UAE assures supply of oil LPG to India despite tanker attacks Pradhan

first_imgNew Delhi: Oil cartel OPEC member UAE has assured India of uninterrupted supply of oil and LPG despite disruptions in the Strait of Hormuz, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Monday. India is 83 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs and is reliant on nations like the UAE to meet half of its cooking gas (LPG) needs. Pradhan in Twitter posts said he held telephonic discussions with UAE Minister and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Group CEOP Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber over tensions in the Gulf region following attacks on two oil tankers last week. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Expressed concern at the supply disruptions in the Strait of Hormuz. Dr. Jaber assured me of oil and LPG supplies to India despite the disruptions,” he tweeted. The attacks on oil tankers last week raised concerns over supplies through the Strait of Hormuz that is the conduit for a fifth of the world’s oil. “Spoke to UAE Minister of State and Group CEO @AdnocGroup H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and discussed ways to collaborate and work together to strengthen our hydrocarbon engagement,” Pradhan said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsDuring the telephonic call, he also discussed UAE’s lead role in ongoing India’s strategic petroleum reserves programme. The UAE has hired storages in the underground storages India has built as insurance against supply disruptions. Pradhan said he also spoke to OPEC Secretary-General Mohammed Barkindo on Monday. “SG Barkindo reaffirmed India as an important partner for OPEC and expressed keen interest to further strengthen the India-OPEC partnership,” he said. Pradhan has been making calls to leaders of oil-rich nations ever since the BJP came back to power and he was reappointed petroleum minister. “Reviewed current developments in oil markets and ongoing supply disruptions. Expressed concern over significant oil price volatility and resulting challenges to Indian consumers,” he said on his discussions with OPEC Secretary General. India, he said, “will continue to work with OPEC membership on responsible oil pricing, which is the best interests of both producers and consumers.” Also, it was decided to work towards an early convening of the 4th India-OPEC high-level institutional dialogue, he added.last_img read more

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China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer

first_imgHong Kong: China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest massive demonstration in the Chinese territory. The government of Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers its own territory, strongly supports the protests, and Hong Kong students in Taiwan held events over the weekend expressing their backing. Taiwan’s president made the asylum offer last month, though it’s not clear if requests have been received. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTaiwan lacks a formal legal mechanism for assessing and granting asylum requests, although it has granted residency to several vocal opponents of the Chinese government. On Monday, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Chinese Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Taiwan’s offer would “cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants” and encourage their “audacity in harming Hong Kong and turn Taiwan into a “heaven for ducking the law.” Ma demanded that Taiwan’s government “cease undermining the rule of law” in Hong Kong, cease interfering in its affairs and not “condone criminals.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOrganisers said at least 1.7 million participated in Sunday’s Hong Kong rally and march, although the police estimate was far lower. Police said the protest was “generally peaceful” but accused a large group of people of “breaching public peace” afterward by occupying a major thoroughfare and using slingshots to shoot “hard objects” at government headquarters and pointing lasers at police officers. The protests have at times been marked by violent clashes with police, who say they have arrested more than 700 participants since the demonstrations started in June. However, law enforcement officers kept a low profile Sunday, with no riot police seen from the procession’s main routes. When stragglers convened outside a government complex in the late evening, other protesters urged them to go home. More protests are planned for the coming weeks, with various rallies organized by accountants, transport workers, high school students and relatives of police officers. Demonstrators’ frustrations over what they perceive to be the government’s blatant refusal to respond to their demands boiled over last week with the occupation of Hong Kong’s international airport, during which a reporter for a Chinese Communist Party-owned newspaper was assaulted, and attacks on a number of police stations. A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to Beijing in 1997 under the framework of “one country, two systems,” which promised residents certain democratic rights not afforded to people in mainland China. But some Hong Kongers have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of eroding their freedoms in recent years. The protest movement’s demands include the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force.last_img read more

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DPIITregistered startups exempt from angel tax

