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CMs walk for environment

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participated in a walk titled “Save Green, Stay Clean” on Thursday to create awareness on environment.It started from Birla Planetarium and concluded at Nazrul Mancha. The Chief Minister has over and over again expressed her concern about the conservation of the environment. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, she said that the forest cover in Bengal has gone up to 19 percent from 2011’s 14 percent and added that the “Save Green, Stay Clean” movement would be observed on August 1 every year and programmes will be held up to the block level. Chief Secretary Malay De, Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay along with a host of dignitaries took part. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEarlier, she took part in a rally from Birla Planetarium to Nazrul Mancha via AJC Bose Road, Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Road, Southern Avenue to reach the venue where a programme was held. It was attended by school and college students, representatives and people from all walks of life. Director General of Police Virendra, Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Mayor Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, the state Sports and Youth Affairs minister and state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay also walked in the rally. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe programme was organised by the state Forest department. “Creating green and clean Bengal is our dream. If each one of us plants a sapling, then 10 crore saplings can be planted within a short time. Just as the “Safe Drive, Save Life” programme has successfully reduced the number of road accidents, sustained campaign to conserve nature will certainly create an impact on the people,” she maintained. “Our Chief Secretary and Kalyan Rudra, chairman, Pollution Control Board, have told me that a slew of measures have been taken and we are going to get its benefit within a year.” The state Health department has brought out an app providing information on snake bite. “Snakebite is a menace in several areas. Earlier, we were told that before a snake-bitten patient is taken to the hospital, one should tie the affected area tightly with a cloth but now the doctors are saying that two wooden planks should be placed around the affected portion and bandage should be done loosely. The app will help people to combat this menace,” she maintained. She also added that controlling air and noise pollution is very important. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has proposed to give electric ovens to the owners of roadside food stalls to replace the conventional coke ovens. She urged the cooperation from hawkers as well. Banerjee asked the police to control the sound of the sirens fitted on ambulances. “There are ambulances that blow the sirens producing horrific sound in turn. I have seen ambulances blowing the sirens even when they are not carrying patients. I urge the police to frame a policy in the matter and reduce the intensity of the sound.” Banerjee said saplings should be distributed among school and college students as part of the awareness campaign. “We must learn to respect Mother Nature and must remember that if we do not respect her, she will hit back violently. The way global warming is taking place and drinking water scarcity are going up, we are really scared and time has come when we all will have to fight to conserve nature.” She presented saplings to noted litterateur Abul Basar, Raj Chakraborty, film director, footballer Manas Bhattacharya among others.last_img read more

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NSA Doval says fully convinced most Kashmiris support removal of Art 370

first_imgNew Delhi: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said on Saturday he is “fully convinced” that a majority of Kashmiris support the abrogation of Article 370, and affirmed that restrictions in Kashmir are aimed at preventing Pakistan from creating more mischief through proxies and terrorists.Article 370 “was not a special status. It was a special discrimination. With its abrogation we have brought Kashmiris on par with Indians,” he said. In a wide-ranging interaction with a select group of journalists, Doval said restrictions have anyway been eased progressively, and only 10 of the 199 police districts in Kashmir, Jammu and Laddakh now still have prohibitory orders, while land-line telephones have been restored fully in all three areas. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On the political detentions, he said they are preventive in nature and very much allowed under the law, which means the government is answerable to courts and will have to pay a heavy penalty if it has done anything extra-judicial. “I am fully convinced that a majority of Kashmirs totally support the abrogation of Article 370,” Doval said. In the removal of Article 370, announced on August 5, “they (Kashmiris) see greater opportunities, a better future, more jobs for youths,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is a vocal minority that opposes it. It appears to people that that is the voice of the people. That is not necessarily true,” he told the journalists, comprising Indian and foreign media. He said Pakistan is bent on creating trouble in Kashmir, and would very much like to see unrest in the valley, which would add grist to its anti-India propaganda. In a bid to achieve that aim, Pakistan has sent many terrorists into Kashmir with the intent of causing trouble, and to ensure that normalcy is not restored. “If anybody is interested in restoring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir it is India,” he said. “We will not allow people to become victims of Pakistan’s machinations and its bullets sent across the border. We will do everything in power to protect the people,” he said. Questioned about the alleged human rights abuses by the Army, Doval pointed out that it is only the local police and central paramilitary forces that are deployed to maintain law and order. So, there is no question of atrocities by the Army, whose job is only to fight terrorists. He said according to intelligence reports some 230 terrorists were recorded in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, some of whom have sneaked across the border to create trouble, which includes intimidating traders and local populace to prevent them from going about their business. He cited the case of two Punjabi-speaking terrorists whose conversations with their Pakistani handlers were intercepted in which they were reprimanded for not doing their job properly, and warned that Pakistan would send them bangles if they didn’t do something quickly. Thereafter, the two men went to the residence of a prominent fruit merchant in Sopore, Hamidullah Rather, to intimidate him on Friday, Not finding him there at home, the terrorists shot and injured his 25-year-old son, Mohammad Irshad, in the thigh, and Irshad’s 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter Asma Jaan, who is critical, Doval said. She will be brought to New Delhi for treatment, he said.last_img read more

