Indian-origin Man Jailed for Role in Drug Cartel in UK

first_imgTen members, including an Indian-origin man, of a criminal group that smuggled drugs and money across the United Kingdom were sentenced to a total of 31 years at Liverpool Crown Court following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation.The Metropolitan police stopped Daljeet Singh Juttla, 42, of Ruislip, London, with £90,000 of drugs money that Richard Hunt, another gang member, had couriered down to the city on Jamie Hughes’ behalf. Hughes was the mastermind behind the group.Juttla received 20-month jail sentence, was suspended for two years, and has to do 200 hours unpaid work for money laundering.“Established trafficking routes like these present a complex and troubling threat to the UK. With well worked-out logistics a criminal group can turn its hand to anything from gun running or drug smuggling, expanding their own operations or hiring out their services to others. NCA officers are alert to the tactics criminals use to shift commodities and hide their activity and are equipped with the skills and tools needed to bring them to justice,” Jane Lloyd, the branch commander at the National Crime Agency (NCA), said on Dec. 19.Hughes was imprisoned for five years and four months after pleading guilty to his role in the conspiracy. He claimed to be a car dealer but was exchanging vehicles as part payment for drugs such as cannabis, amphetamines and ketamine. They operated out of North West of England. Members delivered bulk loads of drugs to clients in locations from Scotland to London in vans with hidden compartments.Hughes had installed a CCTV system to monitor his driveway. It provided NCA officers with key evidence against his network as footage showed various members of the conspiracy exchanging packages or leaving Hughes’ address with parcels.NCA officers exposed the group in an investigation that ran from October 2014 to January 2016. Related ItemsFraudUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Cobb stars as La Salle halts late UP rally to stay unbeaten

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES With La Salle trailing 24-23, Cobb scored three straight service aces ending the Lady Maroons’ rebellion and sending the Lady Spikers to a 2-0 card.UP built a 23-19 buffer and looked to force a fifth set after Diana Carlos and Clarice Ramos teamed up for a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDesiree Cheng would score off UP’s blockade and Aduke Ogunsanya followed it up with a service ace that trimmed the margin to two, 23-21.After UP got the 24-21 set point, reigning MVP and captain Mary Joy Baron displayed a queenly poise and kept La Salle’s fight alive with an off-speed kill cutting the deficit to 24-22. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Sophomore Michelle Cobb played heroine for De La Salle as she helped the defending champion finish off University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Carlos had 19 points to lead the 1-1 Lady Maroons while Molde added 10. Mentality is back as Galanza showcases best game since return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ironically, it was UP’s Isa Molde who would usher the Lady Maroons’ doom with an error that allowed La Salle to creep in 24-23.“I told them that UP is not an easy opponent to beat, but you even though it was almost impossible to win the team still pulled it off,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino.“My team just needed to display the maturity needed to win the game.”Cobb not only executed the team’s offense with 32 excellent sets but she also did a little dirty work with 10 points, the same scoring production as open spiker Desiree Cheng.Kianna Dy and Tin Tiamzon were the ones who paced La Salle in scoring with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep enter fourth round of French Open

first_imgGarbine Muguruza became the first player to reach the fourth roundat the French Open, and Simona Halep followed closely behind.Fourth-seeded Muguzura beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 6-0Friday, while the sixth-seeded Halep had a tougher time against Naomi Osaka inwhat was the Japanese teen’s first match against a top-10 player. Halep won4-6, 6-2, 6-3.Showing no nerves in only her second major tournament, Osaka wonthe first set but then struggled against the 2014 French Open runner-up fromRomania.Halep broke Osaka to love in her first service game of thesecond set and converted the first of two break points at 5-2 to level atone-set each. In the third, Halep again broke Osaka to love for a 5-3 lead andthen served out the victory.Osaka hit 26 winners, but 38 unforced errors undermined hereffort to improve on her third-round showing at her first Grand Slamtournament, this year’s Australian Open.Muguruza, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year andreached the quarterfinals at the French Open in 2014 and 2015, lost one servicegame to Wickmayer in the first set but otherwise had no real difficulties.Wickmayer had no break points in the second set and saved noneof the six she faced, while Muguruza had an impressive ratio of 19 winners toonly 11 unforced errors.last_img read more