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Friday exempted all startups that are registered with the DPIIT from the so-called ‘angel tax’, which will help resolve difficulties faced by the fledgling businesses and their investors. “To mitigate genuine difficulties of startups and their investors, it has been decided that Section 56(2)(viib) of the IT Act shall not be applicable to a startup registered under DPIIT,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalShe added that while the said section will continue to be part of the Income Tax Act, it will not be applicable to the startups registered with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). Besides, a dedicated cell, headed by a member of the Central Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT), will be set up to address concerns faced by startups. “After this, if there is a difficulty, it has been decided to set up a dedicated cell under a member of the CBDT. Any startup that has an issue can approach the cell for quick resolution of the problems,” she said. Multiple startup founders had claimed that they have received notices under Section 56(2) (viib) of the Income Tax Act to pay taxes on angel funds raised by them.last_img read more

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National Museum of Carpets to Open to Marrakech in September

Rabat – The Dar Si Said Museum in Marrakech has been renamed the National Carpet Museum and, after reopening in September, will feature 400 rugs from every region of the kingdom, reports Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The museum was built in the 19th century on orders by Si Said B. Moussa, a former minister of war who officiated under the rule of Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz (1894-1908).The building is now undergoing renovations and will occupy more than 2,700 square meters. The museum is expected to reopen at the end of September 2017. Abdelfattah Lebjioui, Wali of the Marrakech-Safi Region, Khalid Ouaya, Director-General of Marrakech Urban Agency and Mehdi Qotbi, President of the National Foundation of Museums paid a visit to the Museum on Thursday to oversee progress on the renovations.The trio also visited other heritage sites forming part of the “Marrakech, city of permanent renewal” project launched by King Mohammed VI in 2014.The National Foundation of Museums has also announced that the National Ceramic Museum of Safi will open its doors by the end of August. read more

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Flames playoff tickets the perfect avenue for scammers

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – They are the hottest tickets in town right now and Calgary Flames fans will do just about anything to get their hands on some red-hot deals for the playoffs.According to the ticket seller site Stub Hub, prices for game one of the playoffs on Thursday range from $90 to over $500 a seat. With that in mind, scammers will be out and about, trying to round up a killer deal.General Manager of Stub Hub, Paul Nowosad says the best advice to avoid being scammed is to never purchase tickets from the streets.“In doing so, you have no real guarantee that the tickets are valid. You have no recourse if there’s any issue with the tickets and paying cash on the streets, in general, is pretty dangerous,” said Nowosad.Another piece of advice Nowosad offers is to never post your tickets on social media.“Sometimes people take pictures of their tickets and send them out there, getting people excited (saying) they’re going to the games and what they actually are doing is sharing barcodes that can be intercepted and used against them.”The best thing you can do to avoid scammers is to buy tickets from a trusted online source. You should also make sure they come with certain guarantees in the chance you need a refund or replacement on your tickets.Nowosad says that if you see a price that’s too good to be true, it probably is.“There’s a lot of opportunity for people who are dishonest at this time of year with large concerts, playoffs and sports to sell tickets live on the street. It makes you feel like you’re getting a good deal and sometimes usually you’re getting too good a deal.”Game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the Flames is Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome. read more

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UNESCO chief condemns yet another journalists murder this time in Bangladesh

Keeping up his campaign to defend the freedom of the press, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the murder of a Bangladeshi journalist as a blow against democracy. Bellal Hossain Dafadar, 38, a correspondent of the Khulna-based daily newspaper Janabani, died after he was stabbed by four or five assailants as he was cycling back home from a local bazaar on 14 September. “I am very distressed by this new attack on a journalist in Bangladesh and urge the authorities to ensure that such crimes do not go unpunished,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement.“It is essential that journalists be able to carry out their professional duties and exercise the basic human right of freedom of expression in the interest of democracy and rule of law,” he added.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), nine journalists have been killed in Bangladesh over the past five years.UNESCO has a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom, and Mr. Matsuura has issued frequent condemnations of the murder of journalists around the world. read more

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UN projects aim to help Liberian refugees reintegrate into their homeland