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Connie Oakes murder conviction based on legal fiction says new appeal filing

first_imgRead about Connie Oakes case hereJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe murder conviction of a Saskatchewan Cree woman facing a life sentence for the killing of a Medicine Hat, Alta., man is based on a “legal fiction,” according to documents filed with the Appeal Court of Alberta Monday.Connie Oakes was found guilty by a jury on Nov. 15, 2013, of killing Casey Armstrong who was found dead in the bathtub of his Medicine Hat trailer during the May 2011 long-weekend with a large puncture-wound through his neck. Oakes was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.Oakes has insisted she is innocent of the murder.Police found no murder weapon, DNA evidence or fingerprints tying Oakes, 50, to the murder. The only evidence came from a woman with an IQ of 50 by the name of Wendy Scott, 30, who said she was there when Oakes killed Armstrong.Before Oakes’ trial, Scott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years. The Crown built its case against Oakes based on Scott’s murder confession and testimony, which was riddled with contradictions.The foundation for the case against Oakes took a major hit in October when the Court of Appeal of Alberta quashed Scott’s conviction and struck her guilty plea. The ruling followed a concession by the Crown handling the appeal that there were not enough grounds to support Scott’s guilty plea on second-degree murder.Scott is now facing a new trial and her arraignment hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 in Medicine Hat.Wendy Scott in a Facebook photo posted in 2008.Oakes’ lawyers have filed an amended notice of appeal partly based on Scott’s wrongful conviction.Oakes’ lawyers Alexandra Seaman and Aleksandra Simic argue that because Scott’s guilty plea has been struck her client’s conviction now rests on a “legal fiction” and should also be overturned.“There is an even bigger legal elephant in the room. Whatever individual or cumulative legal errors may be posited or advanced in critique of the treatment of the guilty plea, there is a unique feature to this case in light of the Court of Appeal judgement (in the Scott case) and that factor is akin to a legal fiction,” said the lawyers in their submission filed with the court. “At all times in the proceedings…the trier of fact (judge) was actually weighing a wrongful conviction and had before them, what we now know to be a legally unsupported mode of criminal liability for murder.”The quashing of Scott’s conviction also leads into another facet of Oakes’ amended appeal filing which argues the Medicine Hat Crown who handled the case, Andrea Dolan, “engaged in multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct” by exaggerating the meaning of Scott’s confession in statements to the jury.In particular, Oakes’ lawyer argues, that Dolan tried to paint the decision by Oakes’ lawyer to keep her from the stand — which is her right — as proof she was guilty.Seaman and Simic’s submission puts the focus on Dolan’s opening statement and quotes parts deemed troubling.“We may never know why Casey was murdered. Only Connie knows,” stated Dolan, during the opening statement. “Wendy entered a guilty plea to second degree murder… in this courtroom. She sat in the box. The charge of murder was read and she said she was guilty and she said that Connie did it too. With tears streaming down her face, she then turned to Casey’s two kids … and said she was sorry.’Oakes’ lawyers argued Dolan went too far.“Drawing upon Ms. Scott’s assumption of responsibility, when coupled with the rhetoric ‘only Connie knows,’ it belittled the appellant’s right to silence,” said Seaman and Simic in their submission. “Troubling yet still, as revealed (previously), a review of the transcripts of (Scott’s proceedings) call into question whether the actual words of Ms. Scott in those proceedings were presented in a balanced fashion, thus making the transgression from principles of fair play even more acute.”Medicine Hat, Alta., prosecutor Andrea Dolan. APTN/FileThe latest appeal filing builds on previously submitted fresh evidence that includes an affidavit from Scott who now claims that she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the trailer when Armstrong was killed. Oakes’ appeal filing also includes an affidavit from Kim Pate, the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, who was told by Scott that Oakes wasn’t involved in the murder.Scott has stated in sworn affidavits that she was high on drugs during police interrogations which occurred several months longer than was disclosed to the defence before Oakes’ trial. Scott has also stated that police interrogators suggested evidence to her, including pointing out the car believed to have been used in the killing.APTN previously reported that Dolan possessed a file outlining details of the red car that police believed was used, but never introduced them during the trial. The details included the make of the car, a Grand Am, and that it was owned by a woman who once lived in Saskatchewan. The woman told APTN she sold the car before the murder happened for drugs and cash to a dealer nicknamed “Ginger.” Ginger, who has red hair, was also initially named by Scott as the culprit of the murder. Scott also accused two men of the crime before admitting her own role and accusing Oakes.An eye-witness testified during Oakes’ November 2013 trial that she saw two women in Armstrong’s driveway on the Saturday morning after Armstrong was killed putting a bag into the trunk of a red car. The witness testified that one of the women had red hair.Police also found a size 11E bloody boot print in the bathroom were Armstrong was found. The source of the boot print has never been identified.Oakes’ appeal hearing is scheduled for Jan. read more

