Mrinal Sen to receive honorary doctorate from IIEST

first_imgKolkata, Mar 2 (PTI) In recognition of his contribution to the world of alternate cinema, veteran filmmaker Mrinal Sen will be honoured with an honorary doctorate by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur.”Each year we choose eminent personalities from arts, culture, sports, etc for our honorary DLitt. This year we have decided to give it to filmmaker Mrinal Sen and classical vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty,” IIEST registrar Dr Biman Bandyopadhyay told PTI.The institutes second convocation ceremony would be held at its Howrah campus, adjoining Kolkata, on Friday.Sen, who turns 94 in May this year, is however unlikely to be personally present at the convocation due to age related issues.Regarded as a pioneer of the alternative cinema movement in India, he has won four National Film Awards as the best director for works like “Khandhar” (1984) and “Bhuvan Shome” (1969).In 2005, he was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Indias highest award in cinema. PTI NIK SUS NDSlast_img read more

World Cup qualifiers: Mario Mandzukic stars in Croatia win, Wales held by Georgia

first_imgCROATIA 1 – 0 FINLANDStriker Mario Mandzukic continued his fine scoring form with an opportunist header as Croatia beat Finland 1-0 in their World Cup Group I qualifier in Tampere on Sunday.The towering target man, who netted a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-0 away rout of Kosovo, pounced in the 18th minute after Andrej Kramaric turned an inviting Sime Vrsaljko cross into his path.The result left Croatia top of the section on seven points from three games.Looking a little flat after demolishing the Kosovans, Croatia were in control apart from a spell of second-half sporadic pressure from the home side. (Also read: Spain beat Albania 2-0 in World Cup qualifier)The home side failed to create a clear-cut chance on a difficult pitch while, at the other end, Ivan Perisic hit the inside of the post in the 75th minute after a solo run.Finland keeper Lukas Hradecky twice denied substitute Duje Cop in the closing stages as the home team ran out of steam and Croatia finished on a high note.WALES 1 – 1 GEORGIAGareth Bale scored his 25th goal for Wales but Georgia fought back strongly to earn a deserved 1-1 draw in a World Cup Group D qualifier in Cardiff on Sunday.It left Wales, surprise semi-finalists at Euro 2016, with five points from three games and at risk of losing the group leadership after the day’s later matches.Georgia took their first point, following narrow defeats by Austria and Ireland.Wales, who have only ever qualified for the finals once, in 1958, took the lead in the 10th minute when Real Madrid’s Bale leapt above his markers to head in Joe Ledley’s corner.advertisementHe is now only three goals behind Ian Rush’s national record of 28 goals. (Also read: England manager calls Rooney criticism unfair)The home team paid for a lack of urgency, however, after 57 minutes when Tornike Okriashvili headed an equaliser.Georgia, dangerous on the counter-attack, could have gone on to win but Levan Mchedlidze missed when clean through and Valeri Qazaishvili hit the bar.The other Group D matches, in which second-placed Serbia meet Austria, and bottom team Moldova play Ireland, were taking place later on Sunday.Next month Wales are at home again, to Serbia, while Georgia play Moldova.last_img read more

Molex and Contrinex collaborate on industrial automation solutions portfolio

first_imgMolex announces a collaboration with Contrinex, a Switzerland-based manufacturer of inductive and photoelectric sensors for factory automation as well as safety and RFID systems. With sensors providing the essential steps of analysing and communicating high-level data to cloud-based applications, this collaboration further strengthens Molex’s IIoT solution offerings and positions the company as an end-to-end solution provider for industrial automation.With fully integrated engineering expertise and solutions, Molex helps customers reap the benefits of Industry 4.0 for machines and network platforms requiring integrated communications. Through a combination of strategic acquisitions, collaborations and R&D, Molex has continued to expand its offerings for industrial automation to address customers’ requirements for smart manufacturing and digital transformation. Molex now offers product designers a wide range of inductive and photoelectric sensors, most of which feature a powerful ASIC for first-class operating distances and long sensor life. For difficult environments, the portfolio includes products with IP67, 68 and 69K ratings and Ecolab compliance. The inductive range also features exceptionally robust devices in one-piece stainless-steel housings, some with additional salt-water resistance and others with weld-field immunity. The extensive photoelectric range includes transparent object sensors with patented UV technology as well as colour and contrast sensors. When space is limited, Molex can provide a wide choice of miniature, self-contained devices in diameters from just 3 mm (inductive) or 4 mm (photoelectric). Like most sensors in the portfolio, these tiny devices also feature an optional IO-Link interface for remote sensor teaching, adjustment and monitoring. Through the IO-Link interface, sensor process and output data can be seamlessly integrated in an IoT architecture for continuous monitoring and diagnosis.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Sensirion: pin-type humidity sensor enables easy replaceabilityNext congatec and Basler: technology partnership makes embedded vision easylast_img read more

WWE SmackDown: Miz throws ‘baby’ at Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe attacks Styles

