first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a defence industrial corridor in the Bundelkhand region to bring development in one of the most backward regions of Uttar Pradesh.“One of the two defence industrial corridors mentioned in the budget, one is proposed in the Bundelkhand region of the State, which will bring an investment of ₹20,000 crore and generate employment avenues for 2.5 lakh people,” the Prime Minister said at the Investors Summit-2018 here.Stressing that Uttar Pradesh government has a vast potential, the Prime Minister said that it requires policy, planning, performance to bring progress and both Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and people of the state are ready to give “super hit” performance.Terming holding of investor’s summit in Uttar Pradesh and congregation of industrialists from all over as a sign of a big change, Mr. Modi said the Yogi Adityanath government has overcome the previous negativity and shown a ray of hope to people with positive changes.“Uttar Pradesh has values and virtues, but it also needs value addition,” Mr. Modi said lauding the new policy ‘One district one product’ of the Yogi government and said that it could prove to be the game changer for the State. The Prime Minister also said that international airports will come up in Jewar and Kushinagar.last_img read more

first_imgCompanies from the UK want to invest more in India and would like to see some liberalisation around insurance, food retailing on pan state basis which will allow them to benefit more, said Richard Heald, CEO, United Kingdom-India Business Council (UKIBC). Read it at CNBC Related Itemslast_img

first_imgKamlesh Tiwari murder: Suspects’ clothes recovered The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the two main suspects who allegedly committed the murder of Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari in Lucknow on October 18.The two suspects were nabbed from Shamlaji near the Gujarat-Rajasthan border, police said, adding that they were on the way to Gujarat after having reached Shahjahanpur from Nepal.The duo was identified as Ashfaqhussain Jakirhussain Shaikh, aged 34, and Moinuddin Khurshid Pathan, aged 27. Both are residents of Surat, the Gujarat ATS said. While Shaikh is a medical representative, Pathan is a food delivery boy, police said.The ATS said that the two were apprehended on the basis of technical and physical surveillance mounted on their family members and acquaintances. The two had approached their family members and acquaintances for “further finances” after the money they had on them got over, police said.Also Read  The primary investigation of the accused persons reveals that they had committed the crime “in retribution to purported statements by the deceased,” the ATS said.In 2015, Tiwari has shot into the limelight after he made controversial remakes about Prophet Mohammad following which several Muslim groups held huge protests demanding action against him.Six persons, including two Muslim clerics from Bijnor in West UP, have already been detained on charges of allegedly scripting the conspiracy behind the murder.Tiwari was murdered in his house in the Naka area of Lucknow by two suspects, one of whom was shown by CCTV footage to have worn saffron clothes.The clothes, along with the alleged murder weapon, a knife, were recovered from a Lucknow hotel by police on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgCongress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today led the discussion in Rajya Sabha on the unrest in the Valley on the first day of Parliament’s monsoon session.”The situation in Kashmir is worse than what it was in 2008 and 2010,” Azad said, wondering what went wrong this year that more than 40 people have been killed since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani earlier this month.”The prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir has many aspects – the internal situation, the role of the state and central government, and external forces,” the Congress leader said.Azad also attacked the government for what he called the “heavy hand” of the state in dealing with protests and asked why the “common people were dealt in the same way as militants are”.”Should locals be treated in the same way we treat militants? Should same bullets that are used on militants be used on innocent people of Jammu and Kashmir? We stand with the government in ending militancy, but we don’t support this kind of treatment with the civilians,”  Azad said in Rajya Sabha. JAITLEY’S RESPONSEIn response to Ghulam Nabi Azad, Rajya Sabha member Arun Jaitley said that the government formed in Jammu and Kashmir was dictated by election result and Congress did the same in the past. He said, “His alliance was not the real reason of disturbance in the valley or any TV show discussion caused disturbation,” adding “Reason is that Pakistan never reconcile the idea of creation of Jammu and Kashmir.”advertisementHe further said, “In Jammu and Kashmir, it is not a fight between BJP and Congress, but fight between the separatist and mainstream political parties.”  He said, “It’s not fight between BJP and Congress, but separatist and mainstream parties.”Kashmir under curfew Meanwhile, curfew continued in all the ten districts of the Valley to curb the clashes in the aftermath of Wani’s killing.A ruling PDP MLA was injured in an attack by a stone pelting mob in Pulwama district. Newspapers failed to hit the stands for the third day following a controversial gag order issued by the state.last_img read more

