Committee to Examine Petroleum Pricing in Truro

first_img A select committee examining petroleum product pricing is holdinga hearing in Truro on Tuesday, July 20. The meeting will be held at the Best Western Glengarry, 150Willow St. at 7 p.m. The all-party committee of the Nova Scotia legislature wasestablished to investigate the supply and pricing of fuels,including gasoline and home heating oil. The committee will seekinput from consumers, producers, suppliers and operators, andwill make recommendations to ensure reasonable product prices. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meetingshould call toll-free 1-888-388-6489 in advance. Messages can beleft on this line. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filedwith the committee no later than Friday, July 30. Submissionswill be accepted by: — Fax: 1-902-424-0513– Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, 3rd Floor, DennisBuilding, 1740 Granville St., P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax,N.S., B3J 3N5– E-mail: . Additional meetings will be held in Yarmouth, Bridgewater,Halifax and Sydney. The committee is to complete a report on itsfindings by Aug. 31. Background information is available on thegovernment website at . All meeting dates andlocations will be advertised on local radio stations and in areanewspapers. HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Committee to Examine Petroleum Pricing inTrurolast_img read more

Man held for duping over 1000 people on pretext of lucky draws

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police arrested a 27-year-old man from Kalkaji for allegedly duping over 1,000 people across the country on the pretext of giving them lucky draw prizes.The accused was identified as Deepak Negi, a resident of Sangam Vihar. He was arrested from Kalkaji on Monday. Negi duped over 1,000 people from across India and received more than Rs 1.5 crore in the last one year. According to police, one woman teacher from Odisha filed a complaint in May against an e-commerce company “”. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe complainant stated that in April 2018, she received a call from the company which lured her to shop on the website to win a bike in lucky draw, they said. She was asked to submit some part of the prize value along with her photo and Aadhaar ID. She transferred Rs 62,649 on four occasions but did not get any prize. In another incident, a person from Gujarat was duped of Rs 5.84 lakh using same modus operandi. “During investigation, police got the details of the organisation through bank statement and identified Negi as the owner of the company. He was arrested on Monday from Kalkaji where he was running his office in the name of another company,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring interrogation, Negi disclosed that he, along with his associates Parmeshwar, Manmohan, Bharat Lalwani and Ansh Lalwani, started the company and used to dupe people on the pretext of contest and lucky draws, the DCP said. They kept on changing the locations and registering new companies at various addresses by taking properties on rent. They used to hire and train undergraduate men and women for making calls to lure the targets for shopping on their website.last_img read more

The Bata Shoe Museum Celebrates All That Glitters in New Exhibition

first_imgThe Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe will be on display throughout 2018.About the Bata Shoe MuseumWith an International collection of over 13,000 shoes and related artefacts, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 4,500 years of footwear history in four distinctive rotating galleries. In addition to our popular semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes, the Museum has three galleries for changing exhibitions, ensuring that each visit to the museum offers a new experience. Currently also on view:  Fashion Victims:  The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century and Art & Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection. Through the creation of its innovative exhibitions, the BSM strives to enlighten and entertain visitors of all ages.  For every shoe there’s a story.  Discover thousands at the Bata Shoe Museum. Further information is available at Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe. Opening today, the exhibition features some of the Bata Shoe Museum’s most impressive and precious artifacts and explores the meanings and cultural uses of golden footwear across the globe.The gleam of gold has seduced people around the world. Treasured for its incorruptibility and remarkable shine, gold has been used ornamentally since time immemorial and as currency since at least the Bronze Age.  Gold has ornamented the powerful and adorned the divine for thousands of years. But gold for shoes? Seems improbable. Yet golden footwear has been central to expressions of status and style in numerous cultures. From royal shoes to fashionable sneakers, the gleam of golden footwear has been used to proclaim privilege and flaunt status worldwide.Curated by the BSM’s Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, and comprised solely of artefacts from the BSM collection, The Gold Standard examines objects as diverse as Ancient Egypt golden funerary sandals to rare 16th century Italian chopines to contemporary gleaming gold sneakers. Together, the objects tell the story of the ongoing popularity of golden footwear and the complex history behind it. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Kahnawake opposes nuclear shipment

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake are concerned about the potential shipment of nuclear waste bound for Sweden from the Bruce Power station.For those living in the community, this is just too close for comfort.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin describes the situation.last_img

Manitoba clan mothers spiritual fast enters Day 23 waiting for new home

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsIt’s Day 23 of a Manitoba clan mother’s spiritual fast.Two weeks ago APTN National News brought you the story of Alma Kakikepinace, who is camped out and refusing to eat until she gets a new house.In a unique twist, APTN found a news story that aired on CTV’s W5 back in 1968 that features the woman’s father speaking out about his poor living conditions.last_img