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Sri Lanka to issue letters of interest to India Japan for LNG

As a result a joint proposal made by Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, and Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, to issue letters of interests to India and Japan, has been approved by the cabinet. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is to issue letters of interests to India and Japan for the construction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plants.The Government says India and Japan have shown interest to establish two Liquid Natural Gas Power plants of 500 MW. read more

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Technological educator wins top award

Bob MoultonThe Faculty of Education’s technological education programs co-ordinator has received a top award in his field.Bob Moulton, who is chair of the Inter-Faculty Technological Education Council, received a leadership award from the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) at a banquet in Alliston on May 7.The Technological Education Leadership Award recognizes someone who shows commitment and innovation in the field of technological education, says the OCTE’s description of the award. It is awarded to one person per year.Moulton works at Brock’s Hamilton campus.Link:• OCTE read more

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Afghanistan experts call for new UN office to monitor sanctions against Taliban

The recommendation came in a just-released report by a five-member Committee of Experts, which was set up by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the request of the Security Council. Based on two months of fact-finding and information gathering work, the report explores the best ways to prevent the Taliban from acquiring arms, which are banned under a UN embargo, and from selling narcotics to purchase those weapons. Following high-level talks with Afghanistan’s six neighbours as well as other key players, the experts conclude that the most practical and cost-effective way to achieve this end would be through the establishment of a Vienna-based UN Office for Sanctions Monitoring and Coordination-Afghanistan.The proposed UN office should employ sanctions enforcement teams to work with various border control and counter-terrorism services in the six States neighbouring Afghanistan, according to the report. The teams would help those countries to modernize all aspects of their border legislation, customs procedures and border control techniques.The office would also employ specialists in illegal arms trafficking, drugs, money laundering and counter-terrorism. After collecting and analyzing information about the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, those specialists would be mandated to publish their findings widely.The experts recommend locating the office in Vienna because of its relative proximity to Afghanistan and the surrounding region, and to the UN office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, which is based in the Austrian capital.Other measures proposed in the report include banning the supply of aircraft turbine fuel, which the Taliban uses for its helicopters and fighter bombers, and monitoring the movement of acetic anhydride, a chemical used to produce heroin.Several recommendations are directed at Afghanistan’s neighbours, particularly Pakistan, where religious schools called madrassas provide a supply of recruits to the Taliban. “The Pakistan authorities should be urged to exercise greater control over the madrassas on their territory and the movement of people across their common border with Afghanistan,” the report states.The experts say their recommendations should be implemented “at least until such time as realistic and productive negotiations are held, leading to a lasting political settlement, within which must be incorporated a verifiable mechanism for the closure of all terrorist training facilities and a plan to repatriate non-Afghan terrorists.” read more

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Venezuela Dismayed at violence Annan vows UN support for peaceful solution

In a statement read by his spokesman, the Secretary-General welcomed the support given to the work of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Carter Center, hailing it as “an important element in ensuring a peaceful, electoral and constitutional solution to the country’s political impasse.”Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the UN “will continue to be engaged in supporting the Government and other parties in seeking peaceful solutions to resolving their differences.”The Carter Center is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy institute founded by former United States President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to launch collaborative initiatives in democratization, global health and urban revitalization. read more

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Last Sierra Leonean refugees return home as UN closes repatriation programme

The final UNHCR convoy from Liberia carrying 286 people crossed over the Mano River bridge into Sierra Leone on Wednesday. A last convoy of 329 returnees left Guinea today and will arrive in Sierra Leone tomorrow.The agency’s assisted voluntary repatriation programme was to end officially on 30 June, but because of a late surge in demand from refugees in Liberia to return home, the programme was extended to late July.The pace of returns to Sierra Leone had picked up markedly in recent months as the refugees, mainly sheltering in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea, rushed to get home before UNHCR’s repatriation programme ended.An estimated 120,000 Sierra Leoneans fled to Liberia during their country’s decade-long conflict, which ended in 2000, and 370,000 to Guinea. Some 15,000 refugees have opted to stay in their host countries and integrate locally. In the countries with larger numbers of refugees deciding to stay, UNHCR will help with integration through community-based projects.”It is enormously encouraging to see such large numbers of refugees have returned home to Sierra Leone with a keen determination to rebuild their lives after living for nearly a decade in refugee camps in surrounding countries,” High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said.UNHCR and its partners, alongside the UN country team and the government, will assist reintegration through various community projects – ranging from the construction of local health clinics and wells to the upgrading of schools – through the end of 2005.The agency’s field offices in Sierra Leone will remain open to assist the return of some 55,000 Liberian refugees expected to go home when UNHCR’s Liberian voluntary repatriation programme gets underway in October throughout West Africa. read more

