zoom At the start of September, Rheinmetall successfully conducted its 18th MariTEAM Users Conference for maritime simulation. More than sixty international experts from the worlds of science and industry gathered at Elsfleth in Lower Saxony and Rostock on the Baltic, on 2-5 September.This now well-established international conference was co-hosted by Rheinmetall’s Maritime Simulation & Training product unit, the Maritime Competence Center in Elsfleth, and the CSMART AIDA Cruise Academy in Rostock.Just as in previous years, the MariTEAM Users Conference offered experts in maritime simulation an excellent opportunity to report on ideas and experiences arising from the challenges they face in their daily work. Sharing experiences in this way increases the common body of knowledge of all international maritime simulation users.The first day of the conference took place in Elsfleth, with the focus on loading and unloading cargo ships as well as the offshore wind industry. A high point was the visit to the new heavy-lift crane simulator at the Maritime Competence Centre. This training system enables crews of heavy-lift vessels, offshore installation vessels and supply ships to practice complex loading operations. The simulator replicates the behaviour of cranes with regard to various loads, weather conditions and technical restrictions in a highly realistic manner.The conference days in Rostock featured a broad mix of presentations on research activities, technological challenges and current trends in simulation and training for nautical and marine engineering applications. Rheinmetall presented its latest product developments and announced the market launch of its new DISI-Xtreme visual system. This new-generation visual system is based on an off-the-shelf game engine. Adapted to the needs of professional simulation, it represents a quantum leap in terms of realistic depiction of training scenarios.A visit to the CSMART AIDA Cruise Academy rounded out the four-day conference. In order to meet the Group’s own high standards for training its personnel, in September 2012 AIDA established its own simulation centre where it relies on Rheinmetall simulators.Rheinmetall, October 11, 2013
streamlining information sharing for enforcement confirming the authority of securities commission staff to review self-regulating organizations expanding insider trader prohibitions by widening the definition of who is in a special relationship with a reporting issuer expanding market manipulation and fraud prohibitions to include attempts at market manipulation and fraud streamlining how cease trade orders are issued for inadequate disclosure in the marketplace Nova Scotia is continuing to improve investor protection and will be working more with other provinces through amendments to the Securities Act introduced today, April 22. “Nova Scotian investors expect securities regulations to be up-to-date and to provide the best possible protection for their investment,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. “These amendments will strengthen the ability of the securities commission to protect Nova Scotians and enforce the Securities Act.” One key amendment is to introduce a reporting regime for derivatives. Currently, Nova Scotia does not regulate derivatives. Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators and works with the other provinces to harmonize regulations across the country. Canada, as part of an agreement among G20 countries, has committed to make the industry more transparent, including better regulating the derivatives market. Other amendments include: The Securities Act helps protect investors from practices and activities that undermine investor confidence. This act is administered by the Nova Scotia Securities Commission.
As British prime minister David Cameron steps down, Tanya Steele, Interim Chief Executive of Save the Children, made the following statement about his legacy on overseas aid.“During his time as Prime Minister, David Cameron has shown global leadership on overseas development,” said Steele. “His commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on helping the world’s poorest people is something the British people can be deeply proud of and it will leave a lasting legacy for future governments and other nations to follow. Save the Children sees the impact of this commitment every day – saving lives, helping children go to school and supporting countries towards economic independence.“David Cameron has also broken new ground by bringing together countries around the world to focus on reaching children who have been left behind and excluded from global progress, including by establishing Britain as a leader in championing the rights of women and girls.”
Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsThis past week, all the players met in Membertou, N.S. to talk about the state of Mi’kmaq justice 25 years after a Royal Commission into Donald Marshall’s wrongful conviction.The conclusions?There needs to be a better reflection, not only of Mi’kmaw values, but of what Mi’kmaw face working in the justice system.As well as, granting jurisdiction to the Mi’kmaq nation by establishing Aboriginal courts and customary law. For Aboriginal offenders, more programs and services are needed in Nova Scotia.But what’s really needed is the political will and money to do it.Although the Mi’kmaw Tripartite Forum meets regularly to talk about justice, this symposium was the first time so many senior officials from all levels of government were in on the dialogue.Chief Paul Prosper calls this a “huge step” in the right direction. He heads the justice portfolio for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs.“Donald Marshall was, and is, a huge catalyst to an ongoing evolutionary change within the criminal justice system,” says Prosper. “I think that’s starting to resonate with all the various stakeholders involved in this symposium.”Many of those who attended the symposium at Membertou First Nation’s busy convention centre stayed at the adjacent Hilton Hotel. Signs of economic prosperity are evident in Membertou. A new, state of the art elementary school. A growing business park. An empowered community looking towards self-government.It wasn’t like this when Donald Marshall, Jr. grew up here. Born in 1953, Marshall’s community was poor. Racism against the Mi’kmaq was strong.And late at night on May 28, 1971, when Marshall witnessed a stabbing in a Sydney park, it was racism that put him behind bars for 11 years. He died in 2009.“We‘re all aware of what happened to Donald Marshall, Jr.,” says Membertou’s Chief Terry Paul. “He was falsely arrested, falsely charged, falsely convicted and falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.”The opening line of the Royal Commission report reads, “The criminal justice system failed Donald Marshall, Jr. at virtually every turn from his arrest and wrongful conviction for murder in 1971 up to, and even beyond, his acquittal by the Court of Appeal in 1983.”What followed was the Donald Marshall Inquiry and a set of 82 recommendations, 11 of them aimed at addressing systemic racism in Nova Scotia’s justice system.A recent report by L. Jane McMillan looked at the success and failure of those recommendations over the last two decades. McMillan is the Canada Research Chair of Indigenous People at St. Francis Xavier University.The recommendations never implemented include establishing an Aboriginal criminal court and justice institute. The latter existed in the 1990s but the report says it “had to close its doors within three years because of challenges to its identity from the mainstream system” and “an overwhelming caseload.”Other programs have been partly implemented: legal aid funding, a liaison with the bar, a Native Justice Committee and services for offenders after they’ve served their time.“What has happened in Mi’kmaw communities which is a tremendous success,” says McMillan, “is a creation of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, the evolution of a customary law process, the really significant work of the court workers and the translators have helped Mi’kmaw people in Nova Scotia.”But there’s still a long way to go.“Comments we heard (Thursday) were comments we were hearing 20 years ago about the frustration indigenous peoples were experiencing when they encountered the Canadian justice system,” says McMillan. “A lack of understanding, a lack of respect for indigenous traditions and a sort of stifling of the accommodation of their beliefs and practices within the justice system.”Statistics Canada figures from 2012 show that while Aboriginal people make up just three per cent of the population in Nova Scotia, they make up 11 per cent of those incarcerated.“I’m not naive enough to believe there’s not still racism in this province,” says Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. “I think we’re better today than we were. I think we as a province are more open than we were, but we still have work to do.”The Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network (MLSN) is shouldering much of that work now. It’s an umbrella organization that provides programs to Aboriginal offenders. Mi’kmaw language interpreters and court workers are some of its key services.“We have come very far,” says MLSN Executive Director Paula Marshall. “There are a lot of progressive programs happening in Nova Scotia. But they by no means address all the gaps.”And a lack of core funding for the agency is a major challenge.“The funding that we do have is very piecemeal and project driven,” says Marshall. “That lack of opportunity for future planning because of funding issues limits the types of services we’re able to provide.”In the premier’s opening remarks at the symposium, he promised to address the shortfall in funding for MLSN. But gave no indication of when, how much money or for how long.“Talk is cheap,” says Jennifer Cox, an Aboriginal lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid. “I don’t see, or hear, anything coming so I need to come up with different strategies if I want to change some of these issues.”Cox graduated from Dalhousie’s law school, drawn there by its Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq initiative. It’s produced more Aboriginal lawyers, but Cox says there’s still a wall when it comes to finding a job.She says there’s only one Aboriginal Crown attorney in the province. And not enough understanding in the courtroom of Mi’kmaw culture and community. Cox says the Mi’kmaw need a strategy for change and it needs to be aggressive.