Ronaldo targets more Real glory after Champions League success

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is hungry for even more silverware with Real Madrid after winning the Champions League on Saturday for the third time.The prolific Portuguese did not look fully fit and was far from his best in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid but he slammed home his team’s decisive fifth penalty in the shootout to seal Real’s second Champions League final success over their local rivals in three years.Ronaldo cited tiredness for his underwhelming display in the final, the last game of another gruelling season in which he played 48 competitive games and scored 51 goals, the sixth straight season in which he has netted over 50 times.TIRED RONALDO”I’ve played more than 4,000 minutes, and I was number one in the team, again, with the most minutes. That means a lot to me. It means I am still good,” Ronaldo said.”In six years I’m scoring more than 50 goals, but I am asking for more. I am always at the top level. I just want to maintain that.”Ronaldo also won the Champions League in 2008 with Manchester United and, after his seventh season with Real, he reiterated that he wants to finish his career at the Bernabeu.RONALDO FEELING AT HOME”I feel good and I love to play for Real Madrid. I want to carry on,” he added.Real forward Gareth Bale also converted his spot-kick in the shootout and provided the assist for Sergio Ramos’s opening goal.”I thought I was going to be nervous but when I stepped up but to be honest I wasn’t nervous at all. It was only after when I got to the halfway line, I was like ‘Oh my God’,” he said.advertisement”I was hoping they would miss and we would score but stepping up to the penalty I literally felt nothing.”BALE VINDICATED AT REALBale said winning Europe’s biggest prize twice in his three seasons with Real Madrid vindicated his decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur for the Spanish giants in 2013 for a world record fee.”That’s why I came to the biggest club in the world – to win Champions leagues but to win it is very difficult,” he added.”To do it twice in three years is an amazing feat and we just have to try and  build on this now.”last_img read more

Nor Lines RollsRoyce Ink PowerbytheHour Service Deal

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines and UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce have signed a “Power-by-the-Hour” service agreement for Nor Lines’ two LNG-powered vessels, Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos.The new service offering harnesses the power of Big Data to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on all the equipment installed on the cargo vessels, Rolls-Royce said.As disclosed, Power-by-the-Hour is a new service from Rolls-Royce Marine and the agreement with Nor Lines is the first of its kind. Under the agreement, Nor Lines will be handing responsibility for service planning and performance back to the equipment’s supplier, Rolls-Royce.With Nor Lines paying a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship, Rolls-Royce will monitor the equipment aboard each vessel from on shore through the use of onboard sensors. The engineering company will be able to connect to the ship and carry out service activities remotely or, if necessary, send out a service engineer to do the job.The agreement also covers planned maintenance, while day-to-day maintenance aboard ships will be carried out by the shipping company itself.“The service contract insures us against downtime due to equipment failure. At the same time, it ensures that the Rolls-Royce equipment we have on board functions as optimally as possible,” Sigvald Breivik, Nor Lines’ CEO, explained.Nor Lines has also ordered Rolls-Royce’s Energy Management System, which logs energy consumption and emission levels. The data then can be used to make the correct operational decisions for the ships.“Both the Power-by-the-Hour and Energy Management systems have been developed because we now have the capacity to digitally monitor onboard systems from on shore. Our ability to record and analyse huge volumes of data means we can offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than we could just a few years ago,” Knut Hovland, Rolls-Royce, Director Customer and Services, commented.Nor Lines took delivery of MS Kvitbjørn from the Tsuji shipyard in China in 2015. It was the first of two vessels ordered by the shipping line and was the first Norwegian gas-powered coastal cargo vessel. The Kvitbjørn’s sister ship, MS Kvitnos, was delivered later the same year.Now, the vessels sail back and forth between ports in central Europe and along the Norwegian coast up to Hammerfest.last_img read more