US affirms plan for 6 nuclear plants in India

first_imgNew York: The slow-moving US plans to set up six nuclear power plants in India have received a boost as the two nations reiterated their commitment to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation during the 9th India-US Strategic Security Dialogue. A joint statement issued on Wednesday after the dialogue, where the Indian side was headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale, said that Washington “reaffirmed its strong support of India’s early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group”. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India,” it added. The statement also said that both countries declared their “commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors”. The US delegation to the dialogue held in Washington was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The statement seeks to breathe new life into expected results of the civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries, which have failed to live up to the hopes since it was signed in 2008 during the Prime Ministership of Manmohan Singh and the Presidency of George W. Bush. The law limiting civil liability for nuclear damages from the plants passed in 2010 was meant to overcome a stumbling block for US companies to set up nuclear power plants in India. However, financial problems of the US company Westinghouse that had agreed in 2016 to build six plants in Andhra Pradesh put the plans on hold when it went into bankruptcy the next year. Now owned by Brookfield Asset Management, the US-based Westinghouse has received the backing of the Trump administration for the project and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry promoted it during a visit to India last year. India has ambitious plans to increase its nuclear electric generation capacity to meets its growing needs with clean energy. Russia is the leading player in the nuclear power sector in India. Ahead of the dialogue, the third round of the US-India Space Dialogue was held on Tuesday at which the two countries “discussed trends in space threats, respective national space priorities, and opportunities for cooperation bilaterally and in multilateral fora”, the statement said. Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Additional Secretary for Disarmament and International Security Affairs, and Yleem Poblete, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, co-chaired the meeting. Also on Tuesday, Gokhale and David Hale, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs held India-US Foreign Office Consultations. A statement issued after the meeting by the State Department said that they affirmed “the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region”. “Recognising that the US and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners,” it added. The discussion between the two diplomats also covered the situations in areas of importance to the US — North Korea, where last month’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on denuclearisation failed; Iran, where Trump has pulled out of the multinational denuclearisation agreement and imposed sanctions on Tehran, and Venezuela, where the US has recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as its president and wants Nicolas Maduro to step down following elections marred by irregularities. Trump wants India to play a major role in the Indo-Pacific region where the two countries act as bookends of democracy, a task Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cautiously embraced without making it appear a direct challenge to China. India and the US have also stepped up multilateral cooperation with the other two major democracies in the region, Australia and Japan.last_img read more

Suspect arrested over Kotahena shooting incident

A second person who was injured in the shooting incident later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The shooting incident claimed the first victims of the 2015 Parliamentary election. The UNP supporters were engaged in campaigning activities in support of former UNP MP and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake when gunmen travelling in 2 vehicles had opened fire. A suspect has been arrested over the Kotahena shooting incident in which two people were killed, the police media unit said.A group of United National Party (UNP) supporters were shot at in the Kotahena area on July 31, killing one woman and injuring several others.