first_imgThe Miz and Maryse returned to SmackDown LIVE with their new reality show, “Miz & Mrs.”and treated the audience to the premiere with the company of their baby Monroe Sky.The Miz & Maryse rejoiced over their new show, but before the party could reach full force, Daniel Bryan hijacked the proceedings by showing a video of Miz’s career lowlights entitled “Miz and Misses” and then hit the scene and took out the security guards keeping tabs on the event. Bryan then made a beeline for the ring, but he stopped short of attacking The A-Lister because he was holding his sleeping baby.However, in a shocking moment, Miz then tossed the baby at Bryan, who caught it, revealing it to be a doll. The confusion gave Miz the opening to drop his rival with the Skull-Crushing Finale before getting back on the microphone to insult Bryan and still find the time to promote “Miz & Mrs.”Samoa Joe challenges AJ Styles for WWE Championship WWE Champion AJ Styles and SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige communed in the ring to reveal Styles’ next challenger for SummerSlam. The Phenomenal One spoke on how excited he is for WWE Evolution, the importance of his title reign and how he was ready to write another epic chapter to his story at SummerSlam, regardless of who he faces. From there, Styles signed the contract, ready for whoever would challenge him at The Biggest Event of the Summer.However, before the drumroll could get going and the WWE Universe could find out, James Ellsworth arrived to claim that he was the rightful challenger for the WWE Title at The Biggest Event of the Summer since he had beaten Styles three times. With Paige and Styles greatly perplexed by Ellsworth’s arrival, the SmackDown GM quickly brought a snippy Ellsworth down to earth, informing him that not only would he not be challenging for the championship at SummerSlam, but that, in fact, he was fired.advertisementA shocked Ellsworth was then dragged away by security, and with Styles distracted by the shenanigans, he never saw Samoa Joe enter the ring from behind. The Samoan Submission Machine viciously blindsided The Phenomenal One with a barrage of strikes before locking in the Coquina Clutch, then signing the contract for the title match.Other results: The New Day defeated SAnitY to advance to the finals of the SummerSlam Tag Team Championship TournamentAndrade “Cien” Almas defeated RusevBecky Lynch defeated Carmella to earn SmackDown Women’s Championship Match at SummerSlamAsuka defeated Billie Kay(With inputs from WWE)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: England will see India, New Zealand games as quarter-finals, says Joe Root

first_imgFourth-placed England will be playing two virtual “quarter-finals” at the Cricket World Cup when they face India and New Zealand in their last two round robin matches as they look to seal a semi-final spot, batsman Joe Root has said.England’s 64-run loss to Australia on Tuesday left their qualification hopes in the balance with Bangladesh, Pakistan (both one point behind) and Sri Lanka (two points behind with a game in hand) breathing down their necks.England have not beaten India or New Zealand in seven attempts at the World Cup since 1992 but Root is confident they can still reach the knockout stages.”We’ll see these two games as quarter-finals… which in a way when it comes round to the knockout stage should serve you well,” Root told reporters.”We believe we’re still more than capable of qualifying for the semi-finals and when that happens, it doesn’t really matter how you got there because that’s when the tournament really starts to kick in.”I personally think we’ve got to be very calm about how we approach the next couple of games. The games themselves might get quite emotional, especially the atmosphere at Edgbaston against India.”Root also said that England have not adapted to the slow pitches at the tournament, having played on batsman-friendly surfaces at the same grounds during one-day international bilateral series played in the buildup to the World Cup.The hosts were criticised for not making most of the conditions against Australia despite winning the toss while their “one-dimensional” approach to batting during the tournament has been slammed by pundits.advertisement”We’ve been turning up to some venues and things have been quite different throughout this tournament to when we play one-day series there in the past and we haven’t necessarily adapted as well as we could,” Root added.”You look at some of the par scores and they have been very different to when we have played there in bilateral series.”England play India on Sunday and their final game against New Zealand next Wednesday.Also Read | Nasser Hussain’s question to Pakistan fans for India vs England puts him in a spotAlso Read | What impact will rains have on teams fighting for the fourth semi-final spot in World Cup?Also Seelast_img read more

Former Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown says hes suing CTV News

first_imgTORONTO – Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says he is suing CTV News over its reporting of what he alleges are false accusations of sexual misconduct.Brown said in a Facebook post Thursday that two unnamed women who made their allegations to CTV are lying, and that his lawyers have reached out to the network’s legal team.“I am suing CTV,” he wrote. “My lawyers are talking to CTV. Early this week, CTV lawyers agreed to ensure that all emails, texts and other correspondence related to this travesty are held independently for safe keeping.”It was not immediately clear if Brown has filed a statement of claim or other legal documents with a court.CTV said it stood by its stories.“CTV News stands by our reporting and will actively defend against any legal action,” said communications director Matthew Garrow. “We welcome the opportunity to defend our journalism in court.”CTV’s report in late January prompted Brown’s resignation as Tory leader mere months before a spring election. The broadcaster said the accusations from two women, which have not been verified by The Canadian Press, dated back to Brown’s time as a federal MP.In it’s original report, CTV said one woman, who is now 29, claimed she was still in high school and under the legal drinking age when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him at his home on a night when she had been drinking. Another woman said she was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when he allegedly sexually assaulted her at his home, CTV reported.Late Tuesday, CTV reported that the first accuser now said she had not been in high school or under the legal drinking age during the alleged incident. The woman said the altered timeline did not change the core of her allegations. Brown’s second accuser has also said she stands by her story.Brown has staged a mounting campaign to clear his name in recent days, speaking out in his own defence on social media and in media interviews.He has said both women’s accounts contain discrepancies that show their accusations are false. He has also alleged both accusers know CTV reporters socially, and that the broadcaster has left out contradicting witness accounts in its reports.Brown has further called the first accuser’s altered timeline a “monumental” change in the narrative.“Here is my message to CTV News. You lied. You defamed me,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “And here is my message to my accusers – both of them. If you truly stand by your allegations, then I urge you to contact Barrie Police and have them lay charges.”Brown also suggested in an interview with Global News that political rivals were the driving force behind the allegations that cost him the party leadership.“I don’t know who’s behind this. I believe it’s my political adversaries,” he said in the interview that aired Wednesday night. “I’m going to look under every stone to find out who set this up. But if they can set up two women, what would stop them from setting up another? And frankly, I’m worried that if they could do this to me, who else could they do this to?”The Liberals poured scorn on the suggestion, calling the suggestion “ridiculous” and not worthy of a response.Both the NDP and the Progressive Conservatives declined to comment on Brown’s statements, which also hint at internal party discord.In a tweet previewing a second segment of the interview set to air Thursday night, Global said Brown claims to have “political enemies” both inside and outside the party he once led.Brown and the Conservatives were riding high in the polls in the weeks leading up to his resignation and seemed well poised to mount a formidable challenge to Premier Kathleen Wynne in the upcoming June election.Wynne is currently contending with historically low approval ratings as her party deals with backlash on issues ranging from energy prices to minimum wage rates.Meanwhile, for the Progressive Conservatives, Brown’s resignation touched off a leadership contest now featuring four contenders.Former MPP Christine Elliott, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, lawyer and political rookie Caroline Mulroney and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen are all vying to take the reigns of the party. The new leader will be named on March 10 after a week of voting by party members.— with files from Shawn Jeffords and Michelle McQuigge.last_img read more