Des élèves du CapBreton discutent de démocratie

first_imgUne centaine d’élèves arborant un tee-shirt avec le slogan D250 Make Your Mark (D250 Faites votre marque) étaient réunis à North Sydney aujourd’hui, le 11 avril, pour discuter de sujets qui les intéressent ainsi que des raisons pour lesquelles beaucoup de jeunes ne vont pas voter. Cette rencontre, une initiative de Démocratie 250 appuyée par Vox: Point of Youth, le ministère de l’Éducation, le conseil scolaire Cape Breton Victoria Regional et Élections Nouvelle-Écosse, était la deuxième d’une série de huit rencontres qui se tiendront avec des jeunes partout dans la province. John Hamm, co-président de Démocratie 250, a déclaré que l’objectif des rencontres était d’amener plus de jeunes à s’engager dans leurs collectivités et à aller voter. « Moins de vingt-cinq pour cent des jeunes adultes de moins de 25 ans votent à quelque élection que ce soit », a déclaré le Dr Hamm. « C’est une donnée statistique inquiétante sur laquelle nous voulons attirer l’attention et que nous espérons changer. » Selon Russell MacLellan, également co-président de Démocratie 250, il faut que les Néo-Écossais plus âgés aient une meilleure compréhension des raisons pour lesquelles tant de jeunes, qui sont par ailleurs très concernés par les questions d’actualité et qui s’expriment énergiquement à ce sujet, ne votent pas. Les élèves qui ont assisté à la rencontre ont également participé à une simulation du scrutin, regardé une série de publicités mettant en vedette des jeunes ambassadeurs D250 et visionné Rant for Democracy, une vidéo portant sur la participation des jeunes au scrutin et invitant à la réflexion. Ils ont aussi pris part à une période de questions et réponses avec les co-présidents de Démocratie 250. Des vidéographes étaient sur place pour filmer la rencontre qui a duré toute la journée. Cette vidéo sera incluse dans un minidocumentaire sur les jeunes et la démocratie. Le documentaire, accompagné d’un rapport résumant les conclusions de chacune des rencontres de discussion ouverte, sera remis aux chefs des partis politiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse à l’automne. Deborah Pellerin, coordonnatrice du programme jeunesse du ministère de l’Éducation et responsable de VOX: Point of Youth, a bien accueilli les efforts de Démocratie 250 pour amener plus de jeunes à s’engager dans leurs collectivités et à participer au processus électoral. « En travaillant étroitement avec les organisations de jeunes, Démocratie 250 fait plus que simplement donner aux jeunes une occasion de décharger leurs frustrations. Démocratie 250 leur donne la possibilité de changer – nous l’espérons – les choses pour le mieux », a déclaré Mme Pellerin. Démocratie 250 célèbre tout au long de l’année le 250e anniversaire de la naissance de la démocratie parlementaire au Canada. Pour plus d’information, consultez le site Web de Démocratie 250 à www.Democracy250.calast_img read more