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TSX heads higher as commodities rise General Electric beats expectations

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday as energy stocks advanced while oil prices hit a 16-month high and traders took in a mixed batch of U.S. earnings.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 56.28 points to 12,685.13.The Canadian dollar was up 0.08 of a cent to 96.46 cents US as new data showed that inflation was well under control in June. Statistics Canada said that inflation came in at an annualized rate of 1.2 per cent, in line with economist expectations and up from a low rate of 0.7 per cent the previous month.On a month over month basis, prices rose at a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per cent.U.S. indexes were generally lower after Google Inc. and Microsoft both missed forecasts for earnings and revenue while General Electric beat expectations.The Dow Jones industrials lost 4.8 points to 15,543.74, the Nasdaq was down 23.66 points to 3,587.61 and the S&P 500 index edged 2.72 points higher to 1,692.09.GE earned $3.13 billion or 30 cents a share in the latest quarter, up from $3.11 billion a year earlier. Earnings ex-items came in at 36 cents, a cent higher than estimates. Revenue fell four per cent, to $35.12 billion.GE is viewed as an important bellwether because it sells a wide variety of industrial equipment and appliances around the world, including jet engines, medical diagnostic equipment, locomotives, washing machines, natural gas-fired turbines, and oil and gas drilling equipment. GE shares were up 4.6 per cent in New York.Google earned $3.2 billion, or $9.54 per share, up 16 per cent from $2.8 billion a year ago. Earnings were $9.56 per share ex-items, lower than the $10.78 that analysts had forecast. Google handed in revenue of $14.11 billion versus expectations of $14.42 billion. Google’s average ad rate fell by six per cent from the same time last year during the quarter, marking the seventh consecutive quarter of falling ad prices. Its shares fell 1.55 per cent .Microsoft’s quarterly net income came to $4.97 billion, or 59 cents per share, reversing a loss of $492 million a year ago when it wrote down almost the entire value of its 2007 purchase of online ad service aQuantive. Earnings ex-items were 66 cents per share, short of the 75 cents per share expected by analysts. Revenue grew 10 per cent to $19.90 billion, also below the $20.72 million expected.The world’s largest software company also booked a $900 million write-down to account for the deep price cut it applied to its Surface RT tablet this week, a move to spur sales amid sluggish demand. Microsoft shares fell 11.4 per cent.Technology “has definitely been a sector that people have been expecting big things from and it has not delivered,” said Randy Frederick, Managing Director of Active Trading & Derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research in New York.The TSX advanced for a fourth week, up 223 points or 1.8 per cent as investors have picked up resource stocks badly beaten down this year.But stocks around the world have had a generally solid week especially after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated that the scale and scope of the central bank’s monetary stimulus may remain in place for longer than many in the markets had been predicting.At the same time, markets including the TSX are getting a lift from improving U.S. economic conditions, seen lately in strong housing sector numbers and improving job creation.“We have seen upward growth in the U.S., not stellar growth but continuous growth and… that’s leading the U.S. market higher and pulling the Canadian market higher,” said Jeff Bradacs, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management, adding that the second-quarter earning season has generally pleasantly surprised investors.“What we have seen this week is a number of large U.S. companies’ financials and industrial companies that beat expectations and that’s helped continue the rally on the market.”Commodity prices advanced with August bullion up $8.70 to US$1,292.90 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and the gold sector moved up about four per cent. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) climbed 82 cents to C$17.16.August crude was edged up one cent to US$108.05 a barrel after rising as high as $109.32, the highest price since March 1, 2012.Crude’s advance this week has been underpinned by another sizable decline in U.S. oil supplies. U.S. crude inventories fell by 6.9 million barrels last week, bringing the three-week decline to 27.1 million barrels. Prices are up 15 per cent over the last four weeks.The energy sector was ahead 1.07 per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 43 cents to C$34.35.The base metals sector led decliners, down two per cent while September copper rose one cent to US$3.14 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) dropped 57 cents to C$15.95. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2013 9:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX heads higher as commodities rise, General Electric beats expectations read more

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Central Asia Security Council commends UN centres work for preventive diplomacy