first_imgThe new Perth Stadium will not be finished in time for the third Ashes Test between Australia and England in December and the match will therefore be hosted at the traditional WACA ground, Cricket Australia confirmed on Wednesday.Australia’s board had hoped the 60,000-seat venue in Burswood would be ready to host the December 14-18 match but construction delays had ruled that out, CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said.The five-Test Ashes starts in Brisbane on November 23, with Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney also hosting matches.”We knew that everything needed to come together but it was still disappointing,” Sutherland told reporters.”We were really hoping that the Test match could be played at this magnificent new stadium.”Nonetheless, there’s lots to look forward to.”Sutherland said he hoped Perth Stadium would be ready to host a one-day international between the teams scheduled for Jan. 28 but he all but ruled out any matches in the domestic Twenty20 “Big Bash” competition being played there before.Playing the Test at the new stadium would have been a boost to CA’s finances as the WACA’s capacity is limited to 24,500 with temporary seating, but the home side are likely to welcome the chance to play the ‘Old Enemy’ at the ground by the Swan river one last time.England’s batsmen have traditionally struggled with the pace and bounce of the WACA pitch, and won only one Test at the venue in 1978 against an Australian team weakened by the World Series breakaway.December’s match is likely to be the last Ashes Test played at the WACA, which the local cricket board plans to turn into a boutique ground with a capacity of 10,000-15,000.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers How do Liverpool move on from failed Fekir move? Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Nabil Fekir Lyon 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Olympique Lyonnais Premier League Ligue 1 Jürgen Klopp The Lyon captain’s move to Anfield has fallen through – but Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards have already discussed their next move From done and dusted to dead in the water – what a difference 48 hours can make.On Thursday night, Liverpool had their man. Nabil Fekir was to become a Red, £53 million of class and creativity added to Jurgen Klopp’s already-impressive squad.Intense, at-times difficult negotiations had born fruit, Liverpool agreeing a deal with Lyon and finalising personal terms with the France international. Fekir, it is understood, had chosen his shirt number and recorded his introductory interview with the Reds’ TV channel. An announcement was expected within 24 hours. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Then came the medical.Within hours, the scene had shifted. While supporters eagerly awaited confirmation of the transfer, behind the scenes there were issues. By Saturday evening, Lyon had issued a statement confirming that negotiations had been scrapped and that Fekir would be staying .Reports are conflicting. Suggestions that Fekir failed the medical were dismissed by Noel Le Graet, the president of the French Football Federation, on Saturday while Liverpool sources firmly deny suggestions from France that the deal collapsed because of the Reds’ desire to re-structure it in light of their doctor’s findings. They have, unsurprisingly, refused to issue any kind of public statement.Whatever the truth – and we can expect more suggestions and counter-suggestions in the coming days, for sure – the bottom line is that Fekir looks unlikely to be moving to Merseyside any time soon. Indeed, it is hard to see how this deal can be resurrected at all, even if stranger things have happened.The 24-year-old refused to speak to the media after playing 21 minutes as a substitute in France’s 1-1 draw with the USA on Saturday evening, and has now flown to Russia with Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of the World Cup. Penny for his thoughts at this moment. He was, it is understood, hugely enthusiastic about the idea of a move to Anfield, and eager to start work under Klopp.As for Liverpool, the question is where do they go now? Fekir had been identified as a key signing as Klopp looked to add depth and quality to his ranks this summer. He had been tracked extensively, with sporting director Michael Edwards and his recruitment staff, led by chief scout Barry Hunter, convinced he was the man to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona. They saw his goals, his set-piece delivery, the positions he took up in attacking areas. His left-foot would have brought balance and variety.But no signing is risk-free. Fekir ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in September 2015, needed further surgery to clear the joint the following August and suffered another issue in February of this year. Liverpool, clearly, didn’t like what the medical examination told them.EMBED ONLY Nabil Fekir Lyon GFXNow, then, is time for Plan B. Klopp and Edwards share a close relationship, and discussions have already taken place as to where Liverpool go from here. Their strategy, as ever, will be driven by what Klopp wants, and the type of player he feels will instantly improve his options. He has, on numerous occasions, told journalists that it is not easy to find upgrades for his team. Clerarly though, a dynamic, goalscoring attacking midfield player would be welcomed with open arms. Liverpool did well to handle Coutinho’s mid-season departure, but sourcing a replacement for the Brazilian, one capable of playing in a midfield three or, if needed, as part of the forward line, was a priority for this window.Fekir would have ticked all the boxes, so it will be interesting to see who the club’s backup options are now. They will have them, as Edwards and co rarely work on an ‘all or nothing’ basis.Still, obvious candidates are in short supply. Thomas Lemar, for example, was wanted last summer but word from Anfield since is that their interest has faded. The Monaco man’s form, in any case, has been patchy.Thomas Lemar FranceKlopp is a huge admirer of Christian Pulisic, but the Borussia Dortmund is more of a wide player than anything else. Getting him out of the Bundesliga club would be both difficult and expensive, too.Two German internationals, Julian Brandt and Julian Draxler, have been admired by the Reds in the past, as