El Chapo Guzman recaptured after security measures were eased

by Frank Bajak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘El Chapo’ Guzman recaptured after security measures were eased. LIMA, Peru – As the world’s most hunted man, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had to know the most sophisticated information and surveillance technology available was marshalled against him: satellites, unmanned aircraft, NSA and DEA eavesdroppers, malware-sowing Mexican state hackers.Yet Guzman may have let his guard down before receiving Hollywood actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo three months ago on a remote central Mexico mountaintop in apparent hopes of getting a biopic made to his liking.Authorities are not identifying whatever information security missteps may have led to Guzman’s being recaptured Friday in a seaside town not far away.“Whatever mistake or screw-up played a role, presumably the government is going to keep it secret. Because if El Chapo made this mistake others will make it in the future,” said Christopher Soghoian, a surveillance expert with the American Civil Liberties Union.Mike Vigil, a former head of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said the Oct. 2 visit likely went undetected because Penn took “extraordinary” measures beforehand, apparently using disposable phones and changing numbers daily.Neither actor took electronics to the meeting.Instead, previously intercepted communications between Del Castillo and Guzman’s lawyers were key — authorities knew about the movie plans and were closing on him well before Penn, on assignment for Rolling Stone, accompanied Del Castillo to the meeting she arranged, said Vigil, who was briefed.Mexico’s attorney general, Arely Gomez, said Friday that cartel security had been compromised during contacts between El Chapo’s lawyers and “actresses and producers” hoping to make a biopic. She presumably meant Del Castillo, who Penn said was contacted by a Guzman lawyer in 2014 on the matter.Mexican agencies possess commercial spyware from firms including Hacking Team that could have been used to infect computers or cellphones of people involved. Such programs harvest keystrokes, voice calls, emails and text messages.Vigil said El Chapo’s narrow Oct. 6 escape from a government attempt to capture him in the same mountains where he met with Penn and Del Castillo was not directly related to his meeting with the Hollywood stars. The military was simply tightening the noose, he said.Penn said he felt he was being watched after arriving in central Mexico for the meeting.“There is no question in my mind but that the DEA and the Mexican government are tracking our movements,” he wrote.Mexican news media on Monday published images of him and Del Castillo that apparently came from a security camera in Guadalajara.Penn said he was “bewildered” by El Chapo’s willingness to risk the visit and imagined a “weaponized drone” hovering above as he drank tequila with the capo.The Mexican newspaper El Universal said Monday that a cartel lawyer in September gave Del Castillo a “special phone” presumably used to arrange the visit.“Can’t speak to that,” Penn responded curtly when asked via email if he knew of the phone. Del Castillo did not respond to repeated phone and email attempts by the AP to reach her through her agent.Penn also reiterated what he said in his article: He did not carry his cellular phone to Mexico from Southern California.“My comms were not in the mix,” he said.Penn did not address specifics on security measures taken.In Rolling Stone, he described “labeling TracPhones (burners), one per contact, one per day, destroy, burn, buy, balancing levels of encryption, mirroring through Blackphones, anonymous email addresses, unsent messages accessed in draft form.”He also called himself “the single most technologically illiterate man left standing.” (He presumably meant ‘Tracfone’ – a wireless phone service that allows for frequently replacing numbers by swapping SIM cards in cheap handsets).“OPSEC (Operational Security) is not easy even for experts, bringing in a gross amateur like an actor is just insanely reckless,” said Nicholas Weaver, a University of California, Berkeley network security expert.While Blackphone calls are encrypted, their location and an owner’s identity can be determined. Exchanging unsent messages in “draft” folders on email servers was discredited as insecure even before the scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus.Most encryption applications don’t do much to hide the information known as metadata that shows who is talking to whom and can provide their physical location, said Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins cryptographer.Perhaps the strangest security question in the El Chapo affair is the cartel’s use of the Blackberry Messenger application for communications. Experts say it was not designed with security in mind.“BlackBerry messenger exists in two forms: enterprise servers and the public service, both of which are designed to be wiretapped,” said Weaver. It would be easy to tap user accounts if Guzman’s cartel was using the public service and law enforcement identified them; if the cartel set up its own servers, cyber-sleuths could easily identify anyone on the network if they penetrated it by, say, confiscating a user’s phone.Penn described in his Rolling Stone article how men driving him to the rendezvous with El Chapo got frequent BBM messages. And he says that after his failed effort to meet the drug lord on Oct. 11 for a formal interview, Del Castillo re-established contact “through a web of BBM devices.”Penn wrote that it was then he received a “credible tip” the DEA knew about his meeting with El Chapo.The drug lord’s uncharacteristically relaxed security as he courted Hollywood strongly indicates that evading capture was not his priority, said Vanda Felbab-Brown, a Brookings Institution analyst.Rather than opting to get plastic surgery and flee to Venezuela, she said, “he probably made a decision that he’s going to go down.“If his priority was to remain outside prison he never would have accepted these overtures.”___Associated Press writer Katherine Corcoran contributed to this report from Mexico City.___Frank Bajak on Twitter: more by Frank Bajak at story corrects the spelling of Weaver’s first name to Nicholas. A security camera sits above a street sign on the exterior wall of the home where marines engaged in a gun battle during the search for Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in Los Mochis, Mexico, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. A month or two of intensive renovations transformed the house into a completely enclosed structure, and the new owners also installed surveillance cameras. On Friday, Guzman fled from the home before authorities eventually caught him. (AP Photo/Christian Palma) read more

Labour market crushes expectations with surprise surge of 77000 fulltime jobs

Labour market crushes expectations with surprise surge of 77,000 full-time jobs OTTAWA – The labour market rode a surprisingly strong wave of new jobs last month as hiring rose in key areas like the private sector, manufacturing and full-time work, Statistics Canada said Friday.Overall, the country registered a net gain of 54,400 jobs in May, the agency’s latest jobs survey found.Behind that number, Canada saw a surge of 77,000 new full-time positions in May, which more than made up for a decline of 22,300 part-time jobs.The national unemployment rate edged up to 6.6 per cent, a rise of 0.1 of a percentage point, as more people entered the job market in search of work.The fresh figures added to several robust labour market gains since the middle of last year — and economists pointed to the performance as more evidence the economy’s early-2017 momentum isn’t about to slow down.They also said the data release likely nudged the Bank of Canada a little closer to hiking its benchmark interest rate of 0.5 per cent.Analysts not only applauded the above-expectations headline figures Friday — they also highlighted most of the finer details in the report.“There’s a lot to like here,” said TD senior economist Brian DePratto, who noted it added yet another good set of data to a growing stack of positive economic numbers in recent months.“We think the Canadian economy is in a very good place right now.”In his research note to clients, BMO’s Benjamin Reitzes called the jobs survey “a solid report almost from top to bottom.”Bill Adams, senior international economist for PNC Financial Services Group, called the details “glorious.”A closer look at the data showed healthy gains in some of the survey’s more-desirable categories — with 59,400 new jobs created in the private sector and 68,500 new paid employee positions.By industry, the services sector gained 31,300 jobs last month while the goods-producing sector added 23,300 positions, including 25,300 more in manufacturing with offsets in other areas. In services, there was a gain of 25,900 jobs in the professional, scientific and technical services category.Youth employment gave the overall number a boost as 38,200 more young people found full-time work last month. The unemployment rate for youth slipped 0.3 percentage points to 12 per cent last month as more young people participated in the job market.The numbers easily eclipsed expectations leading up to the survey’s release. Economists had anticipated a gain of 11,000 jobs and for the unemployment rate to move up to 6.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.By province, the Statistics Canada said Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec saw the biggest job gains last month.Quebec’s unemployment rate dropped 0.6 percentage points to six per cent — its lowest level since Statistics Canada started collecting the data in 1976.DePratto said the only soft numbers in the report Friday were the still-weak data for wage growth and hours worked, although he added they did improve somewhat in May.The agency said hourly wages for all employees grew 1.3 per cent year-over-year last month, an increase over April’s all-time low of 0.7 per cent. The number of hours worked rose 0.7 per cent, the report said.DePratto said the jobs numbers combined with other robust economic figures of late, including growth, trade and retail, will likely start to tilt the Bank of Canada towards raising its interest rate.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2017 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Libya UN mission condemns terrorist bombing against Parliament amid uptick in violence