Signed Agreement for Yarmouth Ferry An Important Milestone

first_imgThe province and STM Quest Inc. have signed an agreement to support a new cruise ferry in Yarmouth, to begin in May 2014. “Restoring this ferry service is a priority and we got to work on this file immediately,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Having a signed agreement between the province and company is an important milestone a lot of people have been waiting for. There is a lot of work still to do, and I encourage everyone to push forward to get a boat in the water next spring.” The province has received a signed copy of the agreement and amendments from STM Quest Inc. The company has committed to a May start. “We would like to thank the government of Nova Scotia, the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, the state of Maine, the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership, and, in particular, the people of Nova Scotia, for their confidence and support in ensuring the return of this vital service,” said Steve Durrell, chief operating officer, Quest Navigation. “We look forward to providing a world-class cruise ferry service for generations to come.” “I couldn’t be happier,” said Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood. “The people and business operators from our town, and around the region, are ramping up now, poised to make the most of the new ferry service once it arrives. “Our All Hands on Deck initiative is well underway and it is exciting to see progress being made. The town is working diligently with all partners involved to ensure we are ready to welcome the Nova Star. It’s certainly a red-letter day for all of us!” The province and company agreed to make amendments to the letter of offer announced in early September. The parties have: The province’s financial commitment remains the same. It will provide $21 million to the company over seven years, including $10.5 million toward start-up costs, with $1.5 million each year for marketing. There are a number of terms and conditions for STM Quest Inc. to receive the assistance and earn forgiveness for the loan. “The Yarmouth ferry service is a vital link between our province and the United States, and we fought hard to have it reinstated,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “My congratulations and thanks to everyone who has helped so far. Now, we can focus on attracting and welcoming more visitors to our shores, ensuring this service remains sustainable for generations to come.” For a ferry to start operating in 2014, STM Quest, other levels of government and partners must work on: having border services in place in both ports, upgrading the Yarmouth ferry terminal, signing berthing agreements in the two ports, and getting all licences and permits needed to operate a ferry service. “We’re very pleased there’s a signed agreement and things are moving forward,” said Keith Condon, co-chair of the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership. “On behalf of the partnership, I want to thank the government for acting quickly. We will be watching eagerly as STM Quest develops and starts marketing the new service, and as other efforts move toward a new Yarmouth ferry in May 2014.” Marketing the ferry and Nova Scotia to potential visitors from the mid-Atlantic and north eastern United States are key parts of the service. The Nova Scotia Tourism Agency has been meeting with STM Quest Inc. to co-ordinate the province’s tourism marketing plans with the company’s detailed plan. “The people of southwest Nova Scotia have my commitment that the province will continue to work tirelessly alongside them and the other partners to make this new venture a success,” said Mr. Samson. “I will travel to Yarmouth in the coming weeks to deliver that message myself.” Background information is available at in the Initiatives section. FOR BACKGROUND USE: The province and STM Quest Inc. have signed an agreement to support a new ferry in Yarmouth, to begin in May. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson says having a signed agreement is an important milestone, but that there is a lot of work still to do to. He encourages everyone to push forward to get a boat in the water next spring. STM Quest has committed to a May start. Steve Durrell from STM Quest Inc. says the company looks forward to providing a world-class cruise ferry service for generations to come. The province has committed 21 million dollars over seven years. -30-center_img clarified language and added more detail including how the province will provide funding during the start-up phase, and the terms of senior management salary deferral during the start-up and if there are operating losses revised deadlines for conditions the company must meet clarified how and when ST Marine will provide its $3 million contribution added auditing rights for the province for more accountabilitylast_img read more

Exhostage Boyle demanded wife lose weight as means of control prosecutor

first_imgOTTAWA — A Crown attorney has accused Joshua Boyle of dictating strict weight-loss targets for wife Caitlan Coleman after the couple were freed as hostages of Taliban-linked captors.Prosecutor Jason Neubauer said today in Ontario court that the demands were a tangible way for Boyle, on trial for allegedly assaulting Coleman, to assert his control over her.Neubauer pointed to a list Boyle apparently prepared that set out weight-loss goals of about 2.5 pounds a week — targets the prosecutor said she had to meet or be chastised.Under cross-examination, Boyle said the pair pestered each other for years to lose weight and the targets were merely proposals for negotiation, with no punishment for failing to meet them.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.The incidents are alleged to have taken place after he and Coleman returned to Canada following five years as prisoners of extremists, who seized them in Afghanistan during a 2012 backpacking trip through central Asia.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars To Appear At National Memorial Day Concert

first_imgOn the eve of Memorial Day, the 24th annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will bring to life the moving stories of America’s servicemen and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms.The inspiring television event will pay tribute to the profound heroism of all who served during World War II, salute the valor of our Korean War veterans, and honor the sacrifices of our National Guard heroes and their families.The multi award-winning program will be co-hosted for the eighth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI:NEW YORK), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service. Opening the show, with a special performance of the National Anthem will be the season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL. The all-star line-up also includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); two-time Golden Globe award-winning actor Ed Harris; DANCING WITH THE STARS finalist and classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; singer-songwriter and THE VOICE finalist Chris Mann; and acclaimed Tony award-winning tenor Alfie Boe; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.This American tradition will air live on PBS Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.The 2013 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature: • The moving story of twin brothers who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the National Guard, that focuses on how multiple deployments tragically can impact both those who serve as well as their family members; • A tribute to the Greatest Generation featuring the stirring remembrances of decorated World War II veteran Charles Durning, the renowned actor and longtime contributor to the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, who passed away last December; and • On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the broadcast will honor the profound sacrifices of the proud veterans who fought and perished in this “forgotten war.”Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.The broadcast will be supported by a comprehensive social media campaign and resource-rich website at Highlights will include: a “Virtual Wall of Remembrance” where viewers can share tributes to our veterans and fallen heroes; plus suggestions on what you can do to support veterans and their loved ones; as well as resources for service members and their families.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Falco Perrette Chuck Lorre sitcom set for new CBS season