Over a decade of civil war in Liberia forced some 750,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries, the agency noted in a news release. After the civil war ended in 2003, many refugees have returned to their home country, with most of them settling in and around the capital, Monrovia. “Many of the young returnees have never seen their home country. This is a big challenge we must address. The lack of livelihood opportunities can hinder their reintegration process,” said Chakib Jenane, Chief of UNIDO’s Agro-Industries Technology Unit. Two projects, each with a budget of $1.5 million and funded by the Government of Japan, will provide Liberians who have already returned, or intend to return to their home country, with vocational skills training, entrepreneurship training and other related services to help them find jobs or start up livelihoods or businesses. They will be carried out in partnership with the Liberian Government’s Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission. A significant number of those who fled Liberia have yet to return home, and one of the biggest concentrations of Liberian refugees is in the Buduburam camp, west of Accra in Ghana, where some 6,000 Liberian refugees still reside. Another UNIDO project, to be implemented in partnership with the Ghana Refugee Board, will assist the Government of Ghana in the continuing and long-term process of the economic reintegration of Liberian refugees and their families still residing in the Buduburam camp. UNIDO said that the project will address one of the main reasons given by Liberians still residing in the camp for not returning to Liberia – a lack of any marketable livelihood skills and/or financial capital with which to embark on new enterprises. Those Liberians who are willing to return to their home country will be provided with multi-skills training. UNIDO will share its expertise of working with small mechanics, metal and wood workshops and other basic industries, such as food processing and garment production, with a special focus on technical skills upgrading and entrepreneurship development. read more

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FEATURE As Afghan war grinds on a marginalized young generation raises its

It is “show time” on Asia Television in Western Afghanistan, as talk show guest Somaia Ramish replies to a pointed question about war and peace.“Fortunately, women haven’t had a major role in the conflict or the destruction of Afghanistan, which strengthens our voices at the peace table,” said the provincial councilwoman, 30, adding: “Unfortunately, these days, violent extremism has a bigger advertising budget than does the promotion of peace.”The young Afghan voices belong to students, young politicians, and also journalists. In the case of Asia Television, support from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) helps sustain a regular peace dialogue, which runs alongside a slate of soap operas and other entertainment shows. The support is part of a nationwide UN effort to invest in peace, and the show’s producers say it sends a strong message and helps drive grassroots conflict resolution.Young Afghans remain highly susceptible to war propaganda, which comes in the form of street whispers and threats over social media. At the same time, it is a challenge for the central Government to win the respect of young Afghans, especially in distant provinces.“Without security, we can’t have peace,” says Arash Majedi, 23, who serves lamb and chicken kabobs in a strobe-lit shisha café, which plays a steady beat of Iranian rap music. “It is the responsibility of the Government to stop someone from blowing us up.”Set on the western edge of Afghanistan, surrounded by pockets of war and bordering Iran, Herat is a 5,000-year-old centre of Asian culture caught between a tide of extremism and popular, albeit ancient, traditions of cultivating flower gardens and reciting poetry with friends and relatives.  “Insurgents are active in almost all the districts around us,” said Said Sayedi, 28, who heads a conflict resolution centre in Herat, which has struggled for funding in recent years. “In some cases, foreign powers are trying to dominate more moderate insurgent groups to keep other militants in check.”“We try to encourage independent thinking and help the young choose non-violence,” he said. “This needs to be elaborated in order that they can break free.” Sayedi concedes that there are many “no-go zones” around Herat where conflict resolution experts cannot enter. “We would need an escort to go south to Shindand district. There are lots of kids – 15 and 16 years old – who are being recruited there by rival factions.”Unfortunately, these days, violent extremism has a bigger advertising budget than does the promotion of peace – Somaia RamishUN officials said local peace initiatives remain in dire need of more outside help to sustain their work. “Afghan youth are actually reaching out to the UN and conveying to us their wish that the UN [and others] can play a new role in regional peace negotiations,” said Najibullah Rezaee, a UN political affairs officer.Even as the battle for the hearts of young Afghans intensifies, new voices are speaking up. “Despite the challenges and marginalization young Afghans face, they still are carrying out a new and dynamic role in support of peace,” said Fraidoon Poya, a public affairs officer with UNAMA in Herat.Behind the iron gates of Herat University, built to a modern and spacious design after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Arman Qaderi, 23, a senior in the law faculty, organizes classes and edits texts on peace. His Peace Club has produced, with the help of Professor Nasir Rahimi, a systematic approach to changing minds and behaviour.“The most important thing we can do is help to motivate people who already feel the urge for peace,” said Qaderi. A colleague Fardina Salehi, 28, works as a financial secretary and also as an instructor in peacemaking. “Here in Afghanistan, we experience more war than we do peace,” said Salehi. “I’ve learned that peace starts in the family and moves to society. Our approach is totally different than any of the other classes taught here at Herat University. We approach learning through discussion, participation and brainstorming.”“Due to ongoing conflict, we are all in violence with each other – even within our own families,” said Salehi. “When I watch violence on TV, my mind is further disturbed. We all have to seek ways to calm our minds.”Professor Rahimi said he has seen a change sweeping across the campus in Herat. In a walk with students down to a newly-inaugurated Park for Peace, he reflects on some changes he’s seen in recent years. He says peace is not an easy path, but one with a growing following.Recently, 20 students from the Sharia Law faculty took a two-week journey to India to walk in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, who spearheaded India’s independence movement based on non-violent resistance. The tour included visits to Gandhi’s home and to his ashram. When violence engulfed Herat on a recent week, these same students helped to organize a city-wide blood drive to support victims of sectarian violence.“When we began our peace initiative, a lot of students doubted the approach: They said, ‘You can’t possibly bring peace after so much failure and war,’” said Professor Rahimi. “Students openly wonder – after decades of war – how talking about peace is going to make a difference. After they overcome initial doubts, however, they come to me and ask how they can move towards a deeper understanding of peace.”UNAMA has a mandate to support the Government of Afghanistan and its citizens in a shared goal of becoming a stable, open, and peaceful nation. This feature piece is meant to tell a human interest story related to how Afghanistan and the UN are working together to overcome the many challenges to achieving this goal. read more