According to media reports, a suicide bomber detonated a car equipped with explosives earlier today wounding at least 11 people. The bombing appears to be the biggest attack against the Libyan parliament since it moved to the eastern city of Tobruk, along the border with Egypt, to escape the unprecedented levels of violence afflicting the country. “This despicable act will only increase the determination of those Libyans seeking a political solution to forge ahead with their efforts to bring stability and security to Libya,” UNSMIL said in a statement released today. The attack – the latest spell of violence to rattle the beleaguered nation following the beginning of its civil war in 2011 which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi –comes on the heels of last week’s militant aggression against an oil installation in Sidra which left numerous storage tanks ablaze and at least 20 soldiers dead and last weekend’s Government air strikes against militant positions in the city of Misrata. At the same time, recent fighting in the neighbouring Nafusa mountains has left 170 people dead. In addition to the casualties, the fighting has also caused a humanitarian crisis with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies.Meanwhile, in the eastern city of Benghazi, an uptick in violence has seen 450 people killed since October as residents continue to face shortages in medical care. Moreover, upwards of 15,000 families – some 90,000 people – have been displaced.In its statement, UNSMIL stressed that violence “will not solve Libya’s problems” and urged all Libyans “to desist from violence and to seek to resolve their political and security crises through dialogue.” read more

From violence to dialogue as land conflicts intensify UN boosts efforts to

Oumar Sylla is the Unit Leader at UN Habitat for the Global Land Tool Network, (GLTN) a UN-backed alliance of more than 80 organizations looking at the best way of improving land management and land governance overall in the world. In an interview with UN News, he explained how the work of the GLTN has encouraged communities to settle their differences by talking:“In areas that have seen conflict, particularly where you have a broken state, or weak institutions, our approach has been to really think about ways to build trust, confidence and reconciliation among communities. We set up a mediation system, in an informal setting, bringing community members around the table to discuss issues, such as historical injustices in terms of land allocation and land occupation, and find a consensus.”“We found that people had more confidence in informal mechanisms than the courts, because the judicial system is too expensive: if communities can’t pay the lawyer’s fees, they won’t be guaranteed a fair process.”What do land rights actually mean?One of the difficulties for UN workers dealing with land conflicts, is that the very concept of land rights is not the same in every country. In many African countries, for example, the custom is for rights to be entrusted to a custodian, who is responsible for distributing land amongst members of the community:“Traditionally land has been more about common ownership for the whole clan or community, and there was not really a notion of land rights.” Says Mr. Sylla. “The head of the clan or the community is the custodian of the land. In principle he consults with others but, at the end of the day, he is the one who’s taking the decision.”However, a weakness in the traditional system is that decisions were delivered orally, with no document to verify them, or protect the community in the event of disputes. This is what the GLTN and UN Habitat have been attempting to address: “Our approach is to help communities to develop a system of mapping their lands, or develop registration systems to establish who is entitled to land rights, so that they can get an official document. In Uganda, for example, we are supporting the government, so that it can deliver so-called ‘customer certificates’ to people living in areas which have traditionally had a custodian system of land rights.”Pressure on land intensifying worldwideGlobally, the competition for land is growing, and it is a leading cause of conflict. With the pressures on land use – which include climate change, urbanization and the rising population – only likely to become more intense, the UN has taken important measures to improve its response to the problem.Many of the key United Nations agencies and bodies have accepted that they need to be more effective in dealing with conflict rooted in land disputes, and, following a request by UN Habitat, the UN’s settlement programme, UN Secretary-General António Guterres endorsed, and released in March 2019, a document entitled “The United Nations and Land and Conflict.”The guidelines contained in the document are expected to help all parts of the UN to improve their ability to reduce conflicts, protect human rights, and convince affected communities to settle their differences by talking, rather than through violence. UN Habitat described the release of the guidelines as a “milestone in the journey towards a sustained and coherent engagement of the UN system to prevent conflict and sustain peace.”However, establishing land rights for vulnerable people can be extremely complicated. Oumar Sylla, is the Unit Leader at UN Habitat for the Global Land Tool Network, (GLTN) a UN-backed alliance of more than 80 organizations looking at the best way of improving land management and land governance overall in the world. In an interview with UN News, he started by explaining that most of the world’s population is living in huge insecurity when it comes to land:“The Global Land Tool Network was set up because, although land is very important when it comes to human rights and economic opportunity, some 70 percent of the world population don’t have access to formal land title system. This means they don’t have any document saying that they have any rights to land, so they are exposed to the risk of evictions and land grabs. In addition, they can’t sell or rent the land.”People who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict, says Mr. Sylla, are particularly vulnerable: “most of the time when people have been displaced for years, they lose their land rights. Decision makers and UN Member States need to take this issue of access to land into account when it comes to rehabilitation, housing and shelter for displaced communities.”Combatting discrimination against womenAnother positive impact of mediation in DRC has been the protection of land rights for women. Traditionally, women face discrimination when it comes to land rights but, thanks to the UN initiatives, some progress is being made, and the process has also empowered them:“Most of the time, we were able to restore a bit of equality, helping women to get access to land in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. More importantly, women are now more and more involved in disputes negotiations, and are promoting dialogue between communities. Our mediation process, then, has changed the perception of women’s roles in society, and has allowed them to become actors of peacebuilding. © FAO/Olivier AsselinFarmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with access to land for growing crops read more