The Security Council today celebrated the role of the United Nations regional office in assisting countries in Central Asia confront a range of threats, from terrorism to trans-national drug trafficking, and reaffirmed the importance of conflict prevention tools in contributing effectively to the maintenance of international peace and security. In a statement to the press, the Council welcomed the recent briefing on 21 January by the Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), Miroslav Jenča, on the Centre’s work over the past seven months and “acknowledged” UNRCCA’s role in providing support to Central Asian States to address regional challenges “by encouraging and facilitating closer cooperation, identifying and tackling potential sources of tension before possible escalation, responding to domestic and transnational threats to peace and by supporting the sustainable development of the region.” The UNRCCA was established in 2007 in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. It assists and supports the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in finding solutions for emerging problems and eliminating potential threats. In addition, the Council also commended the Centre’s “ongoing efforts” to assist the Central Asian States in modernising the legal framework for regional trans-boundary water management – an issue which has been a source of frequent tension between countries in the region. To this point, the statement added, the Council “further encouraged the Centre to continue to facilitate regional dialogue and encouraged all States in the region to engage constructively in consultations to reach agreement on how to meet energy and water resource challenges across the region.” At the same time, Council members also expressed support for UNRCCA’s role in regional counter-terrorism activities, including through its support for the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action on implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia as well as through recent efforts aimed at engaging the media in the fight against terrorism, raising awareness, capacity building and promoting information sharing. In their statement, the members of the Security Council underlined that illicit drug production, trade and trafficking remained a threat to international peace and stability in the region and, as a result, the UN body also highlighted the importance of “close coordination” between the Central Asian States and Afghanistan while also commending UNRCCA’s efforts, in collaboration with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, to help the Central Asian States address this problem. Moreover, recognizing the regional security concerns generated by the post-2014 scenario in Afghanistan and the drawdown of ISAF troops in Afghanistan, the Council also commended UNRCCA’s work, in cooperation with the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA), in facilitating the bilateral and multilateral engagement of the Central Asian States with Afghanistan and encouraged enhanced cooperation and coordination between them. The Council also noted that, to date, the situation in Afghanistan had not led to any major security implications in Central Asia. Nonetheless, it encouraged “increased cooperation and coordination” between the Central Asian States, UNRCCA and relevant regional organizations, in order to further strengthen the region’s capacity “to overcome challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development.” read more

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Wobbler feeder assists efficient operation of high tech crushing system

first_imgThe Di Maso company in Italy has just invested in a modern HAZEMAG crushing facility. In addition to the rugged primary impact crusher with its active hydraulic control system, a wobbler feeder has been added to relieve the load on the crusher and to ensure uniform feeding. The impact crusher Type AP-PH 1414 provides consistent high quality product, an excellent degree of operational safety and user-friendly maintenance. It is equipped with the very latest active hydraulic control system, by means of which the impact aprons are locked in position during operation to guarantee a uniform, high-quality product.If any tramp metal enters the system, the aprons retract immediately to allow the uncrushable material to pass through, returning to their pre-set position as soon as the danger has been averted. Moreover, the inlet plate of the impactor can be moved hydraulically to facilitate the removal of any jammed material. The blow bars are well accessible and, thanks to a wedge retaining system, can be removed quickly and easily. Approximately 90% of the housing wear lining plates are identical and thus interchangeable.Upstream of the impactor is the HAZEMAG Wobbler Feeder which removes the fines from the feed material and by this relieves the load on the crusher, thus leading to reduced power consumption, a lower wear rate and a higher degree of operational safety. The wobbler feeder efficiency is not affected by moist or sticky material. Thanks to the horizontal flow system, the installation height is reduced to a minimum, allowing for uniform, smooth and controlled feeding. In this particular application, the material is screened off at 50 mm.last_img read more

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Stavros Stratos to perform in Canberra

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Join the Greek community of Canberra as they gather for a night of music and live music performance with Stavros and Stratos, at Hellenic Club’s Triton Lounge, every first Monday of the month.When: Monday 13 October at 7.30 pm Where: Triton Lounge, Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Woden For more information contact 02 6281 0899 or visit