has Mario Gotze, though again the 26-year-old has in recent years shown little to suggest he could be a game-changer for Klopp as he once was.Interest in Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Moses Simon of Gent is genuine, but those would be ancillary signings designed to flesh out the squad. Neither would be walking into Liverpool’s first XI, that’s for sure.The World Cup, as ever, complicates matters further. Liverpool were keen to wrap up Fekir’s signing prior to the tournament, wary of letting the situation drag and fearful of the way prices can balloon on the back of a good summer. Negotiations with players and clubs will be that much trickier now.Still, there is the best part of two months until the window closes, and Liverpool have already made two significant signings in Fabinho and Naby Keita, both of whom will join officially on July 1 and enjoy a full pre-season with Klopp and his squad. More arrivals are to be expected.The breakdown of the Fekir deal, then, represents a blow, but the club must move on quickly. The hard work starts now. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgzoom TOTE Maritime Alaska, a daughter company of American marine transportation group TOTE, recently contracted MAN PrimeServ, a division of MAN Diesel & Turbo, to convert two roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) ships to dual-fuel operation on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The two 65,314 gross ton vessels, North Star and Midnight Sun, are currently powered by 4 × MAN 58/64 engines and will be retrofitted to MAN 58/64 retrofit units.The contract – signed in April 2017 and announced during the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit held in Jacksonville this week – covers the design, development and testing of a first-of-its-kind dual-fuel kit, which will serve as a foundation for the largest LNG conversion in North America, according to a joint statement.As explained, a key influence in TOTE’s decision to retrofit the vessels to LNG is to significantly reduce the most harmful emissions that result from burning diesel.“TOTE Maritime Alaska is … to convert its fleet to LNG power which will result in a significant reduction in air emissions including particulate matter, sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx),” Michael Noone, President of TOTE Maritime Alaska, commented.“We have been investigating and testing many options for shifting the fleet to LNG. The conversion of the existing engines is the most reliable and beneficial solution,” Peter Keller, Executive Vice President of TOTE, said, adding that the move comes ahead of the IMO sulphur cap in 2020.Both the North Star and Midnight Sun operate routes between Anchorage, Alaska and Tacoma, Washington. The two Orca class ships were originally constructed by NASSCO, part of the General Dynamics Corporation, at its San Diego yard and commissioned in 2003.last_img read more

first_img the vendor’s name and contact information which is more than an e-mail address a description of what you are buying, a list of what will be charged to your credit card such as shipping and handling fees information on the cancellation or refund policy. As Nova Scotians finish up their holiday shopping, people should have a plan for spending and take some simple steps to protect themselves in the marketplace. “It’s always important for people to go shopping with a plan to spend wisely,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “People should also take some simple steps to protect their rights while shopping.” Gift cards are a popular choice for the hard to buy for people on lists. In Nova Scotia gift cards do not have an expiry date and vendors cannot charge fees, including fees to issue the card or fees that reduce any value of the card if it is not used. This does not include credit card branded gift cards so you must read the terms of these cards carefully. Cards that are given as prizes or as part of other promotions may also have expiry dates. If you are giving a gift you should know the return policies of the store where you purchased the item. The gift receiver may only be able to return an item for exchange or store credit and there may be time limits for exchange the item. “It’s important to ask questions and read information about the store’s policies,” said Mr. MacDonell. “When buying Christmas presents, ask if there are different rules or extensions for gifts. Some stores may have gift receipts that set out any return policies for the recipient.” For online gift buying there are extra steps to protect yourself. Make sure you know who you are buying from. Look for information on the company, including contact information. Before you buy, the vendor must give you information including: Make sure you understand the return policy – you may be responsible for return shipping or restocking fees. For more information on consumer rights, visit and follow @nsconsumers on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A court here recorded the statements of two persons on Thursday in support of a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia for allegedly maligning his image by accusing him of attempting to kill the AAP chief. The statements of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state secretary Deepak Bansal and Anurag Malik, a law student from Delhi University, were recorded before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark The court noted the submission of Gupta’s counsel that he does not want to lead further evidence and that pre-summoning evidence may be closed. “In view of the submissions, pre- summoning evidence is closed. Put up for arguments on the point of summoning of accused persons on July 8,” the magistrate said. Gupta told the court on Wednesday that he was deeply hurt by the defamatory and false allegations levelled against him by Kejriwal and Sisodia. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items He alleged that the “false” allegations were made to impact the Lok Sabha polls in Punjab, which were held in the last phase. “The accused persons have made statements publicly on social media i.e Twitter. The tweet made by Kejriwal was re-tweeted around 3,000 times, while Sisodia’s tweet was re-tweeted around 1,300 times. In addition, this being a sensational charge, it was picked up by both print and electronic media houses, thereby gravely impairing my reputation and the reputation of the BJP, for which both the accused are responsible. “I was deeply hurt by the defamatory and false statements of both the accused persons. They made these false statements to impact the last phase of the Lok Sabha election in Punjab in their favour,” Gupta said in his statement. In the complaint, Gupta, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, has sought Rs one crore as compensation from Kejriwal and Sisodia, besides the litigation costs. The BJP leader also said the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders had not expressed any remorse or apologised for his “reputation being harmed”. He alleged that the statements of the accused were made with “ulterior motives” to degrade his reputation, malign his image and gain political mileage. Gupta described the allegation that he was attempting to kill Kejriwal as “malicious, deliberate and defamatory”. A legal notice was sent to the two AAP leaders, wherein they were called upon to immediately withdraw their tweets and apologise within a day, the complaint said. During the Lok Sabha polls, the Delhi chief minister had said in an interview to a Punjabi television channel that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to get him killed by his own Personal Security Officer (PSO) in the manner in which former prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Countering the charge, Gupta had tweeted, “Before the slapgate on May 4, @ArvindKejriwal asked the liaison officer to lift the security cover around his vehicle. The chief minister’s instruction is registered in the roznamcha (police diary). The AAP could not receive electoral gain out of it because I exposed this, so out of frustration Kejriwal is saying that his PSO reports to the BJP.” Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia shot back and accused Gupta of being a part of the conspiracy to kill the AAP supremo. “BJP is conspiring to get the CM killed. This tweet by @Gupta_vijender has proved that the BJP is getting the daily security plan of the CM and it is hatching a conspiracy to kill the CM on this basis. Vijender Gupta is also a part of this conspiracy,” he had said. Gupta’s tweet referred to an incident on May 4, when Kejriwal was slapped allegedly by a disgruntled AAP supporter during a roadshow in Moti Nagar here, prompting a strong reaction from the AAP, which alleged that the BJP was behind the “cowardly act”.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister Piyush Goyal Friday said that the railways has no plans to privatise the national transporter or its premium trains such as Rajdhani and Shatabdi express, amidst speculation that there was a proposal to rope in private operators. Responding to a query on the privatisation of these trains and the entire network, Goyal told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that “no plan has been made”.The ministry in its 100-day plan has proposed that it will offer two trains to IRCTC, to operate on haulage concept, with ticketing, onboard services to be provided by them. The plan proposed that that the trains will run on important routes like the Golden Quadrilateral and Diagonals and connecting major cities. The proposal said that the RFQ/RFP will be floated in the next 100 days to initiate bidding. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Whether it is a fact that Government is planning for privatisation of trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi; In what manner Government would control the whimsicality of the private operators and travel fare after privatisation of Railways,” asked Samajwadi Party MP Surendra Nath Nagar. Goyal replied, “No plan has been made for privatization of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains. There is no plan for privatization of Railways.” The railway worker Unions have been up in arms against the proposal and demanded to know why railways’ production units are planned to be corporatised. In the 100-day proposal, the railways has also proposed to hive off its seven production units and associated workshops into a new entity called the Indian Railway Rolling Stock Company. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsMeanwhile, the Ministry of Railways has dropped plans to provide wifi facility on running trains, the government said Friday. In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said as a pilot project, the railways had provided wifi-based internet facility in Howrah-Rajdhani train through satellite communication technology. “This technology was capital intensive with recurring cost in the form of bandwidth charges and thus was not cost effective. Also, the internet bandwidth availability to passengers was inadequate. Hence, the project was dropped,” he said. “Presently, wi-fi based Internet facility for providing reliable, cost effective and adequate internet bandwidth (~ 2Mbps per user) on moving trains is not available,” he said. The railways has however said while 1,606 stations across railways’ network already have free wifi, it will be extended to the remaining 4,791 stations within this year. Goyal said the ministry has taken steps to install CCTV cameras in all coaches of Premium, Mail, Express and Suburban trains. CCTV cameras in 7,020 coaches of such trains have been planned during Phase-I of the installation project. Also, twenty-four train sets have been planned for procurement from Japan for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed project, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Friday. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Goyal said the estimated total cost of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project, including the cost of rolling stock, is Rs 1,08,000 crore, out of which 81 per cent price will be funded through the loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project is targeted to be completed by 2023. “Twenty-four train sets have been planned for procurement from Japanese companies through tendering process for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project. “As per the memorandum of understanding signed between the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited and Japanese side, in order to promote ‘Make in India’, 06 out of above 24 train sets are presently planned for assembling in India, for which location is planned to be decided by the Japanese supplier,” Goyal said. In another development, the Railways is conducting extensive trials of Tri-Netra technology but it cannot be introduced till it is found to be perfect in detecting any obstruction on tracks during fog, the Rajya Sabha was informed Friday. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told members during the Question Hour that the Tri-Netra system is another attempt by the Railways to develop modern technology. “This is also under extensive trials. This Tri-netra device is making an attempt during fog through ultrasonic waves where it will be able to detect any obstruction on tracks. It is under testing, but without proper testing it cannot be implemented, as it does not give us the confidence to implement it,” the minister said. Goyal also informed members that Railways is setting up small Reverse Osmosis (RO) water plants at some stations for provisions of drinking water to people. “In 2002-03 what was developed was tried extensively but was found to be not successful. Unless extensive trials take place, you cannot introduce unless there are extensive trials and that can cause more damage. That project was aborted. Subsequently we developed another technology of Fog-past devices for seeing in fog,” he told the House. “The TRI-NETRA (Terrain Imaging for Drivers Infrared, Enhanced, Optical & Radar Assisted) system comprises Infrared Camera, Optical Camera and Radar assisted imaging system to assist Loco pilots to identify obstructions on tracks, especially in foggy conditions. Its testing on all parameters will be done after its procurement and field trials as proof of concept,” the minister said in his written reply. Responding to a query on lack of availability of water on trains, the minister said Railways has gone into the issue and the pressure with which water was loaded on trains was found to be less as demand of water was much less earlier. “We have now taken a policy decision that we are changing the system for high pressure pumping so that water tanks get full and nobody has problems during the journey. “While we are distributing Rail Neer inside trains, we are also setting up small RO plants at different stations where people can procure water for drinking,” he said.last_img read more

The Police said that she was killed by gunmen who were traveling in a vehicle. A suspect who was arrested over a recent drive-by shooting incident, drowned while in Police custody.The suspect had sought permission to go to the toilet near the Dandugama Oya but had then jumped into the river and tried to escape but drowned, the Police said. The suspect was arrested after a woman who was travelling in a motorcar was shot dead in the Weligampitiya junction in Ja-Ela recently. The gunmen had targeted another vehicle but the vehicle driven by the woman had been caught in the crossfire.She was travelling with a child at the time of the shooting but the child was unhurt. (Colombo Gazette) read more

(Updated)Hundreds of police officers, friends and family said a final farewell to Niagara regional police Constable Joe Mellen Junior. A funeral service for the officer was held today in his hometown of Welland. Mellen died in tragic collision on Highway 406 last Friday morning.They filled the sanctuary at Faith Tabernacle in Welland to celebrate the life of Constable Joe Mellen. There were touching tributes from his close friends and fellow officers.Constable Graeme Grant: “There was never a dull moment when Joe was around. If you needed someone to talk to or put a smile on your face, you could always count on Joe to do it.”Mellen was a talented musician. He loved acting and photography, and martial arts. He simply loved life.Constable Dan Campbell: “He never hid his personality from anyone. One of the biggest lessons he taught me. He also told me not to let policing change me. And with his help and guidance it never did.”He was a good cop. He received a police commendation for helping to nab a con-artist who was using a bogus sob story to bilk people out of money.Constable Tim London: “But he was also my neighbour. And most importantly I was blessed to have him as my friend.”Joe Mellen was a man who will be sorely missed.Constable Grant: “So my dear friend. Today, we’re not here to say goodbye. We’ll just be seeing you later. We love you buddy.”Joe Mellen leaves behind his parents Carol and Joe Senior, his sister Michelle,.and his two young children — Nolan and Kaya.Outside the church, hundreds of officers lined the street and saluted as the hearse carrying Joe Mellen’s body passed by.Joe Mellen adored his two children, Nolan 7 and Kaya 5. A trust fund has been set up for the children. If you would like to give, deposits can be made to CIBC transit 01072, account 6786294. read more