NEW YORK — “The Big Bang Theory” finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator.The network said Wednesday that its fall lineup will include a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre that stars Billy Gardell, who co-starred in “Mike & Molly.”Other stars joining CBS’ 2019-20 schedule include Edie Falco in the police drama “Tommy,” former “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette in the sitcom “Broke” and Patricia Heaton in the comedy “Carol’s Second Act.”In the Lorre comedy, titled “Bob Hearts Abishola,” Gardell plays a Detroit sock salesman who falls in love with his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant.His co-star is Folake Olowofoyeku (fola-ke-olo-wo-foy-e-ku), a Nigerian-born actress who was in “Transparent.”“The Big Bang Theory” ends Thursday on CBS after 12 seasons.The Associated Press read more

Hambantota port agreement to be further amended

USD 5 million has already been deposited to a special account as security and it is to be transferred to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on the effective date of agreements. The Hambantota port agreement is to be further amended and cabinet approval has been obtained to sign the amended agreement.Cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake said that the amended agreement will ensure Sri Lanka obtains the agreed investment of the project much earlier. On 25th July 2017, China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort), Sri Lanka Ports Authority (“SLPA”), the Government, Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Limited (“HIPG”) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (Private) Limited (“HIPS”) had agreed on the terms of the Concession Agreement in relation to the development, management and operation of the Hambantota Port.In the signed agreement CMPort agreed to invest an amount of up to USD 1,120.00 million into the Hambantota Port and Hambantota port and marine-related activities.Of this the total amount is to be paid to SLPA for the acquisition of the 85% issued share capital of HIPG is USD 973.658 million (and HIPG shall use a portion of such amount to acquire 58% issued share capital of HIPS) and the remaining USD146.342 million (equivalent to approximately HKD1,141.47 million) is to be deposited into a bank account in the name of the Company in Sri Lanka and will be utilised for such Hambantota port and marine-related activities as may be agreed with the Sri Lankan Government within one year from the final payment of capital injection in HIPG. The Port of Hambantota is located on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka occupying a prime location within 10 nautical miles to the main shipping route from Asia to Europe and is also in a strategic position along the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. (Colombo Gazette) After one month from the effective date 10% of investment value (01 instalment) should be paid, 30% of value should be paid after 03 months (02 instalments), rest 60% of value should be paid within 06 months (03 instalments). On the request of government CMPort has agreed to amend these agreements on follows, to pay 30% (01 instalment) on the effective date, pay 10% after one month (02 instalments), pay rest 60% within 06 months (03 instalments).It has been decided to sign an additional agreement in this regard. read more

US agency Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A federal civil rights agency says Vermont’s largest hospital required a nurse to participate in an abortion over her moral objections.The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the University of Vermont Medical Center could lose some federal funding if the two parties cannot agree within 30 days on the hospital’s policies on employee participation in abortions.The Burlington hospital says in a statement that its policies strike the balance between supporting employees’ religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and ensuring “patients are not denied access to safe and legal abortion.”The hospital says it is disappointed by the government’s actions.The civil rights office says the nurse was required to participate in the abortion in May 2018.The Associated Press read more

UNs top human rights official urges international action to stem starvation and

In her opening remarks to the Forum, Mrs. Robinson noted that despite some recent progress, “there have been few improvements over the past five years in the implementation of the right to adequate food.” The High Commissioner said that in order to tackle poverty and hunger, there was a need to promote and respect the rights of women “who play such a critical role in agriculture in developing countries.” She also called attention to the “desperate” need for national improvements in health care, education and improved irrigation systems as well as food safety management. Globally, Mrs. Robinson said States must ensure that the new round of World Trade Organization negotiations removed obstacles to food imports from developing countries. “While trade liberalization can promote trade in agriculture and the innovation of new food technologies, current barriers to food products from the South and competition faced by local farmers from agro-businesses have not produced the so-called level playing field,” she said. Mrs. Robinson also called for “a more ethical globalization that promotes non-discrimination and protects the vulnerable, the isolated and the poor, while maximizing economic and development opportunities.” The two-day Forum promotes dialogue involving a wider range of participants – including grass-roots groups, youth associations and trade unions – than is normally represented at the UN. It was set up to respond to concerns about the effects of globalization on economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the impact of poverty and destitution on the realization of human rights. read more