“The Mi’kmaw community has demonstrated as a nation the capacity to institutionalize Indigenous justice,” says McMillan. “But we’re still many, many steps away. We don’t have a firm commitment from the federal government for example, some quasi commitment from the provincial government.”As everyone headed back to their offices and daily grind, Chief Paul Prosper has to keep Mi’kmaw justice front and centre.“There’s a need to chart the course forward,” says Prosper. “The Marshall recommendations are a living document so it’s not a document to be put on a shelf.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy ScholeyAPTN NewsThe federal government is seeking $25,000 in court fees from an Ottawa lawyer representing the survivors of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School – a rare legal move that critics say is meant to strike fear into other lawyers fighting claims.For years, Fay Brunning has been representing survivors of the notorious Fort Albany, Ont. residential school known for operating a homemade electric chair.The horrific sexual and physical abuse of Indigenous students at the school has long been the subject of criminal and civil proceedings.Among the lawsuits, St. Anne’s survivors have been fighting for access to secret documents they argue are relevant to their compensation claims.But Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled Canada did not need to turn over the materials generated from a 1990s provincial police investigation into the horrors inflicted on Indigenous children at the school.Ottawa defence lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, who is representing Brunning, said the federal government is now seeking $25,000 from her to cover the legal costs, a move he calls “very rare.”“This is really a punitive measure that the federal government is trying to take against Fay Brunning personally and the cost should not be awarded against her,” said Greenspon.Edmund Metatawabin, a St. Anne’s survivor and former Fort Albany chief, calls it a “desperate” attempt by the government to keep the secret documents hidden.“What is the message to other lawyers who are thinking of working with First Nations?” he said. “Shot across the bow. That’s what we call it.”The same federal government that promised a “nation-to-nation” relationship with Indigenous peoples is now seeking legal fees from a lawyer representing residential school survivors – a point that’s not lost on Patrick Etherington, another St. Anne’s survivor.“What did they mean when they spoke about reconciliation?” he said. “What did they mean when they spoke about the truth?”APTN News reached out to the Department of Justice for a response, but did not hear back.Court filings state the federal government is seeking costs from Brunning because of “allegations about Canada and its lawyers’ conduct.”Last January, Perell issued a decision slamming Brunning for her handling of the case, saying she “slandered the court” and acted unprofessionally.Brunning alleged “the court was biased and was purposely shirking its obligations under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement,” reads Perell’s ruling.He said she has a duty to respect the court and her comments could be contemptuous and possibly interfere with the administration of justice.Brunning is also facing a defamation lawsuit from Wallbridge Wallbridge, an Ontario law firm with offices in Timmins, North Bay, Sudbury, New Liskeard and Ottawa. The Wallbridge firm’s lawyers allege they were defamed by Brunning when she claimed they sat on police files critical to a residential school survivor’s compensation claim.Lawyer Fay BrunningOn Monday, Greenspon filed a motion to the court asking Perell recuse himself from considering the parties’ legal costs.Greenspon argues Perell might be biased against Brunning.“The judge just slammed her and did so in a direction, in a decision that was picked up by the media,” he said, adding Perell made “very negative comments about Fay and did so without providing Fay with any opportunity to be heard.”The federal government’s pursuit against Brunning is the latest chapter in the St. Anne’s saga.Survivors of the northern Ontario school have been fighting to obtain secret documents generated during 62 lawsuits filed between 2000 and 2003 by 154 Indigenous children over the physical and sexual abuse they suffered.The appellants argued the materials should have been available to bolster compensation claims under a process set up as part of the settlement of a class action over the Indian residential school system.While Canada did eventually hand over the criminal-related documents, it argued it had no obligation to disclose transcripts and other civil-litigation materials on the basis the information was subject to confidentiality rules. Both Perell and the Appeal Court agreed.In various lower court rulings over the past several years, Perell found the Canadian government had not acted in bad faith by failing to meet its obligations to turn over documents related to criminal proceedings that flowed from the St. Anne’s abuse.“Nor did he make any finding of reprehensible, scandalous or outrageous conduct on the part of Canada,” the Appeal Court noted.Greenspon said he has yet to hear of a date set for the cost submissions or for his recusal request.For more on the horrors of the Fort Albany residential school, watch our APTN Investigates story, Reckoning at St. Anne’email@example.com With files from The Canadian Press