The Council’s unanimously adopted resolution extending the mandate of the mission, known as MINURSO, through 30 April came in response to a recommendation by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who in a recent report put forward four options for dealing with the “rather bleak” future for the stalled peace process. The Council also expressed its intention to “consider actively” those four options. The first option would have the UN resume trying to implement the 1988 Settlement Plan, even without the concurrence of the two parties, Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO. Under the second option, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker III, would try to revise the draft Framework Agreement – again without necessarily gaining the agreement of both sides. The third option would involve mandating Mr. Baker to discuss a possible division of the territory with interested parties. Under the fourth option, the Council would terminate MINURSO due to the lack of progress, “thereby recognizing and acknowledging that after more than 11 years and the expenditure of sums of money nearing half a billion dollars, the United Nations is not going to solve the problem of Western Sahara without requiring that one or the other or both of the parties do something that they do not wish to voluntarily agree to do,” Mr. Annan wrote. read more

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah was visiting the world’s second poorest country to see first-hand the situation of hundreds of thousands of children hit hard by the crisis brought on by drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years.She had gone to a feeding centre run by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Médecins Sans Frontières in Maradi in south Niger, epicentre of the crisis, to spend time with children, their families, and health workers. “For our relief efforts to be the best they can be, I feel I have to see what’s really happening on the ground,” she said.It was there that the little boy expired in front of Ms. Salah and staff who were with her at the time. “I want all the people who have suffered so much and all those who are working so hard on the relief effort to know that UNICEF considers this an urgent priority,” she said.Last week the UN raised its emergency flash appeal to almost $81 million to feed 2.7 million of the most vulnerable people in the West African country where some 3.6 million people have been affected by the crisis. The UN has reported an increase in funding in the past two weeks, after the world seemed to ignore the crisis despite warnings as far back as November.“Only now has the world at last woken up to the reality that thousands of children in Niger could soon die,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland wrote in an opinion piece over the weekend. “Once again, it has taken horrific images of starving children to do so.“This crisis could have been averted had political will and resources been available early on. We could have saved children from malnourishment for as little as $1 per child per day. Now it will cost many times more. Aid agencies are racing against time to save lives. But they may be too late, especially for the young children,” he said.“Let us learn from the tragedy in Niger. Early funding and early action save lives and help prevent a deadly spiral of disease, hunger and displacement from spinning out of control,” he added, noting that in recent years nearly half of all global humanitarian funding has come in the last quarter of the year.“These delays are deadly. So, too, is the absence of a predictable pool of money to draw upon immediately in an emergency,” he declared, urging support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s proposal for a 10-fold increase in UN emergency funds to $500 million to enable aid agencies to jump-start operations.Mr. Egeland borrowed from the routine of everyday life to highlight the predicament faced by anguished humanitarian aid workers when they seek to save lives but have no funds to pay for the water, medicine, shelter or food.“Think what would happen if your local fire department had to petition for money before turning on the fire hose,” he added. “We must shorten the distance between crisis and consciousness, awareness and action. And we must end the tyranny of complacency that has consigned millions of people to this dehumanizing existence.” read more

Uranium 2005: Resources, Production and Demand, jointly prepared by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates the total identified amount of conventional uranium stock, which can be mined for less than $130 per kilo, at about 4.7 million tonnes.Based on the 2004 nuclear electricity generation rate of demand, that is sufficient for 85 years, according to the study, also known as the ‘Red Book.’ Fast reactor technology would lengthen this period to over 2,500 years.But world uranium resources in total are considered to be much higher. Based on geological evidence and knowledge of uranium in phosphates, the study considers that more than 35 million tonnes are available for exploitation.By 2025, world nuclear energy capacity is expected to grow to between 22 per cent and 44 per cent, raising annual uranium requirements to between 80,000 tonnes and 100,000 tonnes. The currently identified resources are adequate to meet this expansion.The spot price of uranium has also increased fivefold since 2001, fuelling major new initiatives and investment in exploration. Worldwide exploration expenditures in 2004 totalled over $130 million, an increase of almost 40 per cent compared to 2002, and close to $200 million in 2005. This can be expected to lead to further additions to the uranium resource base. A significant number of new mining projects have also been announced that could substantially boost the world’s uranium production capacity., the guide says.In the longer term, continuing advances in nuclear technology will allow a substantially better utilization of uranium resources. Reactor designs are being developed and tested that are capable of extracting more than 30 times the energy from the uranium than today’s reactors.The study provides substantial new information from all major uranium production centres in Africa, Australia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and North America. The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy, mainly the top industrialized nations. read more