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Open and closed for the Labour Day weekend

Brock University’s administrative offices will be closed for the Labour Day long weekend from Saturday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 3.However, some key areas at the University’s St. Catharines campus will remain open as per regular weekend operating hours.Sunday, Sept. 2 is also Brock’s annual Move-in Day, which will see nearly 2,400 students moved into Brock residences. As a result, departments and services such as Residences, Dining, Parking, IT Help Desk, Brock Card, Campus Store and the Walker Sports Complex will all be open throughout the day.The following campus services are open and closed on the Labour Day long weekend:Campus SecurityOfficers are available 24-7 by phoning x3200, via emergency phones on campus, by emailing security@brocku.ca or through the Brock Mobile App. James A. Gibson LibraryClosed: Saturday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 3.Walker Sports Complex/The ZoneOpen: Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Food establishmentsAll food services locations will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 1.On Sunday, Sept. 2, Lowenberger and DeCew dining halls will be open from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., Guernsey Market will be open from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Thistle Tim Hortons will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.On Monday, Sept. 3, Lowenberger and DeCew dining halls will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m.Campus StoreClosed: Saturday, Sept. 1.Open: Sunday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.Parking ServicesOn Saturday, Sept. 1, the Parking Services Kiosk in lot B will be open from 8 to 11 a.m.On Sunday, Sept. 2, the Parking Services office in the Campus Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Monday, Sept. 3, the Parking Services office in the Campus Store will be open from noon to 4 p.m.Beginning Saturday, Sept. 1, Zone 1 will be free on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on weekends. Parking is prohibited between 2 and 5 a.m. on any day.Hourly parking is available in a number of locations throughout campus. Cars with valid permits can continue to park in their designated lot.Rodman Hall Art CentreOpen: Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 from noon to 5 p.m.Closed: Monday, Sept. 3.Student Health ServicesWhile regular Student Health Services hours do not resume until Wednesday, Sept. 5, students can call 1-833-BROCK-33 (27625) for personal counselling beginning Sept. 1. read more