The migrants say they have not been paid wages since November 2015. (Colombo Gazette) Fifteen workers from southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, who are among those at a camp for migrant workers, have urged the Indian government to bring them home immediately.“We received their complaint a few days back and sent it to our mission in Abu Dhabi asking for immediate repatriation and ensuring the companies they were working for pay their salaries,” said an official in the Indian foreign ministry, who declined to be named. According to the video appeal, the workers are confined to a camp at Ghayathi in Abu Dhabi and include migrants from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Sri Lankans are among nearly 100 workers stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.Indian workers who are among the stranded workers with expired work permits, no pay and limited food, water and sanitation have appealed to the Indian Government for immediate repatriation and financial assistance. “Please help us reunite with our families,” a migrant said in a video clip, adding that there were nearly 100 workers stuck with no money or documents to get back home.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the violent attacks that took place during yesterday’s inauguration ceremony of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez.”The Secretary-General empathically condemns any attack against civilians and reiterates his longstanding appeal to armed elements in Colombia to respect the civilian population,” said a spokesman for Mr. Annan in New York.Fourteen people were killed and dozens of others injured during the attack in the capital, Bogotá, according to the statement, which cited initial reports indicating that most of those killed were civilians from a poor neighbourhood near the Presidential palace.”The violence that, sadly, has become part of daily life in Colombia, demonstrates a complete disregard for human life,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said, adding that the Secretary-General hoped that in the coming period Colombia would seek political solutions to resolve its decades-long conflict.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar camps since late August 2017, amid widespread and systematic violence perpetrated against them.An investigation commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council maintained that the violence was principally committed by the country’s security forces – particularly the military – and many violations amounted to the gravest crimes under international law.“We have seen widespread reports that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh may be forcibly repatriated to Myanmar, reports that UNICEF views with the utmost concern,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told journalists in Geneva.“The camp authorities reinforced the message that while they are ready to repatriate refugees on a voluntary basis, no Rohingya refugee will be forced to return to Myanmar if they do not wish to do so,” he added.UNICEF’s comments reflect the views of Rohingya refugees sheltering in Cox’s Bazar, where conditions are “preferable to the perceived risks of returning to Myanmar”, Mr Boulierac said.“Unofficial polls conducted by our UNICEF colleagues in the camps have all reached the same conclusion: the overwhelming majority of refugees are unwilling to be repatriated unless their safety can be guaranteed,” he explained.In a regular Press briefing, Mr. Boulierac insisted that Rohingya communities inside Myanmar are still extremely vulnerable, before appealing for unhindered and simplified humanitarian access.“Rohingya children and families who remain in Rakhine state continue to face particular hardship and are in need of humanitarian assistance due to ongoing restrictions on their freedom of movement and limited access to essential services, such as health and education,” he said.Return must be a ‘free and informed choice’ – UNHCRUNICEF’s comments follow an appeal from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, that Rohingya refugee returns “should only take place at their freely expressed wish”.Echoing that message, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic stressed on Friday that refugee repatriation “anywhere in the world is based on the premise of the free and informed choice by the people who are supposed to return”.“That has been our consistent line,” Mr. Mahecic told journalists, “also that has been a principle that is reflected in all of the documents, including the bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar that the international standards of refugee repatriation will be observed.”In addition to the “incredibly worrying” situation inside Myanmar, UNICEF remains seriously concerned about refugee children inside Bangladesh, warning of a “lost generation”.In a bid to help youngsters in Cox’s Bazar, the UN agency is continuing to roll out a series of educational initiatives for children of all ages, including providing a network of Learning Centres and Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs). There are now more than 1,100 learning centres run by UNICEF and its partners in the camps which reach 124, 000 children with education, Mr. Boulierac said.