Baseball World Series MVP Award Named for Willie Mays

Willie Mays (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Willie Mays.The decision was announced Friday, the 63rd anniversary of Mays’ back-to-the-plate catch in deep center field at the Polo Grounds for the New York Giants against Cleveland’s Vic Wertz in the World Series opener. The Giants went on to sweep the Indians.The Series MVP award began the following year when it was won by Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres.San Francisco Giants’ Willie Mays is all set for a workout at the baseball club’s training camp at Casa Grande,  (AP Photo/RDS)Now 86, Mays played in 24 All-Star Games during a 22-year-career with the New York and San Francisco Giants, and the New York Mets.

Voith couplings help boost coal production at Sandaogou mine in Shaanxi

first_imgAn additional 350,000 t/mth of coal production has been made possible at the Chinese Sandaogou coal mine in Shaanxi province thanks to the the a CPC 1600 AFC coupling from Voith. This fluid coupling can continuously transmit up to 1,600 kW. That represents 60% more power than with standard fluid couplings of comparable installation space. With the CPC 1600 coupling, Voith says it can offer its mining customers a robust but compact design and that its engineers achieved this increase in power density “with the innovative XL profile design turbine wheel.”To be able to efficiently mine a coal face measuring 7 m high, 350 m wide and more than 3 km long, the operator of the Sandaogou coal mine needed equipment that is considerably more powerful. The challenge was that the existing drive system was not able to transfer the necessary power to the conveyor. China Coal Zhangjiakou Coal Mining Machinery, one of the largest Chinese OEMs and the main equipment supplier to the Sandaogou coal mine, chose a drive system with the Voith CPC 1600. The couplings combine maximum power transmission and small size. Orders for three CPC 1600s have been delivered and are currently in use in the Chinese Sandaogou coal mine.The CPC 1600 protects motors and drive components against damage. “Since there is no mechanical connection between the input side and the output side of the coupling, we can run our motors up to speed without load. We switch the motors on one after another to avoid high current demands that would place an unnecessary load on our grid power system”, said Tong Xiangyang, Team Leader of a coal face in the Sandaogou coal mine. The CPC 1600 fluid coupling also protects the motors against overload. This overload protection is possible since the fill-controlled fluid couplings simply slip because of the hydrodynamic principle. This slip protects the drive components and the chain of the AFC against damage. Consequently, the fluid coupling maximises the availability of the entire system and its productivity.“With the CPC 1600, users in Sandaogou can perform as many startups in a row as they wish”, explains Tang Min, General Manager of Startup Components at Voith in China.  This is important, for example, in order to break free a heavily loaded conveyor. In this way, the personnel avoid needing to manually clear the overloaded system, which is time-consuming and results in costly, unplanned downtime.” There have been no unplanned downtimes and production is running at a considerably higher efficiency since the new AFC was commissioned in May 2012.The Voith CPC 1600 hydrodynamic fluid coupling uses water as the operating medium. As a result, users avoid expensive explosion protection measures. The fluid coupling power transmission is alo wear-free and requires little maintenance. These features result in extremely long life cycles. Voith states that its fluid couplings are insensitive to environmental effects such as dust, dirt and moisture, making them ideally suited for rough use in the underground coal mining industry.The Chinese coal mine at Sandaogou is located in Shaanxi province, about 700 km west of Beijing. Currently, the mine has an annual output of 10 Mt from two longwall coal faces. Before using Voith fluid couplings at one of the coal faces, the mine produced 5.8 Mt/y. Thanks to the new couplings on one AFC, output has now risen by an additional 350,000 t/mth. Taken over a year, this translates into an annual production increase of 4.2 Mt of coal. Production at the face concerned has therefore more than doubled.last_img read more