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Star Trek Discovery Pushed Back Again but at Least We Have a

first_img ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations Stay on target 31Remember when Star Trek: Discovery was supposed to premiere this month? Those were the good ol’ days.While the show was on track for a May 2017 premiere, new reports are saying otherwise. Sources told Entertainment Weekly that the date has been pushed back again, although under less dire circumstances than last time.While the May date was chosen because of creative and production issues, which resulted in Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, this most recent change is technical. A source told The Wrap that producers are simply taking their time in hiring and in getting together the visual effects. They stress that Star Trek: Discovery is still on track.“This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement.Star Sonequa Martin-Green is still currently on The Walking Dead, and there were also reports her involvement could’ve created some “marketplace confusion,” as EW writes.On the bright side, another piece of good news has surfaced. Sarek, Spock’s father, and Vulcan ambassador, is going to be a key character in the series and has been cast. James Frain, known for Gotham and Orphan Black will be taking on the role, according to sources.The character will be the first to cross over from a previous Star Trek franchise into Discovery.We’re disappointed that the show has been pushed back again, but more than anything, we want the creators to take their time. If that means delaying its release than so be it.The show is set to start filming in Toronto next week, so hopefully, the change won’t be too drastic.So far, there’s no confirmed release date, but be on the lookout for the premiere, which will air on CBS and then weekly over at the CBS All Access app.This trailer will have to tide us over!!!last_img read more

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Boeing Unveils Wingman Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter Jets

first_img Boeing has partnered with Australia’s military to develop a combat drone — almost as big as a fighter jet — to support manned aircraft on dangerous missions.The Boeing Airpower Teaming System, known as “Loyal Wingman” and unveiled at the International Airshow at Avalon, Australia on Wednesday, is designed to “complement and extend airborne missions through smart teaming with existing military aircraft,” according to a Boeing press release.BREAKING NEWS: Check out our new smart, reconfigurable unmanned aircraft that will protect & project airpower! #TheFutureIsBuiltHere #AirpowerTeamingRead more about the Boeing Airpower Teaming System: https://t.co/Gabz4x9oBv pic.twitter.com/K1Nnvc0jl6— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) February 26, 2019The  craft will provide fighter-like performance, measure 38 feet long and will be able to fly more than 2,000 nautical miles. With integrated sensor packages onboard, Loyal Wingman will protect piloted aircraft, supporting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions and electronic warfare, said Boeing.Artificial intelligence will also allow the craft fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft.The Loyal Wingman is designed to protect piloted aircraft and carry out radar jamming and surveillance missions. (Photo Credit: Boeing)“With its ability to reconfigure quickly and perform different types of missions in tandem with other aircraft, our newest addition to Boeing’s portfolio will truly be a force multiplier as it protects and projects air power,” said Kristin Robertson, vice president and general manager of Boeing Autonomous Systems.According to the Wall Street Journal, Australia wants the drone to protect warplanes such as the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 fighter, which is also a key aircraft for the U.S.  The project is Boeing’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program outside the United States.A prototype is expected to take its first flight in 2020, Boeing said.More on Geek.com:NASA Astronoaut Eric Boe Pulled From Boeing’s Starliner Test FlightYou May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd, At NightUK Airports Invest Millions in Anti-Drone Tech Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Togiak man crushed when truck falls on him

first_imgA Togiak man died Wednesday when he was crushed by his truck.Alaska State Troopers say 53-year-old Joshua Andrews was working on his truck in a driveway when the truck fell and trapped him.A woman found the fatally injured man at about 2 p.m.The state medical examiner planned an autopsy.Togiak is a southwest Alaska village of 876 about 67 miles west of Dillingham.last_img