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PMs Fathers Day Message Country Needs Stronger Families and Stronger Fathers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said the best way for The Bahamas to resolve its social ill challenges is to have more Godly role models to strengthen the Bahamian family.  In his short address at a Father’s Day Thanksgiving service at Calvary Temple, Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Minnis thanked the men who have made an invaluable contribution to the building of The Bahamas and called for more to be done to produce more positive role models.“The Bahamas, like many nations, continues to face social challenges and yes, we need more police officers, we need more resources, we need more jobs and we need more education and training, but we also need stronger families and stronger fathers,” said Prime Minister Minnis.“Families are the foundation of our nation, and we need more Godly role models to strengthen the Bahamian family.“We need more of our men to set good examples for our sons and daughters and to instill Christian values into all of our young people. Our children must be taught the values of integrity, honesty and hard work at home.”The Prime Minister, while commending positive male role models, submitted that not all have walked the straight and narrow. He noted that over the years, The Bahamas has developed a culture where some men fail to accept their responsibilities as fathers. This, according to the Prime Minister, is one of the major ills of the Bahamian society, and therefore he asked all Bahamians, especially churches throughout the country, to assist his government in its quest to change this mindset among some Bahamian young men.“I must also recognize and salute all those mothers who have had to fulfill both roles of mother and father. Help me to salute our strong Bahamian mothers,” added Prime Minister Minnis.  “These women have sacrificed and have had the responsibility of bringing up their children, and so we salute them for the work they [have done].”The Prime Minister asked the church members of Calvary Temple and church members around the country to continue to pray for him and to continue to pray for members of his government as they work tirelessly to restore and revitalize Grand Bahama.He also asked for continued prayer for the entire Bahamas.“Allow me to leave you with this Biblical promise: ‘if my people who are called by my name would humble themselves and pray and seek my face, then will I hear from Heaven and I will heal their land.’“On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I extend a Happy Father’s Day to all fathers throughout the country.”Press Release: BIS Related Items:last_img read more

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Melting Permafrost Threatens Infrastructure Homes

first_imgAs we’ll see, the effects of warming temperatures on infrastructure can be costly and sometimes dramatic.Download AudioIn much of Alaska, bridges, roads, buildings, and runways have been built on permafrost. That’s soil that became frozen during ice ages from 400 to 10,000 years ago, and a few feet down is frozen rock-hard year around.Geophysics professor Vladimir Romanovsky, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, said that due to human activity that removes the natural ground cover and warming temperatures, permafrost from the Brooks Range south is becoming unstable. He said when permafrost that’s a mix of ice and soil melts, the water often flows away and the surface sinks.House sinking due to melting permafrost(Credit“It’s not just everything sinking evenly,” said Romanovsky. “But there’s some dips and troughs and all kind of thing develops, which for infrastructure is the worst case scenario.”The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ chief of maintenance and operations Mike Coffey said as permafrost thaws, it takes more time and money to keep roads in shape.“When it thaws, then we maintenance and operations spend just about all summer up north fighting the roller coaster ride,” said Coffey. “So, we’re removing pavement, re-leveling, smooth roads, then repaving or chip sealing back over the top to try to smooth roads out.”Coffey said during most of the 32 years he’s been with the Department of Transportation, Fairbanks winters were cold.“Historically in the fall they instantly, or very suddenly, went to below zero and they stayed below zero until spring,” said Coffey.Now, Coffey said, warmer temperatures are changing maintenance requirements for Fairbanks roads.“We’re getting freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw. We had a huge rainstorm in January; I think that was in 2011,” said Coffey. “It’s forced us to change the way we do our winter maintenance operations in that we’re actually now having to do anti-icing in the Fairbanks area, which 10 or 15 years ago probably wouldn’t have even been thought of.”Jack Hébert is founder and CEO of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks. He said melting permafrost can also damage building foundations, putting houses at a tilt or out of square. Sometimes houses sink into the ground, or the soil subsides, leaving stairs dangling above the ground. But Hébert said there are ways to save a structure whose foundation is damaged.“There’s ways that you can inject material where the ground is starting to subside,” said Hébert. “And actually — it’s called slab jacking — you can actually lift parts of the foundation that are failing that can either be done with a fluid, even concrete, or it can be done with a slab jacking foam, and that pushes the foundation back up.Also in Fairbanks, some hillside residents have seen their wells run dry, and downhill residents’ have seen their basements fill with water as permafrost melts. Hébert said mortgage funders and some municipalities now require soil tests so homes are not built on permafrost at risk of thawing.Climate change has some people hoping warmer summers and milder winters will become the norm in Alaska. Other effects range from disastrous to inconvenient.Mike Brubaker, director of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Center for Climate Change and Health, said people can prepare for the downsides of climate change by increasing local self-sufficiency  ̶ food, water, and energy security“It’s something that’s always been a challenge and always been a priority for small rural Alaska communities,” said Brubaker. “And I think we just have to continue to work on that, and to make sure as opportunity presents itself through construction, through investment, through development that we’re making good decisions and helping to make our communities as climate resilient as possible.”While there may be challenging times ahead, Jack  Hébert said he’s still optimistic for the future.“We can learn and work together on finding ways to address this climatic change that we’re experiencing just as in many other ways we have to adapt to the times we’re living in,” said Hébert. “I think we’ve got the talent to do that up here. It’s going to take research. It’s going to take commitment. Working together, I think we can get there.”last_img read more