From France to Mongolia, Mexico to Slovenia, wise hosts have settled upon an equestrian-themed present, honouring the Queen’s life-long love of horses. It is the age-old conundrum while visiting a treasured friend, what to buy the woman who has everything? Each will be put on display by the Royal Collection Trust this summer in “Royal Gifts”, the special exhibition celebrating 65 years of the Queen’s travels around the world. Queen Elizabeth II has always loved horses. She is pictured with Shetland Pony Cruachan IV, the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, during a visit to Stirling Castle earlier this month An exhibition showcasing a selection of the official gifts received by Her Majesty during state visits abroad has suggested one clear, if not altogether surprising, theme. In the case of The Queen, the answer appears to be rather simple: a horse. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire It will include key items…
Maptek will offer Aegis underground drill & blast software as the newest addition to its mining solutions. Aegis is a powerful, award-winning tool with a rich and intuitive 3D environment for underground drill & blast design and analytics.“Aegis brings proven value to an underground operation’s drill & blast process, intelligently creating editable drill and blast patterns for an entire stope in seconds,” said Maptek Managing Director Peter Johnson. “State of the art blast analysis tools and a fully customisable reporting system allow engineers to design, refine and optimise their drill & blast process more effectively and reduce overall material handling costs.” Users of Maptek Vulcan at underground mines will welcome the next-generation, intelligent rapid ring design functionality and advanced blast analysis tools available in Aegis that complement mine planning functionality in Vulcan. Maptek BlastLogic similarly offers powerful analysis and quality management tools for open cut drill & blast.“Maptek customers will benefit immediately from the Aegis partnership and I am confident that we can collaborate on developing extra functionality that answers particular needs,” commented Johnson.Maptek has a history of partnering with other innovators to provide niche technologies that complement in-house development. “While the partnership is in the early stages, we are already envisioning the development roadmap for integration to include data exchange routines, with the ultimate goal of full integration with the Maptek Workbench which was delivered alongside Vulcan 10 this year.” Mark Sherry, President of Aegis developer iRing Inc said that the company is very excited about the possibilities of the partnership. “Maptek brings an excellent global market presence and expertise as one of the leading software developers in the mining industry. Through this partnership we will be able to increase sales of Aegis globally, which solidifies our niche as the top underground drill & blast program in the world.”Aegis is already available in English, Spanish and Russian and strong interest is expected in all regions where Maptek operates.With the addition of Aegis to its product line, Maptek becomes the only mining software supplier, it says, “to offer a complete end-to-end solution for underground mining operations covering geology, mine planning, scheduling, stope optimisation, advanced underground drill and blast and analysis, and mine survey.” “Integration throughout the mine planning and production cycle provides better information that can be used to make better decisions,” added Johnson. “For instance, engineers can optimise their stope designs using Vulcan Stope Optimiser, design the blast using Aegis, rapidly model the cavity monitoring survey data using I-Site Studio and then feed that data back into Vulcan and Aegis for reconciliation and blast analysis.”