“The situation is extremely bad and we need action from the Council,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters at UN Headquarters following a closed-door session with the Council.“The opposition and the government have got to accept to come to negotiations, and both sides have got to accept that these negotiations are necessary,” Mr. Brahimi added.Latest figures showing 6.8 million people in need, 4.25 million people internally displaced and an additional 1.3 million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries from a conflict that has killed over 70,000 people since opposition forces sought to oust President Bashar Al-Assad in 2011.Mr. Brahimi told journalists that he tried to aid the creation of a ‘Syria Plan’ through discussions with both sides in Syria and through discussions with the 15-member Security Council, particularly Russia and the United States.“With the Syrians, I got nowhere. With the Security Council, with the Americans and the Russians we made some progress, but it was far too weak,” said Mr. Brahimi. “I am very happy that the Americans and the Russians are talking to one another. I’m very happy that from the discussions we just heard, the Security Council is very now aware that this is an extremely serious problem. As a matter of fact, the most serious crisis,” he continued.“If they really believe that and they are in charge of looking at the peace and security there is no time for them to lose,” Mr. Brahimi stressed.Yesterday, the Security Council heard from top United Nations officials, including Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos who said that humanitarian organizations are facing enormous and dramatically growing constraints in aiding millions of Syrians overwhelmed by the ‘human catastrophe’ that the war-torn country has become.In response to questions from journalists this afternoon, Mr. Brahimi also denied rumours that he planned to resign. “Every day I wake up, I think I should resign, but I haven’t so far,” he said. read more

“Extreme weather events, including torrential downpours, have the potential to trigger a massive surge in locust numbers. Rain provides moist soil for the insects to lay their eggs, which in turn need to absorb water, while rains also allow vegetation to grow which locusts need for food and shelter,” said Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer in a news release.According to FAO experts, the locust situation in countries normally affected by Desert Locust remained mostly calm in October with only small-scale breeding activity detected.However, the experts warned that impact of El Niño in Africa and the unprecedented back-to-back tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh in the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa could aid the insects in forming destructive swarms.“The effects of a locust plague can be devastating on crops and pastures and thus threaten food security and rural livelihoods,” added Mr. Cressman.The agency experts said that once airborne, swarms of tens of millions of locusts can fly up to 150 kilometres a day with the wind.Female locusts can lay 300 eggs within their lifetime while a Desert Locust adult can consume about two grams of fresh food every day, which is roughly its own weight and a small swarms eats the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 people.FAO operates a Desert Locust Information Service that receives data from locust-affected countries and the information is analysed regularly to assess the current locust situation and provide forecasts up to six weeks in advance and if required, issue warnings and alerts.The agency also said that the recent tropical cyclones Chapala and Megh that hit Yemen also affected north-eastern Somalia, where torrential rains which far exceeded the annual average rainfall for the entire year caused flooding and damage. FAO reported that the winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea, seasonal rains began in early October, which is slightly earlier than normal and warned that if the rains continued, there would be sufficient time for two generations of breeding to occur this year in the coastal areas of Sudan, northern Eritrea, southeast Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.FAO stressed that prevention is the key in reducing the extent to which Desert Locust can affect agricultural areas, mainly through early warning and early reaction.The agency said that it is imperative that countries conduct necessary field surveys after unusually heavy rainfall, and maintain them on a regular basis for routine monitoring of breeding conditions and locust infestations.Further, FAO said that finding of significant infestations requires control operations to avoid a further escalation in locust numbers, and asserted that the results of survey and control operations must be reported quickly and accurately so that swift decisions can be taken to prevent the spread of locusts to other countries.FAO observed that while such measures helped in curtailing the frequency and duration of plagues since 1960s, climate change activities today are leading to more frequent, unpredictable and extreme weather that poses fresh challenges on how to monitor locust activity.Lastly, the agency stressed that without regular monitoring, locust outbreaks followed after floods and cyclones could lead to plagues and added that warmer conditions could possibly shorten the incubation and maturation periods of the insects. read more