How the Tory party lost its parliamentary majority to Brexit and other

first_imgThat majority was reduced further for 30 days after the DUP’s Ian Paisley Jnr was suspended from the party following an investigation into two family holidays taken by Paisley in 2013 and allegedly paid for by the Sri Lankan government. AllegationsConservative MPs Charlie Elphicke and Andrew Griffiths had the whip withdrawn from them following allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, which they denied. The whip was restored ahead of a vote of confidence in Theresa May in December 2018.Elphickle was charged with three counts of sexual assault against two women in July this year, and subsequently had the whip removed again.Johnson’s selection In the aftermath of Johnson’s election on 23 July, senior Tories Anne Milton and David Gauke stepped aside from their government roles, and headed to the backbenches – a precursor to a later revolt they would take part in as members of the ’21 rebels’. By-electionIn August, a by-election was held in the Welsh constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire. Conservative MP Chris Davies had stood aside after becoming embroiled in an expenses scandal, and despite Johnson’s appearance on the election trail, the Tory seat was lost to the Liberal Democrat’s Jane Dodds, who received 13,826 votes to Davies’ 12,401.“My very first act as MP when I arrive in Westminster will be to find Boris Johnson wherever he is hiding and tell him loud and clear – stop playing with the futures of our communities and rule out no-deal Brexit,” Dodds said.That left the Tory majority at just one.Taking a stand How the Tory party lost its parliamentary majority to Brexit (and other rifts) From Nick Boles’ speech after the indicative votes, to Dr Phillip Lee crossing the chamber this week, power has been ebbing away from Boris Johnson and the Tory party. Source: Dr Phillip Lee MP/Twitter Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 7:30 AM Former prime minister Theresa May (back row third right) looks on as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement on the G7. After a great deal of thought, I have reached the conclusion that it is no longer possible to serve my constituents’ and country’s best interests as a Conservative Member of Parliament. My letter to the Prime Minister:— Dr Phillip Lee MP (@DrPhillipLeeMP) September 3, 2019 11,697 Views Image: UK Parliament Former prime minister Theresa May (back row third right) looks on as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement on the G7. Image: UK Parliament BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson had his slim parliamentary majority decimated to nothing – just as he was giving his opening statement at his first Prime Minister’s Questions.At the time of the EU referendum in June 2016, the David Cameron-led Conservative Party held 331 seats in a House of Commons of 650 members.When you take the four non-voting members of the House (which includes the Speaker John Bercow), and the seven Sinn Féin MPs who abstain, that leaves 639 voting members, making 320 a simple majority.But now, this is what the makeup of the House of Commons looks like: As of this week, the government’s working majority. Source: House of CommonsJohnson lost the vote on Oliver Letwin’s motion to take back control of the parliamentary agenda by 27 votes; the following night Johnson lost the vote on Hilary Benn’s bill to compel the UK to ask the EU for an extension to avoid a no-deal Brexit on 31 October by 29 votes – an increasingly widening chasm between Johnson’s power and the opposition’s pushback. But that disintegrating of parliamentary clout didn’t happen overnight – here’s how it ebbed away form the Tory party over months and years, mostly because of Brexit.That 2017 snap electionAfter triggering Article 50 on 13 March 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May tried to capitalise on the perceived weakness of the Labour party and strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations by increasing her majority in parliament.She called a snap general election for 8 June based on polls that said support for her government had spiked.Instead, the Conservative Party lost their parliamentary majority, winning 318 seats, though one is a speaker and one a deputy speaker, which left May with 316 voting Tory MPs.She was forced to strike a deal with the DUP’s 10 MPs, promising £1 billion in funding for Northern Ireland as payment for a majority of 326, and a working majority of 13.(The opposition was 315 MPs strong, with two non-voting members bringing their total to 313 in June 2017.)Three in one goIn February 2019, three Tory MPs left the party to join the newly formed Independent Group. They were Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston.“Brexit has redefined the Conservative Party,” a joint letter to Theresa May said, “undoing all the efforts to modernise it. There has been a dismal failure to stand up to the hard-line ERG which operates openly as a party within a party, with its own leader, whip and policy.”Heidi Allen stood aside as leader of the party after its poor performance in the local elections, and Soubry took over.Nick BolesIn the wake of the series of indicative votes on April Fool’s Day this year, pro-EU MP Nick Boles resigned from the party. Citing his reasons, he said: center_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Sep 7th 2019, 7:30 AM 14 Comments The last parliamentary session was exhausting. It is notable that MPs have returned with more energy and more disdain for one those on opposing sides. The great divide is certainly getting deeper.The 21 Tory rebelsThis divide has widened more dramatically since then. Although those 21 Tory rebels who have lost the whip are not kicked out of the party, they are unable to vote as members of the Conservative Party.They are: Philip Hammond (former Chancellor), Dominic Grieve (former Attorney General), David Gauke (former justice secretary), Rory Stewart (former junior minister), Anne Milton (former junior minister), Sir Nicholas Soames (grandson of Winston Churchill), Sir Oliver Letwin, Alistair Burt, Greg Clark, Kenneth Clarke, Justine Greening, Sam Gyimah, Guto Bebb, Richard Benyon, Steve Brine, Stephen Hammond,  Richard Harrington, Margot James, Caroline Nokes, Antoinette Sandbach, Edward Vaizey.Although it’s possible for these members to have the whip reinstated, the immediate removal of the whip shatters Johnson’s voting power in parliament.As it stands now, the Tories has 289 seats plus the DUP’s 10 seats (though they aren’t guaranteed to vote with the government). Labour has 247 MPs, the Scottish National Party has 35 and the Liberal Democrat has 16. This gives the government a majority of minus 43. This isn’t counting current Tory MPs who have said they won’t stand in the next election, which includes Dame Caroline Spelman, Michael Fallon, and Johnson’s own brother.  Share5 Tweet Email I’ve given everything in an attempt to find a compromise. I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party. As Boris Johnson spoke about his grande vision for the UK as Prime Minister, Dr Phillip Lee walked across the chamber and sat with the Liberal Democrats.In his resignation letter to Johnson, Lee wrote that he was disappointed that the Tory party he had joined as a young man, led by John Major, “has increasingly become infected with the twin diseases of populism and English nationalism”.“Sadly, the Brexit process has helped transform this once great party into something more akin to a narrow faction, where an individual’s ‘conservatism’ is measured by how recklessly one wishes to leave the European Union,” he wrote. Of Lee’s decision to make such a statement of his departure, lecturer in politics at Trinity College Dublin Kevin Cunningham says that “theatrics and timing is certainly important in terms of motivating public opinion”.“Lee was among the first to support a second referendum and has not wavered in his position. Unlike Nick Boles who disintegrated under the emotional strain in the conflict he had with his party, Lee has been more straightforward in his opposition to Brexit. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Richer Sounds and SSE support new campaign to tackle low pay