Updated 2pm TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE believes that Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan should withdraw remarks in which he described the actions of two garda whistleblowers as disgusting.The Labour leader is among a number of senior Cabinet members to express such a view in the last 24 hours.A Labour spokesperson said that the position of the party had been articulated by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton – she told The Irish Times that Callinan should withdraw the remark – and this view was shared by Gilmore.It follows Transport Minister Leo Varadkar saying that Callinan should withdraw the remarks about John Wilson and Maurice McCabe in interviews yesterday.Speaking on the News at One, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said he had always found McCabe to be credible and also said that Callinan should withdraw his remarks.Gilmore also follows the Minister for European Affairs Pascal Donohoe, who added his voice to cabinet colleagues, calling the actions of Garda whistleblowers ‘distinguished’.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Donohoe said that he agreed with Varadkar, who yesterday said that the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan should withdraw his remarks about John Wilson and Maurice McCabe.Callinan had said that the manner of the release of information by the two was “disgusting”, but has since clarified that he was referring to the release of personal information, not the two gardaí.Donohoe said this morning that while he agreed with Varadkar that the actions of Wilson and McCabe were ‘distinguished’, he did not agree that Callinan should withdraw the remark.“I believe they have been proven correct throughout the fixed penalty notice affair. I believe that they have done all of us a service, done policing a service.”Donohoe said that the 37 recommendations for improving the Garda Síochána were the result of the two whistleblowers and he hoped that the recommendations would soon be implemented.Earlier, Burton told The Irish Times that Callinan should withdraw the remark, made at the Public Accounts Committee in January.She was joined by backbenchers Robert Dowds (Labour) and John Deasy (Fine Gael), who both agreed with Varadkar’s assessment.- with reporting from Hugh O’ConnellRead: ‘We’ve been over this ground’: Kenny won’t say if Callinan should apologise to whistleblowersRead: Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’t
The spokesman for neofascist Golden Dawn, Ilias Kasidiaris, was remanded in pretrial custody after testifying before magistrates leading a criminal probe into the party, paving the way for the trial of GD lawmakers and members in November after a 10-month investigation.Kasidiaris, who was transferred to Korydallos Prison, became the ninth Golden Dawn MP to be put in pretrial custody, joining party leader Nikos Michaloliakos and the latter’s second-in-command Christos Pappas among others at Attica’s high-security penitentiary.The two magistrates leading the investigation and a prosecutor overseeing the probe agreed that Kasidiaris should be detained in pretrial custody after deeming that he was likely to commit further offenses if he was left free. The fact that he attacked cameramen and reporters following his conditional release in November last year is said to have partly influenced the decision.The party spokesman, who had been on conditional release pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization, said the new charges against him – possessing illegal weapons with the intent to supply a criminal organization – were “ridiculous” and that the case against him was “clearly political.”Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Microsoft ne réduit pas le site Cryptome au silenceÉtats-Unis – Microsoft ne s’est pas acharné à exiger la fermeture du site Cryptome. Ce dernier, spécialisé dans la dénonciation, publiait un document montrant comment des portails comme MSN peuvent délivrer des informations aux autorités. Le géant américain a juste demandé que ce lien soit retiré du site.Le site Cryptome a publié un document qui pouvait s’avérer gênant pour Microsoft. Il expliquait comment des portails, et en particulier MSN, peuvent divulguer des informations aux autorités et au FBI. Microsoft a demandé l’arrêt de cette publication car le document était protégé par un copyright : le “Microsoft global criminal spy guide”, c’est son nom, explique en effet comment Microsoft peut livrer des informations (adresses IP, e-mails…) aux autorités. Une source de l’éditeur américain commente : “Dans ce cas précis, nous n’avons pas demandé que ce site soit fermé, mais seulement que le contenu qui concerne Microsoft soit retiré. Nous avons demandé que le site soit restauré et nous ne cherchons plus à obtenir le retrait du document.” A l’heure où les réseaux sociaux se multiplient, les utilisateurs ont le droit de savoir quelles informations sont susceptibles d’être transmises aux autorités judiciaires.Le 1 mars 2010 à 11:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
New Delhi: Underscoring the importance his government attaches to the country’s defence forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it won’t succumb to pressure or influence in matters of national security. Speaking at a commemorative function on Kargil Vijay Diwas at the Indira Gandhi Indoor (IGI) stadium in New Delhi, Modi said, “The nation’s security has been impregnable and it will remain so. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Modernisation of defence forces is our key priority.” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also graced the occasion. In his opening speech, Modi said winning the Kargil was a testament of India’s strength, patience, sanctity and discipline. “It was the victory of every Indian’s expectations,” he said. Modi recalled his visit to Kargil during the war and said it was like a pilgrimage to him. “I had gone to Kargil 20 years ago when war was at its peak, the enemy was playing its games sitting on high peaks. Death was staring in the face yet our jawans, carrying the tricolour, wanted to reach the valley before anyone. It was like a pilgrimage to me,” he said.