James Cromwell Honored With PETAs Hero To Animals Award

first_imgLast week, at the height of awards season, film and television icon James Cromwell received PETA’s annual Hero to Animals Award for his lifetime of activism at a special dinner at Sublime Restaurant & Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.James Cromwell Honored By PETA“We’re honoring James Cromwell for his unerring social activism for animals,” said PETA Honorary Director Nanci Alexander, who owns the all-vegan eatery. “He offers a strong and clear voice of freedom for captive marine mammals, cats and primates held in laboratory cages, and pigs who are abused and slaughtered for food. His kindness to all beings, great and small, makes the world a better place.”The vegan, outspoken Babe and American Horror Story star has teamed up with PETA to take over SeaWorld’s “Orca Encounter” show, narrated gripping exposés of cruelty in the horse-racing and pig factory farming industries, and marched against experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin and monkey shipments by Air France.last_img read more

UPDATED Load restrictions on Peace Region roads going in to effect this

first_img75% Legal Axle LoadingBeatton River Airport Rd, from Alaska Hwy 97N north to end of roadBeryl Prairie Road 715R from intersection with Canyon Drive to Beryl Prairie Road 118Beryl Prairie Road 118 from intersection with Beryl Prairie Road 715R  to the endBuick Creek Road 154Cypress Creek Road 187Farrell Creek Road 115, from intersection with Hwy 29N to Harasymyk RoadGraham River Road 123Milligan Creek Road 137 from North Pine 259 to PeejayMontney Highway Rd 254 from Alaska Hwy 97N east to 281 RdMontney Highway Rd 281 from 254 Rd north to 256 RdMontney Highway Rd 256 from 281 Rd east to Prespatou Rd 275Road 265A (100th Street) from 85th Avenue south to Mason Road 240Rose Prairie Road 101 from Road 260 north to Prespatou Road 193Siphon Creek Road 184Schwalm Road 106 from intersection with Cassidy Road 238U to the endTank Farm Road 249 from Baldonnel Road to intersection with Cassidy Road 238UUpper Halfway Road 117, from km 54.1 to the endBackroad Road 206M (from Pederson Road 215 east to Berry Road 213A)Berry Road 213A (from Pederson Road 206M to Road 206D)Bessbourough Road 212 (from Highway 97 west to Mason/Semple Road 237)Briar Ridge Road 4 (from Highway 2 to Highway 49)Braden Road 22 (from Highway 97S to Highway 97N)Burbee Road 12D (from Jackfish Road 12, east for 300m)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Burbee Road 12D to Boysen Road 69A)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from Highway 97N (north end) to Triangle Road 25) Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from intersection with 97N (South end) to km 3.7)One Island Lake Road 18 (from Highway 52E to Km 20.8)Pederson Road 215 (from Highway 2 to Backroad Road 206M)Pulp Mill Road 1A (from Highway 97S to West Coast Pipeline)Triangle Rd 25 (from Old Alaska Highway Road 64 to West Coast Road 235)100% Legal Axle Loading103A Airport Road from Underpass Road 255 to Swanson Lumber Road 25985th Avenue (Holloway Road # 240A) from Old Fort Road to 100th Street240 Crossover Rd from 269 to Old Fort RdBaldonnel 107 Rd from Und! erpass 255 Rd to Tank Farm 249 RdBeatton/ Montney Road 271, from Highway 97 north to Montney Highway 254Cecil Lake Road 103 from intersection with Rose Prairie Road 101 to Alberta borderCanyon Drive 520R, from intersection with Highway 29N to W.A.C. Bennett DamClayhurst Road 111 from Cecil Lake Road 103 south for 19.7 km to intersection with Ferry Road 110.Doig Road 188East Bypass Road 146, from the Fort St John city limits to the Rose Prairie 101 Rd.Ferry Road 110 from the intersection with Clayhurst Road 111 south 10.5 km to the Moose Mouth Bridge.Fort Nelson Airport Connector Road 504AGrandhaven Road 242, from Alaska Highway 97 to Riverview Road 269Montney Highway Rd 256 from Prespatou Rd 275 to Rose Prairie Rd 101Montney South Road 121 from Rose Prairie Road 101 west and north to Beatton/ Montney Road 271North Pine Road 259, from Road 260 to Milligan Creek Road 137Old Fort Road 148 from Alaska Highway 97 south to Howe PitPrespatou Road 193, from Montney Highway 256 north to Triad Road 169A/ Mile 30 Road 169Riverview Road 269, from Alaska Highway 97 south to end of public roadRose Prairie Road 101 from Fort St John city limits to intersection with Road 260Sikanni Chief Road 517Swanson Lumber Road 259, from the Fort St John city limits to the intersection with the Airport Road 103AToews Road 246Underpass Road 255, from Alaska Highway 97 to Road 103AUpper Halfway Road 117, from Alaska Highway 97 to km 54.1Wilson Road 260A, from Rose Prairie Road 101 to Road 259West Bypass Road 145, from the Fort St John city limits to Rose Prairie Road 101Bessbourough Road 212 (from Highway 97 west to Mason/Semple Road 237)Cosins Road 213C (from Highway 49 north for 400m)Dangerous Goods Route Road 94East Arras Road 41A (from intersection of 97S to Pumphouse Access Road 208C)Fabric 84 Road (from highway 97S to end)Hasler Road 26Imperial Accesss Road 210 (from Washington Road 221 east to North Rolla Road 219)Jackfish Lake Road 12 (from Highway 29N to Burbee Road)Johnson Road 232C (from Highway 97 east for 1.8km)Lowe Road 200LMagusin Road 245W (from Highway 97N south to the bridge just south of Parkland Road 7)Mason/Semple Road 237McQueens Road 210 ! (from North Rolla Road 219 east to Rolla Road 3)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from Highway 97N (north end) to Triangle Road 25)Old Alaska Highway Road 64 (from intersection with 97N (South end) to km 3.7)Pumphouse Access Road 208CRanson Road 33Rolla Road 3Sweetwater Road 6 (from North Rolla Road 219 to Rolla Road 3)Washington Road 221 (from Highway 97 to Imperial Access Road 210The following permanent restrictions are in effect year round:50% Legal Axle LoadingMile 30 Road 169 from Kvile Rd 169C West to the Beatton River Rd 151Triad Road 169A from Reimer Rd 171 East to the end of the right of wayOld Fort Rd 148 from Howe Pit to the Old Fort Loop 616BFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation are warning motorists in Northeast B.C. to be prepared for upcoming load restrictions on area roads.Peace District Transportation Manager Katherine Styba issued a statement saying that load restrictions may be placed on all highways in the South Peace, North Peace and Fort Nelson areas in the near future with short notice. The possible restrictions will limit vehicles to 100 percent, 75 percent, 70 percent, or 50 percent of legal axle loading, as allowed under the Commercial Transport Act Regulations. UPDATE: The Ministry of Transportation says that load restrictions will be put in place on the following routes effective Sunday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. The load restrictions will be in place daily between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.All Provincial Numbered Routes, paved or gravel – 100% Legal Axle LoadingAll Provincial Side Roads, paved or gravel – 70% Legal Axle Loading except as listed below: The Peace River Regional District said that overweight permits will not be granted, and all term overweight permits will be invalid for the duration of the restrictions.At present time, the only load restriction in effect is on the Northleaf SYD Road from kilometre marker 8.4 to kilometre 188. Loads will be restricted to 75 percent of legal axle loading from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 100 percent legal axle loading is still permitted from 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