first_imgRetail organisation Richer Sounds, energy business SSE and investment firm Standard Life Aberdeen have been accredited as living hours employers as part of a new initiative by the Living Wage Foundation.The Living Hours campaign, which launched this week, has been designed to tackle insecurity around employee pay and hours, and to provide individuals with more control over all aspects of their lives.Organisations that support the campaign will be required to pay staff the voluntary living wage rate, currently set at £9.00 an hour for employees across the UK and £10.55 an hour for those in London. Employers will also need to provide staff with at least four weeks’ notice of shifts and a contract that accurately reflects the hours they work, as well as guaranteeing a minimum working pattern of 16 hours a week.Employers that commit to the Living Hours pledge will be accredited as a living hours employer, alongside their living wage accreditation.Katherine Chapman (pictured), director at the Living Wage Foundation, said: “The living wage has put almost £1 billion extra into the pockets of more than 200,000 [employees], but it’s increasingly clear that pay is not the only driver of in-work poverty. A lack of secure, stable hours is leaving millions of families struggling to keep their heads above water. This isn’t good for [employees] or businesses.“Constant uncertainty over the number of hours, timings of shifts or the amount of pay [staff will] get each week places people under enormous pressure. A shift cancelled at the last minute might sound small, but it can be the difference between being able to pay for [a] family’s dinner that night or going hungry, and being expected to work at short notice means [people] can’t plan around other costs and commitments.“We’ve consulted with hundreds of [employees], employers and trade unions in drawing up these measures to ensure they are ambitious but achievable. We believe Living Hours will provide an important new measure to fight in-work poverty and to provide [staff] and their families with stability and security.”Research conducted in line with the campaign’s launch found that 5.1 million employees learn less than the living wage rate of pay and are in a form of insecure work; 2 million of these individuals are also parents. A fifth (22%) of employees aged between 16 and 24 are employed in low-paid, insecure work, compared to 46% aged over 35.Furthermore, 15% of white employees experience low pay and unpredictable working patterns in comparison to 17% of staff from mixed or multiple ethnic groups, 17% of Asian or Asian British employees and 17% of those who are black, African, Caribbean or black British.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage rate, which is updated annually, on a voluntary basis. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.83 an hour.Julian Richer, founder and managing director at Richer Sounds, said: “If [we] treat the people who work for [us] well, [we are] going to have happier, more motivated staff, and ones that stay with [the business] for years. That makes a huge difference, and that’s what I’ve found paying the living wage. We just need more businesses to realise this. Offering Living Hours is a great way to provide [staff] with security, but it’s also going to help businesses in the long-run.”John Stewart, director of HR at SSE, added: “The Living Wage campaign has made huge strides in ending in-work poverty. But there is another side of the coin; the number of hours worked and the security of those hours. This brand new campaign to create an employer culture of Living Hours has the potential to do so much more and as a business we are very proud to be a part of it.”last_img read more