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Whats Coming to Hulu in February 2019

first_imgFebruary is here, which means Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Hulu is offering traditional fare (think Kleenex and chocolates) like the Sandra Bullock-led rom-com “While You Were Sleeping,” as well as “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Moonstruck,” and “Barefoot.”Why stop at romantic relationships though? Celebrate Galentine’s Day, the Feb. 13 “holiday” popularized by “Parks and Recreation,” which honors women and female friendship. Check out the thrilling “Thelma & Louise” or “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and for campy reality TV fun, watch women fight and make up on “The Real Housewives of New York City.”Hulu has also brought out a spate of James Bond films, so get yourself a martini (shaken, not stirred) and marathon “Dr. No,” “From Russia With Love,” and “Thunderball,” all the way up to “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Additionally, recent critically acclaimed movies available on the platform this month include the dark comedy western “The Sisters Brothers,” and the documentaries “Three Identical Strangers” and “Tickled.”See the full list of titles below and sign in to (or get a free 7-day trial here) to start watching.Feb. 1Into The Dark: Down: Episode 5 Premiere (Hulu Original)Record of Grancrest War: Complete Season 1A View to a KillThe AnimalAsterix & Obelix: Mission CleopatreBad SantaBarefootThe Big LebowskiThe BountyThe Bourne UltimatumBorn on the Fourth of JulyBroadway Danny RoseCaddyshackCaddyshack IICapoteChaosCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryChasing LibertyDazed and ConfusedDeep Blue SeaDelta FarceDr. NoEquilibriumEscape from AlcatrazField of DreamsFlesh + BloodFoolishFor Your Eyes OnlyFour Weddings and a FuneralFreedomlandFrom Russia with LoveGoldeneyeHairsprayHellboy II: The Golden ArmyHow to DealKingpinLara Croft: Tomb RaiderLars and the Real GirlLicense to KillThe Madness of King GeorgeMarathon ManMetroMississippi BurningMoonrakerMoonstruckMortal KombatMortal Kombat AnnihilationMystic PizzaNext Day AirOld FashionedOn Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceThe Portrait of a LadyThe Purple Rose of CairoThe Quiet OnesRobin Hood: Prince of ThievesThe Royal TenenbaumsSpace JamThe Secret GardenTerminator 2: Judgement DayThe Thomas Crown Affair (1999)The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)The ToyboxThelma & LouiseThree KingsThunderballTomcatsTomorrow Never DiesUnforgettableUniversal SoldierUntamed HeartWayne’s WorldWayne’s World 2Wedding CrashersWes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000While You Were SleepingFeb. 2Cabin FeverPick of the LitterFeb. 3Legion: Complete Season 2Feb. 4Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3Real Housewives of New York City: Complete Season 10Dog DaysExperimenterFeb. 5Paid in FullFeb. 8PEN15: Complete Season 1 Premiere (Hulu Original)Feb. 9The Preppie ConnectionFeb.10The SongFeb. 11All SquareFeb. 14False Flag: Complete Season 2Zac & Mia: Complete Season 2Feb. 15Bondi Harvest: Complete Season 1Jamie’s Quick and Easy: Complete Seasons 1-2Next ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Feb. 16Proven Innocent: Series PremiereA Perfect DayFeb. 17The PartyFeb. 18Elvis All-Star Tribute: SpecialThe Sisters BrothersFeb. 20Stan Against Evil: Complete Season 3Feb. 23Death WishFeb. 25Archer: Danger Island: Complete Season 9Every DayThe SchoolFeb. 26The Enemy Within: Series PremiereThe Voice: Season 16 PremiereThree Identical StrangersFeb. 27World of Dance: Season 3 PremiereTickledFeb. 28Whiskey Cavalier: Season 1 Mid-Season PremiereDigging for FireThe GuiltyAvailable through the Starz add-on:Feb. 2TangledBraveFeb. 9Cars 2Toy Story 3Feb. 16Gnomeo & JulietWreck-It RalphFeb. 23Slender ManAvailable through the HBO add-on:Feb. 23O.G.Available through the Showtime add-on:Feb. 1American PieAmerican Pie 2American WeddingWhitney: Can I Be MeFeb. 21Desus & Mero: Series PremiereStream all the shows and movies right now on demand or sign up for service at You can also click here to try out Hulu for free during their free trial period.last_img read more

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12 companies hoping to hire 700 bilingual professionals at job fair

first_imgRelated posts:Upcoming job fairs looking to fill 2,500 positions Job fairs seeking 1,300 employees Fairs this week offer 5,000 job openings 45 companies hiring at job fair this week The Politécnico Internacional, a private technical institute, will hold a job fair next Saturday to fill 700 vacancies available for bilingual workers.A total of 12 companies will be offering jobs in the areas of information technology, business administration, accounting, finance and marketing.Recruiters will conduct interviews to evaluate applicants’ command of the English language as well as personal and professional skills. Applicants should bring résumés in both print and digital formats.Politécnico’s Career Services Coordinator Erick Vindas Camacho said participating companies include Sykes, Intel, Concentrix, IBM, Teleperformance, Grupo Multivex, Logosoft, AIESEC, Tek-Experts, and Telecable.The fair will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Politécnico’s campus, located 1 kilometer north of Pozuelo factory, on the road to Heredia. Admission is free. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Located in Hong Kongs