Robert Griffin III Sidelined After Injury Scare

Washington Redskins coaches decided to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III on Sunday after he bruised his knee during a hit from 335-pound Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.Doctors cleared Griffin to return in their 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos, but coaches opted to keep him off the field.After falling to the ground in pain, Griffin’s left knee was examined by doctors.“I think it just scared me,” he said.The left knee isn’t the same knee that Griffin had surgery on in January, after he tore his ACL in last year’s playoffs.When asked about Griffin’s left knee Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said: “I think he’s fine. Doctors felt like he could have went back in.”Griffin told the media after the game: “We decided it was smart to just keep me off the field and be ready to go next week.” read more

MES off to fast start with dual fuel haul truck engine conversion

first_imgMine Energy Solutions (MES) is building on the recent dual fuel hybrid truck trial it ran with project partners New Hope Group and Hastings Deering at the New Acland coal mine in Queensland, Australia, and hopes to roll out its first commercial fleet at an operation in the state’s Bowen Basin late next year.The trial on a Cat 789C haul truck took place over the past two years at New Acland and involved the conversion of high horse powered diesel engines from 100% diesel to dual fuel operation, using natural gas as the dominant fuel through sequential gas injection.MES’ Graham Box provided IM with some more insight into the High Density Compressed Natural Gas (HDCNG®) technology, owned and developed by MES shareholder Intelligas, and the company’s business model.Mr Box said MES, which doesn’t sell a product or a kit but a “fully-funded energy proposition”, uses bespoke designs for each truck model conversion it works on.The incorporation of Type 4 carbon fibre cylinders to store the gas – which is compressed and stored at 350 bar (5,000 psi) using patented technology – is one of the ways the company has got around the weight and space constraints that previously limited technology using compressed natural gas and LNG on truck engines.A lightweight non-invasive engine augmentation and on-board control system also help alleviate this issue, according to Mr Box.“Remember, our gas remains in a gaseous state and is not liquefied,” he added.The haul truck fuel conversion packs use HDCNG® proprietary gas cylinder filling technology to achieve energy densities approximately double that of conventional compressed natural gas storage systems and approaching two thirds of the density of LNG without the operational complexity and cost of LNG cryogenic storage and handling, according to MES.“This enables mine trucks to achieve high levels of diesel displacement whilst carrying sufficient fuel on board for a full work shift and not adversely affecting payload,” the company said.The system has been developed to achieve sufficient fuel storage quantities on board the machine for a full work shift of up to 12 hours. In mine haul trucks, a slim-line diesel fuel tank (and if required a slim-line hydraulic oil tank) replaces the existing tanks allowing for the introduction of HDCNG® fuel packs for the storage of gas on the machine.The trial at New Acland took place on a Cat 3516B engine, yet Mr Box said the company is “well advanced” or has “completed development work” on a number of other OEMs and models.“Our first commercial conversions will be on either a Liebherr or Komatsu mine haul truck,” he said. “We are targeting large trucks/engines, with the 789C, or equivalent, the smallest we will do.”In addition to preparing for its first commercial fleet agreement late next year, Mr Box said deliveries are expected in the US and Western Australia’s Pilbara region in the following two years.This is just for starters, with qualified opportunities in Canada, South America, India, Russia, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Indonesia and Mexico, according to Mr Box.“The best testament for us is feedback from mining companies who have been searching for the type of technology we have developed,” he said.“We have been told by some of the world’s largest miners that there is clear daylight between our technology and anything else out there, including from the OEMs. It has been MES’ choice to position our commercial pathway in a targeted and controlled fashion and we are working closely and collaboratively with our pathfinder customers and these other mining companies.”last_img read more