Courtesy of Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons/Texas A&M GeosciencesThe Houston Shipping Channel near Alexander Island. Texas A&M researchers say they’ve spotted abnormal water conditions near last week’s Deer Park chemical disaster. The team has been collecting water and air quality samples in Galveston Bay quarterly since June 2017. They won’t have lab results from their March 23 samples for another two weeks, but Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons said the residue suggests chemical compounds, likely from the ITC runoff. “When we put our hands in the water and our hands came up and dried, it wasn’t a feeling that you normally get when sea water dries on your hands,” she said. “Instead we had a waxy feeling on our hands that was an indicator that there is something different in the waters, even in greater Galveston Bay — in the northwest corner of greater Galveston Bay.”According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, their water sampling hasn’t found any cause for concern. “I think my surprise came from the fact that we didn’t expect this to have come quite as far south as it did, if we can assume what we saw came from Deer Park, which is our current assumption,” Fitzsimmons said.Intercontinental Terminals Company said sensitive marsh areas near their facility haven’t been impacted.ITC clean-up continuesITC said in a news release that, as of Wednesday morning, responders had removed approximately 696,990 gallons of oily water from the waterways impacted by the incident, which includes the Houston Ship Channel and several regional bayous such as Buffalo and Tucker.In addition, approximately 1.5 million gallons of product mixed with water and firefighting foam had been removed.Response personnel are still foaming the tank farm as needed to maintain at least a 2-foot level of foam, by pumping a mix of firefighting foam, water and remaining product from the ditch using vacuum trucks and hoses.ITC executive Brent Weber said at a news conference Thursday the focus was to finish emptying tanks that contain gasoline blend stocks and base oil. Naphtha, which is highly flammable, is the base component in the gas blend stock. He also noted that all the Pygas had been transferred out of the tank farm.“Progress continues to be steady,” said Weber, while adding his company is also repairing ditches and assisting the EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard with cleaning the waterways.Both Harris County and ITC said in news releases that there are currently no known or suspected impacts to drinking water.The Texas Department of State Health Services has updated its fish consumption advisory for the upper Houston Ship Channel and recommends not eating any fish or crab from the ship channel or San Jacinto River north of the State Highway 146 Fred Hartman Bridge.The Houston Ship Channel is currently open to traffic between Tucker Bayou and HSC Light 116 through coordinated vessel movement by the Coast Guard.The San Jacinto River also remains open for vessel traffic during daylight hours only, and there are specific sites set up to observe transiting vessels that may require decontamination. Coast Guard Captain Kevin Oditt said at the news conference he didn’t have a timeframe on full reopening of the Channel.ITC also posted a video statement from CEO Bernt Netland on YouTube in which he addresses the incident and apologizes. 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Listen
On Oct. 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Fulcrum Properties Group will host their “Halloween Spooktacular!” event. The event will consist of a costume contest, hayrides, pumpkin carving, drinks, treats and much more. The event is free to the public and will be held at the Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