Mass to be held for Christopher Columbus student killed in car crash

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A heartbroken community is preparing to come together in memory of a Christopher Columbus student who was killed in a car accident.A mass will be held in honor of 16-year-old Ari Arteaga Wednesday night at Epiphany Catholic Church at 8235 SW 57th Ave. in Southwest Miami-DadeArteaga was a football and baseball player at the school and the son of a University of Miami baseball coach.The accident happened around 9:45 p.m. Saturday, near Southwest 87th Avenue and 64th Street.Arteaga’s girlfriend was also injured in the crash and was taken to the hospital where she is now recovering.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

VW exCEO told of defeat device admission weeks before news was public

first_imgVolkswagen’s former chief executive Martin Winterkorn was informed that the car-maker had told regulators it was using defeat devices two weeks before the scandal became public, German tabloid Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.It said it was in possession of a letter sent Sept. 4, 2015, by an unnamed manager directly to then-CEO Winterkorn that said: “In the conversation on 03.09.2015 with the regulator CARB (California Air Resources Board), the defeat device was admitted. (sic)”Volkswagen’s US CEO Michael Horn told a U.S. House of Representatives hearing in October the company had told regulators Sept. 3 it was using defeat devices.A letter pointing to the then-CEO could lend weight to the cases of shareholders planning to sue Volkswagen for compensation for the plunge in its share price, saying VW should have told the public as soon as it became aware.The law firm acting for Winterkorn, who resigned on Sept. 23, was not immediately reachable for comment.A Volkswagen spokesman said the company declined to comment on an ongoing investigation.German financial watchdog Bafin is investigating whether Volkswagen breached disclosure rules when it admitted to falsifying U.S. emissions tests in September. It said last month the probe would probably take several more months.In parallel with investigations by various authorities, Volkswagen has hired law firm Jones Day to carry out an internal probe into identifying who ordered engineers to develop and install software designed to cheat U.S. diesel-emissions tests, and who knew.The discovery of the cheating, which U.S. authorities announced Sept. 18, unleashed one of Volkswagen’s biggest-ever scandals, leading to the resignation of several top managers and likely to cost it tens of billions of dollars.The news wiped 17 percent, or more than €13 billion ($14.2 billion), off Volkswagen’s market value on the next trading day.Volkswagen is expected to present the first results of its investigation in April. It has said so far it has no reason to believe that more than a few people were involved in the cheating, and not at top level.last_img read more

Texas Retail Gasoline Prices Hold Steady At 265 Per Gallon

first_img Share Photo via Offutt Air Force BaseTexas retail gasoline prices held steady this week at an average $2.65 per gallon.AAA Texas on Thursday reported that compares to the nationwide retail gasoline price of $2.87 per gallon, which is up 2 cents this week.The association survey found Midland has the most expensive gasoline in Texas this week at an average $3.09 per gallon. Drivers in San Antonio and Wichita Falls have the state’s cheapest prices at the pump at an average $2.53 per gallon.AAA experts say gasoline prices through the Independence Day holiday remained steady or declined slightly in most Texas cities, suggesting that demand is keeping pace with supply.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday January 4

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’s national politics discussion with our regular commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including Donald Trump’s attack on Bill Clinton and Isis using Trump’s vitriol to recruit for their terror missions. Also, the legacy of Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, author of the seminal Isis Papers, who died over the weekend, with Dr. Ray Winbush, the director of Morgan State University’s Institute for Urban Research and Kevin Washington, president of the Association of Black Psychiatrists.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Libyan officials US drones behind airport closure

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “The drones are like bees,” he said, referring to the long hours the drones were seen, with their buzzing noise heard in different neighborhoods of Benghazi. Militias, known as brigades, fought regime forces during Libya’s eight-month civil war that led to Moammar Gadhafi’s fall last year. Since then, many have roles in keeping security, though they have not been integrated into government forces.An airport official confirmed the firing on the drones was the reason for the airport shutdown.U.S. officials said drones in Libya include Predators and Reapers, which are being used for surveillance and are largely unarmed. While drones have been there consistently, officials have increased their coverage and cycles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media.The American consulate in Benghazi came under deadly attack Tuesday night when angry mob and heavily armed Islamists demonstrating against a film denigrating Prophet Muhammad stormed the compound, setting the building on fire. Four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed.So far, the identity of the attackers is unknown, though Libyan leaders have vowed to work with the Americans in catching them. Authorities in Libya say they arrested four suspects linked to the attack. Haroun, however, said no one had been arrested and that the announcement is only for media consumption. Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Along with drone surveillance, the U.S. has deployed an FBI investigation team, and a small surge of U.S. intelligence officers to try to track down al-Qaida sympathizers thought responsible for turning the demonstration into a violent militant attack.___Associated Press writers Maggie Michael in Cairo and Kimberly Dozier in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) – U.S. drones hovered over the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday and militia forces fired toward the crafts, prompting authorities to close the airport for several hours for fear a commercial aircraft could be hit, Libyan officials said.Abdel-Basit Haroun, the head of the militia in charge of city security, said the drones could easily be spotted from the ground. He says men angry over perceived foreign intervention fired in the air and authorities closed the airport. The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more