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All 11 passengers survive Tuesday morning floatplane crash on Prince of Wales

first_imgEleven people have survived an airplane crash Tuesday morning on Prince of Wales Island, and were back in Ketchikan early Tuesday afternoon.Listen nowAccording to the U.S. Coast Guard, the plane crashed on Mount Jumbo on POW, ending up about 2,000 feet up the mountain.Petty Officer Charly Hengen said the Coast Guard dispatched two rescue helicopters out of Air Station Sitka, and they were joined by Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad personnel.Visibility was poor, which delayed the rescue, but eventually, rescue crews were able to locate the downed plane.“One of the Jayhawk helicopter crews did hoist all 11 people from the crash site. They then took them to a staging area,” Hengen said. “At that staging area, there was room enough for the helicopter to land, plus around six or seven other contracted-out helicopters were there, along with emergency medical personnel.”Hengen said the medical personnel assessed injuries, and those who needed medical attention were taken directly to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for treatment. Others were brought to Ketchikan.Chris John of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad said all the passengers were brought to Temsco helicopters in Ketchikan, and were met by what he estimated were all the ambulances on the island.John said it’s gratifying to be part of a plane-crash rescue where everyone survives. Hengen agreed.“We are very relieved that we were able to locate them as quickly as we did with the coordination, and thankful to have the Ketchikan mountain rescue volunteers on standby as well, being able to help out and being available to help as needed,” Hengen said.Hengen said in an earlier interview that the pilot had activated the craft’s emergency locator, which helped in the rescue efforts. He also was the one to call and report the accident.Hengen couldn’t confirm the airline that owns the plane, but other media outlets have reported it was a Taquan-operated de Havilland Otter.  A call to Taquan seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.At the time of this report, Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board also had not returned a call seeking information.This story has been updated.last_img read more

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Common sense measures no guns for sick people Trump on US

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump on Friday urged “common sense” solutions to address gun violence after recent mass shootings but added that the views of the powerful National Rifle Association, which has long opposed gun control, should be considered. Following attacks last weekend that killed 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and reignited the national debate on gun policy, Trump said the United States needs meaningful background checks “so that sick people don’t get guns.” Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “Frankly, we need intelligent background checks. This isn’t a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat,” he told reporters at the White House. The NRA – one of the most powerful lobbies in the United States and a frequent contributor to Republican politicians – has for decades opposed gun control efforts. Pressure from the group helped force the Republican president to back down on supporting tighter gun laws last year despite national outrage at the fatal shootings of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Trump said on Friday that many attempts to restrict gun ownership have stalled in Congress in the past “but there’s never been a president like President Trump.” “I have a great relationship with the NRA,” he said. As he considers whether to persuade Republicans in Congress to back new measures, Trump also has to ensure he does not lose support of pro-gun rights conservatives as he runs for re-election next year. Advertise With Us “I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country,” he wrote on Twitter. “Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone.” Trump said he had “been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected.” The NRA, in a statement on Thursday, indicated it opposed further gun restrictions. Democrats are trying to galvanise public support for legislative action over what has been a contentious issue for years, even before Trump’s administration. Since he became president in 2017, there have been mass shootings at a church in Texas, a concert in Las Vegas and high schools in Florida and Texas. Trump earlier this week initially appeared to support background checks but then did not mention them in a public address on Monday that focused on mental illness and media culture. He later predicted congressional support for those background checks and blocking gun access to the mentally ill, but not for any effort to ban assault rifles. Congress is in recess but Trump said on Friday that leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate were discussing expanding background checks for guns sales. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected a plea from more than 200 mayors to call the Senate back early to consider gun legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said they had each spoken separately to Trump and that he had assured them he would review legislation that has already passed the Democratic-majority House. The White House also will hold a meeting with representatives from the technology industry on Friday to discuss violent extremism online. Trump is not scheduled to be at the White House for most of the day as he attends a fundraiser in the Hamptons in New York for his 2020 re-election campaign.last_img read more