Agadir First Englishbased Moroccan School Opens

Marrakech-  Following the advice of the Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi, the Moroccan School in Agadir has adopted English as its language of instruction. This is the first school using Moroccan and a Anglo-Saxon school program in English. Classes for the primary school are in session for the 2014-2015 academic year.The school’s Director of Academic Affairs, Fatima Iffsate, began working on the project 3 years ago. The school opened at the same time as the launch of the international baccalaureate in Morocco. The school’s goal is to strengthen the local education infrastructure by introducing new technologies and techniques that meet international standards and enable students to find high-level employment in line with their academic achievements, in order to prepare them as a capable future generation.As reported by Medias24, The Moroccan School in Agadir has high quality facilities. Its building has five stories and is 9,500 sq meters. There are interactive white boards in all classrooms and an intranet system so that teachers can communicate with each other, the administration, and students’ parents. The school has an innovative approach with a music room, theater, art gallery, library, sports ground, and a prayer room.The school is located on Boulevard Mohammed V in Agadir. It services students aged between 3 to 11. There are 70 teachers on faculty, half of whom are native English speakers. This enables the school to fulfill its educational mission while forging its own identity.The Moroccan School also plans to open a college for students to earn a bachelor’s degree. It plans to initiate partnerships up with international universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.Morocco is currently seeing its private education system open up to foreign languages (including English) and partnerships with overseas universities to allow Moroccan students to achieve internationally recognized degrees. read more

Study says fintech startups vulnerable to web or mobile app attacks

Financial technology startups like to boast that they are more nimble than their counterparts in the traditional banking world. But if a test of their websites and mobile apps by a cybersecurity vendor is accurate, the startups aren’t necessarily better at protecting their applications. The study released this week by ImmuniWeb is a follow-up to an identical one released last month that tested the websites and mobile apps of the world’s biggest financial institutions against the free version of the vendor’s tools. The tests scored external web applications, APIs and mobile apps for SSL security, website security, mobile app security and phishing of 100 fintech startups around the world. A server starts with a score of 100, and then points were deducted for problems — for example, for not complying with PCI, HIPAA or NIST guidelines. Other experts and vendors might have scored or measured sites and applications differently, resulting in different rankings. Among the ImmuniWeb findings: All of the companies had security, privacy and compliance issues related to abandoned or forgotten web applications, APIs and subdomains Eight main websites and 64 subdomains of the companies had at least one publicly disclosed and exploitable security vulnerability of a medium or high-risk The most popular website vulnerabilities were XSS (Cross-Site Scripting, as described by the Online Web Application Security Project (OWASP) A7), Sensitive Data Exposure (OWASP A3) and Security Misconfiguration (OWASP A6) The oldest unpatched security vulnerability was CVE-2012-6708 impacting jQuery 1.7.2 being publicly known since 2012 All of the mobile applications tested contained at least one security vulnerability of a medium risk, 97 per cent had at least two medium or high-risk vulnerabilities 56 per cent of mobile app backends (REST/SOAP APIs) have serious misconfigurations or privacy issues related to SSL/TLS configuration and insufficient web server security hardening In addition, 62 per cent of the companies failed the Payment Card Industry DSS compliance test even for their main website, while 64 per cent of the companies failed ImmuniWeb’s test for compliance with rules for the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on their main website. By ImmuniWeb’s scoring, banks were better than fintechs in only three out of 17 categories. However, that may not be saying much. For example, only nine per cent of the main websites of fintechs had the highest “A+” grades, compared to four per cent of banks tested. “At first glance, the fintech industry is doing comparatively better,” noted ImmuniWeb CEO Ilya Kolochenko. “However, if we correlate the quantity and complexity of managed IT systems per organization, the conclusion may unequivocally differ in a favour of the banks. Nonetheless, the numbers from the research positively emphasize a decent level of cybersecurity amid the fintech companies, evidencing commitment and care. “The research emphasizes spiraling cybersecurity challenges faced both by dynamic fintech companies and well-established financial institutions.” This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