Its in crisis Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family

first_img Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 10:20 AM 12,415 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share7 Tweet Email1 No Comments Phoenix House Image: Google Maps By Hayley Halpincenter_img THE LAW SOCIETY of Ireland has this morning raised concerns over security issues in the family courts system. Chair of the Law Society’s family and child law committee Keith Walsh has said that the “family courts system is in crisis”. “It is chronically underfunded, lawyers and judges are over-stretched, and our clients are often highly vulnerable – children and adults in need of urgent assistance, specialised care and dedicated facilities,” Walsh said in a statement. The family court deals with sensitive and personal matters, including (but not limited to) divorce, custody, child maintenance, domestic violence and children in state care.Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before a meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning. During the committee, the Law Society will highlight issues surrounding inadequate security, unsafe environments for litigants and unsafe working conditions for courts staff, lawyers and judges.“The Law Society has been highlighting the safety issues within the family courts infrastructure in Dublin and nationwide for several years. Unfortunately, this came to a head during an incident in December 2018 involving a Circuit Court judge, a lawyer and a client in Phoenix House in Dublin,” Walsh said. A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm at the court in relation to that incident, and the case remains before the courts.The building, where Judge Susan Ryan of the Circuit Court was presiding, was evacuated and a major security operation took place on 20 December last.Armed gardaí and a bomb disposal team were called in to deal with an incident which was resolved peacefully.A man in his mid-forties was arrested, and proceedings in the case are ongoing.Walsh added that the situation is “particularly bad” in Dublin in terms of the buildings in which the family courts are held. “The childcare courts are currently housed in Victorian criminal law courts which are simply not fit for purpose,” he said. Specialist division of family law courtsA specialist division of family law courts and judges would help deal with family law cases more efficiently, according to Walsh. “It would be more likely that the same judges would be available to deal with cases that appear regularly before the courts and create more consistency,” he said. “It is not proposed to change the work undertaken by each court, but that only family law cases would be heard in these courts and they would take the family law cases out of the more general courts.” The Law Society is also calling for more focus to be placed on settling cases earlier in the process.“Very active intervention in family law cases by judges, with an emphasis on resolution and alternative dispute resolution approaches, could result in significant savings in time and resources for all parties,” Walsh said. Cost in family law casesThe Law Society has also addressed the issue of costs in family law cases.“What the Law Society suggests in this regard is that a better way to look at costs is to encourage settlement at every possible opportunity and to improve and increase the focus on case management,” Walsh said.“If there is any realistic prospect of a coherent policy approach to costs in family law cases, then either legislation or, as we are calling for, a specialist division of family law judges who will apply the law in a consistent manner is required.”Comments are closed due to legal reasons ‘It’s in crisis’: Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family courts system Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning. Image: Google Maps Feb 20th 2019, 10:20 AM Short URL Phoenix Houselast_img read more

School knocks back funding for Modern Greek

first_imgState Labor MP Jenny Mikakos is “perplexed” at the decision by Wales Street Primary School Council to knock back state government funding to reinstate the Greek language program.In all my years as a parliamentarian I’ve never seen a school knock back an offer of funding, so I have to say I’m surprised and perplexed at why this funding has been knocked back.She remained hopeful that school council would change its mind after last week’s final decision, and encouraged disgruntled parents to run for school council early next year. “In all my years as a parliamentarian I’ve never seen a school knock back an offer of funding, so I have to say I’m surprised and perplexed at why this funding has been knocked back,” she said. “I hope that the school council reconsiders, but I respect the fact that it is ultimately their decision.” Mikakos said she and local member for Northcote Fiona Richardson had approached the Education Minister, Bronwyn Pike, and the education department, and managed to secure funding to reinstate Greek alongside Italian in the school’s Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program. “We made the case that there had been a long-standing Greek program offered at that school, that there’s a significant Greek community in the Thornbury area, that there are a number of parents who wish for their children to keep studying the Greek language at that school,” she said, adding that additional funding is not easy to come by.“It would be an ongoing program, and it would be the same level of teaching as what’s offered for Italian, which is one hour a week,” she said.But Wales Street Primary School Principal Chris Sexton told Neos Kosmos last week that the decision to offer only one language in their Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program was not only based on funding.Mr Sexton said the 2009 decision to only offer Italian was also influenced by timetabling and behavioural issues caused by class disruption.He added that recent feedback from staff and students about the change has been “extremely positive”. “Data is showing that students are more engaged in the LOTE program with staff reporting significantly less instances of disruptive behaviour from students,” he said.“Moving to a single LOTE has improved timetabling of the curriculum which is in turn enabling more learning time for the students.”Mikakos said she was “could not understand” how issues around timetabling couldn’t be resolved.“The funding’s now been secured, so I would have though that any other concerns that might exist would be relatively minor,” she said. The offer of funding will remain on the table, but Mikakos stressed that the decision was not up to the Victorian government.“We have a system of independent school governance, that’s been in place for around 20 years now, whereby school councils ultimately make these types of decisions.”She encouraged parents who were unhappy with the decision to run for school council. “As I understand it there are school council elections in the first term of next year, where half the school council will be up for election,” she said.“So it’s possible that the membership of the school council might change, and it’s possible that the school council might change its mind then or possibly earlier.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