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLocated in Hong Kong’s Tin Hau district, boutique hotel TUVE is celebrating a year of tasteful elegance with two exclusive first anniversary packages valid from 1 September 2016 to 30 November 2016. Guests can not only relax and unwind at TUVE, where sensuous interior lighting transports guests to a timeless design sanctuary, but be treated to anniversary additions. Complimentary dining and a private walking tour are available in two TUVE Anniversary packages: TUVE Deluxe Anniversary Package for HKD 1800 + 10 per cent service charge and TUVE Premier Anniversary Package for HKD 2800 + 10 per cent service charge.As part of TUVE Deluxe Anniversary Package guests can enjoy a stay in a Deluxe room and a complimentary lunch set for two people in the SILVER ROOM, the hotel’s own contemporary Italian restaurant that plays on Asian influences. In honour of its anniversary, TUVE will also organise a complimentary curated walking tour of the neighbourhood and guaranteed 2pm late check-outs to ensure that guests make the most of their stay. Retiring to their quiet room after a day’s exploration of the city, guests can take full advantage of a free mini-bar with gourmet snacks and local specialties such as dripping coffee from CUPPA and Chubby Charlie Tea.TUVE Premier Anniversary Package offer all the perks of a Deluxe Anniversary Package with an upgrade to a spacious Premier room booking, the addition of two complimentary drinks at SILVER ROOM, a complimentary bottle of red wine for the room and an airport pick-up or drop-off service.“We’re honoured and humbled to see our beloved TUVE celebrate its one-year anniversary. Our successes have been dependent on the fantastic support that we’ve garnered from the community, inbound guests looking for a unique design and hospitality experience in Hong Kong, and the third-party awards bestowed upon TUVE from various countries. We really appreciate this and look forward to many more years of service to both our clients and our community,” said Managing Director, Pauline Tsang.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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US strongly discourages any activity that could escalate tensions

first_imgAssistant Secretary for the bureau of energy resources in the US Department of State Francis Fannon has said that the US was strongly discouraging any activity that could escalate tensions in the region.He was commenting on the Turkish threats over its planned drilling activity within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Energy diplomacy and the new geopolitical landscape in the Eastern Mediterranean, coupled with the transformation of the region into an energy hub, were the topics of the last panel of the EastMed-New York Investment Summit organised by The Economist.Answering questions, Fannon reiterated the long-standing US position that the US recognises Cyprus`s right to develop its resources within its EEZ and that resources should be distributed fairly within the framework of an overall solution to the Cyprus problem. He added that the US was considering energy as a catalyst for dialogue.Fannon explained the importance of the Eastern Mediterranean for the US and the need to build and further consolidate the alliances in the region. He also said that US cooperation with Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean countries was enhanced due to energy developments.He said that energy could be a catalyst to conflicts, giving the example of the export of energy sources from Israel to Jordan and Egypt, something that as he said a few years ago was unthinkable.He also referred to his regular visits to Athens, Nicosia, Jerusalem and Cairo and his presence at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with the three leaders in Jerusalem.Referring to the new energy discoveries, he said that the region could now become a safe energy provider to Europe, while for the transport corridors he said that the market itself would decide which one is the best.He also referred to the East Mediterranean Gas Forum in Cairo, noting that even the Palestinian Authority was present.The Minister of Energy, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, presented to the conference the prospects for the Eastern Mediterranean in general and of Cyprus in particular, regarding the hydrocarbons sector and the prospect of becoming an alternative route and source of supply for both the European Union and for other international markets.He said that the countries in the region were looking together for ways to reduce technical, economic and political risks, in order for the companies to operate and invest in their respective EEZs and in the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole. He also said that Cyprus is leading the efforts to set up the EastMed gas corridor.Speaking to journalists after the end of the summit, Lakkotrypis said that especially after the great discovery by ExxonMobil in Cyprus’ EEZ a few weeks ago, intense discussions about the different ways of exploitation and routes had started.With the exception of gas from “Aphrodite” field which was a more mature project and was meant to go through a pipeline to Egypt’s LNG plants and then to the European markets, the discussions for the exploitations of other discoveries as “Calypso” and “Glafcos”, discussions have started between the government and the companies, as well as between the interested companies.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoComparisons.org2019: Little-Known Rule in Rowland Heights, CAComparisons.orgUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?UndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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