UN police arrest suspects in last years murder of Kosovo Albanian family

The arrests “resulted from investigations ongoing since the attack on 20 August 2001,” UNMIK Officer Paul Hamlin told reporters on Saturday, referring to the crime against the Hajra family which resulted in the deaths of Mr. Hajra, his wife and three of his four children. “We believe we have found those responsible,” he added.UNMIK police arrested eight men, including three members of the Kosovo Protection Corps. All those arrested are now in detention and will be processed through the judicial system, according to Mr. Hamlin, who said follow-on searches were continuing in a number of locations.

Pressure fueling Buckeyes fire on wrestling mat

Colt Sponseller feels the pressure from all angles. At 165 pounds he earned his 18th win on the season in a 4-2 decision over Dan Vallimont of Penn State.Sponseller is a three-time Ohio High School Division II State Champion as well as National High School Seniors Wrestling Champion.However, this season Sponseller and coach Tom Ryan have their eyes on a bigger prize. “Colt Sponseller holds the key to the national title for the Buckeyes,” Ryan said.That’s a tremendous amount of pressure, but Ryan knows that he can handle it. So far, Sponseller is taking it in stride.“The pressure motivates me more than I already am and motivates me to work that much harder,” Sponseller said.  After the Buckeyes defeated Penn State in a 21-14 decision Sunday, the team received a day off. Sponseller doesn’t take days off. He hit the gym for his usual workout, which came as no surprise to Ryan.Ryan noted that Sponseller was a frequent participant in optional summer workouts, and that he fills the gym with electricity.    Sponseller was hesitant to say he motivates other guys on the team. He doesn’t go out there trying to motivate others, but it seems hard not to be motivated by his work ethic and determination.    “He is a true warrior,” Ryan said. “He loves to train and truly embraces hard work.”As the Buckeyes enter their Big Ten schedule, the training really begins.Sponseller says he is pushing himself to clean up the little things, such as his mentality. “I’m focusing on my mental game, going in to the Big Ten and Nationals having a good confidence level and knowing I can beat anyone,” Sponseller said.Ryan asserts that Sponseller’s mentality is right up there with his strength of training.“His heart is his greatest asset,” Ryan said.      Sponseller’s strength and mentality are constantly challenging him to live up to his full ability, a value Ryan coaches every day. Sponseller has no problem with nerves, although someone very close to him does.At any given match as Sponseller takes to the mat, a whistling can be heard resounding through the crowd. That whistle is his mother, Sue Sponseller.“I tend to block it out now,” Sponseller said. “It’s been going on for about 16 years. I know she’s there because I can hear it, but it certainly doesn’t bother me.” Sponseller calls it his mother’s nervous habit. He imagines she is more nervous than him.Not only is Sponseller working toward a national title, but he is well on his way to beating the team records he set last season. Sponseller holds the team record for most wins, 28, most takedowns, 132, and most technical falls, five. He and the Buckeyes will wrestle at Purdue and Indiana Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, respectively. read more

CARICOM pursuing regional customs document for harmonised trade

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCOTED meeting urges partnerships with private sector to support region’s economic growthNovember 18, 2016In “Regional”CARICOM SG calls for full CSME implementation at COTED meetingMay 16, 2018In “latest news”The Integration Movement is not a total failure – Former T&T PM tells GMSA DinnerMarch 7, 2014In “Opinion” A proposed regional Single Administrative Document (SAD) for CARIFORUM countries is currently under consideration by regional Customs Administrations at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)CARICOM’s Assistant Secretary-General, Trade & Economic Integration, Joseph CoxThe document will address the critical need to adopt harmonised approaches for conducting trade across borders. The three-day meeting opened today and will engage officials of regional Customs Administrations.According to a DPI release, CARICOM’s Assistant Secretary-General, Trade & Economic Integration, Joseph Cox said that as the trading environment continues to evolve, and the Caribbean Community seeks to deepen the integration process, trade facilitation has shifted to a higher level of priority on the regional trade agenda.“In keeping with the Community’s vision of full economic integration and keeping with our obligations under the European Partnership Agreement, there is a critical need to adopt harmonised approaches for conducting trade across borders,” Cox told the meeting.Assisting in the process, the CARICOM Secretariat has already assessed the state of readiness of Member States customs’ administrations.  The Report of a Study recommended that a common document be developed, for which the Secretariat began work to develop a SAD in 2010.This effort led to a draft SAD of 48 information fields being developed but following several setbacks and non-interest at times by the Member States, the Secretariat said it is now pleased to witness the completion of this journey.“The Secretariat’s focus through the Customs Committee has always been one of keeping track of the challenges being experienced by the Member States and mobilising resources to target such challenges. Our encounters with regional customs authorities suggest that non-compliance among traders to declare true and correct values is the single biggest cause of revenue leakage,” the assistant Secretary-General said.According to Cox, as the trading environment continues to evolve, and as the Community seeks to deepen the integration process, trade facilitation has shifted to a higher level of priority on the regional trade agenda.The Community, he said, has taken its cue from the “going-into-effect” of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (FTA), for which Member States are finalising their category B and C commitments.He said the Community’s approval of model Harmonised Customs Bill and Regulations in September 2016, and advanced work in developing a CARICOM Customs Procedure Manual, along with the signing last month of a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Customs Organisation, CARICOM and by extension CARIFORUM, have opened doors for the future landscape of trade.The workshop will conclude on Thursday. read more