With help from church widow operates food cart in BG

first_imgBattle Ground resident MaKayla Hopper never intended to be a food cart operator. Hopper and her husband, Brian, had plans to open a restaurant featuring authentic Kansas-style barbecue. They were planning restaurant details when Brian was diagnosed with leukemia.The couple and their kids had to walk away from their Battle Ground home, Brian’s business and their restaurant dreams to move to Seattle, where Brian received treatment. Brian died in March from a staph infection as he waited for a bone marrow transplant.Hopper suddenly found herself without her husband, her home and any income. The Vancouver church Hopper attends, City Harvest Church, knew of Hopper’s restaurant aspirations and gave her a mobile food cart.From there, Holy Smoke … It’s Big B’s BBQ — named in Brian’s memory — was born.Hopper was just one of more than half a dozen people who inquired about opening a food cart in Battle Ground last year. In the past, the city denied requests to operate self-contained food carts because it has no policies on the books. The surging interest, however, prompted city officials to establish regulations for operating the units, Planning Supervisor Sam Crummett said.The planning commission sought public input on the issue and drafted a set of proposed regulations. The city council reviewed the proposal Monday night and asked staff to draft an ordinance to establish a city code regarding mobile food units.last_img read more

Mitsubishi Electric and Here are working on a new V2V system for

first_img Share your voice 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Mitsubishi More From Roadshow The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport looks bolder than ever 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Enlarge ImageMitsubishi Electric and Here’s Lane Hazard Warning system can identify road hazards like stalled cars or slick pavement and upload that information to the cloud for other cars. Mitsubishi Electric/HERE Mitsubishi Electric — no, not the car maker, but related — and a Dutch company called Here have been working on a vehicle-to-cloud-to-vehicle information system that would allow a car to report a road hazard and share it with other vehicles. The system is called Lane Hazard Warning, and unlike a lot of V2V systems, this one just completed its second successful real-world test, the two companies announced today.The first real-world test of the Lane Hazard Warning system took place in Tsukuba City, Japan, in winter 2018. The second test took place in Southern California and concluded at the end of April. Pretty cool, but what exactly does the system do?First, Lane Hazard Warning uses a vehicle’s sensors to identify potential road hazards such as wrecked cars, big potholes and slippery surfaces. It then flags those hazards and which lane or lanes they affect and sends that data to the cloud where other vehicles equipped with the system can access it.”When something unusual happens on the road ahead drivers often have very little time to react, and that can put them and their passengers at risk,” Hiroshi Onishi, executive officer and group president of Automotive Equipment at Mitsubishi Electric, said in a statement. “Together with Here Technologies, we’ve developed a new system designed to give drivers a few valuable extra seconds or minutes to prepare for a potential danger on the road ahead, such as by switching lanes or simply driving with greater caution. “The two companies are planning to make the system available to automakers for testing, with the ultimate goal being to license the technology out to companies developing self-driving cars or vehicles with advanced driver assistance features. Tags 0 18 Photos Auto Tech Car Industry Post a commentlast_img read more