish people. Any happenings are a desecration of the memory of all those killed at Auschwitz, Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and others.”More than 100,000 non-Jews, including Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and anti-Nazi resistance fighters also died at the death camp, according to the museum.An estimated 232,000 of Auschwitz’s victims were children.© – AFP 2017Read: Court clears the way for man with links to Islamic terrorism to be deported> Share21 Tweet Email2 center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP ELEVEN MEN AND women in their twenties slaughtered a sheep and took their clothes off at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau today, according to police and the museum at the site in southern Poland.The individuals aged 20 to 27, whose identities and motives are unknown, then chained themselves together in front of the camp’s infamous “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate, the museum said in a statement.Regional police spokesman Sebastian Glen said the seven men and four women draped a white banner with the red text “love” over the infamous gate.They also used a drone to film the incident, according to local media.Museum guards at the site in the southern city of Oswiecim immediately intervened, and police said all those involved have been detained.They include six Poles, four Belarusians and one German, according to Glen.We don’t know how and when the sheep was killed – whether it was killed on the spot, its throat slit, or whether the animal was brought over already dead. Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images 33,219 Views last_img read more

Milk bar Greek legacy explored

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Professor Leonard Janiszewski will be giving a lecture exploring the Greek Australian history of the milk bar. The first milk bars originated in Sydney in 1932 as the brainchild of a Greek known as Mick Adams (Joachim Tavlaridis) – not in the United States as many people believe. When Adams’ milk bar, the Black and White, opened it attracted over 27,000 customers in the first week alone, causing traffic chaos on the old Martin Place road. Professor Janiszewski’s lecture will also feature a number of historical and contemporary photos alongside documentary photographer Effy Alexakis work. The two have been working on an ongoing project entitled ‘In their own image’, that catalogues Greek Australian content including photos, interviews and memorabilia. The lecture, entitled ‘Shakin’ the world over: The Greek Australian milk bar’ will be held on Tuesday 23 July, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm at Mitchell Theatre in the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street. The event is free.last_img read more