Be careful of near misses with drone and UAV flights for exploration

first_imgAhead of the article on drones and UAVs in mineral exploration and surveying (International Mining, April issue), details have emerged of a near-miss between an Ayres S2R aircraft flying crop spraying on a property about 37 km south-southwest of Horsham aerodrome, Victoria, Australia and a UAV flying over the Iluka Echo mine site to conduct an aerial photography survey of the site. The aircraft pilot only became aware of the danger he was in after he had landed and was informed of the near-miss.An Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) report says “this incident highlights the challenges associated with having a diverse mix of aircraft operating in the same airspace and the need for all pilots and operators to remain vigilant and employ see-and-avoid principles. The operator of the UAV reported that due to a small frontal area, a UAV may be difficult to see and therefore a potential for conflict exists, in particular with manned aircraft operating below 400 ft (122 m) AGL.“Where other aircraft may be operating in the same airspace without radios, separation is limited to see-and-avoid principles. The limitations of unalerted see-and-avoid have been detailed in the ATSB’s research report Limitations of the See-and-Avoid Principle. The report highlights that unalerted see-and-avoid relies entirely on the pilot’s ability to sight other aircraft. Broadcasting on the correct frequency is known as radio-alerted see-and-avoid, and assists by supporting a pilot’s visual lookout for traffic.“Prior to commencing UAV operations, direct communication with the pilots of other aircraft in the area may increase awareness and assist in preventing similar incidents from occurring. If the pilot of a manned aircraft communicates their intentions to operate in the same airspace as a UAV, the UAV operator may be able to land the UAV or take action to avoid potential conflict. The report is available at read more

European Commission to publish proposal on closing more corporate tax loopholes

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COMMISSION will today publish a report aimed at clamping down on corporate tax avoidance.The proposal will amend the Parent/Subsidiary Directive, adopted in 1990 and which was originally intended to allow companies operating across different member states to avoid double taxation.However, this created a loophole which has resulted in some companies being able to avoid paying tax completely.The Commission is to propose the introduction of a “common anti-abuse rule”, allowing companies to be taxed on the “basis of real economic substance” and to ignore artificial arrangements.It also plans to amend the Directive to close loopholes and tighten up tax exemption regulations.The measures today are part of a wide range of plans announced last December by the Commission aimed at tackling the issue of the tax evasion in the European Union.Read: VAT receipts down for tenth month in a row >Explainer: How do Irish companies legally avoid paying billions in corporate tax? >last_img read more

The way we treat asylum seekers says a lot about us as

first_imgPROPOSALS TO REFORM the system of direct provision for asylum seekers could be presented to Cabinet in September, Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said.He said that it’s a “key area where we have to get reform in”.Speaking to RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Ó Ríordáin said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has requested for an update on these reforms by the first Cabinet meeting.Ó Ríordáin intends to set up a working group with a ‘range of people with great expertise’ from areas such as health, education, and justice, and to look at potential legislation in the area.He was speaking to the programme during a visit to a direct provision centre in Dublin 2, and described the conditions there.Eight yearsHe noted that construction work is being carried out to improve conditions, but that he came across a family of four who were living in a single room, and a boy who had been in the centre for eight years.Speaking of these long waits for asylum applications to be processed, he described them as “intolerable”.“We want to live in a country that treats everyone with respect”, Ó Ríordáin said. The way we treat asylum seekers and people in the system says a lot about us as a country.“There is a balancing act between having a system that doesn’t encourage people to come into the State, but that also treats people with respect.”Ó Ríordáin was appointed as Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture in the recent Cabinet reshuffle.Ireland faced criticism from the United Nations last week on the issue of direct provision. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said that measures are due to be brought in that will “substantially simplify and streamline the existing arrangements”, leading to reduced waiting times.Read: ‘None of us can stand over it, it’s just not acceptable’ >Opinion: Ireland warehouses asylum-seekers, institutionalises them and leaves them in limbo >last_img read more