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YCP leader Vasireddy Padma swearin as AP Women Commission

first_imgAmaravati: The YSRCP leader Vasireddy Padma swear-in as AP Women Commission chairperson on Monday. The state Women & Child Welfare Minister Taneti Vanitha has administered the oath with the Padma as new Chairperson. Speaker Tammineni Sitaram, Deputy CM Pushpa Sreevani, Narayana Swamy, Ministers Dharmana Krishna Das, Taneti Vanitha, Cherukuvada Sri Ranganatha Raju, MLA RK Roja, MP Vanga Geetha, Chinta Anuradha, Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, and others attended the event and congratulated Vasireddy Padma on taking charge. The state government has appointed Vasireddy Padma as the new Women Commission chairperson on August 8.last_img read more

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PSN hacked again 2 days after coming back online

first_imgYesterday marked a month since PSN was initially hacked. What followed was Sony’s decision to take the network completely offline to rebuild a security system ensuring such a disaster could never happen again. A disaster Sony’s President is now classing as just a “hiccup.”But that long period of downtime looks like it may have been a waste of time now. Just two days after Sony started turning parts of the PlayStation Network back online, it seems to have been hacked again.Anyone turning on their PS3 to reconnect to PSN will be forced to change their password. This is one of the security measures Sony has implemented to ensure accounts become secure again. But a hack has been discovered allowing someone to reset your password if they know your email address and date of birth. Both pieces of information were taken in the original hack making them publicly available to the right people (hackers).The new hack has been verified by a few gaming websites including Eurogamer and Nyleveia. Sony has since disabled the password reset system as it investigates what has happened with no indication of when it, and therefore access to some of its websites, will be coming back online. However, if you already have access to your PSN account it should continue to work. Those that haven’t done the password reset step will just have to wait again.As the hack uses the email address listed on your account before the April 17 attack, the best form of defense is to change the email associated with your PSN account. After doing that the new hack should no longer work. That may also end up being Sony’s solution to this new attack on its service.Read more at MCVlast_img read more

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European space company wants solar power plant in space

first_img Explore further Chief executive officer of Astrium, François Auque, said the system is at the testing stage, but that a viable system collecting and transmitting power from space could be within reach soon. Auque said space solar power is an attractive idea because it is an inexhaustible and clean form of energy. Unlike solar plants on Earth, orbital solar collectors can work around the clock, and there is no interference from clouds or atmospheric dusts or gases, which means the energy hitting photovoltaic cells in orbit is much greater than it would be for the same panels on the ground.Earlier concepts of beaming power to Earth from space were criticized because they relied on microwaves to transmit the power to the ground, which has safety concerns, so Astrium plans to use infrared lasers instead, which means that even if they were misdirected people and objects hit by the laser beams could not be scorched.The transmission of power via infrared laser has been tested in Astrium’s laboratories, and they are now concentrating on improving the system’s efficiency. Work on developing converters to convert received infrared energy to electricity is proceeding rapidly, and Astrium is collaborating in this work with scientists at the University of Surrey, in the UK. The company is hoping to achieve 80% efficiency in the conversion.According to Astrium’s chief technology officer, Robert Laine, at present the power handled by the system is limited by the size of the laser that can be built. A demonstration mission would also be necessary to prove the system works, and this should be possible within the present decade.The concept of harvesting solar power in space has been discussed for at least the last three decades, but the problems of power loss during transmission and the expense and difficulty of assembling large arrays of solar collectors in space have seemed almost insurmountable. However, Astrium is not the only company close to bringing the idea to fruition. Last September Japan announced it is planning to put a small demonstration solar collecting satellite in orbit by 2015. This system will transmit the power to Earth using microwaves.EADS Astrium is seeking investors and partners such as the EU, national governments, space agencies, or power companies, to fund and contribute in other ways to the development of its operational orbital solar collection and transmission system. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: EADS Astrium — www.astrium.eads.net/center_img (PhysOrg.com) — EADS Astrium, Europe’s biggest space company, plans to put a solar power satellite in orbit to demonstrate the collection of solar power in space and its transmission via infrared laser to provide electricity on Earth. $21 Billion Orbiting Solar Array will Beam Electricity to Earth Citation: European space company wants solar power plant in space (2010, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-european-space-company-solar-power.htmllast_img read more