first_imgRungePincockMinarco (RPM) has announced the launch of a strategic business partner agreement with Russia-based enterprise solutions provider, EnterChain Ltd. The partnership extension is described as “a demonstration of RPM’s global growth strategy, which committed the company to further expansion across Russia and Kazakhstan.”EnterChain is a division of OMEGALLIANCE, a group of companies that specialises in providing high quality enterprise production and operations management solutions in accordance with industry best practices to large mining and other asset intensive businesses across Russia and Kazakhstan. Together with RPM’s regional and global teams, “EnterChain will bring a breadth of local knowledge and experience to address industry pain points through the delivery of leading enterprise software solutions and expert consulting advice.”Under the non-exclusive business partnership agreement, EnterChain are appointed as a software reseller and services provider for RPM’s leading mining software solutions and services in the Russian and Kazakhstan markets.Commenting on the new partnership, RPM’s CEO and Managing Director Richard Mathews said: “As we move from a specialist desktop supplier of technical mining products to a provider of enterprise mining software solutions we need partners who have a wider and deeper set of skills and relationships. Our partnership with EnterChain is a natural fit for our enterprise software strategy in Russia and Kazakhstan. With a proven heritage in large scale Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Manufacturing Executions Systems (MES) implementations to large companies in Russia and Kazakhstan, EnterChain has the right experience and qualifications to be able to fully utilise our enterprise planning framework.”“The intention of this partnership is to continue to deliver a step change in mine planning solutions for large enterprises across the globe. This new strategic partnership with EnterChain is aligned with our growth strategy in resource intensive countries by ensuring RPM is partnered with enterprises that are regularly ranked as top producers globally.”Anton Shmataluk, Managing Director of EnterChain, commenting on the partnership said: “In working with RPM, we can provide powerful solutions to customers combining RPM’s leading software, best international practices and modern enterprise management methods with EnterChain’s unique accumulated knowledge of the specific local requirements of customers in Russia and Kazakhstan.”“RPM provides a complete enterprise planning framework and wall-to-wall enterprise solutions that are unique in the Russian market. We are very pleased to have an innovative market leader like RPM as a solutions partner for our mining and metallurgical customers in Russia and Kazakhstan.” This agreement takes effect immediately.last_img read more

first_imgAbove is one of the best time-lapses we’ve seen in a while. It was taken during a cold South Dakota winter, featuring amazing skies, haunting buildings, and some really stunning scenery. Visually it’s rather stark, but the lighting is hugely impressive and the movement adds tremendously to the overall effect. Watch the video, it speaks for itself.If you hadn’t noticed, two things that go extremely well with time-lapse photography are dollies and the night sky. That latter is obvious: we know the stars are moving in the night sky, but it’s only with the magic of time-lapse that we can actually see them do so (unless if you are really, really patient). Stars moving across the sky and the blossoming of flowers are real crowd-pleasers in the time-lapse world, but the pros really like to introduce movement as well, and this means a dolly. Using a dolly with a timer, like the one from Dynamic Perceptions, a mounted camera can move slowly and steadily as it takes its pictures. The effect adds a lot to lapses as the camera is no longer stationary so the videos seem to be much more alive.In the video’s notes the photographer, Randy Halverson, points out that not only was a dolly used but so was a Milapse mount. If you are curious about that piece of hardware (I was) it’s a Meade DS telescope mount with programmable motion controls. It’s basically a 2-axis tripod mount that works with a computer controller and can be rigged to then mount a DSLR in order to add timed pan/tilt controls. These go perfectly with a time-lapse if you want to added side-to-side or up/down motion, plus the mount can be combined with a dolly to make things really interesting. More on the $249 MiLapse kit here.Curious about the more standard equipment? Halverson used a Canon 60D and a Canon T2i for shooting and then a Tokina 11-16mm and 17-55mm lenses. It’s definitely a budget setup compared to the Canon 5D MK IIs and L series glass usually used for lapses, but the result is clearly top notch. As for the typical process, 20 second exposures (on a one second interval) were taken in RAW format.Halverson wrote that he usually shot for about 300 frames, which means about an hour and 45 minutes of shooting in the cold, not including what must have been lots of setup time.via Bad Astronomylast_img read more

first_img Friday 6 Sep 2019, 8:33 PM Sep 6th 2019, 7:56 PM File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Man (30) shot a number of times in north Dublin The man is in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital. 36 Comments 59,725 Views Updated Sep 6th 2019, 8:33 PM A MAN HAS been shot a number of times in north Dublin this evening. The shooting took place at a house on Streamville Road in Donaghmede, Dublin 13, at about 7.10pm. A 30-year-old man sustained a number of gunshot wounds and was taken to Beaumont Hospital in a serious condition.Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene, which is currently preserved. Investigations are ongoing.Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information with information to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01 666 4200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have noticed a beige Nissan Almera in the area or any motorists travelling in the area at the time who may have dashcam footage. With reporting by Garreth MacNamee Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.iecenter_img By Órla Ryan File photo Short URL Share42 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more