Des microalgues pour fabriquer du biopétrole

first_imgDes micro-algues pour fabriquer du biopétroleLes chercheurs de Bio Fuel Systems (BFS) travaillent actuellement sur un projet de biopétrole à base de micro-algues. Les végétaux en question s’alimentent du gaz carbonique rejeté par une cimenterie.La structure mise en place par Bio Fuel Systems (BFS) ressemble à une forêt de tubes remplis de millions de micro-algues. Les bâtiments sont situés sur une plaine de la région d’Alicante au sud-est de l’Espagne. Il s’agit là d’un concept sur lequel travaillent depuis cinq ans des chercheurs espagnols et français. Si le prototype est encore considéré comme expérimental, il pourrait fournir l’énergie de demain : le biopétrole.À lire aussiAustralie : un lac vire soudainement au rose en plein MelbourneLe principe consiste à acheminer via un pipeline le dioxyde de carbone rejeté par une cimenterie non loin de la structure. En même temps que l’air est dépollué, le gaz recueilli alimente en énergie les micro-algues afin qu’elles puissent quotidiennement se multiplier. Ces végétaux, issus d’une dizaine de souches, ont été prélevés en Méditerranée et en Atlantique. Tous les jours, les 400 tubes sont vidés d’une partie de leur liquide. Celui-ci est filtré, pour obtenir une biomasse à la base du biopétrole. L’eau restante est remise dans les tubes.Une unité pourrait produire plus d’un million de barils par jourLe protocole a été mis en place dans l’objectif de reproduire en accéléré le processus de formation du pétrole. Eloy Chapuli, ingénieur, explique à l’AFP : “Nous essayons de simuler les conditions qui existaient il y a des millions d’années, quand le phytoplancton s’est transformé en pétrole. De cette façon, nous obtenons un pétrole équivalent au pétrole actuel”. Selon M. Stroïazzo-Mougin président et fondateur de BFS, une unité de 50 kilomètres carrés serait capable de produire environ 1 million 250.000 barils par jour. La société assure que les barils pourront être vendus à un prix compétitif grâce à la vente de produits dérivés obtenus à partir de la biomasse. Cependant l’idée est utopique et le pétrole produit devra attendre quelques temps avant d’être commercialisé. “Il nous faudra entre cinq et dix ans de plus pour passer à une production industrielle”, confirme M. Stroïazzo-Mougin. Pour l’heure, d’autres entreprises se sont lancées dans d’ambitieux projets. C’est le cas de Vattenfall, groupe d’énergie public suédois qui étudie depuis 2010 un dispositif à base d’algues capables d’absorber le gaz carbonique rejeté par les usines de charbon. L’entreprise américaine ExxonMobil désire également investir jusqu’à 600 millions de dollars pour exploiter le potentiel des algues dans la production de pétrole. Le 30 mars 2011 à 20:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Silva doesnt expect many changes at Everton

first_imgThe team is in the middle of the English Premier League table and has only won two out of their last seven matches this year.Everton is currently in the 11th position of the English Premier League standings with 33 points.The Blues have only won nine matches out of 27 possible, drawing six times and losing 12 times.But manager Marco Silva doesn’t expect to make big changes to the way he coaches.“Did you listen, did I say I am happy? No, I am not happy with the results. But to change radically, no,” Silva told reporters as quoted by Goal after the 1-0 defeat against Watford.“In February if we try to change everything radically, it means everything we did before did not make sense, which is not what I think.”“We did good things in the first four months, so we have to understand why we do not play the same or play with the same confidence,” he added.“It’s clear to me the fine details are making a big difference in us not getting the results.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The last time Everton won was on January 29 against league-bottom-club Huddersfield Town.“We are losing points because of detail in some moments, and we have to work more to be more consistent and focused as a team. Just because we had a long break, it does not make sense to make radical changes,” he continued.“I have to justify my job every day.”“If I am here it is because the club believes in my job and it is my obligation to justify the quality of my job. It is not because the club does a deal with another club,” he concluded.💭 | Rested, refreshed and aiming to get back to winning ways!Marco’s pre-match thoughts ⤵️ #efcawayday— Everton (@Everton) February 25, 2019last_img read more