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Man clicks passengers photo in moving bus lands up in jail

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police have arrested a youth, accused of clicking a woman’s photograph inside a moving bus within seven minutes after receiving the distress call. The incident took place on Sunday morning in front of NRS Medical College and Hospital.According to police, on Sunday, at 10:08 am, a woman called the police control room and stated that a youth is clicking her picture while she was traveling in a bus of Dhulagarh- Sealdah route bearing registration number WB-11-C-2645. The bus was moving towards Sealdah. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately all the traffic police personnel, police stations and divisional mobile vans were informed and instructed to intercept the bus. At 10:15 am, traffic police personnel of Sealdah traffic guard saw the bus in front of NRS Hospital. When the cops intercepted the bus, they found that the youth was being manhandled by other passengers The woman who called up the police control room was also there inside the bus. The accused youth identified as Md. Khan of Kulgachhia in Howrah was detained and handed over to Muchipara police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe victim woman also went to the police station and submitted a complaint following which the youth was arrested. The woman said she along with her husband and daughter boarded the bus from Baksara in Howrah to reach Sealdah. Khan was inside the bus earlier. Near Wellington crossing a passenger of the bus saw Khan clicking pictures of the woman. Police officers came to know that there was another youth with Khan who had managed to escape from the bus when the accused was caught red-handed. After that Khan was manhandled by other passengers of the bus till police intervened in the situation. Police are interrogating Khan in order to nab the other accused who was with him when the incident took place.last_img read more

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Survivor of 77 attacks fears exclusion from UK

first_img Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Tulloch became a citizen of Australia in 1985 while working there, and says he has been told that this canceled his right to remain in the U.K.The U.K. Border Agency says it’s an individual’s responsibility to check whether acquiring citizenship elsewhere would affect rights in Britain.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   LONDON (AP) – British media report that a man injured in the London terror bombings in 2005 and who was praised by Prince Charles as an example of British resilience now fears that he won’t be allowed to live in the country.The plight of John Tulloch was highlighted by national newspapers Monday.Tulloch, former head of Cardiff University’s journalism school, was born in India to British parents. Although he has held a British passport, he has been told that he is a “British subject without citizenship.” Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

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Excite goes La La

first_imgExcite goes La LaExcite goes La LaExcite Holidays is thrilled to celebrate the launch of their L.A. campaign, in partnership with Dis-cover Los Angeles.Kicking off today, the campaign will run for two weeks and will showcase all that the City of Angels has to offer. From the glitz and the glamour, to the thriving culinary scene, the incredible cultural offering (with more museums than any other U.S. city!) to the world-class entertainment and breathtaking scenery, the campaign has something to offer every type of traveller.To get into the L.A. vibe, exclusive events are being held to give agents a sneak peek of what their clients can expect on a trip to the West Coast. Gold Coast is up first, with agents taking part in yoga by the beach followed by a delicious fresh breakfast at a popular beachside café, show-casing the feel of L.A.’s iconic beach cities. Not to miss out on all the fun, Melbourne agents will be treated to a hip hop yoga session followed by a delicious dinner, all in a unique nature-inspired location.Excite Holidays are also extremely excited to offer agents the chance to win a trip to L.A. and experience life stateside. The trip will be awarded to the agent with the highest number of nights booked in Los Angeles during the campaign period. The lucky winner will receive a return flight to L.A, as well as three nights at the luxurious Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and two nights at the stunning Hotel Erwin Venice Beach, plus three tours, including Cupcake Tour of Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour, and Hollywood Behind the Scenes Walking Tour. Agents also have the opportunity to earn 500 bonus rewards points for each night booked and paid for in the se-lected destination.La La Land, get ready! Source = Excite Holidayslast_img read more

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