Kolkata: The Baruipur Court on Monday granted conditional bail to Trinamool Congress leader of Bhangar Arabul Islam. He was arrested on May 11, three days before the Panchayat polls in Bengal, in connection with the murder of a supporter of an independent candidate in the area.Arabul has been granted bail 72 days after his arrest. However, he will not be able to enter the jurisdiction of Bhangar and Kashipur policestation area, as per conditions imposed by the court. He was arrested on charges of murder of one Hafizul Mollah, while the latter was campaigning in support of an independent candidate. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had directed the police to arrest Arabul, as soon as allegations of the latter’s involvement in the murder surfaced.Interestingly, Mollah’s wife Sabira Bibi had submitted an affidavit at the Baruipur Court some days ago, stating that Arabul was not involved in the murder of her husband.The counsel appearing for Arabul prayed before thecourt for bail, citing theaffidavit. The judge granted himconditional bail against the payment of a personal bond of Rs 20,000. Islam, however, did not appear before the court due to illness.Arabul had won the Bhangar 2 Panchayat Samiti seat, though he was in police custody on May 14, when the Panchayat polls were held.It may be mentioned that Arabul had always claimed his innocence in the entire event and had said that he was not present in the spot when the incident took place.
Sydney Airport has announced Mantra Group will be the manager of the airport’s new 136- room, limited service hotel at 3 Ross Smith Avenue, due to commence construction in April 2016.“Sydney Airport aims to provide customers with more choice and value by offering a diverse range of hotel products close to our terminals,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.“With 39 million passengers a year and growing, our Hotel Development Strategy seeks to address strong demand for quality accommodation options at Sydney Airport.“We are excited to be partnering with Mantra Group who are well known for their modern, lifestyle product and we look forward to working with them to further enhance the passenger experience at Sydney Airport.”Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East said the company is delighted to be chosen as the operator for Sydney Airport’s newest hotel.“The new Mantra hotel is a superbly located property within close proximity and easy walking distance to Sydney Airport’s T2 and T3 domestic terminals for business and leisure travellers alike,” Mr East said.“Mantra Group is well placed to enhance the travel experience with a dedicated airport hotel at Australia’s busiest airport, Sydney Airport.“We design hotels to go beyond the traditional, with teams who understand that guest expectations are evolving and the experiences we create set our brand apart.“We expect our loyal Mantra guests will readily embrace this new Sydney Airport hotel and we have plans to create a dynamic food and beverage offering that will distinguish it as a standout in the area.”The proposed new Mantra hotel will be located adjacent to the Ibis Budget Hotel, conveniently located within walking distance of the T2/T3 Domestic precinct. The hotel will offer the latest design features, a bar and high quality room furnishings catering to the modern traveller.The new hotel will complement Sydney Airport’s existing on-airport hotels, the 318-room Rydges hotel at T1 and the 199-room Ibis Budget Hotel at T2/T3.There has been significant interest from hotel operators in hotel development opportunities at Sydney Airport, which have historically performed strongly.Sydney Airport appointed Mantra Group following international requests for proposals. Mantra Group now offers 127 properties and has grown throughout Australia, NZ and Asia since listing in 2014.Source = Sydney Airport
April 21, 2006 Cosanti Foundation staff Roger Tomalty taught a silt workshop to BOC students in conjunction with the Paolo Soleri exhbition at Cosanti Foundation staff Roger Tomalty taught a silt workshop to BOC students in conjunction with the Paolo Soleri exhbition at A form of the bridge is pressed into the silt to create a negative space, desired designs are pressed into the walls of this space, then plaster is carefully poured into the cavity. This design is one of Paolo Soleri’s early contemplations for a passenger bridge in Scottsdale. [Photo: R.Tomalty & text: sa] The second half of the bridge model is complete and the model is on display. This report continues on 4/24 with photos of the second silt cast project created by BOC students during this workshop. [Photo: R.Tomalty & text: sa]