Oklahoma City Explores AntiGovernment Sentiments That Contributed to Bombing

first_imgAmerican Experience/PBS Transcript:MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: If we were to ask what is the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, what would you say? Certainly 9/11. But before that, it was the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. That’s when a former soldier named Timothy McVeigh set off explosives packed into a rental truck in front of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building and killed 168 people, including children at the day care center and civil servants who worked on Social Security claims, housing vouchers and payments to veterans. Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted and executed for the crime in 2001, was understood to have embraced white supremacy and strong anti-government beliefs.But just how he came to have those beliefs and what role those ideas have played in American life is the subject of a new documentary. It’s called “Oklahoma City,” and it was written and directed by Barak Goodman. We reached him in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival last week, where the film was being screened. Mr. Goodman, thank you so much for joining us.BARAK GOODMAN: Thank you so much for inviting me on.MARTIN: The film spends a lot of time talking about two previous incidents of government confrontation with separatist groups, Ruby Ridge and Waco. Can you just briefly try to remind us of what those events were and why they are relevant to this film about Oklahoma City?GOODMAN: Ruby Ridge was a confrontation between the FBI and a family of white separatists called the Weavers in northern Idaho. The relevance for our film is that it inflamed a nascent far-right movement – really a very old movement, but a new flowering of that movement. And then six months later, at Waco, people will probably remember the standoff with the Branch Davidians. The Branch Davidians were not white supremacists at all.But again, it was the symbolism of the surrounding of this compound by federal agents and then the ultimate tragic death of, you know, upwards of 80 people inside. And for McVeigh personally, these two events confirmed his worst fears about the government, his worst grievances and anger. They were key moments in his radicalization, which is why we go back and tell those stories.MARTIN: Tell us a little bit more about Timothy McVeigh for people who may not remember him. What’s his story?GOODMAN: So McVeigh was a ordinary suburban kid, grew up outside Buffalo, N.Y., was in love with guns from a very early age. He was a bit isolated. Ended up in the Army because of his love of guns, went to Iraq and began to develop this deep antipathy for the federal government. He felt that he was a tool for an unjust war. And then when he came back, his life began to fall apart. He couldn’t get a job. He was lonely. He fell into this sort of subculture of far-right ideology mostly at gun shows, where he would trade old army surplus to make a living.And it was there that the radicalization really happened, especially with this book called “The Turner Diaries,” which is almost the Bible of the far-right movement. And gradually, he became bent on committing some kind of – what he regarded as a kind of active insurgency against the government in an ongoing war. And he developed his plan to bomb the Murrah Building.MARTIN: You include some tape from a jailhouse interview with McVeigh where he talks about his motives.(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, “OKLAHOMA CITY”)TIMOTHY MCVEIGH: From a military perspective, to get a message across you need to hurt them where they hurt the most. The only way they’re going to feel something and the only way they’re going to get the message is with a body count.MARTIN: Did he have any remorse about the fact that children were killed?GOODMAN: I don’t know whether McVeigh was classically or clinically a sociopath, but the tapes are absolutely chilling. He believed he was a soldier in an ongoing war with the government. And in war there is collateral damage, and these innocent children in the day care center were part of that. They were simply collateral damage.MARTIN: The journalists and the police that you interviewed called this movement the far right. It appears at a very interesting moment in our history where we are understanding what many people are calling the resurgence of something called the alt-right. Do you see parallels between these movements? Are there connections to your knowledge and according to your reporting?GOODMAN: I am not an expert on the alt-right and don’t pretend to be, what we’re calling the alt-right today. Certainly those connections have been made by people like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which does track these things. My hope is that our film will open people’s eyes to this very deeply-held grievance against the federal government that unites a lot of people and keeps reappearing periodically through American history. And it has these moments where it bursts into our consciousness, and I think Oklahoma City was such a movement.Whether that’s happening now I think we’ll only know in hindsight. I do think that people looking out today will benefit from understanding the dynamics of what happened in the mid-’90s. And they can apply that knowledge and that deeper understanding to what’s happening now and make their own judgments.MARTIN: I want to dig into – a little bit into the range of beliefs. You’re saying that they’re not motivated by just one perspective. Tell me a little bit about that.GOODMAN: Yes, I think the movement is – it’s a continuum, I would say. And on one side are people motivated chiefly by Second Amendment passions, that they are worried that the federal government is coming to take their guns away. And I would say that McVeigh was further in that direction. On the other side of the continuum are pure white supremacists often motivated by a perversion of Christianity called Christian Identity where – in which they believe this country is meant for them, they are the ones who are supposed to be running this country, everybody else is inferior.But I think what really unites all of these people is this vesting of the federal government with all sorts of evil – that the federal government is the problem, is the target that needs to be attacked. It’s run by Jews. It’s run by inferior people.And I think if there’s one thing we want people to take something away from this film, it’s an understanding that the federal government is not a monolithic entity. It is made up of human beings. And the human beings in this case were just ordinary men and women. They were not evil, black-booted, black-suited figures. And I think this movement tends to see the federal government in that way. And that’s where a lot of the problems begin.MARTIN: You know, we’ve been hearing a lot in the news about the so-called homegrown terrorist movement among Muslims. Do you see parallels to these white separatist groups? Tell me about it.GOODMAN: There’s no question. These terrorist acts often happen after a period of radicalization to people who are isolated, who have access to ideas, whether it’s on the internet or through books, in the case of Timothy McVeigh. But there’s often a – sort of a bubble around them where they’re not getting any alternate views. And I think you see many, many instances of homegrown terrorism on the radical right, however you want to describe that movement, that are very, very similar to what we see with homegrown Islamic terrorism.And I think the law enforcement agencies are very well aware of this, whereas the public, I think, is more focused just on the Muslim side. And I’m hoping that our film will reorient people to understand that the terroristic threat comes from lots of places, not just from, you know, the Islamic radical side of things.MARTIN: That was Barak Goodman. He’s the writer and director of the new documentary “Oklahoma City.” He joined us last week from Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival. The film is set to broadcast as part of the American Experience series on PBS on Tuesday, but you’ll want to check your local listings for the exact times. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Creator Owned Oathbound is a Western Delight

first_img Renegade Rule Dominates eSports and Friendship for an Epic Win31 of Our Favorites From Inktober 2017 Kickstarter, the online crowdfunding website, opens the door for thousands of creator-owned ideas, products, and projects every day. Allowing a project to be not only funded but shared and advertised, based on its appeal rather than hiding behind a brand, allows the creative team to push themselves, promoting creativity. Comic books are plenty popular Kickstarter, and the newest crowdfunded series is Oathbound, a fantasy-western, published by Loophole Comics.via Loophole ComicsCreated by Paul Gori and Kevin Cuffe, Oathbound takes place primarily in the year 1888. However, it is not the world we know. From the first panel of the first page, this world sets itself apart from “reality,” with a beautiful shot of a jackalope, better known as a rabbit with antlers. It’s a gorgeous little panel and a perfect introduction to the world. Desert and cacti against a warm sunset make the book feel extremely Western, but the jackalope serves as a prime example of what this book is aiming for.via Loophole ComicsWriter Kevin Cuffe and Co-writer/artist Paul Gori are clearly having a lot of fun here with this first issue. Diving not only headfirst into this weird world, but also their characters, makes this book feel, unlike most books. There is obviously a lot of mythology and lore to the different races of creatures, but that’s not what the story is about. Despite its comedic tone and more animated look, Oathbound has a lot of heart, boiling down into a story about a young woman and her father, his struggle to protect her, and her desire to explore her heritage. Somehow a love letter to both Dungeons and Dragons and spaghetti westerns, Cuffe and Gori have crafted a unique world and characters to fill it in.Gori’s art is reason in and of itself to pick up this first issue. Fun, simple, and filled to the brim with a loving attention to settings and details, Gori makes this book look unlike anything else currently on the shelf. It reminds me somewhat of Tess Fowler, from Rat Queens, but with more energy and an even better eye for perspective.Colorist Hedwin Zaldivar, along with color flatter Paula Goulart, bring a lot to the book, in that their colors make every page pop. Occasionally, there seems to be too much going on with the lighting, being somewhat distracting, but the contrast of western warms and colder colors lend themselves well to the tone. Being so bright accentuates just how much fun this first issue is. The warmer colors feel right at home in this Old West setting, but their clashing with the occasional cold blue somehow makes the genre mash-up work even better.via Loophole ComicsOathbound #1, is as ridiculous as it is fun, and is published by Loophole Comics. The first issue is now available now on their website. You can also keep track of the Kickstarter, and help raise more money for more comic books from the creative team here. Stay on targetlast_img read more